Little C: Month 4

Likes: Nursing, your big brother, bath time

Dislikes: Not many! You are such a happy baby – everyone comments on it!

Where You Went: Daycare! You started the same daycare as Big Brother and you are doing so well!

Who You Saw: Auntie, Grandma and Grandpa came in from Minnesota

Milestones: rolling! sleeping slightly better (lolsob)

What I Read: Jan ’20

The Stone Sky by N K Jemisin: I doled out this final in the Broken Earth trilogy, finished this on New Year’s Day. I loved this so much and really should seek out more of Jemisin’s work because I love her work.

In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson: First, I did really enjoy his Devil in the White City. Second, this was a book club book but there was a slight WWII theme to my January reading! This piece of non fiction was really challenging but offered a true glimpse into what it was like for the family of the American ambassador to Berlin during the rise of the Nazi party.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn: I should begin with my gripes, huh? I found the structure of this novel to be much too much like the structure of her previous work, The Alice Network. Strong female characters narrating multiple pieces of a story that weave together more and more quickly? Yawn. That said – she totally caught me and I was in with Nina and Jordan about a third in and raced to the end.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: Another book club read – and I am looking forward to the discussion in Feb. It felt a little cinematic to me; we follow Lale during this years in Auschwitz where he instantly falls in love with another prisoner. There is drama there for days! Morris had such a good story to work with, I wish it had been more fleshed out.

What I Read: Dec ’19

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by Ryan Strandal: I wanted to love this book – and I should have given the splashes of Midwestern sensibility, beer making and good hardworking folks. However, it just didn’t hit the mark for me. I wanted to connect more deeply with the characters but we did missed each other I guess.

Brave Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani: This was a work related read and I enjoyed it but also found some portions a bit trite. Being a working mom is freaking hard (being a mom is hard…we need our villages back!) and she did not recognize her immense financial privilege.

The Lair’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard: I stumbled across this book and oh man did I love it! It was moody, atmospheric and captivating. There is a twist I was not expecting and I was thinking about it for days! If you like things in the vein of Gone Girl, you should check out this one!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: I am obsessed with Bardugo’s work – I seriously consider her on par with JK Rowling. This is not set in her Grishaverse but is just as filled with magic and wonder (plus the spooky dreary backdrop of Yale during the winter doesn’t hurt!). If you like inventive fantasy (not just white dudes and elves) you really need to check this out.

Little C: Month 5

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!

Project Pan Dec and 2019 Finale!

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.


20 for ’20

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

2019: Year in Review

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!