Long time, no blog! Today I felt inspired to share what’s been going on lately. A friend I made through blogging shared an article in our group text recently about why lifestyle blogs matter. So here I am. 🙂
What I’m eating this week:
Butternut squash in my breakfast shakes. Don’t unfriend me. 😂 My friend Shannon told me you can’t taste it, it makes your shake creamier, and it’s just a hidden serving of veggies. I definitely couldn’t taste it in my breakfast shake over the weekend with vanilla powder and berries, but I added it to my chocolate shake this morning and it just tasted…like there was something in there besides chocolate. So beware! I like this Vega One Organic shake, and I buy the packets so I can get several flavors. I drink it more for the vitamins and probiotics than the fact that it’s a protein drink, but it makes my mornings easy!
Now, onto more important dishes like this baked mac and cheese. Whatever popped up on Pinterest when I searched “crock pot” and “Velveeta” was my winner! We added some shredded chicken and broccoli and have leftovers for days. 🙂
The Trader Joe’s sample cart gets me every time. This weekend, they were serving their “Just Sauce Turkey Bolognese”, and it was amazing. I served mine over zoodles & spaghetti with cheese-filled garlic breadsticks. YUM.
The rest of the week looks like leftovers, grilled cheese and this Trader Joe’s harvest soup, and probably some chicken quesadillas because the quesadilla maker is our favorite kitchen appliance.
What I’m reminiscing about:
Last year at this time, there were so many fun things happening. We went to our favorite pumpkin patch, I bought a new car (a Ford Escape), and Zeke went to the dog park for the first time!
Then I traveled to present at a conference in Denver for work. This trip was memorable for three reasons: I had never been to Colorado, I had never presented at a conference, and I left Zeke for the very first time since he came home!
My friend Melanie was also in Denver at the conference, and Joe flew out for the weekend after my presentation, so it was a great trip. We loved it there so much that we started talking about going back while we were still there. Ha!
As evidenced by my new car picture and my poster presentation picture, apparently I was really in the mood to throw my hands in the air. 😂
What I’m loving:
I moved to a new office space at work and I have a window which is delightful. I got a salt lamp for my desk at work and I love the pinkish glow it gives off all day. Zeke’s dog daycare has cameras so I can watch him play all day long. Stef sent me the most comfy blanket as a housewarming gift! The orange/red leaves on trees are so beautiful and I’m having fun exploring new walking/running trails near my new house.
Zeke is also loving the trails, leaves (because they make noise!), and the blanket. 🙂
What I’ve been up to:
October was a fun month!
The first highlight actually happened at the end of September but it was basically October at that point so it counts. 😉 I traveled to upstate New York for a friend’s wedding, and got to see one of my very best friends for the first time in more than a year! Other highlights included having Zeke come to the office one day, hosting my Dad for the weekend (we did lots of home projects), meeting new friends for book club, and traveling to Texas for the first time! We stayed in Dallas but I also took a road trip to Waco. I will definitely write a whole post about that trip because I have lots of pictures!
I also finished Beachbody’s Morning Meltdown 100 program, which is crazy to me because 100 days is a long time! I started back in July, and managed to be consistent with the workouts through buying a house, taking vacations, traveling to weddings, and adding a long commute to work to my life. Feeling very accomplished. And ready for my next challenge! My friends are talking about spring half marathons so we will see. 🙂
What I’m dreading:
I ordered two new shirts from SheIn and I don’t like either of them. Womp, womp. So I either have to figure out if I want to deal with mailing them back, or if I’m just going to lose out on my $22…
What I’m working on:
Going to bed earlier! Because my commute is much longer now, I want to do absolutely nothing at the end of the day except cook dinner and walk Zeke. That means morning workouts and that means I need to go to sleep earlier!
What I’m excited about:
What I’m watching/reading:
I am OBSESSED with the TV show Younger. I am only on Season 3 but it is a major favorite. More current shows I’m watching are A Million Little Things and Grey’s Anatomy (always Grey’s Anatomy). And the new season of Jack Ryan comes out on Amazon Prime on November 1. Yay!
I just finished reading What Happens In Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. I liked this book a lot better than the first in the trilogy because I was expecting the cliffhanger this time. When I read Winter In Paradise last fall, I didn’t realize I was in for a trilogy, so the ending really threw me, and then I was even more thrown when I realized I had to wait a year to find out what happened next! Now to wait one more year for Book 3. 😉
Amazon also reeled me in with a promo about ebooks. Spend $30 on ebooks, get $20 ebook credit AKA BOOKS FO FREE! Joe nicely reminded me my books weren’t really free, but I was still excited. I bought four books, and I already started Know My Name by Chanel Miller. It is so well-written so far and I can’t wait to read more. Inside Out by Demi Moore just sounded interesting, The Only Plane In the Sky by Garrett M. Graff is supposed to be a remarkable book about 9/11, and I’m pretty sure my new book club is reading American Royals by Katharine McGee next!
What I’m listening to:
I like to listen to songs on repeat, so here are two I can’t stop listening to:
Universal Thread is the best line at Target! I love their jeans and I have these booties in three colors because that is totally necessary. *sarcasm*
What I’m doing this weekend:
Hopefully reading and lounging a lot, with a little bit of walking trails in between. 🙂
What I’m looking forward to next month:
Decorating for the holidays!