5 for Five: Week 9

It is time again for 5 for Five.


Last week, I felt slightly more on top of things than the week before, but I still managed to not get stuff done. Green indicates success, and red means I didn’t meet that goal.

1. Prepare a blogging schedule, and start planning some blog posts
Yay, got this one done! Now I need to actually stick to it.

2. Remember to do everything that needs to be done in my dance classes, so that everything is sorted for the show and the end of the year
This one was a major priority, so it’s really good that I managed to do it. It was nice to go into the show weekend and not feel absolutely frazzled and crazy.

3. Find some drawers for the baby’s room
I still need to do this, and as cheaply as possible

4. Start planning for the 8 – 10 year olds at church next year 
I did start. But finding volunteers is proving to be a little hard, just because I’m so shy that I keep avoiding asking people. I now know how many people I need to find, and for what weeks. I only need to find a couple of people, who can do a couple of weeks a term each, and I’ll be sorted.

5. Decide if, and what, I’m going to study next year, and enroll
It’s really hard to know, because I have no idea what it will be like to have a baby. Any advice?

Oh, and guess what else I did. Bought thank you cards for my family baby shower. That’s right. I’m so excited about that accomplishment!

And now, for this week’s goals. Which hopefully will be much easier because, having finished work and Bible-in-Schools, I have absolutely nothing else to do.

1. Write my birth plan
Okay, I know things don’t go to plan when giving birth. But my midwife likes women to do this so that she knows what is important to them. All going well, I’ll be having my baby at a birthing centre, with limited drug options, and I know that they share my philosophy, so I’m not too concerned about my voice being heard there. But I’m a little worried about what will happen if I need to transfer to the hospital. So my birth plan will probably be largely about what I want in the case of a transfer.

2. Clean out my car
Now that I’m finished everything for the year, I need to clean my car out once and for all. Nothing needs to be in there anymore. I have a giant purple cake (fake) in my boot, which was used as a prop for the show, and that’s the first thing that needs to find a new home, because it’s massive.

3. Clean out the bathroom
When we moved into this house, we just dumped the bathroom boxes in the bathroom and forgot about them. Since then, the bathroom has become filled with junk. Now would be a good time to sort all that out.

4. Write thank you cards for the gifts I’ve received for Baby
Now that I have the cards, it shouldn’t be too hard to write them. Right?

5. Go Christmas shopping
Even if I don’t get everything, I need to at least start. Specifically, I need to get presents for the cousins that won’t be coming up for Christmas, because I’ll need to send those.


5 for Five: Week 8

It is time to link up again with Jessica and Jenn for 5 for Five



First of all, last week’s goals:

1. Get cards to write ‘thank you’s for my Auckland baby shower
I don’t really have an excuse for why not, I just completely forgot about it every time I went into town.

2. Start going through the box of baby stuff my sister has given and lent me 
It was awesome. There was so much really, really nice stuff in there. I am so excited. With everything we’ve been given overall, I’m not sure that we’ll actually need to buy all that much.

3. Email the last five people who have Facebook messaged me lately
I managed to do three. I think I just got lazy. If you’re one of the last three, I’m sorry, I will get to you this week. If you’re thinking of sending me a message on Facebook, probably don’t. Email is good.

4. Start thinking about Christmas presents
I actually just forgot I’d put this on the list. Oops!

5. Enjoy my second-to-last week of teaching before the baby comes
This was an easy one, because my students are all so wonderful. It’s so odd to think that I won’t be teaching most of them next year.

And now, for this week’s goals:

1. Prepare a blogging schedule, and start planning some blog posts
Now that I’m about to finish work, I will in theory have a little bit more time to focus on blogging. I used to have a schedule, but that fell by the wayside when I got pregnant (and therefore sick and tired). I’m hoping to get back into it more, and establish a pattern before Baby is born (when it will probably all go crazy again…sorry…)

2. Remember to do everything that needs to be done in my dance classes, so that everything is sorted for the show and the end of the year
I have quite a bit of stuff I need to give out, and parents I need to talk to this week before the show this weekend. It would be really, really great if I didn’t have to say to my boss “I’m so sorry, I forgot to [insert job in here]!”

3. Find some drawers for the baby’s room
I’d really like to start putting away the baby’s clothes and what not, but can’t really until I have some where to put it all

4. Start planning for the 8 – 10 year olds at church next year 
I’ve just been asked to take over this age group, and to be honest, I’m wondering if I’m crazy for saying yes when I’ll have a baby. But I’m really passionate about this age group. The first thing I need to do, and would like to do this week, is figure out how many volunteers I’ll need to take the kids so that I get to be in church some times, too, and find those volunteers.

5. Decide if, and what, I’m going to study next year, and enroll
I only have to do two more papers to finish my degree. One of those papers is first-year level, because I transferred to a different university so the credits are a little out of order. I’m trying to decide if I should do that one in the first semester, and then the third-year level one in the second semester. Or if I I should do a double semester first year or third year paper. Or two double semester papers. If I don’t decide and enroll now, I’ll never get around to it.

I’m requiring a lot of organisation of myself this week. It will be interesting to see how I do.

Check out tomorrow’s post for some exciting news for our little family that is up there with “I’m having a baby”!

5 for Five: Week 6

And it’s time to be late to write down my list of goals for this week! You should visit Jessica and Jenn and link up too.


First, last weeks’ goals (achieved in green, not achieved in red)

1. Cook dinner at least three nights this week.
I had a really good excuse for why I didn’t do this, but I can’t remember it. That might actually be my excuse – Baby Brain.

2. Get all of my dances finished and looking good before the dress rehearsal this weekend.
It was a good thing I did get this one done, considering it’s my job. I was actually quite pleased with how good my classes looked at the dress rehearsal. They did well, and I was very proud of them.

3. Do at least half an hour a day of housework 
I kept falling asleep on the couch instead…

4. Buy new prizes for my Bible-in-Schools kids
They actually went a little bit crazy with excitement. It was pretty cute.

5. Write at least one other blog post apart from this one. 

The good news is, there’s a pattern (red, green, red, green, red). So the week wasn’t entirely wasted ;)

This week’s goals (which I wrote down on Monday, just haven’t posted yet):

1. Cook dinner at least two nights this week
Because it’s Wednesday, I cheated a little bit because I know that I’m half-way there. I can’t cook dinner tonight, because we’re going out for dinner (darn, what a tough life).

2. Do at least half an hour of housework every day
Maybe I should just make it a long term goal to do this consistently?

3. Email everyone who has sent me Facebook messages lately
Facebook is being silly for me. It won’t let me do anything. I’m lucky if I can read this messages I get, and being able to reply is like gold. So I have 17 messages sitting waiting for me to reply to, and I don’t want to wait any longer for Facebook to start working for me. So I will just email them.

4. Take another bump photo, this time showing what I look like from the front too
Because I know I’ll regret it if I don’t chronicle my pregnancy more. And because what I look like from the front always makes me laugh.

5. Get cards to write thank yous for my Auckland baby shower this weekend
And then next week my goal will be to actually write the thank yous (and for those wondering about my baby shower, my sister-in-law and my hopefully-future-sister-in-law are throwing me one in Auckland, and then I’m being thrown one here closer to the time I’m due).

5 for Five: Week 5

I accidentally skipped Week 4. I had exams all week, and I just got so busy that it was already Friday by the time  I realised I hadn’t done it. Oops.

But I am back, and so are my five weekly goals.


First, how I did in Week 3 (goals I achieved are in green, goals I didn’t are in red):

1. Cook dinner at least one night this week
I made enchiladas before going to work on the Wednesday. I made heaps, because there was more mince than I thought. And what’s better, a friend of Angus’s was over (not for dinner), so I looked like an especially awesome wife when I said “Help yourselves to dinner, there’s plenty there” while running out the door.

2. Spend at least half an hour a day on house work
It didn’t help that I went away on the Thursday, and that I was studying. There were days where I just never got around to it.

3. Actually fold and put away all of the clean washing 
I didn’t get it done. And I was right, my husband did decide to clean all of the dirty washing in the laundry. So now my pile is massive. Ugh.

4. Clean out the inside of my car
It helped that we took my car away (to Sistas, a women’s conference, which was awesome), so I needed to clean it out so that we could all fit in it. I was determined to keep all my junk out of it from now on. That lasted until yesterday.

5. Start studying for my exams
Only just, haha.

Three out of five. Not quite five out of five, but at least I managed to achieve some.

Here are my goals for this week:

1. Cook dinner at least three nights this week.
This time, it is totally achievable. I hope.

2. Get all of my dances finished and looking good before the dress rehearsal this weekend.
That means I’m going to have to start getting grumpy at some of my dancers, but it really needs to get done.

3. Do at least half an hour a day of housework 
This keeps being a goal of mine because it’s something I promised my husband I’d do. I really need to do it.

4. Buy new prizes for my Bible-in-Schools kids
The situation is getting pretty desperate. I have four little prizes left in my prize bag. Not exactly a great motivator to get to dig into this massive bag to choose one of four prizes.

5. Write at least one other blog post apart from this one. 
Preferably with another bump photo, because it’s grown heaps again over the past couple of days.

I hope I can achieve all of these things, because I’m not doing much else now that I’ve finished for the semester. Achieving all 5 goals will simply mean I’ve had a productive week with minimal laziness haha.

5 for Five: Week 3

It looks like posting my goals on a Monday didn’t happen again. Hopefully next week :)


First, how I did on last week’s goals. Goals I achieved are in green, ones I didn’t achieve are in red.

1. Cook dinner at least three nights this week
We never get to eat dinner together on Mondays, so that night automatically out (although I did make myself a pizza for dinner rather than getting McDonalds on the way home, so that counts for something). On Tuesday, I was going to make a cottage pie before going to dancing so that Angus could put it in the oven when I’d be leaving and we’d be able to eat it together when I got home, but I felt really yuck all day and kept putting it off. On Wednesday, I was just being lazy, to be honest. On Thursday, I finally made that cottage pie (yay me!). On Friday, we went to our friends’ house for dinner. So I managed to make dinner one night out of the five, which is cool, but it isn’t quite the three I’d aimed for.

2. Finish my assignment before it’s due (Friday afternoon)
I couldn’t believe it, but I actually managed to do this! It almost felt wrong to not be rushing.

3. Apart from studying, spend less than an hour a day on the internet
I couldn’t believe that I managed to do this one too. It helped that I started reading a really good book, and the days were nice and sunny which are perfect days for lying around reading.

4. Write at least one blog post other than this one 
Actually, I wrote three. One serious one, one quick and easy one, and one pregnancy-related one.

5. Finally take a photo of my bump

I did it! You can see it here.

Four out of five. That’s not actually as bad as I thought.

Here are my goals for this week:

1. Cook dinner at least one night this week
I would have said two (and I could have achieved two), but the luxury of writing this on Tuesday night is that I know that I’d be setting myself up for a failure. I knew my husband was going out this early evening, so I’d planned to get some sausages out, peel and chop some potatoes, chop up some broccoli and make a salad, and then whichever one of us got home first could have start getting dinner ready. But when I mentioned this to my husband, he told me that he’d be having dinner where he was and probably wouldn’t be back until about 9pm. So I got McDonalds on the way home (but I did make myself another pizza last night, so it’s not as bad). I’m going away on Thursday for the weekend, so that only leaves tomorrow night to cook dinner.

2. Spend at least half an hour a day on house work
It’s amazing how much more tidy your house is when you just shut up and do a bit each day. I’d like to try and get into the habit of doing that.

3. Actually fold and put away all of the clean washing 
As you may have picked up, I really can’t stand doing this job. So I’m going to push myself and see if I can actually get it properly done this week. I just hope my husband doesn’t say “Oh, cool, Courtney’s getting all the washing sorted” and start going crazy getting the dirty stuff washed.

4. Clean out the inside of my car
My husband is the most fantastic husband in the world, and he cleaned my car for me last weekend. Now I need to get the inside to match.

5. Start studying for my exams
It would be nice to not have to cram it all in the night before.

Okay, aiming for five out of five this week.

5 for Five: Week 2

Maybe next week, one of my goals should be to actually do this on a Monday. My kitty had a sore eye, so I spent all of yesterday (and in fact, the whole weekend) worrying about her and completely forgot to write out my goals. So, only a day late this time, here they are:


1. Cook dinner at least three nights this week
Oh yes, I’m pulling out the big guns here. A whole three nights. It would be really cool to work up to cooking dinner every night of the week.

2. Finish my assignment before it’s due (Friday afternoon)
It’s my last assignment of the year, wouldn’t it be spectacular if it was the first one to be submitted in plenty of time?

3. Apart from studying, spend less than an hour a day on the internet
I’d really like to accomplish this one, and not by default this time.

4. Write at least one blog post other than this one 
I have a midwife appointment tomorrow, so maybe about that?

5. Finally take a photo of my bump
It actually exists now, so I should get around to documenting it.

Okay, here goes. Hopefully soon my goals will start being more then essentially “Don’t be lazy” soon!

5 for Five: Week 1

My internet has been down all week, so I wasn’t able to write up my five goals at the start of the week. But, I am just in time for the end of the week, so that is okay.


So, here are my goals for the past week, and how I did on them:

1) Cook dinner at least two nights this week 
Success! I know that seems a bit pathetic, but I’ve always really struggled with cooking dinner. My poor husband usually has to fend for himself. On nights that I work, I’m always so tired by the time I get home that the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. On nights that I’m home, I just get distracted. My timetable has changed a bit this term, so now I only have one class (dancing, to teach) on Wednesdays and one class on Thursdays, meaning I only have to go into town for an hour or so each of those days, rather then having to be at work for three or four hours for those two classes on Thursdays. I don’t know why, but it feels a whole lot more manageable. On Wednesdays I teach from 6pm -7pm. We had crumbed chicken stuffed with honey mustard, garlic potatoes and broccoli. I got it all ready before I left, and then my husband put the chicken in the oven at 7. After stopping at the supermarket to buy some potatoes, I got home at exactly the perfect time to cook the potatoes and broccoli while the chicken still cooked, and it was all ready at the same time. It was so much fun eating with my husband. The only problem was that I underestimated how much I would eat, and so there were no leftovers. On Thursdays I teach from 3pm-4:15pm, and my husband plays soccer with people from his work, so he was going to be out until about 7:30pm. We planned to have steak, garlic potatoes (I’m going through a bit of a phase) and mixed vegetables, but my husband called shortly before I left to go and teach, to ask if I minded if two guys from his work came over for dinner. I freaked out that there wouldn’t be enough potatoes, but they each bought a frozen pizza, so they all had steak and pizza for dinner, and I had a bit of steak and all the potatoes all to myself. It’s a bit silly how proud I am that we had dinner twice this week, but I am extremely proud.

2) Apart from studying, spend less than an hour a day on the internet
This was an extremely easy one to accomplish, because I had no choice due to the internet being down. Again, I’m revealing a rather pathetic side of my life, but I just find it so easy to be distracted by the internet. It doesn’t help that I eat information with the same voracity as I eat garlic potatoes at the moment, so all I need is to see one little thing that interests me, and suddenly I’ve spent the whole day reading about it. And don’t even get me started on YouTube. It feels good not to have used the internet at all this week. It’s funny how little I want to use it now that I can.

3) Start on my final assignment
I couldn’t accomplish this one due to the internet being down. But, if I’m honest, I probably wouldn’t have, anyway. Ugh, I need to get on to that.

4) Fold and put away all the clean washing in our house
We had roughly six loads of clean washing sitting in piles in our lounge and our bedroom. Apart from a pile of my husband’s t-shirts, I am please to announce that it is all folded and put away. My only problem is that it has inspired my husband to try and empty the washing basket again, which means there will be more for me to put away very, very soon, and putting away washing is the one job that I avoid to the point of insanity.

5) Sort through all my clothes and pack away those which won’t fit now that I’m pregnant
I started to accomplish this, but it was a far bigger job then I anticipated. I sorted through all my dresses and skirts. I had roughly 50 dresses and skirts in my wardrobe, no exaggeration. I now have 15. I had two or three on each hanger, and now I have hangers left over. It’s a bit insane. What’s even more insane is that I still have 15 skirts and dresses.

It was fun to accomplish goals, if I’m honest. I’m looking forward to the accountability of sharing my new ones at the start of next week.

Five for Five: 5 days, 5 goals

I’ve decided, on a whim (I am meant to be studying) to join in on a Monday link up which involves listing 5 goals at the start of each week and then working to achieve those goals by the end of the week.

You can read more about it here.

I’m hoping this will be good for me. I’m pretty lazy, so setting 5 goals a week and then having to achieve them because I told everyone I would will be a challenge.