November Goals
November Goals

November Goals

I am loving my 5 goals per month!  This is an easy way to get organized without getting overwhelmed.

To recap my October goals –

  1. Run 5K (woo! Run Like Hell on 10/19) – I not only ran it, I PR’d!
  2. Not puss out & go to bed super early in Vegas. – Smashing success! Amazing how easy it is to stay out when you’re actual with people you enjoy – as opposed to last time!
  3. Not stress/worry/freak about the state of clean of my house in advance of the in-laws visit. – Not only did I not get all stressed, I only mentioned a couple of times that I wasn’t a good housekeeper. Score!
  4. Come up with an affordable, yet meaningful 2nd anniversary present for the architect (suggestions welcome). – I think I did well. An iPod dock for his car stereo complete with new (to us) iPod – and that is a story in itself! It involved getting lost in the back woods of Vancouver, and purchasing a gently used iPod from some people in a trailer house. I felt kinda bad – the iPod was the kid’s, and his folks were selling it because they needed $50 cash…and then I show up, lost & air-head-like with a $50 bill…..I felt all elitest and guilty. 🙁 BUT – the architect did like his gift (which came complete with an installed love-song playlist.
  5. Knit one complete project (instead of 3 half projects – half of a hat doesn’t do anyone any good). – I made myself a kick-ass new scarf!  It’s not quite done, but I promise to post a photo of it as soon as I’m finished as proof.
So, I find myself needing some November goals. I think it’s good to spread my goals out a little, so they’re not all fitness, or gardening, or personal improvement…..
  1. Run the Turkey Trot (4 miles) on Thanksgiving in 45 minutes or less. This will be a bit harder, due to the presence of hills. (fitness)
  2. Make one new recipe from Tastespotting each week for four weeks. (food)
  3. Make my rain barrels. (gardening)
  4. Finish all holiday gift obtaining and stick with budget. (personal)
  5. Participate in & finish NaNoWriMo – something I haven’t accomplished since 2005. (writing)
Due to financial uncertainty in the gazelle/architect household, holiday gift shopping will have a smaller budget than in years past. I am going to work really hard to remember that people aren’t friends with me because I get them winter gifts – and that a small thoughtful gift is equally as valued as an expensive gift. However, I also don’t want to send all of my loved ones cards saying that I donated to the ACLU or Planned Parenthood in their honor (although I have a few relatives to whom I would LOVE to send that card).  Does anyone have ideas for thoughtful, inexpensive gifts? Can I knit everyone a dishrag?


  1. WOW!!!!!! You already have NOV Goals!?!!!!

    I am soooo not worthy!

    Regarding the holiday season this year, I’m thinking about asking my friends and family (not the kids, of course) if we could agree to spend zero dollars on gifts for each other, just for this year. So many are struggling financially and already very stressed…maybe if I offer this solution, we can resolve it now and just enjoy the season. I still plan to write letters or make paintings as gifts, just no money spent. Good for all of us this year, I think.

    For the kids, presents. I’ve never gone overboard, so if all I spend is money for them, it’ll be fine. I have some sense of obligation here, because it’s my newest daughter’s very first Christmas ever (and she’s 8ish/9ish) and she is VERY MUCH looking forward to it, as she should.

    I need November goals! Gazelles on Crack, you impress the heck out of me 🙂

  2. I told my family / friends that they are all getting locally made gifts – limited to one small gift per person. So, try the craftywonderland at the Doug Fir – great ideas! And it seems there are a lot of people with sites on! Seriously – quirky, simple, locally encouraging gifts is the way to go for me!

    1. I’m thinking that I will spend a couple of weekends putting little gift baskets together, but no one will get anything big this year. It’s really not necessary, and with the uncertainty about the architect’s job, it’s just not prudent.

  3. I like your idea of picking 5 goals for the month, I might have borrow that! Seems like a great way to get started on the right track! As for the holiday gifts, I’m all about doing something with photos. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  4. Alisa

    My sister in law made us all jam one year…it was delicious…by far of my favorite and most memorable gifts. Probably harder when you know you’ll be shipping the gift but it’s a thought.

    Way to go with the Nov. goals. I think we have about the same goal for the 4 miler…I’d like to finish under 44 minutes but with hills who knows. We should train together!

    1. I made a lot of jam in August (I think) and sent many jars out – so it wasn’t too bad. Not sure if people would be thrilled to get more jam from me, or not! 🙂

      Thanks for running with me today!

  5. Umm.. I usually like a big gift no matter what kind of financial problems people are having, I mean it is all about giving! But I do know that I would love, love, love me a big jar of homemade apple butter… that’s all I’m sayin’

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