My mood, as I write this, is very… anxious? I even read my horoscope the other day, like THAT was going to tell me something. I just feel tense, like I’m anticipating something is going to happen. It’s weird.
The funny this is, October was a spectacular month. In all sorts of ways.
Pay off students loans
Remember how I was feeling a little stressed about money a couple of months ago? Well, um, that’s because I was missing a paycheck. Apparently I was never paid for my first week at my new job and I never noticed because I thought the payment schedule was always a week behind.
Hooray! I’m getting an extra half paycheck this month! My first instinct is to go on a little shopping spree, but I’m going to TRY to be responsible with it…
Plus, it occurred to me the other day that next year I’ll be able to keep my tax refund! (Last year I used it to pay off my school loans) I’m excited to spend it on whatever I please! Maybe a trip? Maybe some new furniture? Who knows?!
Take myself on a date once a month
I actually didn’t do this this month, but that’s because John actually suggested that we try a different restaurant every week of Seattle Restaurant Week! This kind of blew my mind because John is generally pretty stubborn about trying new restaurants. And I can’t really blame him, it’s so much cheaper to eat at home and he can cook just as good as most chefs. But I LOVE trying new restaurants. So we laid out our plans, Vietnamese one night, Korean the next week, and French to finish it off. Surprising us both, we loved the French restaurant, Maximilien, the most by far. We ate pate and fish soup while the sun set over the sound (the most gorgeous view in Seattle, I’m sure of it) and had Cornish hen and spaghetti squash and mushrooms as it became dark out. An incredible creme brûlée and sorbet completed our meals. It was a perfect date spot for us, but definitely a great spot for tourists visiting Pike Place Market for the first time.
PS: My date for December is one for the books! I can’t wait to share!
Do something politically active once a month
I didn’t do this. I said I would… but I couldn’t really decide what to do. ACLU? But, I don’t really agree with everything that they do. And I wanted to donate to journalists in some way, but there wasn’t an easy way to do that. I feel really guilty, but I just got to a point where I was stuck and couldn’t decide. The news has been hard to read every day, but I am seeing some evidence, some inkling of good in there too.
Set monthly exercise goals
This month I was DETERMINED to try two classes at the gym. And of course, I never did. Excuses, excuses Morgan! I’m setting a goal to at least try them before the end of the year and I think I can make that happen.
The one thing John and I definitely did though was cut back on bread for the month, in a major way. And we also said no to desserts almost 100% of the month. I’m learning that even though I don’t eat that unhealthy, I also am an emotional eater. I feel bad, I eat ice cream, then I feel chubby, then I feel worse. It’s a stupid, pointless cycle and it needs to stop! I’ve learned a lot about my after dinner cravings and am learning that I don’t regularly need dessert. I also have paid more attention to the carbs that I eat. There have been tough moments during these yes, ok, DIETS, and I can’t say that I haven’t given into cravings a few times, but I’m more aware of what I’m eating than ever before.
I think it’s working too. My skin has been pretty clear. My hair feels soft. I feel like some clothing is feeling looser than they did a couple months ago. Our goal this coming month will be slightly different and I’m excited to see where it goes!
Do something special for John once a month
John is really into Bladerunner. I have to be honest… I didn’t really like Bladerunner that much. I mean, I get why people liked it, but I didn’t get all the fuss. Anyway, for John’s October date I got tickets to the Cinerama and we both LOVED the movie. Absolutely, totally loved it. It’s definitely the best movie I’ve seen all year. It was beautiful, the story was great, the sound was amazing… it was just all kind of perfect. I couldn’t believe that it got such bad ratings and so few people saw it in the theaters. I told everyone I could how much I loved it.
After the movie we took a walk around Belltown and ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant that John loves. Overall, I think he was pretty happy with his date!
I honestly haven’t been great at this. Maybe that’s why I’m so twitchy! I have started to take more breaks for walks or lunch at work, just to get away from my desk for a bit and that’s been working great. I’ll meditate after this, I promise.
Make a new friend
I like the people that I work with… does that count? I’ve tried to sit and eat lunch with my coworkers more and even though it can feel awkward, it’s been almost completely wonderful every time (Ever sit down at a table and a couple stand up to leave? It’s just a coincidence, but still!) I’ve never worked in a place where almost everyone is completely nice all the time. It’s almost a little weird to me at this point!
Other things that happened in October…
Stranger Things 2 was AMAZING
We went to the Funko headquarters for Sean’s birthday and I think they had a pretty great time. Gabrielle got 2 and Sean got 5 Funko Pops. I even had fun and I don’t see what all the fuss is over these little plastic dolls!
I did not dress up for Halloween this year. I KNOW. Am I sick??? In my 27 years I have never not dressed up. I’ve been everything from a chicken (first costume), Belle NOT Beauty (best costume), to a bride, a witch, a pirate, a bumble bee, a Playboy bunny, Wonder Woman, Rosie the Riveter, Marie Antoinette (most embarrassing costume), to Hillary Clinton (second best costume). I don’t know if it was the election, not having any real plans this year, or my workplace just wasn’t into it, but I just couldn’t muster up the energy to care. I’m saving up what energy I have for next year. Now I just need to figure out what I’m going to be!
John’s new job gave him a free sous vide and I’m been the eager guinea pig for John’s recipes. The filet mignon was the best thing I’ve ever ate, and everything that we’ve tried has been so fun! He’s gotten frustrated a few times, but we’re figuring out the kinks and trying new things all the time. Plus, I’ve tried it twice now and I haven’t messed anything up! Both meals turned out so much better than if I had used the oven.
John and I bit the bullet and FINALLY set a date for our Chicago trip! At the end of January we’ll be freezing our butts off and having a blast in a new city. I’ve already planned the entire itinerary. I can’t wait!!
I got a pedicure that was totally crazy for me, a dark emerald green. I know painting nails is so silly, but it really does make you feel so good!
We bought a new rug for the living room and it’s totally changed the game. Now the old living room rug is the bedroom rug and we’re feeling much more cozy than before!