Reading: The Atlas Six by Olivia Blake
Listening: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Watching: The Olympics because, of course, I am since there is no football this weekend. Instead, I’ve seen luge, snowboarding, curling, speed skating, figure skating, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon, and hockey. It’s been fun.
Cooking: It is still abnormally cold here, so we still need warming comfort foods. I plan to make shepherd’s pie, smothered chicken, and Mexican pork bowls. I need to figure out a few more meals since my brother-in-law is in town, and I don’t want to eat out all that much.
Enjoying: Working out. I started working with a personal trainer in November, and I am now to the point where I love every minute of it. She makes every workout a challenge but still doable, and my energy levels are higher than they have been in ages. I love knowing I am getting stronger and more flexible with every visit.
Planning: I am again behind in reviews, so I plan to sit down and start writing them this week. I’ve been playing with new budgeting software as we have some rather expensive plans for this year I want to know we can cover. And, I am playing around with using my book planner as my regular planner for this month. I need to take the time to work with it, so that too is on the list for this week!
Feeling: Better. After despairing about the state of the world, I decided to play the part of an ostrich for a bit and work on finding things that make me happy rather than make my stomach turn. Having my brother-in-law here is a bit of a challenge as he makes fun of me for some of my “idiosyncrasies,” i.e., my OCD behaviors, and tends to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. While he doesn’t mean anything by the mocking, I’ll need a bit of patience to get through the week, but I start it in a decent frame of mind.
Upcoming: The reason my brother-in-law is here is that he is helping Jim finish up the last few remaining projects that he could not finish before he started work. He thought he would be able to work on them during the evenings and weekends, but that was before he decided he liked working 10+ hours a week and on the weekends. These projects, once complete, mean unpacking the last of the boxes we still have lingering, as well as moving some things around after they finish my desk. I’m excited!