2012 goals and bucket list update – March

Time for an update on my 2012 goals and bucket list (see here for the January update, and here for February)

2012 goals:

  • read through the entire Bible – We’re almost done with the New Testament!  We’ll finish up Revelation tomorrow and then start in Genesis – the rest of the year will be spent in the Old Testament.  The only thing I haven’t liked is that we flew through the smaller books (James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Philemon, Jude, etc.) often doing on book or multiple books per day.  We didn’t really get to savor each book, but I guess that’s where personal Bible studies come in.
  • get my healthy lifestyle back, specifically to lose the 20-25 pounds I’ve gained since getting married. – The good news is I didn’t gain weight this month (despite all the cake).  The bad news is I didn’t lose any weight either (thanks to all the cake).  I’m still holding steady at a little more than 7 pounds lost.  This has definitely not been easy.  It’s amazing how much harder it is to lose the weight at 25 than it was at 19. But I’m just going to keep on chugging.

2012 bucket list:

  • make an apple pie from scratch
  • take cake decorating classesI took the Wilton Cake Decorating Course 1 classes this month (see here, here, here, and here) and had a BLAST!  I’ve signed up to take Course 2 in April, but then I think I’ll be done after that (Courses 3 and 4 are mostly fondant, which I think is pretty but not very tasty so I’m not as interested, plus we’ll be traveling in May so I won’t be here for the classes)
  • learn how to make Mom’s homemade Christmas cookies
  • make 72 hour emergency kits for our home and cars
  • make my own laundry detergent
  • bake a loaf of homemade bread
  • make a quilt – still going strong.  I’ve made blocks for January, February, and March and I’m loving it more and more!  I can’t wait to get to work on the April blocks
  • grow something – I’ve done a little bit of searching and I think I’m just going to have tomatoes and herbs this year – we have limited space plus those seem to be fairly easy to grown (since I’m totally new to this); now that school is almost over I can concentrate on figuring out when to plant and how to care for the little guys
  • can pickles
  • take some sort of vacation – We bought plane tickets to go to Chicago for a long weekend in May.  We haven’t chosen a hotel or made any plans of what we are going to do when we get there, but we know we’re going!  I’m so excited because I’ve been wanting to go to Chicago for a while now.
  • get at least one scrapbook done for my in-law’s
  • ???start an Etsy shop???

Other notable things:

  • My practicum is over – very bittersweet.  I’m glad to have more time now, but I really loved the school and the people so I’m going to miss being there.
  • Also, this semester is virtually over for me.  I am 99.9% done with my portfolio (just finishing touches now – I should be able to turn it in this week!) so once I get that turned in then I’m done!  Wow!  I can’t believe this is finally here.  Now I just have to wait until May 11 to graduate and be officially done.
  • My blog had a big month: it hit 50,000+ total views and 100+ followers!  So fun!
  • The house still hasn’t sold, but we’re having lots of showings so fingers crossed that someone will want it soon!

I can’t really think of anything else.  This month has basically revolved around cake :).

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