October (as has been the norm) literally flew by. Seriously. It started with vacation, which was then interrupted by a hurricane, and then ended with a lovely Halloween evening.
We have a long driveway so Matt moved the firebowl closer to the street so the trick-or-treaters didn't have to walk so far. According to our neighbors who joined us, we had more visitors this year than ever before ... so Matt and CR are already planning on how to make next year's setup bigger and better!
Marathon training continues. In fact ... IT'S THIS WEEKEND. However, today marks the anniversary of my first race and it was the 5k portion of the race I'm doing this weekend. Some high school friends invited me during the summer of 2012 to join them in the half, but I never got around to registering or even training. 2012 was not a good year for me -- my dad had passed away that March and I was just in a funk with zero motivation to do anything (housecleaning, balancing the checkbook, exercising ... nothing). Finally a few weeks before the race, I convinced Matt to do the 5k with me. And we were hooked! I remember being so stressed about the race -- we both took Ibuprofen before the race because we just knew we'd be sore and unable to walk. Silly kids ... we regularly run 3 miles now ... but it makes me appreciate the beginning. And when I see runners fully loaded with gels and water bottles and trudging along on a 5k race, I know I've been there and understand their struggle.
This was before my first race (5k) at the Indianapolis Monumental, 11/3/12 (I'm far right)
And this was our first pre-race selfie. The start of a tradition! And it was 34 degrees that morning ...
Books I've read in October, according to my Goodreads profile ... because I can't remember:
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (yes, I'm late to the show)
- The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
- Nothing ... hit a reading speedbump after vacation and I've started several but don't really have one that I keep going back to to finish. That needs to change.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Things I'm excited about:
As we're still trying to pay down debt, I'm trying to be frugal with expenses. I rarely buy new clothes for me and I will clip coupons like there's no tomorrow. Remembering the coupons is another story. But when Open Enrollment for health insurance started at work, I found out that they were switching to a points-based tier system and everyone had to have bloodwork drawn to find out what tier they were in. After a single drop of blood, I find out I was put in the middle tier which almost doubled my health insurance premiums - uh .. no. So since I had to go to my PCP for an annual checkup anyway, and she sends me to the hospital for DETAILED bloodwork (we're talking VIALS of blood drawn ... only 2 or 3, but still more than a drop! and they use more advanced testing devices than some little handheld device) and I find out I'm back in the lowest tier. Really, it's the little things, but that's money saved, so I'm happy! :)
Also trying to take these two for a walk every evening. It's good for them and good for me. And we're finally using up our excess supply of Kroger bags for poo pickup.
How many books do you normally read at a time?
What do you do when you find out a goal you're working towards doesn't coincide with your life?
Do you get excited about saving money?