I set my simple goals back in August for Elsie’s challenge and since 2011 is almost here, I’m reporting on my success.
- Start Knitting Again: This has been a difficult goal since my hands always seem to be busy with Joshua, work, making dinner or picking up, and when they’re not busy I’ve got them to the keyboard. I did start a hat for Joshua but haven’t gotten more than a few rows done. However, I just joined the newly organized Stitch Craft Club at my school and I’ll be able to attend at least once a month, so that’s better than nothing! I’m really excited about the club and it’s open to both faculty and students. I’m hoping to learn a little more there and get motivation to finish my projects!
- Learn More About Chickens: I just received my copy of Chick Days by Jenna Woginrich (of Cold Antler Farm fame) and have been reading it when I get moments. I’ve already instructed Ed that he is to build a chicken coop for me for my 30th birthday in March and I’m planning to get chickens this spring. I still need to pick out varieties and decide how many to get!
- Go to Bed Early: This has been difficult for me, since I’m so busy with work and Joshua that my only time to get things done online and around the house is at night. Still, I’ve mostly been able to get to sleep by 10, so I’ll consider that a success.
- Blog Weekly: I’m doing my best! My cookie swap here at Farmer’s Daughter is in full swing (see the side bar!), my Breastfeeding Diaries posts are running weekly, and I’ve even managed to update Joshua’s baby book blog on a regular basis.
I’d say I’m doing pretty well, especially since I’m now back at work full time! Just don’t expect me to get the dishes done. Did you join in this challenge? How are you doing?
Thanks to Country Girl for tipping me off to this! Elsie at A Beautiful Mess has put forth this challenge of setting and achieving simple goals before the end of 2010.
Here are Elsie’s guidelines:
- choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish.
- do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example… instead of “lose 10 pounds”, choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day”. positive actions instead of just the end result!
- choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! they can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.
- choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! it can be a small or large reward.
- blog your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year!
I really need this. After having Josh, it seems that everything I enjoyed as hobbies (well, besides blogging) has been put on hold. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing, but I’m missing all the fun things I used to do, even though Josh and I do fun things together now. So here are my goals:
- Start knitting again. I have pretty purple yarn that I bought last fall to make myself a scarf and hat. I have lots of blue and green yarn that I bought to make things for Josh, too. I’m going to work on my purple scarf and a hat and (thumb-less) mittens for Josh. Reward: My new purple scarf, of course!
- Learn more about chickens. I’ve been talking about getting chickens for a few years now. I need to read a few books about them in preparation for getting them next spring. I SWEAR I’m going to get them next spring! Reward: Something from Etsy, maybe with a chicken theme, limit $20.
- Go to bed early. My friends on Facebook and Twitter will tell you how little sleep I’ve been getting lately. Since I’ll be going back to work in two weeks and will be getting up at 5:30, I really NEED to get my rest. I’m setting a bedtime of 9pm on weeknights. (This may interfere with all my other goals!) Reward: New warm and cozy jammies after 3 weeks of getting to bed early
- Blog weekly. I know that’s not really a lofty goal, considering I used to blog multiple times each day. Again, going back to work is going to be tough, so I’m setting a goal of posting here once a week (don’t worry, I have guest posts lined up… and YOU can contribute if you’d like to!) and at Josh’s baby blog once a week, in addition to my new blogging gig at a soon-to-be-launched site. So really, that’s 3 posts each week. Reward: The satisfaction of knowing I achieved this goal, and interaction with all of my dear friends online!
I’m excited about this challenge! But if you’ll excuse me now, it’s my 9:00 bedtime. Unless, of course, I start tomorrow…
Thanks so much to those who participated in my first challenge! Be sure to check out all the posts for a wealth of information!
Laura wrote about educating her son in Of seeds and water and environmental things.
Old Novice chose to educate her blog readers in her post Plastic garbage patches all over the oceans (with great videos!).
Rob wrote about his mom and his friend Martin taking baby steps in his post.
TaraChristiane taught the No Impact Man curriculum for a homeschool group, and reported on it here and here.
I chose to educate my son, and wrote about our first nature walk.
I think Earth Day is the perfect time to share these posts because they demonstrate that we can learn about the environment everyday!
Next week, April 11-17, is National Environmental Education Week. As an environmental science teacher, it would be easy for me to participate normally. I’m on maternity leave, so I started thinking about it… You don’t need to be a teacher in a formal school setting to participate in National Environmental Education Week. In fact, I think informal education can have the same impact, if not bigger, when it comes to environmental issues. So…
I’ve decided to host my very first challenge at Farmer’s Daughter!!! I challenge YOU to participate in National Environmental Education Week. At some point during the week of April 11-17, educate someone about the environment. It doesn’t have to be fancy! You can work with your kids, your significant other, friends, or even pledge to educate yourself! Then write a blog post about it and send me the link, and I’ll share the links here on my blog.
I don’t have a cool button to put on your blog, but if someone with some skills (and without a 3 1/2 week old baby to take up your time) wants to make one up, please share! The real winner of the challenge will be the planet, so spread the word!!! Update: Thanks to Rob for the button at the top of this post!!!
Email your link to AbbieR31081 AT aol DOT com, or leave a comment here, by April 19 to be included in my post.
I’ve signed up for Crunchy Chicken’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge this year, which starts today. Though I’ve participated in the past, I’m going to attempt to do a better job of actually keeping track of how much food gets wasted, as opposed to just keeping a list of what gets tossed.
Why be sure not to waste food? Well, it will save you money, reduce the methane (a greenhouse gas) released by decomposing food in a landfill or in the compost, and also save on the energy it takes to ship the food to you.
Are you playing along? Don’t forget to go sign up!
It’s been quite a while since my last update on the Independence Days Challenge, so this post will include everything I can remember from fall and early winter, since my last post about the challenge was in July.
- Back in the fall, I planted succession lettuce and peas. Nothing recently, though.
- lettuce, scallions, dill, parsley, chives, sage, thyme, snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, carrots, leeks, basil
- applesauce, cranberry applesauce, fall fruit chutney, apple pie filling
- pork, beef, turkey in the freezer
- continue to carry water bottle, reusable bags, reusable containers, cloth napkins, etc.
- use salvaged building materials for our projects
Preparation and Storage:
- buying canned and dry goods when on sale
- processing and freezing the pigs and turkeys (our freezer is FULL!!!)
- making a list of preservation goals for next year
Build Community Food Systems:
- visited our town’s Potato and Corn Festival and visited local agricultural fairs in the fall
- gave some lesson plans and labs to a member of my town’s agricultural commission, since he’s trying to promote agriculture in the classroom
- handed out snap pea seeds as favors at my baby shower, since they can be planted right around when our baby should arrive
Eat the Food:
- um, check! I can’t link to specific recipes, but take a visit to my Cookbook if you want to see what I’ve been making
I do have to say that I’m getting tired again in the third trimester, and I’ve been slacking off on the from scratch cooking. I’ve stopped making bagels, tortillas, and bread, and have been buying them instead. I don’t feel guilty, though, I’m too tired! Plus I still cook most nights, but have been taking some help on items like these that most people buy instead of make.