Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My work's cut out for me

One week left in the year, and it just crossed my mind that I had a lofty to-do list at the beginning of the year. And then I thought, "Aha, easy post."

So let's see where things stand. My lofty plans:
  • We will figure out how big our family will be.
Still working on this one, hopefully will have an answer next year.
  • I will find a way to enjoy exercising again.
I've done pretty well on this. I don't work out as much as I did in the first half of the year, but I regularly make time. Walking on the treadmill for 45-60 minutes is not too much of a chore. And I started dancing again, which is helping to give me a new peace with my body.
  • I will finish my comps.
Eek. Got done with the first set and then hit the doldrums. Am now on leave and cannot officially take the final set until next September. Oh well.
  • I will complete an environmental audit of our new house and devise a plan for how we can minimize our impact.
Not completed thoroughly, but Trillian and I both have a pretty good idea of what we would like to do and where we will start. Now to find a little extra money.
  • We will hang artwork in at least two different rooms.
I went out of my way to hang artwork in one room, artwork we purchased this year. We have also put numerous items up in Scooter's room, though train birthday decorations and a paper-bowl spider are not what I initially had in mind. On the other hand, we hung one of our framed prints in the living room on an existing nail ages ago, but think it's probably the right place for it. So maybe I'm ahead on this one if we count Scooter's room.

(And I just looked up and remembered that the corkboard I covered with some cloth I really like is hanging in my office area, so maybe that counts too.)
  • We will get Scooter evaluated and determine what supports he'll have in school.
This is, of course, an ongoing goal with no definite end, as we are always monitoring his progress and deciding what adjustments need to be made. But we did get him in for multiple evaluations and have developed a good working relationship with his IEP team. Even though we have to wait until next August/September for a follow-up to the inconclusive autism evaluation, I don't think that will fundamentally change his supports in school--although getting a diagnosis would put him into a category that would guarantee us supports for longer than his current, catch-all category.
  • I will experiment with gluten-free baking.
And I did. I have a go-to bread recipe now, and I've tried a whole host of recipes for the cravings that have come up: gingerbread, holiday cookies, birthday cakes, tiramisu cupcakes, crackers, bagels (the one recipe that really didn't work for me), even graham crackers.

I've also been making extensive use of my crockpot, largely thanks to this site, especially since most of the recipes are gluten-free. If my main Christmas wish has been heard, there will be a brand-new, larger crockpot under the tree for me tomorrow.

(This is a good time to mention that I plan on bringing back The Mouse's Kitchen in the new year.)
  • I will meditate regularly.
Another one I need to work on some more. I started back with this just in the past week, although I have to admit that I'm trying to pack as much into my meditation as I can. I've been meditating in a constructive rest position my dance teacher showed me, with my feet in a set of Pampered Toes (an attempt to get pressure off my bunions). The endocrinologist seems to think that stress may be behind my current hair loss, so here's hoping meditation can slow that down.

Somehow I don't think I'll be making much headway in the next year, so I may as well begin working on next year's list.


Aliki2006 said...

I"m always so inspired by your lists of resolutions! And I'm equally inspired by your dedication to gluten-free recipes. Everything I've tried just comes out tasting pretty badly, I have to admit.


Leilani Lee said...

Wandered onto your blog when I did a Google search for the nesting habits of mice (we think there is a mouse nest in a tree in our field). We have a 30-year-old son who probably has Asperger syndrome (we're not sure, though, he has never been diagnosed though). I hope you are getting good support for Scooter.

Lisa b said...

wow. I am impressed.

Mouse said...

Aliki--I'm going to resurrect the Kitchen, so I'll be posting some recipes there. I have to admit that other than bread and some special-occasion cookies, I tend to use mixes or buy gluten-free baked goods.

Leilani Lee--We seem to have most of the supports in place that would be recommended with a diagnosis, even though we don't have one yet. I'm actually planning on seeing if I can find someone in our state who diagnoses Asperger's in adults since I think I fit into that category.