Month in Review / January 2016

Monday, 1 February 2016

January is basically the Monday of the year to everyone - most folks just aren't a fan and it leaves everyone feeling a bit down after the holiday festivities of December.  I've never really been that bothered by it, although the going back to work after time off part is always awful.

My month and my 2016 started off on a pretty high note; I passed my driving test!  I've been driving to work for a couple of weeks now and although I have the same old problems being unhappy at work, I feel so much more energetic and cheerful in the evenings because I'm not wasting so much of my time commuting any more.  The Other Half and I also celebrated our 6 year anniversary, oh how time flies!

I was (and still am) a little bit off my game with posts this month just due to being busy and distracted and having run out of scheduled ones.  The driving was a bit mentally exhausting to start with since my first experiences of driving alone were in rush hour in the dark with ice, and on top of that I've also been firing up a lot of job applications which hasn't left me super enthusiastic about writing after spending ages doing it every weekend anyway.  The job hunt hasn't been the best, but I just have to keep reminding myself that although I hate my current job, I'm otherwise under no major pressure to find a new one since I'm lucky enough to have a income coming in already.

Other than that, there's not really a whole lot to report, although we do have a few fun plans coming up in the next month or so and I have plenty of blog posts planned too.

Post of the month: .You don't have to make weight loss a New Year's Resolution.

Films & TV...
  • We started watching the Amazon original series Hand of God; we're enjoying it but the episodes are quite long and it's a pretty intense show!
  • The OH is obsessed with Doc Martin so we've watched the couple of most recent seasons of that this month too and now we've gone back to watch the first ones.  Talk about old school ITV programme.
  • We went to see The Revenant, which although I thought it was a great movie and really enjoyed it, like many films that get nominated for lots of Oscars it's probably not one I can see myself dying to watch again any time soon.
  •  I saw Bladerunner years ago at school for what I think was a media class, and we watched it again the other day.  I love the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? but the movie equivalent just isn't the same.  I know it's pretty popular and highly regarded but I honestly had no idea what was even going on through half of it.
Edible things...
  •  I ate way too much vegan Christmas chocolate.  Enough said.
  • I haven't been cooking many super interesting things this month, but I did eat out twice - once enjoying some of the great vegan options at Yo Sushi!, and again at Jamie's Italian for our anniversary.  
  • I finally got some nutritional yeast so tried my hand at my first tofu scramble and making a 'cheesy' sauce for a leek and potato pie.  Both pretty darn good!
Worth a read or watch...
So far, so good for 2016.  I haven't experienced the January Blues so to speak, so let's hope February continues to be pretty great.

How was your January?

1 comment

  1. Well done for passing your driving test, Steph! And congratulations on your six-year anniversary :) xx



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