Goodbye September, hello “What I’m Into”! I love reading everyone’s post in this link-up hosted by Leigh Kramer.
Reading…so much! Between listening to audiobooks while I drive and staying up too late to read just one more chapter, I’ve read so many great books lately. I know I’m late to the party, but I loved The Invention of Wings. And JK Rowling’s second mystery in the Cormoran Strike series, The Silkworm, was even better than her first. I could listen to Jim Dale read anything, but The Night Circus was a great story, too, although the end seemed a little unsatisfying.
Watching…I didn’t watch too much of anything in September, but I’m excited about the new fall shows! Looking forward to old favorites Parenthood, The Mindy Project, Scandal, and Parks and Rec, and interested in checking out
Listening…to Spotify playlists while I work. They have some good instrumental ones for when I really need to concentrate, but I have to admit I’ve been rocking out to Welcome to the 90s! Takes me right back to my high school and college days.
Fitness-ing…I’ll talk more about this in my monthly goals update in a couple of days, but my motivation is still at a nearly all-time low. I think if I had more than a handful of full night’s sleeps in the last 14 months, I might be more excited about getting up early to run.
Thankful for…the mile loops that’s recently been mowed around the perimeter of the church property where I live. It’s been great for going on walks by myself and with the family. The local cross-country team practices on it once a week, so they’re inspiring me to get out there for a run, too.
Planning…summer vacation for next year. Yes, it’s a long time off still, but my parents want to do a trip with the whole extended family, so we’ve been having some epic group text conversations about locations, condos, and the logistics of traveling with 6 adults and 5 kids. (Right now we’re thinking about a beach vacation near Gulf Shores, AL.) Because I know right around the corner the kids will be out of school and we’ll be headed on our Summer vacation! We take it about the same time every year, and this year we’ll be heading to one of our favorite spots! To the sugar white sands, and emerald green blue waters of Panama City Beach, Florida, all my family already started packing even though it’s a month apart, I have to admit that I have done some vacation shopping too, I have gotten the best swimsuits and even cool Diff sunglasses.
We are so excited. As with probably ALL of us, our family starts counting down the days to vacation! We even start saving our pennies even more so, as I shared in this post last year. It all helps with the build up, excitement and teaching our kids to help save money. So here’s some thoughts I have when Planning the Perfect Beach Vacation ~ especially if you’re headed to the Panama City Beach area.
Wearing…not too many fall clothes yet. Each day starts out cool, foggy, and fall-like, but by after it’s nearly 80 degrees and jeans and boots just make me feel gross and sweaty. So I’m sticking with summer clothes for just a little longer.
Traveling…to Baltimore! I love traveling (especially sorrynotsorry traveling without kids. Love them to death, but they’re creatures of routine and travel is like the anti-routine.) I’ll be back to the East Coast next spring on a trip with my husband to the Q Conference. Yippee!
Cooking…ALL PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. (Check out these dried pumpkin chips from Gigi Eats Celebrities!) Also, fall=chili season! I love regular beef chili (with sour cream and crumbled up tortilla chips, please, hold the Fritos) but I think my absolute favorite chili these days is this Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili. I’m taking it for my office Soup Day today, and I bought double of everything to make a freezer meal too. (Dump all the ingredients in a freezer bag and freezer flat. When you’re ready to cook, thaw overnight in the fridge then put in crockpot all day.)
Looking forward to…seeing my 4 year old play in his first soccer game. I don’t think he’s clear on the point of the game, and just knows he’s not supposed to touch the ball with his hands, so it should be interesting.
Excited about…a Southwest Missouri blogger meet-up later this month, and hearing what’s coming next for Missouri Women Bloggers.
Have you ever been to Gulf Shores? What do you do when your motivation is low? What should I read next?