This Week – A New Year

I haven’t done one of these updates since August! Those first few months of homeschooling were so time-consuming. They still are, but now we’ve got a rhythm to our madness and a tutor (via Zoom) 4-5 hours a week, so we’re doing okay.

I’ve started the year with two personal goals and you can read about them here. Essentially, I’ll be finishing a book every day and losing 50 pounds by October. I’m thinking big 🙂 I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to blog about the books. Instagram is my daily update with my thoughts on the books so I hope you’ll follow me there. Here’s what I finished this week…

Title: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, Author: Jason Reynolds
Title: You Are Not Alone: A Novel, Author: Greer Hendricks
Title: Who Was P. T. Barnum?, Author: Kirsten Anderson

I also did a 2020 wrap up of favorite books and movies. I’m trying to get around to everyone’s blogs this week to catch up with wrap up posts.

Last year I signed up for one reading challenge, Book’d Out’s Nonfiction Reader Challenge and I promptly failed to participate in any way 😦 So, we’re going to give that another go this year! We’ll see if I can have a better showing at the Nonfiction Nibbler level. That’s 6 books from her list of 12 categories. I got this 🙂

My Ohio State Buckeyes beat Clemson in the College Football Playoff and that was a fun evening 🙂 We also let Gage stay up til midnight on the 31st and bang some pots and pans on our deck when the ball dropped. It’s been cold, but we’ve been able to take some family nature walks and we’ve done some puzzles together which as been fun. Gage won our 2 and a half hour Monopoly game yesterday.

Oh, and we watched

Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween (2018) poster.jpg

I’m really hoping that this week we can put the election and all of the various shenanigan’s to rest and go back to being a model of adult behavior for our kids and the world.

21 thoughts on “This Week – A New Year

  1. Mareli Thalwitzer says:

    We’ve just watched The Mummy (again) and half way through my husband says we need to watch Goosebumps again too. So yea!!

    Have a good week and happy reading!

    Elza Reads

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    I really want to learn more about Instagram. I will look for you over there.

    Good luck with your health goals. I have missed going to the Y during this pandemic, but my husband and I have walked most days and that’s helped.

    I’m glad you have returned to posting here. I have missed seeing you. I bet homeschooling is demanding.

    Your New Year’s holiday activities sound like great fun. Your football team. Allowing your son to stay up till midnight. Plus Monopoly. All fun.

    I am with you in hoping that grownups act more like grownups in 2021!

  3. Literary Feline says:

    I have been wanting to read Stamped. I really liked Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist which I read this past year. Yay for doing the nonfiction challenge! I hope I will do better with it this year too. Wishing you a great 2021, Stacy!

  4. gulfsidemusing says:

    I can’t wait until the election is certified and all of this ridiculous behavior is behind us… 2020 has been a challenge in so many ways! Glad you’re in a rhythm for homeschooling. Look forward to seeing what 2021 has in store. Happy New Year!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Isn’t it ridiculous how much damage one man continues to do even after he’s been soundly defeated? Hopefully this will be a blip in our history and not the new normal where democracy dies at the hands of the ‘patriots’.

  5. kaysreadinglife says:

    I’m in awe of your 365book goal. Good for you and good luck. And also your better health/weight loss goal. I’m over 40 pounds above my WW weight goal and so we’ll be trekking along together. I’d really like to get there this year. I can do it! Ha! Glad your Buckeyes won and could they please win in the championship game? My husband says that if they do, he’ll win the football pool thing that he’s doing with some of his golf buddies. So, for this game only, we’ll be Buckeye fans – then we’ll revert back to Longhorns. LOL

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Haha! We’ll need all Buckeyes and their supporters come Monday night 🙂 Do not be in awe of my book goal until I’m at least a few months in. We’ll see how I can make it work in real life. The fact that we’re not going anywhere these days helps, but I’m hoping that we’ll have some normalcy this year. You can lose it. You’ve done it before and you know what works. That’s half the battle. Let’s do it!

  6. Les in OR says:

    How wonderful that you have a tutor to help out with the homeschooling! It sounds like you’re getting into your groove.

    I am feeling very hopeful about Georgia and hope we have good news tomorrow. I’m also hopeful that the lame duck in office flies off to Scotland (although they just told him they don’t want him there) or anywhere but the U.S. and leaves us alone! It’s time to let Biden and Harris do their jobs. I’m praying for peace for this country, wishing it were already February and that the news was full of boring stories. Ah, but we still have the pandemic… Sigh. Just wake me up in June. 🙂

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