2016 Goal Check In: September Results

One more big financial goal done with student loans finally past the next big milestone 🙂  Also cancelled/postponed a few goals around the roof in lieu of tarping the leaking areas and stopping the water getting in, hopefully buying me another year or two before I have to deal with replacing it.


  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 $20,000DONE!!!!!  Yay!!!!!   
  4. Pay off Discover Card, in full – Probably not going to happen due to another $1-2k in expected expenses over the coming months that will have to go on it :-/
  5. Work out payment plan and pay off goal for roof workCancelled/Postponed; going to install a tarp over main leak spot for now, until can afford full roof replacement and related work in 2017 or 2018 (depending on how long the tarp lasts)

Fitness and Health

  1. Reach target weight of 145 lbs. (weight on January 1st: 165.6) – Current Weight: 165.6 – still stuck in this general area, even though lately I’ve eaten even less on average than before
  2. Do some form of physical activity, be it go to the rec, walk, or bike campus, at least twice a week
  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
  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)
  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. 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 leaksPostponed for another year or two; per above
  13. Heating/Cooling Plan, Step 2: get all old insulation, and if possible attic fan, removed from attic – most likely will be done with roofingPostponed for another year or two; per above


  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, stuck on ridiculous unending battle
  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
  4. Watch at least 40 DVDs from collection – 8 so far…me thinks this just ain’t happening :-/
  5. Cull DVD collection
  6. Recode An Eclectic World to PHP with proper admin – finally got back to this one! overall visuals done and core application started along with the Books module
  7. Finish ICEE Guide – I think I have just 3 or 4 places left to go
  8. Get all Italy pictures processed and posted

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