Wednesday, November 15, 2017

October Rewind


Read
Man, October was pretty much a blur for me, but I was able to read like 6 comics and 3-4 spooky books so I feel really great about that.  We'll dive more into this in our October Reading List post but it was a pretty great month for reading!

Watched 
Even though this month was so busy, I was able to watch a lot of new things. Obviously, I binged Stranger Things 2, like every one else, and it was amazing. Baby Gorgons and Mom Steve had me at my happiest. I also fell in LOVE with Riverdale this month and I'm caught up on the current season. I'm like addicted to this show, I love it so much! If stand ups are more your jam then you should check out the Patton Oswalt's new Netflix special--its sad and funny at the same time.  And it's a little immature, but I also recommend Big Mouth, written by Nick Krull, et al. The hormone monsters are hilarious.  I even got to watch a crap ton of Halloween movies.


Listened
I listened to Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  I really loved the narrator for the audio version. I didn't listen to a bunch of new things this month but I think I made up for that with all the reading and tv viewing I did instead.

Also this month 
Wedding Reception

So my sister got married at the end of August and we spent all of October reception planning to the max. Most of my free time was consumed by it, making decorations (SO MANY DECORATIONS), planting succulents for her reception favors, decorating and cleaning up the hall. It was intense, a good time and I'm so happy it's over so I can go back to my super chill life. Here's to a happy marriage to my sister and new brother!

Home Remodels
Somehow we were able to make some progress on our remodeling project. I'm just as surprised as you are.  But! We bought supplies to sand the room, my husband sanded it and then we primed it! We need to go in a fix the mud in a couple of places since the primer helps show you all your mistakes but we are so close to painting and picking out flooring that I can hardly stand it! 

Annual Hocus Pocus Girls Day
This day is one of my favorite October traditions.  We've had it going on for at least 5 years now and I just love it. Heather and the girls came over, with very appropriate Halloween themed cookies, we watched Hocus Pocus (duh) and this year Heather and I worked together to make the girls Sailor Guardians costumes. I was a little nervous about this venture, but the costumes turned out great and the girls were so cute! I'm always so excited to be a part of the best friend's gang.


Read 
October is when I try to focus on spooky reads and I feel like I was able to fit in a few good ones. I think my favorite would be Final Girls by Riley Sager. It was billed as being like Scream and it seriously did not disappoint. I know a lot of people felt like they saw the ending coming but I didn't and was pleasantly surprised by the "whodunit" reveal.  

Watched
Again, spooky movies featured heavily in our rotation this month. I watched a lot of good and bad ones but I really enjoyed starting The Sopranos, which is not really spooky but is very good. We just finished season 1 and I'm super excited to dive in to the next season ASAP. 

Listened 
I've been on a huge podcast kick and My Brother, My Brother, and Me has been my go to lately on my commutes. I want something light and fun when I'm commuting since my job was really starting to weigh on me, I didn't really want anything else to wear me down, which my true crime podcasts can sometimes do. Listening to these silly brothers is basically the best. 

Also this month 

Best Friend Traditions
So Jen is basically the best ever and spent most of our Hocus Pocus girls day sewing Sailor Guardian costumes for Emily and Morgan. The girls loved it and it was so fun to spend time creating with my bestie (even though she did most of the work!). I love our bestie traditions and it's crazy that this is our like 6th or 7th year watching Hocus Pocus with the girls. 

Weddings
October is the month for weddings. First up was Jarrett's cousin who had a cute outdoor wedding and a fun reception with tons of food and drinks. The girls danced the night away and we got to catch up with his family who we don't get to see a lot. Then the weekend after Jen's sister had her reception. I took photos for them (just some basic family group poses) and then ate the crap out of the taco bar. Plus I got to spend even more time with Jen so I call that a win!  

New Job Alert! 
I was offered a new job on Halloween and I was so excited! I had interviewed with 5 different places in October and the job I accepted was the one I was most hoping for. Interviewing can be a nightmare and I went back and forth on feeling good about my options then terrified that I would be stuck in a call center forever. I'm so grateful for the new opportunity and finding out on Halloween, my favorite holiday, was the cherry on top of it all. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

November Small Goals



I feel like every month I start out by saying "How is it already _____ month?!" but seriously, how is this year almost over?! I'm ready for 2018, I think it's going to be a better year for me personally and I'm excited to see what change and growth I'm able to manifest in the coming year. We do still have some time to kick some small goal ass in 2017 so let's do this! As always, we are linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl so go check out all the other goal getters this month.


Jen's October Small Goals 
1. Carve a pumpkin.  Man, this month was bananas and I was just too worn out by Halloween weekend to get it done. Plus, it's irrational but I don't know if I can destroy a pumpkin. Ok, I finally said it.
2. Make a Fabric Backdrop.  Done. I finished this and several other decorations my sister requested. It was a whirl wind of a month.
3.  Buy Sanding Supplies. Not only did we buy the supplies, we sanded and primed the room. BOOM!
4.  Spending Lockdown. Ok, so real talk. I have a spending problem and cracked within the first week. I bought some new jeggings from Old Navy and few things from Forever 21 but I'm been on serious lockdown ever since and I just paid my credit card off and I have no intention of charging anything for a while. Eliminating a debt always feels so freeing.
5.  Workouts. Ugh, this month I felt so accomplished, but I didn't develop a great routine. The first week I did ok but then I just started feeling too busy and overwhelmed to continue. This one feels really disappointing.

2/5 - Man, that's not great but I still feel like I accomplished way more in October than I expected so I'm not going to be too hard on myself.
November Small Goals 

1. Reupholster my hope chest. So I have this pretty cool chest that lives at the end of my bed where I keep bed linens and whatnot.  It has a fabric covered top and the fabric is ripped and doesn't look very pretty.  I've already bought some fabric to replace it so I'm going to purpose to get that done this month.
2. Catch up on Rat Queens comics.  When I first started reading comics I just tried out a bunch of different styles and now I'm trying to go back and catch up on series of ones I really loved.  In August/September I did Squirrel Girl and in October I did Paper Girls. This month its going to be all about the Rat Queens.
3.  Hello Autumn Cube.  Last month I finished a smallish season cross stitch pattern that belongs to a set of patterns. I can get a little OCD about finishes sets of patterns the same way. I've already done Spring & Summer and turned them into fabric cubes and autumn's pattern has the same fate.
4.  Cross stitch ornaments.  December can get so crazy that it can be hard to have time to create any decorations to add in with your already growing collection. I try to craft a little something new each year to add with my Christmas stuff. Anyway, at the beginning of the year I made one cross stitch ornament and I loved how whimsical and on brand it looked so I'm going to try to pick a few pieces from previous patterns to turn them into ornaments. Crafty and thrifty! I promise to stop talking about cross stitch now.
5.  Workout 3 days a week.  I know! I sound like a broken record between working out and cross stitch but I really feel like getting a solid workout in a few days a week is really beneficial for mind and body. I can put a little time a side to get this done. I need it!



Heather's October Small Goals 
1. Figure out my new Style ID Done! I've settled on "Comfortable Start Up Chic" which I'm super in love with and feels like it fits perfectly for this time in my life. I've worked in a start up environment for a few years now and I like the way it marries casual with professional outfits, which is right where my style lives honestly. 
2. Finish knitting my sweater Nope. I ended up having to order some new needles for the sweater arms and progress has been slow. I'm hoping to get this finished by the end of the year. 
3. Make Halloween costumes for the girls (with Jen's help!) Yep! Jen did most of the work honestly, and the girls LOVED their Sailor Guardian costumes. Plus we got to spend a day crafting and eating cookies so it was a win/win/win in my book. 
4. Complete "Instagram for Success" course Done! While I don't plan to use my Instagram for business, I did get a lot of tips and tricks out of this course, so it was totally worth the small investment for it. 
5. Do all the fall things  I don't know if I did all the fall things, but I did a lot of them. We drank cider most nights, carved pumpkins, watched horror movies almost every night, went on some hikes. It was perfect. 

4/5 complete. I AM THE QUEEN OF OCTOBER GOALS


November Small Goals 
1. Start my new job Guys, I feel like I've been searching for a new job forever and I finally landed one! This might seem like an easy goal, but I'm nervous and excited to move on and try something new. 
2. Pay off two credit cards I've got a few credit cards and I'm wanting to pay them off by the end of the year. I'd like to knock two of them out this month if I can. 
3. Make a Christmas list I'm a list maker and I need to start planning my gifts for this year for the girls, Jarrett, Jen, ect. so I have a plan and am not scrambling last minute. 
4. Host the Second Annual Friendsgiving Last year we had a small Friendsgiving and it was so fun! I want to have another one this year so fingers crossed we can make it happen! 
5. Finish my birthday goals list I make yearly goals on my birthday and I'm hoping to try something new with it this year. I need to firm up my goals by the end of the month (I cannot believe I'm about to be 31!)

Friday, November 3, 2017

November Book Club




Hey book lovers! I can't believe we are at our second to last book club selection for the year! I feel like it's been a solid year of book club selections and I'm excited to see how next year shapes up. But before that happens, Jen was able to find a book I forgot I was excited about: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. We actually read another book by this author for book club in 2015 (I think) and we both really loved it, so I'm excited to dive in. 


What's it about? 

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.


Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape. 



Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Finally Fall

Oh fall, where art thou? Missouri weather is forever disappointing. We were basically pretending it's fall around here and them BAM helllllllo 30 degrees. Like as I write this I'm wearing a Casper hoodie and I'm wrapped in a quilt. I don't understand it and I don't love it; but the warm temps haven't stopped me from trying to make use of my fall wardrobe anyway.   



Mixing prints isn't my normal jam. I always love it when I see it on others or in magazine but every time I put something together I feel like it's a full on Monet.  But I absolutely loved the pairing of these patterns together and I think this outfit has been improved from my previous versions of it. This outfit has all my favorite things, stripes and florals and booties and socks. I've really been into using socks more in my outfits this fall and not just because of the chilly mornings.



I have naturally curly hair but I don't love it because its a big ole mess so I spend a lot of time straightening it in ways that would make Jennifer Aniston proud.  But lately I've been trying out some waves to mix up those straight days because to quote Nikki Glaser, "I'm not fucking Jennifer Aniston" nor will I ever look as good with stick straight hair as she does. Paraphrasing of course.



Urban Outfitters isn't a brand I shop a ton of mostly because I'm not quite cool enough. But I'm still on their emailing list and I'm constantly ogling things so when this went on sale I decided  to be brave. UO is basically my Delias from the 90s. Super cute stuff but just a tad out of my price range. I really love this dress. It gives me all the 90's witch vibes and I actually feel like a cool teen in it which is basically my biggest life goal. Plus it has pockets, y'all know how important that is to me.



Bodysuit {Forever 21-simlar} / Dress {Urban Outfitters} / Boots {Qupid}



While the title of this blog is "Finally Fall" I think Missouri skipped over it completely because it was cold as heck when I was walking the two blocks from my parking spot to my office this morning. Even so, I think fall outfits are my favorite to style. This jean jacket I snagged on Poshmark a few months ago has been in heavy rotation for weeks now. I never thought I'd love a denim jacket so much but it's so easy to make an outfit look put together when I throw it on. 



I've also been making my way through the Feel Good, Dress Better workbook and have been struggling to find my new Style ID. I think I've finally settled on "Comfortable Start Up Chic". It popped into my head one day and since I work at kind of a large company with a start up feel, I felt like it definitely encompasses where I'm at right now. I want to look put together but comfortable at work and most of my wardrobe can double as work/weekend wear anyway. I feel pretty good about this Style ID, but I'm open to tweaks as well. 



These pants are my new favorite thing. Jarrett said I looked like I was going to karate when I went to meet Jen for blog photos, but what does he know about ~fashion~ anyway? I love this whole look and it makes me feel confident yet stylish and cool. Also, how dope is this shirt from Everyday Unicorns by Valery Brennan? I have it in both black and white, v-neck and crew neck. What can I say, I like tshirts and I like options and I love when they have a feminist message. 



Outfit Details
Jacket {Poshmark} / Tshirt {Everyday Unicorns} / Pants {Zara} / Shoes {similar





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fake Self Care


Self care. It's the hot millennial thing now, according to countless articles and think pieces. Some of them will talk about how silly it is, but honestly I'm a huge believer in self care. I think it's really important and one of the things that has helped me when dealing with grief, depression, and anxiety. However, for a long time, I was doing what I call "fake self care". 

I wasn't taking care of myself, but I thought I was. It was like I was doing all these things in the guise of self care but they were not really "caring" things that helped me. I was drinking all the wine after work and eating my feelings (food is a big emotional comfort to me) and never doing anything active. I was crying on the way home from work thinking that everything wrong was external. My job sucked, my mom was dead, I was depressed, I was having panic attacks, I was gaining weight. Through all of this I was still buying these 3 packs of cookies at Walmart (700 calories for all 3 of them) and eating multiple packs a day. I was secretly eating Taco Bell or stopping for food on my way home from work and then still eating a big dinner. I was taking long baths and sleeping more and taking "mental health days" from work. None of it was working. 

It wasn't until I was actually taking care of myself that I noticed how destructive my behaviors were and how I was chalking it all up to practicing self care. I was using the phrase "self care" as a way to justify eating junk all the time and not working out. I've been tracking my calories and working out consistently for about 6 weeks now. I run in the dark after work (and occasionally in the morning but I'm not a morning person so that's rare). I drink more water and less alcohol. I still indulge in sweets but not as often and if I do, I log it in MyFitnessPal. I practice daily gratitude and have started confronting things I ignore (I also like to ignore my problems. Who knew that was also an unhealthy mental behavior? *eye roll*). I have been in therapy for about 6 months now and it's literally changed my life. 

I still think things like wine and eating cookie dough with my sister while we watch The Bachelor can be a form of self care, but not when you do it every day. I've noticed how much better I feel when I stick to my routines and how off I feel when I don't run for 3 days in a row. I think there's a balance there that I wasn't doing before. For a long time, I felt so hopeless. I didn't know how to make things better, how to feel better. I realize now that it's taking one small step at a time and being consistent with it. I've learned to be more resilient, more driven, and more kind to myself.  This is what worked for me, I am in no way saying the same things will work for you. I know that for me I was being so dishonest with myself and indulging in a lot of negative self talk. Once I recognized this and made small tweaks, it made all the difference. 

At the beginning of the year, I could not have imagined I'd find myself on the other side (or at least closer to the other side). I didn't know how to not feel hopeless and worthless, but it all starts with me. The way I talk to myself and treat myself has changed. I feel so good approaching 31, like I'm finally getting where I want to be. I'm not there yet, but now that I've ditched the fake self care, I'm so much closer than I dreamed. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

September Reading List



Welcome to another monthly reading list! This month I felt like I was in such a slump, it felt like I was barely reading anything. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was compiling my part of this post to see that I actually read a ton of books in September. It might be my biggest reading month this year. Let's get to it and as always you can follow us on Goodreads (follow Jen here and Heather here). 

Heather's Reading List 

The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching For My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart
As a true crime lover, this was such a fascinating read. It follows Gary L. Stewart and his search for his birth father after his birth mother finds him in his late 30s. It details a lot of family history, but in a way that was engaging. It was a little disappointing that there's no clear resolution, but there are a lot of really good facts and "evidence" presented to why Gary believes his birth father was the Zodiac Killer.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Our book club selection in September. It was a wild ride and we talked about it more in our monthly discussion post here.

Never, Never (Parts 1-3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
If I'm honest, I've not had great luck with Colleen Hoover books. Some people love her but I tend to find her takes on romance kind of problematic. Never, Never focuses on Charlie and Silas, two people who have no memory of who they are, but are supposed to be in love. Their memory resets every 48 hours so they have limited time to figure out what is going on. I'm not sure if it's the joint author, but the first part of this series (they are all around 150 pages so not too long) but I didn't love how it ended. I don't know how much I'd recommend it. I can't say just read the first part, since it ends on a cliffhanger but the way the story is resolved is so unsatisfying.

We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrl to Covergirl. The Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler
A book of essays and in depth research on how feminism as a movement has been taken and branded to sell products. It's by the co-founder of Bitch magazine, and she knows her stuff. As a lover of feminist tees and basically anything sold to me with the word "feminist" on it, it was interesting to examine the way that word is sold to me without the activism. Some of my favorite essays were on tv/movies and how they use feminism (or don't) and the chapter on celebrities and feminism. Definitely give this one a read if you at all identify as a feminist.

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
A group of students all end up in detention when one of them dies. The one who dies ran a school gossip blog and was getting ready to post something damaging on the others who were in the room when they died. Now they are all suspects in his murder and the chapters alternate to give you the point of view from everyone left. It is definitely a "The Breakfast Club but with a murder" story and while I would say I didn't love the way it ended, it was fun trying to figure out whodunnit.

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
I'm not a boss but my workplace is big on transparency and my lead told me Radical Candor made a big splash when I was on leave this spring. I read a few chapters but since it was a library book I had to send it back before I finished. I do think that you could get most of what you need from her Ted Talk from the same name, but maybe you would get more out of it if you are a boss or leader in your job? I still think it was a good read, from what I could tell.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3 by Ryan North
I borrowed this from Jen and I found myself just so in love with Squirrel Girl and all her friends. She's one of my new favorite super heroes and I cannot wait for her movie to come out.

Snotgirl Vol. 1 by Byran Lee O'Malley
This comic about a green haired fashion blogger took me by surprise. I was expecting a light hearted take on blogging, but instead I got kind of a darker look at friendship (or fake friendship) in LA and the influencer world. I don't know how much I loved this, but I'm intrigued enough to continue with the series (if Jen keeps buying it since I borrowed this from her too).

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
Ok this might be my favorite read this year. A solid 5+ stars from me. It follows the Telemachus family, a family with psychic powers whose chance to be verified on tv was shattered in the 70s. It takes place in the mid-90s and alternates chapters between 5 members of the family. You get a lot of backstory and there's also a mob subplot. It sounds like a fantastical read, but it was so grounded in human emotions and regrets, that I could not put it down. I loved everything about it.

I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee
I listened to this audiobook during my commute. I really like listening to celebrity memoirs since they usually read their own books. It's fun to hear their stories in their own voices. I enjoyed all of the essays in this book, though it wasn't as engaging as Amy Poehler's or Tina Fey's memoirs, I still enjoy Samantha Bee.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris
This book should have been right up my alley. A thriller type book about a woman who gets trapped in a marriage with a psychopath. He controls every aspect of her life and it's all a countdown until her sister who comes of age in a few months comes to live with them and then his torture will transfer to the sister. It was pretty gripping at times and I did enjoy the ending, but it wasn't the best in a genre that I've read.


Jen's Reading List

Full disclosure, my reading list is pretty short this month mostly because I signed up for wayyy to many cross stitch clubs and that took up my main focus for the month.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
 Learning about cults, even fake cults, are my jam and I ate this book up. Half of it focused on her recovery from said cult and the whole time I was wishing for more of the cult life story. Minnow had a pretty great character arc but I have a one tract mind.

The Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
I've been reading this series for so long I'm starting to not remember why anymore. I was super excited to get a book all about Chaol but this book did not live up to what I had expected. The pacing was so much different than the last books and it felt like this book was shoved in just so Chaol could have a glorified love story.  The timing also felt weird since it was set as the same time as the last book but before the conclusion and that felt really disjointed to me. All in all, I didn't love it and I really missed the witches in particular.  I wish the last two books were combined in some way because I didn't love this book's set up.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
This book is currently on sale for $1.99 which is why I purchased it. The premise is about a curse stemming from the Salem witch trials.  While the premise intrigued me, I didn't love the execution or the overall story.  I don't handle people falling for spirits very well; it's not a trope I love.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

September Rewind


Read
I feel like I'm in a major book slump but I don't think I really am, if that makes sense. I only made it through 2 1/2 books this month. I read our book club pick (more to come on that!) and I read the newest Sarah J. Maas release to the series Throne of Glass. I'm going to saving my review of that for our September Reading List post but spoiler - I didn't love it.

Watched 
Guyssss, I'm in the middle of season 6 of Pretty Little Liars. I'm super into it and I can't wait to learn who A is. Somehow I continue to avoid spoilers. I also watched The Shining for the first time since Netflix was getting ready to purge it. I had avoided it for a while because SCARY but it really wasn't as scary and I was anticipating it to be.  Full disclosure, I watched it in the day time with a cat in my lap for comfort.

Listened 
I've only been listening to Harry Potter audiobooks lately. Something about them feels so comforting to listen to. I know I need to branch out and listen to some new stuff but Jim Dale is like listening to a grandpa tell a really old, great tale. I'm on book #6 which I was able to download on my library app. This app is one of the coolest out there and I can't wait to see what other audiobooks I can borrow from the library with such ease.  Libraries are literally the best.

Also this month:
1. My sister eloped!
It actually happened at the very end of August but the news was kept on lockdown until after they celebrated their impromptu honeymoon. The ceremony was short and sweet at the courthouse and I wormed my way into being a witness under the guise I would take lots of photos. Watching a sibling get married is something you can never prepare yourself for and I got more emotional than I thought I would (thank you 30s) but I was glad to be a part of it. Now we are preparing for a reception for the end of October and its a lot to pull off in a month. I don't use this phrase often but beer me strength.

2.  Baseball Work Day
My work treated everyone to a day at the ball park which included all inclusive seats with a buffet. I've never experienced so many perks at a game and it was a very enjoyable experience.  It was such a nice way to break up a monotonous work schedule!

3. Drywall Finishes
I got pretty serious this past month on myself the last month with home repairs.  I was able to finish up the big mudding job my husband started severalllllll years ago and have moved on to the sanding portion.  I'm in the process of buying the supplies I need to sand it down but I think I may have sparked a fire under the husband as he is becoming more interested in finishing it too. Home repairs require so much patience and people work at different paces but man if we could only figure out how to work together - we would be unstoppable. I'm so glad I decided to own up to my part of the failings of our home repair because now we are that much closer to finishing something.

Read
I'll save most of my reading list for the September post, but I did finally make some time to finish some comics that Jen leant me a few weeks ago. I got through 3 issues of Squirrel Girl (which Morgan now loves too!) and Snotgirl, which was much different than I expected it to be, in a good way. It was darker than you would originally think just from looking at the cover. 

Watched 
I didn't watch a ton of new things, but we did continue our Twin Peaks marathon. It was my choice of long drama and I seriously love it. The fashion is so 90s and on point, plus it can be kind of goofy and funny at times, but also there were some episodes that were genuinely scary. We actually finished it on October 1st, and I'm already thinking of having a rewatch. There's just so much to take it. I can definitely see why it has a cult status, and also why so many people wanted the revival to happen. Now to figure out where I can watch the revival....

Listened 
I've been trying to get back into audiobooks. I have so many through Audible, but for the past few months podcasts have been my go to (I also listen to way too many podcasts to keep up). I was able to finish up I Know I Am, But What Are You by Samantha Bee, which was so great. I love listening to memoirs since the authors usually read them. I also started I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, but I am much less interested in that one. 

Also this month
1. A Minnesota Wedding (+HAM reunion) 
One of my very best friends Meredith got married over Labor Day weekend, so we spent 5 days in Minnesota. I always love going to visit her (this is my 3rd time) and this time I brought the girls, who haven't seen Mere since they were 3! Meredith and Amanda are friends from San Diego who are seriously the best and I don't get to see them enough. It was so magical spending time with them and getting to see Aaron and Meredith tie the knot. Plus I shared an AirBnB with Amanda so there was lots of time to hang out and catch up. 

2. The last Cardinals game (of the season) 
Jarrett scored some tickets to some luxury box seats through work with a bunch of his coworkers. It was my first time in a luxury box and it was amazing. There was so much free food and beer, the weather was really great, and we got to spend some time hanging out just the two of us. With wedding expenses and other debts being paid off right now, we haven't done many date nights, so this was the perfect way to kind of say goodbye to summer and out last baseball game of the season. 

3. Running & Running & Running 
I am as shocked as anyone that I've kept up with my Couch to 5K running. I actually ran 1.7 miles without stopping and I honestly don't remember the last time I did that. The scale isn't moving a ton but I fell stronger and my clothes are starting to fit better. Honestly, it's a better feeling knowing I am accomplishing something hard than seeing the number on the scale go down. So far I've been able to run faster than I thought I could (which is still pretty slow tbh) and farther than I thought I could, so I feel pretty proud of myself and motivated to keep going.