Summer Bucket List: How'd I Do?

Today is the first day of school for the school system where I work.  We had to be there at 7:00 a.m.  YUCK.  I think it's harder for me to go back this year after seeing pictures of a retirement party for a couple of teachers that started their careers the same time I did.   Can I really be that old?  That could have been me, but I would have had to have stayed in the same place for 30 years.  No, thank you.  Anyway, the kids are still making me laugh, which is a requirement for me to continue working!  Well, that, and increasing my retirement fund.
It's time to look back at the "Summer Bucket List" I made back at the end of May and see how I did.

~  Clean the house.  By that, I mean really clean the house.
I actually did pretty well with this.  Doing those posts of my house may have helped a little; I didn't want to let y'all think that I didn't take care of my house! :)

~  Clean out closets.  There are a couple of closets that have been neglected; I need to pay attention to them and get them reorganized.
The hall closet was reorganized and cleaned out.  That was the main one I wanted to do.  I still need to do the front hall closet. We have quite a few jackets that are just hanging in there that need to be donated.

~  Look through the totes in the basement and purge them.  We've been in the house for almost 10 years; it's time to seriously get in there and get rid of some stuff.
I made it through some of the totes, but I couldn't do anything else because the stuff in there isn't mine.

~  Eat right.  I'm a stress eater, and this past school year was very stressful, which resulted in quite a bit of weight gain.
Yeah for this one!!!  I did very well with this.  My lab results for my A1C & cholesterol (as well as the numbers on the scale) confirmed this.

~  Exercise more.  (See the previous explanation)
See above.  I walked every weekday at 6 a.m., except for a couple of days when we were in Mobile & Huntsville, and then a couple of days after Mama passed away.  I also did my arm exercises.  I gave myself a break on the weekends.

~  Read.  I have about a gazillion books on my Kindle app that need to be read.
I did much better in June than July, but I only have 1 more book to finish before I complete my Goodreads Book Challenge.  I'm about half-way through "Killing Jesus" (Bill O'Reilly).  

~  Keep the tv off during the day.
I kept the tv off most days until around 5 or 6 pm.  Except when I watched "Orange is the New Black".  I watched it through ChromeCast (like Apple TV) and it was easier to watch it while CH was at work so I wouldn't slow down the internet when he wanted to play his little computer game World of Tanks in the evening.

~  Limit my time on the computer during the day.
Some days were better than others.  I would check emails & read blogs a little bit in the morning, then close my laptop and do things around the house.

~  Do a better job at blogging.
Looking back at the number of posts I wrote, I guess I could've done better than I did.  Out of all the items on my list, this one was the least successful.

So, there you have it.  If you had a summer bucket list, how did you do or how are you doing (since it's really the middle of summer!)?


  1. I'm impressed. I think you did a very good job.

  2. I think you have done really well!

  3. I think you need to cut yourself a little slack on that last one. With losing your mama, I think spending a little less time blogging was quite understandable. {{hug}}

    Hard to believe that it's school time already ... what happened to staring school after Labor Day and finishing up by Memorial Day like we did when I was a kid. ha!

  4. I don't do bucket lists or make new year's resolutions, because I just disappoint myself (and others) by no accomplishing what I say I will. Sigh. You did GREAT though!! Wishing you a fun year ahead, and God bless you for teaching our young people!! Teachers are THE BEST!!

  5. I think you did great with your goals you set for yourself! Seemed like you accomplished a lot of them or made progress on some! It is incredible how fast this summer has gone, is going!


  6. My friends son started school today, I couldn't believe it! It seems so early. Sounds like you did a pretty good job on your bucket list....way to go!

  7. How are you liking the book `Killing Jesus`
    I have been a bit leery of it.

  8. You did great. I kind of gave up blogging for most of the summer. Impressed by your cleaning. I can't believe you are back to school already! Teachers go next Monday and the kids come on Thursday. I think I ma ready!

  9. You did really good on your bucket list! Especially with the diet and exercise - good for you! I just posted today about how we're doing on ours. (The fun bucket list. I still have to review the chores bucket list.) We still have 4 weeks left until school starts so I want to knock one or two more off.

  10. This is the best well-being bucket list I've ever seen! And you did a great job on checking off each one.

    Good luck this school year, Mary!!


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