Wow, you guys, September came and went in what feels like a flash! I don’t even know how we got here! I guess a big part of this whirlwind month is that it was so busy (which is why I don’t have any pictures! Sorry in advance)! Here’s a little review of all the things!
If you missed it, I started out September with a major hair cut for charity! You can read more here. It was such a rewarding and relieving event – plus I love my new hair! It’s been so much easier to get ready in the mornings which gives me a ton more time – I actually started doing dishes before I leave for work! *haha*
This month was my hubby and my 8th anniversary! We usually try to go on a trip or do something big like that, but this year we just had too many other things going on to pull it together. We did go out for a couple of nice dinners and had a lovely picnic lunch in the park, so it was still very nice. True to our (sort of) tradition, we didn’t get each other individual gifts… we got one big “gift” for the both of us:
That’s right, friends, we got a new washer and dryer for our anniversary! I should have taken a picture of the ancient, rumbly, terrifying old machines… but let’s just say they were way past their prime and we needed the new ones! Our kitty isn’t terribly impressed and I still don’t really know how to work the darn things, but I am a happy laundress!
This wasn’t a great reading month… too many other things got in the way. I did enjoy a new (to me) comic called The Rat Queens. The art style is glorious and the comic itself is the perfect balance of adventure and comedy. There is quite a bit of strong language, so be aware of that, but it’s still really fantastic!
The book club book for October is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. That’s the only book I’ve really made time for so far. The focus is on eating well from local sources to promote health, seasonal eating, and farming. I like it a lot, but Barbara can be a bit preachy in her writing – I often feel like she’s wagging her finger at me like I’ve done something terrible. She also sets the bar for her cause so high that I’m less inspired than I could be just because I know I could never measure up to her standard. Worth a read if you’re interested in her ideas, but take it with a grain of salt.
Besides being too busy to read much this month, I’ve also devoted a significant amount of time to my new favorite show: Outlander. I’ve been meaning to read the books (and I still will), but I just couldn’t wait to watch the show any longer! This is one of the most beautiful, thrilling, emotional, and intriguing shows I’ve ever seen and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes romance, Scotland, time travel, politics, history, or deep stories that make them think!
On YouTube, I’ve gotten addicted to Carpool Karaoke. A lovely co-worker suggested it after First Lady Michelle Obama was on and oh. my. gosh. So fun! I really love James Corden and he’s done a really lovely job with the series. Michelle was my favorite guest so far, but I also really loved Adele and Elton John.
Because I’m a multi-tasker, I’ve been planning for a short trip to Hawaii while watching all those YouTube videos. that’s right, next month I’ll be boarding a jet plane with my BFF and enjoying the surf and sun in Hawaii! We are super excited! I’ve been researching and learning and planning all month and am practically packed already because I’m so excited. *grins* Don’t worry, you’ll hear all about it when I get back!
Lastly, I ran a 5k this month with my husband. The last one I did was about a year ago and I’ve been exercising a lot, so I figured it would be easy. Guess what? It wasn’t. The course was very different (lots of hills and running on dirt) and I just struggled so much! I was pretty disappointed, but I learned for sure that I am really not a runner. I’m just not. This realization made my hubby sad since he enjoys running, and he was so encouraging and supportive… he even tried to convince me that we’d run together at home and he’d try to help me get better. Poor thing… so much hope was dashed that day. I’m glad we did it, but don’t hold your breath waiting for me to try again! *haha*
So, that’s my big story for this month. I hope you are enjoying this time of transition from summer into fall as much as I am! Go play in some leaves and drink some coffee!