February 2013 Round-Up

Happy last day of February! It's time for my monthly round-up. (You can find my other round-ups here.)

What I Read...
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: This book was one of the most intriguing and yet disturbing books I've ever read. Offred, the book's narrator, is a "handmaid" to a wealthy, powerful family and is only valued for her ability to have children. The Handmaid's Tale was absolutely chilling at certain points, but it's a book I'm glad I read.
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See: I usually enjoy See's books, even though none of her later books compare to Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for me. I was a little nervous to read this one because I didn't like her previous book (Shanghai Girls) as much. However, I'm glad I read Dreams of Joy because the story was fascinating, and I learned a lot about the early days of Communist China in the process.
What I Watched...
  • Argo: I saw this movie early in the month after hearing all the buzz after the Golden Globes. It was a great movie, and I'm glad it won Best Picture at the Oscars.
  • Casablanca & Rebecca: I love Oscar month on TCM! I was able to catch both of these movies this month, and I still have a few movies DVRed for later.
  • I Capture the Castle & Felicity (Season 1): I've been working my library card out since the beginning of the year, checking out movies and TV shows (and books) that sound interesting.
  • Downton Abbey: The third season ended this month — too soon if you ask me. There were lots of changes this season, and most of them weren't for the best (RIP Sybil and Matthew). I'm still looking forward to rewatching the season on DVD.
  • TV: I also watched Castle, Grey's Anatomy, and Bunheads.
What I Want to Remember...
  • Spending the weekend with the whole family earlier in the month. The game didn't quite work out, but we had a lot of fun together. I loved making breakfast for everyone on Saturday morning, and it was wonderful to go out to County Line again.
  • Driving out to Georgetown one Saturday afternoon to look around the square and shop at some of the antique stores. I'm so glad I found a few things too.
  • Watching the Puppy Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday — it never gets old!
  • Enjoying the wonderful dishes at our February office potluck.
  • Rediscovering the joys of the public library. It's exciting to pick out great books and movies and enjoy them for free.
  • Buying some white chocolate M&Ms for the first time since last year.
  • Making progress on my cross-stitch project and 2011 album.
  • Baking chocolate chip banana muffins and bread for the office. When life gives you ripe bananas, you make banana bread.
  • Seeing the Longhorns come from 22 points behind to beat OU. Any time you beat OU, it's a good day.
What I'd Like to Forget...
  • Falling down hard while trying to put my new IKEA bookcase in my car.
  • Having my hairdryer stop working on a super cold night.
  • The craziness that ensued around my apartment in the hours after the Super Bowl. Some of my neighbors must have been enjoying themselves a little too much and decided kicking my trash can across the breezeway was a good idea. Then my next-door neighbors decided to have a yelling match. Fun times.

About My Monthly Round-Ups
At the end of each month, I take a look back and write a post about the month's highlights, as well as what I read and watched. To see all of my round-up posts, visit this page.



Listening to the Les Misérables soundtrack every chance I get. I burned a CD for the first time in years so I could listen to in my car and loaded it to my iPhone for work listening.

Looking forward to using a new hair dryer. My old one suddenly stopped working last night — fortunately, I had already dried most of my hair.

Relieved the wind has died down from yesterday. It was eerie sitting in our office with the wind whistling outside. Hopefully the fires around town have been contained as well.

Teaching myself InDesign using online videos.

Thinking this sweatshirt would be really cute.

Dreaming of fields of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes — it's not too long now!

Reading Dreams of Joy by Lisa See.

Still loving Adele's Skyfall. I'm so happy she won the Oscar on Sunday.

Disappointed the South Congress food trailers are closing.

Planning several future blog posts. Hopefully they will move from the "that would be fun to write about" stage to the published stage soon.

Excited that both of my favorite sports (Aly Raisman for gymnastics and Dorothy Hamill for figure skating) will be represented on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. Darn you, DWTS — you always pull me back in any time I think about giving you up.

Enjoying this sweet video of babies and puppies.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Project 365 | Week 8

Happy Sunday, everyone! It's hard to believe I've already completed week 8 of my Project 365 for 2013. Nothing too big this week, so we'll just get to the pictures.

Office building

Heading back to work after lunch.

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

This video has been making the rounds recently, so you may have already seen it. However, I just had to share it because I think it's really cute.

Not cool, Robert Frost!

Project 365 | Week 7

It was another fairly normal week around here. I was around home and work most of the week but finally made it back to Curves after a two-week absence. On Saturday, I drove up to Georgetown to shop at the different stores on the square. I was disappointed to see that the bookstore I visited last time is no longer there, but I found enough to keep me occupied for a couple of hours. I even bought a few things — a cute Eiffel Tower print and two ValueTales biographies. All in all, it was a good week.


I love having my globe on the sofa table.

Project 365 | Week 6

Another week has come and gone. This week was marked with an office potluck on Thursday (always a treat) and a visit from the whole family this weekend. They came down for the UT vs. Oklahoma State basketball game, and while the game didn't go that well, we had a good time together. We ate lots of great food (probably too much of it), shopped at a few places, and worked on a few projects around my place.

Reading in bed

Reading in bed (I'm currently reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.)

Project 365 | Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of Project 365! This past week was a rather ordinary one for me, so none of my pictures are really that exciting. Perhaps the most eventful part of my week was shopping at IKEA, where I bought a new bookcase for my office. The bookcase was a little heavy, though, so I fell while attempting to load it in my car. I did eventually enlist someone to put it in the back of my car, but it's going to stay there until my family comes this weekend. :)

Editing pictures

Editing pictures on my computer.

January 2013 Round-Up

January seemed like such a fast month for me, and since February is now here, it's time for my January round-up. (You can see my other round-ups by visiting this page.)

What I Read...
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: I love a good Kate Morton book, and this one did not disappoint. The book took place primarily in 1940s London, which is always such a fascinating time period to read about. It was definitely a great Christmas present.
  • Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy: I watched the movie Circle of Friends many years ago, but it just doesn't compare to the book, which is much richer in the descriptions of the characters and the setting. It was a long book, but after I finished, I found myself really missing Benny, Eve, and all of their friends.
What I Watched...
  • Lincoln: I finally had the chance to see this the weekend after I returned from my Christmas holidays. Daniel Day-Lewis' performance was amazing.
  • Somewhere in Time: I had seen parts of this movie on TV but finally had the chance to see all of it when I checked it out from the library. I enjoyed it, even if the ending freaked me out a little bit.
  • National Championships: The last full week of January was all about skating. It was great to watch some of the earlier competitions on my computer (hooked up to the TV) and then spend last weekend watching everything on NBC. Gracie Gold's free skate and both of Davis and White's programs were highlights.
  • TV: I continued to enjoy watching Castle, Grey's Anatomy, and Parenthood and loved having Downton Abbey and Bunheads return.
What I Want to Remember...
  • Meeting Max, Paul and Esther's new puppy.
  • Watching the Austin Grand Prix swim meet at UT. It was neat to see Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, and other Olympians compete right in front of me.
  • Completing one month of Project 365. Only 11 more to go!
  • Spending a Saturday afternoon downtown, eating lunch at Whole Foods and shopping.
  • Watching President Barack Obama's inauguration on TV.
  • Finishing my Project Life album for 2012.
  • Buying a box of Thin Mints from a little Girl Scout who came to our office.
  • Beginning my cross-stitch project (I still have a long way to go).
  • Getting back into my everyday routine with work, handbells, exercise, etc.

About My Monthly Round-Ups
At the end of each month, I take a look back and write a post about the month's highlights, as well as what I read and watched. To see all of my round-up posts, visit this page.