- drink more water: I've been doing just fine with this!
- read at least 2 books per month: This month I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Inferno by Dan Brown. While enjoyed both of these books, I have to admit that with Gone Girl, I was left pretty feeling pretty frustrated at the end. I can see why this book (and author) is so popular and I have addition Flynn books on my reading list but man...I was angry while reading this! Brown's book was fun for me to read because it takes place in Italy in locations I've been to before, so I already had a connection to the book in that way. The story line was good and while I was hoping for a different ending, I was able to accept it and eventually learned to love the way it ended. I would recommend both if you haven't read them!
- make three vegetarian meals per week, one of them being carb-free: Salads have become a very popular meal around here. I can't say we've had three vegetarian meals a week, though. We've been grilling up turkey burgers and chicken quite a bit.
- try a new recipe once a week:
- linguine w/summer vegetables and goat cheese: I highly recommend this dish! Russ was not excited when I told him this had goat cheese in it but with the ingredients he admitted that he thought it worked well! I really liked it and with all the fresh produce around right now I'm really happy I tried it!
- zucchini fries: Delicious! My best friend Amanda was sweet enough to give me some zucchini and tomatoes from her garden and I wanted to try something fun with the zucchini - hence this recipe. The "fries" were so delicious, filling and easy to make!
- homemade bagels: I participated in Love and Olive Oil's July Challenge which was bagels! Prep-to-serve time is over 12 hours, and committing that much time I was really hoping they would turn out. They may not have been the fluffiest bagels, but boy were they good! Definitely will keep this recipe around for future reference.
- banana ice cream: WHY did I wait this long to try this?! It's delicious - you feel like you are eating regular 'ol ice cream, but it's just bananas! Throughout this week I've added a few dark chocolate chips to my bowl and it takes care of my sweet tooth without making me feel guilty! Win, win!
- practice yoga at least once every other week: yup! Although I've been struggling with not enjoying our new instructor as much as our old one so that makes it hard to make myself go. I'm still going, but definitely not enjoying it near as much as I did before.
- become more patient: continuing to work on this.
- become more comfortable with things I cannot control and allow things to roll off my shoulders: I've experienced some setbacks with this over the past month but I'm doing my best to move forward, not dwell on what I cannot change, and accept that there is a reason for it all.
For our House:
- paint all the trim white: we've started this process and while I was aware before that it would be a time-sucking project, I don't think I realize how much time it would take. Guest bedroom will be done by tomorrow and our bedroom is about 30% complete!
- paint the kitchen cabinets: done!
- finish painting the doors: we're about 80% done with this!
- finish the laundry room: nothing new to mention here - my Mom and I tore down the old make-shift storage piece the previous owners built and installed but Russ & I haven't decided on how we're going to arrange furniture or future storage pieces so nothing has been done.
- install new shelving in the laundry room: nothing yet!
Continuing to work on the things I can change to better myself. I've realized over the course the past 8 months that some things (like the last two bullets in the 'for myself' group), will be a forever task for me. I may learn to adapt and react in a more positive way, but the underlying emotional ties will be there forever - it's part of what makes me, me!
For our House:
We are finding ourselves becoming happier with our house the more we make it fit us. While there are still huge projects we want to tackle this year (downstairs and trim), we've realized there are new projects we need to put on our radar. It creates a little of an overwhelming feeling, but we try to remind ourselves to take it one day (and project!) at a time.