Walk all over you...

It's time for another mixed bag review of my month's worth of progress toward my New Year's Resolutions.

Ready? Set? Go!

1. Meet a neighbor and remember their name beyond that one meeting
I have to admit that this was a resolution I didn't think I would be able to complete. And yet, by pure accident, I met a woman who lives three doors up named Taiko. She came by when I was working on stripping the finish off the dresser and nightstand for the nursery. She had accidentally locked herself out and was frantic for help, so I tried. A really nice, middle-aged Japanese woman. Is it sad that the entire time I was "helping" her, I was thinking to myself "what's your name?? I just need your name!! Then I can chalk up one of my New Year's resolutions!!" Funny thing is that I haven't seen her since that day. For all I know, she didn't actually live there and I was helping someone break into a neighbor's house!!! AHHHHH!!!

2. Read 20 books
This month wasn't nearly as productive on this front as was last month. I finished The Father Who Never Yelled by Alex Austin and started and am only about 40 pages away from finishing Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor. Unlike the other The Walking Dead books I've read, this is actually a novel and not a graphic novel. No pictures or artwork at all. I'm hoping to finish the book after I write this post. We shall see. So, on that 20-book goal, I'm almost to 16 total books.

3. Listen to one new band per month
I've listened to several new (to me) bands and musicians this month including Frank Turner, Frank Ocean, Twin Shadow, Young the Giant, Kimbra, Todd McHatton, The Spells, and Fun. But I have yet to review any of them. At this point, I'm not even sure which one will be the focal review for this resolution. We shall see.

4. Finish watching through season 5 of Doctor Who
While I made no progress on this goal last month, I watched four episodes this month, thus completing season (series) 3. Woo! I still love this show immensely. Worth the time spent watching it, no question.

5. Learn how to make homemade pasta
Um, yeah, right.

6. Try one new recipe per week
Not quite one per week, but we made pesto pizza and banana waffles. Better than nothing and they were quite tasty.

7. Continue my 365 days of photography challenge
I'm still attempting to do insty366. However, I have not labeled my photos in about a month so I'm not sure how faithful I was to the project. I won't know until I get off my lazy butt and visit my Flickr page. Oy!

8. Post monthly updates on my progress
You're reading it.

Have a good night, everyone!

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Kevin Spencer

Another month goes by and I'm still, STILL, reading A Clash Of Kings. It had been so long since I'd read it that I'd forgotten what had happened so I started it again when I was in England last week.


How long you been working on that one now in total?

Marty Mankins

I cut back my update this month, mostly due to the lack of progress in several of my TINTFAs. Looking forward to a big update for October.

With the 16 book total, it appears you are on track. So major WooHoo! to you.


One complete, several others on track. Here's hoping! Hope you have a better month. 

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