Despite having a sick kid on my hands today, I have accomplished quite a bit, which makes me happy. I’m super stressed nowadays with work and personal obligations, and I feel like I have made some progress in getting my life back under control these past two days. Today I have so far:
- Resolved the issue of the $17,000.00 bill. I don’t owe it. Insurance is paying. *win*
- Set up payments on one of my many other medical bills that I do actually owe. *fail*
- Waited on hold for an hour (not kidding) to speak to a representative at Anthem about my new insurance plan. Should have all that resolved by Friday, so that I can see my new rheumatologist on Tuesday. Good thing too, because my knee is swollen yet again.
- Went to the office and did a few things that absolutely had to be dealt with today.
- Purchased a new work laptop. My old one died last week after 3 years of heavy use. I guess I can’t complain. I got a much better one this time.
- Set up an appointment to have my car serviced next week.
- Set up a dental appointment.
- Finally bought Jackson a pair of headphones. This was the best $20 I have ever spent.
- Purchased my ticket to Wolpertinger 2014 on Sunday.
- Set up a babysitter for #9.
Now if I can just convince myself to go run those three miles. I need a workout buddy.
I love making lists. Love. My lists are usually written on some type of paper: a legal pad, a post-it note, or my paper journal. At the end of every year, I do a list of resolutions, though I prefer to call them goals, for the upcoming year. I can’t find my 2012 list to determine if I accomplished any of the stuff on my list. So this time I’m putting it here, and tagging it, so that I can check my progress.
- Hobbies – get some. I have signed up for an intro knitting class that starts in January. I’m also looking into some cooking classes. I have a few other ideas, but this will do for now.
- Keep running and keep improving. I am signed up for the Go St. Louis half-marathon in April. I will do the Komen 5k. I will probably do the Go St. Louis Halloween 10k as well. I’ll do the Arthritis Foundation 5k if it doesn’t conflict with Jackson’s birthday again.
- Vacation. Take one. Actually, take a few. I want one big summer vacation to a tropical location. I figure if I’m getting nice new breasts I may as well show them off. I also want to do a few weekend trips. Chicago and New York sound promising. I have never been to New York City. Isn’t that sad? I haven’t been on a proper vacation since 2007. This must end.
- Read more. I used to keep track of all the books I read. I did it for several years and I really enjoyed looking back at those lists at the end of each year. I’m going to track the books I read in 2013. I have gotten out of the habit of reading, because there is always something else to do or some other (stupid) distraction. I’ve made a list of books I want to read that are available for the Nook. I used to aim to read 50 books a year. I have a lot going on in 2013 so I’m going to aim for 24. Two per month sounds very doable.
- Attend more concerts. This is the same as with the reading. I used to go to lots of concerts. I want to get back to that, even if I have to go alone. I have Tegan & Sara set for March, which I’m super excited about. I have been seeing more live music as of late, thanks to the boyfriend’s band, so that’s an excellent start.
- Take photos with a real camera…like ever. D made fun of me for my “washed out iPhone pictures.” He has a point. I have a real camera. I cannot remember the last time I used it. Why don’t I ever use it? I’m going to start. Framing iPhone pics just isn’t the same, though it doesn’t stop me from having them all over my apartment.
- Eat healthier. I think everyone always lists this as a goal for the next year, but I really mean it this time, and I have already started. I have never been a big vegetable eater, but I have started incorporating them into my diet recently. Fruit, too. I’m also contemplating buying a juicer. I don’t want to be one of those people, but I need to get serious about my health. I have cancer, and I don’t want it coming back. I will do whatever I can to ensure that it doesn’t. Cancer changes your perspective on pretty much everything. Stuff that once seemed intolerable seems much more manageable when it’s a matter of life or death. Even broccoli.
- Learn to enjoy my own company. Since my separation, I have spent a lot more time alone. My friends are always willing to hang out, but I have been trying to get used to spending time on my own. It was always something I craved during my 14 year relationship, and now I can do it. I always have lots of ideas for what I want to do: go to the art museum, go to the symphony, go to the movies, etc. For some reason, I never go through with it. I’m going to start making myself go out alone. I’m 33 years old. It’s time.
That’s it for now, though I’m sure I will think of things to add as the year progresses. I’m excited for 2013. 2012 has been a hard year. My dad died. My marriage ended, which was accompanied by an enormous amount of drama. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had two surgeries in one month. That’s a lot of heartache for one year. There have been some really high points, however. I got to know a really amazing person, and can now freely spend time with him. I got to live on my own for the first time ever, and have learned a lot about myself because of it.
I’m very excited to see what 2013 has to offer, and beyond grateful for the opportunity.