Growing up in northern Ontario fall was my favorite season. The crisp air, apples, fall leaves changing color, sweaters, baking more, school starting, hockey season, you know….the usual. Well, living in Arizona fall is not so much the same. We were in Phoenix last weekend and temps topped 100. Seriously. So while I’m still persuading husband to move somewhere with actual seasons (he has this whole argument about not having to shovel sunshine, whatever) in the meantime I celebrate what I like to call….wait for it…FAUX FALL!
This involves wearing sweaters (ok mostly in my air conditioned car or office), drinking lots of cider & tea etc., baking pie, eating as many honeycrisp apples as I can, taking my niece Kaitee to the pumpkin patch (where we usually roast) with her other aunt aka. one of my besties Kimmy, decorating with pumpkins, day trips to Flagstaff where it actually feels like fall, etc.
So if you live in Arizona like me, considering celebrating the season known as Faux Fall and if you live somewhere where there is real fall, consider yourself blessed and seek out something quintessentially fall-like just for me k? I’ll love you forever!
So it’s been a rough few weeks. Without going into detail, school is sucking all of my energy/time, halo has landed so I have a happy hubby, and work has been soul crushing in a few different and obnoxious ways. So, trying to be a little Pollyanna, here is a random list of things making me happy right now!
Swedish fish make wonderful road food. They swim in the sky!
we had a wonderful trip to:
it included the beach (Santa Monica)
and disney (including my favourite disney snack)
and these wonderful peeps (otherwise known as my sisters)
and World of Colour (not to be missed)
now we are back to reality, the husband has his first day back at school with kids tomorrow and we were abruptly brought back to earth last Friday with the installation of new windows (so happy) and have been painting trim ever since.
in other news, some peeps are dropping by tomorrow to replace this hot mess which is the window situation in our house. old nasty windows to be replaces with brand spankin' new energy efficient ones. yay! also important because we are installing an alarm system, because the combo of my job +our car being broken into has made me slightly paranoid. (seriously)
someone ran away to enjoy some guy time on a houseboat at Lake Powell. yes he is exactly as sunburned as he looks. but he had a great time and it was well deserved. i get to run away tomorrow while windows are installed.....fair trade.
this was going to be more but as a result of a lovely power outage i enjoyed an evening of takeout thai and movies with the husband instead. also, fair trade. more later. xoxo
So several months ago I started a bit of a life change. Walking/running more. Eating better and sometimes less. Surprisingly sometimes more of better things. I am eating breakfast and drinking water. I am being more thoughtful and focused on what fuel i'm putting into my body and trying to be real about what's worth a splurge and what will leave me feeling gross after.
so far i'm 20 lbs down and walk/running 5 k almost every other day.
Some days are easier than others and you had better believe that I am HAPPY to see my nike+ipod hit that 5k. for reals.
I'm planning on running my first 5K in Sedona in February. I think this may cross off something on my life list as well because to be honest...when I wrote my list I didn't think I could run a 5K.
Standing under the harsh spotlights in the middle ring juggling endlessly.
I always feel like I’m fumbling. Dropping balls left and right and never quite pulling off the show. People ask for favors or want something from me and I’m constantly torn….my time is so precious and I have to prioritize.
But today, I’m laying claim to some success. I need to recognize that I am doing it. I work full time, go to school at night and have a 4.0 GPA. My husband is not yet ready to divorce me and I would like to think that the majority of the time he feels loved and appreciated. I’m eating well and exercising and have lost 20 libbies (slowly but surely). I briskly walk 5K every other day and am hoping to participate in a real official 5K in the spring. I’m living my goals and enjoying it. Come what may!
Oh and blogging? I’ve been debating. Sometimes I feel like I have no time (as evidenced by the lack of posting) and feel like what’s the point. But most of the time I love blogging, when I can, I love sharing ideas and creativity, making friends and sharing our life. So it may be spotty sometimes (forgive), I’ve got quite a lot on my plate these days. But I’m setting a new goal. Blog once a week. You with me?
Just a little bit of my DC scrapbook. I decided to do the whole book in a 3 ring 12X12 album using pages from another book that were divided into 2 vertical and 3 horizonal 4X6's on each page. I made a bunch of collages and printed them as 4X6's. I also am using some 6X6 page protectors, trading card holders, and 6X12 page protectors thrown in for variety. Another thing i'm loving is sewing pockets for bits that we picked up along the way. The two bookmarks of the terra cotta warriors above was done with that style.
My list of things….inspired by Mighty Girl: Safari in Africa Scuba dive Pyramids at sunset Ride a trolley car in San Francisco Visit South Korea with E Have a beignets in New Orleans Take a road trip across the U.S. Stay in an ice hotel Go to a rodeo Compete on Jeopardy Visit London Learn to play at least one song really well on the guitar Visit Paris Know basic French (ok so yes I can do this a little but I would like to be better) Set foot in all fifty states Stand atop the Great Wall of China Practice sign language to where I am MUCH better Stand inside the Taj Mahal Do two push ups Witness a miracle Go berry picking and make pies Have a dog again Make a peaceful living space for our family Get in the habit of grand loving gestures Visit New York City See the nutcracker ballet Make a sand castle Go back to school Learn to play the piano (again) Learn how to remember peoples' names Carve our initials inside a heart somewhere Take a two-week vacation without computers See monument valley at sunset Make sure the people I love know it Listen to live music whenever possible Sew an apron Learn how to drive stick Make Toffee Explore Washington DC Trail to Machu Picchu Learn to surf Make a loaf of yummy bread Show E a moose in the wild Keep a running list of books I want to read Read or attempt every book on my must read list Eat a raw oyster Do something I think I can’t do (marathon, sky dive, hang glide, movie script) Set goals and follow through continually Have a family portrait taken See a glacier Live in another country for a year