Saturday, February 1, 2014

End of January Goals & Finances

For a month that's normally pretty laid back and slow moving (compared to December, anyway), this January's been lightning fast. I didn't set any month-long goals for January, so all these updates are for my 2014 goals, some of which I haven't begun to tackle so they aren't mentioned.

First up is the extra $2k toward the mortgage. We're at $570 so far. Yay!


Another goal I made progress on was reading 50 books this year (works out to about one per week). I actually read 8 books in January. What?! 
I can thank the snow for this - there were several weekend days when I stayed home because of the weather (if I don't have to drive in it, I don't!). I also had a couple days off from work because of snow, plus Martin Luther King day off (he was a very influential leader and civil rights activist). Much of that time was spent reading. A cozy couch + warm blanket + good book = happiness! Out of these 8, I'd heartily recommend:

  • These is my Words - Diary entries that span about 20 years of a young woman's life in the Arizona territories. It was based on a true story, which always seems to make me more interested.
  • Rats Saw God - The story of a teenage boy dealing with his parents' divorce and falling in love for the first time. Sounds so cliché but it wasn't. 
  • Ptolomy's Gate - The final book in the Bartimaeus trilogy. And I was happy to see my predictions about Nathaniel were correct ;)

And speaking of books, Mr. G finished listening to Harry Potter, so we decided to read The Tales of Beedle the Bard together since it played such an important part in the final HP book. It's a collection of short fairy tales so I'm going to read a little aloud each day. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for the library! 

On to February! How are your goals going?

18 comments:

  1. Woot woot! You're killing it with that mortgage principal payment!

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    1. Yes, thank you! I have my parents' Christmas present to thank for most of that January payment :)

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  2. Nice work on the mortgage pay off goal, and so much reading! I'm glad my 'fun' 12 in 2 goals will get a good dent this Friday with a birthday dinner, and soon enough with a bridge climb, though all my financial goals are tracking along nicely too!

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    1. I agree, it feels so good to get things accomplished :) Enjoy your dinner and climb!

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    1. Indeed! I have end of year book lists to thank for my good fortune book-wise.

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  4. So glad you liked Rats Saw God! Yeah, it sounds cliche now, but this was published in '96!! Everyone else is ripping him off, not the other way around!

    What a good month of books, though! Looking forward to the Elizabeth Gilbert and have been meaning to read These is My Words forever. I really loved Feathers, too.

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    1. Yes, I loved Rats Saw God! I tried to leave a comment for you in our original convo about it on goodreads, but I must've done it wrong.

      I kept hearing that the Elizabeth Gilbert book was not Eat, Pray, Love so I tried to go into it with an open mind and lower expectations, but I was still disappointed. And it could've easily been about 200 pages shorter. Oh well. Plenty of people love it though, so maybe you'll see something in it that I missed. :)

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    2. I enjoyed The Signature of All Things but then I never read Eat, Pray, Love and never will. I do agree that it could have been edited a bit more but I loved the epic nature and the historical accuracy of the tale.

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    3. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I found the writing beautiful.

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  5. Great job on the mortgage over payments, you're well on your way to hitting your 2014 already

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    1. Thank you! I started late in the year in 2013 and wanted to make sure I changed that this time around! I also have Christmas cash to thank for that January payment ;)

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  6. Well done on the extra payments and the reading. I have been doing a lot of reading too, since I spent last week sick in bed with the flu (in the middle of summer!) and we haven't hooked up internet at our new place yet.

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    1. Getting sick in the summer is the worst! I hope you're back to good health soon. :)

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  7. That is such a great "chunk" of progress towards the mortgage in just one month! Very productive with all that reading as well :)

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    1. Thank you! I think posting the graph really helps see my progress, which motivates me more :)

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  8. I am jealous of your 50 books. I probably read 4-5 books in 2013. Sad =(

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    1. But you have 2 kids and I have none . . maybe you could try audiobooks in the car or while you're exercising?

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