Trips I took: 2
Jeremy and I spent New Year's Eve in Atlanta watching Auburn play in the Chick-Fil-A bowl. We had a very low-key night away, complete with a leisurely breakfast before heading home the next day. It was nice to have a full day and night for just the two of us.
I had my first solo weekend away when I went with our youth group on a retreat. It turned out to be one of my favorite youth trips ever. The adults were not called upon to do much other than make sure our kids were where they needed to be, so I had a good bit of free time to read and relax in the serenity of the wilderness around us. I will definitely sign up to repeat this trip next year.
Books I read: 2.5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--This was the first time I have reread this book in many years, and I felt the magic of the Harry Potter world all over again. Reading from this perspective, in which I know the scope and depth of the saga and how enormously it would impact our culture, I couldn't help but marvel at what Rowling created. How does a mind even begin to craft something that amazing?
First You Try Everything--An honest, upfront, and heartbreaking look at the demise of a marriage and a woman who has moved far past the point of desperation.
Laugh with the Moon--Reading this now, and the more I read, the more I enjoy it.
The soundtrack of the month was mostly a combination of Mumford & Sons and Peter Eide (who performed at the youth conference). I am no musical trendsetter, and I am usually far behind everyone else in musical discoveries, but I do love just about every song on the Mumford & Sons Pandora station. I also began listening to NeedtoBreathe this month, and I will probably be exploring that one a little more soon.
The weekend of my youth retreat was Jeremy's first weekend alone with the girls. It went really well...as far as I am aware, anyway! : ) I understand there was a little crying for me at bedtime, but not as much as I had feared. Overall, I think it was a success and gave the girls a great chance to have quality time with their daddy.
Addison & Mackenzie had their first hibachi experience at our favorite Japanese restaurant. The first visit went very well, and they have already told anyone who would listen that they would like to go back soon.
On the last weekend in January, A & M attended the birthday party of a friend from school. This was the first time we have been to a birthday party for a classmate, where Jeremy and I didn't really know the parents and/or the family. The girls had a great time and there were some amazing cupcakes, so I count it as a win.
We bought our first Mac, and we are loving it so far. Need to learn how to use a lot of it, but loving it nonetheless.
Alabama beat LSU to become National Champions once again! We also won in 2009, and Auburn won last year, so it has been a good three years for our state. Roll Tide!!
Random Notes for the Month
While not exactly a New Year's Resolution, I decided to get serious about my weight and my health. I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app to track my food and exercise, and it's really helping me to think about every bite of food I put in my mouth. I'm still working on the exercise part of the equation, but I did this yoga/Pilates workout tonight (on Netflix instant!), and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Maybe there's hope for me yet?
I also decided it is time for us to get serious about our money. This is a decision I make every few months or so, but I hope to really get something on track this time. Mostly, I want to figure out where our "lost" money is going and use it in a more positive and intentional way. Jeremy is not as gung-ho as I am at this point, but I'll get him on board. I am working on procuring a copy of Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. Anyone done the Dave Ramsey thing? I'd love to hear your experiences.
It has been crazy warm here for January (in the 60s!), but very rainy. We have done our best to take advantage of the mild weather and have spent a few afternoons outside. While I wouldn't mind seeing a little snow this year, it is hard to complain about open-windows weather in the middle of winter.
I am feeling very busy with extra projects right now. I am teaching a new course at the college, in addition to the old one. I am also working on preparing a grant application for our court system, which I will be working pretty hard on next month. Side jobs give me something productive to do and bring in some extra income, so I am NOT complaining.
How was your January??