Three Things: November 2019

As always, thanks Steph.

Things I'm looking forward to before the end of the month

-family pictures
-pineapple casserole
-The lack of "but it's not even Thanksgiving" argument about when it's acceptable to decorate for Christmas 

Things I’m happy with

-my latest reads
-our anniversary plans
-my pre-December Christmas prep

Things I don’t understand

-why people need to complain instead of letting others live
-why every time I start trying to track calories I immediately get sick
-why my phone had to wack out just before Christmas, aka when budget is tighter than normal

Things I love to eat at Thanksgiving

-broccoli & cheese casserole
-mashed potatoes
-macaroni & tomatoes

Things I need from the store

-paper towels
-Babycake's outfit for family pics
-something else I can't remember

Things I don't like to do

-washing my dogs
-call in sick

Things I've said out loud to strangers this week

...I don't talk to strangers

Things that smell good in this season

-the apple spice soap I got from B&BW
-the kitchen on Thanksgiving
-chilly after rain

Weekend Update

This weekend Babycakes went to stay with her grandparents. Apparently a lot of people think it's weird that I ship my kid off for days at a time to a location several hours away...but there's really point in driving that far for just a few hours or night. Also, I was super close with my grandparents as a kid, and that is the only reason I feel at all guilty for moving away from my hometown. So I try to make it a point to support her relationship with her grandparents and make that a priority for her.

Anyway, I got so much done around the house. Normally I will push myself too far, but I think I did a good job of being realistic and also forcing myself to enjoy that alone time also (hubs had to work some this weekend so I had the house to myself).

It didn't start off great. I took a short lunch on Friday so I could leave a little early, get some day-to-day chores out of the way, and shower before Hubs got home. That plan epically failed because there was a ridiculous wreck. Due to DST, it was already dark when I left. Plus it was raining. These are my least favorite driving conditions, it super stresses me out. Add in the fact that one of the biggest intersections in my city was blocked by cop cars and ambulances with flashing was rough. Then the only way to detour was by a school zone, so that made everything even worse. Needless to say, I'm normally home by 5:20 when I don't leave early, and I made it home at 6:00. Thankfully, I had put some food in the slow cooker so dinner was ready, and we just upgraded to the kind with a timer so it wasn't burnt to hades.

So, I ate and drank wine and maybe something else that I don't remember.

Saturday I finally returned to my normal exercise schedule. It was cold and windy and I'm sore and I love it. This past month has been rough, and I know that with the holidays and everything I'm going to need it even more than normal.

I went home and actually managed to do a lot in a quick succession. I cleaned my bathroom mirrors and Babycake's tub before I took a shower, because that always makes me feel gross anyway. Side note: why I ever bother trying traditional cleaners I don't know. Vinegar and baking soda are by far the best for cutting through grime. I go back to it every time.

Next I tackled our spare room. It was both nice and frustrating that half the stuff in there was already bagged up for either a) trash, or b) donation. And it just never made it to those places. It wasn't gross trash, like food or anything, just items that were no longer needed and couldn't/weren't in good enough shape to be donated.

My plan was to have a complete hermit day, including lots of booze and PJs only. But...I didn't want to loose the momentum or have to come back to this room, so I sucked it up and put on regular clothes and took everything to a local charity for donation. Also, I took a detour by the library and picked up some books I had on hold. I think part of the reason I got in such a slump last month is because I picked books randomly on my last visit, so I had about 6 books and just no interest in them at all (might blog more about this later). So I'm going back to requesting books already on my TBR only. It's just more sensible this way, for me, right now.

Once I got back, it was straight back into PJs though.

The only thing left was laundry, which I did while binging the last season of Doctor Who. Jodie Whittaker is truly such a great 13th doctor, I forgot exactly how much I loved her.

I put up my clothes & Babycake's clothes, and then it was all about painting my nails and reading my new book. It's Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan and it is definitely breaking me out of my slump. Other than the stay-at-home thing, it's pretty 100% of my mindset after having a baby. It's an awesome slightly snarky, only barely-exaggerated description of new motherhood for those of us who aren't crunchy or serene or total hot messes (just half hot messes).

There were other daily errands I could have done, but I forced myself to chill. And I think it paid off, because I had a great afternoon alone- curled up with a comfy blanket and a good book while the wind howled outside (seriously, it's been ridiculous the past few days). Then it was a chill night with hubs once he got home, and I woke up super perky on Sunday. was ridiculous. I had the dishes done and all the rooms picked up before I even had coffee. I usually can't even walk without this was big.

I had the time for picking up Babycake's mixed up, so I ended up having time to run to Sam's Club for a few things. Overall...I was super productive this weekend but didn't push myself too far. May sound simple, but it's a big deal for me.

How was your weekend?

Rejoining the World last (very intermittent) post have been kind of downers because, well, last month was hard.

Everyone in the house got sick, there was a ton of parenting stuff (Halloween is a surprisingly big event with a kid), I couldn't work out due to a combo of the aforementioned issues which messes with me,  and daylight savings time happened...I just got in a huge slump.

Anyway. I'm feeling slightly better.

Babycakes is visiting her grandparents, so Hubs & I had a night out together. We had dinner and then went to do some Christmas shopping for Babycakes. It was nice to go somewhere a little more adult, and spend some quiet night. We had a good talk about some family stuff- with the holidays coming up, it's always a bit of an issue. With last month being so crazy, it was good to have some time together and recharge as a couple.

My plan for this child-free weekend So much fun, right? It will be, because I have wine!

Can you tell I started watching Cougar Town?

We have this room in our used to be the guest room, then it was the foster room, then I have way turned it into an office but not all the way because we weren't sure if we wanted to try and have more kids or it's just become a junk room. Babycake's old clothes that she is outgrown are in there waiting to be put up in the attic, Christmas gifts are hidden in there, think there is some camping gear in there...I really don't know to be honest. But, I have a whole day of no child or husband or errands and I'm going to get it back under control.

Anyway. I hope to be back soon. How are you?

Show Us Your Books: November 2019

This has been a slow reading month. I finished my Harry Potter reread, but I don't count rereads in my yearly goal. Oh, but these two books did make me hit my yearly goal.

I feel like I always hit a little bit of a slump around this of year, so I guess this is to be expected.

Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This was an interesting read. I haven't read many fiction books that weren't from an Anglo-Saxon background, so this was a cool change. It's a good coming-of-age story, and I liked the human-god comparison/merge. I'd read more.

This did hurt a little to read. She had some tough times as a teen. It was interesting to hear about Hollywood from the perspective of someone who has had success but isn't exactly a household name. Her frank discussion of new parenthood and the change it can bring on relationships was real, and I love when people express that things can be good but bad. Apparently this is kind of what she is known for re: Instagram Stories, but I don't get on there much. It wasn't as much of a bummer as I am making it sound, haha. And it was a very quick read. 

This was fun fantasy read. Not amazing but passed the time pleasantly.

What have you been reading lately?
Link-up and share!

Life According to Steph

What's New Link-Up: November 2019

There's pretty much only one thing new with me- I've been sick for about 3 weeks now. The first week I thought it was just normal allergies; I have about a week every Spring & Fall during the changing temps that is miserable, but then I'm fine. The second week I got to about 90% which point Hubs and Babycakes got sick (with different issues). Now it's week three and I'm back in the dumps. FML.

Went to the doctor, got some antibiotics finally...and since those kill both good and bad bacteria...also have a lady issue now to deal with on top of regular cold symptoms. Whoo-fuckin-hoo.

Hmmm, let's see though...short versions of other things that have happened since the last link-up.

  • We threw a Harry Potter Halloween was great...some things I tried were totally worth it and some weren't. Glad we only go HAM once a year. 
  • Made a lot of progress on Christmas shopping, which I'm happy about. Just gotta wait till Black Friday for some sales on clothes, because that's really all that's left. I get basically all dudes shirts, because idk what else they want. Other than Hubs, but for other's just shirts. And that's a Black Friday special. 
  • 'Member how I said Hubs is on this new healthy eating thing?'s slightly rubbed off, without me trying, and now I can't eat too much ice cream or sweets without feeling sick. Seriously. Had a small Blizzard from DQ and felt terrible after. 
  • I finally started watching Brooklyn 99 and it more than lives up to the hype. 
  • Did a reread of Harry Potter because...I'm in a reading slump, and I reread series when I'm too tired to take in anything new. Felt lots of feels.