What I Read:
His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
Certain Women by Madeleine L'Engle
Mothers and Other Liars by Amy Bourret
You Are So Undead to Me by Stacy Jay
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Eyes of the Heart by Frederick Buechner
Flirting With Danger by Lynn M. Phillips
The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Pages read this year: 5344
Amount spent purchasing books this year: $16.73
Amount saved using NetGalley, the library, and books I've already purchased: $208.78
Now for the summary of my priorities:
I'm really liking my new priority system. I've had several chances to say no to people lately - especially at work, and it's been very liberating. It also means that I've had a lot more time to spend with Luke and with the puppies. We started a training class last week and had a blast. This is the first time we've done a class together and we really liked it. Here's a fun story about our marriage:
Last summer Luke decided nothing would do but to get a puppy. I didn't want a puppy. Luke annoyed me until I gave in and we got Dexter against my better judgment. And against the better judgment of basically everyone we know, who all told me to put my foot down and refuse to get a dog. Of course I didn't listen and we got Dex and fell in love with him. Then we found out Chief needed a home and impulsively agreed to try it for a week. Everyone we know, especially my parents who don't like the whole idea of inside dogs, told us we were crazy and that we were going to regret it and our lives would be miserable. But we didn't listen, we got Chief, and by the end of the first day we knew we'd keep him.
Despite all of the good advice that having two dogs that are the same age is harder (true) and that our house will be destroyed by giant puppies (also true, but only in the basement), having two puppies has been so good for our marriage. We have a blast doing all the puppy stuff together - going to the park, walking downtown, being in the parade, and now training classes. Our basement will never be the same (Dexter chewed a good two feet of carpet all the way down to the concrete before we figured out how to raise his bed) but it's been totally worth it because Luke and I finally have a common hobby. Instead of getting home at night and going our separate ways, we have something to do together. Also I would like to say a big "I was right and you were wrong" to the people who told us we were crazy for getting two danes. The dents in the basement wall from puppy wrestling are barely even noticable!
Chiefer and I are still walking in the mornings and we are gradually increasing our distance.
Our house is also becoming much more organized. I'm realizing that things I put off as big jobs really don't take that long - it just seems that way because I'm doing everything on the same day. In reality, doing the floors only takes like 15 or 20 minutes. My problem is that I'm doing floors, bathrooms, dishes, carpets, dusting, laundry, etc, etc on the same day. If I can just make myself do 15 - 30 minutes of cleaning each day, I can keep the house in good shape. And it burns calories.