What’s Up Wednesday: January, 2017

What We’re Eating This Week

As I described in this week’s meal plan post, it’s a busier week for my family than usual. Therefore, we’re keeping it pretty simple this week, and eating an easy favorite (spicy peanut noodles), a crock pot soup, chili, and pizza.

What I’m Reminiscing About

The other day, my husband asked our daughter if she remembered the first – and last – birthday party we had for her at our house. It was her second birthday, and since she was born just a few days before Halloween, it was a costume party. She wore her jockey costume, and we invited lots of family and friends, bought WAY too much food, and spent what felt like a lifetime cleaning both before and after the party. Afterward, my husband said, “Never again!” We’ve had her birthday parties at other locations – the local YMCA, a farm, and a nail salon – since then!

Trick-or-treating in the jockey costume
What I’m Loving

The relatively mild winter weather we’ve been having. Sure we’ve had a handful of very cold days and a couple of snow and ice storms, but for most of January and looking ahead to next month, our high temperatures have been in the 30’s and 40’s. For January and February in upstate New York, that’s pretty darn great!

What We’ve Been Up To

I’m working more than usual this winter, since it’s the busiest time of year in my office, and we’re down a full-time staff member. My daughter has gymnastics on Saturday mornings, and Brownies meetings every other week. It’s cookie season, so we’re getting everyone their fix!

 What I’m Dreading

Ugh – my first colonoscopy is scheduled for April. I have a family history of colon cancer on both sides, so I need to start getting screened fairly early. While the procedure itself sounds pretty gross, what I’m really, really, really dreading is the prep. Enough said, right?

What I’m Working On

My current projects include making activity plans for February break, lining up summer vacation plans and summer camps, and getting everything together for our taxes.

What I’m Excited About

Ordering seeds for my garden! I’ve been a little distracted by other things lately, but soon I’ll be going through the catalogs, and placing my order for seeds! I’m going to focus my veggie gardening efforts on tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, and winter squash this year. For flowers, I adore zinnias! I like to plant as many varieties as possible, and fill my kitchen window sill with vases of them all summer. Botanical Interests is my favorite source for veggie and flower seeds.

What I’m Watching/Reading

We don’t have cable or any streaming service, so we’re always WAY behind  on the new shows. My husband recently started us watching The Americans, and I’m loving it!! (We’re still in season one.)

I just finished reading I Am Not Myself These Days, and I’m currently reading The House of the Dead. (You can see all of the books I’m reading, have read, and plan to read in 2017 here.) I’m always slowly working through my huge pile of magazines – The New Yorker, O, Money, Real Simple, and Kiplinger Personal Finance.

What I’m Listening To

Podcasts, of course! The usual suspects – Scavenger Life, Sorta Awesome, Happier With Gretchen Rubin, etc. – plus lots of the Commonwealth Club. The Commonwealth Club interviews so many interesting people, and I added several books to my list after the last few episodes I listened to.

What I’m Wearing

Business casual (slacks and sweaters, mainly) for work, plus jeans, fleece, and cozy sweaters. And I wear my insulated Bogs boots pretty much every time I step outside my house.

What I’m Doing This Weekend

It’s going to be another quiet weekend here. I have a couple of errands to run, and my husband and I are going out to dinner on Saturday.

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month

Valentine’s Day fun, sunset after 5:00, and February break!

What’s up with you??

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

9 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday: January, 2017”

  1. Lot’s going on. We are head down on scholarships. Our school just released all of the local scholarships, and there are a number of national deadlines at the end of this month. It’s a full time job just keeping my teenagers eye on the prize. 🙂

    1. It’s funny that you say that, Brian. My neighbor has a high school senior, and her husband told her not to go back to work until he’s in college, so she can manage all of the applications he’s working on! Good luck!!

  2. Don’t dread your colonoscopy. It’s not worth the stress. I have had billions of them – thanks to all of my digestive issues, not having a large intestine, etc… And honestly, sure, the prep kind of sucks, but it’s not as bad as it used to be… And then you’re put to sleep and the next thing you know, it’s over! I LOVE how proactive you’re being with it though. Colon cancer runs in my family too! My mom gets colonoscopies every 6 months! HA!

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