Monday, February 4, 2013

January in Review and On My Nightstand (February Edition)

Whew!  I hate to say that I'm glad to see the tail end of January but after last week I am.  First my daughter tested positive for the flu virus, a day later and Jack came down with it, and the next day my youngest went down for the count.  Yup.  That's how I spent my week....taking care of sickies, cleaning, laundry, cleaning (I'm sure you get the picture).  I'm usually all about the cold weather and winter but I'm more than ready for spring at this point.  And some healthy babies would be nice!  But enough moaning and groaning.  I DID finish six books in January thanks in part to the A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon.  And of course I started my new job in January which is going just swimmingly.  It is both challenging and exciting which means that I'm loving it!

Although I'm really happy with how most of the month went I did see a down slide when it came to my exercising.  I can be SO inconsistent when it comes to it but I'm determined to get myself back on track!  I WILL run a 5K this year which means I need to get my butt in gear.  We are working on remodeling the boys' room so that is my focus for February.  And pictures.  I'm making it a personal goal this month to get my pictures off of my camera (and the tablet), loaded onto the computer, and printed out.  I never seem to do this and it is making me crazy!  I can't even remember the last time I shared some fresh pics of the little ones with you guys.  So those are my goals for February: remodeling, exercising, and pictures.  And reading of course :)

Speaking of reading here is what I managed to read in January:

These were all solid reads for me which made me very happy!  My favorite of the month though was definitely The One You Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon.  She is an author to watch!  I still need to write up my thoughts on the majority of these so I think I'll be playing catch up this week.  Since I have so many other posts that I want to share with you this week (reviews and another lovely library haul) I decided to also share my nightstand books with you for February here.  These are the books that I'm hoping/planning on reading this month.  Wish me luck on getting them all read!


 I'm currently reading A Wicked Snow by Gregg Olsen which is pretty darn good so far!  The Long Way Home is for a TLC Book Tour towards the end of this month.  And I'm finally taking the plunge with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn after seeing EVERYBODY talking about it in 2012 (and thanks to one of the online book groups I belong to).  I stuck with six books but there are plenty more that are calling my name.  Just wait until you see my library haul....LOL!  I hope you all had a wonderful January and I promise to try and visit some of your blogs this week.  Once I sanitize everything in my house just one more time that is....


  1. Oh no, what a week you had with sick kids. I hope they are all on the mend now. I've had that flu - it's still trying to hang on - and it's wicked.

    You got a lot read considering you're working and have the kids. That's impressive. I'm hoping to get back to reading more this year. With everything that happened last year my reading mojo went down the drain.

    Anyhow, I hope you'll like Gone Girl. It got really mixed reviews and it seems people either loved it or hated it. I loved it. Have a great week Sam.

  2. Sick kids is something i'm all too familiar with...working in a school and in the front office makes it seem like it never stops!! We sent home 10 today!! Yikes!! I so hope that everyone rebounds and is back on track. I hope you don't get it!!!

    I think you had a fantastic month of reading and the books for February are awesome looking. I loved Gone Girl, but I've pretty much loved all of her books!!!

  3. Hopefully you will have a healthy household soon--and not catch it yourself! I am impressed with all the reading you did in January (especially as a working mother to little ones). Your new books look wonderful. :)

  4. I know, it seems the fly is going around. My hubby, son and daughter all had it one after the other. I'm the last one standing *knock on wood*
    Those look like some great books, I want to read Gone Girl too.
    Happy photo printing! I need to do the same thing.

  5. lol... the FLU ...not the fly!

  6. Blech! Poor kids, and poor you! I hope that everyone is better soon to immediately so you can get a break.


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