january recap

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Oh, what a mess. 

January has been emotionally trying and exhausting. I saw someone describe the beginning of this year really well – it is an outrage marathon, not an outrage sprint. So I am trying to save my energy, fight when I can and prepare myself for whatever could be ahead.

I hope you were active in January. I hope you called your representatives to voice your concerns. I hope you didn't get in too many Facebook fights. I hope you didn't unfriend any members of your family – but if you did, I totally get it and they probably deserved it, because a few members of my family almost got the Facebook axe yesterday.

I hope you stayed busy and I hope you rested up at the same time. February won't be any easier – just shorter.

In other news – I wanted to use this blog to keep track of the things that matter to me, so I want to recap my favorite parts of each month before I set goals for the next.

What I read
• Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. Review here.
• A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
• The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Review here.
• The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson. Review here.
• The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Review here.
• A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
• Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling.

The worst book I read: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The best book I read: Talking as Fast as I Can
What I watched • The Crown on Netflix. Awesome.
• Game of Thrones (again). Still awesome.
• How I Met Your Mother (again). Forever awesome.
• A Series of Unfortunate Events. Eep.
What I cooked
• Baked parmesan chicken with pasta. Recipe here.
• Baked chicken breaded in Ritz crackers. Recipe (that I sort of followed) here.
• Chicken Italian sausage from Trader Joe's.
• Baked zucchini fries. Recipe here.

I started cooking this month when I moved to Charlotte to be with Patrick. I'm trying to cook 4 to 5 times a week. Next month, we're trying Blue Apron! I burned my arm once, turned the oven off while I was baking the zucchini fries and covered the entire kitchen in olive oil more times than I'm willing to admit, but it was fun to practice my cooking skills and find recipes that both Pat and I love. One day, I'll get him to eat fish. One day.
What I bought
• Lots of Lularoe.
• Planner stickers from some Etsy shop in Ukraine.
• I don't even know what I ordered from the J. Crew Factory clearance but I know I got a button-down for Pat for only $12!
• New brush calligraphy pens from Hobby Lobby.
What I did
• I went to the library. A lot. At least once a week.
• Charlotte Checkers game. OK, this was fun. How did we not take any pictures? It was a blast.
• Tried three new-to-me Charlotte restaurants – Famous Toastery (A+), Rooster's (A) and Mimosa Grill (B).

OK, January was a boring month. One thing about not eating out and also working from home – you don't LEAVE THE HOUSE. FOR AN ENTIRE 24 HOUR PERIOD. So I definitely was looking for excuses to leave the house. Gotta plan better in February so I don't sit at my "desk" at the kitchen island for 4 straight days. Again.
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