Friday, October 31, 2014

October Goals

Good news. 

I hit all of my goals this month, getting together with friends and family several times, spending 1:1 time with my husband each week, and getting lots of health appointments out of the way! I also did a lot of reading and went away on a great vacation in addition to working full-time and attending graduate school. All in all, a very successful month!

Host friends once this month
Accept at least 1 social invitation from others
Attend a family wedding

Cashflow 2 more courses 
Submit tuition reimbursement forms for completed courses
Submit tuition reimbursement forms for upcoming courses
Pay for winter heating and cashflow our vacation 

6 appointments with health care providers this month
Run 4 days/week in preparation for my race
Read for pleasure each night before bed
Refocus on time with my husband
·    Go away for vacation together    


Continue full-time work
Attend committee meeting 
Send a thank-you card to a coworker that helped me network (from last month)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Curling up with a good book

It's that time of the year again. The air is crisp and chilly outside, warm drinks can justify a bit of extra creaminess, and my stack of books to read for 2014 is still, well, quite tall!

I've dug into several books this past month and I have another stack to finish this week. I haven't posted about anything I've read since June. So, I thought I might take a few minutes to talk about what I've read and what I plan to read in case they inspire you to pick up a new book or take a pass on one you thought you would enjoy. 

1) The Milennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Mixed emotions on these 3 books. First of all, they're long. It took me an entire month to get through the 3 books with several days dedicated solely to reading, eating and sleeping. The heroine, Lisbeth, is amazing and she makes you feel all empowered, GI Jane like as you see her overcome difficult obstacles. But, the writing and the pain inflicted on her during the books is very real, and very raw. I would say I enjoyed the books but at times, I wished they were shorter (too much detail sometimes?) and I can't see myself ever picking them up again. I'm glad I read them, as they had been on my list for some time but I am hesitant to recommend them to others unless you are able to stomach violence against women. They are particularly engaging for those who enjoy mysteries!

2) 52 Date Ideas under $20
I loved this book. It was quick and easy to read and it is a book I'm glad I own because it is fun to reference for cheap date ideas. I may implement these weekly in the next year or two just to get in the habit of trying new things with my husband. Nothing bad to say about this book!

3) The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
I'm currently reading these 4 books. They're sort of like Hunger Games, but not nearly as good. They follow a group of kids, placed in a maze setting, and trying to survive though they aren't sure why they are there or what is their purpose for survival. I'm working through the first two books right now so I am not sure whether the deeper insight will come in the final books. Right now it feels like an action movie-- which, by the way, is just released this fall in theaters and I bet will be very good because these books were just made to be movies. I hope they're done well!

So, that's a snippet of what I've been reading this year, among other things and I have another large stack of books to read already set aside for 2015. Here's to curling up with good books this fall and winter, sipping warm and creamy drinks, and enjoying the change of seasons! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ocean getaway

Have a good weekend everyone...

My husband and I are going away for some much needed vacation by the ocean!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Prayers Needed

It came a few days after the deep cleaning finished. Was it Feng Shui? I may have made just the right connection for that first internship class-- prayers please!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Life Update

I'm still running strong in preparation for my race at the end of the month. My feet are really hurting now. I've started wearing vaseline and socks at night to combat the blisters.
But the views, the leaves, and the beauty of my runs in fall-- incomparable.

My new doctor has really helped with my energy and mood levels. I'm so excited about how I'm feeling right now and hope this carries through the winter. I've cut way back on coffee (to 1-2 small drinks daily) and I'm hoping to cut back further before this is over.

I've really built some good friendships around me. Friends are reaching out to me to talk about major life events and hurts and to ask for help. It feels good to have a secure, core group of people in my life that I could turn to if I need help as well.

Work is going alright but it's mostly on the back burner so I can focus on classes. School gave me a bit of a butt-kicking this semester and now the hard work begins as I try to find an internship placement. I cannot proceed in my program without an internship so I'm going to amp up my networking and try to make a contact who will oversee my work for 4 months. Then, in the spring, I'll need to do this again- network, find internship, do 4 months of work. One step at a time is all I can do. Worst case scenario I have 1 more class I can take in lieu of an internship but since I'm eligible to do the internships I really wanted to get them out of the way since finding them and finishing them is demanding and I've scaled back other commitments (like my volunteer group) this year to accommodate that already.

An Apple pie candle is lit and I'm planning to finish the deep-clean on my house this week. I'm planning to dedicate a few hours everyday this week to it and I'm going to feng shui myself into an internship! HA!

Here's my cleaning schedule:

Yesterday I ran 4 miles and then cleaned the house for 3 hours, picking up stuff in each room, sweeping, and scrubbing the bathroom thoroughly. 3 hours... and it still was not finished. Today I plan to clean out our deck area and turn that into my donation space so I can keep all the boxes to be donated there (and out of our way here in the house until I have time to get them to our preferred donation spot next month). So I hope it will only take a couple hours to clean it out, sweep and mop it and then I can spend the last 30 minutes or so moving the donations all into a central location there.

Tomorrow I plan to sweep and mop all the rooms in the house and possibly entertain friends for a movie night. Which means I'll also vacuum the central living area and furniture and attempt to make it look super clean, like we live like this all the time. Scary movie anyone?

And Wednesday I'm hoping to get around to that closet cleaning I talked about a few weeks ago, switching out old clothes for new and summer/spring clothes for fall/winter clothes. Lots of ironing, washing, and maybe a few donations if it's done right. Oh, and along with all that, yard work with my husband for a couple hours each day to clean up leaves and finish getting all the weeds out from around the house- a project we started weeks ago and need to finish desperately.

So, lots of physical activity and maybe some visits with friends in the next few days as we enjoy the cool, crisp days of fall...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Goals

A few things got moved to October, out of necessity, and the beginning of October is focused on some heavy projects for school I need to finish. But overall, my goals went very well and I'm feeling good!

Reach out to at least 1 friend by email, phone, or in person daily
Host friends at our home 2x- We entertained friends 3x this month!
Accept at least 1 social invitation from others- several dates made
Stay in close contact with both sides of our family

Dropoff my completed retirement contribution for the year
Finish the final mini home reno project for this year
Cashflow 2 more courses - moved to October
Submit tuition reimbursement forms for completed courses- moved to October
Submit tuition reimbursement forms for upcoming courses- moved to October

Eat healthy this month- we loaded up on fruits and veggies every trip to the grocers!
Run 4 days/week in preparation for my race- only running 2-3 days/wk :(
Read for pleasure each night before bed- most nights at mid-month, fell off this a bit at the end
Attend our annual physicals
Refocus on time with my husband


Continue full-time work
Attend a committee meeting- it was cancelled but I was ready to go!
Thank you card to my coworker who helped me network for school last month- moved to October

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites: Fall TV

I just love the new shows on tv in fall!

So, for my first time, I'm linking up to Friday Favorites with Andrea, Narci and Erika.

This month is transitional, as I say goodbye to old favorites, and welcome some new shows into my regular lineup:

1) Farewell BB16

This was a really fun season, especially cause I had pegged Derrick as one of my favorites early on (along with Nichole and Christine!). 

2) Farewell Bachelor in Paradise

I really didn't enjoy this but I watched the whole season. If they ran it again, I probably wouldn't tune in. I really just prefer watching the Bachelor with my girls.

3) Carry on Y&R

This is my favorite soap and I've been watching for over 20 years so I love catching up on this. I normally don't get a chance to watch every day so usually I tune in for a few episodes in a row a couple times each week!

4) Welcome Back Grey's!

Hey there Seattle- welcome back to my weekly rotation. Almost a decade with the doctors already? Time flies. Remember when...

5) Welcome Back Survivor!

Blood v Water is entertaining. I wasn't intrigued by the first episode but I'm willing to stick around for a few more and see if it engages me. At least the first vote went the way I wanted it to. I didn't actually finish the last season because I felt it was dragging.

and last but not least...

6) Hello newcomer... How to get away with murder

I'm not sure how I feel after the premiere but I'm willing to give it a few weeks and see if it grows on me. Cause Shonda is pretty awesome. But if it's no good I may tune in for some Biggest Loser instead this fall although the cast of professional athletes does not appeal to me.

What are you watching this fall?