Likes: your big brother, smiling, your primary caregiver at daycare, mealtime and nursing
Dislikes: diaper rash is really the only thing on this list! You are the happiest baby!
Milestones: eating food! You love to feed yourself and we continue to be astounded by how much you are into eating!
Used This Month: 13
Total for 2019: 101
It’s been an interesting year for panning! I continue to learn just how long it takes to use stuff up and am struggling with purchasing a few new things. I ordered a few new lip masks as Bite Beauty is either going under or is no longer going to sell them as well as an eyeshadow palette I’ve been lusting after. I hope to continue this project into 2020, at least as an exercise in more mindful consumerism.
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This is the second (or third?) year of doing a X for X year and I’m going to share my list this year to make sure I hit everything I want to do. I got most of my 19 for 2019 list done but being pregnant and having a newborn threw a wrench into some of my plans (like, learn to play the dulcimer). I am following the same 20 for 20 idea this year but I’ve organized it into themes with concrete tasks supporting them to give some structure to my efforts.
Theme 1: Get Curious about Music
1) sign up for spotify
2) go to a bluegrass concert
3) see classical music live in some capacity
4) take my 3 yr old to a musical event
5) listen to 1 new artist a month
Theme 2: Be a storehouse of Happy Memory
6) finish our 2019 family photo album
7) finish the infant’s baby book
8) host an adult party
9) throw the baby a 1st birthday party
10) organize our holiday decorations for easier celebrating
11) take a vacation
Theme 3: Move Joyfully
12) run 52 5k’s (just the distance, not all races!)
13) run a sub-30 min 5k
14) workout at home 3 mornings a week
15) limit social media to less than 1 hr a day
16) track alcohol intake
Theme 4: Build on last year’s successes
17) sew 10 projects
18) read 40 books
19) review and post cleaning routine
20) budget monthly
Books Read: 44 books and 13,117 pages
Best in Fiction: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn or The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
Best in Non-Fiction: Appalachian Reckoning
Best Movie: lol I have no idea. Does showing Big C Toy Story count? However, we did go as toys from Toy Story for Halloween which was a ton of fun!
Best at the Fair: First time in 3 years that I did not place! That said, we have such a fun time hanging out several times at the fair this year.
Favorite New Addition: Little C!
Favorite Podcast(s): The History of English and The Murder Squad (I can’t ever pick just one!)
Number of Flights: 0 – lol
Favorite Trip: we took a long weekend to Lake Erie in May and had a nice, relaxing time as a family and Big C got to see some real live trains!
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant: I have always love The Red Tent and have had The Boston Girl on my list for years and I finally listened to this book on my last week of maternity leave. I found this immigrant story to be sort of formulaic and did not create the same magic that The Red Tent did.
The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth #2) by N. K. Jemisin: I AM OBSESSED with this series. I am waiting for the third book to come in from the library but I will read every word of Jemisin’s work; her work is inventive and fresh. The Obelisk Gate takes place on a single supercontinent, the Stillness, which suffers from catastrophic climate change every few centuries (the so-called “Fifth Season”). The book continues forward from an especially bad Fifth Season, one that may become an apocalypse. It follows two main characters: a mother and daughter, both of whom are magically talented. I highly recommend this series.
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead: This was a book club book and while I loved the Underground Railroad by the same author, I did not love this book. He really dove deep into the details and I just do not find elevators that fascinating! Stick with the Underground Railroad to really get a good taste of Whitehead’s work!
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandell: This is the November book club book and I listened to it as an audiobook. I felt the first third was too slow but once the narrative picked up, I enjoyed it more. One thing that stuck out to me; however, is that the racial naivety of the main character did not seem possible for a child in the Deep South in the late 1950’s.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich: I purchased this signed copy at Erdrich’s bookstore after my father in law graciously took a big detour when we flew into Minneapolis last year. The premise is really intriguing and I’d highly recommend this piece of futurist fiction. Given the subject matter, I did not read it pregnant but listened to the audio book on maternity leave. It is read by the author, which made it 100x better in my estimation!