Birthdays and photos and good, healthy lunches.
Cats, rain and slippers, and movie night fun.
Poptarts and camp and sweet worship songs.
Insulin pumps and short story contests.
Chinese food and skating and whales in space.
Gosh, I’m 19.
January, while being a slow blog month was a good month. A fun month
Grey’s Anatomy –
This show, man.
I don’t normally like medical shows or ones with lots of drama, but this seems to be an exception. I’m on season 3 and I only started it at the beginning of the month. It’s definitely a good binge-watch show.
It’s about a group of surgical interns working at a hospital in Seattle. The show mainly focuses on Meredith Grey, who is the daughter of a famous surgeon. This show has a lot of romance and some pretty cool friendship dynamics.
And a lot of sex. Just… so much sex.
So beware of that, along with mild language and some fairly gory surgery scenes, if you’re planning on watching it.
Also, beware of feels. So many feels.
Why can’t Meredith just be happy with Dr. McDreamy? And can we please have more Cristina scenes? And why oh why does Patrick Dempsey’s hair frighten me so much?
January was not much of a reading month and I didn’t finish any books. I’ve slowly been making my way through Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton… both of which I highly recommend.
I also went to the library today and returned home with a large stack of books. Mostly ones on Anthropology and learning Italian. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read them all in February.
The Shawshank Redemption –
I’d heard so much about this movie and was so excited to find it at the library. I was not disappointed either as it lived up to the high praises I’d heard in favor of it.
I liked it so much I wrote a review and will just leave this link here instead of retyping what I thought of it xp Shawshank Redemption Review
Die Hard –
I watched this on my Birthday and… oh my word.
Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a New York Police officer, who tries to save his wife and her co-workers when they are taken hostage by terrorists during a Christmas party.
This movie is ridiculous. It was funny, contained lots of blood, and by the time I was halfway through I was wondering if Bruce Willis knew any words other than the f-word.
But Alan Rickman killed it as Hans Gruber, the sort of “in charge” bad guy and the movie had such a weird and funny feel to it.
I don’t think I’d watch it again but it was certainly enjoyable.
I saw this in the theater and, while it didn’t live up to my expectations, it was very good.
A Koala named Buster Moon owns a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. He loves his theater and will do anything to preserve it. So, he takes one final chance to restore the theater by putting on a singing competition. Five contestants are the main characters through the film: a Frank Sinatra-esque mouse, a timid elephant, an over-worked mommy pig, a gorilla from a shady background and a punk-rock porcupine.
The movie was beautifully done and had the singing/acting talents of Matthew McConaughey, Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johannson, and Reese Witherspoon… to name a few.
I was especially blown away by the real life issues and emotions the characters dealt with AND Taron Egerton’s performance as Johnny the Gorilla. Man, that boy can sing.
This is a fun, family-friendly movie and will get your toes tapping.
Eat, Pray, Love –
This is my new favorite movie.
It’s romantic, it’s funny, it’s relevant, it’s beautiful.
It soothed my heart and surprisingly enough touched me on a personal level, shedding light on some struggles I’m going through.
It’s based on the bestselling book of the same name, in which a woman with a heart for travel realizes how very unhappy she is. Then, after her painful divorce, she takes off to find herself in Italy, India, and, finally, Indonesia.
The movie accentuates the need for good food, time to pray, and room for love. As always Julia Roberts is stunning, just like the rest of the movie. The main character, Elizabeth, reminded me a lot of myself and made me long for pizza in Naples.
Same, girl, same.
This month was lovely and contained many amazing things.
Back in December, I entered a short story contest and early in January I was notified that I had won an Honorable Mention. It’s just an Honorable Mention, but oh gosh did I need that win… and the t-shirt.
I started and completed insulin pump training, which has been both incredibly helpful and incredibly emotional. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the pump yet. I only know it’s helpful.
In addition to that I turned 19, on the 12th. It’s odd and I can’t seem to completely grasp how old I am. It’s exciting and frightening, this thing they call adulthood. Anywhoo, I had a wonderful Birthday filled with Cantonese takeout and, as I said above, Die Hard.
I attended a winter camp, which was really nice. I needed that break aND GUYS I SAW SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME.
(I went sledding and yes I wore converse. Bad idea. Don’t be like me. PICTURE CREDIT: my youth pastor)
After the camp was over my youth group drove into the mountains to go sledding. It was so cold and white and quiet and I want to go back.
And finally, I have begun the process of opening an Etsy store, where I will sell crafts, prints, and cards. I’ll post a link once it’s completely set up :3
This year I want each month to have a theme, a word. My word for the month of January was “New” and, although I didn’t try as many new things as I’d hoped, there were many new situations and experiences and I am content.
What about you all? What were your favorite parts of January?