The first thing I am going to do is recap what I had planned for February. My little insights will be next to the original goals in italics (and you can find the February post by clicking here). I think I did reasonably well all things considered. I neglected some things in favor of other opportunities! A little further down I have stuff outlined for March.
Revisit requirements for the three programs I am interested in. Create a timeline for due dates, etc.This is pretty much done. I am still applying to all 3!
Write to old professors for letters of recommendation, etc. I am working with 2 professors, but I need a third. Would it be appropriate to ask someone I am currently working with?
- Draft personal statement Not done. I outlined some ideas, but I am struggling with this a bit.
Continue working on my current pieceThe writing I did do this month was on the same piece I started in November, so hurrah!
- Write 20,000 new words this month Ha! I only wrote about 2,000 words this month (I blame all the reading), so not even
- Continue writing in my journal 3x per week I'll give myself credit for this. I wrote about once a week, and that is a fine pace for now. I know it'll pick up once I start teaching.
- Finish the two Dickens titles I have selected for the month (
David Copperfieldand Nicholas Nickleby) in celebration of his birthday I managed to finish David Copperfield. I think I could have plowed through Nicholas Nickleby in the last few days if I hadn't stopped to read a couple of books for the new teaching job.
- Make progress in War and Peace (Hoping to get to 120 chapters) Haven't even opened it. If I intend on rereading it by the end of June, I need to at least start it this month
- Start Les Miserables Haven't touched this one either. I have plans to start it in a couple more days so that I can hit the first checkpoint on the 18th.
Read Roots for the readalongSuccess! Read other books off my project list if time. :)After realizing I needed to read some books before starting the new job, I neglected the list for awhile. I'm okay with it and I still had a great reading month.
- Finish my senior scrapbook (from my senior year of high school. Seriously, I need to finish it)
- Finish crocheting my mom's scarf (been half done for a year now)
- Print some wedding pictures to put in our frames...we've been married for over two years. This needs to be done.
Continue to try one new recipe a week (I might be combining this into my weekly update posts in my continued effort to make the blog more "me" than just books). I think I averaged it out to 2.5 new recipes a week! We had a lot of yummy dinners this month and I'm getting a bit more confident in the ktichen Use my crock pot more (inspired a bit by Trish and this post)Also a big success. I used the crock pot to cook a few new things, including a yummy pot roast on Sunday (it was SOOOO good).
Clean out our second bedroom and organize (seriously, it is our dumping room)I actually went organizing crazy and went through almost everything in the apartment. The only thing that needs a good going through is our big coat closet. Matt also has a few boxes of junk he needs to organize. Continue my "ten-minute" clean-ups every night (basically I set the timer and clean up for ten minutes every night and stop when the timer goes off-very helpful in getting rid of daily clutter, etc.)This is probably the most helpful thing I have done for myself! Go to the gym 3x per weekI'm going to be honest and say it was probably only 1x per week. With the mild weather, I've been doing a lot of walking. Work-out videos and Wii Fit 3x per week Carry water with me everywhere!Matt makes fun of my water bottles, so success! Continue my diet!I did better this month than last, but I still need to improve.
- Finish Personal Statement
- Order transcripts from MSU
- Hopefully get letters of rec back?
- Continue progress on WIP-Add 5,000 to it?
- Continue weekly journal writing
- Finish Nicholas Nickleby
- Start Les Miserables-hit first checkpoint
- Participate in Adam's Magical March event (finish the books I selected)
- One new recipe/week
- Pack my lunches the night before (I sometimes have the habit of skipping lunch while teaching)
- Continue to cook 1 new recipe a week
- Work on scrapbook since it was a fail in February
- Put our pictures in frames!
- In bed by 10:30 on school nights :)
- Water, water everywhere! (I'm hoping for 3 bottles during the day at school)
- No getting overworked with school stuff!
There you have it! I'm hoping that getting back into a normal schedule will help me as I start teaching again. Keeping regular hours and staying busy always makes me more productive!