When I shared last month’s Looking Back post (on December 17) I commented that November already seemed like years ago. I’m getting this month’s review posted a little sooner and still … I guess December really was “last year” 🙂
I continued the weekly diptych on Tuesdays; it’s a fun way to tell a story. Also, I’m surprised that none of the daily photos explicitly show the total chaos that was our house for the first two weeks when the painting happened, or the third week when we cleaned up and put everything back together. But I can see a few signs: there is an extra table in my study on Friday the 4th; my morning quiet time happened in a different spot on Sunday the 6th; and I almost forgot to take photos to Thursday the 10th, Friday the 11th, and Saturday the 12th ….
1. What am I celebrating?
+ THREE weeks with Sara (technically, December included only week one of her visit).
+ we are all still healthy.
+ being able to share Christmas with our family.
2. What surprised me?
+ bananagrams 😉 I bought the game for Sara’s visit last Christmas and we never played; it was a very fun discovery for this year’s visit.
3. What voices am I listening to?
+ Sarah and Beth on Pantsuit Politics, Anne Bogel on What Should I Read Next, Kendra Adachi on The Lazy Genius, Emily P. Freeman on The Next Right Thing, Brené Brown on Unlocking Us, Kelly Corrigan on Tell Me More, and Chelsey & Sara on Novel Pairings. I also recently added back Laura Tremaine’s 10 Things to Tell You (honestly, her voice takes a little getting used to, but … I love the content and her point of view). Occasionally I also listen to On Being. In all, it’s 6+ hours a week and lately, I haven’t had that much listening time.
5. What was the best thing I watched?
+ Schitt’s Creek. We started this in November and finished on December 12. I loved this so much. and I also love that now I “get” all the memes and gifs that occasionally pop up on social media.
+ the latest season of Great British Baking Show. again. with Sara.
+ I finished nine books (which were all included in my annual review here) and the only 5-star one was A Christmas Carol … my annual re-listen to Tim Curry’s narration.
7. What am I working to leave behind?
– comparing myself to anyone else (still).
8. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
+ enjoying Sara’s visit.
+ re-setting for 2021.
9. What’s something I’m reconsidering as a result of the last 30 days?
+ how much time I spend on Instagram (an hour, or two? a day).
+ how I use Goodreads – it took me hours to update three months of reading for the blog post I wrote about my year in books. I’m still committed to tracking what I read there, but no longer going to try to write anything.
10. What is one thing I’d like to start doing in January?
+ reading a book for 30 minutes every morning, instead of scrolling Instagram. I’ve been doing this since January 1 and wow, y’all, it works wonders!
Compiling this monthly collage and blogpost is one of my favorite ways to reflect back and celebrate the big and little things in my life. When I pulled together this month’s photos, I found this collageKatie took some of the best photos from this summer’s TEN sessions of Marmie & Poppa Camp and made a little book. The boys captioned each photo and Charlie wrote the words (except for the one that was just Sam’s favorite). Hands down the favorite thing I unwrapped on Christmas Day!
Also, I only include photos I take in the collage … otherwise this one would’ve been a strong contender for Christmas Day
It’s been over a week since we’ve seen George, and I understand he’s almost too big to hold like this now.
Again, thank you for being here and being part of my story. I am so grateful to be part of this community.