|Early morning sun on the bare trees.|
On My Nightstand: On Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcey's recommendation, I read A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter, which was interesting but not particularly life-changing. I read Sink Reflections and picked up a few good home maintenance/cleaning tips. Meh.
What else, what else? I read a Monk novel (yes, based on the TV show, and the TV show is better) and returned the second one I checked out because the writing style was irritating. I'm working on Grendel, a classic I had never read before.
While looking for a link to Lilith, one of the other books I read this month, I realized that apparently there are many books with that title, all alluding to the mythical figure of Lilith, Adam's supposed first wife who was maybe also the serpent. So, the Lilith I read is a Jean Plaidy historical novel/romance, which, you can't go too wrong with that. I can see those themes in it, but it's also, as I said, a Victorian romance-type novel. I recommend it, but apparently I need to go on a search for one of the actual Lilith tales, which is what I thought I was getting. Oops.
I also read Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, which is one of those books everyone always expects me to have read. It amused and informed my grammatical stickler side. One might, however, contrast it with an article from the most recent issue of Wired magazine (which I can't seem to find online), which advocates doing away with standardized spelling and punctuation altogether.
Want to Read: I still have Death Comes to Pemberley on hold, along with a new Orson Scott Card Shadow series novel. The Help finally came in, as well as a book called How the Irish Saved Civilization, which I suppose I'll be reading a month early. ^_^
TV Show Worth Watching: We finished Darker than Black and oh! the best shows always freaking end, man. ;-) But I am also enjoying Once Upon a Time way more than I was before the winter break.
We ran through Netflix's entire supply of Breaking Bad, which was gooooood but not mind blowing the way a friend told me it would be.
Oh yeah. We have Netflix now. We're splitting a subscription with our housemate. So that's nice.
We've also watched two of the three seasons of United States of Tara which is...fascinating. Crude, and definitely not for anyone with delicate sensibilities or children who might be watching. The disassociative identity disorder main plotline is, as I said, fascinating, but the teenage-children-exploring-their-promiscuous-bisexual-sexuality plotlines I could do without. The DDH majored in psychology in college and from that limited expert viewpoint he says the DID stuff seems relatively accurate.
Movies I've Seen (in or out of a theater): I don't think I've watched a single movie this month, in or out of theaters. See above Netflix acquisition.
In My Ears: I guess I'm back to Mumford & Sons, because that's the CD that's still in my car. I tried to make a peppy-but-not-hip-hoppish Pandora station seeded with Foster the People and some other things and it's not bad. Foster the People, Beatles, the Monkees. The DDH doesn't care for it, though. I'd like some suggestions for that, music in the vein of "Pumped Up Kicks." You know, upbeat and cheerful and energizing without being really four-on-the-floor heavy.
What I'm looking forward to next month: Who was it who said February is the worst month? Woody Allen or someone, wasn't it, who made the quip about paying the same bills for fewer days of benefits. But at least we get an extra day this year, as it's a leap year!
Goal Progress: I posted some goals for the new year, and I figured these monthly wrap-up posts would be a good chance to check my progress throughout 2012.
So how am I doing? I slid a bit at the beginning of the year on keeping to the budget, but I did meet my commitments of money toward the cc debt, so that goal is on track. And I've done better sticking to the budget this last time around. I made a shiny new spreadsheet, yay. ^_^ It helps that I've had a few babysitting jobs to kick in some cash.
For the garden, we have treated some ground (mulched, composted, and plasticed) to expand it for this season, and I ordered a big fat envelope of seeds. So that is on track, too!
So far, I've managed to plan and cook at least three dinners a week, too. I've even resurrected my food blog, Reality Chef, to share the recipes with long-distance friends and family (and you, loyal reader). I'm having trouble with the planning part, still, but I am still meeting the commitment to actually cook three dinners, which is the important part.
The craft room goals, though...sigh. I've sorted through half a box of junk while letting the rabbit run around. That's about it. I should have put my other life organization goals on the list so I could show that I was accomplishing something! But yeah. That bugbear remains to be tackled. I'm going to try to get to a chunk of it in February.
The rest of the house, however, is staying much cleaner, partially due to a few FLYLady techniques and partly due to my nice to-do list system and partly due to sitting down with the DDH and making up a chore list of tasks we're each responsible for. He's actually kept his end of the bargain this month, too, and has even made progress on cleaning out the garage (!), which is like the craft room (a pigsty) but with more bugs.
And I can cross the last goal off the list entirely: I cut my hair.
|It's cloudy today but warm. It's been a sunny warm January all around.|
I'm certainly not complaining.