Goals

Back in January this year I made a few goals.

 

 

GOALS

 

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One goal I had is I wanted to read 20 books this year. Now I know that may not sound like a lot to some people, but at the time I made this goal I was working A LOT of hours, and honestly didn’t have a lot of time. So I thought 20 books was a good place to start. Well I am happy to say that as of today I have read 26 books this year! So now I am upping my goal to 35 before the end of this year. Now 35 may sound like a lot, but I have got into a kick of reading short stories, most of these only take me a few hours to read so as long as I stay away from anything 500+ pages I should be good. 🙂 Wish me luck!

Another goal I made this year was to get into shape. This is a goal i have struggled with for the past few years. See my dad passed away when he was only 51 of a heart attack in his sleep. I wouldn’t say he was super unhealthy, but he had been a diabetic since he was 17 and diabetes run in his side of the family. He had type one diabetes, and was on insulin as soon as they diagnosed him.  I know that if I don’t take care of myself that is something I may have to deal with. So I have tried really hard this year to get into a workout routine, and stick with it. Sadly the last couple of weeks I’ve been a bit of a lazy butt, and haven’t done much. But as soon as I get over this head cold I am getting back to it. (I promise this isn’t an excuse, I just dont want to snot on my Wii while boxing. Or stop every 2 minutes to cough and blow my nose. haha) I have done pretty well with this goal, so far I’ve lost 9 pounds, and my clothes are fitting better. 🙂 Yay!

 

This year I also wanted to learn to sew well I am not the best at it yet, but I am making progress and I have 2 skirts, a scarf, and half a shirt to show for it. I would have my 3rd skirt finished, but I had a little mishap that I have to fix before I can go on. Hopefully I get that finished soon, cause I am running out of time to get my Halloween costume finished. Ekk! Thankfully I don’t have to do much, just make a skirt for myself and some ears. I can’t wait!

 

I also have a few goals this year that sadly I am not as close to finishing as I’d like to be. I want to get my craft room functioning I told a friend the other day I think my craft room is where half finished projects come to die, I am also SUPER SUPER lazy when it comes to cleaning up in here. I kinda take the no one but me goes in there so what does it matter approach to it. Well it has gotten to the point where I cannot finish anything cause I can’t find whatever it is I need to finish it. Ugh So I have made it a goal that before the end of the year I will go through EVERYTHING in my craft room and organize it so I can use it, or throw it away if I can’t, or maybe even give it away. 

 

make plans

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Every goal needs a plan. Step one of this plan is to get my desk cleaned off completely so that I have a place to go through stuff. I think on that note I am going to go get to work and find my desk! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I actually had some time to spend with my husband this weekend, it was really nice. 🙂 

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Weekend reading list

What are you reading this weekend?

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I’m about to start Pale Horses. I actually won this book a while back from Goodreads.com. The copy I have is an advanced copy, sadly when this book came in I wasn’t able to read it right away.

 

This is word for word from the back cover. (My copy is an advanced uncopyedited edition so this may differ from the actual copy that was published.)

 

“At first, the case appears to be one of simple misadventure. Sonet van Rensburg, a base jumper, falls to her death while attempting to parachute off a newly built sixty-five-story Sandton skyscraper. But Sonet’s jumping partner, Chris Theron, insists that this was no accident, and he hires private investigator Jade de Jon to uncover the truth.

Jade discovers that Sonet worked for a charity that helped impoverished communities become self-supporting farming units. When Jade travels out to the community farm in Limpopo, she finds that it not just abandoned but razed to the ground. Digging deeper for answers about where the residents went, Jade learns about a fatal but unknown disease that swept through the entire community. A deadly harvest has been gathered, and the person who knows the real truth about it has been forced to become collateral in its trade. “

My copy is 297 pages so I am hoping it should only take me a day or two to finish. I will update once I am done!

Have you read this book? What did you think if so?

My book also came with a note from the author, which I think is a really sweet touch! 

Free ebooks 9/18/2013

This books are only free for a limited time. I have no control over how long they are free for, so please check the price before purchasing.

 

Today’s free books are all about cooking. I LOVE to cook, I wish I could cook more often then I do now. But with having a full time job with sometimes odd hours its hard to have the time to cook. But enough complaining! And on to the free ebooks!

 

 

I LOVE my crockpot, I use mine so often I don’t even bother putting it away anymore. I found a recipe somewhere online for crockpot Cheese cake. I can’t wait to try it! 

 

Do you like zucchini? I love zucchini bread, and deep fried zucchini (super healthy right?). But I haven’t cooked a lot with zucchini yet. 

 

Do you can your foods? I’ve been wanting to learn how to can, I canned homemade apple butter about a year ago. But that’s all I’ve learned to do so far. 

 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE seafood. I can’t wait to check out the recipes in this book! 🙂

Find more of today’s free ebooks here!

Smartphone

For those of you who have Smartphone’s, what apps do you find yourself addicted too?

For me, it’s a few different things…

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First off my kindle app, I get emails daily about the free EBooks’ that are available, and it never fails there’s at least 1 (okay maybe all of them) that I just have to download. It’s really kind of insane. The last time I checked I had something like 400 books on my kindle. But, somehow I never can find something I want to read, which causes me to have to buy a new book. I have a goal to read 20 books this year, which gives me the perfect excuse to keep downloading more books. Anyone else like this? I truly have a problem. Hehe But, I guess it could be worse.

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Next up Candy Crush… I’d just like to say you’re a big meanie to who ever sent me a request on this game. This game pretty much took over my Angry Birds game addiction. I could sit and play for HOURS which is what happens because I have like 40+ friends who also play and send me lives. It’s like their feeding my drug addition… Hmm… Maybe I should change that to candy addition? It’s kind of funny because at work I can talk to random strangers about candy crush since a good portion of the people I come into contact with play the game. It’s funny how frustrated some people (myself) get when they can’t beat a level.

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Pinterest… Ugh … Like, it wasn’t bad enough that every time I got on my laptop I was glued to Pinterest half of the (all) night. If you don’t already know,I love to make arts and crafts, so this website is pure evil. And now I have the app on my phone and anytime I have a few minutes I’m searching for what I want to make next. Well, for the few minutes that I’m not playing candy crush I’m on this app… Even opening Pinterest long enough for me to take this picture was hard. I pinned like 6 things!

Those are the main 3 apps that seem to keep me busy every free second I have, which usually is not a lot, but gosh those off days sometimes I’ve got to fight with myself to get things done and stay away from my phone.

I’d really love to hear what apps are your favorites! 🙂
Mary

P.S. My husband and I went to the book store today and I got 3 more books. Haha I seriously am a nerd. ❤

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