December Goals and Highlights
Happy December everyone! It definitely doesn't seem like it's that time of year already- and that I'm in my final month of our first full year in North Carolina. One thing that doesn't get old- the weather! It's been so beautiful out lately, so I've been taking advantage by being outside and soaking up as much sun as possible.
This was a really great month- I spent so much time with friends and went on my first camping trip since moving, as well as some Friendsgiving dinners! I also went to my first Hurricanes (hockey) game, and saw one of my favorite groups- Sons of Serendip- in a concert. The highlight, though, would have to be when my sister, nephew, and brother-in-law visited. They stayed with us a few days before Thanksgiving and we had a great time! I finally got to visit the Marbles Museum, and if you have kids you HAVE to visit. Incredible kids museum!
We're almost done with annual goals, which is hard to believe, but here is how they went in November-
Spend More Time Outside
- 1000 Hours Outside - 943 hours so far. Only 57 more to go!
- January - 54 total hours
- February - 52 total hours
- March - 97 total hours
- April - 103 total hours
- May - 94 hours total
- June - 103 hours total
- July - 80 hours total
- August - 85 hours total
- September- 78 hours total
- October- 123 hours total
- November- 74 hours total, breaking down to 23 hours running/walking/hiking, 10 hours reading, 30 hours socializing/misc, and 11 hours biking/kayaking/SUPing
- 2,022 Outdoor Miles - 1,639.61 total miles so far. I'm 382 miles away from my goal...whoops!
- January Running - 106 miles, Walking - 25.97 miles, Biking - 0 miles
- February Running - 101 miles, Walking - 22.4 miles, Biking - 10.7 miles
- March Running - 106 miles, Walking - 37.82 miles, Biking - 10 miles
- April Running - 65.15 miles, Walking - 41.43 miles, Biking - 32 miles
- May Running - 64.62 miles, Walking - 40.72 miles, Biking - 52.9 miles, Kayak/Paddling - 10 miles.
- June Running - 45.82 miles, Walking- 28.22 miles, Biking- 72.44 miles, Kayak/Paddling - 19 miles.
- July Running - 25.91 miles, Walking - 27.09 miles, Biking - 62.83 miles, Kayak/Paddling - 15 miles, Swimming - 6.2 miles
- August Running - 24.5 miles, Walking - 37.4 miles, Biking - 73.2 miles, Kayak/Paddling - 9 miles, Swimming - 8 miles
- September Running - 23.34 miles, Walking - 30.7 miles, Biking - 58.93 miles, Kayak / Paddling - 16 miles, Swimming - 6 miles
- October Running - 25.41 miles, Walking - 69 miles, Biking - 51.75 miles, Kayak / Paddling - 20 miles
- November Running - 53.05 miles, Walking - 36.78 miles, Biking - 11.62 miles, Kayak/Paddling - 42 miles
- Visit all the gardens and free museums in the Triangle
- I finished my goal this month by visiting the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) and the History Museum! I'll be doing a post with an overview of the gardens that I visited but this was such a fun goal to work on.
Donate to a Different Charity Every Month
Read all the Goodreads Best Books of 2021
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - Best Science Fiction - 4/5. Good starter sci-fi book for people who want to get in the genre! Gets a little tedious in the middle but fascinating book about a scientist who tries to save the earth from extinction.
The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman - Best Poetry - 5/5. The inauguration poem for President Biden. Beautiful words but even better to watch Amanda perform! Makes me want to get more into poetry.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry - Best Romance - 5/5. Lovely, sweet book to satisfy your wanderlust and just enough cheese for any rom-com lover out there.
Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson - Best Humor - 3/5. Some parts were laugh out loud funny and it was an engrossing (and sad at times) story- I just didn't enjoy the stream-of-conscious writing style or the disjointed chapters.
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas - Best Debut Novel - 4.5/5. This book seems to be very hit or miss (according to Goodreads) but I really enjoyed it! A little slow and repetitive at the beginning, but once it got going I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave - Best Mystery and Thriller - 2.5/5. Great, twisty start that had a disappointing and weird ending.
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix - Best Horror - 3/5. Slasher-style horror book that felt like a fast paced movie. A little too much going on and too many characters for me to keep up with.
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney - Best Fiction - 1/5. Not a fan of the writing style and was not an interesting story line for me.
Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe - Best History or Biography - 3/5. Very in-depth book detailing the history of OxyContin and the family who started the opioid crisis.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner - Best Memoir or Autobiography - 5/5. Such a beautiful story talking through grief of losing a parent and the memories that food can give us.
Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe - Best Graphic Novel - 3/5. Beautiful graphic novel chronicling the forbidden relationship between Hades and Persephone and featuring many Greek Gods gone wild.
- Ice Skating. It's been a few years since I've gone, but we just got a rink in a new shopping center nearby so I want to check it out!
- Bake and decorate Christmas cookies. Cookies are just so much fun to make, and I love making Christmas ones to share with friends. I'm also hosting my first cookie decorating party so I'm really looking forward to that.
- Make a gingerbread house. I actually bought two houses in anticipation of my nephew visiting, but we ended up being so busy that we never got around to making them! So- that'll be a goal for this month with Dan.
- Watch a Christmas movie with a holiday cocktail. Probably with a cheeseboard or the cookies I'll be making....and will be virtually watching with my family again for the third year! Any recommendations for movies?
- Advent calendars. I bought two from Aldi (the chocolate truffle and cheese), and we also made our own beer advent, so I'm excited to get to opening them!
- Holiday paintings. Last year I made it a goal to paint something winter or festive every day in December and I'm doing it again this year. I'll be doing some cards and some bookmarks for friends.