Monday, September 1, 2014

birthdays, anniversary, and adventures.

August proved to us that we're so fanc-ee (said like Iggy). 

Actually, we're not. But we did get free tickets to a gala benefiting the San Diego Humane Society and Animal Shelter that was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience (unless I invent the next Spanx). There were more dogs than I knew what to do with because I was dying to pet every single one, especially the ones in costume.

Now, to the important stuff, I was more engaged this month. Or so I believe. Jason and I have started back at church -that's a post in itself- but opted to attend a later service to make Sundays more relaxing for us. We go running or walking together and end at Starbucks for a coffee on our way home. He usually wants to explore the surrounding neighborhoods rather than take an immediate beeline to the house and, well, I'm truly enjoying that time with him.

We're working on being more honest in our expectations and desires. Like, when he gets home from work I love to chat about our days or when I want to go shopping online (shoes, shoes, shoes) I check in with him first. Marriage is a humbling process for me, but a humbling I'd trade in for nothing else in the world.

September holds Jason's birthday and our third anniversary as well as some weekends away in the name of celebratory spirit. This. Thrills. Me. But it also makes me realize our routine will be off and, well, I'm looking forward to relaxing things a bit. That said,
adventure is the focus of September. 

But adventure in a very specific way: I will order unfamiliar dishes at every restaurant I try. I will attempt a new recipe once a week. I will break out of the monotony of the same five recipes (I fall into a rut in the kitchen sometimes) and the five same out-to-eat meals. I'm hoping this'll expand my palette too!

Any recommendations for favorite Mexican and Italian dishes? -Those are our typical go-to restaurants.

And, in closing, my final check-in for the Summer Reading Challenge 
  • Read any book that is at least 200 pages long. (DONE)   Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (336 pages)          
  • That was written before you were born. (DONE)
    Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (224 pages) 
  • Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. (DONE)
    Have  a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (272 pages)
  • Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore(DONE)
    The Phantom Toolbooth by Norton Juster (272 pages) -the sole reread.
  • On The NYT's Best Sellers List when you begin reading it. (DONE)
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (352 pages) 
  • Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe. (DONE)
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (336 pages) 
  • Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge. (DONE)
    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (222 pages)
  • With “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title. (DONE)
    The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (401 pages) 
  • Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. (DONE)
    Wild by Cheryl Strayed (315 pages) 
  • Written by a blogger. (DONE)
    When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman (256 pages) 
  • Read a biography, autobiography or memoir. (DONE)
    Bossypants by Tina Fey (272 pages) 
  • Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles. (30 points)  (DONE)
    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (282 pages) & If I Stay by Gayle Forman (320 pages)
I started this challenge in May with the hope of getting back into the habit of reading because it's something I love oh-so-much. That happened, plus more. I'm going to miss the challenge of it, the timing and pressure, but I'm also thrilled to be able to tackle a couple books that have been on our shelves that I forgot about because the library had fallen dormant. 

I'm looking forward to winter. Until then, come on over and meet up with me on Goodreads. My list of To Read has gotten short so get on over here and share some goodness with me. 


  1. Wow, you've done a TON of reading! That's awesome! And your hair looks GORGEOUS!

  2. I love that adventure is the focus for September. I think we all are so accustomed to our routine that we don't step outside it very often.

  3. YAYYY for adventure in September!! <3 You two are just the sweetest dang couple and I LOVE hearing how you are so intentional with your time together. Love you friend!

  4. So great that you finished that challenge (and love the dress)!

  5. Nice work on all the reading my friend - and yay for SEPTEMBER x

  6. First off, you look FABULOUS, dear. So pretty! August was a weird month for me and I'm ready to move on. September feels fresh and exciting and I'm ready for that. Adventure sounds like the perfect way to welcome autumn...I think I'll join you :)

  7. How gorgeous are you?! Love those pictures of you guys!! It's so much fun to get dressed up for an evening out - I think I need that in my life soon. (Will have to relay that message to the hubby, ha!) You inspire me with how much reading you've gotten done. Perhaps that's what September will be for me!

  8. Adventure is my September goal too! Life is much too short to be boring.

  9. I'm adding you on Goodreads!

  10. This sounds like such a fun month! Happy birthday to Jason and happy anniversary to you both.

  11. YES. YES YES YES. The transition to fall and cooler weather (hopefully, right now we're still in the 100s) is so much easier with some excitement and fun in the mix of things...

  12. It was literally SO MUCH reading. Like I was a little overwhelmed when I started... But then it quickly and easily became the norm and I'm still on track to read four books this month... Maybe it's like working out where it just gets easier once you're in the habit!?!

  13. I'm such a home body, vanilla lover. I've tried to be more adventurous in being not so vanilla, but find myself loving to pick out what's routine, or familiar in a restaurant and, well, BORING. :)

  14. SO LUCKY that I finished it! :) The dress has a crazy story of it's own... Including buying it in college, the zipper coming undone in the seem before a big event, sending it back, then buying another one of it later for Jason's work party and now being so thankful I tried again...

  15. It was SO much fun dressing up and feeling so pretty for a night.. Especially because it's so easy to fall into the routine of baseball caps and tank tops (which happens to be what I've worn the last four days!).

    What are you going to be reading?!? I feel sort of overwhelmed without my list of books to tackle!

  16. YES JOIN ME! And then we can tell each other about how wild we are! Ok, so we're not that wild, but we can pretend right? :)

  17. Christian and I always have a fancy week-before-Christmas dinner date together and each year we ask ourselves, "Why don't we dress up and go out like this more often?!" and then we continue to do it once a year. haha.

    As for the reading- I don't even know where to start! Fortunately, I have a lot of fabulous blogging friends who have book suggestions! ;)


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