Monkeys and Things

Hi Steffibun! Today’s post comes to you in four parts.

Part one: happy Chinese New Year! This year it’s the year of the monkey and I know this because there’s lots of crocheted monkeys around.

 

I made my own too! The pattern was meant for thin yarn but I don’t use thin yarn so my monkey is huge. Lookit his face!

Part two: something that makes me and Grayson very old. We go see movies well after their release date, on Saturdays, in the mornings. Not only is the cost only $12.50, but there’s no one else there and we love it. We went to see The Revenant last Saturday (not recommended, but it’s part of my 101 in 1001 and Leo) and there were only some old people who showed up. We also saw Inside Out on a quiet Saturday morning. Oh! And speaking of movies, you have seen the Martian, right? You have to if you haven’t! We rented it on the PSN and it was totally worth the $6 to stay home and watch it from our couch with pizza.

Part three: is something that was on Dear Hank & John. I love listening to their podcast and on a recent episode they were talking about code-switching. Grayson had to explain it to me:

In linguistics, codeswitching occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation

And he observes me doing this anytime I am around my family. We don this weird accent and say weird things. It’s not something I do consciously, but I love it and I love that we have something unique that brings us together.

Part four: reading updates! Let me just start by saying that so far this year, I finished Felicia’s book and Tyler’s book and I’m starting on a third book. And it’s not even 2 months into the year yet! And those aren’t on my challenge list because I was already reading them beforehand. So I am on track to read FOURTEEN books this year.

Here’s the ones I’m adding to my list based on your suggestions:
A book published before you were born: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
A book chosen by your BFF: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
A book you can read in a day: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
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Currently reading: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith pg 80

And for your book, Grayson suggests you read Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth series) by Terry Goodkind. I suggest you read it too because he’s been telling me forever to read it and I will, eventually.

kluhyoubai

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New Years!

Hi Kara,

Happy New Year! Today is the most wonderful day of the year. Do you know why? Because today is Changing Hand’s Customer Appreciation Day! Where nearly the whole store is 25% off! And you bet your ass I’m there right now (because I’m writing this in advance (because seriously, it’s 25% off (that’s ONE IN EVERY FOUR BOOKS FREE IF THEY’RE THE SAME PRICE!!))).

 

Me today. The real today, not the day I wrote this.

 
2016 is looking to be a good year. We begin with our rescheduled trip to Orlando, a week of relaxation in August for my mom’s 60th birthday (!! the woman doesn’t look a day over 45, I am going to look like a gd baby when I get older), two weeks in Japan for our honeymoon in October/November, and a new HP film!!

Now, I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never done them because I never stick to them and I genuinely think that if you want to make a change, you shouldn’t wait until some arbitrary “change” day. But, I thought I would be a sheep this year because I want to make 2016 a better year than 2015, which was a really hard year (even though it ended rather beautifully).

So here are my New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Floss. I want to floss more. I’d like to try going all of January flossing every single day. We’ll see how I do.
  2. Get off my phone. I will be on my phone even when there’s nothing
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    So pretty

    to see, or nothing I want to see. And truthfully, most of what’s on my social media (primarily Instagram, where I haven’t done a big enough purge yet) is stuff that I just don’t care about. I want to start taking that time away from my phone and use it for stuff that makes me happy. Like reading or spending time with Andrew. (I also wish that I could have my Motorola Razr back. It was pink with flowers on it.)
  3. Get my ass back in the gym. All of October and November, I was going to my gym at least twice a week. I’d like to do that again.
  4. This is something I’ve already determined. This is the year that I WILL NOT GET SICK, FOR FUCKS SAKE. No illnesses. No ruined trips.
  5. To do this: I will focus my time on being less stressed. There are stresses that I can’t control and those that I can. I will focus a lot of energy this year on staying less stressed. Which means more time at home, keeping my house tidy, saying no to things I don’t want to do, etc. I want to be happy and stress-free this year.
  6. In 2015, I doubled the amount of books I read in 2014. I don’t know if its feasible for me to double it again (because that would be 36 books in a year), but I would like to at least hit 20. I wouldn’t be proud if I hit 20, I would be proud if I hit 25, but if I get to 20 I will at least not feel like a worthless piece of shit.

These are my new years resolutions!  Let’s hope that 2016, my first married year, will be my favorite year.

  
To the furthest star and back,