January 2020

A few weeks ago, my husband asked me if we really needed to keep budgeting for this blog. It doesn’t cost me much at this point. I no longer self-host it and I have gotten it down to the cheapest version I can without giving up my domain. But it’s still something, so the question was valid.

So I considered my options.

I could keep it as is. I could switch it to a totally free site where it could live a life of retirement. I could let it go completely and shut it down.

All of these options made me sad. Blogging was a big part of my life for a long time. Other things have taken priority the last few years and none of my attempts to revive it have succeeded.

But I am going to try again anyway. I’m not ready to let it go and I think I have a good idea for how to give it some life again.

I am going to share one post a month, that is a sort of wrap-up of sorts. It will talk a little about my books and a little about my books. I’ll share what I read that night and my favorite photos from the month. I may share what the kids have been up to, our travels, or our newest television obsession.

So, here’s January.

Books Read This Month

My reading was a all over the place, but that keeps things interesting. I finished four books in January. Ben and I listened to Leah Remini’s Troublemaker on a road trip. We have a thing where we listen to celebratory memoirs together and, because we live with the Church of Scientology here with us in Clearwater, we have a heightened interest in that topic. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood was also an audiobook and I highly recommend listening to this one if you haven’t read it yet. Aunt Lydia is Aunt Lydia. It’s amazing. The Assassin’s Blade is Sarah J. Maas‘ collection of prequels in the Throne of Glass series. These ones always take me ages to read but I really do enjoy them. I am looking forward to jumping into the 4th book in the series soon. Finally, I finished up Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by researchers Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald, which was a group read for a diversity and inclusiion committee I am on. It was pretty enlightening to face my own biases as I read. I also started a lot of audiobooks but couldn’t manage to finish them so I’ll be saving those for future monthly wrap-ups.

What Else Happened in January

Evan (7) competed in his first karate tournament. He took a silver in weapons, a bronze in kata, and…a DQ in sparring. We’re all still learning.

No big milestones for Kai (4), unless you count unsuccessfully building his first terrarium. Again, we’re all still learning.

As for me, for some reason I decided to sign up for a half marathon in March, so I’ve just been running, running, running. But Ben and I did manage to get away for a few days in January. We attended CampFi outside of Gainesville. And we did it without the kids (thanks, mom). It was a nice way to spend the weekend and celebrate 15 years of marriage.

What We Are Looking Forward To In February

  • February brings a lot of visitors, including two sets of my aunts and uncles and Ben’s sister and her family.
  • Ben’s first half marathon
  • Another karate tournament in Fort Pierce
  • Mean Girls at the Straz
  • Warm weather
  • Evan’s first track meet
  • (I really need to find some things for Kai, huh)

Thanks for reading, friends. See you next month. Until then, you can, as always, find me on twitter and instagram (@michelleerin on both).

2 thoughts on “January 2020

  1. Ti February 12, 2020 / 6:07 pm

    This is a good compromise. Every blog I know who has let their blog lapse has become a porn site. I hate to see that in my feed for obvious reasons but it makes me sad too, knowing that they just let it go. I pay for my domain but use the free version of WP and for $18 a year I don’t even question it.


    • Michelle February 13, 2020 / 8:13 pm

      I hadn’t even considered that. 😳


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