January was dragging ass. I don’t know any better way to describe it, and that’s why this post is so late. I’m just ready for something new, a change of scenery, a different pace, and the man is totally supporting me on it. I want to do my time to get my student loan forgiveness and then find something else. I also discovered recently as a Texas public educator that we do not pay into Social Security, so if I ever needed disability leave, I’m beyond SOL. They’ll find I stopped paying in as a college student. And honestly, TRS is not truly retirement, so I’ll be screwed in 40-50 years there, too. The things they don’t tell you in student teaching…
The month chugged along for the man and I. He is taking care of the hot mess from his ex (who is rearing her raging, ugly head) and things just look worse and worse for her if this ever goes any further than the attorney. However, that’s not holding him back with Baby and me. He is loving on her like no tomorrow, and we have our time together. I am the most relaxed in this relationship out of all of them, and it’s easy to be with him. I can truly be me and there aren’t parts I have to keep to myself. I am truly enjoying everything I have with him.
In January, my baby brother turned 16 and this happened…
A photo of me feeding my older cousin (who committed suicide in 2011) resurfaced in January, and this represents everything about our relationship. He has been on my mind these last few months because there’s a backstory. When he died, I was dating the man at the time. We separated a few months after, and the man shares the same first name with my cousin. I was with him the night my cousin died, and he got me together and took me home. All these connections and memories have weighed on my heart heavily throughout January, and I miss that grinning face so much.
My coworkers also got to meet Baby! We happened to be visiting another middle school near the man’s house, so I left her there and picked her up after the school visit. She loved it! The attentions!
January was a little slow in the review realm, but I’m OK with that!
January I had ennui. I’m pretty sure it’s not a book hangover. It’s a solid slump. Still. At this point I don’t even know.
1664 views in January – third highest monthly views to date.
How I’ve Changed as a Reader was a very popular post that garnered several responses.
- Goodreads – 5/52 completed
- Alphabet Soup – 5/26 completed
- NetGalley – nothing 😦
- Shelf Love – 3/51+ completed
- TBR – 3/50 completed
- Discussion Challenge – 2/24 posts
- COYER – Going Back to Basics – 8 completed
- Holiday 2015 BINGO – 11/25 completed
- Chapter Break BINGO – 9/25 completed