I didn't take on anything new in December or January. This decision turned out to a blessing in disguise, because if I had committed to a project in January, illness would have kept me from making my deadline.
I did, however, have a validating experience for a writer: I came across something I had written (well, something in which something I had written was included) for sale in Barnes & Noble. No, I didn't author a novel, but coming across my article while standing in the bookstore's magazine section felt pretty darn good. I almost showed the man standing next to me, but thought better of it and texted pictures to my mom instead.
I almost didn't finish this book in time to include it in this month's mash-up because I misplaced it for a good two weeks. Thankfully I found it with three days to spare, both with regard to the month and the book's library due date.
I heard Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire called a "portal fantasy" deserving of a place next to Lewis Caroll and C.S. Lewis' classics on the shelves, and McGuire's bio describes her as an author of urban fantasy and "darker fiction". I don't generally care for fantasy or science fiction, so I should have processed this information in a way that led to me putting the book back...for some reason, however, I chose to check it out from the library anyway. It was a quick and easy read but seemed somehow incomplete - parts of the plot could and probably should have received more attention and expansion. I didn't love the story, but I also didn't completely hate it; if you enjoy the literary categories listed above, give this novel a try!
Friends and I caught Pitch Perfect 3 at the beginning of the month, and while I enjoyed the movie, it fell short of both the first and second installments...probably because the Green Bay Packers weren't invited to participate.
Hallie and I finished the third season of Fuller House. The show dishes up just as much cheese as Full House did 30 years ago, but I LOVE it. And I couldn't be happier that Netflix just committed to a fourth season.
I stumbled upon The Trio on Facebook, and now I can't stop listening to these three young women nail song after song. They have beautiful voices and incredible harmonies - check out this one (the National Anthem) and this one (an 80s medley) to start.
I haven't had the opportunity to see The Greatest Showman yet (😩), but I know that when I finally see it in the theatre or On Demand in a couple of months, I will LOVE it. A musical theatre fan since before I can remember and a Hugh Jackman fan since he starred in Kate & Leopold with Meg Ryan in 2001, everything about The Greatest Showman has my name written all over it. Until that day comes, I am watching...and watching...and watching these two videos on repeat and trying not to cry every time.
I don't actually own this cat-in-a-bag carrier yet, but I will soon - I honestly think this would make taking Tux to the vet easier!
I also intend to purchase one of these phone cases. A friend has one and LOVES it, and while I liked the Casetify phone case I bought a few months back, its clear plastic looks dingy now and no matter what I do/use, I can't get it to look new again.
It took us four years, but my friend, Rebecca, and I finally made shirts to wear while we ran the 4th Grade Variety Show. (Bless her heart, Rebecca took on this project completely on her own while I was suffering from the flu.) Aren't they fun?!
I didn't purchase any new clothing pieces in January, however I did try something related to clothing that I thought I'd share. While cleaning out my closet, I pulled quite a few pieces that I thought I might sell better online rather than at a garage sale. I didn't particularly want to take pictures and post everything myself, so I decided to try ThreadUp - the "world's largest online secondhand shopping destination". I can't yet report on the process through to completion, but I can say that it was incredibly easy to request, fill, and return one of their bags. Hopefully I can provide more information - on my payout - by the end of next month, and I'll keep you posted!
I cooked very little in January (you know, the flu - I sound like a broken record 😂) but I did start off the month indulging in a few Wisconsin favorites. Not all of these treats can be found everywhere, but if you come across any of them while grocery shopping, consider them highly recommended!
|Jolly Good soda|
|Hamel Isthmus wine|
|Merkt's cheese spread|
Feeling Good About
We Dine Together: "uniting & empowering individuals to create inclusive environments through the belief that long-lasting relationships are built over the table".
Sounds grown-up, right? Nope. This organization was started by high school students in Boca Raton and has spread to additional high schools across the country. Watch the video at the end of this story - it'll give you hope for our future generations.
What's new and interesting in your world this month?