Some Things I Didn’t Accomplish in January (and February)

This post will be a little bit embarrassing, I think. At the start of the year I made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish in January, and now here we are at the end of February and I am going to tell you how I did. The fact that I’m a month late in writing this might be a good indication of how I’m going to do. So, here goes:

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.

Done done and done! I am particularly proud of this one because normally we leave this task so late that we don‘t get into their first choice of camps. This year though, they are each signed up for three great camps and they are thrilled about it. Tony and I are just a little bit over the moon too because one camp is a 7-day sleep away camp. Is it wrong that we feel positively giddy about this? I’m giving myself one mark for this one, even though it really deserves a 1.5 or even a 2. (1)

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

Passport and pension – Done. RSP stuff, nope. Am I the only person who becomes practically incapacitated at the thought of financial paperwork? (0.5)

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

Yes, done, though there are a number of people who I still have to meet up with and we just keep talking about it and never get to it. You know who you are! But I did have lovely meet-ups with S, J, E, G, S&T, K, A, K, D, and L. On top of this, I went to a social event that was way outside of my comfort zone, but I had a really good time anyway. It was the Yummy Mummy Club’s Winterlude spa day getaway. Yes, there are pictures even. Can you spot Erica Ehm? (1)

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

We have signed up for the half marathon and training has been a bit slower than I liked, but I did run 15K yesterday, so not too bad. We still have to sign up for the triathlon, but this one doesn’t fill up, so we should be OK. (0.5)

5. Make soup.

I cannot believe I did not make soup in January and February. My life is too cushy with a husband who likes to cook. (0)

6. Tackle the Tupperware cupboard

Nope. (0)

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

We did have family over, and we also had one nice dinner with a lovely couple here. I would really like to do this more often. (1)

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

Not done. But that means I succeeded on this one! (1)

And that gives me 5 out of 8 which is only just barely a pass.

I think I have a harder time getting things done in the winter than in the summer. My inclination is to hibernate at home, reading, writing and watching movies. I am really looking forward to spring now, as I find it usually helps to shake off some of this inertia that I feel, and brings a feeling of being more free and active. I never mind the muckiness and muddiness of March. Bring it on because I’m ready.

About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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7 Responses to Some Things I Didn’t Accomplish in January (and February)

  1. JoeGirl says:

    Regarding the link in Item #3… Three words Fin (see photos #155, 156 (my favourite) and 166)…

    You. Are. Gorgeous.

    Love you, miss you.

  2. I think that you rock for just passing this particular test!! Given that my one personal task for January was to write my master todo list. I failed on that even! In order for me to pass an eight item todo list for the month, it would have to include items like drink wine, eat too much, fail to get enough sleep, and slack off!!

    PS – I LOVE that this update comes at the end of feb 🙂

  3. Finola says:

    JoeGirl, Thank you and I miss you too! We need a date night my friend 🙂

    lilbunnyrabbitz, I am so going to add wine and food to my list for March. Brilliant idea!

  4. Eileen says:

    Don't be so hard on yourself, Finola. With all the things you have going on in your life, I think you did brilliantly. I don't know how you do it all.

  5. gryph07 says:

    I'm with you on the financial paperwork thing, Fin. Blerg for me. In order to have mine done, I have to put it on automatic withdrawal every week. That way it happens and I don't have to be paralyzed by my financial apathy. Win-win! 🙂

  6. Karen says:

    I'm bad too. I was going to email you back in January and I've been procrastinating. My excuse? One you can probably appreciate – I don't want to go out in the cold!!! Sad but true. I'm getting behind on a lot of stuff because of it. That's why I'm taking next week off. And the weather better warm up – we have a date to set up.

    I'm so glad you mentioned passports and such – gotta add that to my to do list for next week! 🙂

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