Well hi there! It’s been a while!
February might be the shortest month, but it’s definitely long here in Canada. The snow just keeps going and going and while we had some great above average days in January (+9 … that never happens!), it’s just downright cold in February. The groundhog said we should have an early spring, but really, my birthday is in March and there is ALWAYS cold and snow. I’m not getting my hopes up.
This month the boy and I started getting out to playgroups and other events for mom and baby. We started to go to the library’s peek-a-boo play, as well as a drop in playtime the next town over. We even had some playdates with some other new moms! I’m such a hermit that I guess it’s kind of nice that baby is getting me out of the house. He’s also a lot more predictable, so it’s easier to get out and run errands with him. We’ve even started going to the library on a regular basis. I can’t wait for him to be big enough to play in the children’s area there — it’s brand new and totally awesome.
I’m still working on the book buying ban and doing surprisingly well. One would think that I would banish all books from coming into the house, but I still can’t pass up freebies. While I’m not overly critical of the free books I get (though I have got some great titles), I’m SUPER critical about the books I’m buying. I’ve bought a few new ones for baby, but when it comes to me buying one, I’ll hum and haw and eventually put it back. I have to get over this whole “must own all the books” idea I have in my head. It’s okay for me to buy books, but I want to really, really want them and not just buy to buy. So far I’ve only bought three books since the beginning of the year!
In fact, I saw this video on YouTube (retweeted by Giselle over at BookNerd Canada!) and told myself I need to watch it weekly as a reminder. It’s a GREAT video that presses on the fact that it’s our mentality that needs to be changed when it comes to buying less books, rather than putting restrictions on ourselves.
The Edmonton Book Bloggers had a meetup this month, which the baby and I attended. It’s always fun to meet up with these ladies! I can’t wait for the summertime when the roads will be a little better for driving. Oh, and the OLYMPICS! How great is Canada? Our athletes are amazing! I’m really not a sports person but I was glued to the TV for the whole two weeks. It was nuts. LO was even decked out in his Team Canada gear on some days, cheering for our team. Hubs and I got up nice and early for the last hockey game and enjoyed every second of it! Sad that it’s over, but at least now our regular TV shows will come back. 🙂
Awesome things I discovered this month:
1. The Starbucks app. SO dangerous. But I love Starbucks and feel that this is necessary. I rarely go, but it’s nice to have an easy payment method for when I do.
2. Zinio. This is a new app from the library. Basically, it’s a ton of magazines that I can read on my iPad for free AND there’s no expiry date. I can go through and bookmark articles or recipes in the magazine to go back to later (great for recipes!). I do love magazines so this is a great way to read them without having them clutter up the house.
3. Adhesive nails. Since having LO I’ve realized that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to paint my nails. Since I hate to wear makeup, it’s nice to have a bit of girly-ness about me. A new mom friend introduced me to adhesive nails which take about the same amount of time to adhere, but no drying time. It’s perfect! And they seem to last a long time. The really, really nice ones are expensive but I’ve only splurged once on a really good set and will watch out for sales from now on.
February is always a hard month for reading … especially since we’re always missing a few days! Seriously, when is the next leap year?
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (review book)
- Something Real by Heather Demetrios (review book)
- Penguins Hate Stuff by Greg Stones (all pictures — definitely not something I’m counting towards my goal!)
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (graphic novel)
- Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock (review book)
- Blankets by Craig Thompson (graphic novel)
- The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4) by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel)
- Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
- Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)
- An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (audio CD with readings — so counting it as a book)
I know, this looks like a lot, BUT I’ve been trying to get to my local library a lot more which means I’ve been reading more graphic novels. While I’m also trying to knock out the physical ARCs I have on my shelves, I’m also trying to just read what I want, when I want — and trying to read books I buy and books that are gifted to me as I get them (I’m not counting freebies — surprisingly, I’ve gotten quite a few so far!). PLUS balancing other things like the piano and baking and crocheting, not to mention spending time with LO and the husband, when I have spare time. It’s actually been kind of nice to not be focused on reading all the time. Feels like a hobby again!
Not a lot of official “mailbox” books, but I did get some goodies this month!
A beautiful baby blanket from the lovely Jenn (@thejennjenn) of Booksessed (Thank you, Jenn!!) as well as a signed copy of Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie courtesy of Quirk Books.
LO got some new Oliver Jeffers books — the boy seriously loves his penguin books. And these books are so cute that it’s okay to read them over and over (and over) again. Not pictured is his newest book How to Catch a Star by — you guessed it — Oliver Jeffers. I tell you, the boy is obsessed.
Some free books I got from another mom in town who was cleaning out her shelves because they’re moving. Some great titles here!
Courtesy of Raincoast Books and Ambur over at Burning Impossibly Bright. Thank you to both of you!
How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?