November Goals (with the October recap)

It’s that time of the month again! The time when I determine whether or not goals were met & what I want to accomplish in the coming month.

So – to recap:

October goals

  1. Run a marathon. Don’t Die. – SUCCESS! I ran a marathon & lived to tell the tale. And then I carried my medal around with me everywhere for the next four weeks & made people look at it.
  2. Have a great anniversary. Don’t buy the architect a lame gift, like the one I got him for our 1-year date-a-versary. – SUCCESS! We had a great anniversary. An overnight get-away to Astoria, a trek through a couple of cemeteries, a wonderful meal last night (menu, recipes & pics to come), AND I got him two great gifts. The third anniversary is the leather anniversary. (oooh – dirty!) So, I got him a) a pair of good running shoes (with socks) that possibly have leather in them AND a leather bound hand-stitched sketch-book (that has a Pablo Neruda poem in it). I am a good wife. At least in that one instance.
  3. Relax. Be mellow. Start yoga-ing again. Or something. Seriously. Get a grip. – partial success. The grip is starting to happen. I am making some changes in my life that don’t affect you at all, and I think I’m starting to grip a little more.
  4. Get the house all ship-shape, including finally (seriously – it’s been 2.5 years) reupholstering the skanky-ass dining room chairs. It will take one afternoon. For reals. – partial success. The upholstery has been purchased. The foam has been purchased. The chairs have been UN-upholstered. The rest should happen today.
  5. Start the de-cluttering. By the end of the month, one room should be sorted for 1) keeps; 2) donation; 3) yard sale (thanks for the inspiration Jeep Girl!) – SUCCESS! The architect & I went through the bedroom & filled up two very large bags of clothes that we don’t wear at all. In addition, we started on the living & dining rooms, and should have those rooms + the kitchen done by the end of this month! YAY!

November Goals

  1. Get back at the exercise. Although I did run a marathon in October, that was pretty much the extent of it. I clocked an embarrassing 11.5 hours of exercise in October – over five of which was the marathon. That is pretty much beyond pathetic! This month, I will be back at it. I’ve started well – three miles this morning – and between that and the weights that I’ve committed to at the new gym, I’m back on track. Perhaps swimming lessons will start up again?
  2. Continue the decluttering – the downstairs should be beautified & clutter free by Thanksgiving!
  3. And speaking of Thanksgiving – have a wonderful meal with some of my closest friends, truly be thankful that this is all possible, and enjoy the time spent with them. There will be nothing to stress about.
  4. Make time for the architect. School is crazy. Work is busy (although, thankfully, it won’t be insane again until January). I have social commitments. BUT – we need time, too. Sundays in October are architect/gazelle days, and we are going to have some adventures.
  5. Get the garden ready for winter. This involves composting, mulching, planting garlic & some onions, and making it all sleepy. Or something.
  6. (I know! A sixth goal! I live life on the edge sometimes.) Make time for the Amy. Just because external forces are crazy, doesn’t mean I have to be crazy. I will: 1) have fun, 2) say no when I need to, 3) not make promises I know I can’t keep, and 4) make sure that, in this upcoming season of crazy, I stay sane.

So – lofty goals for November!

Recent Comments

  • kristen
    November 1, 2009 - 5:38 pm ·

    I love the month end/beginning goals. maybe I’ll make a goal to make my goals. seriously.

    Looks like October was pretty much a major sucess. Well, except for the skanky dinning room chairs. Get on that girl! and I demand some step by step pictures of the whole process (just in case I ever decide to get crafty and think I might be able to do the same I’ll be using YOU as my reference.)

    Good luck for November!

    • gazelle
      November 2, 2009 - 8:51 pm ·

      it is super easy to reupholster dining room chairs, and I will definitely post a picture tutorial this weekend! What’s harder is the eventual refinishing that they (and my table) need, but my parents used to refinish furniture when I was small, so I figure I can do that, too!

  • RunToTheFinish
    November 2, 2009 - 9:19 am ·

    look how great you did in October. seriously we should all wear our medals all the time I think. except they get heavy.

    Great goals for Nov too!

    • gazelle
      November 2, 2009 - 8:52 pm ·

      I totally wear it around the house sometimes. I love that medal! 🙂 I’m glad you are okay after your smashing weekend!

  • Carolina John
    November 2, 2009 - 2:52 pm ·

    Good luck girl. it’s tough to get back into the fitness after the big marathon and with all the other changes you’re making. but i’m behind you all the way!

    • gazelle
      November 2, 2009 - 8:53 pm ·

      I really thought I’d be that person who’d be itching to run again 2 days later, but I wasn’t. It took me a lot longer to recover than I thought, and although I don’t much worry about comparing myself to others’ speed, I really struggled to not compare myself to others’ recovery times.