Currently, my blog is a lie! Sort of.
One of the reasons behind the blog was to document the marathon/training experience. And I was running the marathon, as it was something I would like to do with myself before I hit the big three-oh. Well, the event and birthday are well passed and I even updated the name of the blog. But I never added any new goals.
What would I like to do over the next seven months? And I'm thinking out loud (as it were) so these are subject to blackout dates and changes in order of importance.
1. Pay off debt - this one is actually quite do-able as our credit card balance is not that much and as I will be getting a steady pay check starting next week. The Hubs and I already have a plan to show up at the bank (in North Carolina, mind you) where credit card account is held, a check for the full account balance in hand. We will calmly approach the teller and then slam the check on the counter and whoop out cheer of victory ("BAM" and/or "boo-YAH"). We will then take our receipt and Dum-dum lollipops and leave as calmly as we entered the branch.
We also have a loan at the same bank from when we moved and sold our house. Yes, we lost money on our house. Actually the house broke even, it was the cost of the real estate that bit us. So the plan is to return to the same bank in December and do the same thing in celebration of closing up another loan.
After that, we have what remains of my student loan and our cars. The balance each car is pretty minimal and I have great dreams to get rid of my car completely and become a one-car family. Really, during the school year my car just sits in the parking lot at the swimming pool. Last year I only filled it up 5 times. Maybe more than that, but I guarantee that it was less than ten times total. We are very fortunate the be able to do this, I know. Anyway, I want to ditch that car. I want to ditch that car and get a scooter. The Hubs is not so big on the scooter idea. I told him we could get a manly color like dark green or burgundy, but he is still not sold on it.
2. The scooter idea actually leads into another goal. I want to bike to work. The place where I will be working this year is, as the crow flies, only about 3 miles from where I live. Unfortunately our bike is the cheap model and does not have flying capabilities, so I would have to learn to share the road. I have mapped out three different routes to work, the shortest (and most traffically terrifying) route is about 4 miles. There are also five and six mile routes, the longest being the most desirable (I have deemed it the "least likely to be run over by a car" route). I'm not all that intimidated by the distances, but I am very scared of the cars. And I am very scared of the big hill in the way on any of the three mapped out routes. I will have to stop by the cycle shop for some advice.
3. Volunteer - I have found an organization here to which I would like to donate my time. I have even filled out an application. I have to admit, it's not as noble as working at some soup kitchen or reading to the blind or anything that Mother Teresa would endorse. But one has to start somewhere, right?