This might possibly be one of the shortest Nutshells I have ever written because so little happened in January.
But it wasn’t by choice. Starting around New Year’s Day, I had a bug so nasty I dubbed it Zurg. That way, when the sickness left I could quote Toy Story.
*grins* Not sure what it was, but it was definitely not an ordinary cold.
^ essentially me throughout January ^
Anyway, I spent three to four weeks sick or resting. 🙂 And I am bouncing off the walls happy to finally be feeling better! It made me so grateful for small things like finally being able to drink a frappe again (yay!), going to the grocery store, going to work, and just being able to get out of bed. Every day is such a gift!
But hopefully you knew that already! 🙂 I digress. Onto the measly nutshell!
– WATCHED –
Death in Paradise (TV Shows)
British detective Richard Poole is assigned to investigate the murder of a British police officer on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie. After he successfully finds the murderer, he is reluctantly required by his supervisors to replace the victim and stay on as the detective inspector, solving new cases as they appear, and being the proverbial fish-out-of-water amongst his free-spirited coworkers.
Thank goodness for new shows that you can binge-watch while you’re sick! Full of intriguing story lines that keep you guessing, humorous characters, and snappy dialogue. Watching Richard Poole, the reserved British detective, interact with his bohemian Saint Marie coworkers was hilarious and it was fun to see a show that featured an accurate and tasteful portrayal of culture shock.
Ride (TV show)
The adventures of Katherine ‘ Kit’ Bridges who relocates to England when her father joins the faculty at Covington Academy, an elite equestrian boarding school. While at the Academy, she befriends a wild horse named TK, navigates complicated friendships, and discovers disturbing mysteries about her past.
I wouldn’t call this show amazing, but it was definitely entertaining and featured some engaging actors and cute characters that I connected with. The boy characters, in particular, were fun to watch with their constant teasing and rivalry. Unfortunately, my sisters and I binge-watched two seasons of this show only to get to the final episode thinking the show actually ended and it DIDN’T. The final episode was a CLIFF HANGER and the series was never renewed for a third season SO WE DON’T KNOW HOW ANYTHING ENDED.
So, be warned. It”s a fun show that I recommend, but you’re going to be miserable at the end and run the risk of cramming macarons down your throat in a fit of disgust and disappointment. Yeah, I did that.
– READ –
I read 22 books in January and found two five star reads. Quite generous of me. 🙂
– TRAVEL –
For a small part of January, I was traveling through the United States (I didn’t return home until the 5th of January) visiting such sites as Old Tucson in Arizona.
Yup, that’s me on a stagecoach, and it was so much fun! I promise you WILL see my travel journal and vlog at some point.
– OTHER –
I drafted lots of blog posts and worked out all the posts I’ll be posting from now until the end of April.
I celebrated being well again by getting back in the kitchen. I was having a very Burndee-ish fit of unhappiness by not being able to bake. Yes, I am such a Burndee. I cannot even begin to tell you what that baking session did for my “psyche.”
I made macarons for the very first time, and I was thrilled to pieces with how well they turned out.
In case you’re wondering, the one on the left is vanilla lime and the one on the right is coffee chocolate. I think Burndee might grudgingly approve. Although I made them too big and they were more like meal replacement macarons. But hey, if you’re going to eat a cookie instead of a sandwich, might as well do it right!
I also finally joined Instagram! I am really enjoying the positive and fun community on this social media platform (and dream wistfully of taking pictures as good as everybody else’s). If you’re on Instagram – let me know! I’m right over here. 🙂
Also had a terrifying and traumatic experience in January when all the gifs on my half-finished blog posts stopped working.
Man, that was stressful. HOW WAS I EVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITHOUT MY GIFS???? YOU MIGHT AS WELL TAKE MY VOICE NOW.
Fortunately, I Googled the problem and it was an easy fix that I implemented all on my own! Aren’t you proud of me? 😉 #CrisisAverted
One last piece of news, guys – and an important one. I am also hosting a very fun GIVEAWAY right over here, so hurry over and take a look!
And that’s it. I told you it was short. 🙂
So how was your month, my dear followers? Did you manage to dodge the evil bugs that are preying upon mortals at this time of year?
# Run Fast
How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Did you do anything fun to get through January doldrums? I’d love to hear all about it!