Setting a google alert was WAY simpler than I ever thought. It only took me a few minutes. My first step was to google "google alert" http://www.google.com/alerts
I set an alert for my maiden name, my married name and my twitter name. Now, let's see what comes in the mail :-)
As an update on my other goals...
I've added a page to the right on my 5k training which was goal 4 I think.
I'm trying to blog a couple of times a week.
and... I'm still "geeking" out with my kids at school