I know I say this every month, but May was one difficult month. I ended April on a high note, thought things were going to be fantastic for May. I set goals, deadlines, my house was in order. I was going to rock the month of May!
Yeah…. I should’ve known better.
On the morning of May 1st I was woken by my two year old screaming at the top of her lungs. At 4 a.m! As I stumbled my way down to her bedroom (half asleep and not sure if I was going to make it), I passed the bathroom where my husband was making some rather nasty vomit sounding noises. Gross. I hate puke.
Our Nightmare with Listeriosis
It was all downhill from there. Over the next two weeks, my husband and my two kids were sick with listeriosis. Listeriosis is caused by the bacteria listeria, which has been all over the news in recent months. Guys, the symptoms of listeriosis are disgusting. I really don’t want to go into detail (and I don’t think you want me to either), but it is just downright gross. Since I was the only one who was not sick (thank goodness), I spent my time running back and forth to the grocery store and pharmacy. I was also scrubbing carpets almost around the clock and washing more pillow cases than should be possible.
Following this, I then spent the next two weeks trying to clean up the house, getting things back in order, reorganizing my menu plan (since I planned and purchased for the whole month and nobody had eaten anything for just over two weeks), and restructuring our homeschool plans… all while battling several (yes, I said several) toothaches.
I clench my jaw when I get stressed out. As a result, I was irritating my (already fragile and temperamental) teeth nerves. My entire mouth ached. So… I took a trip to the dentist. She told me to destress… and that tooth 29 was going to need a root canal and crown. Ugh… okay, but it doesn’t stop there! Tooth 31 is going to need to be pulled. It already had a root canal/crown on it from years ago. All the clenching and grinding of my teeth caused the tooth to the break and it is going to need to be pulled. Fantastic.
So… this post is a few days late because last week I had to have a tooth pulled and had to forgo care of said tooth because my daughter needed an emergency trip to the pedatrian. (Recurrence of issues from the beginning of the month). Thankfully the tooth extraction area is healing well and my daughter seems to be getting over whatever stomach ailment was going on last week.
That being said, despite the chaos of this month, I actually managed to get a lot done. In all honesty, most of this was accomplished in the last week and a half of May. I was sleep deprived, full of too much coffee, and could use a day at the spa. However, what are you going to do, right? This is life.
May 2016 Goal Progress
Have a date night. Pass. We ended up doing a pizza and movie (The Last Holiday).
Track my health and fitness goals every day in my planner. Pass. My health and fitness goals went pretty much out the window the first two and half weeks of the month, but this month’s goal was simply to track my progress. I need accountability more than anything else and I think tracking these items in my planner is going to help me do just that.
Have June’s lesson plans completed by May 20th, including all printing and laminating. Pass and Fail. This goal was both. The lesson plans (including printing and laminating) were all completed by the end of May. I did not (as a result of 2.5 weeks of doing nothing but taking care of sick family members) get this done by May 20th. However, this is where giving myself a little bit of grace comes into play. The most important thing is that I got our lesson plans and all materials ready to go for the month of June.
One family day. Pass. This one was easy this month. After being cooped up in the house for over two weeks, my family went running for the door after everyone recovered. We purchased a yearly pass to the new Legoland experience that opened in our mall and spent a joyous morning playing with legos.
Clean zones two and three. Use checklists and daily planners to stay on target. Pass. This was a barely and only got completed in the last few days of May, because I cleaned like a mad woman. I had hoped to spread out these tasks throughout the month, so I wasn’t spending more than 30 minutes a day on routine household management.
Have June’s editorial calendar complete by May 13th. Pass. I actually got this done by the deadline, but that was just because I sat down on May 12th and tried to take advantage of everyone passed out in front of Finding Nemo (for the 800th time that week).
Have all of June’s photographs taken by May 30th. Pass. I am unbelievably excited about this. Photographs are the hardest thing for me to get to, where blogging is concerned. They are not polished and ready for publication, but they have been taken and that’s what I wanted to accomplish the most.
Watch two AFI films. Pass. I watched Jaws and Frankenstein (1931). Whenever I watch an AFI film, I usually look up information about the film after viewing, to put things in better context. I’m an ’80s baby (’90s kid) and both of these films are before my time. Jaws looked like dozens of other horror/mystery films that I’ve seen over the years. Well guess what? They’re all Jaws rip-offs. This is why research is important. Jaws was also the first summer blockbuster film, with Star Wars being released the following summer. Jaws and Star Wars were highly influential in how movies in the U.S. were released and marketed.
I did enjoy Frankenstein, as well. Again, research is important. I learned, from my research, that the current Frankenstein monsters get this looks from this film. Apparently the Frankenstein depicted this in the 1931 Frankenstein Film (and all future media) look nothing like the monster that Mary Shelley depicted her in novel. (Which I have not read).
Read or listen to “Much Ado About Nothing.” Pass. I listened to an audiobook of “Much Ado About Nothing” on my laptop. About halfway through the first act, I realized I probably could have skipped this play on my to read/listen to list, as I have seen the movie dozens of times (and the movie uses Shakespeare’s script verbatim). I own a copy Much Ado About Nothing starring Kate Beckinsale and have watched it dozens of times, it is one of my favorite films. Oh well.
June 2016 Goals
Eat three meals a day. If you’re a mom, you probably get this. Sometimes I can go a whole day without eating and not even realize it until after my kids go to bed. While I have been better about making sure I eat three good meals a day, I haven’t been at my best. Food = energy, and I certainly need energy.
Continue tracking my health and wellness goals in my planner every day. I’m going to do my very best not to fall off my planner wagon. I’ve been doing great tracking my goals. My goals are to consume more water (I have two cute little water bottles to help track this), stick to my dental plan, and walk 1,500 miles by the end of the year.
Have July’s lesson plans (including printing, laminating, to-do lists, and shopping lists) completed by 18th. The one slip up I made with this goal this month was not including my lists. There are some things I can’t do (such as the sensory bins) until the beginning of the week, so I need to keep track of these in my planner. Otherwise I’m scrambling at the last minute because I son goes “where’s my bin, Mom?” Oops…
Clean zones four and five. Use checklists and planners to stay on target. Zones four and five include: the laundry room, stairway, office, downstairs closet, and two bedrooms (both belonging to the kids). The only trouble with these two zones is that the majority of the cleaning needs to take place upstairs. My husband sleeps during the day and the kids sleep at night. Mmmm…
Have July’s editorial calendar complete by June 15th. Creating the editorial calendar for the blog is easy. I have more ideas than I know what to do with. It’s sticking with it that is the problem. As I write this I am surrounded by crayons, toy dinosaurs, and have been interrupted by two littles ones approximately 18,000 times.
Have all of July’s photographs taken by June 25. One of the toughest things about a lifestyle blog is taking my own photographs. I can’t very well purchase photographs of projects I’ve created (and I’m not spending a fortune on a professional photographer to come to my home). I’m not very skilled at photos (although I am learning, slowly. It’s almost embarrassing to look at last year’s photos.) I also have to find time to do it when my kids won’t want to “help”.
Watch three AFI films. I’ve already put three on hold at the library. For this month I’ve chosen The Manchurian Candidate, The Grapes of Wrath, and Chinatown. I also requested the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate to compare to the original.
Read or listen to “Othello”. I’m still chugging my way through Shakespeare’s complete works. I will probably listen to this on audiobook. However, I need my husband to fix itunes for me. I updated it and now it won’t recognize my ipod. Argh. There’s always something right?
How was your May? What goals are you looking forward to accomplishing in June?