The Month That Was: February 2016

8 years

In February 2016 I completed my first class at Uni and began renovating our kitchen.

During my break from Uni (between terms) I have been very busy with the kitchen renovation. Sanding all of the cupboards, skirting and around a bench has been taking some time, but I am hoping I can have it finished in the coming week. ☺️ My hands have been getting sore and I keep forgetting to wear gloves, so my fingers are rough and sore from the sandpaper. πŸ˜…

Life Updates

  • Finished my first class with Uni (first three assignments I gotΒ High Distinctions and waiting on results from two more)Β  😁
  • For mum’s birthday I started renovating the kitchen as a gift to her, the sanding is taking the longest because in some parts it has to be done by handΒ  😒
  • Have continued to be Soda Free and still limiting added sugars (I haven’t lost anymore weight, but because I have been doing a lot more with the kitchen, I have been building mussel… hopefully πŸ˜ƒ)

Entertainment Updates

  • Reading:Β None
  • Movies: I watched 33Β films
  • TV: X-Files, Extras
  • Music: None
  • Gaming: Sims 4

Between sanding the kitchen I also watched The Academy AwardsΒ today. So glad that Leo finally has an Oscar!Β  πŸ’Ž I was hoping that Tom Hardy might have also picked up an award, maybe next time.Β  πŸ’–

  1. What did you do in February?
  2. What are your plans for March?
  3. Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win?

21 Responses

  1. I am so happy for you that you are trying to eat/drink healthy! Good luck!
    I can’t wait to see the completed renovated kitchen!
    And I am so thrilled that Leo won his Oscar- it was well-deserved and The Revenant was the first movie I watched in 2016. And I remember thinking that this film and Leo deserves an Oscar. I actually told my sister that Leo needs an Oscar and so I’m so happy/thrilled/excited for Leo! It finally came true and I really liked his speech as well!

    What did you do in February?
    – watched the Chinese New Year fireworks for the first time in Hong Kong!! =D

    What are your plans for March?
    – hopefully to meet up with my friend who is here in Hong Kong! ;P

    Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win?
    I didn’t watch the Oscars but I did hope Leo would win for his role as well as any award for Kate Winslet.

  2. Wow that is a lot of movies! I wish I could watch that many but mostly I manage 2, maybe 3 a week!
    Congrats on finishing your finishing your class and staying soda-free. I hope your hands recover from the sanding πŸ™

    What did you do in February? Got accepted to the university I want to go to, saw a couple of Chelsea home games, tried to learn Chess
    What are your plans for March? I’m giving blood for the first time, that’s my main big thing. Mostly it’ll be school work, reading and the normal stuff
    Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win? I didn’t but I’m really Inside Out and Brie Larson won! πŸ˜€

  3. Congratulations on finishing your first class! Hope the kitchen renovation will turn out great! It sounds like you’re doing lots of work, but it’s certainly worth it ;).

    Good job with your soda-free lifestyle! Hope it’ll keep on going ;).

    I’m happy that Leo finally won an Oscar! After so many years of hard work, he finally won!

    I was very busy with school, but it’s part of life XD.

  4. 1. What did you do in February?
    Nothing special: I read fan fictions, worked on my sites, watched Masterchef Italy and USA.

    2. What are your plans for March?
    Binge-watch The Walking Dead – I’ve just started watching it and I have to catch up. <3

    3. Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win?
    Being italian, I rooted for il Maestro Ennio Morricone in the original soundtrack category; aside from that (please, Leo’s fan, don’t hate me), I rooted for Micheal Fassbender as best actor. :p

  5. Ouch! Hope you haven’t left too much of your skin in the kitchen. I winced reading that because… OW! I’m sure it’ll all be worth it when it’s done.

    What did you do in February?
    Not a lot, actually. I was signed off for most of the month, been struggling quite badly with depression and insomnia.

    What are your plans for March?
    March is going to be a busy one. I’ve got quite a few gigs that I’ve tickets for, and I’m heading down to London for a week.

    Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win?
    I didn’t even know they were on until I came online today and came across all the posts about Leo. Looking over the winners… I’ve never heard of most of them!

  6. I’m excited to see your kitchen once the renovation is done πŸ™‚
    Congrats on keeping up with your Soda Free challenge hehe so far, I haven’t taken soda too yay! πŸ™‚
    Wow, you’ve watch a lot of movies already! Are youdoing the 100 movies project something? Hehe I wish Sims have mobile app huhu I have Sim Freeplay and I got bored with it hehe

  7. Congrats on your February accomplishments, especially with your soda free challenge. I haven’t had soda for 3-4 years now (including diet sodas and those zero calorie sodas), so eventually, avoiding sodas wouldn’t be as challenging as before. πŸ™‚

    What did you do in February?
    Did plenty of things: online classes (Udemy, some Code School) and earned my Udemy certification for Jekyll, read new books on Kindle, currently cleaning my closet and currently re-folding my clothes using the KonMari method, returned to Blogcritics as a writer/book reviewer, redesigned two of my four currently active sites, went to a movie with bro and his fiancee, went to my very first meetup with my local Girl Develop It! chapter, and going through my annual Lenten challenge.

    What are your plans for March?
    My parents will be arriving home on the 9th so my “independence” is back to being limited again, March is also down the stretch for Lent, and most likely, doing the same stuff as what I’ve done in February. My closet and my room should be tidy by the end of March, hopefully.

    Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win?
    To tell you the truth, I don’t really care much for Oscars (or any other entertainment awards ceremonies) for the longest time now, but my bro’s fiancee is a movie fan so I was *forced* to watch it with her. I still didn’t care for the Oscars and didn’t really care who won, so no, I don’t have any favorites. I’ve never watched those movies that were nominated/mentioned (except for Star Wars), so no, I don’t have any favorites LOL. Like any other entertainment awards, I felt BLEH from the beginning to the end.

    It’s not that I’m not a movie fan, I just watch movies that I find interesting and get amused and entertained. I don’t really care who’s in it and how well they acted their roles, unless if it’s in some remake or a movie based on a book or somewhere else where I’m familiar with. It’s different with music, which I’m still stuck listening to the oldies/old school because today’s mainstream isn’t really that appealing to me. I’m old skool and I’m proud of it. πŸ˜›

  8. It sounds like you had quite a productive month!

    What did you do in February?
    Right now, all I can think about is how I skinned my knees. πŸ™

    What are your plans for March?
    It’s my birthday month, so…there’s that. πŸ˜‰

    Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win?
    Sadly, no. Then again, I’ve never had a lot of interest in award shows…aside from the teen ones as a youthster. XD

  9. I hope the kitchen renovation is going well. Sorry to hear that you haven’t lost any weight. Don’t give up. Just keep going. Eventually, you’ll lose that weight. I’m glad to hear that your soda free is going well for you. Did you buy the expansion packs and stuff packs for The Sims 4? If you did buy them, how are they?

    1. What did you do in February? Work and uni
    2. What are your plans for March? Work and uni
    3. Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win? No

  10. Good luck with the reno! Sorry to hear about your poor fingers! D:

    I have been dieting as well, with my diabetes medication. My doctor says I am healthy, so I try to be happy with that. At least I’m not gaining! Congrats on the soda! It is sooo hard for me to do it. DX

    My February was really nice! I created a lot of art, so I’m happy. In March I’ll be putting a final payment on a new doll, and teaching a small blogging workshop! So I’m excited! πŸ˜€

    I watched some of the Oscars. I wasn’t happy with most of it, but I was happy for Leo, and I loved Louie CK as a presenter! πŸ˜›

  11. Congrats on the High Distinctions on your assignments and on finishing the class! I also hope you share photos of the kitchen renovation later. I’d love to see how it turns out πŸ˜€ That’s great that you’ve continued to be soda free too!

    My February was full of food and procrastination, haha. I plan on eating healthier in March and on working on my projects more!

  12. What did I do in feb? 0_0 Uh… not a whole lot. I had too many bad episodes with my chronic pain so I just survived. LOL However, for march I’m going back to my wheat free diet and slowly going to follow the rules of the FODMAP diet, testing which foods actually hurt me and which don’t. It’s a lot of work but I have done it before and just stopped after my last surgery out of laziness. I didn’t watch the Oscars, sadly.

    That’s awesome about renovating your kitchen, I wish I could do that with mine but since I rent there is not much options. I hate my ancient stove though. DX

  13. I was so happy for Leo but also for Alicia Vikander, who I think thoroughly deserved her Oscar. She was flawless in The Danish Girl.

    March for me mainly has uni work and writing in it, but what’s new there?

    Congratulations on your high distinctions! Whooooo!

    There’s a Sims 4?! I remember playing Sims 2 – on Nintendo DS and PC! I used to make all my story characters and give them huge houses, and used so many cheats. I think it was the Tombstone of Life and Death I used to use? Honestly, I can’t really remember, but I know I used to love the Sims.

  14. Congrats for the great results on your first class! OuO
    You watch a lot of movies! πŸ™‚ So do I, I wish I read more though… :books:

  15. Well done on cutting out soda. I’ve had a really bad week with my goals this week. Moving house has sent me back to the start with it all which is rubbish, but I’m hoping to get back on track this week. Hopefully I’ll be able to.

    It’s so lovely that you’re renovating the kitchen for your mum. That must be so challenging! Hope you get it all done soon, I’m sure it’ll be great. Good luck!

    February was mostly focused on moving for me. We’ve had loads to sort out over the past few weeks. We’re finally getting settled now though, so March should be more relaxing. I also have a few fun things planned for March, like Comic con and the Rocky Horror show, so that should be fun.

    I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I’m happy for Leo. So many memes ruined though!

  16. What did you do in February?
    Got a job at my Uni at the help desk and finally was not sad about getting fired 2 years ago from the first ever job I was fired at.

    What are your plans for March?
    Get First Aid/CPR Certified and get at least 1 client for (yes I brought it back!)

    Did you watch the Oscars? If so did you have a favourite actor/film to win?
    Nah, I’m not a fan of the awards shows myself. Just not my forte. Is that how you even spell that? LOL

    How have you been, Kya? Sounds like you’ve been doing good! I’m starting a new vegetarian-like diet where I don’t eat meet (unless I have no other option cause I’m at work and desperate or something) and I eat a lot more fruits and veggies. I just bought all of the stuff I need for it yesterday but I still bought chips so hopefully I can start eating off by eating at least 1 apple after work tonight. I’m already taking iron supplements cause I’m pretty sure I have a deficiency and I feel a lot better now that I started taking them. I’m not as cold nor tired all of the time.

    I’m finally trying to get back into my websites so I hope I can do it! I’m glad I have my motivation back!

  17. In February I think I gained a lot of weight because I was stressed and had too much sugar. So like you I am going soda free, and will try to do candy free!! In March I am hoping to launch some projects and complete my assignments with better grades. πŸ™‚

    I don’t have cable so I didn’t watch the Oscars but I was also thrilled that Leo finally got it! YAY HIM!

  18. New year, new kitchen!! Sounds like a fun-ish project. I’m not much of a renos gal but definitely appreciate the desire! What a great and fantastic goal of cutting down soda and sugar. that’s a difficult journey in itself. I hope you’ll reach your goals and finish up with the kitchen sooner than later. Soak your hands in warm salt water will help with the soreness. Good luck to your March!

  19. hey old friend! I’m so happy for you about your high distinctions!!! That’s great news πŸ™‚

    I love your gift to your mom, it’s such a good idea and yes I’m sure you’re going to build some muscle, or at least gain some stamina.

    I’ve been cutting back on soda and sugars too, and I started going back to crossfit. It’s brutal but I’ve always enjoyed it so well see where it takes me. I had abs before I had my son so hoping to get back there >~<

    March is going to be a good month. We're starting a large wholesale farm of blooms. I can't wait! We have a lot of things to purchase at the moment but I've forced growth with other plants so again, excited to see where this adventure leads.

    Sending you love <3

  20. I’ve followed your example and cut down on my soda in take this month! I’ve only had one diet coke a week (rather than 3/4 a day) I’m still tired from the lack of caffeine, but I feel pretty chuffed.

    I bet your body shape has changed with the exercise from renovating and the lack of sugar – that’s the thing to pay attention to rather weight πŸ™‚

    My March has been pretty blegh, but hopefully it will improve.

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