Saturday, January 29, 2011

productive saturday

so usually i wake up around 11 on saturday mornings and then spend the day watching stuff on netflix or generally not doing what i should be doing. today, for once, i actually used my time pretty wisely. 
i woke up on my own at about 8:40. i'm kind of afraid that my body clock is getting used to waking up early, or at least earlier than i usually like to. i dread becoming like my dad, who almost never sleeps past 6am. i don't want to live life like that. 
anyway, so i got up and went downstairs to do the dishes and take out the trash. normally i avoid dirty dishes like i do papers to grade (or write, for that matter), but i scrubbed them all and loaded them into the dishwasher. and i hate taking out the trash when it has started to grow up the kitchen wall, but i sucked it up for the sake of a productive saturday. 
i was delighted to discover that my lovely sister left her curling iron at home this morning, so i spent awhile curling my hair. that might not seem super productive, but, hey, this is my blog. 
(i might also have finished watching an episode of the bachelor and rewatched the latest episode of the office at some point, but that was while i ate my breakfast. a girl's got to keep herself entertained, after all.)
then i actually got started on some homework. i have not been good this semester about doing things (aka reading or generally preparing) for my classes before the day they are due. usually this isn't a huge deal, but it's nice not to have to worry about whatever weird parody i have to write for monday like half an hour before class. i printed some stuff, saved some pdfs, and generally acted the part of a good student on a beautiful saturday afternoon. i also got things ready for tomorrow and my myriad meetings.
at some point i did a couple loads of laundry and started cleaning out my room and getting rid of junk in anticipation of our upcoming move across the parking lot. (the less i have to lug up four flights of stairs, the better.)
anyway, i think that pretty much sums it up. i obviously didn't like cure cancer or anything, but it's a good change to feel like i actually made something of my saturday. hopefully this feeling will carry over to the rest of the semester, though i probably won't hold my breath on that one :)

oh, and here, for your listening pleasure, is one of the songs that kept me company in my solitude today. i could literally listen to it all day. i was really excited when i heard it in forever 21 yesterday. people probably thought i was weird for singing out loud. oh well. don't care!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Year's Resolutions...a little late

Obviously I haven't been doing a very good job of posting regularly. One of my resolutions is to be better at that. I kind of just barely made that a resolution since this blog is still in its infancy, but we are all about continual self-evaluation and progression, right?
Anyway, since I haven't been here in a while and since I haven't formally written down my resolutions, though they've been rolling about in my head for the last three weeks, I decided to actually record them here, so my posterity will know I actually had goals in 2011.
1. The requisite health and body goal. I want to be more motivated to exercise and eat healthily. I have resolved to exercise at least 3 times a week for an hour and to only eat out twice (this is actually a pretty big improvement on previous eating habits, and, not only will this help me to lose weight, I'll also have more money. Win win.)
2. Don't watch as much TV or spend as much time online everyday. I need to be spending more time on schoolwork and lesson planning, even if this means (gasp!) getting ahead. I need to be a big girl and be responsible for my own educational success, which requires me to be self-motivated as far as papers go. Also, what am I doing watching stupid shows like America's Next Top Model anyway? (I'm saying this now, but I'm not sure what will happen once the new cycle resolution: cut down on my guilty pleasures.)
3. Be more social. Ask guys out every once in a while. Meet new people and go to activities. Don't take things so personally.
4. Read all the books I've been meaning to read. (full list to come later)
5. Save money. Resist the urge to go shopping every weekend. 
6. Become a better gospel scholar. Read classic texts from various prophets and apostles, study everyday. With this I should also add that I want to be a better disciple of Christ in general. Go to the temple more often (twice a month), look for and act on opportunities to serve.
This is all I can think of right now. I think I've pretty much hit on all the major areas of my life, and if I think of any others, I might just keep them to myself. There are a lot of things I can be improving upon, and I'm kind of excited to be working on them. Is that weird? I guess I like having goals, even though most of the time I forget I have them. Here's to a new year full of new things for me to tackle!