Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Music, Books, Miles, and Looks of December

Woo hoo!  It's 2014!!


Make Me Crazy by Keri Noble - This is another song that I was introduced to by a compilation album that a Minneapolis radio station releases each year.  The vocals in this song are amazing!


I finished off the year with another super strong month of reading, thanks to my Paris trip and the many flights I took this month. My favorite book was The Little Way of Ruthie Leming; my least favorite was The Death of Bees.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes - 3 stars
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher - 5 stars
The Consolation of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson - 3 stars
The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell - 3 stars
The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani - 3 stars
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - 4 stars
Lowcountry Boil by Susan Boyer - 3 stars
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) - 4 stars
Gastien:  The Cost of a Dream by Caddy Rowland - 3 stars
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure - 4 stars
Orpahn Train by Christina Baker Kline - 4 stars
I'll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Palmieri-Hayes - 4 stars


I will probably start to track my bike and elliptical miles, but I didn't start doing that this month.  I got in a decent number of workouts, except for when I was home for Christmas and my only workout was playing DDR with my nephews.  I didn't clock a lot of miles on my feet, but I flew a lot of miles, as I flew back from Paris, had work trips to Denver and Houston, flew to NYC for a weekend, and flew home to Fargo, ND for Christmas.  I made Silver on 2 airlines this year and flew a total of 70 flights - which is a lot compared to the 30 I flew last year! 


I didn't wear anything noteworthy in December, but I did buy some Hunter brand boots when I was in NYC, which you can see in this picture.  It was cold & snowy that day, so I am bundled up and am rocking a white girl 'fro in that photo but I still love that photo as it was magical to see that tree in person. I still need to recap my NYC trip - I ran out of time as life was so hectic after I got back between a work trip and my trip home for Christmas!  But I'll do a belated recap tomorrow!


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I love your monthly recaps because I can always listen to your lovely music picks while I read the rest of the post :) Also I love that photo- I maintain that most people do not look that good when they are freezing and all bundled in outerwear ha ha.

Here's to you having a 2014 that is the complete OPPOSITE of 2013! Wahoo.

Caroline said...

I second Kel, always love when you post music! Here's to 2013 being behind us! Woo : )

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I agree with Kelly, you have the best taste in music and always have something good up on your monthly posts!

Whoa girl! You read a lot! I need to figure out how to squeeze more reading into my life. I think I'm going to start reading more on the treadmill. I did that yesterday and the time flew!

Happy New Year!!!

Raquelita said...

Wow! That is a ton of flying! I'm hoping to finish one novel in English and get half way through one in Spanish on my flights over the next few days.

Jeanie said...

I know you fly a lot, but that's a ton of books, my friend!

I started doing some spinning classes so I'll be getting in a few miles -- probably not like you, though! Rick gave me a gym membership for Christmas! Fingers are crossed!

Happy New Year!

Mandy said...

Happy New Year! You were a reading machine, which is fantastic. I hope this year brings better reading for myself.

Stephany said...

70 flights is just pure insanity. WOW!

Here's to leaving 2013 firmly behind us, and looking forward to a much, much better 2014. May it be filled with a relocation to a city you love, a wonderful job offer, and TONS OF HAPPINESS for you!

Jen Feeny said...

Happy New Year Lisa! Sending lots of good ju-ju for your 2014 to be 1000x better than 2013. I know the injury was a major letdown and PITA, but if not for it we might never have connected. Thank you for being there for me and also for nerding out about books and Paris. :) Looking forward to keeping in touch.

Leigh said...

I really liked The Rosie Project. Really quirky, but still funny :)

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Girrrrl, you don't have anything on this white girl's fro! The only difference is, yours is cute enough to show in public, while mine must be hidden in a messy bun or under a hat (or paper bag, if necessary)! =) Also, I kind of love Hunter boots, but I only know TALL gals who wear them and think they'd be more like mid-thigh boots on me. hahaha.

Abby said...

70 flights is insane!!! I don't know how you do it as I hate flying. But I know you have gotten used to it and rarely have layover (that part kills me!! I love your coat in the picture. Adorable!

Amber said...

My coworker got a smokin' deal on a pair of hunter boots on Boxing Day and they are SO CUTE. I think I might invest in some before our trip to Ireland because I think they would be great for the climate over there! Do you wear yours lots?? I wasn't a huge fan of them before because they looked a bit too much like "gum boots" to me but my coworkers are really cute!

70 flights is A LOT. Holy!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I remember all the NY girls wearing Hunter boots!! They are really cute books :-)

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I agree with Kelly; I always listen to the song while reading the rest of the post... it's great! You are right; the vocals are amazing, even on my tinny computer speakers!

I love your "fro" look! It's the natural winter look and it's fun! Winter is about beanies and frizzy hair (or maybe that is just me/mine?) anyway! It means you are tough enough to go outside; you are not sitting inside with smooth hair sipping on a fruity drink.