What I didn’t like about February:
- Luna the Cat chewed several large holes in my newest scarf – I can’t leave stuff alone for a minute before she eats it!
- A bit short on fun
^^ shortest list ever^^
What I liked about February:
Work got ratcheted up. We are planning a library renovation which was to have taken 9 months. Now the time line has been accelerated and it is to be completed in 4 months. I will be in high gear until then. But it’s exciting work and the results will be so visible! I’ve always been thankful I was introduced to drafting in school and I know my way around “blueprints.” I was able to send the designer suggestions in the form of scale drawings, which she incorporated in the plan. I’m hoping the library will be highly functional and not just pretty.
This was African Heritage Month, which always keeps us going full-tilt at the library. We put on lots of programs. My favourite was an art exhibit on the subject of the objectification of Black women, by 5 African Nova Scotian woman artists. Unbeknownst to us, most of the works were nudes. Our public thought the art show was striking and it got nothing but compliments, which made me very happy.
My biggest chunk of work this month was for my volunteer job, though. I am a treasurer, and it is tax time! Charitable donation tax receipts had to be issued to a large number of people by February 28, and I communicated with most of them individually by email throughout the month. I haven’t been in my volunteer position for a year yet, so this was my first tax season – a learning experience! (I have yet to file my own taxes, but the deadline is April 30).
I took on the extra task of helping my brother select a new computer this month, set it up for him and transferred over his iTunes media. I enjoyed it, and gained a working knowledge of Windows 8 in the process!
To balance out all that work, I stayed active and spent time outdoors, as I did in January. It’s had an amazing effect on my sense of well-being. And as a side effect, I finally got back to my pre-holiday weight. (There are clothes I hadn’t been able to wear since about Dec 15!) Was it worth it to work out for two months for a few weeks of over-indulgence? Yes! It’s natural to gain some padding for the upcoming cold winter and rebalance later. Maybe when it starts taking me 4 months instead of 2 to rebound, I will change my ways. But not yet.
My tally for February was 12 home workouts, 7 sessions of skating at the rink, 90 km walking to and from work all month, and quite a bit of snow shovelling to top it off!
Rom and I have a deal for Valentine’s Day. We go out sometime that week, but not on the 14th. Especially for meals out, we don’t like going on busy holidays – restaurant staff are expected to crank as many people through as possible. So we went to see The LEGO Movie on a weeknight, and went for dinner another evening. My parents are part of a crew that organize a Valentine’s coffee party every year, so we always attend with them, and celebrate Valentine’s Day with the family. Link got a special care package.
I saw one more movie this month – I supervised Teen Night at work several times, and we had a screening of Akeelah and the Bee, which I hadn’t seen before (but most of the teens had). They can be a demanding lot and I was pleasantly surprised at how much they engaged with the story. Well, in between texting and throwing popcorn, of course.
I got hold of a copy of Game of Thrones Season 3 on DVD, just released. I hadn’t seen it earlier and managed to keep up a total media ban. So I am once again in the thrall of the Seven Kingdoms! I don’t get HBO so before long I will be out of the loop on Season 4 as well.
I made no progress on my other goals this month, and only the most rudimentary housework has been done (except for cooking). But I did make time to read, and I’ll report on that tomorrow!
How was your February?