1. Finish all five seasons of Friday Night Lights. Start and finish The West Wing. Cross my fingers and hope that Felicity becomes available on Amazon Instant Streaming. – It’s hard to call not watching enough TV a fail, but there you have it. I did watch the first four episodes of Felicity while babysitting for my neighbor, since they have Netflix. I also noticed that seasons 205 of Friday Night Lights are much shorter than season 1, which gives me hope.
2. Commit to figuring out if canceling cable is a good decision for this family, which means doing the research and doing the math. Yeah, no progress made here, but we are ordering an Apple TV to see how we like it. I’m afraid we’ll love it in ADDITION to cable, which would be a problem.
3. Walk or ride bikes to school at least once a week. Kind of. We missed a week because of rain, and we’ve been home sick for the past two days, so my original plan to walk twice this week hasn’t panned out.
4. Train for and run a 5k. I’ve picked the race I’m going to run in, but haven’t started training. My problem is that it’s dark when my husband is home, both before and after work, and I don’t have a jogging stroller or a treadmill which would allow me to train while he’s at work. I need to figure something out here. I’ve considering buying a used jogging stroller, but even used we’re talking $100, and I’m just not that invested yet.
5. Continue to have one date night per month with my husband. Just under the wire, but YES. Thanks to some babysitting trading with a neighbor, we made this work.
6. Attempt at least one new recipe per month. And then some.
Lemon Chicken – No official recipe here. I cubed some chicken breast, added salt and pepper and then cooked that on the stove with some garlic and olive oil and added a ton of lemon juice. Very good and fresh tasting, and delicious on top of a salad the next day.
Lentil Soup – This was something my neighbor throws together – carrots, onions, celery, fresh lentils, diced tomatoes, cumin, tumeric, salt and pepper. We both add pasta to entice the kids to eat it, as well as some chicken apple sausage to make it more man-appealing.
Sweet and Sour Chicken When I’m making this I always worry that it’s not going to be great, and now we’ve made it twice and every eats it. Well, everyone but Bubette, who doesn’t eat dinner lately. It’s really yummy, if not the healthiest thing on the menu.
7. Get a job. I’ve sent in an application to my number one choice, so now we just wait. I got some interesting information about another option today if that doesn’t pan out.
January Organization/Cleaning Goal: Do not leave the house or go to bed with dishes in the sink. Mostly yes. We left for school or church a few times without clearing the sink, but never went to bed with a messy kitchen.
February Goal: Do all the morning prep before bedtime (Make lunches, pack snacks, set the table for breakfast, set out clothes for everyone, including myself.)