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develop our land
We met with the tax assessor's office.

We met yesterday and talked about our plans to raise laying hens, dairy goats, vegetables, and fruit trees/bushes.

They were more easygoing than I thought they would be; we just need to be able to show proof that, starting this summer, we are working at making our land into a small scale farm (and thus earning our agricultural tax rates).

become acquainted with 12 new foods (read all 3 entries…)
baby bok choy

I saw some of this at the market the other day and recalling how it was on a weekly grocery list for a family I used to nanny for, I decided to buy some and take it out for a spin.

I cleaned it, cut it into more manageable pieces, and sauteed it with garlic, ginger, salt, and a little sesame oil. I then combined that with (sauteed) mushrooms, carrots, onion, water chestnuts, and tofu served with a little udon in broth.

I found it to be underwhelming, and I have to wonder what the big deal is. I do admit though that I did no research or reading up on using this ingredient.

get a passport for our daughter (read all 4 entries…)
we submitted her application today

In 4-6 weeks, we’ll have F’s passport in hand, and this goal will be complete.

buy some land (read all 3 entries…)
done and done

As of about noon today, The Husband and I are now proud owners of a decent-sized piece of dirt that is just waiting for us to turn it into something that will nourish our lives.

update my blog more regularly (read all 3 entries…)
I've written two posts since January..

So, I’ve got one per month for 2014.. not great, but given the numerous other things we’ve got going on, I’m happy with it.

talk to my grandma more often (read all 4 entries…)
My Gma turned 80 this week.

And last Friday, The Husband, Baby F, my brother, his wife, and I flew out to surprise her. In AZ, we were joined by all five of my cousins and two of my aunts. It was a great weekend, and Gma and I got some good talks in.

buy some land (read all 3 entries…)
We close on Tuesday.

We’ve got our tall stack of cash, and we will be exchanging it for about 14 acres next Tuesday morning.

We’re all really excited about this.. even our 6 month old daughter and our two cats. I’m even more excited to move into the next phase of this goal.

get a passport for our daughter (read all 4 entries…)
birth certificate and application form obtained

On our walk yesterday, we swung by the post office to get an application and then headed to the Daley Center to get F’s birth certificate.

All that is left to do is fill out the application, walk over to the post office with F and The Husband, and submit our app and fees. Hopefully, this will be happening on Tuesday after we take care of some other important business.

breastfeed for at least one year (read all 6 entries…)
six months and nearly 15lbs

F is happy and healthy and up until last weekend, exclusively breastfed.

Her first taste of solid foods was a mashed up bit of carrot that her uncle fed to her, and since then, she has devoured about half an avocado and tried a bite of banana.

After overcoming a few small hurdles, breast feeding is a piece of cake now. I can’t believe six months have passed since she was born, and that she & I are halfway to reaching this goal!

get a passport for our daughter (read all 4 entries…)
passport photos

Yesterday, we booked our flights for our trip to Cartagena.

That added some fuel to my desire to complete this goal, and so today, I took F to get her passport photos taken.

We’re one step closer to her having her passport and me having this goal complete.

donate hair to Locks of Love (read all 13 entries…)
After several years, I'm done with this goal.

And I ended up sending my hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program instead of Locks of Love.

At any rate though, my hair is growing longer and my bag full of pony tails has been sent off in the mail.

donate hair to Locks of Love (read all 13 entries…)
Making peace with this goal..

Last June, I had about 12” of my beautiful hair cut off.

And I HATED it!

More than half a year later, I’m finally making peace with that action and this goal.

It’s just hair, it’ll grow back, and it’s for a good cause, but maybe cutting my long, beautiful locks off while feeling very fat, very hormonal, and very pregnant was not a good idea.

As silly or superficial as it may sound, it really shook my sense of self and made me feel very unattractive. The fact that I had a horrible haircut didn’t help either. The stylist seemed to misunderstand what I wanted, and after she cut and styled my hair, I was too upset to try to get her to fix it.

Just this last week, my hair has grown to the point where I can put it up in a (very short) ponytail. And after a few trims, the horrible cut has somewhat righted itself. That and losing most of my baby weight plus having more stable hormones has brought me back to no longer feeling unattractive, but for a while, it was really bad.. like so bad that when my daughter was born, I wanted no pictures with her, and I really regret that now.

I wish I had considered the effect that being pregnant may have while cutting my hair off for donation. I may or may not grow and donate again, but I will not do so while pregnant.

I’m now okay talking about it without bursting into tears, and I just took my hair out of the salon bag and put it in a food storage bag in preparation of sending it out tomorrow.

buy some land (read all 3 entries…)
I've had this goal in my head.

The Husband and I have been talking about and passively searching for a piece of dirt for the last few years, and when we moved back to the US in 2012, we began actively searching for the right parcel for our tiny farm.

Over the years, we’ve made a couple offers on places.

Yesterday, we found out that our offer on our most recent bid was accepted.

The Husband is on his way right now to deliver our earnest money, and we close at the end of March.

find my passion
The more I think about this goal..

I added this goal quite some time ago, and the more I think about it, the more obvious the answer is.

While I love so many things in life, the ones that I keep coming back to are teaching, travel, and more and more so lately, cooking/food. I have come to define myself by these things, and if I don’t have enough of them in my life, I miss them immensely.

I quit my main teaching job last month to stay home with my daughter, and I’m not looking into local volunteer ESL opportunities because it’s not about the money, it’s my passion.

At any rate, I’ve known this for a while now, and I no longer feel the need to have this listed as a goal.

Get Rid of 43 Things...Donate, Give, Sell or Throw Away (read all 10 entries…)
10. goodbye vintage baby clothing

My mom saved seemingly all of the clothing my brother and I wore as babes, and right before F was born, she gave it all to me.

I sorted through it all and was able to utilize much of it, but we had an entire laundry basket full of stuff that we will never use, so I listed it on Craigslist’s free section and three hours later, a woman came to pick it all up.

Now we’ve got a little less clutter, and someone’s baby has more socks, sleep sacks, onesies, etc. Everybody wins.

Get Rid of 43 Things...Donate, Give, Sell or Throw Away (read all 10 entries…)
9. goodbye extra bottle of nail polish remover

Our medicine cabinet is not immense, and up until about 20 minutes ago, it contained not one, but two opened and half used bottles of nail polish remover.

I seriously don’t know why it took me so long to combine the products into one bottle and toss the extra one.

Maybe I didn’t really get rid of the product, but I cleared up a little extra shelf space, and now our electric toothbrush heads can go in the cabinet instead of hanging out on the countertop.

Get Rid of 43 Things...Donate, Give, Sell or Throw Away (read all 10 entries…)
8. goodbye two magazines

I have this bad habit of thinking that a magazine I’ve just read is a wonderful, useful, valuable thing that others will be clamoring to take off my hands (for free) so that they too can read it.

When I was living overseas and teaching EFL, this actually was true to a point, so my students would relieve us of our read magazines.

Now that we’re back in the US, no one wants our magazines. And yet I continue to stockpile them thinking that some good will come of it.

This weekend, I finished DEC13 and JAN14 issues of Real Simple and then I tossed them in the recycling bin.

breastfeed for at least one year (read all 6 entries…)
five months proud

F woke up about 90 minutes ago to eat, and as I was in bed nursing her, I was able to reflect on the last five months.

I don’t feel like I have a lot of pride in my life (meaning that I’m not a very proud person, not that I am not proud of various accomplishments, if that makes sense) but I’m proud of having been able to nourish this beautiful creature for the last five months.

Now if only we could go back to sleep..

become acquainted with 12 new foods (read all 3 entries…)
brussel sprouts

I had these once as a child and I thought they were awful, bitter things.

After seeing a friend of mine post about them, and walking by them at Trader Joe’s week after week, I decided to take some home with me.

I opted to pan fry them with vegan butter product, garlic, salt & pepper, mushrooms, and a little bit of vegan bacon. I liked them enough to want to make them again in the future, but next time, I think I’d skip the faux bacon.

We ate them with baked potatoes and dijon-glazed faux chicken cutlets.

get my ass back in shape! (read all 18 entries…)
5 pounds to go

F turns 5 months tomorrow, and as of this morning, I’ve got 5 pounds left to get to my prepregnancy weight.

This is taking longer than I expected, but I’m still pleased that I’m losing weight.. even if it is as at slow pace.

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