I hate to say it, but this month really sucked, ya’ll. Work has been incredibly stressful and after being out sick for a week, it became that much more stressful. Right. Plus, I was sick forever which is never fun. Because of it, I had to miss out on plans with friends, a couples massage with my hubby for Valentines, book club, and I was still sick on his birthday too so he ended up having to cook for himself and was still sleeping in the guest room in hopes of self preservation.
I am trying to find the light, though, and focus on what good there has been this month. Because of my illness, I was able to read a lot. My books this month were Spook by Mary Roach, Bonk by Mary Roach, and I’ve started the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Clearly, I really enjoy Mary Roach’s snarky, scientific writing. She’s provocative, honest and real which I found so refreshing that I just kept looking for her books. She does have a couple I still haven’t read, but by the end of the month I was ready for a change. Outlander is spectacular. I’ve seen the television show already and thoroughly enjoyed it – so far the book and show line up quite well with each other, but, of course, the book is better. I am loving the insight and thoughtfulness that the book is able to provide, something television and film rarely really get right.
I also spent a lot of time listening to music. Not just any music, though, Broadway music. Specifically, the soundtrack to Hamilton. Clever, fun, informative, and relatable are not words I ever thought I’d attribute to anything about early American history… but Hamilton does it! Someday, I will see the show. Probably a mediocre band of performers from a local theater group, but I will see it. And I will know every song by heart when I do. Probably because it’s the only thing I’ve listened to all month.
Before getting sick, hubster and I did make it to the movies to see Hidden Figures. I loved everything about this movie – the characters, the set and costumes, the story, the significance of a story like this in times like this… So. Good. If you haven’t see this yet, go now! Take your daughters, your sisters, your mom… any woman you can find (men, I suppose, should also see it. It’s just so, so important for women to see right now).
I have also discovered a new snack food that I am super obsessed with. Harvest Snaps are surprisingly amazing. I picked up a couple bags on a whim when I was grocery shopping and fell in love. Or, in obsession. They have the consistency of a Cheeto, but don’t have all the nasty artificial crap on them. My favorite flavors are the tomato basil lentil beans and the lightly salted snap peas. Mmm…. so yummy. And if you try really hard, you can convince yourself they are healthy. *grin*
Finally, now that I am feeling better, hubster and I are working on making up for missing his birthday and Valentine’s Day! We’ll be making fondue and eating cake all weekend long! It’s not quite the same, but at least there is cake!
And there you have it! February was hard but not wholly unpleasant. Just remember to look for the good things even when you’re not feeling the good things. <3