Thursday 5 July 2012

2nd Quarter Round-up 2012!!

Can you believe that we're half-way through 2012?!?!  Where DOES the time go?  So far it's been a pretty interesting year.  Let's see if I'm living up to my own expectations, as set down HERE and HERE...I think I'm doing OK so far... 

1.  My number one priority this year - be OUT OF DEBT before 2013!

Well so far this year I've paid $5850.00 which is a little less than I wanted.  However, if my math is correct I can pay about $1100 a month from now till December and have more than paid off my debt in full.  I always tend to make more money in the second half of the year anyway, what with my taxes and deductions and such being maxed out so I don't see this as being a problem at all...still, could be better.  Half credit.

2.  Maintain my weight in the 135-155 range, while actually building a little muscle and tone.

Weighing myself this morning revealed that I am 147 pounds, so I'm in my right weight range.  I've gained some weight in the last 3 months, but my B.M.I. stayed the same...the reason?  I've been exercising like a mad man...almost every day but a MINIMUM of 4 days a week...more often 6.  Because of this I've actually gained weight in MUSCLE!?!  For only the second time in my life I am capable of doing pull-ups and whatnot.  I'm pretty excited about what will happen if I keep it up for a year or more, since it's really only been 4 of 5 months of exercise.  I AM a little worried that it'll cause too much weight gain though.  It's a fine line...we'll see how it goes. 

3. Memorize one song a month, chords and lyrics, throughout 2012.

Total fail.  Boourns.   I have been playing a lot of guitar and jamming a lot and even working on original material, both mine and my friends.  However, I have failed to really even try particularly hard on this one.  I hope to at least get 4 songs for the year.  Way way less than 12.  So far I still have 2.  Hmmmm.... 

4.  Write lots!

So far so good with this....I've managed at least one article a week both here and at Fruitless Pursuits, plus occasional bonus stuff and I've been writing in my notebooks a lot too....either stuff that eventually ends up on this site or backstory and whatnot for a couple projects I have in my brain.  I could be a lot more dedicated still but I do think I'm improving in this the very least, I haven't gotten any worse! 

5. Schedule one half day a month to really clean my apartment and keep it looking nice.

I always look at my apartment and see the things that still need to be cleaned.  However, I was pleasantly surprised the other day when my friend's girlfriend, who hadn't been to my place for some time, complimented me on it "never looking cleaner"!  That was on a day when I thought it was actually much dirtier than usual.  I guess my standards have improved!!  I was flattered!  I haven't really "scheduled" any cleaning days as I wrote above but I do tend to look towards keeping everything need all the time anyway and make sure I at least clean the bathroom and such a lot.  I REALLY need to get my bedroom in some sort of order though.  The rest of the place looks good, but, like my subconscious mind, my bedroom is cluttered with stuff I'd rather not think about gathering dust in the corners... 

Well, 3.5 out of 5 isn't too bad I guess.  I'll have to see what I can do to pick it up in the next 6 months.  I know Summer has just begun, but you know what they say... 

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