Have two knitting projects on the go at all times:
I've been using knitting as a way of relaxing in the evenings (when I'm not mindlessly surfing the internet), and I've made some good progress on my knitting projects. I recently finished knitting a baby sweater for a friend, and I just need to sew the hood and sleeves for it to be completely finished. Her son is now seven months old, so it's a good thing I opted for the 18-month size! I'm also almost to the end of knitting my first sock, which has been a six-month-long exercise in frustration; I may never knit the second one.
Now that I've finished knitting the baby sweater, I've essentially only got one knitting project on the go, so I need to find something else to work on. I'm thinking maybe something mindless, like a prayer shawl (maybe a Christmas gift for my Mom?), or something big, like a cozy sweater for myself. Ravelry here I come!
Cook regularly with my girlfriend:
This one has been fairly successful. We have a ton of produce from our CSA share (too much zucchini), so we've been doing a lot of cooking in an attempt to avoid wasting the beautiful organic vegetables. I also finally got our BBQ cleaned off, so we've been eating a lot of charred meat. I feel a bit like a caveman.
Read for pleasure every day:
This one got off to a very slow start due to exhaustion and my unfortunate technology addiction, but it's starting to pick up. After starting a few books that didn't hold my interest, I finally found "Chasing the Scream", which is a fascinating book about how the prohibition of drugs has led to the worldwide drug war. If you have even a passing interest in drug laws or racism or gang violence, you should read this book.
Keep up with my finances:
I've probably been doing too well with this. I've continued to track my budget on my iPhone, and I've started tracking all of my billings in an Excel file so that I can confirm that I'm being paid properly for the work I do. All of the monitoring has made me a bit obsessed with money, and I'm finding that I get unreasonably anxious whenever I spend money or drop below a budget surplus that I've arbitrarily decided is "enough". I'm hoping that the anxiety will wane as I get a better sense of my income and as I make progress with paying off my debt.
Spend time daily and weekly on keeping the apartment clean and organized:
Remember when I said "This will be a challenge. A huge challenge."? I was correct in my assessment. Cleaning and tidying have been the lowest priorities in my life lately, so the clutter and disorganization are starting to return. It's been made even worse by the fact that my girlfriend has been going through her own work transition, leaving her with neither the energy nor the motivation to help out much.
We have been doing a few things right, thankfully. We've been keeping up with the dishes and cleaning the kitchen semi-regularly, which means that there is usually space in the kitchen for cooking and eating. I've also been doing laundry every Sunday morning, so my laundry pile is small and I always have clothing to wear. I've also been filing my mail as soon as it comes in, which is keeping me more on top of bills and other important things than I usually am. So all in all, not a total failure with this goal.
Any goals that you've been working on lately? How are they going?