Summer Goals for 2016

I’m not saying this is a return to blogging, but I felt the urge tonight and I’m not going to say no to being inspired to blog for the first time in months.  It has been long enough since I last wrote that it would be absolutely impossible to catch you up on everything, so I’ll just dive right in.

Glenn is sitting behind me setting a whole bunch of goals and sub-goals for the rest of the year, neatly categorized into where they fit into his life.  This has reminded me that the summer feels like it is flying by, despite having just officially started ten days ago, and I’m worried I won’t get to do all the things I want before the weather gets cold again.  Michigan only gets about three months of over-70ºF weather, so we only have about two months left.  It doesn’t help that I work in a university, so I’m keenly aware of the school calendar and the fact that the fall semester starts back up in just over two months.  Hence, the goal-related semi-freakout.

I should remind myself that I am on track with at least a couple goals.  Running is going well and I have a plan to increase my mileage through the end of August, barring setback in the form of injury.  I’ve been knitting as per usual and I did sew one dress in June.  I finished reading Jane Eyre, which was fantastic and caught me up on my Goodreads challenge to read 16 books in 2016.  I also got back to dyeing yarn today after a month-long break.

However, there are still what feels like a lot of things I’ve said I wanted to do this summer that I still want to do, but I just haven’t.  These are as follows:

  • Finally buy my own sleeping bag (I’ve been borrowing one every time I went camping for a few years)–this can happen after I work out all my moving expenses.
  • Go camping
  • Visit Mackinac Island, i.e. take Glenn there for his first ever visit
  • Visit the Upper Penninsula, which I haven’t done since I was little when my family went
  • Sew a second dress this summer–I have a pattern picked out and have purchased the fabric and other notions.  I just have to actually do it.  I want the dress, but what’s holding me back is that I have been too lazy to trace the pattern out of my book.

I am going to a conference the third weekend in July, moving the day I get back, and we are going to Vancouver for nine days in August.  I am excited for all these things (less so the conference…), but they make it feel like the summer is already accounted for!  Hopefully by writing out these goals that I have yet to accomplish, plan, or make progress toward, I will feel more organized because all the things I want to do before the long winter sets in again will be written down in one place.

At least once fall rolls around again, I’ll be able to wear all the hand-knit socks I’ve been churning out this summer!

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