Monday, January 28, 2019

End of the Month Wrap Up

At the beginning of the month, I was amazed that it was 2019. Now, I'm amazed that we're already at the end of the month! I've been slowly trying to get back into the good habits I abandoned during the holiday season for bad habits like junk food. Candy. Cookies. Spending time with the kids and skipping the gym.

I've returned to the gym, or when there is snow, I have the treadmill and yoga on demand. I found a 30 day yoga challenge on Amazon Prime. Sure, it might take me 300 days to finish the 30 day challenge, but I'm still doing it.

Weaning myself off the cookies and candies is also a work in progress.

Then there's also this:

In 2019, I'll be turning 50, so health and aging are suddenly a obsession concern. Osteoporosis and arthritis are common problems for my family. I was visiting Life Away From The Office Chair blog and blogger Lisa suggested taking collagen supplements to not only reverse the effects of aging, but to reduce joint pain and promote bone growth.

Sounded like a great plan to me, so I ordered a jar. While waiting for it to arrive, I checked into the research. It seems to be legit. Which is good. It comes from natural sources. Also good. And those natural sources are ground-up animal bone, hair, teeth, etc.

Not good. I told my husband. He said, "You eat gelatin. What do you think it's made of?"

I suppose...

It finally arrived. I tried to tell my brain not to imagine it was made of ground up bone, fur, teeth and whatnot, but I never made it over the hump. Somehow, the idea of mixing it up and drinking it was  too much.

My husband wasn't so squeamish. He mixed up a glass and gave it a try. He assured me it wasn't too bad-- just don't smell it before drinking, because it had the same smell as when the dentist grinds your teeth to fill a cavity. 

Needless to say, that whole jar is now his. I ordered some collagen in pill form. 
Wish me luck. 

It's the end of the month. Time to reflect on the best of January's entertainment. 

Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse. Double thumbs up. I'm not usually a big fan of cartoons, but this was a well-written script. The characters were likable. The story was fresh. And the action was balanced with poignant moments and humor. 
Hector and the Search for Happiness. I love Simon Pegg movies. This one didn't let me down. It was funny and thoughtful. I bought a used DVD from a video store. A great way to stock up on movies for a few dollars. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's back. It has a new home over at NBC, but it's funny as ever. 

Quantum Leap. I bought my husband the full series on DVD for Christmas. We started watching it and I still love it as much as I did in the 90's. 

The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild. An enjoyable, informative read. From the beginnings of the Rothschild dynasty to the early days of jazz, this book takes an honest look at the humanness of those who live in worlds that seem so much larger than life.

That's it for January. See you in February!


  1. Hi Elizabeth - well done for weaning yourself off the Christmas goody madness and settling in to helping yourself. I'd say eat some jelly ... or even make some with veggies or fruits you enjoy ... take care and all the best - Hilary

    1. That's a great idea. You can never have enough fruits and veggies.

  2. I'd forgotten about Quantum Leap. I loved that show. Time to revisit :)

  3. Thanks for the shout out! You had me laughing describing the smell. The first canister I tried did not smell at all. I finished it off and bought a different brand. Just last night I about gagged when I smelled it as I tried it in a bottle of flavored water. You can not taste it at all but I thought it had a weird smell and me and the husband were trying to figure out what it reminded us of and I think your husband described it well. hahaha.
    I add a scoop to my coffee each morning and there is no smell or taste.
    I plan to do an update review on it toward the end of next month. I'm still not 100% convinced yet.

  4. Okay, you turning the jar over to your hubby crack me up. Yay for pill form! Let us know how that works for you since I'm way older than you are.


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