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Summer Goals: Update 4

As I explained in this post I am working on completing some summer goals. This is the last update of this month! Overall I think that it has been a pretty successful first month of summer. Of course I haven’t completed all of my goals every week, but I think I am making good progress.

1. Read at Least One Book A Month

I finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest! I think that was probably 300-400 pages this week. Its hard not to speed up reading when you get to the end of a good book.

I am currently looking for a new book to read next. I have been reading tons of samples on iBooks (best feature ever!).

2. Eat Real Lunches

This week’s lunch has been honey wheat bagels with honey nut cream cheese – yum!

3. Call my Mom at least Once a Week

I actually called twice! And I saw my whole family earlier in the week which was fun!

4. Walk or Do Pilates Three Times a Week

I walked on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday. I also did pilates today! Go me!

5. Take Outfit Photos Once a Week

Okay I haven’t done this… I also still haven’t managed to post those outfit pictures I took like a month ago.

6. Try Two New Recipes a Month

I definitely exceeded this goal this month! I even made two new dishes this week.

I made a zucchini pasta dish with whole wheat pasta and seasoned with crushed red pepper, garlic sea salt, basil and parmesan. It was awesome!

I also made a zucchini and sweet potato stir fry seasoned with grounded mustard, garlic sea salt and paprika. It was quite yummy!

Next week maybe I will actually look up a recipe and then follow it – haha.

7. Bake Twice a Month

I really didn’t succeed at this at all. Its kind of hard to convince myself to turn on the oven lately even for the sake of cookies!

8. Make a lot of Wedding Crafts

I really need step up the wedding craft making. I have been trying to organize gathering supplies. June is gonna have to be quite the crafty month!

9. Find Something I Love to Do

Lately I have been loving walking thats pretty much all I have so far.

10. Relax More and Smile More

Overall I think I have been doing pretty well at this throughout the month. Lets hope I can continue doing that.

Mini Goal

Last week my mini goal was to pick out an outside couch for my porch. I did this and I am super excited to get it and spend lots of time reading and drinking tea outside!

Next Week Mini Goal

  • Finish unpacking!

Overall a pretty great week. Here’s to an even better weekend (which will include my first Bridal Shower!).

~Caitlin

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Another Friday Update!

As I explained in this post I am working on completing some summer goals. On to this weeks update:

1. Read at Least One Book A Month

  • I read 115 pages in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (I seem to have a trend going of reading more and more pages each week – haha).

2. Eat Real Lunches

  • I did pretty well this week with this. Lots of hummus and pretzels with aside of strawberries – yum!

3. Call my Mom at least Once a Week

  • Done! Always fun to catch up with my Mom.

4. Walk or Do Pilates Three Times a Week

  • I went on one walk. It was kinda rainy and gross all week. Hopefully next week I can go on more walks!

5. Take Outfit Photos Once a Week

  • Nope

6. Try Two New Recipes a Month

  • Not this week.

7. Bake Twice a Month

  • Not yet but the month’s not over yet!

8. Make a lot of Wedding Crafts

  • No but I picked wedding shoes after MUCH deliberation. My dress I picked in one hour, but everything else is proving a bit more difficult.

9. Find Something I Love to Do

  • I have mostly been focusing on unpacking this week. I have been enjoying relaxing still which is always a fun thing to do.

10. Relax More and Smile More

  • I think I have been doing pretty good this week. Maybe I am finally getting a hang of relaxing and having fun thing.

Mini Goal

Last weeks goal was take more pictures. I did this a little bit. I shared some random pictures I took of day to day life in this post and I plan on sharing some more this weekend or next week.

Next Week Mini Goal

  • Pick out a little couch for my porch – my porch!

Overall this week has been pretty good and I am looking forward to an awesome long weekend. I plan to have a weekend full of relaxing and slow unpacking. Maybe even some exploring in my town!

Have a glorious weekend!

~Caitlin

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Friday Update

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As I explained in this post I am working on completing some summer goals. Here is my first update post on my progress towards those goals! Also I decided to do the posts on Fridays because we all know that is the real end of the week!

Without further ado, here is how I did this week:

1. Read at Least One Book A Month

  • I read about 50 pages in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

2. Eat Real Lunches

  • Wednesday – Had leftover pasta from night before as a cold pasta salad – win!
  • Thursday – Had a Starbucks frappuccino so not so much a lunch
  • Friday – Apple & peanut butter – well better than Thursday right?

3. Call my Mom at least Once a Week

  • Did so on Thursday!

4. Walk or Do Pilates Three Times a Week

  • Kind of – walked to do an errand on Thursday

5. Take Outfit Photos Once a Week

  • Took some on Sunday May 6th and one day I will post them.

6. Try Two New Recipes a Month

  • I don’t know if you can really call it a recipe because I kind just threw some things together, but it was pretty darn good. In case you were curious: pasta + parmesan + olive oil + onions + red peppers + garlic + basil

7. Bake Twice a Month

  • Yeah didn’t do that yet…

8. Make a lot of Wedding Crafts

  • No real crafts but working on put together Save the Dates!

9. Find Something I Love to Do

  • I have been writing in an ideas journal – hopefully that will help.

10. Relax More and Smile More

  • I decided to not look at my reminders app for a 3 days (which may seem silly but seriously I check that thing like every 5 minutes)
  • I created a new ritual of tea and google reader every morning (so many lovely blogs to read)
  • I painted my nails on Wednesday (something I rarely do). I would also like to note that I answered the door & signed for a package in the middle of painting my nails without messing up a single one – I call that skills – haha.

P.S. I also decided I am gonna make a mini-goal every week to keep this interesting. So…

Mini Goal:

  • Try 2 new hair styles

All in all I think this was a pretty successful first week of summer and first week of goal completion (or rather progress).

Have a superb weekend!

~Caitlin

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Thoughts on the Summer

Last summer I made some goals and lets be honest I didn’t follow through on most of them, but this summer I am gonna try to make and follow through on some goals.

I don’t have a job lined up after graduation and while I am sure I will be quite busy with wedding planning – all and all I am doing absolutely nothing this summer. If anyone has ever experienced the phenomena of having nothing to do than you know that it can get quite boring and monotonous. After a few days of doing nothing the glamour of relaxation can wear off a little bit (or a lot).

I personally start losing motivation to much besides watch TV and sit around complaining about how bored I am. This summer my number one goal is to not be bored and to learn how to be fulfilled and happy without a job or school.

I have a list of simple things I would like to accomplish this summer, and if I remember to work towards them everyday than I should pretty much always have something to do.

Summer of 2012 Goals:

1. Read at Least One Book A Month

2. Eat Real Lunches (I have never been a person who has trouble eating breakfast or cooking myself dinner, but lunch I struggle with).

3. Call my Mom at least Once a Week

4. Walk or Do Pilates Three Times a Week

5. Take Outfit Photos Once a Week

6. Try Two New Recipes a Month

7. Bake Twice a Month

8. Make a lot of Wedding Crafts

9. Find Something I Love to Do

10. Relax More and Smile More

To assure that I don’t fall back into my old habits of being lazy and bored I am going to create a little weekly feature here on this blog. Every week (I haven’t decided what day yet) I will make a little post tracking my progress towards my various goals and hopefully this will help me continuously work towards them.

What are your summer goals and plans?

~Caitlin

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The End and The Beginning Are Just Synonyms

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Today I did it. I finished college. I turned in my last two exams and that was it I am done. It definitely hasn’t hit me yet, but its pretty weird to think about not being a college student anymore. I am still pretty sure that it is September (of 2008)…

I still don’t officially graduate until May 13th, but for now I am gonna enjoy the idea that I no longer have to do homework. I can’t even fathom what that is like.

It seems like I just managed to get a hang of this whole college thing this year, funny how life works that way. I mean you struggle with something for years and then right when you figure it out, its over.

1. What my ideal schedule is like

2. That waking up at 8:45 is the perfect balance between sleeping in and feeling like you are wasting your morning (see 1)

3. That I will never ever ever be a night class person

4. That classes not on the topics of Evolutionary Anthropology or History have the sole purpose of decreasing my GPA

5. That you should run fast and hard from any class with the word Introduction in the title

6. How to write a 4 page paper in under an hour

7. How to study well but not too much

8. How to make time for my friends

9. That taking time to watch CNN in the morning makes everything better

10. The exact time I have to leave my apartment to get a coffee or tea and a good seat, but not have to wait for class to start

11. Where the media center in the library is.

12. That you can rent out rooms in the library for group meetings

13. When you really need the textbook.

14. The key to being able to read my own notes – i.e. write in all caps (REALLY wish I discovered that one earlier).

15. That I will always have a love hate relationship with online courses.

What did you learn in your last year of college?

~Caitlin

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

This weekend I was going to take outfit photos of what I wore to our wedding tasting…

And then I was going to take pictures of what I wore out tonight to our Valentine’s celebration…

I was also going to finally take out my camera in a restaurant…

And I was gonna get some stuff done for my job…

This weekend I ate 3 kinds of cake at the the tasting (shamelessly)…

And dropped a ridiculous number of forks…

I tried a strawberry daiquri for the first time…

And I ate a yummy enchilada…

I learned some good news…

And I got even more excited about going to the UK…

I don’t have any pictures to share with you tonight, but I’ll chock it up to a good weekend anyway.

I hope you had a weekend that was so fun you forgot to document it.

~Caitlin

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Lately…

(1. Birthday Presents 2. Birthday Cake 3. Caramel Latte in class 4. Felt Roses 5. Trying on Glasses 6. Luna Bar in class 7. Okkervil River Record 8. Wedges 9. A Bit of Snow 10. Tea!)

  • I have finally gotten to see the church we are getting married in and its beautiful.
  • I have been obsessed on Downtown Abbey. It really is as good as everyone says. I was hooked after one episode.
  • I finally picked a new pair of glasses that I want (something I have been trying to do since Christmas).
  • I have been getting really excited to head to the UK next week.
  • And perhaps even more excited for my fiancé’s birthday next Wednesday.
  • I have been amazed at how fast time is going by.
  • And I have been trying to enjoy every day more.
  • I have enjoyed getting more and more wedding details put together every day.
  • I have been trying to keep my apartment a bit cleaner.
  • And I’ve been trying to get my homework done early.
  • I have been obsessed with cereal and chai tea with coffee creamer.
  • And I finally got my hair trimmed.

What have you been up to lately?

~Caitlin

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