January review

Hello blog! So one of my resolutions this year was to plan better, and one of the ways I thought of doing this was to review each month as they go by. First month down, eleven to go. So let’s look back at January.

Wedding-wise, we’ve been making progress. We have a draft guestlist, venue shortlist, prices for dress rental and photography. We’ve visited quite a few venues and although we haven’t actually booked anywhere yet, we have 2 or 3 pretty good options. All our research and budget info is organized on Google docs and shared so it’s always there for us to refer to.┬áNext month I hope to get the venue booked, and everything after that should fall into place. Anyway, I’m glad we’re starting early!

My PR application is going a bit slower than expected, since I’m having trouble getting some of the documents I need. Now there’s only 2 to go so I hope to have everything I need within the next 2 weeks, and maybe book an appointment after that to actually submit the application. I’m hoping I don’t have to wait too long for the appointment. We’ll see!

Work is going well. I have a pretty difficult project on at the moment, but my team are supportive and I’m just glad to be working on challenging stuff.

I set up a goal on Goodreads to read 25 books. So far I’ve read 1 so I’m a bit behind. I really liked the first book I read (Defenders by Will McIntosh) but I’m struggling with Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. The latter has amazing reviews so I’m sure it’s great, it’s just taking me a while to get into it. Ah well. I’ll try and catch up this week.

One of my new year’s goals looks set to be completed in the next 2 weeks though! I’ve booked a trip to Sabah with Brin and her family, to meet more of her family over there. I’m pretty excited because although we’ve travelled around Southeast Asia a bit, it’ll be different meeting up with locals (family too) and seeing how they live. We’re going for 4 nights. I hope to book our next UK trip this month too, probably the last before our wedding. Already looking forward to going back again.

Other than that, I’ve been following an exercise/diet plan fairly well and feeling pretty good. There’s a gym room where I live and the stadium down the road, so there’s really no excuse not to. Planning to keep up the diet for a couple more weeks and then step up the weight training mid-Feb.

Only one more week until Chinese New Year and a 4-day weekend. Yay!