I was tempted to not post an update about my goals at this time. It's not like I have to or anything, but it serves as a good benchmark, so I'm doing it. Just please don't think me too big a slacker. Okay, you can...just don't tell me you think I'm a slacker.
Sign Language. This is the goal that has progressed the furthest. It helps that my boyfriend is fluent and teaches me a lot. It also helps that he's kind of a task master and gives me the "look of shame" whenever I can't remember a sign that he taught me. Once. Two years ago. Seriously. No, not really seriously. He likes to give me a hard time and I like to give him a hard time back. We joke all the time and laugh so much when we're together! On Saturday, he told me I'm beautiful when I laugh. This last weekend he told me so many times that he thinks I'm pretty. It was great! Wait...has this turned into another Anthony post? Sorry! Anyhoo, my sign language class ends next Tuesday, but I may have to miss the last two classes because of work. The advanced class starts in the Fall, and I'm planning on taking it. 'Til then, the task master will surely drill me daily and keep my sign language skills in shape. :)
Guitar. I had to give up on this goal, unfortunately. My life is too full right now. I'm one million times busier than I've ever been in my whole entire life - including the last year of college when I thought I was going to explode. Something had to give - I couldn't quit my job (the big contributor to my busy schedule), I didn't want to go without seeing family and friends for an indefinite time period, and I have a boyfriend that wants to enjoy my company on a regular basis (and I want to enjoy his, just to keep the record straight). So, guitar was the easiest thing to drop. I still have it and someday I plan on continuing my lessons. I just don't know when.
Shakespear. Don't ask me how many plays I've read this year because I can't count them. Seriously, I can't count them because there haven't been any! When do I have time to read?? Actually, I did read a couple books a few weeks ago, but that was when I went to Portland and had hours-long layovers and reading was the best way to pass the time. So, I'm resetting this goal; instead of reading the complete works of Shakespear, I'm going to try to read 10. I almost said 5, but I'm holding that number as an option for a later date if 10 doesn't seem like it'll be met. I can do that. It's my goal.
Lose 20 lbs. A few weeks ago, I officially was back at my starting weight from last February, before I lost 26 lbs. The last couple weeks, I've lost 4 pounds, but don't ask me how I did it. This past week I lost a pound and that was after eating out 3 times on my own and 2 times with Anthony. I haven't exercised in a century or so. Also, Anthony loves ice cream and is always bringing me my favorite blizzard - banana oreo - although I think I've finally convinced him that too much of a good thing (ice cream) makes this good thing (me) become too much. That, and it causes digestion issues. 'Nuff said. However, good things are on the horizon. I've been looking forward to Daylight Savings, despite the loss of an hour of precious sleep, because it means there will be daylight a little longer, and the chances of going for a walk after dinner are now a whole heap load better. I can't wait to go for a walk today! Although, I might not because I might have strep throat. I'm going to the InstaCare after work; if they say I'm fine, I'm going walking!
Sabbath Day. I was doing really well with this one until yesterday. Anthony spent the morning at the hospital waiting for his sister to give birth to a baby girl (I got to see her and she's darling!), and around 1pm he showed up at me door (unexpectedly) and took me out to lunch. That's not all; I hadn't been able to find the books I wanted to buy for my brother's birthday, and since we were in the neighborhood of the used bookstore, which I hadn't checked yet, Anthony and I walked to it to see if they had the books. The store was closed, but I had had the intent to buy had they been open. Sigh. I still feel like I'm making improvement in this area, despite this setback, and have hope to get back on track immediately.
I've got to say that my life is filled to the brim with such amazingly great things right now. Work couldn't be going better; I'm getting new industrial contracts without even trying, am working hard to get ready for the contracts I already have, and last week I passed the written CDL test! Also, I was asked to be the Treasurer of Women In Business and will sit on the Board of Directors for the organization. This is the first Board that WIB has had and the president said she hand-picked all of us. She said she picked me because I have such a warm, friendly personality and, as Treasurer, one of my duties is to take money at the luncheons and to greet people. I feel very honored and am excited to be more involved in WIB and the community. My social life is fabulous. I have wonderful friends that I don't get to see nearly enough so I really value the time we spend together. Lately, I've been able to spend a lot of time with my family. In fact, my dad and Paula were recently sealed in the temple, so I spent much of last weekend with him. It was kind of trippy to watch them be sealed, but I'm really very happy for them. My family has also spent the past few weekends playing games at my mom's house for various reasons, and it has been good to spend so much time with them. And, of course, there's Anthony, but I've talked enough about him already. :)
In short (hahahaha), life is good. Not perfect, but then what fun would that be?? I'm happy and am very thankful for this wonderful time in the sun.