That’s a wrap: January

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Hi there folks! With January long gone, and February well underway, it was finally time to ‘wrap up’ my January and share some of the things that happened. You know, a bit of an update — to keep me onto my resolutions.

January was, if I can put it this way, a “jam-packed quiet month”. Now you all know I’m not a native speaker, but I do think I used those world correctly. January was so full of things, with nothing really happening. Of course, I got around to doing things… my sister and friend did the infamous ‘Nieuwjaarsduik‘ for the first (and last???) time on January 1st (very proud of them — I won’t do it). I met a friend of mine who got a new puppy. I met up with a friend for some delicious home-style Japanese. I met up with another friend to, well basically… I just met up with friends to eat when I wasn’t working or sleeping (in). Oh my, my life is so extraordinary.

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the smiling fools before diving into the sea when the weather is -5°C

About those resolutions, I wrote them down very clearly. I’m not too sure about the actual outcome. But I’ve decided I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. As long as I’m doing my best and trying to make my day-to-day life better and easier, it’s ok.

The monthly update:
– I read 1 book: ‘All The Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven. (1/14)
– I saw 2 memorable movies: ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘The Lobster’. (2/12)
– I tried 3 new recipes: taco’s, apple-oatmeal-crumble, ‘cajun’ rice and glazed pork. (3/12)

I also got around to take a polaroid, but I’ll get around that instaxchallenge some other time on the blog. Maybe at the end of the year? Yes, let’s do that grand ‘let’s-look-back-on-the-year’-thing this year!

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Now I know it’s all about the “pic’s or it didn’t happen” nowadays, but I’ve been a bit ‘underground’ with the busy times at work. Maybe I’ll share a bit more on the books, movies and food in a little round-up post later. I had some well-needed downtime in January. And then I got a bit down, too. But I’ve held onto the ‘specialities that each month has to offer’-thing.

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my friend’s new pup wins ‘cutest creature of the month’ award

Quote for this month:
“You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

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And here’s what I think is January-exclusive:

  • It’s a new year, new you kind a month. Everything is possible, you just got to set yourself those goals and make the effort to start anew.
  • Snow, if you’re lucky.
  • Bundling up in layers of clothing.
  • Comfort food.
  • Quietness of the new year.
  • Winter skies & it slowly getting more light out each day.

 

Now, half of that list is a bit ‘winter-exclusive’, and not solely for January. But I feel it’s the first month that we can enjoy these things, so it’s a bit ‘special’.

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this brilliant goat-cheese & pear sandwich wins sandwich of the month award

What I’m looking forward to in February? I think the Oscars, and watching a lot of movies because of all these award shows. (I haven’t seen La La Land yet! Nor any of the nominations…Manchester by the Sea? Hidden Figures? Moonlight? Elle? I want to watch them all) February can’t get past quickly enough for me, so please do share if you have any nice things to say about February. You know, even if we’re already halfway :)