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As promised, here is my February recap of my progress toward achieving my New Year's Resolutions. Sadly, it was a slower month in some respects, but not something I can't recover from overall.

1. Meet a neighbor and remember their name beyond that one meeting
Nada. I really think this one is going to be a spring or summer sort of resolution when people are more amenable to being outside and the like.

2. Read 20 books
Well I read three last month and we can now add Max Brooks' World War Z to the list. I'm also 80% of the way through Chuck Klosterman's Eating the Dinosaur (which I plan to finish this week). Technically, I could add Ann Droyd's Goodnight iPad, but that's more along the lines of a kids book so maybe that counts for only a fraction of a whole. Perhaps, after this week, we'll call it 5.25 books down. Deal?

Next on the list is Max Barry's Jennifer Government.

3. Listen to one new band per month
Back in December and January, I started building a list of artists I was planning to use for this resolution based on the release dates of their albums. According to that list, this month's artist should have been Fun. I was a big fan of their song "We Are Young," but I got a bit burned out by it and never picked up the album.

However, I did stick on a "young" theme by picking up an album from singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs (yes, I realize it sounds like the S should be on Owen and not Young, but this is correct). I went into iTunes and looked at some of their best selling independent albums and found that she had a new album come out in early February. But instead of running with that one, I picked up her prior album Transmitter Failure from 2010. It was very highly rated and was a couple bucks cheaper than her new album. I really like it! Typically, when I think "singer/songwriter," I have this preconceived notion of it automatically sounding folksy or bluesy, but Jenny tears it up on several tracks with her guitar and has a full band supporting her. I'd recommend "Led to the Sea" and "Here is a Heart." Safe to say I'll be going in and checking out her other two albums sometime soon.

4. Finish watching through season 5 of Doctor Who
I have now finished the final three episodes of season 1 and am actually soon to start my fourth episode of season 2. And, as much as I loved Christopher Eccleston in the role of the Doctor, I really took a very quick liking to David Tennant. Wow! He's made this second season very fun, indeed!

On a related aside, I started watching the BBC's Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. If you have a chance, check it out. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Each of the two seasons (or "series" as they're called across the pond) is only three episodes and the two stars are truly fantastic. Plus, it's available on Netflix Instant Watch. Well, series 1 is anyway.

5. Learn how to make homemade pasta.
Nothing on this front.

6. Try one new recipe per week
Without going into too much detail, this one went on the backburner in February. Why? Because both Katie and I were sick at alternating times and comfort food was about the only thing we wanted to truly eat. I don't think it's fair to new recipes to try them when you're sick. You're less likely to truly enjoy them and then have a bad impression of them that might kill your desire to ever try them again.

I will say, however, that I did try sushi again this past month. Twice. And I liked it a lot both times. Yeah, sushi was one that suffered because I got sick around when I ate it and it lost all appeal.

Oh, and I also had my first ever oyster last night. It was a Naked Cowboy oyster from Hugo's Frog Bar in Naperville.

Naked Cowboy

I really enjoyed it! Thanks, Dad!

7. Continue my 365 days of photography challenges
While I did continue my Insty366 without a problem, the Friends Photo-a-Day Challenge I committed to on February 1 didn't really go as well as I'd hoped. I'm a day or two behind on it and haven't decided quite yet if I plan to finish it or not. From here on out, I'm sticking to just one challenge and that's the Insty366. It is the one I most enjoy.

8. Post monthly updates on my progress
I got this one covered.

Not as ideal in the progress as I'd like to be, but not entirely terrible. We can easily make up for the lack of new recipes by just trying several extra in the next month. We'll see how it goes. Stay tuned!

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