Friday, January 7, 2011

You've come a long way, baby!

New year, new motivation. We'll see how long it lasts, in all aspects of my life! I am very trifling these days, so to make myself feel better and less pathetic, I thought I'd take a moment to list my top 10 of 2010. Thanks, A.Leo, for providing the idea.
  1. Run. I did. 428-ish miles. 
  2. Garden. I did. For hours and hours. Some plants flourished, some succumbed to a trifecta of evil. Overall, I'm pleased - lots of food from 3, 4x4 boxes.
  3. Explore 'homesteading.' I can now can all sorts of things. I made jam, pickles, jelly, stock, juice concentrate, corned venison, venison sausage, bread, pesto, sauces... I learned how to cook grass-fed beef, and how to fry perch. I like to think that I excel at the kitchen side of homesteading.
  4. Ice fishing! This brings me a strange amount of pleasure. Not because it's a lot of fun - frankly, I was freezing and had to bite back a laundry list of complaints - but because I felt really hard core. Plus, it sounds cool. I probably would have really enjoyed it if I'd actually caught something.
  5. Reach an understanding with the dog. It helps that he's now past 2 years, and has settled down a bit. Gus and I, we are a team. He always waits at the top of the hill for me when we go for a run. Can't get much better than that.
  6. Beat my Army Ten-Miler Time from 2009. Check. It still wasn't pretty at the end, but I did a lot better through mile 8.5 than I did the first time around.
  7. Do projects. This sounds lame, but I found that I was pretty much a slug at home, if I wasn't in the garden. So, I started knitting again. I like this kind of project.
  8. Reduce chemicals. I stopped using shampoos with sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates. I stopped using harsh cleaners and switched to Method. I use goat's milk soap instead of antibacterial soap. I didn't use any pesticides or herbicides in my veg garden. It's not much, but it's a start.
  9. Compost. I actually started the bin in 2009, but managed to produce enough compost in 2010 to put it on the raised beds when I put them to sleep for the winter. It was very satisfying. 
  10. Alaska. Hubs and I took a 2-year delayed honeymoon to Alaska, and really enjoyed it. Rented an RV and drove around for 2 weeks, managed to not throttle one another, and saw things I'd never seen before. 
I feel significantly less trifling now that I've compiled that list. I'm anxious to get started on a similar goals list for 2011!

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