Happy New Year!!
It is honestly so hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s 2018. When I think about everything that happened in 2017, feels like a full year, but it just went by so fast! 2017 marked a new journey for this blog. I worked to breathe fresh air into it, and I love what it’s become. I started lifestyle blogging, finally finding my purpose for this blog, and really connected with this amazing blogging community. On that note, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who sent me well-wishes when I posted I was sick. It warmed my heart to know you all care! 🙂 The blogging community really is the best!! ❤
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s weekend! Joshua had work off since a few days before Christmas (perks of working at a school), so we had a nice long break. Even though I still had to work last week, I had reduced hours, so it was wonderful!
Since I was still feeling sick, we spent New Year’s Eve in our apartment, eating all the junk food (hello potstickers, soda, fried pickles, and sliders!). We played the board game Munchkin, decluttered & reorganized our entire home, and played Mario Party, stopping just before midnight to watch the ball drop on TV with glasses of sparkling cider. And of course our New Year’s kiss. 😉 ❤
We began our New Year reading in bed with chamomile tea, which was practically the most perfect way (to us) to start 2018! Also, my mister gave me a container of glitter eyeshadow for Christmas (which I’ve been wanting for forever), so I played around with it on New Year’s Day.
And now it’s time for my first “What’s Up Wednesday” of 2018! I hope you all enjoy catching up. 🙂
Though everyone else posts theirs on the last Wednesday of the month, I’m joining Shay at Mix & Match Mama.
Here’s what we’ll be chatting about:
WHAT WE’RE EATING:
This week, we are finishing up the junk food we bought for New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. When we want to go carefree during a holiday, we tend to browse the frozen food section at the store and buy the “goodies” we never otherwise get. This year we bought tons since we wanted to make sure both days were covered, but we didn’t even get close to eating them all!
If we decide to save the remaining frozen foods for another time, I have a couple soups on the meal plan this week, such as chicken parmesan soup and tomato tortellini soup.
WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
All the memories and adventures Joshua & I shared together in 2017. It’s always fun to look back on the past year and remember the things we did together. By no means was 2017 free of struggles or problems, but it’s wonderful to remember the positive things that happened. It was our full first calendar year of being married from start to finish! ❤ Regardless of any negativity that came in 2017, I had my husband, my best friend, my love, by my side. That in itself is so precious to me. That’s all I need to praise God for a wonderful year!
WHAT I’M LOVING:
My new Nook Glowlight 3! Joshua bought it for me as a Christmas present and it’s absolutely fantastic! I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a bookworm, but you might not know that I love reading on my Nook. I don’t prefer it over a physical book or vice versa–to me, a book is a book, regardless of eBook or physical. However, it is so convenient and I do love my eReader.
I’m not a fan of the tablet-style Nooks with the backlit screens because that seems too much like reading on my phone or computer, which I have a hard time getting into. The Glowlight is simply an eReader with a light cascading over the screen, like shining a flashlight evenly on a page of a book. My last Nook was an older version of the Nook Glowlight, but the button started having issues, as well as the touchscreen, so the new one was such a perfect present! Plus, this Nook can hold thousands more books, which makes my bibliophile heart very happy.
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
Joshua had nearly two weeks off work for the holidays, so we had a nice break together! I’ve been sick the whole time, which was a bummer for enjoying our break, but I also was so thankful to have my husband home with me when I was sick. Normally, he’s always at work (understandably, lol), but it was so much nicer to not be alone for the brunt of it when I was feeling so sick.
WHAT I’M DREADING:
We are still figuring out what is going on with my body since Clindamycin wrecked my system back in August. I’m on my second round of antibiotics since the first round didn’t do anything, so I’m just hoping and praying this actually works! If not, I might have to go to a specialist, which makes me super nervous.
WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
Getting back into a routine after our long break while still getting over my bad cold virus. I can tell my sinuses/throat/epiglottis is getting better, dreadfully slow, but surely, thank goodness! Even my doctor said that the virus is a super tough one for the majority of people this year; it just hangs on forever!
Also, I’ve been dealing with insomnia the past four nights, and I don’t know what it’s from but I’m trying to figure it out so I can get some sleep! Today was my first full day back to work and I got zero sleep last night, so I’m running purely on two cups of coffee, a Dr. Pepper, and the hope that if I don’t let myself fall asleep at all during the day, I might finally sleep tonight. I’m wondering if it’s a combination of the sinus/throat virus plus our schedule being all out of whack from the break. Here’s to hoping & praying tonight I can break the streak and finally get some sleep at night.
WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
We are in the process of rearranging our apartment! I mentioned before that we were planning on moving when our lease is up, but after a long discussion, we’ve pretty much settled on staying. We realized it’s a better decision fiscally for us, especially since we don’t know what the future holds for medical appointments for me. We are also hoping to adopt a dog, and it’ll be cheaper at our current apartment since we’ve already paid the pet deposit. Since we decided to stay for now, we realized we needed to rearrange to make it feel more manageable and “homey” for the longer term.
Just from moving our bed against the wall and combining our clothes into one dresser, it has freed so much walking space in our 450 sq. foot apartment! Next up, we’ll be storing our living room recliner so we can get a table. I have been dying to have even just a two-person dining table. Our apartment is tiny enough that currently every meal is eaten while sitting on our love seat in our living room because there isn’t anywhere else to sit. We’ve decided just to store our recliner until we have a bigger space because a table is more important to us. I think it will help our apartment feel much more like a home and will make it easier to swallow renting for another year.
WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
Joshua and I are still working through “The Office.” We are on Season 7 now, so we are coming along! It’s such an addicting show, and way too easy to binge watch. We also saw the new Star Wars movie over our break and you guys, it was so good! I definitely enjoyed it more than “The Force Awakens.” And the Porgs!! Absolutely adorable.
“Catalyst” by Kristin Smith. This was a free book I got on my Nook, and to be honest, it’s not fantastic. It’s not terrible and I’ve read much worse books, but it’s just not something I’m loving. The main character is super full of herself, which bugs me. I love strong female protagonists, but this girl isn’t necessarily “strong,” more of mouthy. Apparently it’s the first book in a series, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be continuing the series.
I’m a slow reader. I love reading, but I want to read absolutely every word. It’s probably the writer in me that soaks it all in and analyzes it, so it takes time for me to get through a book. Unfortunately, that means I didn’t finish my Goodreads challenge this year. I got close though; I pledged 20 books and read 17. Because I didn’t make 20 books and I know I’m working full-time plus taking college classes this year, I pledged 15 books for 2018. It feels kind of lame, but I know I’ll feel worse if I don’t even get even close to a higher goal with school and everything.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
Taylor Swift’s new album! I asked for it for Christmas and my in-laws were wonderful enough to get it for me! It’s a little different than I expected, but it’s fantastic! So far, “Look What You Made Me Do” is still my favorite on the album, lol.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
The same as before (lots of leggings, high-waisted jeans, and boots) except I was given three new t-shirts for Christmas that I’m loving! One is a Harry Potter shirt about Dobby which is just the BEST (big thanks to my mister!!), one is a Gilmore Girls shirt with the Luke’s diner logo, and the other is a three-quarter sleeve length shirt with the caption, “If only sarcasm burned calories,” which is so me. I don’t know if it comes off in my blog, but in person I’m very sarcastic, lol, so it’s fantastic.
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
We don’t have any plans yet. We wanted to ride The Polar Express this Saturday like we did with my in-laws last year, but they got a group discount last year and I just saw it’s $120 for two tickets this year! That’s definitely not something we can afford, so it’s a bummer. Otherwise, we will probably take the weekend easy after our first week back to work post-holidays.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
I haven’t really thought that far ahead. However, it is so crazy to me that Valentine’s Day is next month! It was just Christmas so I can’t quite wrap my mind around that fact yet. I guess I am looking forward to hopefully being settled in a routine with my school/work next month!
WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
I’ll be doing a New Year’s giveaway for three signed copies of my novel, “Where Shadows Lie” very shortly, so keep an eye out for that post to enter the giveaway if you want!
Also, Zelda has decided the seat of our rowing machine is her new spot since we rearranged the apartment. She’s so funny!
Other than that, I can’t think of anything else that is new! I feel like I’ve pretty much covered everything in this very lengthy post, lol.
Until next time,