Sunday, January 31, 2016

Month in Review: January

My year is off to a great start. I'm sticking to my resolutions. January was a pretty great month!

Books
- I finished 12 books this month (1 audio, 7 paper, 4 Kindle). Three were eARCs.
- I read one of the books from my re-read challenge and 2 books by one of the authors from my new author challenge.
- I enjoyed both my YA Book Club and my Moms Book Club meetings.
- And Christopher and I read the Arctic picture book for the Reading Together Family Book Club.

Blog
- I started linking up with Julie @ Booking Mama for her Kid Konnection on Saturdays. It's been working well to time my Kid Lit posts to be every Saturday.
- I posted Top Ten Tuesday posts every Tuesday this month.
- I was asked to join the She Reads network of bloggers, so I will be reviewing one book per quarter for that blog. For winter I will be reading The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris.
- I started my SEO class, and so far it's going well.

Work
- It's been a crazy busy month. I'm kind of stressed out. And I don't really want to talk about it. Moving on...

Health
- I went to the gym 11 times this month! I am very happy with myself.
- As mentioned before, I signed up for the Savage Race in PA in June. Bring it on! And...Yikes!
- I am sampling a bunch of classes and exercise methods. More to come on that in February.

First time on ice skates. He did really well.

Family
- We took Christopher ice skating, so then naturally we had to show him The Mighty Ducks (all 3 movies). And now he's obsessed with hockey. He wants to take ice skating lessons. That's not happening yet, so we've been playing a lot of hallway hockey in our house using Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle weapons and an inflatable ball. Christopher made it up, and it's been pretty fun.

Hallway Hockey. Christopher is playing with Donatello's bow.

- We attended Family Game Night for kindergarten families at Christopher's school. And while we all played separate games most of the time, we really enjoyed ourselves. And we introduced others to a couple of more geeky games: Castle Panic and Catan Junior.
- We went to our nephew's choir concert at Jim's alma mater.

Jim, Ben, and Me at Oak Creek High School after the concert.

- Christopher started swim lessons again at Princeton Club this time.
- Christopher lost his second tooth.
- Christopher is getting SO much better at reading. Jim and I are both blown away with how quickly he is advancing now. He reads to us nightly, and he's trying to get up to 360 minutes by February 19th, so he can earn a ticket to Six Flags. He's up to more than 200 minutes, so he's over half way there.

Fun
- We spend New Year's Day (and night) in Madison with some friends and their friends. We played a couple new board games with them, and Christopher got along well with their kids.
- We took Christopher to see Star Wars, and hopefully he didn't annoy everyone around us too much because he asked a ton of questions, and he's not very good at whispering. I'm so glad we saw it alone first.
- I'm watching Downton Abbey's final season. It's the only TV I have watched this whole season. I've been reading or writing mostly, but I am enjoying this little break.
- Jim and I took a home brew class, and then he bought the equipment to brew at home (my Christmas gift to him). He made his first batch right away the next day. We look forward to sampling it when it's ready in early March.

My sweetie-pie geeking out over his new hobby.

- We had our good friends from MN and MI come and stay over MLK weekend. We met them on the Jonathan Colton Cruise (JoCo Cruise Crazy 2) several years ago, and they're geeky and fun. We played a lot of board games all weekend long. We had a babysitter over each night to hang out with Christopher. It was so wonderful.
- I celebrated my birthday by taking off of work and reading almost all day. Jim and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch, and then all three of us went to see Kung Fu Panda 3 and had cake (homemade by Jim).
- I started listening to Modern Mrs. Darcy's podcast, What Should I Read Next? I'm not usually a podcast listener because it takes away from my audiobook time, but I am really enjoying this one.


I am looking forward to a new batch of books for February and the lengthening of the days. I am not looking forward to the brutal cold that is sure to come. But it's a leap year, so that's fun.


How was your month? What are you looking forward to next month?

4 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a busy month. I love the hallway hockey picture. I was also obsessed with hockey when I was a kid, and most of my friends played on rec. center teams.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It was very busy. Yes, the hockey has been fun. My husband actually cleared out an area in the basement yesterday, so now we have a "rink" down there. It's pretty awesome. :)

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  2. Wow sounds like you guys had a great and busy January!!! We have brewed beer at home two times. It is fun but took a decent bit of time. Hope You have a great February!!

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    1. Thanks, Grace. We're doing an extract beer, so it's a little bit quicker. If Jim likes it, I'm sure he'll get into the whole grain brewing or whatever they call it. :)

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