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10 Goals for Summer 2013

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I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since we started our Grand Adventure to Chicago. I feel as though I’ve barely been here for more than 6 months! To be completely honest, it hasn’t felt as Grand as I hoped.. Work and the weather and now Zero have kept me indoors more than I would like. It’s been a challenging year for me. I miss my family and my friends. I miss San Francisco and my independence. It takes so much longer to get anywhere I need to, so I often don’t even make the effort to go (San Francisco spoiled me). I’ve kept busy working, but I’m tired and fried and in need of something new.

I’ve decided that this summer, we’re doing stuff. I don’t care if I have to take time off work to have a life. There’s more to it than working all the time. I want to be able to enjoy this place and not just go through the motions until next summer when we move back and I regret that I didn’t do more to experience this great city.

 So here’s a list of my goals for this summer:

1) Keep losing weight

I’ve been on Weight Watchers for 2-3 weeks now. Still very early, but I’ve lost 7 lb and my pants that were too tight a month ago are falling off me now! Hopefully over the summer we’ll both have more time for the gym too! My goal is to lose another 14 lb. If I can do that, then I’ll push my self to lose an extra 10 which is really where my weight should be for my height and age.

2) Visit with family.

It’s insane but we’ve got a LOT of family coming this summer. I’m so excited to see all of them, and share Chicago with them.

-First is Jeremy’s Mom and Grandmother coming today and leaving sunday. They’ll be doing their own thing during the week and will come back for the weekend. We’ve got some museums we might take them to, share old town with them maybe. Should be fun.

– Next, my parents come to visit the first or second week of May. I’ve been looking forward to this since December when they told me they would make the trip out here. I can’t wait to go bar hopping with them and show them the awesome Field Museum. I think they’d get a kick out of it. Besides that, my parents have added to their tattoo’s so it will be exciting to see the new artwork.

– My brother wants to come visit in July for a weekend, which will be great since he’ll be 21 by then and we can finally go have a legal drink together :)

– Jeremy’s dad and grandma will most likely come out for his birthday at the end of August, assuming he isn’t on a production.

3) Travel more:

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– I’ve been dying to go to Michigan. I hear it’s great for going on hikes and going camping. It’s funny but I really just want to be outside in nature with Jeremy and Zero. We look forward to taking him with us on day hikes when he’s old enough. I think for my birthday weekend we’ll try to go to grand rapids or somewhere like that.

– Back in February we went and got Zero in Minnesota. We stopped first to Minneapolis and liked what we saw. We just got a small taste of the night life and drove around looking for a breakfast place in the morning and then we left. We have plans to go back to explore the many lakes as well as the mall of America.

– Milwaukee still has much to discover. We’ve been on two brief trips and want to see more. It’s a great little trip only two hours away.

4) Go see lots of movies:

This is kind of a given, because Jeremy is in film, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really enjoyed going to the movies. The whole experience of eating redvines, slurpin down a diet coke, and sitting in the dark watching a movie is something I really look forward to. There are so many amazing movies coming out that I can’t wait for. A few that are coming out this spring/summer:

Super excited about: Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby!

5) Take Zero to Dog Parks (and the beach!):

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Zero has gotten so big and now that its spring time, we can take him to dog parks. We have to register him soon and then he’ll officially be allowed in. He needs some more face time with other dogs. For updates on Zero, go to Zerothecorgi.com

6) Play a Freaking video game

I don’t do it often, but I do miss playing my Zelda or Metroid prime. It’s a luxury I can no longer afford, but dag nabbit, I’ll make some time this summer.

7) Read more:

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Since I finished the last book of Game Of Thrones, I’ve needed some new material to read on the train. I dove into a new fantasy series Called the Chronicles of the Necromancer By Gail Z. Martin. It’s predictable plot but enjoyable enough. It mashes the classic fantasy stuff like magic and mages, kings and wars and gods, with more horror story characters like ghosts, Vayash Moru (vampires), vyrkin (shape shifters or wearvolves), and Asternath (zombies). It’s a fun read and I’m already on book 5 of 6, so again I’ll be running out of material. I’m kind of in the mood to read a classic or maybe a biography of Audrey Hepburn. Something I probably should have read in high school but never did… I’ll be open to suggestions. Perhapse I should re-read the Great Gatsby again and maybe this time i’ll get it.

8) Add to our little garden…

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What started as a basil plant house-warming gift, turned slowly into our little garden of herbs and succulents. I must admit, I don’t have a green thumb like my mom, but I have always wanted a garden, and especially as I get older, I find that having a few live things makes me more cheerful..

9) Decorate the office/house

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Our office has always been on the practical side. It’s cramped, but functional (when it’s clean). Right now I’m not inspired. I never even sit at my desk anymore now that i can sit on the couch with my new laptop. I mostly use that space to store papers, but I would truly love to have a more inspiring office and home to work in. We’ve begun to buy artwork that reminds us of home.

10) Work on The Magic Jar.

What ever happened to that? Well, life happened…moving, working, winter laziness, clients, and finally Zero have kept my pretty busy. The magic jar is always in the back of my mind, but I haven’t had time to really develop it the way I want. I have so many other side projects that it always takes a back seat. Hopefully this summer I can finally develop the identity, put together a product list and start the website.. Meanwhile, I’ll be instagrammingpinning, and tweeting for the magic jar if you want to follow along and see the progress.

Well that’s my list of