What’s Up Wednesday: November 2019

It is almost December! Where did this year go? I know I lost most of November to feeling really poorly, so I can’t say I’m sad to see this month go.

What we’re eating this week…

Monday – pizza

Tuesday – tumeric parsley potatoes, roasted carrots, tumeric chicken

Wednesday – sandwiches

Thursday – pork loin, baked sweet potatoes, cucumber & tomato salad

Friday – leftovers

Saturday – pizza or wings for the Iron Bowl

Sunday – undecided

What I’m reminiscing about…

Hosting Thanksgiving the last two years. This year is much much more low-key.

What I’m wearing…

I didn’t take any outfit pictures because I felt so poorly all month long.

What we’ve been up to…

We’ve enjoyed some college basketball. I had bronchitis. I spent a weekend in the hospital with a terrible colitis flare that left me with critically low potassium levels and my anemia rearing it’s head. It was a hard month honestly.

What I am working on…

Christmas cards!

What I’m listening to…

I’ve enjoyed my standard podcasts I always love and I’ve been really into Guy’s Grocery Games on Food Network.

What I’m watching…

We’re loving Disney+, especially The Mandalorian!

What I’m reading…

I haven’t read anything all month… Another sign I wasn’t feeling like myself!

What am I doing this weekend?

Relaxing and making sure I continue to recover well. Hopefully decorating for Christmas too!

What am I looking forward to next month?

Visiting my family in Colorado for Christmas! I haven’t seen my siblings since Thanksgiving last year and I haven’t seen my parents since the beginning of October, but I’m just excited to just be with my family and enjoy a week together!

What were your November highlights?

Friday Favorites: 01 November

Happy Friday friends!

My first favorite this week is that basketball season is back! We had our exhibition game on Wednesday and it was so much fun!

Halloween was rainy but brought some cute costumes anyway. My favorites were the two Marshmellow DJs and the demogorgon from Stranger Things.

This week’s episode of Bless This Mess had me laughing the entire time – such a sweet show!

I’ve had the opportunity to learn new things at work and I always find that invigorating.

On Monday we had dinner with our neighbors who are more like our grandparents and my old boss. It was such a lovely night full of some of the best people and I’m so glad we all got that time together.

What did you love this week?

What’s Up Wednesday: October 2019

It is almost November! A month that is almost always filled with our first snow, the return of college basketball, and my very favorite holiday – Thanksgiving.

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What we’re eating this week…

Monday – dinner with our dear neighbors

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – my MIL is making stuffed peppers

Thursday – undecided

Friday – out

Saturday – undecided

Sunday – undecided

What I’m reminiscing about…

This time in 2016 we were in Berlin for a conference for William. I absolutely loved that trip and the amazing history and food we were surrounded by.

What I’m wearing…

I didn’t take as many outfit pictures this month, but here is a bit of what I’ve been wearing.

What we’ve been up to…

October was so busy! My parents came to visit the 3-7. We had two open house weekends the 12 and 19. My mother-in-law flew in for a visit on the 23. I worked at the library the 26. The month seemed to fly by very quickly!

What I am working on…

Still figuring out what a low-fiber diet looks like while also being dairy and gluten minimal. These dietary changes are NOT easy.

What I’m listening to…

I’ve really enjoyed the podcast Royally Obsessed this month – especially with the royal tour coverage of Southern Africa and Pakistan.

I’ve also been enjoying listening to S Club 7 and B*Witched – throwing it back to when Rae and I shared a room and argued about most everything except what music to dance around to.

What I’m watching…

We’ve enjoyed the return of network tv and have several shows we watch regularly. We’ve also been watching a lot of college football when we can.

What I’m reading…

American Royals!

What am I doing this weekend?

I’m not sure honestly. I know my car is getting an oil change and snow tires on Saturday.

What am I looking forward to next month?

November will hopefully be a bit slower than October, but with some fun basketball games!

What were your October highlights?

Weekend Update: 28 October

I blinked and this weekend disappeared!

Last Wednesday my mother-in-law flew in from Alabama and we’ve loved having her with us!

Friday night the three of us went out to dinner before heading home to curl up and watch my beloved Great British Baking Show semifinals. I’m sad Rosie said farewell, but excited to see what David, Alice & Steph produce in the finals.

Saturday I had my monthly shift at the library where the morning flew by and the afternoon dragged on, but I left happy that I went. I bonded with a patron over I Miss You When I Blink, which is a book I deeply loved. I helped a kid learn how to use our computers, issued several new library cards, took care of some of my favorite “maintenance” tasks and helped resolve a mystery of a returned material that was still checked out to a patron. It was such a productive day! When I got home we ordered pizza and settled in for the Alabama Arkansas game – where I promptly fell asleep at halftime and could not wake up for the rest of the game. Oops!

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Sunday morning we tried a new church for Reformation Sunday and really enjoyed the sermon delivered. We spent the afternoon enjoying sports and feeling cozy. I made some banana bread and prepped some chicken salad for the week. For dinner we had pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, black eyed peas, and homemade apple sauce. It was a tasty end to a quick weekend.

How was your weekend?

Friday Favorites: 25 October

Happy Friday friends!

My mother-in-law flew in to visit us on Wednesday and that is definitely a favorite of the week! I love spending time with her and having her here is such a treat.

I received my new professional work portrait this week and I love how my hair turned out despite the pouring rain outside. I don’t find it to be my best picture ever, but its also not my worst and works for what it is.

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This new dress from my mother-in-law is dreamy! I love the shape, length, print and am just so excited by it!

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My new winter coat arrived this week and it has me ready for the temperature drop I know is coming. Not quite ready for it to arrive, but I feel prepared for the first snow and those chilly temperatures now.

I really enjoyed the first episode of Fixer to Fabulous and love having a new HGTV show to hold me over until Home Town returns in January.

What have you loved this week?

My Favorite Color is October

Michelle did this post today too, and I found it so fun that I had to play along!

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1. Pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha?
Pumpkin, but from Dunkin’, not Starbucks.
2. Pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie?
Pumpkin bread or muffins. It’s one of my favorite breakfast or snack treats!
3. Thanksgiving dinner or Thanksgiving leftovers?
Dinner!
4. Candy corn or Tootsie Rolls?
I don’t care for either, give me the holiday shaped sweet tarts all day.
5. Haunted house or pumpkin patch?
Pumpkin patch. Haunted houses are not my thing.

6. Corn maze or hayride?
I enjoy both honestly – they remind me of childhood and then later middle school youth group.

7. Caramel apple or candy apple?
Caramel apples.
8. Boots or scarves?
Boots. I mainly only where scarves for warmth outside versus as my look for the day.
9. Holiday movies or holiday music?
I love both so much! If I had to though I think I’d choose music.
10. Tire swings or jumping in leaves?
Jumping in leaves! Or throwing them like these pictures from college. We also had leaves thrown on us as we exited our wedding reception.

How would you answer these questions?

Weekend Update: 21 October

This weekend disappeared in a blink.

I worked from home Friday while the handyman was working on our ceilings. Friday night,William and I grabbed a light dinner at the local brewery where I came to the realization that my beloved virgin Shirley Temples are too sweet for my palette these days.

After, we headed to our local cocktail bar where I found a new home I really like, and a new cocktail to enjoy. The bar called it Rosemary’s Garden, but the website for the gin called it Windsor Garden. The gin is called Empress 1908 and is made in British Columbia. It’s a deep sapphire color and when combined with certain mixers becomes a blush or lavender shade, making for a very pretty drink.

Saturday we had open house number two on campus. This event was smaller than last week and went really smoothly.

After we both got home from our open house responsibilities we decided to head to a favorite local restaurant for lunch and to watch some college ball. I was really craving a fountain Pepsi, so I was able to indulge that craving alongside a buffalo chicken sandwich that was delicious. Later Saturday afternoon we went to a fundraiser for the annual Bahamas trip that a couple of our service w go on every year. This year, the need in the is obviously different than in years past, so we’re trying to raise more money and recruit more students, faculty, and staff to go. I loved seeing so many students out to support this annual trip.

Saturday night we had dinner with our neighbors and dear friends. It had been far too long since we had seen them and caught up, so I’m glad we were able to get together this weekend. We watched the first quarter of the Alabama Tennessee game together before we headed home to check on sweet Mavis who had spent most of the day alone with how crazy our day had been. We tried to stay up to finish the game, but I don’t remember much past half time.

Sunday morning we slept in before taking Mavis for a walk along the river trail around campus.

After the walk we headed home to shower and change before grabbing a quick lunch in the next town over on our way to the women’s rugby match.

The team they played just seemed so much faster and stronger than our women, but the weather was warm and beautiful and it made for a fun afternoon. When we got home William cut the grass and I took care of a couple chores before we headed out for some ice cream.

Once home, I took a bath and we ended the night watching the movie Smallfoot. It was a much cuter movie than I expected and had a great message about the need to foster curiousity and grow in knowledge.

How was your weekend?