Sunday, October 8, 2017

September Rewind

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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....

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. 

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