Mary Hawkins

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use what i have (read all 2 entries…)
Slow, incremental progress...

I did finish off a French grammar workbook today, and this week I’ve also worked through the last of a box of origami paper, finished two books and a scarf for myself. This is definitely the sort of progress I was hoping for when I started this goal! Each little one doesn’t feel like a whole lot, but together they’ll add up nicely at the end of the year.



work through my workbooks (read all 4 entries…)
Ha!

I just finished the last remaining problem set in the workbook I’ve been plodding through. Yes! I am done! It only took seven months…

I still have a whole shelf of those guys, but I’m going to take a break and then pick up a smaller one and start over. I have two workbooks for kids in CM2 and I think I’ll take up one of those next.



use what i have (read all 2 entries…)
This is my New Year's resolution...

I’ve been thinking about it and “use what I have” is my new, overarching resolution. I need to put the things that I have (skills, talents and actual objects lying around the house) to good use. For me, this goal encompasses everything from making sure that I do the best job I can at work to plowing through my to-read pile…



knit through my stash (read all 49 entries…)
In the last six months...

I’ve definitely made progress on this one. I’ve gone from having several boxes and bags of yarn to one shoe organizer and a basket of current projects. I’ve bought yarn for specific projects, but I haven’t “stashed up” or hit sales. I do have some yarn that’s just never going to be anything. I decided to start back in on a project that just needed a little kick in the pants, only to find that I’d knit something six inches too wide. I don’t plan on taking it apart and re-knitting it, so for now that’s still hanging around the house. I also bought too much yarn for a friend’s present (like, double), so I guess I’ll be making an extra for charity. It definitely feels good to have the extra space in my closet. I don’t feel as twitchy about knitting now that I know that there just isn’t as much of it to be done.



find a good gymnastics or dance class (read all 3 entries…)
Done!

I definitely finished this one off! Since I last wrote here, I’ve been going to gymnastics class twice a week. It’s great! My bursitis has not returned and I’ve gained a lot of muscle. I still want to start going to a dance class, but I’ve really enjoyed my gymnastics class and want to keep it up.



refresh my website (read all 3 entries…)
Finished a while back...

I’ve definitely finished this one. I eventually re-did the whole look of the site. I kept it simple and made it easy to get around and update. I started streaming my videos from Vimeo and updated my analytics too. It’s definitely helped—I did a big push in October to get my site out in front of more people who could hire me and having a new pretty site really helped.

I recently tried to pass a job that I couldn’t take off to a co-worker whose montage hadn’t been updated in years and I don’t think he got the gig.



find a good gymnastics or dance class (read all 3 entries…)
Still kind of in the same place on this one...

I went once to gymnastics class last year and then had a bad time with bursitis and never quite got up the courage to go back. I also keep trying to go after work and have been getting out too late. I did park a set of workout clothes at work so I can just go any time. I have Monday off so with any luck, I’ll be able to go to the noon Beg/Int class and see how it feels.

I’m still into this, I’m just not getting it done. I had a really sad picture taken of me mid-cartwheel and could use some help. My new gym also has a bunch of dance-based aerobics classes.



work through my workbooks (read all 4 entries…)
I've been keeping up with this on and off...

I’m currently a week behind, but I tend to binge on grammar homework and do big jumps to catch up. I can tell that I’m making progress through my first book, but it’s slow. I can’t imagine how much work it would take for me to get through all of those books I have…



knit through my stash (read all 49 entries…)
For reals this time...

For the last few months, I’ve been going after this goal for real. I’m tired of a lot of the things that have just been hanging out in my stash. I’ve gone through a lot of the yarn that was there for a while and I’m down to one box of weird stuff. There are two or three potential blankets in there, but some of the things that I’ve had sitting around are harder to deal with. For instance, I have this skinny, skinny yarn that isn’t useful for most things, so I’m very slowly making a bandage out of it for a leper colony. It’s really not good for much else and it’s pretty slow going.

I did make a ton of things for the last a4A drive—eleven sweater vests! I’m now out of worsted weight wool entirely and working through a bunch of other stuff. I figure it’ll take me a few more months to get everything knit up and out of the house. I don’t know what I’m going to do afterwards, but it was time for a fresh start.



Organize a New York City 43T meetup!
Good to see you all!

I haven’t been in the site much lately, but it was good to meet new faces and catch up with old friends. I promised Bookish and Frannie that I’d check in and post my progress more often, even if I’m not as active as I used to be.



work through my workbooks (read all 4 entries…)
working...

I did end up switching workbooks last week, once I realized that I worked through a whole chapter in the other and was still making mistakes. At least in this book, I’ll know roughly where my mistakes are. I’ve also started a new French book and I’m zooming right along. My friend is going to read the English version and we’ll meet up for coffee and discuss the difference.



Wish Lob A Joyful Birthday on Feb.16th
I'm late!

I’m late, but I hope you had a wonderful birthday and that you and your family are doing well…



work through my workbooks (read all 4 entries…)
I have a kazillion of them...

They way I’ve been collecting intermediate level grammar workbooks in French, you’d think they were going outta style. I set a flexible goal for myself to work through one specific one by doing a “page a day”, or 7 pages each a week. I’m not sure which one is best or has the best method, so the current book is an arbitrary choice. Still, I’m more than 10% of the way through, which is better than before. I’m hoping that by working through these in addition to my classes I’ll start to be more accurate. That was one of the big shocks from my placement test: I know the rules, but I don’t always use them.



have an exceptionally [or at least marginally] productive week (read all 206 entries…)
President's Day.

I’ve felt good about my progress since I’ve been back. I started the week with a month’s backlog of mail, an impending photo shoot for my team and a house that wasn’t even clean by my boyfriend’s standards… The photoshoot was a success, the cat has been to the vet, my desk is mostly cleared of piles, I went to the eye doctor and I’ve finished this long weekend by finishing my taxes. Woot! It feels good to write out a to-do list that doesn’t include as many massive errands, even if I do still need a haircut.



take better care of myself and keep track here (read all 26 entries…)
I still had this on my list...

but the truth is, I don’t keep track of this here anymore. It’s a great, old goal, but it’s outlived its usefulness…



refresh my website (read all 3 entries…)
Almost...

I puttered along on this during a boring day at work and almost got a new page up. I still need to replace the audio in certain videos, but I have pretty much everything together and ready to go. It’s only been, like, a year since I said I wanted to do this, but at least I did make progress…



sign up for a french class (read all 5 entries…)
Apr├Ęs.

I don’t know that “enjoy” is the right verb, but my month of French classes definitely made me a better French speaker. I still hesitate, I still make mistakes, but I can actually talk to people without things grinding to a halt. My test results were really good in the end. I halved the number of mistakes I made orally and my written story was good enough that the teacher who corrected it mentioned how much he liked it to my teacher. The biggest surprise to me on that test was that I write well in French. I always felt like that was very low on the list, but it turns out that I have actually retained a lot of the picky little rules. Nice to know!

I learned a lot of new little nuances and we worked on a lot of different grammatical structures, all orally. After my vacation, I need to go through my notes and consolidate things and figure out drills and exercises for myself. I have a new class on Monday the 8th too…



Wish Celtic Christian A Happy Birthday On Feb.1st.
It's Feb 1st here!

Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a great year ahead of you CC!



have an exceptionally [or at least marginally] productive week (read all 206 entries…)
Sunday

Go ice skating!
Work on legwarmers.
Write a thank you note to B’s grandmother.
Write a thank you note to my aunt.
Find check.
Clean off desk.
Go to my last French class of the year.
Party! With Indian food! And cupcakes!
Meet our new skaters. [Sunday night]
Thank friends for coming over.
Audition a few more people. [Mon?]
Figure out uniforms and pompoms for the coming year.

I’ve had a busy weekend so far and I’m just catching up on stuff now…



Celebrate Mary Hawkins' Birthday on Dec.18th
Aww! Thanks guys!

I always look forward to my birthday goal here! Thank you for all the love and support that I get from this site. Here’s to a great new year for all of us!



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