If it’s any indication of how organized I am at kicking off 2018, I wrote this post, and then scheduled it for 2017! But then never hit publish. So that’s where we’re at. February 2nd, let’s take a look at January.
January always drags– you’re off the high from the holidays and you try CRAZY things that aren’t ever warranted during other months. Whole 30ing and Dry January-ing and ya know what maybe this is the year you’ll try your hand at a capsule wardrobe! You try to Marie Kondo your whole house but then that usually ends up with realizing that yes, actually everything brings you joy (just me?) so you end up with a random pile of mediocre goodwill donations, a few bags of outgrown kids clothes, and a bunch of brand new notebooks and calendars just begging to be filled in with more to-do lists and appointments.
January itself, while it felt like it was 75 days long, actually wasn’t that crazy. We got back to school after Christmas break and got back into the non-holiday life. The days have approximately 4 hours of daylight, which is super depressing– but in an effort to look on the bright side of things–here are some of the fun things that happened this month:
- My neighbors and I have continued our illustrious quest to learn more about wine with a bottle to share, wine notebooks, and our Wine Folly reference book every other Monday. It’s official. In a real creative move, we named ourselves the Wine Wizards. (It’s January. Don’t judge).
- We re-did our pantry! What started as a hoarders playground has been transformed into a more organized mess of pantry goods (mostly baking supplies), kitchen appliances, and snack storage. Plus, that little wall o’ pizza peels and wooden boards gives me GREAT joy (take that Kondo). Still a little more organization to come but it definitely is a huuuuuge improvement over what it once was.
- I went to Canada! A ridiculous work offsite in gorgeous Whistler, BC led me to a week in a snow globe. Plenty of team building, but also some snowmobiling, trying out some local BC wines, a decent dinner here and there, and one full day of hurling myself down a mountain in 3 feet of fresh powder. We spent a day/night in Vancouver discovering the beautiful Stanely Park, and filling ourselves up with Food Truck Grilled Cheese and spicy Ramen in the evenings.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Currently reading: Have you ever sat next to someone on a plane who is crying while reading a book? Me either, because that was me doing the quiet crying. I devoured Kelly Corrigan’s newest book Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say on the plane to Vancouver and it is so touching, heartfelt and genuine I want everyone I know to read it! Also not really….reading, but my sister turned me onto Oprah’s Super Soul Podcasts which I dove right in and listened to while painting my pantry. They are about 30 minutes long, chock full of inspiration, and you get to hear Oprah’s smooth interview voice in your ears. I wouldn’t recommend listening to like, 5 in a row like I did (it gets to be a lot, thinking about the soul for hours while you paint), but they are the perfect commute listen.
Currently Cooking to: I realized a month or so ago that I had stopped listening to my Proper Binge playlist because I had already moved onto new tunes. There’s so much music and it’s so accessible (and slightly overwhelming) these days, I found I have a tendency to get really into one thing for like, maybe a week before moving onto new stuff. Inspired by my inability to pay attention to the playlist, and also annoyed that I put like 12 hours of music on it, I’ve decided to update it every month with fresh tunes. What I’m loving, old stuff I have rediscovered, and of course all of it is good for grooving in the kitchen while you chop stir and bake. Click the link on the right side of this page to subscribe!
Currently Craving: It’s still freezing and snow is in the forecast, and so soups are still on my mind. Lentil soup with bacon, homemade chicken noodle soup, Wisconsin CHEESE soup! All served with a hunk of warm crusty bread, of course. Let’s not forget Girl Scout Cookies are also IN MY PANTRY so obviously those are on the craving list. But not for long because we’ll eat them all (freezing cookies and saving them for later is for wimps).
Currently Watching: If you haven’t seen the HBO Documentary “May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” (produced and directed by Judd Apatow) you NEED to make it happen. If you aren’t charmed by the dynamic of the brothers and the band, you’ll be blown away by how quickly and creatively they can write a song. It’s a must-watch.