The month of July started out very, very slow, resolution-wise. Mostly because we were on vacation. Also because I didn't really feel like doing anything. I also decided to remove both "blog" and "stretch" from my resolution list. I'm not going to stop blogging, but it was becoming something I thought about doing every day, but couldn't really bring myself to do, and who needs that kind of stress over a hobby? Also, I'm still stretching--I mean, hello! I signed up to run a marathon in October, I have to stretch! But, again, there's just other things I'd rather be doing than thinking about stretching.
Sort of unrelated to my resolutions, I've also discovered that lately, I've had a lot more fun thinking about my reading lists rather than actually reading anything on them. I know, I don't actually have to read the stuff in the order it was put on the list, but I'm a bit of a control freak about that. I'm sure if I had a psychiatrist, they'd say that maybe I'm substituting this rather pointless bit of control for something that is currently out of my control (or at least feels that way) like, oh, I don't know, maybe my career. And now I've just charged myself $175.
Anyway, on to what I've actually been doing. In July, I both exercised and flossed 19 times. I have yet to have Sister demonstrate her 30-second flossing routine, but I would love to have that skill set. Is this the first month where I've exercised more than I've read? I read 15 times in July, which is actually less than half the month (see paragraph 2 above). I did my arts and crafts stuff 10 times, which I consider a pretty good success rate, and I worked on my novel a whopping 3 times.
A word on writing a novel. It's hard. I have a bunch of ideas flying around, but no real purpose for these fragments of story lines, and I can't figure out where I want my characters to end up. And many of my ideas don't work together, so they're their own story. So I have about 8 terrible books started. At least they're started, right?
Before I decided to 86 the stretching, I actually got it in twice. So, based on my fancy math skills, which I don't actually care to explain, my overall success rate for July was 38%. Not fantastic. Although my suspicion is (notice how after 7 months of doing this I finally have a suspicion as to how it works?) that it will be hard to be anywhere above 50% because all of these things take time. And I do currently have a job. And a husband. And friends. And laundry. And all sorts of other things to do, like get caught up on True Blood. So, if 50% is the goal, and I got 38%, I've actually had a 76% success rate at meeting the goal of 50%. See, that is some pretty fancy math!