Monday, August 31, 2015

Month in review: August

What happened to August?! Seriously? I can't believe another month has gone by and summer is over. Christopher starts Kindergarten tomorrow. Eek! So exciting!

August was a surprisingly busy month. Here's a recap...

- I finished 12 books this month (4 audio, 7 paper, 1 Kindle).
- I finished my June selection and read my August book for the 2015 Reading Challenge.
- I loved my YA Book Club book for August. I breezed through Every Last Word in two days. I highly recommend it. We'll be reading The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler and discussing it on September 23rd if you'd like to read along with us.
- I finished 1 book for my Summer Reading Challenge and dropped 4 books off at the library for their book drive / sale. I revised my goal because I was failing miserably at this challenge.

Donated books from my summer reading challenge.

- I'm still struggling with my new job. The department is new and there aren't any clearly defined processes yet, so I'm still sort of floundering. I'm not clear on what I should be doing day to day.
- I led one really productive meeting, and I got a glimpse of what this job could be. I am hopeful that things will get better, but I don't do well with uncertainty.
- My boss and my boss' boss seem to think I'm doing a good job, so that's something.

- I didn't make it to the YMCA at all again.
- I did run twice this month.
- But then I found out that my foot pain is due to tendinitis, so I decided to cool off on the exercise and even excessive walking - no steps happening here.
- I have been going to the physical therapist, and the stretching and tape are helping.
- My eating habits haven't improved either. A lot of it is due to my unhappiness at work.

- Christopher and I started the month in Mayville, NY visiting my parents. It was a long drive, but the trip was a lot of fun. Jim was out in AZ that week for work.
- I'm coaching Christopher's soccer team, and it's not as hard as I thought. I'm really enjoying it. I look forward to games starting in September.
- We had a lot of school-year prep activities and events in the second half of the month.
- Christopher and I hosted a small pool party at our house for some friends. I think I enjoyed it more than he did. I think he may be an introvert after all, even though he's so outgoing. I'll stick to one-on-one play dates going forward.
- Then we spent this past weekend camping in Door County, WI. This year we went with our friends, Sarah and Andrew, and we had a great time!

Sarah, Andrew, Jim, me, and Christopher.

- I spent a weekend at home ALONE earlier this month while Jim and Christopher visited his parents up north. It was so amazing!
- I watched a lot of The Fosters on Netflix and YouTube.
- We had babysitters many times throughout the month, including one almost full day where we just hung out and relaxed with friends. It was great.
- I got to see two movies off my summer movie list. Ant-Man was OK, and Paper Towns was terrific.
- I had a great night out with my girlfriends and got to love on my friend Laura's new baby. It was the largest group we've had in a while.

Jamie, Laura, me (and Raegan), Carrie F, Sarah, Tara.
We missed you, Carrie P!

- We did a little swimming, but not as much as we should have considering it finally got hot here for a couple of week.
- I cleaned out our walk-in closet and turned it into a reading space after Jim hauled the reclining chair upstairs. All. By. Himself. Crazy man! Thank you. I love you!

September will bring new routines with adjusting to Christopher's new school schedule. We also have some plans to host family and visit some friends. It'll be a busy month, but I'm looking forward to fall - my favorite season.

What have you been up to this month?


  1. I have foot pain too, and it sucks. Mine is plantar fasciitis, and it comes and goes and annoys me greatly! Seems like you had a great August, reading-wise. I'm off to see what you thought of the new Harper Lee..
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. Foot pain sucks! It's kind of hard to stay off your feet. :) I really hope it clears up soon, so I can get back to running, etc. Yours too!

  2. Sounds like you had a pretty great month!! Your book club seems awesome. And I am still jealous of your weekend alone!!! Hope you have a wonderful September!

  3. 12 books! Go, you!! Sounds like there was a lot of good in August. Hope work gets better soon :-)

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  4. I really want to see both Ant-Man and Paper Towns. Of course I want to read Paper Towns before watching it because I'm super silly like that... :) I've heard some people LOVED Ant-Man and others thought it was terrible, so I'm even more curious to see it myself. Great book month too - lots of fantastic reads! :)

    1. Not sure why your comments aren't emailed to me. Sorry! Did you ever see Ant-Man or Paper Towns? I don't see movies until after I read the book either.