Pay off school loans
I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but I thought of August as some magic month where I was flush with cash and basically living the life of the kid from Blank Check. Reality was, I started a new job and the payment schedules really screwed things up. Plus, my reimbursement from my work trip to Arizona took a lot longer than I ever expected. I definitely felt a pinch. And I’m foreseeing that I may need to pinch a bit more for a while longer in order for things to start settling down. I keep promising myself that I will start planning a trip, any trip! Soon. Very soon.
We did take a short trip to Oregon to see the eclipse because John and the kids were VERY excited to see it. It was a short and chaotic trip, with crazy homeless people, the busiest trip to Powell’s, a train delayed 3+ hours, a loud hotel, meh food and crazy religious groups telling me I’m a sinner, I’m still glad we went. It was an awesome, once in a lifetime experience.
Take myself on a date once a month
While I didn’t take myself on any particular dates, my lunches have been INCREDIBLE. Some food porn:
Do something politically active once a month
When I first joined my new job, I heard about how a group was participating in the Obliteride. I donated some money, but I honestly didn’t feel very invested in it. I wasn’t able to make the event and the organization didn’t even send an update after the ride for how much money they raised. Of all my donations so far this year, this was the one I was the least proud of… I just don’t really see where that money went.
Set monthly exercise goals
My focus this August has been on my wine consumption. After watching one of my favorite bloggers rave about her alcohol cleanse, I started take a closer look at my intake. Some weeks, I would have a glass of wine or two (never more) but it would be almost every day of the week. I feel like at a certain point, you’re not even enjoying it anymore… it’s just something that you do. I’m planning on cutting back my drinks to two days a week so that when I have my glasses of wine I’m really enjoying them and they’re something to look forward to.
Throughout the summer, John prepared meatless Monday and fish Tuesday night dinners. They were delicious! Sometimes I think he does his best cooking when he’s confined by ingredients.
Now that the kids are back home and things have (maybe a little) started to settle down, John and I are embarking on a September diet. I can’t wait to see how it goes!
Do something special for John once a month
John’s grandma passed away surrounded by her loving family. We were able to watch her funeral through a live stream (oh technology!) and it definitely put a damper on John. He felt so much guilt for not being there with her in the very end, and able to attend her funeral. Needless to say, August was a rough month for him.
When I suggested our date be bocce ball and beers at Rhein Haus he agreed half heartedly, but I don’t think he was particularly excited. Once we got there though, we had such a fun time playing and being silly. Plus, he didn’t realized that they served sausage! We ordered a sausage platter and pretzels and chowed down on some tasty German fare. He ended up having a great time!
I have actually done an amazing job at meditating regularly this month!
I had been using a free meditation app but this month I bite the bullet and ordered a yearly subscription. There are so many more sleep options and I actually look forward to them! Instead of thinking, “I’ll watch just one more episode” or “I’ll read a chapter in my book before bed”, I take the time to put on my eye mask, cozy up and turn on a sleep story or meditation. I’ve noticed that I’m falling into a deeper sleep and staying asleep for longer periods of time!
Make a new friend
As with all new environments and communities, things have been tough to navigate at the beginning of this new job. I get the sense that I’m rubbing some people the wrong way, but I’m not sure how or why. Because my job is very different from other people’s jobs, I’m finding that there’s a lot of misunderstanding and growing pains. The one thing I’m most glad for is starting the same day as my coworker. My biggest fear was that she was going to be tall, skinny and gorgeous… and of course she was. SIX FOOT, covered in awesome tattoos, and oh, she sews her own clothes! Luckily though, she is the nicest, funniest person and is very patient with me. We went out to a belated lunch for her birthday and downed oysters and rose!
Overall, I have to say August wasn’t my best month. The weather really got to me… it was an incredibly hot month (by Seattle standards) and the state was plagued with thick smoke that made me break out and gave me a terrible 3-week eye infection. I had to wear glasses, which I absolutely hate doing, and breath that nasty stuff for far too long. I used any excuse to be inside, in air conditioning, that I could. Our old apartment was roasting hot because every time we tried to turn on our air conditioning, the power would go out. Eventually we found an AC solution, but it was a rough couple of weeks living in a tiny apartment with four cranky humans and two cranky cats. On the plus side, I got new glasses that made the smoke induced eye infection situation slightly more tolerable…
…And we dragged the kids to the Pacific Science Center to see the Terracotta Warriors and enjoy some much-needed airconditioning. The IMAX movie explaining the warriors wasn’t the best, but seeing them in person was really impressive and everyone really enjoyed the rest of Pac Sci. I especially loved the butterfly exhibit!
John and I celebrated our official anniversary of what has been 4 years together! At some point we determined the date to be the middle of August, but I somehow forget it EVERY year. John never does. This year he surprised me with beautiful Van Gogh-looking sunflowers and a bright red basket to use for the grocery store and farmers market.
It’s crazy that 4 years have flown by so quickly, but then it also feels like we’ve been together forever.