November 2015 Wrap-Up: Keeping Up….Kind Of
November 30, 2015
November hasn’t felt quite as hectic as October, but it’s still been busy, and I still don’t feel quite caught up. I’m not sure I’ll achieve that caught up feeling in December, but we’ll give it a whirl! Here’s what’s been happening:
- I finally have a ceiling in my bathroom again after two months! The bathroom isn’t finished yet, but I am so relieved that there is a ceiling once again!
- What was estimated to be a 1-5 inch snowfall ended up being over a foot the weekend before Thanksgiving! I may not be a fan of the cold, but I so love snow (especially if I don’t have to drive in it). It had melted a few days later, but I enjoyed it while it lasted!
- My friend Tiffany won a wine tasting that she used to celebrate her 40th birthday! We had a great time, and even followed up the event with a fun dinner out with the girls!
- I took my 10 year old niece Caytee shopping for her birthday. It’s become a new tradition for us, and I LOVE it!!!! We always have a blast, and I love that right now she enjoys spending time with me!
- My family celebrated the circle of life one weekend with both a memorial and a baby shower. It is the side of the family that I don’t get the chance to see quite as often, and it was great to be able to spend time with everyone. It was interesting to have such a wide range of experiences in one weekend.
- My nephew has been asking repeatedly for me to go to another one of his hockey games (unfortunately his aunt is not a morning person on the weekends, and had to wait for a weekend with an afternoon game). It’s been so fun to see him grow in his skills and excitement for the game! I will be going again next weekend!
- I had a 12 hour day of Parent-Teacher Conferences followed by a short 4 hour day of them. They went relatively smoothly, and it was nice to then have the rest of the Thanksgiving week off.
- Thanksgiving was a quiet event at my parent’s house this year. Although it was low key and fun, I did miss seeing my extended family. This is my favorite snapshot from the day (I love when my nephew snuggles up with my mom):
- Thanksgiving weekend was fun with Black Friday shopping (late in the afternoon), the kickoff of the 12 Beers of Christmas (even though I am so not a beer drinker, I can go out and support my friends), a train pub crawl, a happy hour with friends, and a sushi dinner with some other friends. It was great to be able to spend so much time with friends (and I still managed to get a lot of downtime in as well). I had a spectacular Thanksgiving weekend!
- Number of Books Read: 9 (I was so close on a couple more actually……)
- Most Popular Post: As always it is my Book Club Blowout for Big Little Lies
- Books Reviewed: Everything, Everything, The Porcupine of Truth, Brave Enough, Slaughterhouse 90210, Gorge, Humans of New York Stories, Little Victories
- Top Ten Tuesday: Sophomore Novels I’m Looking Forward To, Movie Adaptations I Need To See, Favorite Book Quotes 2015, Feeling Thankful
- Nonfiction November Posts (Other than book reviews): Nonfiction November Intro, Fiction/Nonfiction Pairings
- Other Posts: #PotterBinge
- I attended the release event for White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen hosted by The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL. Renee was delightful as usual, and the book was wonderful (review coming soon)! Thanks to my friend Sharon who is always willing to go to book events with me! Here’s a snapshot from the event (the woman who took our photos was not the best photographer and this was is actually the best of the bunch):
- I am currently hosting a giveaway for The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy. Hurry up and enter before the contest closes!
- I had the best time participating in Nonfiction November hosted in part by Katie at Doing Dewey. I was able to connect with some new readers and bloggers while reading a bunch of great nonfiction. Although I did not finish 3 of the books I started (not that they were terrible, but they just didn’t click for me at this time), I was happy with the reading I did get in. I can’t wait to participate next year. In the meantime, I encourage all of you to check out Katie’s blog, especially if you love nonfiction.
- I started writing out my Christmas cards. For those of you who know me well, I spend a huge amount of time with my cards, letting people know what they mean to me and how they are special (and you would be surprised at how a few kind words can truly make a difference in someone’s day). This is no small task (last year I wrote out about 120 cards), and I am running far behind from where I was at this time last year. Fingers crossed I have some good card-writing mojo this week!
What was the highlight of your month?