Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2013 Challenge Update - Mar Accountability

*Increase our families preparedness food supply to 6 months of long term storage. 

We were able to put up 4 lbs. of 15 bean soup, which we split into 8 ounce jars. Six pounds of black eyed peas were also sealed in jars. We would have done more but we ran out of quart jars. We also bought 3 five gallon buckets and lids for our rice, but we haven't sealed the rice yet. While the amount is small, we continue to put up small amounts every month.

*Get into better physical shape - diet and exercise.

Jan 1st : 182.2 lbs.
Feb 1st: 179.4 lbs
Mar 1st: 184.2 (Too much birthday cake!)
Apr 1st: 186.2 (Okay, wrong direction!)
May 1st:
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Dec 1st:

*Get better organized in the home.

3-2 I hung up my CD racks and started to organize the back junk room for a study area. The two closets were also cleaned out and organized - one is a backpacking closet while the other is a long term food storage bucket area/ tool closet.

3-26 The kitchen, boys rooms are back to their old ways again. The kitchen will take about 20-30 minutes to put back into place. Time to reclean and purge. Outside yardwork is also starting to happen again. Where will I find the time?

*Complete some long standing projects - Kitchen and downstairs bathroom

The sewer blockage was fixed the first weekend of this month.

*Reorganize our food storage into a better logical format.

Completed and still in good shape.

 *Get better grades in school ( 3 A's 3 B's last semester ).

3/1 scored 85.4% on Procedures II
3/22 scored 65% on Pro II test - first time to sign "flunking paperwork".
3/29 scored over 100% with bonus questions.

3/1 scored 88% on Imaging so it drops my grade to a B.

3/12 I received my midterm grade for Radiation Exposure and it stands at 97%.
3/22 Scored 85.7% on Radiation Exposure Exam #3(outta 5 + final)

3/14 The university allows some students to take one senior level class per semester, in addition to the regularly scheduled classes, to speed things up for the degree plan. Well, I talked to the director and got her approval to take an extra class.

*Go to the range more often with Sweetheart.

Not this month. We did have a range day scheduled in WV, but it snowed that day, so the range was closed.

*Teach the kids new practical survival skills : outdoors skills, common sense camping

We got to go on several hikes while on vacation. Row also was able to earn his Hiking belt loop and academic pin on our vacation for Cub Scouts. They both provided practical information for outdoor skills.

*Learn to bake better bread.

I picked up The Bread Machine Book by Marie Lambert at the thrift store and tried a standard focaccia bread recipe. Good, but I doubt if I will use the same recipe again. I'll have to keep trying different recipes.

 *Pick three skills to work on with wife.

1. shooting

 *Be more consistent with the MRE Monday reviews.

The year to date is 11 out of 13 Mondays.

*Improve our family's water plan.

I was able to trade for a MSR hiker water filter. While the filter is very slow, and requires a lot of energy, it does provide our family with a way to purify water from a nearby lake.

Purchased a small bottle of bleach for water purification.

 *Do a monthly review of each for the blog to hold myself accountable.

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  1. Ok sir, 3 things to work on w/ wife -- here's 2 we need to work on, instead of just talking about --
    CERT training
    Conceal and Carry class

    both HIGHLY need to be done and scheduled.

    love you sweetie!!

    1. This is my Sweetheart's account name. I'll handle the CCW and you handle the CERT...mark the calendar for me.