The Little Things #34 – So Long, Long January

Johnson Space Center visit_January 2020
If you’re reading this then congratulations – you, too, have made it through to the other side of January 2020. Between the potential threat of WWIII, the conscious uncoupling of the royal family, the utter shambles that was Brexit, and the storm around the coronavirus outbreak, it seems hard to believe that just five weeks ago we were ringing in a new year. Personally, this month has been tough, with bouts of (minor) illness, a sad anniversary, and an intense work trip, culminating in the passing of a beloved family pet at the end of the month. I’m not sorry to see the back of January, but as with any month, there were small joys to be found in the everyday. Here are some of the Little Things that made my January…
Blogging about: My favourite annual recap – our adventures in 2019.
Watching: High-brow Oscars contenders like Joker (intentionally disturbing) and Little Women (loved it, loved it, loved it!) as well as the slightly more low-brow American Ninja Warrior, and Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
Making: An effort to have fun in Houston, TX, where I travelled for a week for a work thing. I love that I get to travel for work but this trip was quite involved, so I was happy to return home at the end of the week.
Buying: NASA swag. One of my favourite parts of Houston was visiting the Johnson Space Center, and you better believe that I did not leave that gift shop empty-handed.
Reading: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter, The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, and Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.
Listening to: Lizzo’s Feeling Good as Hell song before I going out for a run. It’s the motivation my ears have needed this month.
Wearing: Jumpers, mostly, as it’s been colder than I’ve become acclimatized to recently. I feel like I’m betraying my British self for finding 9 degrees cold, but California has turned me soft, like a ripe avocado.
Eating: Healthy-ish, or at least trying to. I checked out The Roasting Tin (by Rukmini Iyer) from the library in January and have very much enjoyed learning how to make some simple, nutritious dinners with minimal washing up.
Enjoying: The evenings being just that little bit lighter, visiting NASA, 2020 planning, live local comedy, and Skypes with my favourite people.
Looking forward to: Visiting the 50th state later this month.

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