Hey hey party people! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Frankly, I haven’t blogged because I’m ashamed of the state of my blog. JUST LOOK AT IT!!! I know it’s been broken for quite sometime now and I have all the intentions to fix it. But I couldn’t bring myself to the computer. Part of that is also literal, as in my office is a total FEMA disaster zone with all the cosplay and arts and crafts stuff everywhere that getting my desk is like a Spartan Race.
As a part of my reorganizing, I can’t really put much away yet either. So everything is just kind of…there. I just need a weekend away from the couch. Ahem.
That’s besides the point. The point is for me to check in on my progress for the year on my goal. Aren’t you curious about that? May be just smidget? I know you are!
Run 5K under 40 minutes
Still a hurdle, this one. So far the first few races of the year, I’m still consistently at the same time. But I haven’t changed much in terms of training. So that explains…everything. LOL
Learn to make fried chicken
I have been in the kitchen a lot less lately too! Tamara has offered to teach me to fry some chicken so I must take advantage of that before she moves to Oregon in July.
Cook one new recipe each month
I’ve been whipping up new drinks. Does that count?
I’ve gotten so horrible with cooking, and California heat is not helping with that.
Revamp the blog
I bought a new theme tonight! It’s coming. For realsies.
Play piano/guitar once a month
Now THIS has exceeds all expectations. Remember that whole impromptu Christmas gathering thing? It turns into a band. Say hello The Fail Wailers!
We have tested the waters at a few open mic nights around the OC, but earlier this week, we played a 30-minute set at a bar in Huntington Beach. Not only did we not get booed, we are invited back! (ETA – Next gig TBA!)
Downsize and simplify everything
I’m slowly but surely going through the house and getting rid of stuff. We dumped the dinner table that my aunt passed down to me that I’ve had for 18 years. Instead got another Ikea shelving unit with a table attached. That significantly cut down on clutter big time. But I still have a LOT more work to do especially in my office. See earlier point about not having been able to walk to my desk.
Stop wasting time and energy on those who don’t deserve it…
Saying no is a powerful thing. I know that now.
…and spend more time and energy on those who do
Yet, it’s still hard to say YES! I’m clearing the deck as much as I can. But when everyone’s schedule is equally insane, this is getting to be a lot harder to accomplish.
One adventure a month with Brandon
January: Sycamore Mineral Springs & Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo.
February: Brandon’s first Race on the Base!
March: Seal Beach 5K.
April: WonderCon, Star Wars Celebration, and two rounds of Renaissance Faire.
May: Epcot and Kennedy Space Center, Florida
June: OC Night Market
July: We’re heading out to Brandon’s sister’s wedding in New Mexico.
So, we’re pretty much on track here adventure-wise.
Read 12 books
I’ve developed a comic book habit, so this list is going to get a little more complicated. You wouldn’t think reading comic books should count as books, but when you read a series, it does take quite as much time. So, I’m just going to list everything together.
- Currently: The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
- Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
- Death of Wolverine – Charles Soule, Steve McNiven
- Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America – Gerry Duggan
- Ongoing – Thor (I’m on #6 and pissed about it.)
- Ongoing – Harley Quinn New 52 (whenever it comes back)
- Ongoing – Spider-Gwen (Well…not much longer. We’re not digging the direction of where this is going.)
- Ongoing – Silk (…we like her more, actually.)
- Incoming – Groot, drawn by one of my favorite people, Brian Kesinger!
- Incoming – Mini Marvel, drawn by one of my favorite artists, Scotty Young!
I still have a bunch of classics I want to read on my shelf along with a few business books. Next on my list is finishing The American Gods before the TV series come out.
Now, back to you. What have y’all been up to these past 6 months?