Monday, February 28, 2011

Project 52 - Weeks 7, 8, 9

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted a Project 52 update in a few weeks. Rest assured that even though I haven't been posting about it, I have been busy keeping up with all my goals and chipping away at my Project 52 list. I simply decided that since posting every week was beginning to bore me, it must really be boring the rest of you. Since many of my goals are weekly goals, I really felt as though I was saying the same thing week, after week, after week. Boring! So I decided to do one update at the end of each month, reflecting back on my progress. Hopefully, that will be less boring for all of us!

Weeks 7-9 were all pretty good weeks for me. I did a decent job of keeping up with my weekly and monthly/multi-event goals and I even crossed off one of my one-time goals! I like those the best. Crossing things off of lists gives me a real sense of accomplishment! Here's my accounting of how I did for the past 3 weeks:

Weekly Goals

3. Cook 3 times per week - I did manage to cook 3 times in Week 7 and 8. But Week 9 was my Home Alone 2 week and I did not cook at all. And I'm proud of that fact! Project 52 goal #3 be damned! Score: 6/52 weeks

10. Walk/Exercise 3 times per week - Success! Weeks 7 and 8 I actually exercised 4 times. Week 9 I just barely got my three times in. Score: 6/52 weeks

30. Pay attention to local politics - Check! I've found that I'm mostly following what's going on in education in our state. But I have forced myself to read other political articles - both local, national and international. I am definitely making a conscious effort to do it (Project 52 is calling...), but if that's what it takes to make me accomplish some of my goals - so be it! Today Geoff even forwarded a political website to me that will send me an email any time RI is mentioned in the news nationwide. All I had to do is subscribe. Now it will be even easier to keep up. This one is harder to score, but as long as I read one article a day I'm counting it as meeting my weekly quota. Score: 8/52

33. Post at least once a week - Yes, by the skin of my teeth. Score: 8/52

34. Write a weekly letter to Katie - Not only did I write to her each week, two of those letters were in care packages! One package was full of Valentine's Day surprises and the other, less exciting package, consisted of shorts and a To Do List she left behind. Gotta love those To Do Lists! Score: 5/32

36. Keep fresh flowers in the family room - Ummm, define "fresh". Week 7 and 8 were no problem. As a matter of fact, Valentine's Day fell during Week 8 and Geoff gave me the most gorgeous bouquet of 3 dozen red roses I have ever seen. They were flown in from Colombia - not sure why- but they are truly lovely and have lasted a long time. However, in Week 9 many of them are looking a little sad. Some are still in good shape, though. I really need to weed out the wilters and make a smaller bouquet of the survivors. So, I'm going to be generous here and give myself Week 9. Score: 8/52.

Monthly and Multi-Event Goals

1. Try one new non-soup recipe a month - I'm hoping to get this one in under the wire. I'm planning on making a Chicken Piccata recipe tonight. However, I've got a crazy late afternoon today and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to pull this off. We'll see. Score: 2?/12 *fingers crossed*

2. Try 6 new soup recipes - I made Italian minestrone and barley soup. Geoff and I loved it. Apparently, barley makes Madeleine gag. She tried one bite and couldn't even manage to let the soup leave the spoon! I've never seen anyone put a spoonful of food in their mouth and then take it right back out. Hysterical! She could not tolerate the texture of the barley. Who knew? I, on the other hand, love barely. I guess I won't be having more any time soon. Score: 3/6

5. Invite my mother to dinner once a month - Does lunch count? Somehow the month got away from me and I never did invite her over. I feel badly about that. But, I did take her out to lunch one day, which is not something I do regularly. Again, I'm going to be generous with myself. After all, it's the spirit of the goals that is really more important than following them to the letter. At least, for me it is. Score: 2/2

14. Write book reviews for all 4 and 5 star books read in 2011 - Well, I'm halfway there. During Weeks 7-9, I read 2 books that I rated 4 stars - The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Inconceivable by Carolyn and Sean Savage. I have written a book review for The Crucible. I will be writing and posting a book review about Inconceivable soon, but it's not ready
yet. Score: 1/2

28. Try 3 swanky restaurants in Providence - 1 down, 2 to go. On Sunday Geoff, Madeleine and I went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to celebrate my birthday. It's a beautiful restaurant with a magnificent view of the city. Our meal was delicious and it was a great way to celebrate my birthday.

32. Go to the movies once a month - Nope. Maybe next month.

37. Donate to a charity or cause once a month - Check. Geoff and I like to support our town and this month we donated to the town Boosters. Even though our girls have not been too involved in sports in high school (Katie was on the JV tennis team for two years), we feel that a strong sports program is important to the health and well-being of our town's teens. For us, it is a worthy cause. Score: 2/2

40. Schedule one Mental Health Day a month - I think having 5 days and 4 nights to myself at home definitely qualifies! Score: 2/2

One Time Goals

20. Make a day trip to Boston to explore and get my bearings - Done! I visited the area of Boston around Northeastern University with my friend Barbara. She is somewhat familiar with the area, since her son is a Freshman at Northeastern. We had a great time and I definitely feel like I have a better sense of the city as a whole and that area in particular. I hope to make more trips to Boston to explore further, but this was a good start. Score: Completed!

How about you? How are you doing on your Project 52 goals or New Year's Resolutions? I'd love to hear about your progress.


Sandy said...

Good job! I am envious of several of your goals and your success. Although I will say that, totally by coincidence, I have been doing some of the same 'new' things. Honest! It's coincidence. :-)

Anita said...

You are doing very well. I admit in the beginning I wasn't interested in doing a big Project 52 like yours, but now I am a little envious....seeing that progress is incredible.
I am doing quite well on my 52 letters in 52 weeks. I'm even more on top of birthday cards for the most part....I missed yours:(.
Each week I choose my recipient sometimes it's a roulette wheel spin, others it's because someone has had a tough week and I think it's time to brighten their day.
Keep going strong Pam

LindyLouMac said...

Just reading this post Pam makes me wonder how you find the time to fit everything in!

Jen said...

What a productive month! I love the Ruth's Chris in Providence, and I would love to go back but my boyfriend doesn't think it's worth the money. :(

I would recommend seeing "I Am Number Four" -- in IMAX in Providence if you can. It's based on a book (that I had previously never heard of) and I was surprised to really enjoy it. Now I want to read the book, and I'm waiting to see if there's going to be a sequel, because there definitely could be from the way it ended.

Si said...

The fact you have goals for your project is amazing. That you are ticking them off is equally so.

I started a 52 week project but without an agenda, it is more of a personal week by week blog but I like the idea of setting some goals.

Excellent post, beautiful read and looking forward the rest of the year.


Katherine said...

You are doing great! I haven't posted in weeks. I really need to post...maybe later today.

I love that you have sent care packages. Just the thought makes me happy.

Darlene said...

You are doing really great on your goals. I love crossing things off my list, too. One of these days, I'd like to go to Boston. Ruth's Chris sounds like a great place to celebrate a birthday.

Sue Jackson said...

I think you're doing very well so far! I've been tracking my own annual goals on a spreadsheet (it's the engineer in me), and I'm finding it really helps to make the goals measurable and keep track of them. I'm doing well on walking (which is really big deal for me because of my illness) and on doing fun things with the kids, not so well on time alone with my hubby and on my writing goals...but it's only the end of February!

Hope you enjoyed your chicken piccata - it's one of our favorites and pretty easy.


boliyou said...

Great job! I'd love to know more about the website that emails you when Rhode Island is mentioned in the news.

Karen Peterson said...

Ooh, did you get the garlic mashed potatoes at Ruth's Chris? Those are to die for!

You're doing such a great job! And it definitely is all about the spirit of the goals, not just following them to the letter!

Design It Chic said...

WOW this is such an awesome list! You did a great job accomplishing some of your goals. It's a great initiative you took and I bet it's so rewarding. I just discovered your blog and I love the vibe of it:)
I am now following you and I'd love to see you stop by, especially since today we have the coolest blog hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday, where you can meet lots of friends and have a great time:) See you there!
Happy Friday

Terra said...

Well, as you know I am not doing a project 52...seriously I have so much on my plate I have issues with a project 24 hours...but I love what you are doing to the core.

I think it would be fun send a care package a month to a random friend (different each month) something tells me that would feel to good to the sender and the receiver and I might try something like that...(got the idea of course from you)

Happy March to you.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Looks like you are doing well in this venture. No, we're not bored by it. Just jealous.

Date Girl said...

Great progress so far! Man I wish my mom lived closer to me so we could have a lunch or dinner date. My in-laws are an hour and a half away and we have a standing monthly dinner date, so that's a nice substitute but I still miss my mom!


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