Reviewing January 2016 Goals

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January is at an end, so it's time to look back on my January 2016 goals and see how I fared. If you missed the original post, you can read it here. There will be a February goals post coming very soon which may or may not include yet more albums to discover. Watch this space.

First of all are the results of my randomised album adventures:

   Aretha Franklin (Aretha: Lady Soul) - The first of the albums I listened to, and of course loved. I find it hard to think why anyone would dislike Aretha. Her voice is so incredibly soulful and her lyrics powerful. I found myself singing along to songs I didn't even know I'd heard before. Chain of Fools is an absolute wonder and gives me shivers.

   Loretta Lynn (Don't Come Home A Drinkin') - Now, I've never really listened to country music before so this was a bit of a tricky one for me, however I did find myself bobbing along to a lot of these songs. I far from hated this album, but I don't think I would choose to listen to it again, regardless of it only being 28 minutes long.

   Creedence Clearwater Revival (Cosmo's Factory) - This album seemed to pass me by very quickly, despite enjoying it.

   Rod Stewart (Gasoline Alley) - I enjoyed this much more than I ever imagined I would a Rod Stewart album, but by the end of it I was very bored and craved a little less whining.

   Syd Barrett (The Madcap Laughs) - A little like CCR in the way it passed me by, but I was a fan of Barrett's voice and the weird tone of this entire album.

   Patti Smith (Horses) - Patti Smith, my love. She is an absolute babe and an icon. Of course I loved this.

   Parliament (Mothership Connection) - If I ever had a dinner party, I would play this on a loop. It was funky, it was fun, and actually made me dance. Weeeeee need the funk.

   Japan (Quiet Life) - OH BOY. This was a good'un. I will definitely be listening again.

   Pulp (This is Hardcore) - I love Pulp, but this album was just so dirgey. The entire thing was very melancholy.

   Ghostface Killah (Fishscale) - Stopped three songs in. Sorry.

So all-in-all, we did quite well. Onto the crafting.

This month I did plan, attempt, and nearly finish an entire craft project. There is only one element left to complete and I'm pretty pleased considering the amount I have actually completed. My project was to make a plush of BB-8 from The Force Awakens. Back in the day I was all for making plush toys and was actually quite good at it. There was a Kirby, a Dr Manhattan, and a few sushi rolls if I remember correctly. I always enjoyed the process of making them, so this was a natural choice to start the year off with craft-wise. Now, it hasn't turned out as good as my previous creations, but I didn't really expect it to. It doesn't have a head yet (hence why I'm not sharing photos), and if I were to make it again, I make the orange sections larger so there's less white area. It was an attempt, however, and an attempt I'm glad I made.

Finally comes lunch, and this ended up being the easiest of my January goals as my mum loaned me a copy of Eat Pretty, inside which I immediately fell in love with the recipe for asparagus pilaf. So I've been eating delicious greenery-filled quinoa in my packed lunch several times per week, and I'm so happy I've managed to incorporate a new, not to mention very healthy, lunch to my repertoire that only takes twenty or so minutes to whip up.

February, ho!

M x

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