Welcome to Week 1 of A Year in Pictures! This we actually have a full week, hence it being Week 1. When I've been doing my planning this year, I have been enjoying going with the rhythm of working one week at a time, which is why I decided to do these as weekly posts!
We are still in catch up mode so this week will have several posts, but eventually I hope on Mondays with showing pics from the previous week. That's the dream! But for now, let's talk a walk down memory lane... of 2020's first full week!
I finished a book: The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson. I picked this one up last JUNE for The Lady Vaults Book Club. I have since realized I am horrible at keeping up with book clubs, which shows here by taking 7 months to read the pick, oh my. That said, this book was excellent. It was a challenging read in a few different ways, but the characters and story were both very engaging. I will definitely read more Nalo Hopkinson in the future.
I was stoked to find this mini calendar stack at the dollar store! It's got four tear away calendars for each month, and will be perfect to glue into my various journals, trackers, and planners. Because yes, I have lots of different trackers and planners. As much as I like bullet journaling, I do find writing out the whole month can be tiresome so this is perfect add for a reference. Love it!
In the post holiday season I often spend a lot of time resting and recovering, and this year is no different. I decided to pick a show to watch during this time, and I went with Helix! I noticed it was leaving Netflix Canada in mid January, so that time pressure gave some urgency to finally finish the series.
I had watched Season 1 live, but it was several years ago so I went back and re-watched it and than finished the series off with watching the second season as well. It's a scifi/horror series that starts in the Arctic following a potential outbreak. I enjoyed Season 1 the most, both for the setting and the story. That said, as a completist I was thrilled to finish the whole series. I've also set the challenge to myself of finishing 20 TV series as a part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days, which is a whole other kettle of fish that hopefully will come up in a future blog post!
It's time for ART!! This year I'm doing Carla Sonheim's yearlong class: Words and Pictures. The first assignment needs some letters, and I didn't have any kicking around so I MADE MY OWN with a Sharpie and magazine pages! I love Carla's classes, and I've been doing the year longs for many years now and I am so looking forward to this year and exploring all there is to explore. I hope it will be a great year for art and exploration.
Another Friday adventure with my sisters Jamie and Suzie! We went down to Book Ends, the used bookstore down at the Toronto Reference Library. We often go seasonally, and were definitely on the lookout for materials to use for the Words and Pictures class (we are all taking it!). As always, I was also looking for books to read. This spot has the best deals in town for books, plus every time I come home with unique set of treasures. This time ended up with quite an interesting haul of book which I hope to share that in a separate post.
Although I didn't get a shareable photo of the event itself, Saturday was the final holiday event of the season with my Dad coming in for a visit. Even though it rained all day (in January!), it was a really fun event full of lively discussion and yummy food. This pics is of the these treat bags I made to share with family, and I made the snowflakes myself! They took a bit to figure out quite exactly how to do them, but it was fun to put it all together.
Note to future self: Take photos of family events!!
After all the visiting it was time for a rest, and with that I finished another TV show: The Loch! I started watching this one a few years back when it aired on CBC but never saw the whole thing. It's a crime drama series set in Scotland, and with just 6 episodes and I flew right through the series. I'm very very thankful they were available on CBC Gem and it feels good to finish another show. My second of the year!
That's how the first full week of the year went! We are * this * close to being caught up on posts, woohoo!
See my intro to 2020 A Year in Pictures here, or all 2020 Year in Pictures posts here.