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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Half Birthday

Tomorrow is July 12th, and that means it is my half birthday. Around the time of my birthday this year, I made a list of 25 things I want to accomplish before I turn 26. I think it would be fun to look at that list and assess (lol, "ass") what, if anything, I have accomplished in six months. Here we go!

Victoria's magical 25 before 26:
  1. De-clutter my life (closets, drawers, basement) - I did some of that, about half of what I originally wanted to do. I'm still planning on cleaning out the rest. It's just a slow project. Meanwhile, I keep accumulating more crap. Such is life. 
  2. Move to a more spacious place - Not happening. Joel and I have decided that we need to stay here for awhile, no matter how much the smell of smoke wafting in from upstairs gives me the sneezes. It's just not in the cards right now, and I'm OK with that. 
  3. Get on a regular sleep schedule - I can barely type this because I'm loling so hard. Not even a little bit has this improved. I may need a doctor.
  4. Go to the doctor/dentist (even without insurance... ugh) - I got signed up for some free program which allows a yearly checkup, and that's about as good as it's getting. I floss every day, so fuck the dentist. 
  5. Run a 5k! Hopefully The Color Run. - I'm doing that! I win! Joel and I have a team with our dear friends Molly and Kyle and we're called The Cheesy Blasters! It's the beginning of August! I should probably train for it... 
  6. Go grocery shopping with Joel (more) regularly. (Fun fact: I HATE grocery shopping) - I did it once by myself about a month ago and never want to do it again. Seriously, there are few things I hate more than grocery shopping. I could go into a huge rant on why, but I'll save that for the next time I actually do it, which will probably be awhile. 
  7. Plan weekly menus ahead of time so grocery shopping might suck less - Before Joel started work, we were awesome about this! I even made a little menu thing. When he started working 50 hours per week, this fell on the backburner. I am confident we can pick it back up again when we feel the need.
  8. Go to Cedar Point! - Not yet. Still a possibility, but kind of unlikely due to finances.
  9. Go camping with friends - We are planning a weekend trip with our friends Ryan and Rachel to Northern Michigan. We'll be staying in a hotel, so it's not actually camping at all, but I'm saying it counts because I was hoping some friends would plan the camping trip and it doesn't look like that's going to happen. And the last time I planned a camping trip was a huge disaster. 
  10. Be involved in theater - Nope. That may not happen because of school. I still really want to, but I need to be practical with my time and energy. I've been watching it, though!
  11. Take more photos with my Canon Rebel XTi - Working on it. Once the semester ends, I'm going to do one of those awesome photo-a-day (or week, if I'm being honest) things while getting reacquainted with my camera. 
  12. Travel outside of Michigan/Ohio/Indiana/Illinois/Ontario - We went to Joel's parents' condo in Ft. Myers at the end of April. They paid for the majority of it; it was their birthday gift to us both. We didn't have a lot of money to spend on activities, so we spent most of the time in the condo or by the pool. We didn't even make it to the beach once because it stormed on our beach day! But it was still nice to get away from Michigan for awhile and I saw come cool birds and stuff.
  13. Go to Chicago for a weekend with Joel (and others, if possible).  - Ugh. We all suck at planning trips. Also the money thing.
  14. Go to the Binder Park and/or Detroit Zoo because I love zoos. - Nope. Hopefully, though. I would really like to feed some giraffes.
  15. Read at least one book per month. - Though I haven't been reading as much since school started, I read a bunch of books before May, and I've been able to squeeze one in here and there during the semester. I'll blog a list of them later, because I obviously love lists. 
  16. Start graduate school - Yay. I did that. And I even added another masters into the mix. So I did this one REAL GOOD. 
  17. Be better at school than I was before (i.e. don't procrastinate... as much) - (Cue farting sound)
  18. Take a moment daily to be thankful - I think I do this about 50% of the time, which is a lot more than I was before. It's hard to be positive when the world can be such a shithole. But I'm working on it.
  19. Lose 40 pounds - Almost half way there! It's a pain in the ass, but I'm determined! 
  20. Plan an appropriate budget that allows for saving - We have a budget. We're still paying off some debt, but saving for a honeymoon/second car/private island is in the hopefully nearish future. 
  21. Eat 5 fruits/veggies every day - I haven't exactly tracked how often I do this, but I'd say it's most of the time. I mostly choose fruits over veggies, because fruit is nature's candy and I like candy. 
  22. Paint something - We painted the coffee table! It is teal now instead of brown/hunter green/water stain white. Though I don't remember, I'm pretty sure I meant something artsy when I wrote this goal. I want to try this Brush Studio place so they can teach me how to not be a spaz with a paintbrush. And also so I can drink.
  23. Make the ladder shelf with Joel. - We are doing this! We have the ladder and the paint! We just gotta make time for it, which we've been planning to do for about two weeks. I'll blog it when it's finished, which may or may not be until October. 
  24. Spend time with just my girlfriends at least once per month - Yes. I've done this. And I'd go nuts without it. (Sometimes I go nuts anyway)
  25. Tell my favorite people I love them more. - I need to be better at this. Okay, if you're reading this, I probably love you. NOW I'M DONE. That was hard. Ugh, emotions.
I still have some work to do, but I've made progress on my goals in the last six months. Some of these things are not going to happen at all, and that's okay. I have a lot of other things I want to accomplish other than these 25 things, but I'm glad I started my 25th year off having a general guideline for things I wanted to accomplish and experience in the upcoming year.

Now I'm going to go cry forever because I didn't get my free Slurpee today. 


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