End of Month Tally: February

Books I Read:

Rather than try to put succinctly enough so you’ll read it, I decided to just put links to the reviews I wrote on goodreads. Right here on the blog I can just put a yay, nay, or may.

Margaret Bourke-White. Super Yay.

St. Lucy’s School for Girls Raised by Wolves. May.

Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Yay.

Starting Lye in Wait. First couple pages?

Cloudspotter’s Book. Yay.

So I didn’t read as many books this month. I’m not sure how I feel about this. But I do feel that I need to step up my game here.

Donations to Charity:

I made a donation to PBS. You should too. Big Bird can’t live off handout birdseed.

Technically I didn’t donate anything but time for this one, but I wrote letters to my representatives asking them to support the National Endowment for the Arts. Because why the eff not? I sat down and printed off some letters, and for the cost of 3 stamps I sent off some good karma and hey, maybe some aid will read them and think about it for a while.

I renewed my rec center pass, went to an awesome diner, celebrated the World Cup and Bastille Day, all within a week of each other. Last July rocked.

Budget Analysis:

Well, I did my taxes last month, and so I received a big ol’ check from Uncle Sam. Well, not too big. Big enough that I am breathing a sigh of relief because without it, a swell vacation this year would have been non-existent.

I also am in the process of switching my auto insurance. I did a little shopping around online and found out that I am paying more or less double what I should be. Which floored me. I was so enraged with my insurance I contemplated marching to my agent’s office and spitting on him. But instead, I’m going to save my money with another company, and save my spit for, well, the ground, that doesn’t press charges.

Week in Review

Let’s see, weekly wrap-up…how did I pass the time this week?

Made these s’more brownies with my cousin

and lit snow candles.

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The Bride of Frankenstein was released on Netflix Instant Watch this week, so of course I jumped on that so quick! I have so many notes about this film, but that’s a whole other post to write. I might save it for her birthday, April 22.

I tried James Bond’s drink of choice in Casino Royale, the Vesper,

and had an amazing lunch and laughs with my sister.

Week in Review

What I did with my time this week…

I used Chloe’s tips to find and brew some excellent coffee

Daydreaming about spring picnics, with vivid tablecloths and nails as fresh as Kaylah’s from Dainty Squid

I plastered The Beau’s fruit with sentiments he would enjoy on a day of which he’s not a big fan. Twig and Thistle Idea, found on Say Yes to Hoboken

This was last week, but I made an awesome and healthy smoothie thanks to joy the baker. I left out the kale and it was still great!

Rode to the library and got this book. I can’t wait til I can actually use it!

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Gratefully I was able to get my sewing machine threaded with help from my friend Melissa at honeybee vintage. Now is the task of figuring out what to sew first! Pillow? Tote bag?

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I finally caved to The Beau and Mr. StaticEcho and listened to the podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me. I am kicking myself I didn’t start listening to them before! At least I have so much backlog to listen to, waiting for each new one. The Beau and I listened to it at dinner the other night and laughed so hard he teared up and my abs hurt!