I can’t believe February’s already gone. Is it just me or is this year flying by? Gah. I want time to slow down. I’m going to be 30 in May and cannot handle it.
Over all, this was a good month. My blog’s stats rocked, even though February’s short, and I had a magnificent long weekend in Florida. My trip to Marco Island rejuvenated me, big time, which was probably why I was extra productive when it came time to grow this website.
Oh, February was so much better healthwise than January. I’m glad I didn’t suffer from a fever, sore throat, cough, or any other wintry unpleasantness. Actually, the weather in New Jersey was quite awesome, too, especially the latter half of the month. Balmy breezes and sunny skies. If only spring would come for good. I’m over winter.
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What I’m Reading
I’m reading two non-fiction books at the moment, which is hilarious, because I’m usually a sucker for novels.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance: I won’t go into the politic reasons behind why I decided to read this book (though I’m sure you can guess). So far it offers an insightful look into America’s white working underclass, and I’m glad I picked it up. I’m also listening to this memoir on audiobook – which turned out to be a good choice. I’m apparently a slow reader, haha.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: So far I’m LOVING this travel memoir. I think I would be a total Katz (Bryson’s out of shape friend) on the Appalachian Trail, haha. I’m only a couple chapters into this book, and hope to finish it by the end of the month. Keep your fingers crossed.
Favorite Travel Item of the Month
Kindle Fire: I love, love, love my new Kindle Fire! For 2017, I want to read more on my trips, and this device is perfect. I also have an Audible account, which makes my ability to read on the road even stronger! Stay tuned for an upcoming post about why Audible is perfect for book-loving travelers.
I need to make March the month of fitness. I gained way too much weight in January and February, and it’s gotten to the point where I’m feeling badly about myself. I don’t want to throw myself into a hardcore diet, but eating better and exercising more would be a great step in the right direction. If you folks have any suggestions on how to stay motivated, I would love to hear them! I’m very deprecating and self-defeating about health and wellness, and would appreciate any help you can offer me.
Upcoming Travel Plans
What else… OH, for Spring Break, I’m spending five days in Austin! I’ve never visited Texas, EVER, so I’m super excited to see what the city has to offer. Suggestions? I definitely want to see LBJ Presidential Library and some live music, but I’m not sure what else to do, haha. I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
What did you do in February? Any travel stories? Monthly favorites? Share in the comments. Keep in mind that some links are affiliate-based, meaning I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.