2019 is about to be over and I can’t believe it. So much has changed for me this year and it went by so fast. So here is my last monthly wrap up of 2019.
This month I read 12 books with 0 DNF’s.
Let’s Talk: My 2019 Book Burnout & How I Finally Sent it Packing By Ashley @ ashsinfinitelibrary
Ashley talks about what her burnout this year was like and her top tips for getting out of one. My favorite was that is it okay to Netflix. I constantly feel guilty when I spend my time off doing things that aren’t blogging, (netflixing, shopping sometimes even necessary things like laundry and dishes). Sometimes I just wanna watch TV dang it.
Reflecting On My 2019 Anticipated Releases by Anniek @ anniekslibraryhttps://anniekslibrary.wordpress.com/
I loved seeing this and I think I might do this at the end of 2020 but we will see how it goes 🙂
67 VERY EXCITING 2020 YA RELEASES by Laura @ bbliophile
My TBR groaned when I logged into Goodreads to add all the books I wanted off of this amazing list
My Love/Hate Relationship With Blogging // a tiny discussion about what’s been goin on with me by Xandra @ starryskybooks
Xan talks about how she feels pressure from the community and put too much stock in her stats. I can relate to both of these.
Book Blogger / Reader Spreadsheet Template (2020) by Kal @ readervoracious
I was planning on making something similar to this and I became very overwhelmed. Then Kal uploaded this! I saved it, made some adjustments and I am totally ready for 2020 blogging. Thank you Kal!!!!!
I watched some Christmas movies on my own but most of the ones we got to watch together were jammed into two days. We worked more than normal the week before Christmas so the ones we ended up watching together have an asterisk next to it, otherwise I watched it in the middle of the night.
The Christmas Chronicles
Let It Snow
Muppet’s Christmas Carol*
Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas*
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure*
Mickey’s Christmas Carol*
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas*
Again, we worked a ton but we have also been watching The Mandalorian or as I call it, The Baby Yoda Show.
This month flew by before I could really wrap my head around it. We mostly worked but we did take one weekend off so I could visit my grandmother and we could celebrate Alice being two years sober. I know she will always be in recovery and some days are hard but I am so proud of her. Her decision to stop drinking saved our entire relationship so I couldn’t be more happy to take a day to celebrate her.
After talking to our bosses we came out at work on December 21st, a day that we both pulled doubles, it went fine I guess? Someone who I thought/hoped would be there to help us ended up having the day off and by the end of the day, my chest hurt, I was shaking uncontrollably and I felt super hot. I also made sure to tell some coworkers at our holiday party and I am just kinda letting it go from there.
We had talked about spending Christmas day with my family as we had spent Thanksgiving with hers but with Alice working so many hours the week leading up to Christmas, I knew she was going to want to sleep in that day so we stayed home. This is the first year in three years that her dad has been home for Christmas since he normally travels. Alice made us cream chip beef since that was my family traditional breakfast and we switch off every year. After breakfast, we watched the Disney Christmas parade and we both fell back asleep. After her brother got here, we were both super uncomfortable and wanted to leave. We forced ourselves to stay until after dinner and then left right away. We drove to my uncle’s where we met up with my parents, brother, grandmother, my aunt and uncle and my cousins. We had dessert and played some card games before calling it a night. We stayed with my grandmother that night.
This December 26th marks the second anniversary of one of my best friends passing away. Every year we take off and we spend the day doing basically whatever I want. It sounds selfish but it is the one day I don’t feel guilty about grieving and I know I would be no good at work or being forced to do something I don’t want to do. This year we stayed the night before at my grandmothers and then drove to a mall about 45 minutes from her house that we like. We shopped around and I got a nightgown and jewelry plate from the Disney Store as well as some clothes I needed/wanted which included an awesome Frozen shirt from hot topic. While we were there, Leelynn came to meet us. She gave me a copy of The Book Thief (one of my favorite books) and we looked around BAM for a little before she had to go. I was in a pretty grumpy mood all day so I feel bad about it. After she left, we finished up shopping and drove 20 minutes to another mall where we got nothing. I was disappointed and by this point, both Alice and I were having a bad day so we left to go find dinner and go home.
Next month will be an even bigger month for me because I am flying out to Vegas to be a bridesmaid in my sisters wedding! This will be my first time flying alone, first time in Vegas, first time going to a wedding as an adult and first time being a proper bridesmaid. I am super nervous if I can be honest. I am going without Alice which breaks my heart but it was the only way we could afford it. I will be gone basically the whole first week of January so I am making sure to prep for that before the new year.