Happy New Year! (January Goals)
Happy New Year! (January Goals)

Happy New Year! (January Goals)

It’s that time of the month! Time for goal setting again.

First – a recap of my 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. These are 95% done. We need to make a trip to the hardware store to get something to fix the downspout so that it will drain into the rain barrel. We have a trip planned this weekend.
  2. Get in 27 workouts (which means I can double-up if I miss a day due to illness or stress). I totally did this. I worked out a total of 27 days – and had a couple of days of doubling up workouts, so I definitely achieved my goal. Check it out!
  3. Make delicious, healthy, creative meals with my December grocery budget of $200. This went fairly well – more on this later.
  4. Learn to make something new that will reduce household costs One of the cats had a small…accident…on the carpet upstairs and we were out of resolve. So I made some stain remover. And internets? It worked AWESOMELY! It was non-toxic, made with simple household ingredients, and completely removed the cat vomit stains. I will never buy expensive stain removers AGAIN! (so easy – mix equal parts baking soda & salt, add several drops of white vinegar & enough water to make a paste. Apply paste to stain & let set. When dry, brush it away.)
  5. Read 5 new books. I did this – with a little help from all of you! I read:
    1. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl (recommended by Emily)
    2. My Life in France by Julia Child (recommended by Alisa)
    3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    4. The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time by Douglas Adams
    5. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books, although The Road wasn’t the most cheery holiday book ever! On of my 2009 goals is to read 50 books that I haven’t read before (I read 42 new books this year.) I have 9 books on my bookshelf right now – so I’m ready for that challenge!
And now – on to my January 2009 goals! (Can you believe it’s 2009? CRAZY!)
  1. Go the whole month without using my ‘overdraft protection’ in my checking account. (Personal Finance)
  2. Use my Mondays in the manner for which they were made work-free (Writing)
  3. Run 50 miles (Fitness)
  4. Get a minimum of 3 servings of fruit/veggies each day (Food)
  5. De-clutter house – get a Goodwill box together (Household)
  6. I usually only do 5, but I’m adding an honorary sixth today – Don’t burn down the house & kill the pets (Also household & personal safety). So far, the house is still standing & no one is dead. Barely. (Had a bit of a kitchen problem this morning.)
I am hoping that the rain & wind will die down a little this afternoon for my run. I’m feeling a little woozy from this morning’s kitchen incident mixed with too much beer. 🙂
Happy New Year! I hope you all have a WONDERFUL 2009. I know that my 2008 would’ve have been as good without all the wonderful people I’ve connected with & met through this blog.


  1. I agree, not burning down the house is a very good goal.

    Rain barrels are such a good idea…haven’t had that much get up and go to do it myself, but hey we are making steps with recycling so..one thing at a time!

    1. One tip for NOT burning down the house is to not foget one is heating oil for the beignets. Burning oil is awesome. I exploded a candy thermometer. BUT – I was able to save the house & the pets – and later actually made my beignets!

      Once we finish the rain barrels, I’ll publish the plans/directions online. Easier to do, I think, if there’s a place to start!

  2. a 50 mile month? you got that. and you gotta finish the dang rain barrels.

    have a good run today! and if you are using monday’s for their intended purpose you should know i used to play golf every monday afternoon. fun!

    1. I almost made 50 miles in December – so I feel that I can definitely do it this month.

      As for today’s run – it’s not happening. It is so windy that I wussed out. But I’ll still get my 20 miles this week – it will definitely be happening.

  3. Alisa

    Finish those rain barrels =).

    I think this month will be a very low mileage month well post marathon =).

    I’m all about reading these days. I got a ton of books for xmas and my sister-in-law is lending me a ton. We should trade lists!

  4. Justin

    I have read (and loved) all of the books on your list except for “Garlic and Sapphires”. I will have to add that one to my list. Though, I would have to say that “The Salmon of Doubt”, was pretty depressing knowing it would never be finished.

    Ever read “The Selfish Gene” by Dawkins? That book is in the pantheon of defining book for me.

    I would recommend any Neil Stephenson book for your new books of 2009, but I wouldn’t want to sabotage your pursuit of 50. His books are very dense and often very long. If you haven’t ever read anything by him and ever do get the chance though, read “Snow Crash” or “The Diamond Age” to start. Though you do have to have at least a passing interest in science fiction probably to enjoy his books.

    Cheers and happy new year!

    1. I have The Selfish Gene on my library waiting list – so I should be getting that one soon.

      I have read part of the Cryptonomicon, but just couldn’t quite get into it & never finished it. I do want to get all the way through it this year.

      Salmon of Doubt really was sad – I am a huge Douglas Adams fan.

  5. LMAO, never start a post with “it’s that time of the month again.” My feet start swelling and I begin to feel cranky and bloated ;-).

    Great job Gazelle! Happy 2009!

  6. As always, your goals are inspiring! I’ve been putting off writing a year-end/start-of-year/recap/goal-setting post…maybe one of my goals for 2009 should be to stop procrastinating?? Ha!

    That’s great to know about the stain remover! Is that just for carpets? I keep meaning to look up your directions for making laundry soap because good grief I’m tired of spending so much darn money on something so ridiculous! Do you remember which post it was? Or even which month you posted it? If not, no worries…I’ll dig it up one way or the other!

    1. procrastination is a time-honored tradition. Someday I’ll write a post about that. 🙂

      I haven’t tried the stain remover on anything but carpets, but I believe that it would work on upholstery, too. You’d want to test for color fastness, though – the salt could have a bleaching effect.

      As for the laundry detergent, the link is: https://amycissell.com//2008/11/awesome-weekend.html

      It works pretty well, and I haven’t run out yet (I do 3-4 loads a week, probably). It gets the stink out of ALL of our stinkiest workout clothes, and the architect & I are definitely sweaters.

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