January, so far

We are already halfway through January! I am genuinely shocked. I know I am not alone when I say that January normally feels at least 70 days long. Nonetheless, this month has felt pretty good… so far. I absolutely feel like I am going to jinx myself, but oh well.

Work has been busy, I’ve been doing plenty of running (ice cold, below freezing temps running), and school starts back up on Tuesday. Patrick’s making more and more progress in physical therapy and has taken to walking around the house with a hiking pole, which cracks me up.

Mid long run from last week. The second half of this run was in freezing rain.

In other news I set out to accomplish three aspirations for the month from my long 2022 list and I’ve already done all three!

I wanted to read a book from start to finish, do a coffee outside, and make one dinner extra special.

I started and finished Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal of the Sea this month and it was excellent. I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t even know there was a Spanish Civil War before World War 2. And Chile’s history? So much to learn! A Long Petal of the Sea is a historical fiction that follows the entire life span of two people affected/involved in the Spanish Civil War. It is tragic, but not in the way you’d outright expect. There’s also something about a book that spans an entire life that feels extra heartbreaking to me. I can’t explain it! If you’re curious, now I am ready What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. I want to read another fiction when I’m done with Murakami’s book, so if you have any recommendations then let me know!

On Friday morning at around 6 am, I woke Patrick up and asked him if he had slept okay that night. We’d been talking about doing a coffee outside and Friday seemed perfect, but I didn’t want to force him up. I sleep like a rock, but Patrick sometimes wakes up sporadically. I had already packed up the coffee supplies and had picked a place, so when Patrick got up we just needed to bundle up for the cold. And it was… quite cold. I think this will be a little more fun when it’s warmish out and the sun rises earlier, but oh well. Patrick swapped the Aeropress for the Clever and I grabbed two muffins in case we got hungry.

We drove out to a scenic overlook on Washington Parkway, realized immediately that we should’ve brought headlamps, and got to boiling the water.

We’re going to go somewhere different next time (lol). The view of the Potomac is nice, but the sounds of rushing cars on the parkway just doesn’t do it for me.

Finally, two weeks ago Patrick really wanted to make homemade Indian food. I am always a little skeptical since we have very mixed results when we attempt it. He found a recipe for butter chicken and homemade naan, so we went for it. Truthfully Patrick made most of it, but I helped cook the naan! This is not a meal that we could casually make for people, at least not without a lot of practice. And we learned a lot about what we would do differently next time, but my god it was delicious. Like I was genuinely shocked by how good it was.

We normally avoid having both of us cooking in the kitchen at the same time since it’s so small, but we were both required for this meal. It ended up being pretty fun, despite the smoke alarms nearly going off since we used butter and not ghee. We ate at the dining table and I feel like we spent most of the time marveling at how good it was.

Now I am trying to decide if I want to find another aspiration on my list to focus on. I wasn’t trying to rush through them at all, I just happened to accomplish them pretty quickly!

I hope that January is treating you well so far. Stay safe out there!

Love,

Juliana

Parting words.

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