It gets a little old to start every blog post off with “Where did the last month go?” but here I am, once again, thinking the same thing! So I’ll recap my month in the only way I know how – by listing the highlights and the things that have made me happy since I last blogged! With pictures!
There were some games:
The Superbowl happened – I worked but made it to the party before halftime. Not much of a game, but the pool on the score always makes it entertaining when those final seconds tick down each quarter.
Got to a few of Trajan’s basketball games. His season is over now, but I look forward to watching him in the years to come!
Went to one of Gracie’s Rochester tournament games. Her season is over now, too, but again, many years ahead!
There were epic weekends:
SocialICE 2014 was a lot of fun! We warmed up with cocktails and Trivial Pursuit questions at my house, enjoyed some warm and cold beverages at the ice bar, went underground to The Doggery, and sang some karaoke at the Viking Lounge! The next day we went to Newt’s too late for brunch, but it was good nonetheless.
Marissa’s Birthday 2014 was also a lot of fun! The drive to Minneapolis was treacherous, so it took a long time to get there, but I made it with plenty of time to spare before the Jeremy Messersmith concert at First Ave! First we ate at Kieran’s, a favorite pub, and then we were at First Ave right after the doors opened – which meant we were there a LONG time before the main event!
Jeremy Messersmith is just such a good songwriter… I love that you can understand every word he sings and that his songs always have a little twist in them. So clever and fun. After the concert, we went dancing at a club where the average age was likely 25. Very much not my ‘scene’ but it was a fun night. Saturday we laid low and read and watched TV. I had decided not to face those roads again, so we worked on getting tickets to Mike Birbiglia, a great comedian! He was sold out, but we found tickets and we went!
Mike Birbiglia at the Pantages was amazing! It was nonstop laughter about “earlies and late-ies,” the uninhabitable city Minneapolis is, as evidenced by its skyways, and swearing in front of Muppets. Funny stuff. Afterwards we celebrated National Margarita Day with “made at the table” guac and fancy margaritas at Rosa Mexicano!
There was an early Valentine’s Date:
Chris and I both worked on Valentine’s Day and that weekend, so we planned to celebrate on Wednesday 2/12, so it was perfect that I won tickets to Jim Brickman in concert for his”Love Tour” for that night! Beforehand we went to Chester’s for a delicious dinner, and the concert was very fun! He has a good sense of humor and a good ‘tell’ that shows he’s done. Chris brought me the most beautiful roses and a box of chocolates. It was a good date.
The next night, the Cosmo Girls went to a local nursing home and made Valentine’s with and for the residents. It was a fun time, followed by a pot of tea at Press Coffee House.
There were books and discussions:
I had my first class of the semester, requiring a ton o’ reading, online discussions, and case study papers. Psychopathology will be good for me, good for my job, but it confirms my dislike for professional reading in large quantities. Ugh. I was nervous, as it’s been a LONG time since I was in school, but it will be good.
I had lunch with Cindy at India Garden, and that always involves mega book discussions. Planning the next book party is underway!
The ED book group discussion was held at Tonic last week – we discussed Winter Garden, which had been in my TBR pile for years! I always felt like it should be read in the winter, and I’m glad it was. It was a good book about mothers and daughters, forgiveness and understanding. And it had a secondary story which took place in Russia, so it was timely with the Winter Olympics! Next up is Divergent! We’re going to the movie together.
There was a brief visit with Sarah and her kiddos in the warmth of their home. That also means that books were discussed. Look forward to another visit!
I’m still listening to The Goldfinch and just started reading Questlove’s book Mo’ Meta Blues. Next TBR is a book for a book tour – I can’t wait! Details to follow…
There were movies and award shows:
The night before the Oscars, Jenny and I watched 20 Feet from Stardom, the documentary about back up singers. We also went to see The Lego Movie, which was a lot of fun! I loved the ‘meta’ of it and loved the voices. Maybe it’ll be Oscar nominated next year!
I love watching the Oscar’s every year. I blogged about the nominations when they came out and you can read that here. 20 Feet from Stardom was not a favorite to win the Best Documentary category, but it won! That was so fun… I loved the acceptance speech and that Darlene Love sang her heart out during it! Other things I loved were
Cate Blanchet and Lupita Nyong’o acceptance speeches
Pizza for everyone!
Spike Jonze winning for best screenplay for Her – the movie about relationships and intimacy. A great discussion piece!
All of the songs performed live
Following along on Twitter all night – until it broke for a while! Crazy selfie retweeting overload!
The jokes following John Travolta’s major introduction fail.
I’m sure there’s more, but for now, that’s it.
I’m sure that’s an overload. I either need to blog more often or remember that people probably only read one paragraph before moving on! If you made it to the end, I’d love to hear from you. What made you happy in February? It was a brutally cold month with horrible weather where I live, so you gotta look for the good to stay sane!
Goodness… we’re tripping right along into the end of March, aren’t we? How did that happen? I was feeling unsuccessful in my 44 Things: Q2, until I looked at it. I guess I’m not doing too badly – which is what happens when you simply document “things to look forward to” with a few added “things to do.” I think I felt unsuccessful because I haven’t given it much thought lately. So as we all push into the latter half of March, here’s my recap: 44 Things – Quarter 2 (Jan-Feb-Mar)
A January mini-vacation at Deadra’s, including many movies and much wine! It was a great mini-vacation at Deadra’s! Good conversations, good wine, good food, and a good (great!) movie! As well as some great dance parties!
Read “Persuasion” by Jane Austen with Wallace’s readalong in January – I fully participated in the “Persuasion” readalong! Woot! Readalongs are so good… inspires you to have a deadline, critically think about what you’re reading, attempt coherent communication about those thoughts. Good stuff. I didn’t participate in her next one, “Crime & Punishment,” but a friend is and is loving the book! Guess I’ll have to add that to my TBR list!
START reading “Gone With the Wind” in February – it’s so large I’m not sure I can finish it in two months! But it’s after “Persuasion”! I started it! Had a few great days of reading and then kind of fell off that wagon… I’m on pg 200 (of 900) so quite a ways to go. It is a great book and amazing how much of it is already in my head through the movie and knowledge of the movie. Hopefully I will have quality reading time throughout the month so that I can finish sooner than later! So many books to read!
“The Book of Mormon” with Deadra and John in February! This was such a fun event! We had dinner at a great Indian restaurant (Bombay Bistro), a brisk walk to the show, and belly laughs throughout! I already posted about turning my pins into magnets (making me happy!), and when I hear someone shout, “Hello!” I usually sing the next line in my head! Good stuff!
Host a baby shower for a work colleague at my house on February 13! This was a lot of fun, too! It was fun to share my home with my new co-workers, meet family of the guest of honor, have delicious and fun food and drink, and simply socialize with the great people I work with!
Gaelic Storm in March with Kristine! Last weekend we finally saw them in concert! We have been talking about going to see them for more than a year and it finally happened. It was so fun! It was at the Fitzgerald Theatre, which was fun to see on its own, and they are so fun to listen to! Clever, quirky, energetic, and fun! A great concert with great friends!
Social-ICE in February!Already blogged a bit about this, but worth mentioning that it was a great time once again!
Walk at least twice weekly and do yoga once weekly. I was doing pretty good at this – in fact it was happening for all of January and into February. But horrible knee pain has derailed that and I think it’s been a month since I walked for exercise, as I can barely walk to “get where I’m going” without terrible pain. There’s been a doctor’s visit, a steroid shot, and now I don’t know what the plan is. Bummer, eh? So I’ve been focusing on healthy food choices (and easy quick cooking meals, since it hurts to stand in the kitchen and cook!) instead of getting my heart rate up. Boo.
Spray Tan! Get the look of a summer glow! Have not done this yet but will have to make a plan for that soon! Maybe next week during my days off… or maybe before Easter… or maybe on April 1 so the glow moves in to Q3!
Pick a closet and clean it out OR watch all of the Oscar nominated movies (which would you rather do??) Well, I didn’t get either one fully done – yet! I still haven’t seen Amour, Django Unchained, or Zero Dark Thirty. I’m ok with that to this point, but I will look for them on DVD when they’re available. Still can’t wait to purchase Silver Linings Playbook, as it was my favorite of all. And cleaning? Hmmm.. maybe I’ll get to a closet. We’ll see!
Invigorate book club and plan ahead for the year. Well, we met in February to discuss The Great Gatsby and ate and talked for 4 hours! We did discuss the book and are now reading another book from the Book Club in a Bag program – We Are All Welcome Here! And we have a date picked for our next meeting – April 2. No plan for the year, but a little more planful to get together!
Well, there’s my list – as I said, I haven’t done as badly as I thought I had! I will have to start making my list of 44 Things: Q3 very soon, as April will no doubt be here before I blink again!
Wow. Last day of February. Did that fly by, or was it just me?
I have a bunch of things that are making me happy, so here’s my list for you to read as February winds down…
Tomorrow is the start of “meteorological” spring! It hasn’t been a horrible winter, but winter always makes spring sweeter!
The SocialICE downtown Rochester was a hit, once again! It was the 4th year I’ve gone with the same crew and it is always a good time! It wasn’t quite as cold as last year, but it still was a bit chilly! The sculptures were fun to look at, the mulled wine was delicious to drink, and the night ended with karaoke at the Viking Lounge! What a hoot.
I had another long weekend (around President’s Day), and I got a haircut, went to the Med City Mafia roller derby, had a delicious Indian meal with Deadra and John before seeing “Book of Mormon” at the Orpheum (so fun!), sang in choir, and then went to book club (The Great Gatsby was discussed for at least 20 minutes, but we met for 4 hours!). A great way to spend time off!
Following Col. Chris Hadfield on Facebook has been so fun. Marissa tuned me in to a Reddit conversation with him and then I’ve been following. He posts amazing things from the International Space Station. Look him up!
Watching the Oscar’s was fun. I had a multi-media empire going on – TweetDeck with #Oscars and #nproscars going, watching MonkeySee live blog the madness and messes, chatting on the phone with Beth prior to the big musical numbers, texting with NYC (who was on tape delay!) and watching the Oscar’s app in my iPad! I mainly watched that when it was over, watching some of the big winners’ interviews and photo shoots off-stage. I know there were a lot of people slamming the host and the music, but I’m an easy critic. I loved the songs, even the throw-back to Chicago from 10 years ago. And I know that the host is getting a lot of flack for the sexist tone he set with the song “I Saw Your Boobs,” but I thought it was pretty funny. There was so much talk about formal wear boob coverage (or lack thereof) before the award shows, so it made me laugh.
Having an adult daughter is pretty awesome. She turned 25 last Thursday, which makes ME feel old, but I wouldn’t change anything. We have fun together and I can still keep up with her (most of the time). I can even outlast her, some of the time.
Days off! I worked overnights last week (and survived) and had some of the weekend off, which was filled with birthday celebrations. DQ cake, BWW, GBB, and Wii. Good stuff. I also had a few days off this week (yesterday and today) and that has been great, too! Just getting stuff done at home (laundry, sheets, taxes (!) and food preparation for the weekend), watching TV and relaxing with coffee, and then getting together with friends for lunch today and drinks last night.
Turning Broadway show pins into magnets for my refrigerator! I knew I would never wear the pins/buttons from Once when I bought them (it’s not the 80s anymore!), but nonetheless I had to have them. When we saw Book of Mormon last week (or so) the seller of the things said she turned her pins/buttons into magnets. How inspiring! I’m so not crafty, but I found the magnets at Michaels and bought a tiny bottle of glue. Job done!
I had my 1 year performance review at Mayo this week – and how refreshing! It was positive and meaningful. My supervisor gave great feedback, as did 3 of my colleagues. It just feels so great to have such support, from a supervisor and colleagues. Ah.
Talking about books always makes me happy! Whether it is in the middle of the night with an ED Nurse, while walking laps at the Mall or Mayo High School, having lunch at Mr. Pizza or Whiskey Creek, or over drinks at Chester’s, good books always come up! So now if only I could devote more of my time to reading books… I have so many piles of great books around me! Must read on!
And speaking of books, I finished A Week in Winter – Maeve Binchy’s last book yesterday. It was bittersweet and there were tears, not because of the content, but because there will be no more. This morning Cindy asked me to inform her niece where to start in the Binchy back bibliography, so I made her a little list – and said that I’d probably blog about it later! So look for that soon!