I hope the New Year is treating everyone well. The end of 2013 saw my reading life take a deep nose dive. I wanted to do everything and anything other than read. 2014 has been a lot kinder. I started the year reading Lexicon and it was fantastic. Then I loved each of the three February releases I picked up for consideration for the Bloggers Recommend newsletter. I won’t give anything away here, but February has been the best month of new releases for me personally since the BR newsletter began. On the audio front, I’m currently listening to The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and narrated by Wayne Farrell. It is so darn fantastic. It will break your heart and you won’t want it to end. So, while I may not be a very active blogger right now, I’ve certainly done some been reading.
The TV has become something more than an object I dust. I decided to continue watching Downton Abbey despite my lackluster response to last season. It’s pretty good, but not what it once was. No matter. I’ve also discovered the BBC’s Sherlock! Sure, I’ve heard people rave about it for a long time. I’ve also noticed the countless times Benedict Cumberbatch was mentioned online in in Entertainment Weekly. I quickly caught up through Seasons 1 and 2 and was ready for the premier of Season 3. During the first two seasons, I was all about Dr. Watson. I love his character and they way he compliments Sherlock. Then Season 3 began and
Now my heart is all aflutter for this “high-functioning sociopath.” The only thing that would make it more perfect would be if Simon Vance was cast as Watson’s uncle. I’m currently plotting a way to make that happen. I’ve since spent hours looking for Sherlock amigurumi patters and other fun Sherlock things and pinning them to my Sherlock board. I’ve only hit the tip of the ice berg. I bought the Sherlock and Watson charms because they’re so stinking cute. I love the bookmarks and they just might come next. I freely admit that I’m obsessed. Is Sunday night here yet?
I’ve been busy crocheting this winter. Earlier I worked on scarves for my sister’s family. It was for our Christmas gift exchange and some issues with my flights home for Uncle Ryan’s funeral gave me the chance to finish them all and deliver them in person. I was so happy with how much my nieces and nephew received them.
Once I got back home I started a little home improvement crocheting. I bought two baskets for the end tables in our living room. My plan with them is to store my crocheting implements and small works in progress. They’re wire baskets, so I’m crocheting liners to match our new couches. My plan after I finish these is to make an afghan or three (my girls steal my afghans no matter how many blankets they have of their own) to coordinate with the furniture and the new custom rug we bought that should arrive in the next few weeks. Here’s the first liner.
On the weight loss front, I lost 36 pounds last year and I feel really good. This past week for whatever reason was a rough one. I anticipate a small gain when I weigh in this week, but I know what the true issue is. I stopped tracking. I’m back on my game now and plan on keeping up the loses. I’m heading to Las Vegas with my friend Trista this March and I want to be down 20 more pounds. Already the bathing suits I have are way too big for me. I’d like to go down another size or two before I start shopping. I look forward to seeing just how far I can go on my weight loss journey this year.
Back to the blog, I hope to resume a more regular blogging schedule soon. I’ve got a lot of fabulous books I’d like to highlight. It’s almost time for the Audie Award nominations to be announced, so I need to gear up for the Armchair Audies. Did you listen to any amazing audiobooks last year that you’d like to see recognized?
This month marked the 7th anniversary of Literate Housewife. I hope to have a blogoversary post up soon. I think a look back and a look ahead is in order.
I hope your January has been fantastic. What’s making you excited about 2014?