Monday, December 24, 2018

2018 Review - Part 3

Happy Christmas Eve! I should be up at my parents lake home but Paul and I came down with a nasty case of the stomach flu on Saturday so we canceled our trip and will have a quiet Christmas at home. :(

On that sour note, it's time for another group of 20 questions for 2018!

11. What are your top recommendations for entertainment from this year? (books, television, movies, music, etc)

I'll be sharing my best books of 2018 later this week so stay tuned for that! Some of our favorite Netflix shows were Wild Wild Country (make sure you watch the hilarious SNL parody after you watch this show), Dirty Money (a documentary series about financial corruption), and CNN's The 80s. CNN produced a documentary series about the 60s and 70s, too, which were worth watching. The 80s was just released on netflix in 2018. I also watched "Call the Midwife" in the final months of my pregnancy. I just realized the latest season is on Netflix now so I'm trying to watch that before PBS releases another season.

12. What song will remind you of this year?

You are my sunshine! I sang this approximately eleventy billion times when putting Paul down for naps and bedtime. Ok, not that many! But I sang it a lot, often with this edit to the orginal lyrics: "... you make me happy, when you take naps...

13. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (not necessarily from the song that reminds you of the year).

Welcome to the end of being alone inside your mind
You're tethered to another and you're worried all the time
You always knew the melody but you never heard it rhyme
And they've still got their morning paper and their coffee and their time
And they still enjoy their evenings with the skeptics and the wine
Oh, but all the wonders I have seen, I will see a second time
From inside of the ages through your eyes
~ excerpted lyrics from The Mother by Brandi Carlile (I heard this song for the first time at a Brandi Carlile concert the night before I found out I was pregnant!)

14. What was your most enjoyable purchase?

Boxed wine? Ha! I thoroughly enjoy a glass or 2 of white wine at the end of a long day!

15. Did you travel? If so, where?

I know there are people who decide to continue to travel even after having a baby but that isn't us. Paul is a pretty crappy sleeper and doesn't nap on the go so traveling with him would be a total waste of money at this point. We'd spend lots of money to go somewhere only to sit around an airbnb while he naps. So we did not travel this year, aside from road trips up to my parents' lake cabin. I don't see this changing until Paul a) is down to 1 nap/day and b) sleeps through the night.

Phil would probably be a-ok with leaving Paul behind for a trip but I'm not interested in that yet. I honestly don't know when I will be but I imagine that eventually I'll feel ok being away from Paul for a couple of days.


Stephany said...

I'm so bummed you had to cancel your trip to the lake for Christmas. Stomach flus are no joke, though, and I hope the two of you are on the mend and can have a nice Christmas even if you won't be with your family!

Lori Honeycutt said...

I'm so sorry about the stomach flu at Christmas! It's awful to be so miserable and to know that you aren't able to be with the ones you love. Those song lyrics are beautiful! Charlotte and I have a Jack Banner version to the tune of you are my sunshine ;) I hope that you and Paul are feeling better! I saw you were able to get out for a walk yesterday, so I think you are both on the mend! Here's to a healthy 2019!!!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

So sorry to hear that you got the stomach flu and had to cancel your trip to your parents' lake house :-( That's too bad.

I hope you still had a good Christmas!

Marlys said...

We missed you three so much, but know that Paul was still under the weather until Christmas Day, so it would have been a pretty miserable trip, and none of us really wanted to get the flu either! We sure miss seeing that little guy so hope it works out soon for you to come. I need Grandma time!
The weather looks pretty nasty for the rest of 2018, so don't imagine anyone will be doing much traveling this weekend. We've had at least 6 - 8" of snow already and it's still snowing and the winds are supposed to pick up this afternoon. Uck!

Jeanie said...

I love your year-ends. And glad you are watching Call the Midwife. I think you can find the first seasons at if you are member of your station and have the Passport that lets you see archived seasons. I am not sure how far back netflix goes. But they are all wonderful and it's been fun to see the characters develop. I just watched this year's Christmas Special (which is probably at just regular or on demand) and it was beautiful. And last season -- oh, ... a wonderful series, one of my all time favorites.

Amber said...

So so sucky about the stomach flu at Christmas. Like you said, this will be a very memorable first Christmas that you won't forget anytime soon and you guys will also probably talk about for years to come! I don't see us doing much traveling in 2019 either, maybe a couple of small weekend trips. But that would likely be it.