I was so excited to turn our calendar to November yesterday! The past couple of weeks have been so busy with my parents visiting and making our Halloween costumes that the end of the month snuck up on me. But I'm very happy to say hello to November and to start thinking about the winter season and the holidays; the delicious recipes I want to make, wearing sweaters and scarves, and hopefully slowing down a bit around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
But before I get too carried away, here's an update of my goals for October:
- Celebrate Falliday! Yes!
- Plant my fall garden and keep it alive. So far so good. I have little sprouts of arugula, broccoli raab, chard, garlic chives, and cilantro. My dad also helped me put up a wire fence so that Drew could lose his Garden Enemy Number One title.
- Find a 5K or 10K to run in the next couple of months and register. Yes! I registered to run a 12K in December. Apparently there are carolers at every mile so it should be festive!
- Give our guest bedroom a mini makeover. Yes; some new curtains and linens took our guest room from blah to cozy. I'll share pictures of the makeover soon!
- Enjoy a fun weekend with my parents in town! Yes and yes, it was so great to have my parents here.
- Write the fall edition of our neighborhood's newsletter that I publish. Ugh, no. The HOA actually decided to hold off on the publication for a few weeks so I put it off too. I'll have to do it this month.
- Get back to healthy eating and into a consistent workout routine. Doing pretty well. We're back to our healthy eating routine and I've been going to spin class consistently. With a 12K on the horizon I'll definitely have to step up my running.
- Mail birthday presents to my mom and good friend who have early November birthdays.
- Tend to my garden and hopefully keep it alive.
- Write the fall edition of our neighborhood newsletter that I publish...like I should have done in October.
- Start planning/purchasing/making Christmas presents. I love to give gifts to people but thinking of and buying all those Christmas gifts can be stressful and it seems I usually leave a lot of it to the last minute! This year I vowed to change my ways so I've been keeping a list of present ideas for family and friends throughout the year. I'd love to get some or most of my shopping/making done in November.
- Run at least twice a week to get ready for the 12K.
- Go vegan for one week. Yesterday, Chris and I attended a great talk by a vegan chef as part of ASU's Sustainability Series. We've talked about eating a vegan diet before; we're nearly vegan now if it weren't for a few items like eggs, yogurt, and the mochi ice cream dessert from Trader Joes (that we love so dearly). So we thought we'd give veganism a whirl for a week, just to mix it up.
- Organize our hall closet. This closet stores lots of important things like shoes, Drew's leash and doggy bags, jackets, some board games (you know which one), and the "brains" of our home audio system. Even though we use the closet everyday we've never organized it and it's so messy. It could definitely use a mini makeover.
- Enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday with Chris and family. I'm already looking forward to the long weekend...