Top Ten Tuesday: Some stuff I wanna do in 2014

the broke and the bookish

I wasn’t going to do any sort of resolutions or goals post for 2014, because I’m kind of lazy like that, and so I was going to skip this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. But I thought of some stuff, so here I am! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely gals at The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2014.

 

challenge accepted

1. Self-host – Yeah, I said that last year. But in order to get the best deal for self-hosting, which I want because I’m cheap, requires a bit more money at once. So come tax refund time, this will finally be happening. And along with self-hosting will come a different blog design, being an Amazon or The Book Depository affiliate,Β BookTubing more, and getting some cool contact cards for my blog via Printstagram.

2. Learn to make GIFs – Sometimes I know exactly what I want a GIF of, but can’t find it anywhere. And then I end up with a bunch of random GIFs saved that I never get around to using because I find ones that are great, but not exactly what I want at the moment.

Like this.

Like this.

3. Watch 52 movies – Yeah, I’ve been over this already.

4. Read a 100 pages a day – I’m already failing at this. But I have a cool new little planner that I’m kind of hoping to keep track of “pages per day” in.

5. Make a frittata – Maybe a version of The Pioneer Woman’s right here. Frittatas sounds like something I would LOVE, but I’ve never had or made one. Also I was going to put “make a shepherd’s pie” on this list too, but I did that on Sunday! What what.

6. Don’t gain weight back – Well this is a “duh” one. I want to stay within the 5 lb. range of where I am now.

7. Work up to 20 push-ups – So I lost some weight and cardio is kind of my jam, but I’m a bum when it comes to any kind of strength training. Also, I don’t like my upper arms. They’re squishy. Guess how many push-ups I can do? 1, maybe. So my thinking is do more push-ups, maybe my arms won’t be so squishy. It’s a good plan, kind of.

Keep On Trying

8. Get new glasses and/or contactsΒ – Again, something for tax time. Because even with insurance, glassesΒ and contacts are expensive. I don’t know if I can deal with putting contacts in, and I really love how I look in glasses, but it would be SO NICE to be able to buy and wear sunglasses this summer.

9. Buy new running shoes – My last aim for tax time money is to get myself some good new running shoes, because I need them desperately.

10. Do another run – Either the Color Run, or one of those zombie runs. It sounds SO fun, and will give me a little motivation to stick with running, and yeah. I did the Color Vibe Run last year and it was kind of fun, but also kind of sucked because it was freaking freezing and snowing -in late April. Hopefully that won’t happen again.

You know it looks awesome.

 

Alright, I’m back to working and reading and stuffs. What are you aiming to do this year?

~Sarah

 

 

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33 comments

  1. Yay for doing another run! I miss the days of 5 and 10Ks … I might have to try and work back up to one this year (or next year … no pressure). And 100 pages a day is totally doable, though I’m failing that, too. Ah well. As long as I’m reading SOMETHING I’m not beating myself up. Good luck with the self-hosting! I think about that all the time but think I’ll just stick with what I have … it’s just easier. I’m ALL about easier.

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    1. You should sign up for a 5k! Although I imagine it’d be tough with a new baby, lol.

      100 pages a day seems like such a modest goal, but it’s hard! I’m the same as you though – as long as I read at least a few pages, I feel better. I hate those days when I was so busy I somehow managed to not read anything at all.

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  2. Good luck on all your goals! I’d also like to watch more movies and instead of push-ups, I’m trying to do pull-ups. My upper body used to be soooo weak and I’m working on strengthening it. Those runs look fun too. I’ve never been a runner but have always wanted to do something cool like that.

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    1. Pull-ups are HARD. I can’t even do one. There’s an “assisted pull-up” machine at the gym that I really like and want to use more so I can work up to doing pull-ups on my own, but it’s like right in the middle of all the other weight machines so I feel awkward using it, lol. Stupid gym pressures.

      The Color Run is fun and not timed, so it’s a good beginner 5K if you ever want to do it! You can walk the entire thing if you want, or run just part of it πŸ™‚

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      1. I can’t do even one pull-up yet either. And we have one of those weird pull-up machines too…but it’s broken. So I just do it on a regular bar that’s attached to the squat machine. I pull up a stool and use that to stand on and support myself. It’s awkward sometimes but I’m determined to be able to do it!

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  3. Great goals. I signed up for teh color run this year, which is huge, as I can’t even run across the street without gasping for air or dying of shin splints! Good luck on yours!

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    1. Thanks! I think the reason I didn’t initially self-host when I came to WP is because I was worried I’d suddenly just stop blogging and I’d be wasting money… but it’s been like 4 years now, so I guess I’m in it for good! ;-p

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    1. Well WP is a lot better than Blogger, IMHO, and I highly recommend starting off with self-hosted. I think it’s going to be a bit more difficult switching from free WP to self-hosted WP. But the limits, they are killing me! I can’t wait to switch.

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  4. Haha, I feel your pain — I can only do one push up, too! And that’s a “girl” push up… Yeah…
    I want to lose some weight this year, and start looking good for my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding mid-February, so I need to get back into cardio and strength training.
    I’ve been toying with the idea of self-hosting but a) I’m poor and b) it’s intimidating. Maybe one day.
    Great list and good luck! πŸ™‚

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    1. Self-hosting IS a bit intimidating, but mainly because I’m not sure how the transfer of my domain name (which I already own) happens… I’m going to have to take a few days off of work to focus on it.

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  5. I always say that I wouldn’t run unless I was being chased by zombies… Darn these race coordinators and their brilliance! I’ve been taking a pilates class (which is a misnomer because it’s more like just plain old exercise) but my instructor makes us do pushups. I can do quite a few pushups on the knees, but only about 5-10 full on military style pushups. That gif is cracking me up, because that’s how I look after pushup 5.

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  6. Contacts aren’t that bad once you’re used to them πŸ™‚

    I can do about 20 pushups on my knees, but only about 1 military style πŸ™‚

    Great list! Hope you reach some of these goals!!

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  7. Oh my god, that press-up GIF. I could watch it all day. The first rule of press-ups is surely that if you feel your arms giving way, DON’T PUT YOUR HEAD CLOSEST TO THE GROUND. Okay, just one more look… *chortles and eats another cookie*

    I wouldn’t know where to start making GIFs, but I have a folder full of random stuff. Not that one though. I should probably save that. πŸ˜›

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  8. Sarah, I can teach you how to make GIFs in Photoshop, but I’m sure there are other ways too. Good goals. Let’s do a Dirty Girl mud run together!

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  9. 100 pages a day is fabulous! I read once about a book blogger who reads at least 50 pages of every book she’s reading per day. So if she’s reading 1 book, it’s 50+ pages. 2 books, it’s 50 pages per book so 100 books. I thought it was interesting. I like the 100 pages goal, though. Good luck on all of your goals!

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    1. I try to aim for 100 pages of whatever I’m reading, whether it’s one book or three, but even fitting in 50 pages is hard sometimes! Yesterday the only time I had to read was on my lunch break, I think I got about 10 or 15 pages read. When I got home from work, I ate dinner and then spent the rest of the night working on writing some reviews. I just need more time in the day!

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  10. I love your goals! I had a frittata the other day for the first time, and it was good! I want to make a quiche this year. They are YUMMY! This weekend, we are going to try a pot pie. I am really not into cooking, but I need to learn so I am taking baby steps and have cooked a few meals in the new house.

    Oh, and I’m glad that you are going to self-host finally! It’s worth the move! πŸ˜€

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    1. Mmmmm I should attempt a quiche. I had one when I got my wisdom teeth out and thought it was good. Of course, my memory might be a little off there, lol.

      Yay for getting more into cooking! I hope you’re liking it. It’s fun to try new recipes.

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  11. I’m so super terrible at making eye appointments every year and updating my glasses. I don’t know why I’m so lazy about this. My insurance covers the cost of everything but my contacts which is pretty good. I’ve recently switched back to mostly wearing contacts. I go through moods where I prefer one over the other, but it’s always nice to have both options.

    And push-ups! I have never been able to do more than 10. EVER. Even when I was lifting on a fairly regular basis. I also can’t do pull-ups. But I can squat for days. My arms are just little weak sickly things.

    Good luck with all of your goals! I wish I was less lazy because self-hosting would probably be amazing.

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    1. I always worry that if I switch to contacts, then I’ll never wear my glasses. I want to be able to switch between both. The few times that I’ve got two pairs of glasses at once so that I can switch between, I always end up wearing one pair every day and the other either gets lost or I only wear if I need to for some reason. It’s weird.

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