Using Random.org the lucky person is, commenter #4 – Sean.
Congrats and be sure to check for an e-mail from me! Now on to the 2012 Bucket List goals that got worked on this past month.
#3 – Run my first marathon: I have recently passed the halfway point in my training. You can catch up on my progress each week in the “Marathon Motivation Monday” posts.
#5 – Go on 12 hikes: 2 more hikes added to the list, bringing me to a total of 6 for the year. Both of these hikes were in Acadia National Park in Maine. Most of the trails in this park are short, but because they are interconnected it is possible to tie a few together for a longer trek.
The 5th hike was a combination of several trails. Along the cliffs on the ocean, up Gorham Mountain, and then up the “Beehive”, one of the more well-known “trails”. I use the word “trail” loosely because this one basically requires climbing straight up rocks.
The 6th hike was up Cadillac Mountain, one of the longer and more popular routes with great views of the park and ocean.
#9 – Cut my PB Intake to 2 Jars per Month: Got it under control for the 8th month in a row.
#10 – Make a list of all of my commitments, obligations, etc and the prioritize them and remove some: With the semester starting this past Monday it seemed like the perfect time to list out what I need to accomplish each week. In addition to my school work, teaching and research responsibilities I included those pesky unavoidable things which suck our time that can’t simply be removed (Commuting, Cleaning/Chores/Errands, Food purchasing & Prep, Hygiene/Grooming/Getting Ready, Sleep, etc), and then I finished it off with the non-“required” items that I do as well (Working Out, Professional Service & Volunteer Work, Blogging, and Church-related activities), bringing me to a grand total of 190 hrs/week, sans any sort of social activity/pure lazy time.
Okay, that kind of seems like a lot of hours, let’s see how many hours are in a week…. 24 hrs x 7 days/wk = 168 hours in a week. Uh oh! Obviously I don’t have the ability to devote the necessary time to everything (maybe why my room is a mess, I have an emergency stack of frozen meals in the freezer, and the balance on my Starbucks card is declining at an alarming rate….)
Now that I know where I stand it is time to go in to the list in detail and prioritize/come up with a plan that allows me to get my work done, be involved in blogging/volunteer/service activities, and still get enough sleep, have strong workouts and perhaps even some non work-related human interaction.
#11 – Make my own sushi: Check. Mission accomplished. Before I went on vacation to New England I bought a Groupon for a Sushi 101 class at Samba Sushi. It was so much fun to learn and practice how to make the ultimate rolls! Here is a shot of the leftovers I created.
#12 – Visit 2 National Parks I have not yet been to: My vacation at the start of this month brought me up to Acadia National Park for a few days of hiking and relaxing with my mother. We also went sea kayaking and dined at some awesome restaurants in Bar Harbor. I highly recommend going to 2 Cats for breakfast/brunch and Eden Vegetarian Cafe for dinner if you are in the area. Just need to visit 1 more National Park in order to check off this item for the year!
Did you accomplish what you wanted to this summer? What are your goals for the fall season?