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.