What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
Many, I've actually been on a reading binge lately. I went back through some old favourites and have started getting into some of the "Bones" mystery novels. It's been ages since I've done a real mystery run so it seems to be time again. Nothing fabulous enough to recommend, but nothing horrid.
What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?
Loads of catch-up stuff. Our DVR actually showed as only having two things left on it as of Monday night. (And those two are old F1 races I won't delete as they relax me and help me sleep when the insomnia is getting really bad. Something soothing in the sound of those engines!) We haven't watched any "recent" movies in a while. A few are coming out that I'd like to see, but nothing I'm dying to.
What special days did I celebrate and how?
Vin's birthday BBQ was a blast. We've missed the last two years for one reason and another so it was really nice to get to go this year.
Ciara Mary Rose was born on June 30th, happy, healthy and loved.
Canada Day and July 4th! (I love getting to celebrate both and so close together.) Fairly typical stuff was planned, but most didn't happen*. Had a blast at the Toronto/Yankee game on July 3rd though.
What gifts did I give and/or receive?
I haven't given it yet, but I have a special card for CMR. I also made a card and castle cake for Vin's birthday BBQ. Several other birthday cards, though not nearly all. Do you know I have 28 friend and family birthdays between June 6th and July 15th?
What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
*I got sick on July 2nd with a severe (of course!) ear infection which progressed to throat, sinuses and lungs. I'm still not well, but am back at work. Yick! I'll survive, but I'm just praying that I don't rupture the eardrum again. Once/year is plenty, thanks.
What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
Vin's birthday BBQ, several evenings of good food and cards/games/wii with the Henagans and the Toronto/Yankee game with Brian. (Wow, this sounds repetitive!) We also finally managed to co-ordinate schedules to meet up with Jess and Jay to congratulate them on getting engaged.
What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
Ummm… none? I'm pretty boring actually. And I'm skipping a new restaurant today with work due to my food allergies. I'm okay with it though, it's just my life as normal. :) I did venture outside my comfort zone though for Brian's request to try new places at Disney this year. I got almost all the reservations I wanted, and only one of them is a repeat from prior trips! On top of the Food and Wine Festival, we're going to be "eating our way around the world" restaurants at Epcot. We've reservations for 4 of them!
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
A new laptop! I'm going back to school and needed something newer than my 5.5 year old mac laptop to handle all the streaming video etc. Poor thing has had (and will continue to have) a great life, but it just can't handle the video stuff anymore. And since the course is delivered online…
What were this month's disappointments?
What were my accomplishments this month?
Finalized plans to go back to school and figured out how we're going to pay for it all. Not easy, but I've got it figured out for the next year of classes at least.
Getting the garage cleaned out to the point where we could park a car in it. And realizing that it's really not worth the trade off. And putting a bunch of stuff back into the garage again… :)
Anything else noteworthy to record?
Brian now has two restaurants trying to steal him away from his current one. The one closer to home may actually manage to, we'll see. I think he should, he's just not sure.
What made me smile this month?
Seeing my peas finally bloom. On July 3rd! I'm just hoping we get to actually eat them this year…
Hearing Ciara was born healthy and happy.
Getting time to stitch and read.