Happy Day After Halloween! We spent the evening dressed up as Alvin and the Chipmunks (+ Chipettes), trick or treating with my niece (Brittany) and nephew (a tiger, he opted out of the group costume). It’s not like I forgot, but I am reminded every year at Halloween that candy is the BEST. I don’t care that I’m in my thirties, I will never tire of Swedish Fish and 100 grands and twizzlers.
Also, I wasn’t around when Lily, who is the director of our life’s cruise ship, assigned costumes. Thus, I was deemed Theodore. And the dog got to be Alvin.
Simon + Brittany, a lesser known duo.
October was a watershed month for me because I left my job in events! My last day was October 13, and it still hasn’t totally hit me that I no longer work at the university where I spent the last 8 years (12 if we’re counting undergrad). My final week included one last big conference, and the whole thing was really bittersweet- I was so grateful to leave on a high note.
Why did I leave? Well, there were a lot of reasons… but the main one is that Will and I are expecting a bebe! I hope that somewhat explains why I haven’t touched this blog in two months… I also haven’t touched a lot of other things, like cooked vegetables or the gym (but I definitely missed this blog more!). We are so crazy excited for this baby to arrive in the spring, and I’m adjusting to a new schedule/life stage not working full time. Oh, and feeling more like a normal person now that I am safely in my second trimester- vegetables are being consumed on a regular basis, and I can walk at my usual fast pace again (first trimester fatigue is no joke! I felt like I had a leash connecting my spine to my belly button and if I went just a bit faster than it wanted me to, I would get yanked back). To my complete surprise, I have had a really health pregnancy so far and am praising God every day for our super squirmy little miracle baby!
- Read at least one book. I’m on a time slip kick, so I am currently reading The Orchid House by Lucinda Reilly. Because time slip novels have to establish characters in two different eras, they can sometimes take a little while to get going- this one is no different, but it’s just starting to get good!
- Shave $50 off our monthly grocery bill. Since Will and I are on a one income budget for the time being, I am trying to get creative with where we can save money. I feel like we currently spend a ridiculous amount on groceries, but we really don’t throw much food away and I don’t buy a ton of “extras” like cookies, chips, etc. We already buy a lot of items in bulk from Costco (toilet paper, quinoa, frozen chicken, etc.). But, I am sure there are other ways to save… suggestions anyone??
- Complete 5 organization projects around our apartment. I’ve been side eyeing my bathroom cabinets, closet, and email inbox for some time now. I also deleted 4,000 (not an exaggeration, literally 4,000) duplicate pictures from my laptop and it stopped making these lovely groaning noises every time I opened it…. the beauty of decluttering.
- Make some goals and intentions for my new stage of um, underemployment. I had an interview yesterday for a work from home company, and I’m working on launching my professional organizing business. BUT, I also want to use this time to develop skills like cooking and meal planning and sewing… all of the things that sounded way too hard when I was planning multiple events forty plus hours a week. Oh, and I want to spend time with people and enjoy this season before the baby comes. In my two weeks since quitting, I’ve already struggled majorly with perfectionism, and feeling like I should have a perfectly clean apartment/everything crossed off my to do list/amazing gourmet meal on the table every day by the time Will comes home and that has just not been the case so far!
- Plan our upcoming babymoon in DC! Since I’m due in April, most of my second trimester (when it’s best to travel) is in the cold months. So, we’re just embracing it. Any suggestions on things to do in DC during the winter would be much appreciated!
- Put away any clothes that don’t fit anymore with the growing belly, and plan my maternity capsule wardrobe. My bump is still pretty tiny, but no one has told my pants that. I don’t want (and can’t afford) to buy a bunch of clothes I won’t be able to wear in 7 months, so I’m currently looking for a few flowy, stretchy items that could fit into my normal wardrobe postpartum. I’m thankful the bohemians infiltrated the fashion world a few years ago- I’m pretty sure you could be 9 months pregnant in most everything Madewell makes.
What are your goals this month?