Monday, March 31, 2014

And thus ends Month 3.

1. Make dinner every day.  ("Every day" is part of the goal, but it's not quite literal.  I'll explain later.)
2. Wipe the counters after dinner.
3. Be a visiting teacher.  (Don't know what that is?  Click here or here.)

Make dinner every day.
I told you up there ^^ that the phrase "every day" is part of the goal, but it's not literal.  I sometimes fall into the habit of being lazy after work.  Relaxing is fine and good, but sometimes I don't stop.  Joel gets home from work, we sit around, and then 6:00 rolls around.  I'm hungry but don't feel like cooking; Joel's hungry but doesn't feel like cooking.  The question, "What do you want to eat?" gets kicked around for a couple minutes, and then we get back to our TV show.  6:30 comes.  A little hungrier, and therefore a little less willing to get up and cook.  Finally, 7, 7:30, or 8:00 arrives and I say, "Man, I'm starving! but I never felt like cooking.  Rats.  I guess we're eating McDonalds!"  No more!  That's expensive!  Plus not quite healthy.  So my goal this month was not to do that.  Every day I would make something, even if it was frozen Totino's pizzas.  (And this goal also matched up nicely with my Lenten one.)

I did pretty great!  We ate out about once a week, but it was never because of laziness.  We sure ate leftovers a lot, but hey - I made those!  :)  I feel happy about how this goal went, and I think I'll be able to keep it up.

Wipe the counters after dinner.
OH MY GOSH THIS WAS HARD.  Why was it sooooo hard?  I don't know.  All I know is, I did okay *and* got help from others in the house, but basically starting counting down the days left in March about a week ago.  I think it's because I dislike coming back to the kitchen.  I love cooking, I love eating, but once the work is done, I don't want to have to come back and do MORE.  The most guaranteed way to make sure the counters got cleaned was to do it while dinner was finishing cooking.   Yeah, this one will definitely take some more work.

Be a visiting teacher.
I'll admit it - I've been a lazy visiting teacher for the last few months, resorting to dropping off a treat on the last day or two of the month.  It's because I hate calling people I only kind of know on the phone to make / confirm the appointment.  It's helpful when you can text instead of call, but I only have the home number for one of my ladies, which means I have to call.  I basically failed this month, BUT.  I think it was helpful to get me on track for next month.   So I'll report on this goal again in April and let you know if I did any better.

This was a hard month for goals, more because of the goals than the effort, though.  Because I put in a LOT of effort.  I'm giving myself a couple of the easier goals for April.  :)


They ended up having lunch with Hagrid, though they didn’t eat much - Hagrid had made what he said was a beef casserole, but after Hermione unearthed a large talon in hers, she, Harry, and Ron rather lost their appetites.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Stefan said...

I am so loving reading about your goals, Ali. I love that you can be so open and honest about your shortcomings, but not proud (in the bad way) of accomplishments. I, too, was a bad home teacher. However, I made a goal to be a better one, and now I get 100% every month. With some of my other companions it was easier because they'd ask me about it and would sometimes even make the appointments. Now I'm with a young man who does ask me, but I'm having to do all of the appointment work and teaching myself. It's forcing me to be a better home teacher and more concerned about my families. I must admit, since I've started getting 100% every month, I really care! Amazing how that works, isn't it?
I love you, Ali. I hope all is well with you guys!

Holland Hettinger said...

Oh man--no. 1 all the way! It's rough. Meal planning helped me, but Mike's been "working" (team-building aka play time) late a few days this week and I'm like...Chipotle! Hello. Cooking for one is so weird.

Good luck with next month! I love that you check in on the blog.

And I'm not sure how to reply to comments on our blog, but it was so great to hear from you the other day! Your comments were so sweet. Love you guys!!! P.S. What was your April Fools Day prank on Joel? XO

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