January in a nutshell!

Ha, bet you thought I had fallen of the face of the earth now, didn’t you?

Well that’s OK, you are forgiven for thinking so ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย I am after all the the one who has been a bit on the quiet side!

I’m not sure why, but it’s been a slow start this year with the things I have on my agenda, which is why you haven’t heard much from me lately! Thankfully it seems like I’m finally getting my butt back into gear, and I’m sure I’ll pick up speed going forward…

So what have I been up to in January?

The most important thing is thatย I’m back at work, ever so slowly, half a day a week – yeah I know, stupid really, all I get done in those few hours is pretty much show up for lunch, have a meeting, chat with people and then I go home ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hopefully I get more done when I start up with two half days a week, mid February. And I’m hopingย I’ll step up more, after I see my neurologist in March, but we’ll just have to wait and see what she says first.

I gave you a list of goalsย a couple of weeks back? This year around, I think I’ll give you guys a monthly sum-up, of how I’m doing with those goals, and not just a tally of my decluttering, like I did last year.

So here it is – my January in a nutshell!

Declutter
Have I decluttered anything in January? Well, yes I’ve been working away at it the last couple of days (finally got my act together) and a post is on its way ๐Ÿ˜‰ It will have to count as a February shed though!

Activity and exercise
I have a plan to be more active this year, and so far this month I have been out on an average 2,5 times a week… Not a lot I know, but the weather have been really shitty, and I took a spill on the ice a few weeks back, which kept me out of the walking loop for a few days ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Only buying necessities
I’m on schedule, so far so good. But what about my allowances?

  • Books – bought 5 dollars worth of e-books (3 I think it was)
  • Eating out – we’ve done pretty shitty in January, as we have eaten out 10 times. There have been a few reasons for why. Like, we have been working at someone’s house and I just needed food “now”, and a few times we have been meeting people helping them look at stuff and ending up eating in the process. And one of the days I was hanging out with someone at the hospital all day, and just needed a quick bite… ย So it racks up! Regardless, we will have to do better in February.
  • Flowers and plants –ย no purchases, quite the opposite, I gave away a couple of my plants to the neighbour instead ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Buying a non essentials – yes, one purchase, but it was really a replacement purchase of sorts.. I’ll tell you about it later!

Other financial goals
Mortgage: I paid my yearly down payment, 10 days ago, and I’m now finally under half left of my original mortgage, phew ๐Ÿ™‚

Other activities/projects this year
We finally got the job done at my sisters place, installing the heaviest ceiling lamp on earth, over her dining table (it’s still hanging.. I think…), installed a ceiling lamp in her hallway, and we got her very long TV network cable hidden away (she has the TV at the opposite side of the room from where the plug is), I have to say.. ย her place is coming along really nice and she seems happy with the job we did…

Other stuff? Well, there are still a few things on the agenda at my step mums new place, but that is going to have to be a February thing!

That’s it for now.. see you in February ๐Ÿ˜‰

8 comments

    • Anne Lene

      I know what tou mean ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been slowly chipping away at it since I got back from US 5 years ago.. I still have more left, but it is getting harder and harder.. The only way is to get more “hardcore” about it… But sometimes I struggle with that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. cteachr

    I have been very quiet on my blog as well but at least the decluttering is coming along. Last week I repaint end my bedroom closet and rearranged it all to look more spacious and organized. The next big job is to tackle the basement paint. I am also trying to sell some furniture to help with the decluttering. As for my exercise program, I can report absolutely no activities as our weather is just too cold. Better luck to me this month.

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    • Anne Lene

      Sounds like you are busy ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet the repaint and organizing made everything look really good ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m chipping away at decluttering as well… Now all I need is to get it down on paper so I can post about it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve been out a few times the last few days.. Weather is gorgeous, but it’s still pretty icy outside several places so it’s not easy to walk at a good clip… Oh well, but at least I’m outside ๐Ÿ˜‰

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