Practice violin every day: Failed! But I did practice a lot. I tried to make sure I did at least 15 minutes per day, and I racked up over 5 hours of practice. Nowhere near every day but I did improve drastically just trying to discipline myself. Overall I don't feel too bad about this one since violin isn't a primary goal in my life, just a little side project.
Read at least 2 books (one in print): Definitely surpassed this one! I read 7 books total in the month of September.
Finish 3 pieces of digital art: Nope again! I did 2.
Finish 1 vintage dress: Almost! I actually was on track to finish this but I screwed up the bodice of a 1940s dress pattern and I need to buy another few yards of the fabric to fix it, which I just didn't want to spend the money on at the moment when I have so many projects to do. Sigh!!!
Keep knitting and crocheting: Check!
So...2/5. Whoops. Nevertheless I had a great month! I was really productive with projects and Joe and I were very active, going on bike rides and enjoying the slightly cooler (like, 80s instead of 90s...mostly) weather. I really can't fault myself for not hitting precise tallies!
It seems like whenever I set concrete goals like this I fail, but they do help me focus my priorities and think "I have to work on this, I have a goal set for myself!" so, I'll probably keep reaching for them.
I have a new type of goal in mind for coming months, though, and that is....travel and exploration goals!
Joe and I have lived in Texas for nine whole months. Sometimes I feel like we've barely scratched the surface exploring our new home state. Oh, wait, that's because we haven't. We're homebodies who hate going out in the heat, and have used most of our spare weekends to go home and visit Indiana or host people who want to visit us; we've barely been outside of DFW!
Now that it's cooling off, I desperately want to remedy that. We're living in an entirely different region of the country, after all! There's a lot to explore. Ellie and I are planning a road trip out west, hopefully to Rocky Mountain and red rock country, so that's its own adventure that we're lining up for 2017. But what about the more immediate region?
I've been writing up a bucket list of places in Texas and the nearby southern states that I really want to visit. It's a modest goal, but I want to get 20 of them knocked out by the end of 2017. Many are in the same city / area of DFW, so they can be done in a single day. I'll try to blog about all of my experiences along the way. And if anyone has any recommendations for places I just *must* see in any of these states or cities, please leave a comment!!
Katy Trail (by bike!)
Coffee House Cafe
Serj Books (coffeehouse/bookstore)
Sixth Floor Museum
Nasher Sculpture Center
Dallas County Courthouse
Dallas - Other Regions
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Cavanagh Flight Museum
Generator Coffee House & Bakery
Museum of the American Railroad
Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
Kimbell Art Museum (repeat visit, to see the Monet exhibit)
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Houston Space Center
Gulf Coast Beachfront(s)
Lone Star Flight Museum
Ladybird Johnson Trail
National WWII Museum
OK City - any recommendations?
Tulsa - I definitely want to see some of the art deco architecture!