Does anyone else feel like January dragged on and on? Most of the time months seem to fly by, but that wasn't the case for January. The month of after-Christmas, of going back to work, of making lists and goals, of eating less... it's just not one that passes in the blink of an eye, at least I don't think so. So I'm feeling ready for February in all its short-month glory. At the very least, we're one month closer to spring.
Here's what I'm currently up to :
Hearting: My local blogging community. I feel very lucky that I live in an area with such an awesome group of bloggers. The KC Blogger Meetup group just put on an event last week at Roots and Branches Salon in Kansas City, and I had a great time reconnecting with bloggers I'd met before and meeting new friends as well.
Reading: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. It's the story of Judd, whose father passes away and his dying wish is for his family to sit Shiva after his death. So Judd and his entire dysfunctional family are forced to spend seven days together in one house. That's bad enough, but Judd is newly single after catching his wife in bed with his boss, and on the day he learns of his father's death he also learns that she is pregnant. Good day for Judd. (I promise I'm not ruining anything here, I just started this book and learned all this at the beginning.) Despite the depressing circumstances, this book has made me laugh out loud several times; the writing is fantastic.
Pinning: decadent desserts. After all the baking and eating I did over the holidays, I didn't do quite as much indulging in January. But I feel as though my sweet tooth has had enough of a break, so I've been in the mood to do a little baking once again.
Eating: Soup. The weather has been a little all over the place, but even on the milder days I've craved soup lately. Some good ones that we've tried are sausage and potato soup, tomato basil soup with tortellini, and butternut squash soup with chickpeas. One soup that's on my to-make list is this slow cooker thai chicken soup from Foodie Crush.
Anticipating: Valentine's Day date night. This year Aaron and I decided that we need to make it a priority to have date night once a month. Life gets busy and we get into our routines, and it's not always easy to get out, you know? But once a month is definitely doable, and we really need that quality time with each other. Now I'm not one to make a big fuss of Valentine's Day, but I do like doing something special, even if it's just going out for dessert. I'm not sure yet what we'll do, but we already have the babysitters (aka grandpa and grandma) lined up.
What are you currently up to?
Linking to Currently at In Residence and Dearest Love.