20k $26k target by 22 Dec: On target (increase of $1,829.61 this month)
Apr 2013: $14,522.79
May 2013: $16,352.40
Generosity target of at least $100 per week: ahead of annual target
I have decided to just list whether I’ve achieved this for the month, and whether I’m behind or ahead of my annual budgetted ‘generosity’.
Cook at home twice a week: achieved as much as I can remember (week 1 was hazy!)
I’ve started making a soup about weekly, to use leftovers for lunches at work. This has settled my angst about vegetable intact and means I can be happier eating less balanced dinners which might be the preference of those I dine with 😉 Bolded items were cooked at home
week 1 –
Cheesy Garlic pizza (Thu)
GF pasta in Brisbane (Fri)
Steak out in Brisbane (Sat)
Nachos at Brisbane airport(Sun)
week 2 –
Rice crackers and brownies? (Mon)
Pumpkin & Lentil soup (Tue)
Spaghetti Carbonara (Fri)
Nachoes and Sliders out (Sat)
Quiche, waldorf salad & spaghetti marinana at parent’s house (Sun)
week 3 –
Vegetable soup (Mon)
Steak and chips – met the BF’s MUM!! (Tue)
Udon Noodles with miso (Wed)
Prawn & scallop pie out (Thu)
Stuffed peppers (Fri)
Ceaser Salad at BF’s (Sat)
Eurovision party (Sun)
week 4 –
Pumpkin Soup (Mon)
Dominos Pizzas (Tue)
Tuna bake (Wed)
Satay chicken and rice at BF’s (Thu)
Italian birthday dinner out (Sat)
Nachos at BF’s (Sun)
Sweet Potato and Suede soup (Mon)
Chicken with rice noodles (Tue)
Miso with Udon noodles (Wed)
Limit Sugar – totally off this bandwagon Train for polo – not playing the winter season
– 2 films a month: achieved
I saw two DVDs as well as going out to the movies. I really wanted to see Warm Bodies and so the BF obliged and took me. I loved it, I loved the subtle humour. Really pleased I went and saw it. Whilst it seems a little like a chick flick, I think it’s got enough going for it that others can tolerate it.
I also saw two movies at home, Unthinkable wasn’t something I heard about, when it came out, or since. It was an American who plants three nuclear bombs in the US. Probably a little bit of a sensitive issue for Americans, but I enjoyed the film. It was pretty graphic – they use all the torture methods that are and are not approved. It certainly makes you ask questions of torture, but also the motivations of the tortured – perhaps they’ve resigned to their fate, and therefore no end of torture will cause them to reveal the information you’re seeking? The second film was The Hunger Games which I haven’t read, but was interested to see nonetheless. I think I was actually surprised how into it I got, and I really did want to see ‘what happened in the end’.
Saw Iron Man 3 at the movies, and I’ve not seen the first two, but I still followed what was going on and enjoyed it immensely – obviously enhanced by the La Premiere session, which involved food and alcohol service to your couples chairs, separated from the general public.
– 2 books a month: achieved
First up was Winter Garden which was a great balance between modern day USA and fairytale time (which becomes wartime Russia). Really well told story, with lots of characters going on a little personal discovery.
Gosh it seems like it’s been a long month, and somehow I managed to get The Paradox of Choice read, though it took forever. I wrote a very brief review too.
Call/connect with an out of town friend – achieved
In May, I took a weekend back in my former home town, Brisbane, and had a great dinner with a school friend. The other night, I met up with a friend who I met at an overseas conference, who does a similar role to me for a company in Brisbane. I always have the best time catching up with her – we’re so in sync as nerds!
I also spoke to a friend originally from Perth but now in Melbourne – both for her B’day and again she rang me a week later to sort out coming to visit! The coincidence in all this was that I knew it was her birthday and whilst i was listening to a national radio program they read a text message she sent in! She lived in a pretty small town in Western Australia and when they mentioned that, and her name, well it couldn’t have been a bigger coincidence – I pulled over then and there to ring her for her birthday and exclaim her nationwide ‘fame’!
– Certification – 60% done well, 40% still to improve
Of the 16 career episode reports, I’ve written something for every one. There are five that are too short (one, woefully so). But I’m starting to see that I’m chipping away at this, and it will get done! I’ve set an ‘end of the year’ target to complete this. I also need to send three to my non work mentor to review. I did consider sending the ‘worse’ ones, but then I don’t want to make a bad impression – but it’s best to get help where I most need it!
– Looking for next role – I’m working on it!
Whilst I’ve not actively sort a new role, in the last month I’ve met with my non-work mentor. We talked about a career plan and he gave me some helpful tips. Mainly, he talked and I took a lot of notes (oh, of course I talked too… don’t worry). As a result of that chat, I’ve sought out an internal mentor. Someone in senior management, but not part of my direct reporting structure, which I think it helpful. He’s also been overseas with our company sending him to NYC, which would be a dream come true for me. So after going out on a limb with a ‘will you be my mentor’ email, not a day later I have a willing mentor and a date to meet in early June! Yay!