Well, January has come and gone. It was a mostly uneventful month at work and home and for that I am thankful. Aside from establishing this blog, nothing super exciting happened.
My daughter seems to be growing up faster than she should be able to. We went from two word sentences in early January to four and sometimes five word sentences by the end of the month. She said “I can see it now” when referring to the moon the other day. It was surreal to hear my baby girl put a full sentence together.
I made some progress on my goals which isn’t bad considering it had been only been about two weeks since I established them. All of my goal progress can be tracked on the Goals section of my blog, but I’ll also be detailing my specific accomplishments each month to see whether I’m on track.
A lot of these goals that require me to, er, do anything physical, really, are on hold or weren’t started because of the wart treatment I began on my left foot recently. As much as I’d like to get some of these things done, I don’t see myself standing on a ladder any time soon, so I’ll have to revisit some or most of them in March.
Replace the lawn: I researched synthetic vs. traditional lawns and will be making a post detailing my findings later this week. Synthetic lawns have a considerably higher upfront cost than traditional lawn, but if we plan on staying in the house for more than 8 years, a synthetic lawn will have paid for itself. This is something we’ll keep discussing probably into spring, so this is officially on hold.
Read a Book: I finished Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. I didn’t like it quite as much as the First Law trilogy but I’ve heard good things about his book The Heroes, so I’ll be starting that this week.
Learn to cook 2 basic dishes: I’m giving myself a half-pass on this. I only managed to learn one new dish, but I also started my goals tracking halfway through the month.
Get rid of Spa: Got a quote from sparemovers.com. We’re looking at about $600 to have the spa removed and all the fixtures torn out. I haven’t looked into what it would cost to fill in the area and remove the landscaping (mostly stone) around the spa yet. We’re actually considering whether it would be better to winterize the spa (i.e. drain and clean it and leave it empty) until we decide to have it removed or we sell the house. We live in California so the chances of it freezing and cracking are pretty low.
Savings Goals: I was able to put $800 in my emergency fund and $1000 into investments last month. My emergency fund is at my target level now, so I can invest all of my savings this year. If I can continue at my January savings rate I’ll be on track to invest an additional $18,000 to $22,000 this year!