2014 resolution update – October

“Time flies” is an overused expression, but I can’t believe it’s now October. (My favorite month!) Time for one last quarterly check-in on my goals for 2014. You can find the others here: January, April and July.

Screenshot 2014-10-01 at 5.43.18 AMRead 75 books.
Yesterday I finished book #70, so this goal will definitely happen. I also just started one of Margaret Atwood’s books because I’m scrambling to meet the sub-goals of finishing the last 6 books I haven’t read in Atwood’s canon, as well as that one Russian door-stopper. I’m at least aiming for the Atwood goal, even if I have to carry over the Russian one for 2015. Audiobooks are a huge part of my reading life in a way they never were until about 18 months ago when I started listening to them on my commute. Now I twitch if I have a gap in books due to library holds. But reading still remains my longest hobby and joy, dating back to 1986 when I begged my mom to teach me how to read when I was 3. I therefore had no doubt I’d nail this goal.

Write letters on three issues to my elected representatives.
I wrote one in April on the DARK Act, but I’ve been slacking on this front. Need to get on that.

Run a marathon.
Less than 3 weeks to go until I can check this one off. I’ve been training for 20+ weeks and I’ve run over 500 miles so far. This will definitely be the 2014 resolution that was the biggest challenge.

Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
I’ve done pretty well with this during marathon training, but I know that I could do better, more consistently. I need to make sure to keep it up even when I’m not running a gazillion miles at a time.

Start my home brew kombucha.
Done and done. I need to restart more brewing since I made vinegar, but I’m waiting until after the marathon so I can keep closer tabs on it. It’s been one of my favorite things I’ve done this year – though like many other things in my life, it got overshadowed by marathon training.

Sew a t-shirt quilt.
Zero progress has happened on this since July. It’s another casualty of marathon training. (Sounding like a broken record here!)

Can one new thing.
We made one new variant of jam this year, but mostly we canned the usual. But ironically, we froze a bunch of new stuff that we’d never preserved that way before – including lot of tomatoes, chard and roasted peppers.
Plant a bee-friendly flower garden.
My flowers recently kicked the bucket, but they were nice while they lasted. And I did spot some bees this summer, so that’s more than previous years!

Make the chickens some treats.
We’re down to two, so I have no excuses to not make them some treats this fall.

Organize the basement.
Sadly, the basement is starting to creep back to its former state of disorganization. I hope to remedy this when I do the great clothes switcheroo and bring up my cold weather clothes and take the warm weather ones back to the basement. Guess when I’ll accomplish this? (If you guessed ‘after the marathon,’ you win!)

How are you doing on your goals for 2014?