What I Didn’t Like About January
- Not light until 7:30 a.m.
- No evenings out – concerts or movies – nothing compelling to see
- Being cold in my office every day (very drafty and unfixable)
- Painful cracks in my thumbs from dry skin
- Having to dispute a credit card charge – the merchant would not admit they made an error
- iTunes crashed and I had to reinstall my music from a backup
- Forgot to watch Grammy Awards
- Withdrawal pangs from not eating candy
^^ surprisingly short list ^^
What I Liked About January
Big news! Rom got his notice to write the Canadian citizenship test! After two weeks of feverish studying, he aced the test and will be taking his oath of citizenship in March or April. He will become a dual Canada/UK citizen. The process will have taken less than 4.5 years from the time he moved here to become a permanent resident. We were expecting 6 years. I can’t wait to see him sworn in!
Snow Days! The library closes maybe once a year when we have a really bad snow storm. This month, the library and most other businesses closed down THREE TIMES due to blizzards! I had two full days off work, and another day was sent home at 3 o’clock. I felt just like a kid being let off school. Rom struggled more because he had to go to work all those days, but he was dismissed early too, and had to make his way home in the storms. I definitely got the better deal.
Not Buying Stuff – I spend very little in January and February, and this year has been no exception. I adjusted my automatic savings upwards. I went to the mall twice with Rom and didn’t buy anything! And had 11 No Spend Days. I suppose the blizzards helped with that.
Buying Stuff – When I did spend money, I was happy about it. I bought new workout sneakers, a helmet for skating, and a very warm winter scarf. I found a substitute for the lanolin I had been using as a hair gel – I have switched to 100% shea butter (so far, so good). And I bought my mom her first flash drive!
Being Outdoors – I’ve already posted about my daily walks, and I have loved being outside in the winter sunshine.
Ice Time – It was fun to lace up again and get back on the ice! I have some flexibility in my work schedule so I can go during the day. In January there were never more than 20 people at the rink, and one day there were only two of us! I learned to skate on figure skates and now use recreational skates so I’ve been working on doing a proper “hockey stop” – the one in which you send up a spray of shaved ice! – and how to corner lower and faster.
List Mania – I love year-end when the music sites post their top albums of the year. I caught up on new releases by some of my favourite bands like Cults, Sleigh Bells, Franz Ferdinand, Washed Out, and Janelle Monae. I bought about 10 albums last year. My favourites were Comedown Machine by The Strokes, and Acknowledge, Acknowledge by local band The Motorleague.
Good Viewing – This month I watched Season 2 of Downton Abbey, the heart-warming music documentary Searching for Sugarman, and the rather tragic film Albert Nobbs.
And despite the lack of concerts and movie nights, I got out for one lunch, one book club meeting, the annual opening festivities for African Heritage Month, and a lecture on climate change 🙂
How was your January?