I looked over my calendar of January and see that I didn't really do much except go to work, go to the temple, go to church. Wayne and Susan visited from Virginia, and it was great to see them. I started an exercise program at the beginning of the month, but it soon fizzled out. Hopefully each month I will get the motivation to start exercising again. I guess exercising for two weeks and then stopping is better than no exercise at all. I gave a talk in church on the 17th about family history which I felt good about. Shared some stories from familiy histories I've read and thoughts about geneology. The same day, I gave my first family history lesson. There were seven people in the class. On the 24th, I gave a family history lesson and then my Relief Society lesson. It was based on Elder Dallin Oaks talk, "Love and Law." It's all about how God's laws are evidence of His love for us. By obeying these laws, we develop the characters and attributes we will need to return to live with Him again. He shows mercy through the Atonement but is bound by the laws. If we choose to be disobedient, he cannot overlook that disobedience. But because of His love, he strives to help us overcome temptations. I like how Elder Oaks doesn't pull any punches and is matter-of-fact in telling how our choices affect our outcomes. Here's a rundown of my regular activities:
Books I read or listened to nine books this month for a total of 2692 pages. My favorite was Mort by Terry Pratchett. I started The Atonement but couldn't finish it. Too bleak. I also re-read Jane Eyre and really enjoyed. It's quite different than I remebered it. Did Bronte come back and do a rewrite in the last forty years? Seven of the nine books were for a personal challenge to read books that have been on my TBR list for over three years. Twenty-eight more to go. Quite often I've wondered why I put off reading a book for so long.
TV New seasons of the Bachelor and American Idol started this month. Watching The Bachelor is like watching a train wreck only this time it's less interesting. I still watch, but Jake is just not as much fun (too earnest?) and the girls seemed determined to be witches. Don't they realize it's all on camera? American Idol is still fun. They're all still in the audition stage. I wish they wouldn't show so many of the really bad or stupid contestants and none of the ones who go off, getting merrily bleeped along the way, when they're not picked. I'd like to see more of the contestants who do get picked. I'm loving Castle and am getting a little tired of Gray's Anatomy.
Exercise 4 1/2 total hours. How pathetic. I can only do 1/2 hour at a time and haven't exercised since the 18th. But now I'm embarrassed so I am determined to start again.
Weight Lost 6.6 pounds. Obviously I didn't lose much weight from my diligent exercising program. I'm attributing it to stress. I never thought I would be too stressed to eat, but there you have it.
Overall Impression January is a cold, dismal month. Even so, we had a number of days where the sun shone and the snow melted quickly off the roads. There were a number of foggy days as well. I don't like driving in the fog and it was miserably cold; but I love the way it freezes on the trees and electric wires. Things are not going well at work but I just have to keep plugging along. Hopefully, it will start looking up. I really think January is my least favorite month. So here's to February.