January Highlights

It’s hard to believe February is upon us. January didn’t necessarily fly by for me, but a lot of things happened in my life and I know February is going to be just as eventful.

So here’s what I was up to last month!

I read 12 books!

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                                             mara dyer theevolutionofmaradyer

This was a huge surprise for me, because last month I was all upset that I couldn’t find enough time to read as often as I did before finding a full-time job.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Reads – I had so much fun chatting with other bloggers about these books! Tuesday’s posts always bring the best conversations :)

What I Watched

Gilmore Girls – Ok, HUGE surprise to everyone: my dad has gotten hooked on Gilmore Girls. My mom and I started watching the show back in September, but we’ve been taking our time. And this month we started watching it again and my dad watched one episode with us and was completely pulled in. So much so that he’s gotten upset when we watched episodes without him. I feel like I’m in some alternate universe where my dad, whose favorite shows are The Walking Dead and Forensic Files, suddenly enjoys Gilmore Girls. But hey, I’ll take it!

East & West Vlog – A new YouTube series based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. It’s just starting, but I really enjoy the actress who plays Margaret (also, she goes by Maggie!). I’m looking forward to seeing what the creators have in store for this one.

The Writing Majors – Another new YouTube series, but this one is really unique! It imagines Jane Austen, Emily Dickenson, and Oscar Wilde as grad school roommates. The actors are incredible and the episodes so far have been very enjoyable.

What I Listened To

This month I really dived into audiobooks! With my long commute, I’ve been trying to use the time for books, and it’s only taken me a couple of months to really get adjusted to listening to audiobooks. It’s amazing how weak my listening skills have become over the years. I have to really concentrate to actively listen, but I think it’s a good exercise :)

I also listened to Serial! For those who know me, when I discover something I love, I completely binge watch/read/listen. So, I listened to the first Serial podcast on my way to work last Friday, and I finished it just after midnight on Saturday. I HAD to know how it ended. The story-telling was so captivating that it’s hard to stop listening.

January Highlights

  • Watching Gilmore Girls with my family!
  • Starting to find my feet in my new job – things are finally starting to make sense!
  • Having deep conversations (or just really interesting conversations) with fellow bloggers! Meeting and conversing with other readers and bloggers is my favorite part about having a blog :)
  • Feeling more “adult” – This month we bought a car and paid off more bills, and I also just did a lot more “adult” things, like wine-tasting and making more independent decisions.

January Challenges

  • Although we moved back to the States at the end of August, we’re still transitioning. We’ve had to make big decisions about our future, and although I can’t reveal them yet, I am excited about them & about sharing them with the blogosphere in a month or two :) (and before anyone speculates, NO, it’s not about a baby).
  • Trying to multitask less. I read this blog post from I’d Rather Be Reading about singletasking, and it really helped me grasp how attached I am to multitasking. If I’m not doing two or more things at a time, I literally feel like I’m wasting time. So I’ve been actively trying to only do one thing at a time sometimes, for instance, while I’m eating. Lunch time at work is a great time for me to just take a step away from the computer or my phone or even from reading. It gives me a half hour of reflection time instead, and it’s also nice to detach from technology, too.
  • I almost forgot this one: we bought a new car!New Car

In February I’m Looking Forward To

  • Crossing off as many things from my 25 Things List as possible! I feel so behind, but some of those things I’ve known for a while I won’t be able to do (like visit England), and that’s ok. I made this list thinking we would still be in France and hopping on a train to the UK was easy to achieve. Instead I’m trying to enjoy the bucket list items I am able to cross off. Right now I’m crocheting myself a nice afghan :)

February To Be Read

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I’m still getting through My True Love Gave To Me for my book club (our next read is A Thousand Pieces of You which I’m stoked about!). I’ve also started the last book in the Mara Dyer series, but I’m sad for it to be over so I’ve been taking my time.

What were some of your highlights from January? Are there any books you’re looking forward to reading this month?

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11 thoughts on “January Highlights

  1. It’s so funny that your dad is into Gilmore Girls! I can’t imagine my dad (or Justin) watching it. What season are you in right now? That podcast that you mentioned sounds interesting. It looks like it’s true crime, but it’s made for just listening, like a radio show? I’ve been known to download really OLD radio shows for Justin and I to listen to on road trips, just because I love the storytelling and the cheesy sound effects. Do these podcasts have sound effects?

    • I know! I still can’t get over it. We just started season 2 :)

      Serial is hosted by a journalist, who was approached by someone to reexamine a real murder case from 1999. A man is currently spending life in prison for the crime, and his friend thinks he’s innocent. There aren’t sound effects, but the host includes her recorded interviews with witnesses, experts, and the inmate. You think this wouldn’t make the podcast so compelling, but there’s this huge thought of, “Is he guilty or innocent??” that keeps you hooked. I definitely recommend it for car trips (I listened to it on my long commute and not once was I unable to follow along).

    • Thanks! I still don’t know how I did it. To be fair, 3 of them were short audiobooks (The Importance of Being Earnest was less than 2hrs, and both of the Princess Diaries books were around 5hrs each), so I listened to them during my long work commute.

  2. I literally read one book and it was a 200 page graphic novel lol. I am such a failure- reading slumps are the literal worst. I need to step up my game this month.

  3. Thanks to you, I’ve discovered two new YouTube series to watch! I really love Gilmore Girls back in the days. I am really loving Serial now; it’s just so addictive! Have a great February!

    • Thanks!! I love when people read a book or watch a series I recommended to them! Hope you enjoy them :)
      Serial is incredibly addictive. I listened to the whole thing in less than a day because I HAD to know what happened! And now there are currently new developments going on about the case so that’s really interesting to see happen in real-time.

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