2016 Goal Check In: July Results

A few small goals done, two new ones added, and continuing to plod along on the financials and made minor progress elsewhere.  Wish I was getting more of the house goals done though…


  1. Pay off the $5,000 personal loan I took out to replace the flat roof
  2. Get mortgage balance below $85,000 – may not quite make it due to lowering how much over payment I’m doing to pay off the Discover faster
  3. Get student loan balance below $20,000 – this month’s payment will push it below $20k, but I think the monthly interest will throw it back up, but so close! 🙂
  4. Pay off Discover Card, in full
  5. Work out payment plan and pay off goal for roof work

Fitness and Health

  1. Reach target weight of 145 lbs. (weight on January 1st: 165.6) – Current Weight: 163.6 – fairly stuck 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 – finally got back to swimming!!! Swam 2 times so far and aiming to get back to twice a week; struggling with some tiredness still, but it felt good anyway
  3. Work up to consistently walking up the stairs at work, where feasible (if carrying groceries, etc. can still take elevator)
  4. Bike ride at least once a week, weather/life permitting

Around the House

  1. Update/replace locks on front and back door – picked the locks, just  need to buy them
  2. Replace or repair ripped up screen door – after all these years with that hole, my brain finally realized/remembered I have TWO other doors I could replace it with that are unused…
  3. Replace faucets in bathroom and add shut off valves (stretch: replace the sink with a decent, relatively inexpensive vanity)
  4. Paint bedroom – finally picked up some color chips and am working on picking on
  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
  13. Get a daybed, futon, chaise, or the like for the home office – DONE! Faster than I expected thanks to getting a good deal on a daybed frame 🙂
  14. Heating/Cooling Plan, Step 1: get main roof leaks repaired or, depending on cost comparison, go ahead and have the roof replaced as it is likely old enough to go either way; at same time get ceilings repaired that were damaged by leaks
  15. Heating/Cooling Plan, Step 2: get all old insulation, and if possible attic fan, removed from attic – most likely will be done with roofing


  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) – Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch DONE! Started Genji: Days of the Blade
  3. Finish at least one PC game of: Age of Empires II (by completing all campaigns), Age of Empires III (ditto), Baldur’s Gate, Balder’s Gate II, or Dragon Age: Origins – added Balder’s Gate II, forgot I had it LOL; also took out Railroad Tycoon since decided just don’t like it that much
  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. Get caught up on cataloging playbillsDONE!
  8. Finish ICEE Guide – NEW!
  9. Get all Italy pictures processed and posted – NEW!

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