Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Workout Wednesday

 I had five hard workouts & one good run this week, besting my 5k time from last year, so I'll take it!

Workouts for the week:

  • Monday - 45 minute elliptical workout
  • Tuesday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Wednesday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Thursday - 5k run with the family
  • Friday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Saturday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Sunday - Orange Theory workout class

Eating: Generally, there was a lot of eating & way more dessert than usual, thanks to the holiday & long weekend.

Highlights/Lowlights: I'm still snacking too much, and am trying hard to get things back under control post Thanksgiving. 

Focus for the week ahead: my goal is to brush my teeth after dinner, to hopefully avoid evening munchies. 

What about you? How are you doing with your health & fitness?

Monday, November 28, 2022

Menu Plan Monday

We're working our way through some leftovers, and trying to ensure there's no food waste. I'm keeping the plan a bit loose this week, to ensure we don't have to toss any food. 

  • Friday - various Thanksgiving leftovers
  • Saturday - In & Out (not the plan, but we were running late from another activity)
  • Sunday - Philly cheesesteaks
  • Monday - chicken curry & rice
  • Tuesday - grilled chicken + any leftovers, or over salads
  • Wednesday -spaghetti & meatballs, or something easy, as I think Nick has a school game
  • Thursday - leftovers?
  • Friday - wings + spring rolls
What about you? What's on your menu this week?

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Saturday Happenings

It's been a lovely long weekend so far (we've all been off work/school since Thursday), with plenty of relaxing. Nick went to a tennis clinic yesterday, & had a great time. 

I did some cooking, & made butternut squash soup, from squash we froze from the garden. It was delicious & I will definitely make it again. It was roughly based on a recipe, but I tweaked it quite a bit to get the flavor I was looking for. Yum!

I also made cranberry muffins, to use up some of the leftover cranberries. They are M's favorites, so he was thrilled to see those get added to the freezer.

As for today, here's what we're up to:

  • Workout class in the morning
  • Clean & wipe down the fridge
  • Pick up books from a BN person
  • Meet up with M's cousin's family for a mini golf outing
  • Laundry
  • Work on plans for the week ahead (calendar, workout classes, etc)
  • Pay bills
What about you? What are you up to today?

Friday, November 25, 2022

Frugal Friday

It was a busy week, but we had some wins along the way. 

Saving on things we buy

  • Used a $1 expiring Rite Aid reward, to buy the boys deodorant. They need... a lot of it!
  • Used a coupon code & a reward to pick up a few Christmas gifts for the boys. The gifts are actually from my parents, but saving money is a win for everyone. 

Earning money

  • Sold the last of M's jackets on eBay. As expected, it sold within a week of listing it. I only wish everything I listed sold as well. 
  • Cashed out $20.75 via iBotta. We rarely buy anything that matches up with offers, so it's nice to get a bit out, even though it takes time.
  • Sold a bunch of travel gift cards. Raise has been a hassle lately, but it's nice to have them gone, and the money back into the travel budget. This airline dropped a lot of routes during COVID, so the gift cards were near impossible for us to use. 
  • Received a rebate from our mortgage company. They were auditing some paperwork, and realized they overcharged us for our appraisal. We bought the house in 2017, so I have no idea why this just popped. Anyway, received a check for just under $500. Unexpected money is always a fun surprise. 

Avoiding spending

  • I've been trying hard to avoid random purchases. I'm doing pretty well. I did take the boys grocery shopping, and that played out as expected. ;-) 
  • I didn't have any canned tomatoes (the recipe called for one with diced chiles), so I diced a few large tomatoes from the garden & added a jalapeno from the yard. It was a nice freebie replacement, although the tomatoes are really at the end of the season. 

Eating what we have

  • Our meals have been the opposite of glamorous this week, but we've all been fed, and we've gotten a lot out of the freezer.
  • Used all of the naan bread, in various dinners.
  • Ate random leftovers for lunch, numerous times this week. I'm usually pretty hungry after a workout, so it's all good & as long as there is protein and some sort of produce with it, it all works out.  
  • We managed to clean out the fridge by Friday night, which is rare! 
  • Defrosted a small container of soup for an on the go lunch.
  • Finished off the last of two packages of tortillas (one regular, one Keto friendly). We use shells regularly, but one of these was tucked in the back of the fridge & isn't a brand we buy. I think my parents bought them when they were here. I'm glad we discovered them before they went bad. 
  • Finished off the last of a bag of pizza rolls, for a weekend teen boy lunch. 
  • While doing a bit of freezer organization, discovered a few of the "eggwich" breakfast sandwiches in the freezer, and set one out for an easy breakfast.
  • Defrosted an accidental package of chicken (it was attached to two packages I'd planned to defrost) & turned it into soup. The soup had the bonus points of using up the last of carrots, celery lingering in the fridge, potatoes we need to use, & two containers of chicken broth from the freezer. Wins!

For others:

  • I worked a four hour shift at a food pantry, and then matched my time with work (earning them an in kind cash match).
  • I also helped the food bank supervisor set up a cell phone for the volunteers
  • Gave away lots of pomegranate & herbs to friends & neighbors
  • Gave away a gift card to the local soccer store. I've had it in my purse for at least two years, and just never go there. I think it has around $20, and a neighbor on BN is buying a Christmas gift from the same shop. Out of my wallet, into the hands of a neighbor who will use it. Win/win. 
  • Purchased an Amazon wish list via a friend, to help out a neighborhood family who is struggling right now. The wish list was a mix of basics (deodorant, toothpaste, soap, etc) & some clothing items. 
  • Donated to the high school soccer team for Nick, and submitted a request for a match, thus doubling my donation.
  • Gave away a bunch of other items (including in demand ski pants) on BN. 
What about you? Any wins to share?

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the US! I hope it's a lovely & relaxing day, filled with family & fun. 

We rallied the troops out of bed this morning, for our traditional turkey trot. It's at a local high school, and all of the money benefits the school. 

Nick blew us all away, with a very fast finish. Sam was right behind him, M a little further back, & while I was last in my group, I finished faster than last year. The workout class I go to does at least some running at the start of each class, which I could tell helped. I'm happy with faster than last year. ;-) 

The boys are now heading to the gym. I'm going to get started on the cake. 

Have a fabulous day, everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Workout Wednesday

I had a consistent set of workouts this week, and am still really enjoying Orange Theory. I was happy I found time to go, even during a really busy work week. 

Workouts for the week:

  • Monday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Tuesday - 90 minutes of elliptical
  • Wednesday - 45 minute spin class + 1.5 mile walk on the treadmill
  • Thursday - 90 minutes of elliptical
  • Friday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Saturday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Sunday - Orange Theory workout class
Eating: I did pretty well with eating last week, but definitely still snacked during intense days.

Highlights/Lowlights: Great workouts were the highlights, snacking was the lowlight. 

Focus for the week ahead: track my calories, which I didn't do last week

How about you? How did you do with your health & fitness?

Monday, November 21, 2022

Menu Plan Monday

 I'm hoping this week will be much less stressful than last week. A girl can dream, right? I have Thursday & Friday off of work, which I'm really looking forward to. 

  • Friday - wings & gyozos
  • Saturday - sesame chicken + rice (really liked this recipe, and it will go into the rotation).
  • Sunday - taco skillet (made into burritos for the teen). Eh, thought it needed more seasoning, & it was just "okay". Will likely not make again.  
  • Monday - spaghetti & meatballs
  • Tuesday - sesame chicken
  • Wednesday - butternut squash soup & either baguette or homemade foccacia
  • Thursday - Thanksgiving! We'll be having:
    • Pomegranate martinis/cider + goat cheese crostini (happy hour)
    • Steak
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Roasted acorn squash
    • Green beans
    • Chocolate cake/pumpkin pie. Nick & I are not pumpkin pie fans, and he's voted for the cake. M & Sam will have the traditional pie, with ice cream. 
  • Friday - Thanksgiving leftovers (minus the steak) + chicken for protein
What about you? What are you having this week?

Sunday, November 20, 2022

All of the pomegranates

 M planted a pomegranate tree when we moved in, and it's an amazing producer, now that we're on year 4+. Unfortunately, we got a lot of rain this year (well, it was super fortunate for the drought, but pomegranates do not like big swings in moisture), and many of them started to crack. 

I've picked about 4 Home Depot sized buckets of pomegranates this week. One bucket needed to be tossed, as they were split far enough that they couldn't be used. Others had just minor cracks, and the seeds inside were still protected. 

We've given lots away to friends & neighbors, and M has been busy deseeding them each evening. We all love the arils, so they've been a big hit. The tree runs off of a drip irrigation system, so it's very inexpensive & a very high ROI plant.

We'll see how far M gets into this pile tonight. We have pomegranate martinis every year on Thanksgiving, so the timing is perfect!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Saturday Happenings

This is the first Saturday in a long time without a soccer game! Sam's club season ended last weekend, and Nick injured himself at high school practice, so he'll need to miss the last two games this weekend. 

What will I do with all of this free time?! I'm giddy with the idea of nothing going on. 

Here's what's on the plan for today:

  • Defrost meat for meals
  • Make banana muffins
  • Make a Thanksgiving shopping list
  • Stop by Rite Aid & the produce stand
  • Pick up a few items at the grocery store
  • Go to an early workout class
  • Laundry
  • Sweep the garage. We could build a turf field with all of the turf in our garage. Both the club fields & school fields are made of turf, and those tiny pellets get everywhere. 
  • Clean the fridge
  • Organize & inventory the freezer
That's it from my end. What are you up to this weekend?

Friday, November 18, 2022

Frugal Friday

 We've been working on eating things out of the freezer, as ours became overly full very quickly! Progress is being made. We also had a bunch of late nights with work this week, & easy meals were a requirement. 

Saving on things we buy

  • I picked up a few items I needed for a holiday bread I make, and earned an iBotta reward for the yeast. Planned the purchase around the 3x points offer that the grocery store had going, and while I was there, picked up the Friday Freebie. 

Earning money

  • Found $.15 on the ground, at various kids sporting events. ;-) 
  • Earned a bit back from Rakuten, for online purchases over the quarter. It wasn't much, but will go towards offsetting a holiday purchase. 

Avoiding spending

  • It's hard to find the right items to fit the boys, at this current phase. I picked up some winter wear, and not everything fit. I returned it right away, although, I just discovered they charge a shipping return fee. Moving forward, I'll suck it up & go to *shivers*, the mall to return the items. 

Eating what we have

  • I made M a cauliflower crust pizza (base purchased at Trader Joes), & used a bunch of fridge/freezer remnants to make the pizza (marinara sauce, cheese leftover from Philly cheese steaks, pepperoni from the freezer). He reports that the pizza was fantastic.
  • Remembered that we still had a bit of fancy cheese leftover from my parents visit, so got that out for a Friday night "happy hour", and served it with the last of a package of crackers.
  • M took all of the arils out of the pomegranate I picked. I need to bring more in. 
  • I finished off the last of the chicken pesto pasta for lunch
  • Made Saturday's dinner out of items on hand (burger patties + buns in the freezer)
  • Remembered to defrost naan bread, for our chicken shawarma dinner. 
  • Used a few freezer items for dinner one night: Trader Joes orange chicken, fried rice & edamame. It cleared out quite a bit of freezer space.

For others

  • Showed Sam how to sign up for a volunteer opportunity at a food bank. Teaching the teens life skills often takes some work, the first go 'round. :)
  • I am also volunteering at a food bank for four hours this week.
  • Offered to take a box of corporate swag that was going to the garbage. Parsed it out, and found a charity excited to take mens dress socks, hats & all of the new tshirts. Gave away the wipe board & pen packs on Buy Nothing. Recycled the giant boxes. 
What about you? Any wins to share?

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Workout Wednesday

 It was a really busy & intense work week, but I still managed some good workouts in there. 

Workouts for the week

  • Monday - Orange Theory
  • Tuesday - 70 minutes of elliptical
  • Wednesday - spinning + 2 miles of walking
  • Thursday - 5.5 mile hike with a friend
  • Friday - Orange Theory
  • Saturday - Orange Theory
  • Sunday - Orange Theory

Eating: I'm still wasting about 10% or so of my calories on unnecessary/unhealthy snacks. This needs to be improved.

Highlights/lowlights: I really struggle to avoid treats when I'm stressed at work.

Focus for the week ahead: Better eating, less snacking, continue to calorie track.

What about you? How did you do with your health this week? 

Monday, November 14, 2022

Menu Plan Monday

 Work is approaching peak crazy right now, and our freezers are overflowing. I need easy meals, that reduce our freezer inventory. 

Here's what we're planning for the week:

  • Friday - Pizza x2 (cauliflower crust + regular). The regular pizza is in the freezer, and I have a cauliflower crust in the fridge & need to use it up.
  • Saturday - Grilled burgers. (Beef + buns in the freezer)
  • Sunday - egg roll in a bowl with quinoa (ground beef from the freezer)
  • Monday - orange chicken + rice (both from the freezer, as I have a late meeting)
  • Tuesday - burgers & brussel sprouts (freezer)
  • Wednesday - egg roll in a bowl
  • Thursday - chicken curry (freezer)
  • Friday - TBD
What about you? What's on your menu this week?

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Saturday Happenings

I really need the weekend, to decompress from work & try to take a mental break from all of the drama. Next week is also going to be a very intense week, and I'm doing my best not to borrow trouble & worry about next week over the weekend. I'm doing just an "okay" job at that, at the moment. 

Our freezers are both packed, so I need to also make sure we're making good progress cleaning them out, and menu plan accordingly. 

Here's what's on the agenda for today:

  • I was able to switch to an early workout class, because our morning schedule changed a bit
  • Sam's soccer game
  • Nick's tennis tournament
  • M is grilling burgers
  • Costco
  • Trader Joes
  • See if we can fix Nick's $$$ cleats, so we can wear them tomorrow for his game
  • Ensure lazy teens clean their rooms
  • Laundry
  • Sort out the boys phone plans
That's it from my side. What about you? What are you up to today?

Friday, November 11, 2022

Frugal Friday

Well, our trip to Dubai to visit M's family is a go (and, exceptionally pricey for four people, to boot), but we did what we could to offset some of the cost. As Anne said last week, sometimes frugality is less about every dollar spent, and more about ensuring your money is being prioritized in the way that you value. 

Saving on things we buy

  • I used United upgrade points to try & upgrade me + M to business class. I do not enjoy an international flight in economy, so fingers crossed. Additionally, signed the boys up for United frequent flier numbers, so they can also accrue miles on the flight. I haven't yet, even though we've flown them a few times. The international flight is definitely worth the miles, though. 
  • I used Hyatt points to cover one hotel room. We need to book a few for family members, and I found a discount code that worked for the place we're staying. Luckily, the hotel is pretty reasonable. 
  • Used $650 of United travel credits that Sam, Nick & I had to offset part of the ticket costs. 
  • Nick needed new pants (it's cool here, and he's grown a lot since last year), so I used a gift card to cut the costs down. 
  • I also used a combination of gift cards & rewards to pick up a few Christmas gifts. 
  • Picked up two containers of oat milk, with an iBotta reward, saving $4.

Earning money

  • I've continued to work, which on weeks like this... is a mental game with myself to continue! 
  • Sold an old fitness tracker on eBay. 
  • Listed the last of my husband's outgrown clothes on eBay. 

Avoiding spending

  • Our grocery store was giving away pumpkins, after Halloween. I picked up two large pumpkins to roast & turned 1/4 of it into muffins. I pureed & froze the rest. 
  • For M's Christmas gift, I booked two nights in a hotel, using points exclusively. 

Eating what we have

  • Inadvertently fasted after a workout, and was starving for lunch & rummaged through the fridge. Remembered the last piece of leftover lasagna, so had that for brunch. 
  • After we attended an anniversary party, the host sent me home with leftovers from the venue. I took a small box and that became lunch one day. The leftover samosas were particularly delicious. 
  • Had leftover taco meat on a salad for lunch one day. Even remembered to use the last of the shredded cheese.
  • Made pesto for a recipe, and used a ton of garden basil, shredded parmesan left over from a bagged salad, and 1/2 a lime I found in the fridge. I didn't have pine nuts, so subbed walnuts that I found in the pantry. It was super close to "free", minus the olive oil. 
  • Picked up a rotisserie chicken at Costco (still so inexpensive), & used some for a recipe, and froze the rest of the chicken. Also made chicken broth out of the bones, which I used for the recipe with pesto, above. 
For others

  • On our local Buy Nothing group, someone was looking for an old phone for a food bank. I was able to find one of ours, and I signed up to volunteer at the food bank. I'm interested in dabbling in some volunteer options, until I find some that are a great fit when I leave my job. 
  • Gave away the boys outgrown pants. There is always a lot of demand for teen boy clothes, as they can't wear them often. I've been the recipient of some really nice things, so I also like to pay it forward. 
That's it from our side. What about you? Any wins to share?

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Workout Wednesday

 It was a pretty good week, slowly integrating back into my workouts & healthier eating, post vacation.

Workouts for the week

  • Monday - Orange Theory class
  • Tuesday - 90 minute elliptical workout
  • Wednesday - 80 minute elliptical workout
  • Thursday - 4 mile run
  • Friday - Orange Theory class
  • Saturday - Orange Theory class
  • Sunday - Orange Theory class

Eating - there were several social events (date night, friend's anniversary party, work dinner out), but all in all, it was a good week. 

Highlights/lowlights - 4 hard workout classes in a week, plus my first run in a while. I do still need to be on top of snacks, and work on dropping the few pounds I gained on vacation. 

Focus for the week ahead - tracking my calories.

What about you? How are you doing with your health & fitness?

Monday, November 7, 2022

Menu Plan Monday

 The weeks are whizzing by, and the weather has definitely taken a turn to feel fall like around here! We are also in a slightly different season, with boys activities, etc. The one standard is that we're always busy. Here's what's on the menu for the week.

  • Friday - We were at an anniversary party, and the boys ate at the football game
  • Saturday - M made rice & chicken
  • Sunday - M, on a cooking roll, made Philly cheese steaks
  • Monday - I'm trying a new recipe for one pot creamy pesto chicken
  • Tuesday - rice & chicken, take 2
  • Wednesday - cheese steaks, take 2
  • Thursday - pesto chicken, take 2
  • Friday - tbd. If Nick is eating with us, maybe pizza. If not, potentially wings & gyozas
What about you? What's on your menu for the week? Are you adjusting your menu for the change of seasons? Any fun fall recipes to share?

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Saturday Happenings

We are all up early this morning, as Sam has the SATs at a local school. I suppose that means I should be extra productive today, with the bonus time. 

Here's what's on the agenda today:

  • Take Nick for a haircut. The trend is for quite long on top hair. His is well beyond that, and very much in his face. He's finally agreed to get a trim.
  • Sam asked for a ride to the SATs, as it's raining & he's pretty sleepy. I'll pick him up after.
  • Go to a workout class
  • Ride along with Nick (he has his learner's permit) to tennis volunteering.
  • Make a menu & a shopping list
  • Costco, the produce stand & Trader Joes
  • I picked up two free pumpkins at the grocery store last night. They need to be roasted, pureed & frozen for future use.
  • I'd like to get a few things listed on eBay & Buy Nothing.
  • Clean out the fridge.
  • Laundry.
  • Depending on the weather, I may clean up some of the garden beds.
What about you? What are you up to today?

Friday, November 4, 2022

Frugal Friday

 It's a two week edition, as I missed last week. It most certainly wasn't a frugal week, but I'll share the things we did to save a bit here & there. 

Saving on things we buy

  • Christmas flights are incredibly expensive this year, but I used a few options to save money. I split the reservation into two, and used a companion fare (credit card perk) to save $400 off of one flight. I also used the last of my Alaska flight credit for those two tickets, reducing my out of pocket spending. I was hoping to buy more Alaska gift cards on Costco (they are 10% off, and I get a credit card rebate), but they are no longer selling them.
  • Used an Uber reward to save $5 on our trip back from the airport. Our departure flight was very early, and our return flight was very late, so we opted for Uber, vs having one of the boys or my parents drive us. 
  • Picked up lunch stuff for the four of us (my parents, myself & Sam), so we could avoid eating out. 
  • Used a $2 Panera reward, to take Sam to brunch. There was a glitch with our order, so we also ended up getting free drinks, which was a nice bonus. 

Earning money
  • Sold another of M's outgrown jackets on eBay. They are all the same (slightly different sizes/colors) & I've been blown away at how consistently they sell, and at a pretty high price. I'll get the last one listed this week. 
  • Sold a gift card on Raise.

Avoiding spending
  • I took M & Nick to the airport for their soccer adventure, and picked them up, avoiding the cost of another Uber.
  • Used the last of a Target gift card + rewards to pick up a few things on vacation

Eating what we have
  • Ate random leftovers throughout the week, including orange chicken for breakfast one day, & an orzo salad (Trader Joes lunch leftover) for another breakfast. If I'm really hungry after a workout, almost anything works. 
  • I also had chicken curry on toast for breakfast one day, making the most of random fridge items my parents left behind.
  • Used up the dregs of a jar of marinara (I think my parents used some of it for lasagna), to make spaghetti & meatballs.
  • Made garlic bread out of leftover sandwich rolls for Sam (M & I don't need any) to go with the spaghetti & meatballs. 
  • My parents prepped a few meals when they were here, and left them in the freezer for us. I used the lasagna for a quick dinner on Tuesday. 

For others

  • Kicked off another short term mentoring relationship at work. I participate in several programs that help senior folks from under represented backgrounds during their first few months at work, when they are building their networks & just trying to figure out how to ramp up. 
  • I've been trying to slow down yet another work mentorship program, as I'm pretty swamped at the moment, but they needed a senior female, and there were none available. So, one more before I wrap up at work. ;-) 
What about you? Any wins to share?

Thursday, November 3, 2022

November Goals

 The year is really starting to rock & roll now, as we enter the home stretch! 

Here are my goals for November:


  • Stick to our budget
  • Progress towards side hustle goals
  • Continue work on plan & budget for 2023
  • Go through eBay inventory
  • Give away 10 items on Buy Nothing
  • One activity with the kids
  • Help Nick learn to drive
  • Two dates with M
  • Connect with M's family
  • Continue 2023 travel planning
  • Finalize holiday travel plans, finish ski lodging


  • Post weekly fitness summaries
  • Match September's calories burned
  • Close rings 28 days
  • Take advantage of workout classes
  • Meditate 5x
  • Lose 2 lbs
  • Do something social with friends
  • Continue volunteer roles
  • More thinking on "post career"goals

That's it for me. What do you have planned for Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Two weeks of workout Wednesday

Combining a couple of weeks here, as I missed one when I was traveling:

Workouts for the week:

  • Monday - Orange Theory workout class
  • Tuesday - 1.5 mile walk, spin class
  • Wednesday - 1.5 mile run, spin class
  • Thursday - 90 minute elliptical + 1 mile walk
  • Friday - airport day, so 1 hour of elliptical at 4 am. It was a true joy ;-) 
  • Saturday - two yoga classes, plus walks on the beach
  • Sunday - 1 hour of elliptical + canoeing
  • Monday - 1 hour of elliptical + outdoor HIIT class
  • Tuesday - 1 hour of elliptical + outdoor HIIT class
  • Wednesday - 1 hour of elliptical + water aerobics
  • Thursday - SUP yoga (so crazy hard & fun) + some walking on the beach, before we flew home
  • Friday - 45 minutes of elliptical
  • Saturday - Orange Theory
  • Sunday - Nothing! For the first time in forever.
Eating: great up until the vacation, and then plenty of splurges. 

Lowlights: can't think of anything. I enjoyed the rest day on Sunday. 

Highlights: working out, even while on vacation. I really enjoy it. Not shown here is all of the reading I did, leisurely strolls on the beach, and pina coladas consumed by the pool. :-) 

Focus for the week ahead: I always struggle to bring my calories back under control when I'm back from vacation, so I'll be working on that this week. 

What about you? How did you do with your health?

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

October Goals Recap

 The month flew by (as always, really), so let's see how I did with my goals.


  • Stick to our budget. - it was an expensive month. We booked holiday flights (so, so $$$), added Sam to our car insurance, and went on vacation.
  • Progress towards side hustle goals. - I actually used up a few gift cards (Target, Panera, Uber) & made some money selling things on eBay. 
  • Continue work on plan & budget for when I leave work - we are considering a different budget approach, and working through that.
  • Go through eBay inventory. - I listed a few additional things, & sold them. I need to finish going through the rest of my inventory.
  • Stick to our budget while on vacation - yes! We came in just a bit under budget
  • One activity with the kids - M took Nick to Las Vegas, and they had a lot of fun together. Sam & I went to brunch, and out to dinner a different night. 
  • Help Nick with learning to drive - yes!
  • Help Sam with practice & take him for the driving test - Yes, and he passed!
  • Two dates with M - yes, an entire lovely vacation
  • Connect with M's family - we've been texting. 
  • Continue 2023 travel planning - still in the works
  • Post weekly fitness summaries - yes, minus the week I was traveling
  • Match September's calories burned - I was about 400 calories short, out of a total of 18,400. I blame two days with 6 hour flights. 
  • Close rings 25 days - 29 times! In fact, I got up at 4 am the day we left to get in a workout. 
  • Take advantage of workout classes - yes, lots of workout classes at the office, at the gym & at the hotel we stayed at
  • Meditate 5 x - still didn't manage to make that happen
  • Lose 2 lbs - I lost these pounds before our trip, but will need to work to get them gone again. 
  • Do something social with friends - I had an impromptu trip to Portland, where I saw my sister & BFF & ran a race with them. 
  • Continue volunteer roles - yep!
  • More thinking on "post career work" life/goals - not much happened here, but I'm ticking away the days. 
What about you? How did you do with your goals for the month? Any wins to share?