October 26, 2016
Labels: Weekly Lessons
October 21, 2016
Labels: Five on Friday
October 13, 2016
The rest of the weekend was spent cleaning and organizing, eating all.the.things for Thanksgiving supper and celebrating that amazing Blue Jays sweep. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!
October 6, 2016
I was not prepared for September to arrive at all, even though for once I was actually looking forward to Fall, because I did not accomplish hardly anything off of my Summer Bucket List. It was pretty much an epic fail.
The beginning of September began with the Labour Day long weekend, and I was off to the Twin Cities to see MN. I had just been there 10 days (I think - something close to that anyways) before that but MN was insistent that I had to come that weekend to go to the State Fair. He was dog sitting for his sister the day that I got off the train so I got to hang out with Zeus and watch the HP Marathon that was on ABC Spark - it was the perfect lazy Sunday. There was a big storm that night, a huge crack of Thunder woke us up in the middle of the night, so we didn't have to get up as early as we had planned to get to the fair - which I was definitely thankful for a chance to sleep in a little bit.
The fair. Y'all. I can't even begin to describe to you how massive it was. The fair that I go to in 'the city' doesn't even compare at all. Not even a little bit. Neither do any of the other larger fairs that I have gone to. There was just SO much to see. And we didn't even go anywhere near the midway with all the rides. I have never seen so much food, and so many different kinds of foods, at once. It was insane. MN had gone to see Weezer at the fair the Saturday night before I got there and the snap that he had sent me that day filled me with anxiety just from the amount of people that were there. Thankfully it wasn't anywhere close to that crowded when we there, though it was starting to get a little busier just as we were leaving in the afternoon. Me and large crowds do not mix!
The food was ah-mazing and we didn't even try all the things we had talked about because we were SO full by the time we left. I'd have to go every single year and try something new each time to maybe try everything. It's insane. The french toast bites we had first thing were delish - I wish I could get something close to as good for breakfast around here - and the cheese curds are to die for. Cheese curds aren't a thing here in the GWN but I've found that they are a staple in Minnesota. You can get them everywhere!
The last photo is from our lunch on my last day. I finally tried a Juicy Lucy - another big thing in the Cities. I really only eat out when I'm travelling, and on the rare occasion when I meet up with friends maybe once a month, so I need to indulge whenever I'm away!
The rest of September just seemed to fly by, mostly due to working extra hours at my part time job, and longer hours at my full time job to tackle my to do list. September is also birthday month for my nieces so of course we had to celebrate! Rae turned 10 and Graycie turned 6 and I cannot believe that Rae is in the double digits and that my McBaby is not a baby anymore :(
A friend and I started the 21 Day fix at the beginning of September but before we did we had to have one last hurrah so we headed to the Olive Branch with my sister the Saturday before we started to indulge in the amazing food before we were on the 21 Day Fix meal plan. I've been dreaming about that bruschetta ever since - I think a trip back there this month is needed!
Of course it wouldn't be a recap of my month without a bunch of Krickit pictures. I mean, look how adorable my Bo Bicki is- don't you just want to squeeze her?!
September also marked my Sister and nieces officially being all moved into their new home! They may not have had all of their furniture yet but they were moved in and that's what counts! I got to have my first sleepover at the new house and the girls were just so excited to show me everything in their rooms (again)!
Even though September was crazy with work I still managed to start organizing the spare rooms that are filled with all my stuff (finally - its only been on my to do list for forever!), start organizing some pictures on my laptop, and even got to slip away with my Mama to Homespun, a craft market held in Caryle every year. We try to go every year and this year we discovered that going around 5:00 is the perfect time. There were hardly any people at that time (hallelujah to no crowds!) so it was amazing. There were so many cute things but because I'm on a budget I was only there to look, not to buy. I couldn't resist buying the Blue Jays bandana for Krickit though!
The next picture pretty much sums up how I survived the busy month of September
Give me all the coffee. I've worked every weekend since the Labour Day long weekend so I am very much looking forward to a weekend off! Can't.freaking.wait!
October 5, 2016
My brother and I are a bad combo and once we get ideas in our heads we usually run with them. My sister in law is constantly trying to rein us in. Last year during baseball playoffs my brother and I did shots for runs during one of the games and last night we brought it back. It definitely wasn't my idea...
It was a tense game, tied at 2-2 from the 5th inning until the game went into extras and finally ended at the bottom of the 11th when Encarnacion hit a walk off three run home run. It actually took my Mama a minute to process - she kept saying she thought it was a joke - because of how quickly it happened. I'm still riding a high from the game. No matter the outcome of the Jays/Rangers series I'm just happy there's still more baseball to be watched - I'm not ready for the season to be over!
October 3, 2016
Aaaaand just like that it's October. I for one am ready for a new month and a new start to things. Somehow I am turning into a person that loves Fall - I never thought that was possible - and I'm hoping that will help with the seasonal depression that I experience every year. If I hold onto the fact that Fall technically lasts into December I might do better than most years...
September was a whirlwind with long workdays and I am more than ready for things to settle down and return to 'normal'. You don't even know how excited I am that it is also the start of 'Holiday Season' with Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas all to look forward to. I may not like the cold and snow but I do love the holidays that fall into that season!
Friday is a no school day so I'm going to spend the day watching my nieces at their new house and we're going to bake up a storm for Thanksgiving supper. I haven't used my Kitchen Aid mixer in waaay too long so it's overdue. But before I get to my four day weekend I need to set some goals for myself for October so I can maybe get a head start on some of them this weekend!
I've been waiting ALL year long to use that GIF again ;)
In October I want to...
1. Complete my step goal each day
With the craziness that was September I'm now averaging 12K steps per day. I'm still only aiming for 10K per day but if I get above that each day then that is just a bonus!
2. Decorate for Fall/Halloween
3. Complete another round of the 21 Day Fix AND start Country Heat
Yesterday was the last day of my last round of the 21 Day Fix and I'm just going to keep going with the workouts for another 21 days, but be a little more lenient with the eating plan. I miss beer way too much
4. Purchase two more Christmas presents
5. Make at least $100 from de-cluttering
If I can make more and get rid of all the things in my 'sell' pile then that would be ah-mazing. I can't wait for it all to be gone!
6. Read two books from my reading pile
7. Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte again
I've only tried one once before - probably two years ago - and it was just meh for me. But I figure I should give it another shot just to see. I'm not into most fall drinks - I definitely look forward to red cup season more than anything. Bring on all the Caramel Brule Lattes!
8. Re-cap my Summer trips
Better late than never, right? I'm mostly just doing this for myself since my main goal for this space of mine is to be able to look back and remember events in my life
9. Organize all the photos on my laptop
I will need all the wine for this. It's such a disorganized mess. Eeeek
10. Blog consistently
No more just saying I'm going to get back into it - it's time to finally follow through with it!
Oh, and in case you didn't know...
Labels: Monthly Goals