Sunday, January 7, 2018

Life: It Goes On - January 7

Happy New Year! Hope this finds those of you who've been hit with snowstorms and bitter cold all safe and warm. We are finally heading into warmer temps; I'm so glad to be able to put away my parka for a bit, at least. You know you're starting to get acclimated to the cold when it's 10 degrees out and you decide it's not cold enough to put your hat on!

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I started Lauren Groff's The Monsters of Templeton this week. I've only just started the second disc; but, so far, it's hard to imagine that this book was written by the same author who wrote Fates and Furies. I mean, it has a ghost and a giant lake monster. Still, I'm enjoying it, so far.

Watching: Miss H and I turned New Year's Day into a lazy, tv-watching day. We watched an entire season of The Mindy Project and finished a season of Orange Is The New Black. I cannot wait for the next season of that show! The Big Guy and I watch a couple of episodes of Longmire, Craig Ferguson's Tickle Fight (Ferguson is the only guy who can bring me to tears talking about toilets!), and The Zookeeper's Wife, starring Jessica Chastain. Now I want to get to that book. Which is on my shelves...somewhere.

Reading: Still working on Far From The Madding Crowd. I haven't actually done much reading this week - between all of the television watching and focus on putting things in order, there just hasn't been much time.

Making: Bread! Mini-me and Mrs. S gave me a bread machine for Christmas and I'm having fun learning how to use it. I made two loaves yesterday, a basic white loaf and a wheat. I'm getting the hang of this thing and I'm about ready to start experimenting a little.

Planning: I've spent a lot of time this week getting my bullet journal set up for the year. I'm pretty stoked that Miss H has gotten herself a journal as well; she is all in, buying washi tape and stickers.
Mini-me and Mrs. S with their
wedding book

Thinking About: I can't stop thinking about how fun it was to celebrate Christmas with Mini-me and Mrs. S last weekend. Mrs. S was so excited about everything she got, from leggings to a crockpot. It's nice to give gifts so someone who is so demonstrably pleased with even the most utilitarian gifts. Her favorite gift was a book I had made of pictures from their wedding. It was so fun to watch both of them go through it and remember that weekend.

Enjoying: Cocoa, electric blankets, and time with my girl.

Feeling: Sad that we're back to five-day workweeks starting this week.

Looking forward to: The Winter Olympics. I'm seriously thinking about taking a couple of days off work just to stay home and watch curling!

Question of the week: How do you survive the letdown after the holidays? Or do you appreciate a return to normality?


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  2. Sounds like you had a nice week, Lisa. I'm looking forward to the Olympics too and curling is an odd and interesting sport. I am very much not a winter person, but the Olympics is the one time I watch skiing and figure skating and bobsledding and, yes, curling. Can't wait!

  3. I need to start doing these sort of posts again! If I can just think of interesting things to report! As for your question...i like the return to normality but this year has been hard being empty nesters this year...sending my daughter back to school was harder than when she went in Sept. 😭

  4. I am glad you are seeing warmer temperatures, although I imagine it isn't warm enough. We're expecting rain in the next couple days, which will be nice.

    I think I have The Monsters of Templeton on my TBR shelf somewhere. I don't think it's one of the books I gave away. I am glad you are enjoying it. You reminded me I am behind in Orange Is A New Black. Of course, I haven't had much time to watch television without the little one around--and that's definitely not a show to watch in front of a 6 year old.

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa!

  5. I am actually happy to get back to a normal schedule. I loved the time off and being with my family, but I love the sense of purpose going to work gives me. Plus, I have fun at work. I have fun at home too, but it is a bit different.

    It was 26F this morning as I was walking into work, and I was almost ready to throw off my coat. Compared to the past two weeks with the subzero temperatures, it was downright balmy!

  6. You know, I stopped watching Orange is the New Black after season three. I can't watch it with the girl around, too racy sometimes and so much bad language but after season three I've not been interested. Does it get better?

  7. I had quite a few days of tv watching over the holidays! Good luck with your bread machine! What a sweet gift to give so they can enjoy the beautiful weekend of their wedding.

    I have a really hard time in January. I seem to always get sick and I get really depressed taking all the holiday decor down. But I seem to bounce back by the end of the month. I hope you have a great week!