quarter year review

Now that we’re a quarter of the way through 2008, I thought it would be a good idea to evaluate my goals for the year and see where I’m at. I’m going to rate myself on a scale of 1-5 (5 being completed; 1 being a failure).

Start blogging (2-3x per week)

4 – So far so good! I’ve been blogging regularly since the end of December and loving it. My blog has provided me with a great creative outlet and has allowed me to explore my writing. It’s weird. I thought I would run out of things to say, but I haven’t. I still struggle with how much to disclose and where to draw the line. Some days I wish I could be more candid. Other days I freak out that I’ve disclosed too much.

Thanks to all of you who have been loyal readers and supporters. Your clicks and comments have given me the confidence to continue writing and blogging. As of today, I’ve reached 51 posts; 4,634 views; 137 comments, 10 categories and 195 tags. My best day ever was 210 views.

Experiment with new recipes (at least 2 new recipes per month)

4 -Success! I have been trying new recipes and overall it’s been a lot of fun. For me, the hardest aspect of cooking is making the time for it. I’m looking forward to summer when the local produce will be ripe. I’m going to explore as many local farmers markets as I can. I’m open to suggestions if you have a favorite.

Continue going to the gym (3x per week or more)

3.5 – So-So. Up until my vacation I would have given myself a 4, but since I’ve been back from Punta Mita, the workouts have been few and far between. I’ve been good this week and I WILL get back into a steady routine. As summer approaches, I’m hoping I can train myself to get up and workout in the morning. That way, I’m free to play in the evenings. I’ll keep you posted on how that progresses, I’m not much of a morning person. It’s going to be tough.

Finish book proposal by the end of March

1 – Uh, not so good. I have worked on it, but it’s not even close to complete. I’m bored of it. Maybe it’s not as good of an idea as I originally thought. I’ll have to think about this goal a little bit more and decide if it’s worth revising. Maybe I should just ditch it. Or maybe I’m just being lazy and the thought of writing a book proposal has completely overwhelmed me. Not sure yet.

Pay off my car loan by the end of April

3 – I’m going to rate myself a 3 on this one. I’ve had a couple unexpected expenses come up. I don’t think I’ll have it paid off by April, but I do think I’ll have it paid off by August. Not too shabby.

Go to the dentist

5 – Complete! Well, actually that’s not completely true. My first visit is complete, but because my mouth situation is so bad, I now have a treatment plan (5 sessions and over $1000 later). I go for my second visit next week. Sigh. Now I remember why I never go to the dentist. Hopefully I’m on my way to better oral hygiene. I’m doubtful.

Overall, I’d say I’m doing pretty well. I’m averaging 3.417. I’ll keep checking in as the year progresses.

3 Responses to “quarter year review”

  1. 1 Kristina
    April 9, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Ooh! We tried a new recipe last night that I thought you and Derek would really like:

    8oz Pappardelle *available at QFC on Mercer
    1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes (packed in oil); drained, minced
    2 thick strips of bacon, diced
    1 T garlic
    3 cups of cooked chicken, sliced (I sear it, then bake it, to retain moisture)
    1 t red pepper flakes
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    1 cup chicken stock
    1/2 cup heavy cream

    boil noodles, drain, set aside; on Medium High–saute bacon & tomatoes until bacon browns (3 min), add garlic, chicken & pepper flakes saute (1 min) until garlic browns, add wine to deglaze, making sure to scrap tasty bits off the bottom of the pan, add chicken stock & heavy cream, bring to boil; add pasta and continue to cook until sauce slightly thickens. It’s imperative to add the pasta to the sauce because the starch in the pasta acts as the thickening agent.

    Top with broccolini-cherry tomato salad
    2 T olive oil
    2 T red wine vinegar
    1 t dijon mustard
    1 t honey

    whisk well, salt, and toss with 4 oz of cooked broccolini (can be boiled in water for 3 min with pasta) & 1.5 cups of raw halved cherry tomatoes.

    *Recipe taken from February 2008 issue of Cuisine at Home

  2. 2 kb
    April 9, 2008 at 8:14 am

    From kb to Kristina: You’re so sweet! Thank you!

  3. 3 Stacy
    April 10, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Dra Dra,
    I am so proud of you for even making goals in the first place! I know how you worry about your gym attendance, but I think that you deserve a 4 and it would have been a 5 if not for your post-vacation laziness (but I hardly call that lazy!!!). You’ve inspired me to make some goals of my own.

    1. Save
    2. Workout
    3. Eat Healthier

    Now I need to somehow quantify those things. I might be asking for some help. : )

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