resolutions - summer check in

summer is here and that means lazy days, iced coffee and another check in to recognize successes and opportunities for improvement on my 2013 resolutions.  looking back on my SPRING CHECK IN was incredibly interesting, if not a little cringe worthy for me...  i mean, why have i still not replaced that manky tupperware? 

  • wear skirts & dresses more often
spring check in: yes!  and no.  i have had a few occasions to wear a skirt that i have and absolutely love but it's kind of formal.  like, job interview and funeral formal.  i intend to invest in some casual skirts and dresses more appropriate for everyday wear.
also, note to self: invest in shoes appropriate for wear with something other than denim.

summer check in: believe it or not i have been habitually checking the thrift racks for skirts and dresses but nothing has worked.  i did, however, purchase a pair of shorts for the summer so that is progress for my leg-shy self.
also, my dress shoes have finally called it quits so i still need something appropriate in that department.
  • keep regular haircut schedules
spring check in:  yes!  and no.  i am pleased to report that i have found a stylist that i am very comfortable with so that's something.  unfortunately haircuts are expensive, yo.  so good thing i look cute in hats.
summer check in:  boo!  my stylist quit and i had an incredibly disheartening experience when i attempted a new stylist (i didn't even make it into the chair... so that was sucky.)  this current hairstyle is driving me insane, though, so i will be braving the chair FOR SURE this week.  no excuses.
  • tweet?  as in, join twitter?
spring check in:  no.  i really don't feel i'd use it enough to bother.  meh.
summer check in:  i am still not on that bandwagon.  dinosaur, me.
  • make proper pots of tea instead of just pouring hot water over a tea bag in a mug and then saving that tea bag in a shot glass on the stove to use for the next cup
  • or, at least choose a more attractive container for the used tea bag to rest in
spring check in: fail on both counts.  old habits die hard.
summer check in: i invested in some cute little white bowls which look much better on the stove than the old shot glasses.  so there's that.
  • paint the washroom
spring check in: yes!!!!  we finally got the rental company to have a contractor come in and take care of our mold issue and freshly paint the new ceiling and walls.  he did a crap job though, so i'll now have to touch up the tile line and scrape the "mistakes" off the tile but IT'S PAINTED!!!!!  *cabbage patching in my pajamas*
summer check in:  no!!!!  the contractor that came is an asshat and used the wrong type of paint so we now have the new paint cracking and running each time we shower.  the mold issue has returned and then THIS. HAPPENED.  we seriously need to move but brian loves it here.  i sometimes feel like i am stuck in an episode of 'love it or list it'.
  • get a fish
spring check in: not yet.
summer check in: because i am determined to move in the near future i am trying to simplify and downsize so i am not actively seeking to add another live being to this household which would be uprooted during a move.  that being said, if someone were needing to rehome their beta or goldfish i would be okay with adding a fish to our family.  i mean, it wouldn't be that difficult to move a fish.
  • host more parties
spring check in: i hosted my first ever girl's night in this apartment and i am pretty sure it went well.  much hummus was consumed.  i am looking forward to hosting upcoming dinner parties.
summer check in: because of the issues we are having in the washroom i have honestly been too frustrated and embarrassed to have many guests for "parties".  i did, however, get in contact with some ladies i don't get to see as often as i would like to organize a casual "book club" to meet once a month.  our first meeting is this month so i am looking forward to that.
  • fix the laptop to enable skype to chat with lu
spring check in: not yet.  it's so expensive.  i think i am probably just going to let this one tell me it is ready to go to computer heaven and then invest in a new one.  sorry, girl.
summer check in: we tried to use the old laptop one day and got the black screen of death.  so we went and got a new one but i have been too busy playing on bigfish games to worry much about skype or anthing else.
  • visit my grandmother more
spring check in: i am a horrible person.
summer check in: i have been making an honest effort to go visit my grandmother more and each time i do i enjoy her company so much it makes me look forward to the next time.
  • invest in new tupperware, the old ones are manky
spring check in: this is probably the easiest one and i haven't done it yet.  what is wrong with me?!?!
summer check in: shame on me.

  • spend more time with family & friends
it has been nice to spend more time with family members i don't get to see as often as i'd like so i hope that continues.
  • get outside more
when you work only a few days a week and don't have a private yard it is easy to let entire days slip away without going outside.  so i now make a conscious effort to go outside at least once a day, even if it is only to take the recycling out.  i take the long way and have been lucky enough to meet and/or run into neighbours and had good conversations.  sometimes a breath of fresh air and a change of scene works wonders for ones mental and physical health.
  • continue to work with my psychologist on my anxiety and DO MY HOMEWORK
i have made the personal decision to supplement my therapy with medication so i now only meet with my psychologist once a month.
  • accept invitations
whenever possible i have been accepting invitations and have been better for it.  i have been able to pick up extra hours at work, see some friends and family who i would have missed otherwise and proven to myself that i am stronger than my anxiety.  for the win.
  • increase my income
unfortunately, no.  i pick up shifts whenever possible but they are few and far between.  and despite my networking i have not been able to do as much petsitting/house-sitting/filing/babysitting.... "cash" work as i had hoped.  this is one of those just keep keepin' on kind of situations.

  • speak more openly and frankly about my anxiety without feeling like i am whining or complaining
  • pay off the last of my credit card debt
  • broaden my recipe horizons 
  • buy new good-quality bras
  • bravely wear bold lipstick and a strong eyebrow