Reading: 12-15 books and doing a book review for each
✔ I read 15 books, and wrote a review for each one. You can see what I read and check out the links to each review on my books page.
Knitting: make a sweater, an afghan, and these slippers
✖ I didn’t do too well on this one. I did start an afghan and am 1/4 of the way done…and that’s all. I’m disappointed in this, because I really enjoy knitting but clearly I didn’t carve out enough time for it. I’m going to work on this in 2012.
Activity: find ways to get off my butt, especially when home with Evan
✖ Evan and I took swimming lessons in the spring…and that’s about it. I did sign up for kayaking lessons, but they were cancelled. I also tried to start biking more, but that fell through. I’m really, really awful about incorporating exercise into my life, but I know this is something that I need desperately to work on. I need to be more healthy, and this is a big part of it.
Social Mom: join a mom’s group or get together with other mothers
✔ I think I did pretty well with this while I was at home with Evan. I didn’t join any groups, but I got together with other moms at least 1-2 times per week.
Ask for what I want: at work and at home
✖+ This is an ongoing issue – I do expect people to read my mind, especially DH. I think I made a bit of progress this year, but not as much as I would have liked. These types of goals are also hard to quantify, since it’s really something one works on over a life time.
Pumping: until at least 6 months, exclusively if possible
✔ I pumped until Evan was almost 7 months old – for the last month or so, he was on both breast milk and formula as I weened myself. I think that was quite the accomplishment!
Internet/TV addiction: only watch TV shows I want to watch, and only go on the internet when I have something specific to do.
✖ I did horribly on this one. I am a self-confessed TV and internet addict. It is not cool. I waste a lot of time, especially in the evenings, bumming around on the net. We are fairly good at only watching TV shows we like, but we apparently like a lot of shows.
Experiment with cooking/baking: try a new recipe at least once a month.
✔ I tried 16 new recipes this year – some were great and are now part of our regular rotation (like the cream soups), some were a bust (like the turkey soup). I quite enjoyed this resolution!
– Jan. 9th: Banana bread
– Feb. 21st: Cream of broccoli soup
– Mar. 13th: Cheddar Gourgeres
– Apr. 13th: Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta
– Apr. 22nd: Crunchy Chicken
– Apr. 24th: Lemon Bars
– May 20th: Double-baked fries
– June 3rd: BBQ Ribs
– Aug. 7th: Neapolitan pizza
– Aug. 28th: Cedar Plank Salmon
– Aug. 30th: Spinach and Ricotta Mac & Cheese
– Oct. 5th: Turkey Soup
– Oct. 23rd: Potato and Leek Soup
– Oct. 27th: Mexican Style Shredded Pork
– Nov. 27th: Sugar Cookies
– Dec. 11th: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Get some style: reclaim my sense of style – at least before I start working again!
✔ I had a wonderful experience with a personal stylist, and I wrote about it in a series of five posts back in May! I got a different haircut, which I still love, since I can style it in three different ways pretty easily. I love the feeling that I look put together – it still gives me a confidence boost, and I just find it fun!
Great-grandmother visit in May
✔ Evan and I took a trip to Saskatchewan and Alberta to visit with both my grandmothers. They loved meeting him, and the trip was awesome!
So, the final tally is 6 ✔, 3 ✖, and 1 ✖+ (I made an effort, but it’s an ongoing change I need to work on). Not bad!
Stay tuned for my 2012 resolutions!