If you remember, I set some goals for the year. It’s now the last day of January. How am I fairing?
Rather well, thank you for asking.
1. I managed to take one picture every day of this month. I’m pretty pleased with myself. I almost missed one day, feeling tired and uninspired. In fact, I didn’t even pick up my camera at all that day. However, while driving (shh), I managed to snap a picture of a funny license plate with my camera phone. I also found the cord for my phone so I was able to use it as my picture for the day. Want to see the results? You can view our Project365 (+1) flickr photo set. Or just gaze upon this awesome mosaic.
2. Reading. I mean, I didn’t bust out over ten books this month like some people I know. But I read five. That’s pretty darn good, in my opinion, and places me where I need to be to reach my goal of fifty books. That said, I might actually have six books finished by the end of today. I’m most of the way through The No-Cry Potty Training Solution and since LittleBrother has been sleeping through the night, well, he nurses more during the day which, in turn, gives me more reading time. And yes, that’s when the majority of my reading takes place: while I’m feeding LittleBrother. Breastfeeding has many advantages, no? Here’s my short list for the month.
- The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. My review of the book is here. I gave it five stars.
- The Sky Isn’t Visible from Here by Felicia Sullivan. I tossed up a brief review on Goodreads and gave it four stars. It’s a stark look at drug addiction, family history of drug addiction, less than stellar parents and entering adulthood with a skewed vision of reality. I found it to be difficult at times but only because of its unwavering loyalty to the truth of the situation.
- The Other Daughter by Miralee Ferrell. I only gave it three stars. And that was generous. While the storyline was intriguing, the writing was aggravatingly amateur. Sadly, I find that to be a common theme in many Christian novels of which this is one. Without the unnecessary wordiness, the book could have been much better.
- The Ultimate Tea Diet by Mark “Dr. Tea” Ukra. I reviewed this over at Modern Mamma Marvels and I gave it four stars. I’ve made a few recipes now. And dang if they aren’t tasty!
- The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta. I gave it three stars. I really wanted to like this book more than I ended up liking it. For such an interesting plot line, the author tried to throw too many things together which caused a rather anticlimactic ending that didn’t answer enough questions for me. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style and plan on reading another one of his books.
Who knows if I’ll finish The No-Cry Potty Training Solution today. I’ll just add it on to next month’s post whether or not it is finished today or in February. That said, I’ve got a long and growing list of books to read but I’m always taking suggestions. Whatcha got? Also? Add me on Goodreads!
3. Weight loss. I’ve seen some minor improvements. When I last spoke about numbers without specifically mentioning numbers, I couldn’t seem to break past a certain plateau. I also mentioned that I was starting fresh with my goal and wanted to lose twenty pounds. I am happy to report that I have finally moved past that initial postpartum plateau and have lost three pounds. So, seventeen more to go. In a year. I can do that. Also? My BigBrotherPostPartum jeans that didn’t really fit as soon as they “should have” this time around are starting to get loose in the waist. Loose as in I can pull them down without unbuttoning but I still don’t quite fit in the next size down. That’s a happy feeling, folks! Progress is being made. And I haven’t even started exercising yet. Well, again, if you don’t count chasing a two year old around the house or power feeding a nine week old as exercise, well then, I’m not doing much of anything.
And so, in review, January was pretty successful when it comes to my goals. Here’s hoping February turns out remarkably similar.