And it’s October. As expected, September flew by with a lot going on. My second job started up again, meaning we were only home one weekend this month. October and November look the same in those regards, so that is just something to get used to again. Honestly, starting up my second job has been better than I expected. However, I’m still trying to figure out how to balance everything. I loved hanging out with our friends this summer and now the time to do that is minimal with our varying schedules and with us being gone on the weekends. Plus, trying to fit in my goals and every day to do list is causing me to rethink how I spend my time. While there are times I am really busy, there are also times that I am being lazy, meaning I’m not initiating time with others and I’m not working on things that need to be done. Instead I am watching tv and reading too many blogs. While it’s good to have some rest time, I need to work on balancing that better.
So before I get into October goals, left’s review my September goals:
1. Read Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. I read it but I didn’t finish it. I don’t even think I’m on page 100 yet. However, I have really been enjoying the book and it’s giving Chris and I the travel bug. In one chapter she talks about all the things her and her husband wanted to do before they started having kids and she listed several places they traveled to. Thinking about our life, we are saving money to pay for school and buy a house afterwards, which are all really important, but by then we will probably start having kids and our adventures alone will be limited. So now we are discussing ways to save money to travel more and adjusting to being ok with the house waiting a year longer than I expected. But yay to traveling! And Chris actually agreed to it which is even more exciting, though he doesn’t want to go to Europe because he thinks is boring. But I love the beach so that’s ok… for now. We will go to Europe eventually, or I’ll just go with some friends.
2. Start building something! I actually did this! I bought all the wood for three projects. It’s easier for me to get everything at once because it gives me more motivation to get it done. Getting the plans ready and getting the materials is the hardest part for me and usually prevents me from starting projects. I had to make two trips to Home Depot because I knew it wouldn’t all fit in my car. Buying wood seems so easy until I realize that I spent 3 hours at the store. So here are my projects and where they stand:
- Bed Frame and Headboard: All the wood is cut and at our apartment to be assembled. Last week I started nailing the frame together and on my second piece my nail gun jammed :( I spent days trying to fix it, but couldn’t figure out how to get some screws off. Luckily I brought it to work and the head of maintenance fixed it for me (and it probably took him 2 minutes). So some progress, but a lot more to go.
- Desk: I have most of the pieces cut and I started assembling it at Chris’s parents’ house. I had to bring several tools from our apartment up to their house one weekend. We left in a hurry, so when I started assembling pieces I realized I only had 6 screws and the rest were at home. So I did what I could with some wood glue, six screws, and my nail gun and I got it to the point where I could frame them, which could hold them together for now. So when I go up next weekend I will remember to bring my screws so I can work on it more.
- Laundry Room Shelf: FINISHED! I was so excited that I actually finished a project. I will write a post on that sometime this month.
3. Work on my wardrobe. Didn’t happen at all, but I thought about it. That counts for something right?
4. Workout 2-3 times a week. Didn’t really happen. When I posted my goals a week late I already hadn’t exercised the first week. The second week I exercised twice at the Seminary gym with Chris. The third and fourth week it didn’t happen, but I did several days of woodworking, which made me more sore than any of the workouts I had done and I was sweating a lot. So I kind of worked out. This Monday I started the Living and Active Challenge and I workout out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Yes you read that right. I worked out three days in a row! I knew I had to because I have an insane work weekend (we have an in-town high school retreat that I am partially in charge of), so if I didn’t get it done at the beginning I knew I wouldn’t have time. Now I only need to fit in one workout this weekend, plus my memory verse.
So overall, my goals went ok, but I didn’t completely finish everything, so I’m going to do the same goals for October. My only modifications are finishing my woodworking projects (instead of starting them) and exercising 4 times a week to coincide with my challenge. Here are a few other great things that happened in September:
- An anonymous person in our church donated money to pay all of our medical bills. HUGE BLESSING!!! We are so thankful!
- We finished watching Suits.
- We obsessively ate Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. They are so good!
- We went to Rocking Horse Ranch, which is a family resort in NY, last weekend with our friend Tim. More on that later.
- I ran for the first time in months.
- We started our high school small groups up again and I love my girls. It’s amazing to see how we have grown as a group since last year. I’m excited and hoping to see more personal growth in them throughout this year.
- We played Settlers of Catan with just the two if us. We each had two players so it was like four people were playing. It definitely presented its challenges. We tried to play fair and not favor one play over another, but that was hard at times.
Those are the main things. I hope you have a great October! Anything you are hoping to get accomplished or something you are looking forward to? I can’t wait for the trees to change more!