Baby C: 2.5 Years old! (no longer a baby)

Likes: Thomas the Train, anything train related, the library

Dislikes: anything about the potty (spoiler, this changes after you hit 2.5), not being able to help

Who You Saw: nearly everyone our family’s various Christmas celebrations!

Where You Went: Minnesota, Cleveland with Mama and Daddy

Milestone: You started a new daycare! Mama started a new job and you are now able to go to school right near her new work. You are loving it!

What I Read: Jan ’19

The Bookshop of Yesterday’s by Amy Meyerson: I found this book sort of trite and formulaic. There was a twist I should have seen coming and after it, I was no longer interested in how things ended up for the characters.

Together: Our Community Kitchen by the Women of the Hubb Community Kitchen: This was a Christmas gift and was so much fun to read! I always forget how different UK cookbooks are from US ones though – there will be some conversion to cook out of it!

The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Birth Year by Louise Erdrich: I bought this at her bookstore and I cannot believe I didn’t know about this one from Erdrich. I told a friend that I cannot be objective about her writing and that continues to be true for me. I found this enthralling, engaging and felt it captures that fuzzy period of late pregnancy and the first year post-partum perfectly. Life continues around you and the cocoon a mother and little one share together.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue: This was a book club book and I listened to it as an audio book. I am so glad I did! It was one of the first audio books where I felt the voice actor brought more to the story for me. Following an immigrant family from Cameroon to New York City in 2008, this is a moving narrative about the modern American Dream and who gets to partake in it.

What I Read: Dec ’18

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee: I listened to this one and I found it to be much too long. Chee focused so much on clothing – for pages at a time and while I am sure the historical research is spot on, I found it tedious and distracted from the main character.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: I devoured this. Another selection for book club, I have seen it at Target for ages and I am so grateful for the nudge to pick it up. Seriously, thrilling, amazing work.

One Little Word 2019: HOME

My word for 2019 is – HOME.

throw back to closing day!

While we’ve owned our house for two years now, we’ve finally hit the wall with how we set things up when we first moved in. We need to focus on rearranging rooms and upgrading little things like light fixtures in the bedrooms and fresh paint. We didn’t take a family vacation in 2018 – we had a lot going on emotionally and financially; but, it really bummed me out. It isn’t on the horizon for 2019 either but I’m hoping a focus on home with help me feel about that.

18 Pans of ’18: Dec

Products I used up: 15

Total for the year: 113

I’m thrilled I used more than then 18 items I set out to use. However, many many of them where sample or travel sizes. I am hoping to pan some lip products in 2019 and get my skincare and hair are down to what I’m using on a daily basis. I know I buy lipstick and face masks when I’m bored or want a pick me up but they both take me ages to completely use up.

2018: Year in Review

Books Read: 38 books, 11236 pages

Best in Fiction: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (I loved this trilogy so much)

Best in Non-Fiction: Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’ by Zora Neale Hurston

Best Movie: (omg in 2014 I watched 129 movies…how?) Black Panther wins top spot but The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a close second

Best at the Fair: I won another blue ribbon – for my gingerbread this time. I’m so thrilled!

Favorite Podcast: The History of English & Secret Feminist Agenda

Number of Flights: 15

Favorite Trip: Probably our quick family get away to Cleveland. We had to cut it short due to a sick kiddo but it was so nice to get away just the three of us this year. Although M & I sneaking away to Louisville the two of us was also a huge highlight for me.

18 Pans of 2018: Nov

Items Used This Month:  8

Total This Year: 97

I was so surprised to pull out this little box of used items and find so many! I could have sworn I used *nothing* up in November! I am so ready to be done with this project and am thinking about where I want to take my project pan and collection in 2019.

This blog written on traditional and unceded Miami and Haudenosauneega terrority, where I am grateful to live and work.