So it’s a new year, and there are always things we set out to do when January 1 rolls around. Most of my upcoming projects have been simmering in the back of my mind, or the stuff has been waiting for me to have time to get to it, and now that the holidays are over that time is looming.
- Furniture- I rescued a nightstand from the snow by my building’s dumpster. It was in great shape, with just a few scratches and joints that needed tightening. I started sanding it today, and will re-stain to a darker, redder shade.
- Cooking- I got an Irish cookbook for Christmas. I’m not that great at cooking, but the recipes in the book are easy to follow, and don’t call for hard to find ingredients. I plan to do more cooking and baking this year.
- Cleaning- I participate Apartment Therapy’s January Cure every year to help get my apartment looking just a little spiffier. The first assignment for it was to thoroughly sweep and vacuum all the floors, so that’s what I spent part of the morning doing. It’s amazing the difference it made.
- Photo Book- I make photo books of my trips and I haven’t put my photographs from Scotland into a book yet. I will take care of that this month.
- Crocheting- After I finished my last big crochet project, I bought some new yarn for another blanket. That was a few months ago, and I haven’t begun the new blanket yet. I plan to start that this month, too.
- Restaurants- This is more of a yearlong thing. There are all these wonderful restaurants and pubs around town, and I haven’t been to very many of them. I want to change that this year. I started by going to Ploughshare with a friend last night. It’s less of a restaurant and more of a brewery, but the food was wonderful and the beer was better.
- Reading Challenge- My Goodreads goal for 2015 was 50 books, and I ended up reading 52. My 2016 goal is 55. Not a big step up, but I can always read more if I want to.
- Travel- I haven’t figured out when I’m going yet, but I think my next trip abroad is going to be to Ireland. I want to go to Cork, and some spots on the western coast, particularly Galway, Doolin, and the Aran Islands.
I’ve picked the books I’m going to start the year out with. I’ve had Colm Tóibín’s Story of the Night on my mind for a while, so that’s first up. Then I’m going to work on Arthur’s Britain by Leslie Alcock. It’s less of a tale of King Arthur, and more a history of Post-Roman Britain.
I use Overdrive to connect my Nook to my local library. Whenever one of the titles I have on hold becomes available, it’s automatically checked out to me. This means I often end up switching from one book to another to finish the ebook before the checkout period expires. It can be a little annoying, but it does get to me to try those ebooks out right away. Right now, Aislinn Hunter’s The World Before Us is on my Nook. I know next to nothing about it, so it’ll be interesting to see what the story is all about.
And one last thing- my friend started her new book blog today, so take a look and follow her if you feel so inclined. Please and thank you!