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Posts from — June 2012

Goals update: part one

Considering we are almost at the halfway point for 2012, I figured it was time to check in on those ambitious 12 goals I set for 2012 (talk about accountability!)…Some are going really well, some have been modified, some haven’t even been touched.

Isn’t that how those things always go?

An update on the first six at least…

1. Save a significant chunk of money towards a house down payment.

This one is going great! We have a designated amount pulled automatically from our bank account every month. We don’t think about it, we don’t notice its absence, and it just (magically) accumulates. If only achieving all goals could be so easy and painless and passive!

2. Earn 100,000 frequent flier miles.
Eh, I have mixed feelings on this thing. I mean, I have gathered a good chunk of miles, more than 50,000 which would make sense for this point in the year, but I have lost a little of my gusto. I’ve mostly earned miles simply through credit cards. My goal was to find more creative ways to accumulate them. So we shall see. But I suppose, technically, I am at the mid-way point.

3. Do something new (or something I haven’t done in a really, really long time) every month.

This one has been adapted a little bit from a new thing every month to simply 12 new things this year. I found that there weren’t many “new things” that I wanted to do in the winter months. So I am a little behind here, but it’s certainly been fun and I think I will hit this goal for sure.

So far, I…:

a.) Sponsored a child. Always an interest of mine and never something I have actually did.

Meet Rosie.

b.) Went strawberry picking (twice this season!). I don’t think I can overemphasize how much I LOVE berry picking here in the summer. I always hit up the blueberries and raspberries multiple times, but every year, to my utter disappointment, I miss the narrow strawberry window. Not this year!

c.) Voyaged to the Flume Gorge in NH. This is one of those “been on my list for years” kind of things, but I’ve just never bothered to trek out there. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mt. Liberty with water cascading between the two granite walls. There are miscellaneous other hiking trails at the associated state park as well. To be honest, I thought the admission price ($15) was a little steep because the round trip hike is only 2 miles so it’s over quickly, but we extended the trip and explored some of the other trails as well, which made it more worth it.

4. Read 25 books.

I am slightly behind here, but I’ve been banking on playing a little catch-up in the summer months. I am currently on number 11. I’m thinking I may do a little book recap at the end with any stellar recommendations so for now, I’ll leave it at that.

5. Write a letter of gratitude every month to a person of impact in my life.

Oh man, this is one of my epic fails! I modified this one to be simply 12 for the year instead of this monthly thing, but I still haven’t written even one. Uuugh. I do have a list of people I want to write to…just haven’t done it.

6. Learn farrrr more about my camera.

Haven’t done anything for this one either, but it was always my intention to tackle this baby in the summer so I don’t categorize this one as an epic fail…yet. Jerry surprised me with a new lens a couple weeks ago too…my versatility will be expanding past the fixed lens!

That’s enough for now. I’ll update on numbers 7-12 later…

June 23, 2012   1 Comment

Life lately.

We have had a whirlwind of activity around here this past month. Each weekend has been packed with events and travel and family and friends and celebrations. And those pesky five days in between the weekends have been bustling with work as I head towards the final two weeks of the school year.

1. Jerry’s little brother graduated from college and we all benefited from a glorious outdoor ceremony in mid-May! It was an unexpected benefit of moving back to Massachusetts that we would find ourselves in the same little 5 mile chunk of Earth with Jordan. And while he was busy doing the college thing and we didn’t see him a ton, we loved having him so close and will miss him come August when the next crop of college kids rolls through without him. Congrats Jordan!

2. Our friends Diego and Kira got married on the most gorgeous day up at a picturesque inn on the coast of Rockport. Glorious New England at its best. Diego has been a longtime friend from college and one of the most loyal and reliable people I know. It has been an absolute joy to watch him as he has grown to deeply love and cherish Kira, just the sweetest and most easy going girl. I could not be happier for the two or them or more content in knowing that they each have found their match. They are off to San Francisco for the first of what I am sure will be many adventures!

{and an added bonus for me–I got an afternoon with BOTH of my college roommates!}

3. Memorial Day weekend spent in Georgia. Jerry’s grandparents were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary (!) and his parents were throwing them a party so we went down to celebrate. It was a delightful evening all around! While in Georgia, we grabbed breakfast with some of Jerry’s friends from high school (whom I thoroughly enjoy) and the newest addition–little 8 week old Harper who was just too cute! We also snuck down to catch a Braves game, which is possibly Jerry’s very favorite activity on Earth.

4. The following weekend we went down to NYC to visit my college roommate Julie whom we had the pleasure of seeing a couple weeks before at Diego and Kira’s wedding. Every time we pop down to hang out with Jules we get a different experience of New York City. This go around we spent some time on the West Side–checking out the Cloisters, a division of the MET housed wayyyy up on the West Side, strolling through Columbia’s campus, dining on the Hudson, hopping over to Hoboken, NJ to check out Carlo’s Bakery (sight of the TV show Cake Boss), and meandering soberly through the new 9/11 Memorial. NYC never disappoints with Julie as our host!

We are so thankful for family and friends and the means to see them and celebrate with them. We are also thankful for a low-key weekend in our little sliver of the world these past two days. It has been exactly what we needed before the action-packed summer really kicks into high gear!

June 10, 2012   2 Comments