My main goal for 2011 is figuring out the easiest ways to get everything done.

Right now, I’m pretty sure that not everything is getting done – but we’re all getting sleep, we’re clean when we leave the house and we’ve eaten. I’ve been making a point of prepping a slow-cooker dinner on Sunday night for Monday so that we start the week off right. We’re all fairly happy and the house isn’t a horrible mess most of the time.

My other goals for 2011 include:

  • Hitting 175 lbs – and then to keep going

I haven’t hit 175 lbs yet, but I have been getting on the treadmill when I get home from work, which is awesome – and when I don’t I feel bad that I didn’t, which is also awesome.

  • Being able to make it all the way to my 10th floor office on the stairs

I have, so far, taken the stairs twice, just up to the sixth floor. Two of my coworkers are trying to do the same thing a couple of times a week, so I’m definitely optimistic about this one.

  • Consistently having a meal plan so that the whole family is eating healthy food

I have made up a meal plan both weeks so far, though last week we went off course for a couple of nights. The real problem, I discovered, was that we ran out of bread and milk before the end of last week and thus didn’t have back-ups for lunches. This weekend I went to Costco so we now have extra loaves of bread in the freezer, but it’s something we’ll have to stay on top of.

  • Continue to test my knitting skills in my project choices

The only knitting project I’ve been working on is a warm scarf for myself, but I have a few that I will start soon, hopefully.

  • Make my way through my ‘to read’ pile (my ever-expanding ‘to-read’ pile)

I am still making my way through The Book Thief at the moment, but I did re-arrange my bookshelf this weekend so that one shelf is all my ‘next to read’ books. My plan was to take our iPad on the bus with me and read ebooks, but I find it difficult since I’m often standing on the bus and my balance is not so great.

  • Build up my profile at work

Work is awesome. It did not take me long at all to remember why I missed it. My work people are great, they were excited to have me back, and they trust me to do what I do. I’m getting some new opportunities and it’s great for my resume and my confidence.

  • Keep blogging, keep tweeting, maintain my connections

Part of my job is monitoring Twitter, so I get the opportunity to keep up with my connections there, and I seem to still have time and topics for my blog, though I don’t know if that will always be the case. I am missing my weekly play date meet ups with the real live people I talk to online, but I know I’ll be seeing them around town.

  • Organize the second annual Road Hockey Showdown

Yeah, it’s going to be a little while before I start thinking about that.

  • Improve my French

Yeah, that.

  • The Shopping Embargo

I’ve been doing fairly well, I think. There have been slip-ups – mostly magazines I didn’t need to buy since I have books to read at home, but overall I’m happy. I think part of the problem was that the first week it was always sort of top of mind, but when I got busier I forgot about my commitment – luckily then I was back at work and no longer apt to go walk around the mall to occupy some time. The best moment was probably when I went to Costco and bought nothing completely
unnecessary. Costco has a habit of running away with my wallet. Yesterday I did go out at lunch and buy a new toque and mittens – because I lost my warm toque and my mitten are fraying. I think that was perfectly reasonable on a day that hit -29 degrees.

And something to add:

I really, really need to stop biting my nails. It looks bad, it hurts, and there’s no reason for it.

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