January Wrap Up

I didn’t really set any specific goals for January itself because I had set up my To Do list for the year. 

I actually did make progress on some of those goals already, though.  That’s the whole beginning of the year for you.  Everyone is really motivated, including myself!

I read 3 books this month, 2 of which were fiction.  I don’t know if I should count cookbooks as part of my 30 books for the year?

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce


This is a very sweet book.  It’s a journey of self discovery by a man later in life. 

Then Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote


I had never read this book. It’s really a novella, not very long.  Interesting that the book does not end like the movie and I wonder what Capote thought about that.  Capote’s writing style is so good and I think the shortness of the novel makes people maybe not realize its greatness.  This book is very reminiscent to me of The Great Gatsby in terms of style of writing. Crisp and witty.  If you liked Gatsby, you will probably like this one.  This particular edition also had several short stories in it, and I loves me some short stories!  Those were a sweet little bonus.

I got started on the bathroom renovation. Did I mention I was redoing the bathroom?  Just in case you weren’t aware… Funny, this was not a project that was going to be started so soon, but it actually came about because of a coupon for tub refinishing that I saw in the paper. I called for an estimate on doing the tile in the whole room and decided I could have a better look for less money by taking it out myself. (I will have them do just the tub at some point). That got me going a few months before I had really thought I was going to do it.  Now I am glad it will be done before biking season. Don’t want anything keeping me from my cupcake rides! bike

I am actually progressing on the weight loss front as well.  Remember when I had my little hissy fit earlier in the month that the scale wasn’t moving?  Well, I didn’t need to change anything. I just needed to be patient and wait a bit and the scale went down 3.5 pounds for January! That is pretty amazing for me and I am super pleased. I’ll just keep on keeping on.

Pixie picture of the day.  We have a portable dishwasher (which also is a nice catch-all for putting stuff on… ) and Pixie loves to lay on it when it is running because it is warm.  I set my latte next to her to get a picture and she got most offended. This was just as she was getting ready to leave 😀


Maybe she doesn’t like my owl cup?

Anyway, I need to think up some February goals!

How was your January?

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14 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. debby

    LOLOLOL. Shelley and Lori. Stop that!

    And I was going to give you a big WOO HOO on losing that. We know how hard it is at this point!

    You sure got a lot done this month!
    debby´s last blog post ..Yogurt!

  2. Leah

    I’m not a cat lover, but I love your pictures and had fun sharing the little tidbit about Pixie with my kids this morning.

    My January ended on a high note and that’s most important to me. 🙂

    I’m excited for your weight loss. Yes, we will keep keeping on. TGIF, Lori!!
    Leah´s last blog post ..Good-Bye Funk

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    Oh Pixie!!! So funny! Congrats on the scale moving downward Lori. And The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve never read anything by Truman Capote. Hmm…I think I have a new “read this” to add to the list. Hope you have a wonderful Friday!
    Roz@weightingfor50´s last blog post ..English Lesson for the day

  4. Helen

    Ahhhh my posts are back! I’ve always loved your wrap-up/goals posts.

    I think Pixie is annoyed that she has to share her spot with anything else! “Pixie has spoken” is the look you’re getting right there.

    Congratulations on your weight loss – you did better than some people I know who are hard core dieting, so can’t complain about that.

    Have a great weekend!
    Helen´s last blog post ..Rutabaga Hash Browns

  5. Fran

    Congrats on the weight loss, feels good doesn’t it?

    You know by now how my January was.

    I wouldn’t count cook books unless you read them completely. Usually I scan them, if I like a recipe I read it completely but otherwise I skip it.

    I have never read nor seen the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s although I do know the excistence of both the book and the movie.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Sunday February 3, 2013: Lovely weekend

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