2016 Goal Check In: May Results

With an upcoming vacation, the iPad, car stuff, etc…new goal for finances that makes me less than happy to need.  Stress has had me slipping back into emotional eating, undoing a little of my weight loss, though still below what I started the year with (and well below what I weighed last year).  Still, gotta get that under control too.

It wasn’t in my goal list, but also finished the laptop upgrades.  Now has SSD hard drive (and boots so much faster!) and maxed out with 8 GB of ram. 🙂


  1. Pay off the $5,000 personal loan I took out to replace the flat roof
  2. Get mortgage balance below $85,000
  3. Get student loan balance below $20,000
  4. Keep Ting bill under $30/mth. – fail…with calls to my mom every weekend, it is consistently at $35/mth.  Not bad, but still, $30 just isn’t happening
  5. Pay off Discover Card, in full – New!

Fitness and Health

  1. Reach target weight of 145 lbs. (weight on January 1st: 165.6) – Current Weight: 164.6 – stress eating has me going up and down between 161 and 164 🙁
  2. Do some form of physical activity, be it go to the rec, walk, or bike campus, at least twice a week
  3. Get a new swimsuit so have option to swim by this summer
  4. Work up to consistently walking up the stairs at work, where feasible (if carrying groceries, etc. can still take elevator)
  5. Bike ride at least once a week, weather/life permitting

Around the House

  1. Update/replace locks on front and back door
  2. Replace or repair ripped up screen door
  3. Replace faucets in bathroom and add shut off valves (stretch: replace the sink with a decent, relatively inexpensive vanity) – don’t need to replace the faucets as the flow issue fixed itself, apparently the aerator has been bad all this time!  it finally broke enough for a piece to come off and look, flowing water again!  Still want to do the shut off valves though 🙂
  4. Paint bedroom
  5. Repair holes in fascia board and soffits
  6. Clean up/out home office closet (smaller one)
  7. Clean up/out built-ins in cat’s room
  8. Get the final drawer back in the actual kitchen cabinet
  9. Weed front gardens and try to add new plants as finances permit
  10. Get another display cabinet for figurines and what not
  11. Repair or replace garage door opener
  12. Get caught up on filing of paperwork and shred old stuff


  1. Complete at least one “project,” started or not, that’s sitting around the house (e.g. puzzle, design own painted pony, horse rug, model car kit, etc.)
  2. Play through at least 3 console games (Tales of Graces F won’t count for this purpose since it was primarily paid in 2015) – now playing Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  3. Finish at least one PC game of: Age of Empires II (by completing all campaigns), Age of Empires III (ditto), Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age: Origins, or Railroad Tycoon II (complete all missions)
  4. Watch at least 40 DVDs from collection – 8 so far
  5. Cull DVD collection
  6. Recode An Eclectic World to PHP with proper admin
  7. Evaluate possibility of switching to new hosting company
  8. Get caught up on cataloging playbills

Everything Else

  1. When hit target weight, give self a $200 budget to go clothes shopping and get rid of any remaining “fat” clothes
  2. Again look at, and hopefully take, Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification exam
  3. Look at and potentially take Zend PHP 5.5 Certification exam