Dearest darlingest January,
I want to thank you for being a wonderful month. I normally don’t have favorite months, but it’s going to be pretty hard for the other months to top you. Why were you so wonderful? Well, here are a few reasons:
- I read (or listened to) 11 books. Three of those books were from the Shelf of Doom (The Memory of Love, Rooftops of Tehran, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) and one was from the pile for the Classics Challenge (The Stranger). Unfortunately, February is lagging when it comes to books.
- I sold $75 worth of books to Powells for store credit. And I only bought one book this month. Which means that I’m totally rockin’ my first 12 for 12 goal: Spend less money on books. And I bought that one book from Powells, so I sort of supported goal 2: Spend more time at indies. And with that $75 in credit, I expect to spending more time at indies, even if it is a virtual manifestation. But I’ve been to the real thing, so I can picture it as I surf its online shelves.
- I also made some damn good progress on goal #3: Stop going to Starbucks. I did go to Starbucks once, but it was when I was sick and in Fresno (not that I’m blaming you for my sickness…that’s the fault of my sick co-workers who brought their germs to work). I ordered a large mint tea and the county paid for it…so I figure it doesn’t even count. I did cave and buy a latte one morning on the way to work, but it was from a local coffee shop, so I’m not counting that lapse, either. So…sayonara Starbucks!
I also planned some excursions for Febraury, so I should have some fun things to thank February for, too.
Usually, you’re a cold, rainy month, but for some reason you decided to be exceptionally sunny and warm this year. So even though we need the rain (maybe February can deliver?), the warm weather was appreciated and I took full advantage of it by going on some fun hikes and walks. I’ve seen parts of the county I never even knew about, and I’ve lived here for 36 years! And the sunsets! Dude, you’ve outdone yourself:
And then there’s the new job…that’s another reason why you, January, are going to be a banner month. For the first time in a mighty long time, I’m actually enjoying my job. And I’m accomplishing stuff (sometimes bureaucracies make it really hard to get stuff done…it’s sad, but true).
Anyhoosie, I just had to thank you for being such an awesome month. Maybe you could put in a word for me with the other months? Because I’d love to have the year continue like this.