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!

What I Read: Nov ’19

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.

What I Read: Oct ’19

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!

Halloween Happenings!

We did quite a lot to celebrate the season! We soaked up All Hallow’s Eve at the Ohio History Connection, which was very crowded but it was such a blast. We also spent a day at the Columbus Zoo for Boo at the Zoo. They really go all out for Halloween and we loved seeing our favorite animals playing with pumpkins. A good friend hosted a Halloween party and we had a lovely time carving pumpkins and we even won the costume contest! Big C picked his costume first and we built the rest of the family’s around him.

Project Pan: Oct ‘19

Used This Month: 17

Total for 2019: 70

The top photo is everything I really, truly used up and the second photo are items I was told to discard during a make up consultation I had with my mom and sister. For Christmas, my sister gave us this lovely afternoon with her hair stylist and he showed us how to do daily make up looks that better suit our face shapes and skin tones and also looked at our make up and had us pull things that were the wrong color. Despite my love for bright pink, my skin tone is much to warm for it! So these things are either too pink or embarrassingly expired.


What I Read: Sept ’19

Ohio by Stephen Markley: This was mentioned by the CIO at our all hands meeting and I checked out the audio book right away. I really enjoyed this contemporary novel and appreciated all the little, accurate references to Ohio. It was really satisfying to watch the six stories weave together.

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane: I did not finish this one, my second DNF of the year. I found it to be incredibly repetitive and person who read it definitely lacked charisma.

The Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan: Oh man. I impulse purchased this during a trip to the bookstore to buy Big C some trains and I really relished reading it. It was such a good, solid piece of historical fiction and it really caught my attention. I think a few friends even picked it up on my recommendation! Yay!

What are you reading? Anything I can’t miss before the end of the year?