Last year I said I wanted to:
Sew a pair of jeans. I've already done this, but my first pair had some mistakes. I have more denim ordered and should get a perfect pair of jeans sewn within the next month.The denim I ordered ending up being lame, the stretch was length wise instead of across the selvedge. They are wearable, but not perfect (thus why they never made it in a post). I just bought some more denim. Hopefully third time is a charm?
Sew a jacket.Yes! It turned out really nice. I was impressed with myself. Got to get a post up.
I am committed to running the Capital City Half Marathon in May.I ended up running the Snoqualmie Half instead. I ran a 1:41. A bit slower than I was hoping, but considering I had pretty much taken four years off of running I was satisfied. But training for that made me realize that always training to run faster and farther is exhausting (and a bit demoralizing since I am running so much slower than my PR's). Before I had kids I could do it and was able to relax while I wasn't running, but I do not have that luxury anymore. I ended up slowing my pace down, and running a lot of trails, and running became really enjoyable, it felt good, and I ended up running even more than when I was training for the half(it helped that running was the only thing keeping me sane while weaning of anti-convulsants). I ran a few trail races, and found out that I have finally mastered dominating the downhill portions. My last race was a 10k with four huge hills and I actually passed people at the end! I really can't think of any other races I've ran where that has happened. Next year I am planning to do a lot of trail races!
I want to work on having less waste. I buy lots of bulk items at the grocery store, but don't bring my own containers.Didn't do too great at this one. I'm too forgetful.
I want to eat more fish, preferably at least 3 times a weekSometimes I did this. But I haven't had fish in at least a month.
Be more ethically minded in my purchases. Everything we consume has ethical ramifications. Usually the cheaper something is, the more unethically it was produced. I want to limit my purchases to only things we need, and I want them to be of good quality. I want to make more of our clothes and buy more things used (I am going to have to overcome a snobbish attitude for buying used). I don't want to be swayed by advertising, and I don't want to buy random crap. Sadly this is a hard goal.I did pretty good at this. I started shopping at thrift stores and have been impressed with what I find. Getting great deals is cool too.
I am going to have a garden this year! I thought I would be able to start a late one after we moved, but wasn't able to make it happen. This year I will.My garden was amazing. I have never been able to grow anything in my life, but I planted stuff and it was a jungle of food! Hopefully I can have success again.
- Climbed Mt Dickerman with my sister. Which was super hard due to all the snow on the trail, but really amazing.
- Floyd and I took a trip to Vegas. I had very low expectations for Vegas, but it was better than I thought. We had a lot of fun.
- We went camping as a family at Padilla Bay.
- We did our annual golf/massage weekend at my uncles cabin where my aunt has the absolute best massage therapist ever come and give us massages by the river.
- Floyd's first complete year of being a professional poker player was great.
- The girls are growing and learning and doing all sorts of amazing things.
2011 was a good year!
I'll do a recap of my favorite books from last year in a separate post.