The Best of January

I love roundup blog posts.  This post revisits some of my favorites that may have been buried on my social media feeds and mentions a few new finds.  Here are some of the highlights of what I've been watching, reading, eating, and enjoying this month:

This month has been a bit of a challenge, full of perhaps the most mundane annoyances.  We've been dealing with piles of dust during our bathroom renovation (we found out that our shower leaks, which is always good news), and while we're excited for the end result, the process has about done us in.  I've finished the GOEs, which is a relief.  I've struggled with waking up at a consistent time each morning (my new year's resolution), which has meant that I've tossed and turned at night. 

But we also went away to West Virginia, I saw my best friends from college for an entire weekend, and unlike our New England friends, we escaped the blizzard, so I can't complain too much!


Links I've pondered:

  • In Praise of Limits. Favorite quote from the article: "Limits can be powerful...they force us to choose, to focus, to go from excess to healthy moderation." --Leo Babauta
  • The Trinity Institute panels and speakers.  So much good stuff here!  I'm planning to carve out some time in the next few weeks to watch it all.
  • All 339 Books Reference in Gilmore Girls.  Because it's fun.
  • Burn the Candles.  Use the good olive oil, burn your fancy candles, and go ahead and eat the chocolates.  
  • What is the best pen?  I am not a pen loyalist, but I definitely cannot stand bad pens, so I have a couple on order to try.



Recipes we've devoured:

  • Cookie dough dip from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
  • Banana walnut granola
  • Tempeh chili



Books I've loved (or tolerated):

Stay tuned for reviews on the 15th of each month and follow me on Goodreads to see my ratings

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  • Faith Unraveled
  • The Millionaire Next Door
  • Good to Great and the Social Sector
  • Small Victories
  • Footprints of a Dream



Shows we're inhaling:

  • The Taste.  We finished, and all in all, we felt happy about who won.
  • House of Cards.  Okay, so we're two episodes in, but after trying it and abandoning it last year, we're ready to give it another go.  It's good but heavy, and I find that I have a harder time mustering excitement to watch darker shows.



Products I'm enjoying:

  • Dry Erase sheets.  We put these on our freezer, and it's been a lifesaver.  We buy freezer goods in bulk because when we bought our house, it came with a freezer in the garage.  Now that I'm keeping inventory, we actually know whether or not we have frozen peas before we dig through the piles of bags in the freezer for five minutes.
  • My new salt dish.  We keep salt and a pepper grinder by the stove at all times, and this is functional and cute to boot.
  • Sharpie fine point pens.  I'm tired of using crappy free promotional pens, so I finally invested in some of my own rather than relying on others' castoffs.  See the article I mentioned above for more inspiration.


And, the best of the blog this month:

  • Eat more vegetables at work.  Here I share some of my favorite ideas and recipes for incorporating more vegetables that travel well and pack easily into your day.
  • Let's talk about money.  It's a heavy, usually forbidden topic, but I wish we would talk
  • about it more.  If we did, maybe we would have healthier attitudes and better spending habits.
  • Restoreth my soul.  Psalm 23 has always been one of my favorites.  Here I share why.
  • Succumbing to the Darkness.  We talk about light all of the time, but is there something to be celebrated in darkness too?  I'm over at the EDOW blog thinking about why that may be.



What did you enjoy this month?  Any favorites to share?

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