Goal recap: July

** This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance is up! Thanks to Ultimate Money Blog for including my post, Purchase in Haste? No way **

Well, that went by fast. July was an incredibly busy month for me. I read tons of books, did some cleaning and organising around the house, and did more socialising than usual. I didn’t quite make my goal of relearning two songs on guitar; one, yes, and a handful of other cool riffs, but I can’t say I managed two complete songs.
That being said, I’m finding ridiculous amounts of joy in just playing, and sometimes sitting down and picking out stuff on my own rather than using tabs.

Save 20 per cent of my income. Fail. Full July financial recap in the works.

Try one new (to me) dinner recipe each week. Although I probably did cook at least once every week, most of those were along the lines of burgers/spag bol. I did attempt Kevin’s honey lemon chicken, which turned out okay (A little bit thin for some reason, but very flavourful. A bit too intense for the boy) and Iowa Girl’s Brazilian coconut chicken, which was also good (I found it a bit plain, but still tasty. He really liked it. Most amazingly, I made this at midnight on a Friday, without hurting myself in the rush to cook and eat, NOR did I wolf it down like a savage, thereby giving myself indigestion. How grownup of me.)

Run once a week. Thanks to some potent winter bugs, paired with Auckland’s notorious winter weather (a formidable duo), I only made it twice. I really don’t feel like I’m making a lot of progress fitness wise…

Donate to charity. After a few slack months, I can finally say yes to this!

Okay, now to August’s challenge. It’s all about baking here. I’m going to have a go at coconut ice, carrot cake and a basic cheesecake. I’m also eyeing up this blueberry crumb bar, but the ingredients (mainly the berries) are looking far too extravagant. Wish me luck!

(PS: Does anyone have tips on cleaning ovens? I grew up in a house without one and have no idea what I’m doing.)

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