2013 goals: march results

(Hey, I know it’s the middle of April and I’m just now reporting on my goal results for March. I have no defense other than I would rather be cross stitching than admitting how terrible I am at keeping my goals.)

Read about my 2013 monthly goals here.
Read January's recap
Read February’s recap here

And I thought I was going to do so good in March. 
Yeah. Notsomuch. Let me share my shame with you.

Our Goals Together:
1. One date a month. We went to the movies for my birthday and saw The Host. I’d read the book and enjoyed it and I also enjoyed the movie. Anderson LOVED the movie and told me about 10 times. Then again, he also loves terrible Sci-Fi movies so pretty much don’t rely on us for good movies to see. If I can stay awake, I call it good.
2. Host a dinner once a month. FAIL! Again.

My Goals:
1. Read 2 books a month. Done, but a couple days late. I read Life of Pi (not a fan) and Stolen. I don’t know why exactly I didn’t like Life of Pi. I guess the whole “This is a story that will make you believe in God” was pretty ridiculous. If I didn’t already believe in God, this book sure wouldn’t have gotten me anywhere. Just, I didn’t like it. I did like Stolen, and reviewed it on my Goodreads. You can also read a synopsis of the book there. I’d recommend it –it’s interesting and a book I didn’t want to put down.
2. Finish one embroidery/stitching project a month. FAIL! I started a project, decided I didn’t like it, and don’t know if I’ll finish it ever.
3. Run 30 miles a month. FAIL! I ran about 17. I took a whole month off after my half marathon (I still haven’t shared that on the blog yet, have I?) and picked up towards the end of the month. I’m really hoping that the nicer weather will help me stay committed in April.
4. Complete one craft book project a month. NOPE! I picked up a few of my craft books and thumbed through but stopped there.


Two out of six. So sad. The overachiever in me is disappointed. The tired, slightly lazy person in me is like whatever, let's watch tv and cross stitch. 
I have been watching Splash – the celebrity diving show... and I love it so much I have watched one of the episodes twice. Also my Grandma was at our house and I made her watch it. Like she cares. What is wrong with me? Also, Dancing with the Stars always gets me. SO MANY SEQUINS, SO MUCH FAKE TAN. CAN’T LOOK AWAY. So obviously I try not to put my brain cells to any good use in the evenings. Here’s to hoping I can be a better, more productive human being in April. But if that means giving up Splash, I’m out.
In other news, we are hard at work on our living room makeover. We are in the process of constructing a huge, 10-foot wide wall shelving unit. Here’s an idea of what it will look like. This project is so big and so messy and my living room literally has boards stacked up on one side and plumbing pipe stacked up on the other. (Least kid-proofed room ever.) It’s so hideous right now that I can hardly bear it. We will forge on because we have no choice now, but also because it is going to be so awesome. Even the guys in the plumbing section at Home Depot were impressed. Since I live for validation and approval from strangers, I feel good about this. Our finish goal is mid-May so let’s just see if I get one goal accomplished. Maybe my only goal for April should be FINISH BIG HUGE 10 FOOT WALL SHELF.



  1. I adore that needlepoint pattern - where's it from?

    I'm the same sometimes when it comes to cross stitching though so I understand what you mean about putting it down and wondering about finishing it. I'll do 3/4 of it and loose interest and it ends up in a pile with others that might one day, sometime, maybe get finished.

    1. The pattern is from the book Stitch! by Cath Kidston. I love the pattern but I am at the point where i am tired of the colors and the pattern and ready to love it again when I am all done :) I always love them when I am done.

  2. Allison...this post is entitled: "Why I read your blog..."
    1. You are REAL, and you share your heart (thank you)
    2. You are a creative genius, and I love your vintage-modern style
    3. You are drawn like a moth to a flame where embroidery floss is concerned...never stop! ;-)
    4. You say things like "I live for validation and approval from strangers...I feel good about this." LOVE! I CAN RELATE!
    5. You write like you feel and think, and you are a truly great writer and communicator. I mean it!

    So thank you for sharing with the bloggy-sphere...I call that MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! :-)

    1. This is perhaps the nicest comment ever ;) Seriously, I've read it like 5 times. In the last hour.

    2. This is probably my first ever comment on Allison's blog, but your comment had the proud husband in me ready to tell everybody "that's my wife!" Indeed this is the nicest comment and it makes me extra proud of my wife's blogging power! :-)

    3. Awwww....no, YOU are the shiniest thing ever! ;-) From an artistically-random-crafter-dreamer and mom of four little lovelies of my own...please know, for reals, how beautiful and lovely you are. Not because of what you make, or how many people 'get you', but because you have a heart o' gold, and you are walkin' the sometimes-scary-dream-walk...like a BOSS! I feel pretty darn special to have discovered your blog!
      Thank you for bringing the biggest smile to MY face...
      :-) Kristen Kerwin

  3. We did that kind of shelving in our house too! I love it. I haven't finished making the office pretty yet--it gets used so much there's usually a project in the works in there. Here's a link to my messy unfinished pictures: http://thingsthatfloatmyboat.blogspot.com/2012/08/quick-while-hes-napping-office-update.html

    Gotta get some nicer pictures of them. So functional!

    1. I already commented on your blog, but I LOVE THEM! Can't wait to see how you style them.

  4. I ran my first ever half a few weeks ago and have been a major running slacker since then too! I think I need a new goal. Or consistently warm weather. Both would be nice...

  5. Allison! Would you mind sharing where the pink floral cross stitch pattern can be found? I am in love with embroidering and want to give cross stitch a try and this pattern is just darling. Thanks! Just found your blog and am so happy!


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