If April showers bring May flowers, what do April snowstorms bring???
- Save money/get out of debt.
- I will try to do the 52-Week Money Saving Challenge – Had to take the $$ out of that account to pay taxes. 😦
- Refinance the condo. – Need a job first. Yes.
- As soon as I get a job (see #3), start smacking money down on our student loan/credit card debts! – I was able to sub about three weeks in April; I get paid for two of those weeks May 3rd, and the CC payments are already set up. Not a whole lot, but everything will help!
- Lose weight. – Starting weight: 141#; Ending weight: 144#.
- Track my foods. – Maybe a day or two.
- Exercise (cardio) at least 5 days a week. – I didn’t exercise 5 days the week I was in Tennessee, but the other weeks I did. I think. Maybe one week when I was feeling cruddy I didn’t necessarily *go exercise*, but I did get at least 10K steps in on those days, and a couple hit over 15K (even a 20K).
- Strength train at least 3 days a week. – Rock climbing and yoga — I think one week I fudged a little and only did a few squats one day, but otherwise *much* better.
- Take the monthly Shrinking Jeans challenges. – I got as far as cutting six challenges up and pasting them together to do as a group. That doesn’t make sense. I know what I mean. Basically I would be doing Day 1 of six challenges all together (like a regular ST routine), then Day 2, etc. I want to do it this way because I don’t like doing squats 30 days in a row with no breaks in between. So I’ve decided to do these on the days I don’t do yoga or rock climb. About 3 days a week. Once I get through 31 times, then I’ll try a ST routine from one of my magazines or something. The point is to get a habit going. Whew!
- Get a job.
- For right now, get on the substitute lists. – Subbed most days I could.
- Get a summer job. – Applied at about six or seven districts.
- Get a full-time ESL job for the fall. – Have the license. Applied at six or seven districts. Will keep applying through May. Or till I get one.
- Get outside more.
- Run, bike, and rock climb outside (weather permitting). – Walked outside a couple times; ran once (hurt my ankle AGAIN and had to walk back, grr). Most of the month it was spitting a nasty mix of rain/sleet/snow. What the radio people called a “slush storm”. Yeah. But the couple days it was nice, I did get outside.
- Work on exploring more of the 60 Hikes in 60 Miles. – Nope.
- Go camping. – Still waiting for spring…
- Go to one of the destinations we’ve been wanting to — Ely, Mystery Caves, the Black Hills, Katahdin (if I get to ME this summer) – We didn’t go anywhere. I went to TN, but nothing cool. Although it was neat to see some friends, see how the campus had changed, and have a chat with my piano teacher.
- Be creative.
- Blog at least 3x/week. – No, but I did better. Five posts in April, not counting this one, and not counting a couple in the works that will be back-dated. So that’s a little more than one a week…
- Finish cross-stitch projects and give to their owners! – No, but I finished the cross-stitching of the one I started Easter weekend and started another one of the same pattern with a color change to give to my grandmother. I’ll post pics when I’ve gotten them both a little more finished.
- Finish Jon and Ali’s quilt. – Didn’t touch it.
- Practice the piano more. – I didn’t practice. At all.
- Spend more time with friends and family.
- Do fun things with Kent. – We went rock climbing every Saturday night, with friends every time I think. We also went to a concert — Britten’s “War Requiem” — awesome! That was with a friend too and we had supper beforehand.
- Get together with friends at least once a month for games or other event. – See above. I also met up with a friend to walk the mall one day, and we met a couple other friends to chat at a restaurant (they ate; we didn’t).
- Call my friends who live far away — one per week. – I did talk to one friend. That’s one more than last month!
- Write a note to someone every week. – I have the notes to write. Didn’t write them yet. A couple other friends lost family members in the last week, so that’s what they’re for.
- Spend more quality time with God.
- Have real devotions every day. – I was more consistent, and was reading from the study books I have for the Bible study I help lead every weekend, but that’s a different focus. I am really short on time and sleep, though, so maybe that will have to be enough for now.
- Memorize at least 1 Bible verse every day. – I didn’t get 30, nor did I do it every day, but I memorized the rest of Romans 1 the last week and a half of April — verses 18-32. Gonna start Romans 2 in May. 🙂
- Pray every day! – I did pray, but more when I needed something than to just talk with God. I did thank Him several times just out of the blue for nice things, but it was hard to feel thankful with the weather the way it was. I guess I need to work on that.
April was a really odd month for me. I started out, of course, in TN spending time in the hospital with my grandfather, who died the day after I left to come home. So April has been a month of thinking about grief and mortality, shedding tears at odd times for no particular reason (or for a reason — during Britten’s “War Requiem” — it was cathartic), and reconnecting with family members. I may not have called friends, but I talked to my mom, my aunt, my brothers, and my grandmother more than usual. Even my mother-in-law got a lot more calls.
I was pleased that I had held my weight from the end of February (141#) through about the middle of April, though I was eating a lot of sugar and not necessarily exercising the way I should. The last week or so I gained three pounds and started feeling really *fat* and flabby (without knowing how much I’d gained). It was interesting to note that, actually, because I had laughed at a really skinny friend in Bangkok who used to complain that she’d gained a kilo (about 2.2#), because I thought it was such a small amount you wouldn’t notice. Now I know you can tell even that small amount, when you are close to the weight you should be. I’m planning on stepping up my strength training (see 2.4 above), so hopefully I should be seeing more progress in the right area soon!
In addition to subbing, I also did a focus group on how I use the library (lol) and picked up a homebound student for tutoring. I’ve seen her twice this week and will be seeing her till school gets out, about five hours a week, to try to get her graduated from eighth grade. So that’s some extra money. We’re really short this month but I am trying to get on top of it. Kent will be out of school the middle of May and I hope he can find something this summer that will pay a decent amount.
In other news, I managed to get the house more or less cleaned up on the days I didn’t sub, and undecorated the Christmas tree today and got all the decorations in their boxes and by the door to go down. The tree itself is still up but Kent said he’d maybe get to it Thursday or Friday. But the bathrooms have been cleaned in living memory, and the floor has been vacuumed at least once if not twice, and *most* of the laundry is off the floor. We sound like slobs, and we actually don’t mean to be, but the schedules we’ve been keeping are rather horrendous. But if I can keep more or less on top of it, then it is at least manageable in the odd half hour here and there.
So that’s April for you — small improvements, and hope for the next month. See you then!