Pushing Forward Back January/February 2019

January started well. I chose My First Book of the Year. I set 10 Goals As I Approach, and After I Turn, 50. I selected My One Word for 2019. The first Saturday of the month, I took my father out to lunch for his 75th birthday. The first Sunday of the month, I wrote The First Sunday Salon of the Year. By the end of the second week, I read My First Two Books of 2019. Then after a long absence, winter returned — with a vengeance. First, we got a foot of snow and then “dangerously low” wind chills for the fourth and fifth weeks of the month (when this post is published, we are expected to be in the worst of it).

The last weekend of the month, though, was a good one too as I participated in 24in48 and read 2 and 3/4 books over 11 hours. And all four books that I read this month were excellent. They were The Library Book by Susan Orlean, The 7 1/2 Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields by Julia Kasdorf and Steven Rubin, and Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

My wife and I continued to revel in Canadian TV as we watched more Corner Gas (on Amazon Prime) and more Letterkenny (on Hulu). We really didn’t watch a lot of movies, with probably the highlight of the month being a rewatch of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As for music, I haven’t found a lot of new music, with only one highlight, the new album by Deerhunter, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

February begins tomorrow with more of the same: cold, cold, cold. But then the weekend shoots up to 30 degrees (Fahrenheit) and by Sunday, the high is expected to be 42. I looked at the forecast for the month ahead and the highs are in the 30s and even 40s at times, which I’ll gladly endure, but Spring cannot come soon enough at this point.

On the reading front, I start right out of the gate this Sunday with The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon. My wife works two 12 hour shifts on the weekend (Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday) so since she’s sleeping during the day on Sunday, it’s the perfect time for me to read. I did get invited to a Super Bowl party at a neighbor’s, but since I hate the Patriots and I can be honest that I really don’t care for football, I declined. I don’t know yet what I’ll be reading, but I’m going to try to keep the streak of all five-star books alive. I’ll keep you posted here and mostly for the read-a-thon on Sunday on Instagram.

TV and movies? I took a vacation day for Valentine’s Day and Kim and I already have planned the night before as a “drink-a-thon” with a Rifftrax movie or two and maybe a new Mystery Science Theater 3000 and some random TV (probably more Letterkenny) and some other random TV thrown in. Why we’re doing it that way is because she has to work Thursday night into Friday morning, as usual.

As for the rest of the month, who knows? I’ll let you know what I’m doing when it get here.

So how was your month of January? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you looking forward to in February? Share in the comments.

Update, Wednesday night, Jan. 30, 9:12 p.m.: Just received a text about half an hour ago from the director of the library where I work that we’re closed today because of the dangerously low wind chills.

6 thoughts on “Pushing Forward Back January/February 2019

  1. Our sub-Arctic temps are gone but in its place is about 3″ of snow that nobody was prepared for today. Looking forward to those balmy 40-50 degree temps this weekend — and, of course, for The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon. If we do watch the Super Bowl, it’s going to be the DVD of The Greatest Super Bowl ever, which we all know was last year’s. 😉

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  2. It’s pouring down rain today. Some idiots were street racing on my way in so my car got hit with a bunch of rocks. Have to see if there is any damage later. I know the windshield was okay.

    January was a full month. Lots of good organizing took place but reading was pretty non-existent. Started the Tidying Up show on Netflix but cannot binge it. Got to bite that one off in small chunks. I would like to at least rent A Star is Born and Crazy Rich Asians before the Oscars come out. I am always so behind on new releases.

    Today I am supposed to walk to lunch but it’s really coming down. Maybe it will stop by noon. Later we have a dress rehearsal for Oz and then four more shows. We have Super Bowl Sunday totally off though.

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  3. Today is our last day of sub-zero temperatures, so relief is on its way! I feel like I need a bumper sticker or something announcing “I went out in the Polar Vortex of 2019 and survived!”

    I can’t say I am ready for spring because the snow is so pretty, but I am definitely ready for warmer temperatures. The forties predicted for the weekend will feel downright balmy!

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