January was a hopeful month for me. Here’s some highlights:
Blue October came out with a new album last year and it’s fantastic.
I let my sister knit a bit of the blanket I’m working on.
We have a new president of the United States!!
Trump is banned from social media, which makes my life even better.
I bought some new yarn, & am working on my own Fisherman’s Rib blanket. (Fisherman’s Rib is where you’re knitting into the stitch below, so it makes this nice thick ribbing overall. It’s a very fun piece to make & actually easy to knit!)
I created a new bullet journal & finally found a method that works for me. (Yay!)
I got engaged to the love of my life, Rory James. He and I have been together for six years & make a pretty good couple if I do say so myself.
Mom and I organized & cleaned out my desk. It looks so clean & organized now! (Thanks Mom!)
My sister Abbie got the vaccine!
Charlie girl celebrated her first birthday. May she have many more golden years to come. (She’s our golden retriever puppy.)
Overall, everyone is doing well & staying healthy at our house.
Keep washing your hands, socially distancing, & please please please get the vaccine when you can.
It’s been a while, I realize. Lately, I’ve been getting used to the busy season at work. (I cashier at my local Target.) I’ve been doing my best to catch up on my book reviews, since I’m reading so much so relatively fast. I’m still just as passionate about books and entering new character’s lives as ever as I hurtle towards my reading goal of 40 out of 30 books on Goodreads.
Bullet journaling is my new passion, and while I may not be as talented as some, I still do my best to integrate creativity into my bujo. (This year’s bullet journal is going really well, better than my first attempt in 2018.)
I’m also falling back in love with podcasts. I’m currently finishing up “Nice White Parents,” which is a five-part series done by the New York Times about the struggle to achieve racial integration in one New York school–and the white parents that influence the decisions in this particular school. It’s gotten praise and criticism in its reviews, but for me (as the oldest daughter of two educators) I find this podcast interesting.
I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving, where I’ll be spending quality time with my immediate family. We are still very much up in the air about whether or not we’ll actually be going to my grandparents. Still, my family and I plan to be safe no matter what during this tremulous time.
Hello again! Welcome back to my adventures in Canada with my family and some of our family friends from the cities. Going to Canada was a wonderful experience, one that I won’t forget.
The scenery was beautiful, there were people from all over the world. The food was wonderful–I ate a lot of fish, because I love salmon. We hiked, we saw tons of wildlife, including wild bears. I love how naturally there are recycle bins in restaurants. We saw Orca whales gather in a pod, which is still one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
Besides working a ton, I had a great time at my friend’s birthday party. Heather is a really sweet girl, and her family is just as nice. My friend, Alex, is also a really nice person. I got to meet both of them for the first time when I went down to visit Rory in the cities. We went bowling–I actually bowled pretty well, considering all the years I haven’t actually bowled. The next day, we went swimming. Because I was the first one up the next day, because I was really tired and went straight to bed once we got home, I got to hang out with Heather’s mom and watch a bit of Downtown Abbey. I had a wonderful time hanging out with my friends and boyfriend!
This past weekend, I had Friday and Sunday off. I worked on Saturday. I spent my days off reading A Song of Fire and Ice: A Clash of Kings, the second installment in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Things are certainly heating up between the three kings: the King in the North, Rob, Stannis, from Storm’s End, and Joffery at King’s Landing. I still dislike how winy and jerky Theon Greyjoy is–which is putting it mildly. Tyrion, Jon Snow, and Arya are still some of my favorite characters. I’m excited to see what Tyrion is building with the many linked chain he’s making.
If we were having coffee, I’d probably be sipping a Keurig concoction, one that involves cream. This weekend, I worked, relaxed at home, and finished Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.
Good morning! Welcome to my latest March #weekendcoffeeshare.
If we were having coffee, I’d choose an Apple Spice from Starbucks. (I keep botching the name, but the girls at work know what I’m talking about.) It’s like drinking apple cider in the fall. It’s delicious!
Because of my work schedule, I have untraditional weekends. I usually work–which I’m used to–but every once in a while I get days off. Let’s recap this weekend, shall we?
This weekend was really fun, because I celebrated my 28th birthday. Even though I worked, I still had time to eat Chinese food, open presents, and eat ice cream cake for dessert. That Saturday was my cousin’s birthday, so I sent her a happy birthday text. Saturday I worked, and had the day off on Sunday. Usually, when have days off, I just chill around the house.
Mother’s Day has already come and gone. This year, I went all out. I bought a dark blue Yankee candle and a card. Instead of writing a poem–which I’ve done for each of my parents over the years–I made a list of humorous inside jokes and heartfelt messages.
My mom has taught me so much about manners, caring about other people, caring for dogs, and engaging genuinely with children. She embodies her late mom, my grandma Lucy (Lucille) Bullard in her passion for Kindergarten, the importance of playtime and understanding child development in schools, her mesmerizing way with babies and young children, and her love of dogs. My grandma had a presence about her, even after her untimely stroke when I was around six years old: She was charismatic and loving. (One of my favorite stories about Grandma Lucy is how one of the nurses introduced her fianće to my grandma. She was in Bethany Home at the time. She was paralyzed on one side and couldn’t speak. Well, actually she still spoke, believe me–she spoke with her caring, loving eyes.)
In my life, I’ve been blessed to have such a fantastic mother, someone who goes above and beyond to make sure I am the best person. When I act like a teenager–like staying up a little too late on days I work, not being a morning person–that’s a skill, right?–her scolding (yes, I realize I need a I Can’t Adult Today t-shirt, ‘cus it’s hilarious that at 27 my mom needs to nag me like I’m 13) is her way of reminding that I’m too old to act irresponsibly.
In my defense, this is my way of squeaking in what was supposed to be a time for teen rebellion and laziness. (Ha ha!)
But seriously, I cannot thank my mom enough for her love and friendship.