Well, it's already the start of February and while I feel like the year is already flying by, when I look back at my very busy, color-coded calendar for January, a lot has happened!
Event-wise, we had 3 Avalanche hockey games, one my friend Mary attended with me because JC was once again in San Francisco for work. I had a LOT of shifts at the Scrapbook Shack, but still found time to attend the Moravia Colorado holiday gathering (it was just a small group of 6 of us at a restaurant, three of which I knew from Lionbridge, so it felt good to catch up in person!), as well as get together with friends here and there. JC and I also took a quick trip to Colorado Springs so that he could go to his gaming store and I could go to my scrapbooking store, where I took a coloring class.
I am also still doing my required two days a month of volunteering at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. It is SO fun, despite freezing to death most of the time. I'm prepared, though! I have invested thoroughly in knee-high winter boots, a new coat, a super-thick hat, thermal underwear, and even waterproof gloves that allow a thin pair of regular gloves underneath, so that when I'm, say, chopping cold fruits for four hours again, I can still feel my fingers!
In January, I did my Animal Care shift on a Sunday when apparently there is not as much to do. While no meat buckets were made, I did get to clean the tiger roundhouse and feed the tigers. I tell you, standing a yard away from a tiger that weighs four times what you do is always going to be intimidating! During my Education day, it was so nice and warm in the morning (around 60 degrees!) that four of the bears actually awoke from hibernation and walked around! I went to lunch at 1 and when I came back, the temperature dropped 20 degrees, it was cloudy, and a very cold wind was whipping down the walkway. The bears all went back into their concrete dens! But the lions were facing the wind, letting it blow through their manes, and the wolves were howling. I also got to see the two porcupines get fed and they are too cute!
Personally, January was a great month. I'm getting the hang of this new job thing and my boss is the best. She and I get along very well and so far she's pleased with the work that I'm doing. What's even better is that I'm actually getting up out of my chair and moving around every hour when my Fitbit alarm goes off. I've vowed to not let the work-from-home desk job affect my health this time around. I'm climbing 10 flights of stairs a day, taking at least one walk in the neighborhood (when it's not snowing or icy), doing other types of exercises at my desk like planks, lunges and squats, and really watching what I eat and counting calories. So far, in just four weeks of doing this, I've lost 4.5 pounds, and I'm 8.5 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight. All without doing a lot of exercise because my foot still hurts too often to do that. Just in eating less, eating better, moving around more and getting out of the chair.
I also feel very productive and organized. I'm getting up early every day to tackle something before I have to work, whether that's emails, scrapbooking, laundry, bills, dishes, personal enrichment or reading. I'm also reading at night, watching less TV, and keeping my to do list very short. I'm not sure where I'm getting this energy from, but I'll take it!
I've also been working hard on keeping up with scrapbooking, and right now I am caught up to September 2015!
Links to older albums are also in the bottom right corner.
And now, without further ado, my Year in Review. I hope this is not super boring for all of you! If it is, please tell me and I'll stop. :)
Year in Review
1. Highlights of the year
2. Lowlights of the year
3. What do you have at the end of 2015 that you didn't have before?
6. Funniest thing of the year
9. Summarize 2015 in a word or sentence