3 month check up

Another month. Yikes. Let’s dig in:

  1. Jacob, Jacob, Jacob, Jacob.
    Yes. Did I mention I like this kid a lot? I know it seems like a no-brainer, but I have recently encountered too many people who don’t like their kids. Anyway. We’re having fun. Last weekend I took him to Ikea and he had such a good time. It was awesome.
  2. Continue to write nearly every weekend.
    Yes, still doing this. There’s a whole other blog (which I have written part of here) about how I am feeling disconnected from poetry right now, but I am still writing. I think even when I don’t want to participate in the business side of poetry (the submitting and workshopping and whatever) I’m still going to be writing.  It just feels right.
  3. Send two submissions per month.
    Yes, I definitely did this in March. I sent to Anti- (rejected in a total of 5 days) and somewhere else (not having access to the Excel sheet I keep for submissions, I can’t remember who, of course). I might struggle to do this in April, but I will continue to keep it on the list.
  4. Complete NaPoMo.
    Yikes. Starts tomorrow.
  5. Spend more time geocaching.
    Hoping to do so this weekend.
  6. Participate in Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck exercises.
    Still on the table, though I have not directly responded to an exercise lately.
  7. School, school, school.
    Yes! Yes yes! I am studying for a CLEP and then a TECEP (which is like a CLEP but college-specific) and I have 3 classes starting in May. Yes! I am going to be done in a year, and then looking at Master’s programs. I am abso-funking-lutely determined to get this shiz over with.
  8. Think about finding a new job, or learn to balance work/life more appropriately in this one.
    Hah. Well, I have actually been doing better. I have been bringing work home less frequently, though I have continued to be incredibly stressed and frustrated. In fact, I had a pretty frank discussion this week with my boss about it. I don’t know that anything will change, but it’s good for both of us to talk it out, I think.
  9. Act less on impulse and more out of kindness.
    Again, still working on this one. I had occasion this month to seriously consider my own character flaws and how they impact the people around me. I think there are some changes I can make which might help this whole impulse/kindness thing, and what I’m realizing is that I need to learn to make kindness an impulse, rather than something I have to thoughtfully consider. I want kindness to be reflexive, instinctual.
  10. Weed out the negativity.
    Yes, definitely.
  11. Make time to blog twice a week (it stimulates the muses, you know).
    Well, I took a much need interwebz hiatus at the beginning of the month. Other than that, I’m still rolling.
  12. Take more pictures.
    Yes! I have been doing this! If we are friends on Facebook, you have probably noticed. If we are not, well, you can always look at my Flickr. Two weekends ago I took a drive with Donna to shoot some photographs. Don’t get me wrong – I certainly don’t see myself as some incredibly talented photographer, but I’m having fun with it. It’s for me.
  13. Stick with kickboxing.
    Yes! I am still doing this. And it feels good. I have also started running this week; this does not feel good, and is incredibly painful, but I will keep doing it because Jacob needs to train to run a mile for his next belt test.
  14. Lose some weight.
    Yes. I have lost some weight. I will keep going.

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