Monday, March 3, 2014

End of February Goals Update

February is not a well-liked month 'round these parts. Tons of people at work have complained that it's the worst month ever. I have to disagree - I really love February. It's got Valentine's Day, more daylight than January, and a bonus day off from work (for Presidents' Day). And with February, I know what to expect: cold. March is often tougher for me because it teases with spring weather one day followed by snow the next. So yay February. 

Ready for goals? :)

Mortgage repayment was minimal this month because I bought a smartphone. However, by the end of the year, I'll recoup the purchase price of the new phone plus a little more because the monthly service charge is so much lower. A win in the long haul. :)

I read 7 books this month (only possible because 4 of them were under 35 pages).
My favorite was Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. It's the story of June, who loses her Uncle Finn to AIDS, and the strange man she first notices at his funeral. But it's also the story of June and her sister Greta, and the pains of growing up. The writing is just beautiful and the characters felt so real. I know it's only March, but I feel confident saying it's a top 5 book of the year contender.

And while not related to my goals, I also wanted to share that I joined instagram last week! You can see my page here. Nothing special, just little snippets of everyday life. Let me know if you have an account so I can check it out. :)

How was your February? 

Oh, and last week I offered two books in a giveaway post - the winners are Jaclyn and Karen (please send me an email with your contact info). Woo! :)

10 comments:

  1. I noticed Rotten Ralph among your books - I haven't thought about that rascal for ages :)

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    1. He is quite the rascal! I have more to share about those books later this week :)

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  2. It can be frustrating when the graphs temporarily 'dip', but the new smartphone paid outright will make such a difference in the long term. Hope the spring weather is soon there to stay for you!

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    1. Yes, the graph doesn't look exactly how I hoped at this point . . but it's a yearlong goal so I'm thinking positive. Some warmer weather sounds lovely :)

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  3. I think any extra payment towards the mortgage is good! :)

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  4. There's a dip, but you still put something in, so that's impressive! Are you settling into the smart phone? Dropped it yet (that dreaded first drop!)

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    1. Yes, I dropped it over the weekend. Gah! No visible damage at least :)

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  5. Agree! Any additional payment on the mortgage is awesome!

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