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Progress on goals

January 12th, 2018 at 09:40 pm

I know my posts are very repetitive; when trying to establish habits it's kind of mind-numbing to track! Smile

Thursday my task was no phone or computer time once I left work. I did succeed for the most part. I woke up and had about an hour of insomnia at 3 a.m., so at 4 I started watching a show on my phone and managed to get back to sleep after half an hour. I didn't want to, but I also didn't want to lose any more sleep, so I feel OK about that.

Yesterday I refined my emergency preparedness shopping list a bit, and after we did our weekly grocery shopping today (so I could see how much money we had left in the budget), I ordered the first few items for our kit. I used $69 of surplus grocery money and $40 of shared spending to buy:
- 2 first-aid kits (a larger home one and a small one for our "bug out bag")
- 2 flashlights
- 1 combo knife/whistle/firestarter
- 1 crank radio/flashlight/charger
- 10 foil mylar emergency blankets
- 75 "stormproof" matches and a waterproof container

I also looked into first aid/CPR classes in the area and found some Red Cross ones. AS and NT expressed interest in taking them too. We're thinking about taking a health day off work and taking one together; it runs from 9am to 3:30pm. I'm waiting to hear about business travel in February, and once I know what the days are, I'll see about taking a different day off and scheduling the Red Cross class. They're $80-$120 per person depending on level of detail and whether they include pediatric first aid, so we'll probably go with the higher-end ones that include pediatric. (There are free classes through other organizations but all are either filled up for the foreseeable or they're not geographically convenient for us.)

As for my novel writing class, I finished the "query hook" (brief teaser description of my novel) and gave feedback to quite a few fellow students on theirs. I went through a checklist and mentally answered the questions to make sure I didn't have any doubts about the message, purpose, what's special, etc. Now I'm going to start just going through re-reading my novel, making any easy changes that occur to me as I read, and deciding which of AS's edits to take. I'll start that a bit tonight and try to finish during my three-day weekend (I have Monday off for MLK Day).

Oh, and a couple bits of incremental progress on other goals: NT reached out to a designer to see if she'd consult with us on our kitchen redesign. And we pretty much decided we wouldn't go for a UK trip this year; we might tack a week at a beach or resort onto my niece's wedding in August. No firm plans other than that, but it's a bit of decision-making progress at least.

7 Responses to “Progress on goals”

  1. Carol Says:

    I, for one, don't mind the repetition, and do love reading what you have to say. Moreover, I am curious about how the alternating day thing works out. I am thinking of trying it.

  2. snafu Says:

    Kudos for action on your Emergency Preparedness Action. Over the holidays I changed my as I noticed EMS goes to fridge for ICE [In Case of Emergency] Everyone needs to know where the 'bug-out' bag is stored. Water bottles are rotated every quarter as part of a chore list.
    I mention all this because we had an emergency evacuation a number of years ago and I grabbed DSs, dog and useless, stupid things, totally unprepared had the situation turned worse.

  3. snafu Says:

    since computer will not co operate, sent as PM

  4. rob62521 Says:

    As a teacher, I had kids not want to read and reread something, but they needed it whether it was for fluency, or to remember it. A friend of mine said "read it once, read it twice, read it until it sounds very nice." I used that so many times because it gave the message that repetition is good. Like Carol, I don't mind the repetition and it often reminds me of things I need to do as well.

    I'm impressed with your emergency prep.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm curious why you bought ten emergency blankets - did they come in a pack? Or are you buying for both your household and your renter's?

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Yes ft, they came in a pack; I wasn't thinking I'd get that many but it was a good deal. Although I'm thinking of my downstairs neighbors in terms of how many gallons of water and food portions, so this works out. With 5 adults, 2 kids and 4 pets, having 10 blankets (plus another one came in my first aid kit) doesn't seem like a bad idea!

  7. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Cool how it just worked out. Smile

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