September 2013: Favorite Things and Other Things

I can’t even believe that September had come to a close already!  With the postings of my weekly “Friday 5” I don’t know how much “life stuff” there is to discuss, but lets recap, and I do have some favorites this month (happy day!)

 

Work: The music school has opened up 2 additional days for me to teach.  I originally started with Mondays and Thursdays and quite quickly they threw Wednesday in the mix, and as of a few days ago we agreed to open up my Tuesdays as well.  The Tuesday lessons will take a little bit to get moving because it requires another teacher potentially moving her studio, but the initial planning is out there, which means I can be teaching up to 4 full nights a week.  Good news for my bank account, good news for keeping me busy while Erik is so busy, bad news for actually wanting to do things before 9pm on weeknights.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some, and this is definitely a win.

 

Wedding planning is still in full swing.  The end of October I fly home for my bridal shower and bachelorette party, we purchases Erik’s wedding ring, and I’m starting to look into the smaller details now while RSVP cards show up on a daily basis.  I would say more, but the 4th of October means a wedding post is coming (3 months!)

 

Life at home gets very stressful for us both and that makes it very easy for us to get aggressive and defensive with each other.  Despite all of the stress in the air, we still manage to be in love and looking forward to the wedding.  Once we moved to NC people kept asking us “so, are you still engaged” because it’s the first time we’ve lived in the same state.  While sometimes the stress gets to us, we both are good at trying to take care of each other emotionally when the other is on the verge of breaking down.  Ultimately we rest peacefully knowing that we’re actually surviving the hell of the first half of year one MBA and all that implies and we’re looking forward to just being married and allowing that at home dynamic to change.  If we can survive this period of stressed out chaos, we can survive anything…and we know we’ll survive with flying colors.

 

And now, some favorites things!

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Trader Joe’s Rainbow Macaroons ($4.99 for box of 12)

I am completely obsessed with these delicious cookies!  You might be thinking that $5 for a dozen seems like a steep price, but have you looked for these cookies in bakeries (aka the only other place you can find them)??  They’re $2+ a piece!! Now, they’re good cookies, but that means I’d be paying almost $25 for my box of 12.  So, thanks to TJ’s this is a bargain box for the best cookies around.  They have the light, crisp outside with the soft chewiness as soon as you bite into it.  The flavors in this box are great!  You get 2 of each flavor (espresso, salted caramel, cassias (i think?), raspberry, pistachio, and orange) and they’re simply delicious.  Want to know the best part?  1 point each!! OR 14 Points Plus if you choose to binge on the entire box! Those stats are beyond amazing.  Go to Trader Joe’s and get a box of these right now!  Actually, get two…then send one to me 🙂

 

Pitch Perfect

I FINALLY saw Pitch Perfect.  It was amazing.  The music in this movie was fantastic and listening to it left me very emotionally satisfied.  Being someone who did musical groups my entire life, this was a great way to satisfy the itch of not currently being in one.  A capella music is one of my all time favorite types of music, and that’s all Pitch Perfect consisted of.  If you like music at all and enjoy a good laugh, please go rent this DVD.  It made my voice and my heart sing.

 

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Pumpkin Flavored ANYTHING

I’ve been on a HUGE pumpkin and pumpkin spice kick this month, and I anticipate that flowing right into October as well.  This is just one photo of a few of the pumpkin things I have gotten my hands on (you’ll notice this is clearly a Trader Joe’s haul) but the list goes on, and I intend on finding more.  Tell me what I need to be on the lookout for this season or try making this season.  I’m all ears.  Comment below and make my pumpkin flavored (and scented) day even better!

 

That’s about all I’ve got to wrap up this month.  Look for many more posts come October, as one of my goals is to really get my act together with this blogging business.  I hope everyone had a great September.  See you tomorrow with a post about what’s up this next month! Until then, be happy, my friends.

August Round up: The good and the not so good.

Yet another month has come to a close.  How crazy is that?!  It’s officially back to school time, which is actually one of my favorite times of the year.  More on that in a future post.

Let’s talk about August.

 

The Good

Visiting Home

As you may have seen in my more recent posts, I started August off with a visit to Illinois to get some major wedding planning accomplished. It was a crazy busy weekend full of appointments and decisions, but just being home, seeing the puppies, being able to sing in Praise Team and seeing family (including Erik’s) was wonderful.  You can read all about my trip by clicking Part 1 or Part 2.

Weight Watchers At Work Leader

I’m officially able to be an “at work” Weight Watchers leader now, which basically means I have all of the materials to run WW meetings out of my house…  Over the past week I have gotten SO MUCH stuff sent to me that I have no where to put it.  I have a WW scale of my very own (like the ones in the centers), a bin or two of product and a ton of paperwork.  I’m putting this down as a good thing because if all goes well I may end up with some meetings to actually lead in the near future.  It’s a bit chaotic and I’m stressing about having no place to put this stuff, but at least it is a positive work opportunity.  Today was my last week of finishing out an at work series in North Raleigh.  Big commute, but at least I got to do some work for the company the last few weeks.  Mid September I also gain a meeting at a store near my apartment, which will be nice.

Voice Lessons

This week was my first week of fall term voice lessons at the Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts (CHSMA for short).  I already have 12 students and was asked to open up an extra evening in my schedule, which my boss is pretty sure they can fill up soon.  If WW picks up and I get another lesson or two, I’ll be able to drop Kohls, and hopefully that means no more retail for me EVER.  I am so thankful for the blessing of being able to teach music.  If I can’t get out there and perform for a living, at least I can make money inspiring others to do so. My owners are great, my studio is 5 minutes from my apartment, and my students have been wonderful so far.  What an awesome job to stumble upon when I started looking at the possibility of moving.  God does look out for me 🙂

The Not so Good

Laziness, Stress, and Negativity

Confession time: I’ve been super lazy about tracking, working out, and sort of in general.  Oh sure, I get to the gym almost every day, but the fire I used to have behind my workouts seems to have vanished, which makes them not as good as they used to be.  My coping mechanism for stress tends to be eating (since my love for the workout has seemed to disappear, which used to be my stress relief), which results in me being a bit more forgiving with what goes into my mouth vs. what’s on my tracker.. the result is a slight rise on the scale.  The amount is pretty laughable given how stressed I am by it, only a few lbs, but it’s more than it should be.  Enter the stress and negativity that makes working out a chore and all of the things that turn this into a vicious cycle that seems to have no end and has me feeling miserable.  I’m also stressing about playing housewife when I am in fact not one (not for a few more months anyway) and balancing 3 jobs, the fitness, the housekeeping, the fiancé the spends all of his time at home studying in his room, and this blog, which I love, but don’t have the time to give it what it deserves…oh yeah, and planning a wedding..  The result is this sloppy, stressed out mess of a person currently blogging in between voice lessons.  I already have several ideas on how to use the Back to School mentality to try and keep me from crumbling, starting with a WW Back to Basics challenge that I joined and will tell you about in another post.

That pretty much sums up the bad..  I don’t have any product favorites or anything this month.  Wow, August was a bit lame in the area of trying new things.  Hopefully September will bring more excitement, passion for life, and new things for me to try (and write about).

Happy Back to School season, friends.  How do you celebrate (or not celebrate..)this time of year?