January 2017 Recap

January RecapThis is actually going to be more of a December & January recap, since last month’s anticipated post didn’t happen. Kids were sick, we had visitors, then I was sick with the cough that would. not. end.

I’m slowly digging out from everything else that got ignored both during the sickness that struck, and my adulting slump that’s been happening the past couple of months. One of my oldest friends died suddenly in November and I don’t think I’d realized right away how much it’s been weighing on me. Now I’m having to play catchup from when I was doing the bare minimum to get by.

December 2016 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 18
Books Read For The Year: 109

January 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 10

Things That Happened
  • Christmas with R’s parents, brother & niece
  • In the Facebook book club we should have discussed The Hobbit, but didn’t really because I was MIA for most of December. But we had a great discussion on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in January!
  • G received his senior red belt in taekwondo, and H received her senior purple belt.
  • My in-person book club had our annual Christmas party, and we played Bring Your Own Book. It was lots of fun, and I would recommend it for bookish gatherings
What’s Cooking
  • After reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle I’m ready to try making bread more frequently, and I’d love to try making fresh mozzarella at least once.
  • I don’t think I’ve really tried anything new or especially interesting in the kitchen recently. Too much survival mode around here for that I suppose.
What I’m Anticipating in February
  • Book club – The Year of Living Danishly for my in-person book club and Moloka’i in the Facebook group.
  • Belt testing. G is testing for BLACK BELT. Ok, so it’s just provisional black belt but still. Black belt! And H is testing for blue.
  • G will be finished with part one of world history, and moving onto part two. I’ve got (almost all) of the books and materials ready to go but I still want to finalize the list of “extra” library books I want to look for. I didn’t always manage it last year, but I liked having the list ready to go for each week, so if it worked to add things in it was easy to know what to request. I also need to pay attention to when he’ll be finishing up his current science curriculum, so that I have the next one ready to go. He’s bounced around in the schedule in that one, so it isn’t quite as obvious how much more he has left.
Books I Read in December
  1. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
  4. The Hangman by Louise Penny
  5. A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
  6. Alton Brown: EveryDayCook by Alton Brown
  7. A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber
  8. The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
  9. As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
  10. A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
  11. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  12. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  13. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  14. The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to Carry You Through the Year by Kelsey Banfield
  15. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
  16. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver
  17. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
  18. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Books I Read in January
  1. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  2. Lost in Shangri-La A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  3. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
  4. A Quiet Life in the Country by E. E. Kinsey
  5. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  6. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  7. Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee
  8. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  9. Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende
  10. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe, read by Wil Wheaton

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