I’m currently scanning through some of Spotify’s pre-done Christmas/holiday playlists to find songs to add to my own “personal” Christmas playlist. As much as I love Hanson’s Snowed In CD, it’s really short, and I need a little more variety to get through the month.
We (my husband) put up our simple decorations last week because we knew otherwise we’d never get to it, and all of a sudden it would be December 22nd and I’d be sad we never decorated or anything.
I’m looking through local event calendars and thinking of general “holiday traditions” to create a December to-do list to (hopefully) ensure we actually take part in some of the holiday events and activities I love but never seem to find or make time for now that I’m an “adult.”
We watched Christmas Vacation after Thanksgiving dinner, so that’s checked off. (Haha just kidding, that was just the first of what will be MANY viewings of that holiday classic.) (Also I’ve already watched Home Alone twice. It’s been on TNT or AMC or something over the last couple weeks.)
I’m…about halfway? done buying Christmas presents for people. Maybe almost halfway. I know what I’m getting for all but two of the remaining people, at least.
And it’s gotten downright COLD in San Diego.
So let’s jump back into my little monthly goal-setting exercise.
Looking back at November, first…
I thought really hard about starting something quick and easy, like a cowl or scarf or simple hat, and I have a gift certificate for a yarn store in Pacific Beach I’ve been really tempted to use, but ultimately, last week, I finally picked up the yarn I bought back in January or February and started working on the sweater pattern in earnest. I’m about 20 rows in, and considering I didn’t work on it while out of town for Thanksgiving, I’m pretty happy with that progress. (They’re really long rows, like 100 stitches or so. And I’m a slow knitter.) Strangely, it really feels good and relaxing to pick that up again, although the pattern is complicated enough that I can’t knit and also carry on a conversation with my husband or watch a new TV show or pay attention to anything else. But it’s nice to do that after dinner for a bit while we’re watching reruns or whatever.
Run more, run longer (and faster?)
I’ve definitely logged more days of running. Most of them are still in the “short and easy” category, though.
Find a CPA
I got a recommendation from a local contact and sent an email yesterday, so we’ll see how that works out. Side note, I’m slightly terrified of this for some reason. Like, I’m irrationally scared I’ll either get lectured for doing something wrong up until now or laughed at for not having made more money or something.
Get a haircut
DONE AND I LOVE IT. SEE?
Research health insurance options
I wound up letting my husband add me to his employer-covered plan. It may not be the cheapest option, but it’s certainly the simplest. Things will be easier with both of us on the same plan and it’s one less thing for me to worry about (since the payment will be automatically deducted from his paycheck and I won’t have to write a check or make an online payment each month).
And in December…
Re-introduce strength training
I’d love to start going to the actual gym and lifting actual weights at least once a week, but for now, I’ll be happy if I manage to run through some at-home routines or follow-along YouTube videos for 10-20 minutes or so at least 4-5 days a week.
Take care of the paper situation in my “office”
It’s bad, guys. Like, I don’t even know how all these piles of paper got everywhere. They’re covered almost my entire work surface, they’re on a spare chair, they’re on the coffee table, they’re on the kitchen counter. Like fucking rabbits, I tell you.
I’m either going to set a timer for 10 minutes each morning and tackle it in short bursts until everything is sorted/shredded/taken care of or schedule a solid hour one day and do it all at once. Paper might be the one thing I’m actually a minimalist about.
Finish all my gift-buying by the 10th
Because those last few gifts will probably be ordered online and I don’t want to worry about shipping.
Send out Christmas cards
Oh, I hope I get myself organized enough to do this for once…Husband and I have never sent out cards. Last year, we decided to save that money, and the year before that, I was still sending the last of our wedding thank-you cards and I was so. over. addressing envelopes and dealing with the post office. So…fingers crossed!
Plan and make goals and resolutions for 2016
Yes, I’m making a goal to…set other goals.