Wednesday, August 01, 2012

July - BC2012 and Other Goals

July was generally a good month. My reading totals are back up, and I've really been obsessed with decluttering.

1. Book Challenge 2012: June was a down month for reading, so I'm glad I got back on track in July. I bought more books than I should have, but it could have been worse: Half Price Books had coupons last week and I had a lot of time to kill. July totals: 12 books finished, 9 books acquired. Overall totals: 74 books finished, 47 books acquired.

2. Cut down on e-mail: I have managed to keep e-mail under control this month.

3. Drive less: I drove a little more than usual, including a concert trip to Joliet and a shopping expedition in search of shelving units.

4. Physical activity: Not much. I went for a couple of bike rides. On the last one I got a flat tire, which in my current mindset means the season may as well be over. My heart just isn't in it anymore. (Actually, with my near-legendary aversion to bike repair and maintenance, I'll probably just ride a different bike until they all have flat tires or some other mechanical problem.)

5. Drink more: This was a success on both counts: I drank more water and more booze. I finished off a bottle of Glenlivet French Oak Reserve, freeing precious space in the whisky side of the liquor cabinet (whisky on the left, vodka and other spirits on the right, wine and champagne -- stuff I never drink -- on the shelf underneath).

6. Dine and shop locally: Basking in the afterglow of  Bright Lights, Big Ass, I took a chance on Jen Lancaster's If You Were Here for my locally purchased book this month even though it's <gasp> fiction. I also shopped at the local hardware store and ate plenty of locally prepared meals.

7. Clean and declutter: I'm still kicking ass on this one. I have more than a dozen boxes (300+ books) to donate to Open Books, and our library now has a broad swath of visible flooring! I got rid of dozens of boxes I had been saving in the basement (killing off another hoarder self-delusion -- the "I'm going to sell my stuff on eBay and make a lot of money" myth (I was saving the boxes to ship out my treasures)). I set up shelves in the mud room and continued thinning out the clutter elsewhere. My wife says she's proud to live here again.

8. Enhance and expand my web presence: I didn't make any progress, but I sold another $230 worth of advertising. I also purchased a special offer to convert 400 prints into digital photos, which will save me lots of scanning when I do my Route 66 project -- plus the offer's expiration date sets a deadline for getting started.

9. Figure out my professional future: Nada.

10. Floss regularly: After four months of daily flossing, I think I've established this as a habit.

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