Monday, February 6, 2017

January in Numbers

Back to linking up with my pal Deena for her numbers posts.  These are a fun way to reflect on the month that was.  I always joke that January is my hibernation month...but after thinking about all this and looking back at it, I guess I didn't hibernate much at all!!  See what you think...

Here's a peek at the first month of 2017 (eeekk I still can't believe it!!)

2 movies seen in a theater!
After going to the movies once all last year, I went twice in January and am already on tap to hit double digits this year! Thanks in part to my hometown theater....a one room theater with a boatload of great movies playing.  This theater has been in my town for a few years now, and I always said I wanted to go but never made it.  But really all I had to do was voice to some friends that I wanted to go and boom!  Faculty field trips were born!  LOL  In January I saw Manchester by the Sea with my sister and Lion with a few of my teacher friends!  Both great, great movies!!

4 birthdays celebrated (5 if you count reagan!  LOL)
January was full of birthdays and birthday celebrations!  Mom, dad, my nephew Tim and friend Mindy all have birthdays in January. So it was a month of celebrating, eating yummy and partying!

My first neighbor night attended!  Where I discovered Left Center new favorite game!  I left with 0 dollars!  And lost $3 and a few quarters!

Again this year I've pledged to be Shop Free for Three.  Not buying any clothes, shoes, or accessories for the months of January, February and March.  I did well.   I took January 1st off, being a holiday and all, and treated myself to a pair of leggings  from a New Year's sale at small online boutique run by a school parent.  (for only 15 bucks!), and then won a pair in a contest that day too, so it really was a win-win!!  And anything else I bought, I had a Christmas gift card for.

Also, realizing I needed to seriously get my finances in order this month, I made a number of returns!!  So got back some money there.  And am also waiting on my January ebates check, with over $100 cash back from the Christmas season, so I am slowly but surely getting back in the black...hahahahaha!!

In all honesty, all the money I do spend is on food!  I ate out or got take out  a lot in January...and am already doing the same February....oops!  Lots of Italian and tapas but only one sushi night!  WHAT?!?!?!  Must change that in February!!

All the food money I spent was mixed in with 11 fun nights out this month.  Not bad I suppose!!  I love my people...

1 formal observation completed!  Didn't go as swimmingly as I had hoped but it's over and I still have a job so...

On a more exciting note....2 trips booked!!  Off again to see my Mom in May  for our annual Mother's Day trip and headed for a meet up with the ladies of The Blended Blog the very next weekend!!!!  I've never been to Canada before so I'm so excited!!  Lots to look forward to!!

Oh Canada!

This month I started 2 books but didn't get a chance to finish either.  Hoping that changes in February, as I'm really excited for The Blended Blog's Virtual Book Club!  And there's still time to sign up to join us!!

Saved $5.63 so far in the Penny-a-day challenge!

January on the blog!
13 posts...didn't post as much as I'd like but such is life!!  Check them all out here!
1 New Series Started: Monday Musings...later posts where I recap and try to find the fun in the dreaded Monday!
Most viewed post: Fri-YAY! (My one and only Friday post this month!)
Most viewed post on FB: Monday Musings
Life on Insta: Back to my KatieDailys in 2017 Check them all out below and follow me @solitarylife101

Hope your February's off to a great start!


  1. It sounds like you had a fun and social month! I, too, find that even without clothes shopping, I spend too much on going out to eat. Although this month I was on a diet so I REALLY saved money. Haha.

  2. What a fun month! Lots of movies and friend dates, gotta love that!

  3. Where in Canada are you going? I've only been to Niagra Falls. Have a great week!

  4. apparently I only spend money on food and clothes. Ah well. Thanks for linkin gup!

  5. We love that game LCR. We have even played with dollars before. Great month cutie pie!

  6. You had a fun January despite the darkness at 4:30 pm. Also, why am I not on ebates?

  7. Looks like a great month - but I'm stuck on Toronto! Can't wait to meet you!


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