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Guess what? We all survived the first week of January. I don't know about you, but it is typically one of the worst weeks of the whole year. Who wants to get back to the drudgery of routine and regular life after the holidays? Not to mention everywhere you look, you are being encouraged to diet and exercise, whether it be on tv, the newspaper, magazines, the internet etc.
Can it get worse? I remarked to my husband the other day, it is funny that during the holidays we are bombarded with hedonistic pleasures and then all of sudden where are supposed to go cold turkey and exercise and eat healthy, right as we head into the toughest time of the year? What?!! Then in a month, we will be hit again with all the junk food and ads promoting the gluttony of the Super Bowl. Ugh. I am happy to report that I didn't fall too far off the wagon and overindulge, in fact, I maintained a pretty normal and healthy eating schedule. The exercise routine isn't in full swing yet, but I expect to be in that groove by next week.
I was also relieved to get the kids back into school and their routine. They have struggled a bit getting up this week, but they are happier. The last few days of vacation were trying for all of us as they started bickering.
Is it cold where you are? We have had bitter cold temps here in the Pacific Northwest and freezing wind chills. We dipped down to 18 degrees the other night and our daytime highs have hovered around freezing. I am not complaining though because I grew up in Idaho, and I am a seasoned veteran of cold temps. My family and friends in Idaho are suffering through sub zero weather and a massive snow storm. Idaho got dumped on with a foot or more of snow in some areas and then the temps dipped to subarctic lows.
Here is a picture that my sister sent of the snow!
Friday, in my hometown of Idaho Falls, the daytime high was 7 degrees above zero and the low was ten below, plus factor in the wind chills and it felt like thirty below. Yikes! At least they got a couple of snow days! Check it out here.
Anyway, I hope you are faring better with your winter.
I am getting back on track with reading and blogging. I am listening to a lot of audiobooks as I can do it while I cross stitch. Two of my favorite hobbies combined! I completed this cross stitch last week for my daughter, Risa.
This is my current work in progress (WIP)
This pattern is Nora Corbett's Stargazer, which I am converting to purple. I will post more pictures as I go. You can see the original here.
I still haven't found the reading spark, but I am getting there. What about you all, have you found your reading mojo yet? If so, what books did it for you?
Okay, onto bloggy stuff.
This past week I featured:
Monday: Happy New Year
Wednesday: Review: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Thursday: Review: Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Friday: Friday Forecast
Received for review:
Next week on the blog:
Monday: Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Tuesday: Tell Me Something Tuesday: Goals for 2017
Wednesday: Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourne
Thursday: Audiobook Review: Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
Friday: Friday Forecast
One more parting thought for you all.... I know many people are heading into the New Year with a sense of trepidation. I have decided that my word for this New Year will be hope. I want to have hope that things will get better, especially after the trauma and turmoil of last year. I hope we can all be kinder and make the world better, and I hope you all will be hopeful as well. If we are pessimistic and expect the worst, that is what we will get. I know things aren't great right now, but let's have hope that it will get better. Hugs!
Here is a hopeful picture....my new nephew, Breckin, at not quite three weeks attempting to smile.