Sister jumping pic atop the Castell de Montjuic in Barcelona!
October was one big party- I started the month in Chicago celebrating a friend’s elopement, then came back in time for her and her new husband to come stay with me before their big Austin wedding celebration, then jetted off for a 12 day European vacation. It was all the things we had been waiting for and saving for and preparing for and it was finally here and it was all glorious!
And then… we got home, and it was November, and raining and dark and I remembered that I had a job and adult commitments and like, there was a huge election I needed to vote in, and then I found out I’m highly sensitive to both eggs and honey and should probably never eat either of them ever again, and well, the party was over. I am so very grateful for this month of non-stop fun, but I’ve got say, the reality crash was brutal! It’s funny (and sad) how very fickle my heart is, upon landing in Austin I shifted almost immediately from thanking God for the beautiful life I had been gifted to whining about my circumstances. I need that constant reminder that my joy and hope is not dependent on what I have or what I do, but on the Lord.
Thankfully, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, and the vegans have made eating egg/dairy free infinitely easier, and Jesus is King, so I guess everything is going to be ok.
I never got around to posting my October goals, because, well, I was partying, and I really did not accomplish much last month because, well, I was partying you guys.
So. A quick recap of the stuff I meant to do in October:
1. Read at least 1 bookRead: The Best Yes, Why Not Me?, I Said Yes, Finished: Dowry Towers (my sister’s book!)
2. Make it through a full month of my bible reading plan (again) Nope! I got way behind. I’m still about a week behind now a third of the way through November…
3. Sell our old living room rug. Well, no. That didn’t happen. But we did buy a headboard and a new coffee table, so…
4. Get the junk in my trunk cleaned out for real FOR REAL this time (not a euphemism, my trunk is a hot mess). Nope. The junk in my trunk has come to haunt me.
5. Get totally packed for Europe by the time Hillary/Piotr come to stay with me (!!!)
6. Have a wonderful and relaxing time celebrating life friends getting married
7. Have a wonderful and relaxing time in Europe!
And what I hope to do in November:
1. Read at least 1 book (Currently: Living Well: Spending Less)
2. Catch up on my bible reading plan
3. Bake 1 egg free, dairy free, gluten free dessert that actually tastes good
4. Get a Christmas tree/our home decorated or Christmas!
5. Start thinking of Christmas gift ideas, and as I am a classic Christmas procrastinator, and once locked my keys in my car in the parking lot of Target on Christmas Eve, and I just don’t ever want to go there again.
6. Design and order our Christmas cards! This is our second Christmas as a married couple, but our first really celebrating Christmas properly together, as we were traveling last year.
7. Sell our old living room rug/coffee table
8. Clean out my trunk (for real for real FOR REAL this time)