What’s Been Happening
Ohh ya know… I can’t fake it anymore. Guess what? We made a little announcement on Facebook a few days before Christmas… Merry Christmas from our family of THREE! EEEEE!
I’m due in May [and can hardly believe I’ve kept it a secret online all this time, hence all the vague “it’s been a busy month” references this fall] and we just found out that the baby is a BOY!
In the midst of this excitement, we had a great Christmas with both our families and have had a nice nearly two weeks’ off from before Christmas to January 4th. So relaxing. After Christmas, I did some baby shopping/browsing… so fun! 🙂 I even found an ergobaby carrier for 50% off at Target. You better believe I snatched that up! I also did a lot of reading to meet my yearly reading goal [see below] but I realize that’s not nearly as exciting for most people. Hehehe!
We also ran a 5k in downtown Nashville… there was even hot chocolate after the race! 🙂
What I’m Reading
In December, I read/listened to 10 books–just enough to meet my goal of reading 120 books for the year! You can, as always, find my reviews on Goodreads. 🙂
My favorite book was In The Woods–I think I’m going to like that series! The Distant Hours by Kate Morton was also good, but slow. A great audiobook was The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, about a murder in 1860 England. Kinda creepy at times though, so you may not want to listen late at night. 🙂
Some great articles I’ve read online this month include:
- How it Became so Easy to Ignore the Poor – so sad, so true. In high school and college I had several friends who were quite involved with homeless ministries, but it’s hard to do this quite as much in the post-college, full-time job life…
- The Myth of Easy Cooking – yes! I’ve been trying to simplify things for myself but it’s challenging for sure.
- Remember ebola? So sad to read about how some of the ebola workers in Liberia are being treated now…
- On hunger and homelessness for college students:Q. A lot of people might look at the issue of food insecurity among college students and say, “So what? I lived on ramen noodles during college — this isn’t a problem, it’s a rite of passage.” Is that a valid point, or does it misunderstand the issue?A. No! That shouldn’t even be something that someone says — “Well, everyone has to struggle.” No. You should not. That should not be the life.
- After college, I worked with the campus ministry Cru at Ohio University. This was a recent article in the student newspaper about a non-Christian visiting the weekly meeting. This is why I worked with Cru, for sure! I still miss it.
- What makes a Mexican restaurant good… mmm, now I’m hungry. 🙂
- Hallmark Christmas movies… guilty pleasures no more!
- I wouldn’t consider myself “insanely healthy” but I already do a lot of these, but some of them would be good to aspire to! 10 things insanely healthy people do before 9 am.
- Maternity leave policies in the US hurt working moms… ugh. There are so many articles like this… so depressing. America’s values are depressing! And I have a very flexible work schedule and a relatively family-friendly employer [I just say “relatively” because we don’t get some of the extra bonus maternity/paternity leave, or a daycare on site, etc. but truly, I probably couldn’t ask for a better work situation].
What I’ve Been Cooking
This year, we didn’t make tons of Christmas cookies. I made these awesome No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars, Sugar Cookies, and Cranberry Cookies. Other than that, I don’t think I cooked very much… lots of Christmas events and such. I plan to cook a lot more in January! 🙂
What’s on the Blog
My most new popular recipe in December was Cheesy Southwest Farro. This will be on our menu again soon!
What were you into in December?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.