Summer To-Do List (plus where I’ve been)

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Hey everybody! I know, it’s been a while again. I’ve had a lot going on since Easter – starting a new job, digestive issues, lots of doctor’s appointments (many of my yearly check-ups are scheduled for this time of year – some were to do with the aforementioned digestive issues, though), working a ton, and oddly, selling a lot on my Etsy site (which has kept my fingers flying).  There will be some posts on some of these things coming up with more details, but for now..

…here we are, together once more. One of my most popular series was from last summer – the Summer To-Do List and checking in on said list. Summer seems like a good time to catch up on old things, begin new things, and all around take some personal time. So let’s break out the metaphorical yellow legal pad and dive back in with a whole new list!

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  1. Volunteer. This is one of the things I wanted to do last summer but never really got around to. This summer I’ll be in school and working a lot, so this once might end up languishing on the list again, but I would really like to volunteer at my local food pantry. Not only will this assist with learning for my nutrition degree, but I’ve had some personal experience with hard times, living below the national poverty level, and being on food stamps, so I would love the opportunity to help other people in that situation.
  2. Get back into practicing my violin. My poor fiddle has fallen by the wayside since about February. I picked it up to practice for about a half an hour yesterday – today my left arm and that side of my neck are basically crippled, and I’m getting twinges in the old tendonitis spot on my right wrist. This is severely not cool. I need to get back into playing, maybe by practicing for 15 or 20 minutes every other day until my muscles get back into the groove. I find playing so relaxing and pleasurable, so this is important to me.
  3. Read a lot! My favorite part of summer? Chilling poolside with the occasional Coke
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    (ssshhh, don’t tell my program professors) and a big, fat book. I already have quite a reading list going. Some are classics I want to reread or read for the first time (Middlemarch and The Taming of the Shrew, I’m looking at you), and others are the typical summer fare. Elin Hilderbrand has a new book out that I’m particularly looking forward to.

  4. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Those of you who have been reading here for a while know that I am a picky eater and that I have a hard time squeezing those freggies into my diet (ssshhh, don’t tell my program professors). But for the last month or so, I’ve been taking the time to plan my meals out weekly, and because of that I’ve had a lot more success remembering them. Making a list, shopping and keeping them in an easy to reach spot in the fridge, and then following that list has made a world of difference. I want to keep it up!
  5. Get good grades in my summer classes. Obviously.
  6. Post more often here! Yes, my plan is to resume my old posting schedule of three posts during the week and one on the weekend. I’ll do my best to stick to that and not take another unplanned sabbatical. Really, this one is up to my GI tract and autoimmune system more that anything, though. I have some fun things planned…summer recipes, the “cooking cheap and fresh” feature is making a return, GF food reviews, workouts I’ve done, and of course, summer to-do list accountability is a must 🙂

What’s on your to-do list this summer?

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