December Goals
December Goals

December Goals

First, of course, the November goal recap…and to be honest, this is the first time I’ve looked at these since November 1. I’m a little nervous.

  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. Well – I ran it. And I ran it in 45.5 minutes. So – close enough, I say! (And if my iPod hadn’t died just as I turned around to start back uphill & I hadn’t had to stop to shift my sock, I probably would’ve been just fine…but excuses, excuses…at least I did it!)
  2. Make one new recipe from Tastespotting each week for four weeks. I made one new recipe a week – but to be honest, most of them were from A Year of Crockpotting, instead. My crockpot & I have become very good friends this month.
  3. Make my rain barrels. FAIL! They are still unmade. I have hope that with the architect’s new-found leisure time, they will be done soon. Oddly enough, I haven’t missed too much rain – our climate is weird lately.
  4. Finish all holiday gift obtaining and stick with budget. This is nearly done. The architect & I had a feeling that his job was on the line – with the construction & building markets crashing, architecture firms are laying off people left & right. I have almost everything done for my gift obtaining this year, and those that have not been obtained are only because freshness is key (love sending baked goods). (Also – if you want a taste of what my closest compatriots are being forced to put up with are being blessed with this year, don’t forget to enter the holiday gift basket contest! You have until Thursday at midnight!)
  5. Participate in & finish NaNoWriMo – something I havenโ€™t accomplished since 2005. Hmmm… This is tricky. Technically I did not finish. However, I did get a few things writing-related accomplished that needed to be done. Things I cannot currently talk about. Also, I did finish NaNoBloMo, which isn’t quite the same thing, but at least it was writing related, right?
So – with that out of the way – and honestly, I feel that considering everything that happened during the last month, I did pretty well – it’s time for the December goals.
  1. Finish the goddamn rain barrels. Seriously. They need to be done. Even if I have to pick up the power tools & do them myself. (gardening)
  2. Get in 27 workouts (which means I can double-up if I miss a day due to illness or stress). (fitness)
  3. Make delicious, healthy, creative meals with my December grocery budget of $200. (money/food)
  4. Learn to make something new that will reduce household costs (such as laundry detergent, or something similar – any ideas?) (household)
  5. Read 5 new books. (personal)
Happy December, people!ย  Can you believe that 2008 is almost over? I’ve had such a great year! A great new job that I love. Meeting some awesome Portland blogger/runners. I’ve learned so much about myself and am so happy to be here!


  1. You’ll have to tell me what books you read this month (I’m a not so closeted book nerd). Also – you probably could have done the Trot faster if all the walkers hadn’t been in the front of the line! ha ha. And lastly – I’m going the Christmas card route myself this year – it’s a recession and I don’t have much of an oven!

    1. Are you on Good Reads? Currently I am reading “The God Delustion” and have “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” and “Dreams from my Father” on my ‘to-read’ shelf. (There are actually a couple of other books up there, but I cannot see them from here, and am too lazy to get up & look.)

      I love the books!

  2. alisa

    I’d love to know what you are reading as well. Since grad school I have been staying away from books and reading magazines. I would really like to get into books again. Have you read “My Life in France” it’s an autobiography of Julie Child? That is the last book I really remember reading and enjoying since grad school.

    I like your December goals. I’m with you on the workouts. My original goal was 100 miles for the month but I don’t think that is going to happen.

    I think I might copy you and do a December goals list.

    1. I have not read that – and have already added it to my library list.

      You should get on Good Reads (link to the left) – I love it! It’s a great way to track what you’re reading & to see what everyone else is reading.

  3. i think there’s a way to get rid of pit stains with baking soda, but I don’t know the recipe. Sorry! As for books, may I suggest Interpreter of Maladies (beautiful poetic) or Bitter is the New Black (too funny!)

  4. I love the goals and love the organization. You and I think the same way. I am interested to hear about these rain barrels. Once I get a house and yard I am going balls-out on gardening and everything related.

    I feel like I read a load of books this year but don’t have them written down anywhere. I’m sure you have a ton already on your list, but if you haven’t read Ruth Reichl, you should.

    If you are interested in cost-saving methods, just watch that show on TLC about the family in Arkansas with 47 kids. They have tons of cost-saving measures built into their life (minus the lack of the most obvious measure – BIRTH CONTROL).

    Yes, it is December already – it is time to start coming up with all of our 2009 goals!

    1. I love, love, love gardening & all related things. I’m lucky, too, that my cousin works at the Portland Nursery & I get a discount there. As soon as my rain barrels are done, you are welcome to come examine. I have some plans that we’re going to be using.

      I will add Ruth Reichl to my reading list.

      As for watching TLC – one of my cost-savers is not having cable, so I can’t. Those people in Arkansas frighten me, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hells no I can’t believe it’s almost 2009.
    You have a lot of goals girlie! Mine are like this:
    1. run
    2. see how many times you can break up and get back with the Captain.
    3. drink

  6. Those are good goals! sounds like a fun december coming up. i’m sure you can meet all of those.

    and writing a novel is tough. i’ve started several books (on programming, boring) without ever actually finishing one.

    i’ve got to come up with some december goals like that. what a good plan!

    1. I actually did finish a novel once, but it was really bad ๐Ÿ™‚ I have several short stories that I’ve written, some of which don’t suck (and a couple of which have been ‘published’).

      I love having 5 small goals to work towards each month – better for me than a year’s worth of lofty goals, which I seem to lose sight of too soon.

  7. Nice work on killing those goals and hello…. the husband should be doing the rain barrels, with his new kept man status.

    On a personal note…. how do you feed you and the husband on $200 a month. Do tell. This is something I need to learn to do.
    I think you eat organic too, don’t you?
    I think I could do it if I were willing to shop at Winco or somewhere non-organic, but, well…. I’m not. So I need to know how to make this happen.
    (and does wine fit into that $200 budget?)
    Inquiring budget-minds want to know!!

    Seriously Gazelle, I have much I need to learn from you. Your domestic skillz are extremely impressive.

    1. The architect totally will be doing the rain barrels, that is just a reminder to me that they need to get done with a minimum of nagging. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ll let you know at the end of this month how we do on our (newly instated) $200 grocery budget. We are cutting back some on organic food, although there are some areas that I won’t make exceptions. I am attempting to grow my own greens inside so that I’ll have those.

      Mostly, I comb through my Fred Meyer circular on Sundays & note what’s on sale. When something IS on sale, I buy lots (for instance, I bought 4 whole chickens a couple of months ago when the organic brand was on sale on FM for something like $6/chicken, and am just this week going to eat the last one). I do not compromise on meat or produce, in terms of organic. I also buy in bulk (things like rice, couscous, quinoa, lentils, flour, sugar) from the natural/bulk section. We make our own bread.

      I love wine, but am not a connoisseur, so I buy the ones I know I like when they are on sale (same for beer). We actually are allotted $380/month on food, so I have a little flexibility, but we also like to eat out. We may switch to “going out for lunch on Saturday” instead of “dinner on Friday” to cheapen things up & do Friday at-home date nights, instead.

      When this month is over, I’ll do a post on how my food-budgeting went, how much we REALLY spent, and where that money went.

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