Oh, hi. I am alive and not kidnapped. Just spent the whole weekend trying to migrate to a new host (Bluehost - where I host all my other sites). I bought a premium plugin to help me do it, but it turned out to be a Very Bad Idea because it didn’t migrate the database successfully. I spent the money because I don’t understand phpMyAdmin or mySQLWhatever well enough to do it myself. I am finally triumphant and am on my beloved Bluehost!
Don’t buy anything. I blogged about this, but I did pretty well.
Be nicer to Mike. I….think? I’m sure I slipped up a few times, but more on that for this month.
Clean out email. Medium success. I created lots of filters to archive emails that weren’t immediately important so I could check them at my convenience (like blog comments and emails from my moms club) and unsubscribed from several lists (how do I get put on so many email lists when I feel like I spend so much time unsubscribing from them ALL THE TIME.) I starred everything that needed a reply or was a current design project and archived everything else. I got down to 30 emails that I needed to take action on, but then I didn’t keep up with the archiving and deleting as fast as emails came in and…there are a lot again.
Start taxes. Done! Not only did I start, I also finished. I had to pay for the business version of TurboTax only it only took a few hours creating spreadsheets of expenses and income from PayPal and my business bank account. It wasn’t as difficult as I’d expected – my business is still quite small and I have a love of number crunching. (Which is why I love web design – I get to satisfy both my love of creative pursuits and my love of problem solving.)
Finish Why Wait? and firm up my goals for the year. I still function better on specific, monthly goals, but my general themes for this year are: a better marriage, better friendships, more business, and travel as much as possible.
Still don’t spend anything. And then I am totally going to get a haircut in March. That is what I’m most looking forward to!
Yoga every day. Even if it’s just a few downward dogs and a double pigeon, I want to do some sort of yoga every single day. It’s sort of an experiment to see how it improves my life. Also, I’ve been getting less flexible than I used to be and want to remedy that (I tried doing a cartwheel the other day and…ouch.). It’s been a little more difficult to get into the mindfulness aspect of yoga with a toddler in the room, but something’s better than nothing.
Visit my grandpa. My grandpa is 90 and lives less than 30 minutes from me. He moved to an apartment more than a year ago and I’ve visited him exactly once. ONCE. It’s embarrassing to admit. I know it’d mean a lot to him if I visited with Gabe.
Give Mike my full attention 3-4 nights a week. Most nights after I put Gabe to bed, I plop down in front of my computer and work until I can’t keep my eyes open, and then shuffle to bed, giving Mike a kiss goodnight. Pre-Gabe, the evenings used to be our time to hang out, talk, and watch TV together. I miss that. It’s hard – Mike is in school and I work from home. So we need our free time to work, we don’t use our free time to hang out alone as much. I want to make a conscious effort to be with Mike and not just in the same room as Mike. On a related note, I am going to…
Get Twitter situation under control. I deactivated my account to give myself a little space for the first week or so of this month, and am trying to figure out how to use it without it being a major distraction/way to procrastinate.