Sunday, January 8, 2017

Life: It Goes On - January 8

Hmmm, what did I do this week that's even worth talking about today? I'm hard pressed to come up with much; I've been something of a hermit, in no small part thanks to a brief bitter cold spell. I have spent a lot of time this week thinking about the coming year, starting the hard work on getting my body where I want it to be, and putting my money where my mouth is.

I've about finished up the details of my own Happiness Project, inspired by Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project and her Happier podcast. I'm already working on January's resolutions, working on my theme for the month of Energy (totally stole this one from Rubin). Once I've got everything in place, I'll share more. Honestly, just thinking about what I want to do in the coming months has me thinking about the way I do (or don't do) some things now. I'm surprised about how much this all ties both my one word for 2016 (happier) in with my one word for 2017 (heart).

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I finished Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings on Friday and I'm looking forward to talking about it with my book club next week. A lot of lists had it as one of the best books of 2013; I'm not sure I'd include it on a "best of list" but it certainly has a lot for book clubs to talk about. Tomorrow I'll start Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children, which I picked up based on JoAnn (Lakeside Musings) high praise (she named it as her favorite fiction book of 2016).

While I've been working out, I've been listening to the playlist Spotify put together for me, my Top Songs of 2016.

Watching: All the football I can watch while I still have it, college basketball (our favorite teams both had a great week!), and the season (finally!) of Sherlock on PBS.

Reading: So much time, so little reading. I've been preoccupied with other things. But I am LOVING Lindy West's Shrill. I find myself thinking about things she's said throughout my days and talking about it with my hubby.

Making: Potato soup, cheese fondue, baked chicken with peanut sauce, pancakes and eggs. Today I'm going to put together a menu for the coming week so I can get meats precooked where possible.

Planning: I've been doing a bullet journal for the past six months in a makeshift binder and love the flexibility of it and having everything in one place. For Christmas, The Big Guy gave me a Moleskin journal so I can amp up my journal game. I spent a good part of yesterday thinking about what worked for me in the journal I've been keeping, looking at ideas I'd like to try,  planning how to set up the new journal. Today I may actually, finally, write something in it!

Thinking About: Mini-me's and Miss S's wedding - less than six months away! Because they are doing the wedding and a wedding dinner on one day in one town and a reception for the next day in another town, their wedding presents a unique set of logistics to be tackled. Having so much fun working with them and my mom (my parents are hosting the wedding dinner) to make sure the weekend is everything they want it to be. Save The Dates went out this week!

Enjoying: Helping Miss H house/dog sit for my sister this week. Sorry, sis, but we may have gotten into your bar one night but the dogs made us do it!

Feeling: Inspired on so many levels.

Looking forward to: More of the same this week. It's that quiet time of year and I must admit to really liking the slow pace (although not the cold that accounts for a lot of it!).

Question of the week:  What's your favorite "winter" food or drink?


  1. I look forward to hearing about how you use your new word, 'heart'. And hearing about the wedding. Our daughter and son-in-law have their 10th anniversary later this week. Can't believe it has been that long. I do remember the day - icy in Central Texas. And a bride in 4-inch heels. Ha!

    I have a copy of THE INTERESTINGS, I'm pretty sure. Need to dig it out or maybe it's on my Kindle. Anyway, I remember others talking about it and I'd like to move it up my reading list. Have a good week!! It's been way too cold here. This coming week is supposed to be warmer. Yay!

  2. Oooh, the pressure!! Keep in mind that lost of readers absolutely hated The Emperor's Children, too. I'll be especially interested to see if you you're struck by The Interestings similarities. Maybe it won't be as obvious reading them back -to-back, but after a few years my vague impression were rekindled by The Emperor's Children.

  3. I just started my bullet journal this year. My first section is my habit tracker. Good luck with your goals this year! I look forward to hearing al about them🤗

  4. I definitely did not consider The Interestings to be one of my favorite reads by any means, but I can see that it has a lot to offer book clubs. Your discussion should be exciting at least!

    Potato soup! I made a batch yesterday as well. It just works so well with the cold temperatures and time of year.

    Have a great week!

  5. Lately I've been obsessing over big bowls of mocha-ness made at home with cashew-milk and maple syrup. Maybe, sometimes, there are cookies. Just saying, sometimes.

    Good luck with the new journal. Beginning in one, when it's all fresh and perfect, can be hard. And it raises questions of perfect-pen-ness too!

  6. I think I may have included The Interestings as one of my fave books for the year. It just hit me perfectly at the time I read it. That whole old friends/growing up thing. It reminded me of when I left my friends for college. It was a bittersweet feeling.

    Favorite winter food is soup but oddly enough I haven't had much of it yet. Drink? I was loving my spiked eggnog but I started a clean eating jag and have given many things up.