2010 and That’s a Wrap

What better day is there than New Year’s Eve to finally write about the things that I was to accomplish by the end of November, and to write a few things that I would like to do by the end of January. I don’t think I will make any New Year’s resolutions per se, but I will continue with my monthly (or so) list of goals. Writing them here makes me accountable to you, and you have my permission to nag me if needed.

Here was my list of things to accomplish by the end of November:

1. Make soup. Or else.

I made black bean soup and potato leak soup, both in November, and I published the recipes here. (1)

2. Go into Marshall’s and formally sign up. Work out there at least twice a week.

I am signed up and working out at Marshall’s gym in Hintonburg. There were a few weeks where I wasn’t in at all, so I didn’t quite make my goal of twice a week, but still I am pretty happy with how much that I have progressed, and so I am going to give myself a point. It’s my list, after all. (1)

3. Meet up with a friend or group of friends at least twice for a beverage.

I have been so social lately that I can hardly stand myself. I am stretching my memory a bit here, so if I have missed your name on this list, please let me know. Over the last couple of months I had coffee, lunch or drinks with: John, Laura, Heather Ann, Denise, Brie, Sara, Lori, and Erik. I also had breakfast with some folks, attended two tweet-ups, went to a beautiful wedding, and went to a few parties and dinners with friends over the Christmas season. I had also made coffee dates with Jennifer and Karen, but due to the busy-ness of the season, we have had to reschedule these to the new year. For introverted me, this is a huge list of social activities and I am tempted to give myself bonus points on this one. (1)

4. Get my Christmas shopping 90% completed. This is ambitious, but will make my month of December so much more enjoyable if I can pull it off.

Nope, I started early, but that was it. We were shopping still on Christmas Eve, which I had promised myself I would never do again a few years ago. Bluch. (0)

5. Do one of the following:

a) NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
b) NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month)

I chose b). I wrote a blog post every day in November and it was awesome. My reader stats skyrocketed last month, and it has been so sad to see them plummet back this month. I will definitely do it again next year. (1)

Since NaBloPoMo was such a big commitment, I had only set out to do these 5 things. I’m pretty happy with my 4/5 or 80%. Yay, me!

So now here are some things that I would like to accomplish in January:

1. Get the kids signed up for the summer camps of their choice so that they are not all full by the time we get around to it.

2. Sort out assorted paperwork that has been hanging over my head: passport, pension, RSP stuff to start with.

3. Meet up with at least two people socially in January (this oughta be a breeze now).

4. Sign up for the Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon, and the Riverkeeper Canoe Relay triathlon. Start training in earnest for them both.

5. Make soup.

6. Tackle the Tupperware cupboard

7. Invite people over for dinner. Somehow we always mean to do this, but never quite get around to it.

8. Not buy an iPhone. I really want one. I do not need one.

And I think that should do it for this month. I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and the very best to you and your families in 2011.

About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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9 Responses to 2010 and That’s a Wrap

  1. Capital Mom says:

    Love your not buying an iPhone. I think I will jump on board that one too. 🙂

    And summer camps already! Eek.

  2. Laura says:

    I will also steal “buying an iPhone” thank you. 🙂 I have iPhone envy, but do not need one. At all. Remind me of this please? Happy New Year to you and your family Finola.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I too have a resolution to not buy an iphone. It's tough though– that little guy calls out to you!

  4. Kelley says:

    Go on! Buy an iPhone. They're awesome!! Mwahahaha!!

  5. Liisa says:

    Happy new year! Sound like some great Jan goals. They should mostly be a breeze.

    I don't have an iPhone and I survive, though I do love my iPad.

  6. Love your goals. The Tupperware cupboard one cracked me up, I can so relate! Can you adde to your list of friends to meet for coffee? I'd love a date with you!

  7. Finola says:

    Capital Mom, Laura & Grace, Let's see if we can make it all the way through 2011?

    Kelley, You are not making this easy!

    Fit for a Kid, I still love my netbook, even if it is getting temperaental in its old age.

    Some Kind of Mom, You are definitely on my list!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I said I did not need an ipad. I said I did not need an iphone. I was wrong. WRONG. wrong. Go for it Fin. You can even read your books on it and I'm sure you can justify it even more when it organizes your tupperware and keeps track of your work outs for you 😉

  9. Robert (GC) says:

    I love your lists Finola. I envy people that make lists. I notice many bloggers make lists and are also self-proclaimed introverts. I wonder if those are necessary traits for blogging.

    Here are my objectives for 2011:
    1. Learn how to make lists (maybe that will help me start blogging again).
    2. Convince everyone that iPhones are SO worth it. iPhones/iPads are the future. You KNOW you're going to get one… just do it! 🙂

    All the best in 2011… Happy New Year!

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