Thursday, October 2, 2014

Back in the groove! September 2014 in Review

September, a banner month!  On the home front, it was good times for so many reasons.

1. Our 7th wedding anniversary...which was celebrated with a dinner out BY OURSELVES!  No kids!  At a not-very-kid-friendly restaurant!  It was amazing!  We ate too much and drank too much responsibly (we did have to parent when we got home) and just generally enjoyed each other's company.  It was wonderful.

2. My 31st birthday, which was celebrated with a dinner out as well, though this was with the kiddos and involved eating my weight in hamburger meat at Red Robin and listening to Small Fry sing to me.  Also wonderful!

3. Finishing my half marathon, which as you well know by now, was quite the saga, but I am rather proud of myself and licking my wounds more quietly.  :)

Plus, I feel like I made a bit of a comeback around here, which is exciting.

In September I read 5 books:
The Three  by Sarah Lotz
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
The Blonde by Anna Godbersen
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (which included a celebration of Banned Books Week!)
The Memory of Love by Linda Olsson

In addition, I did a new Small Fry Saturday review for My Bus by Byron Barton.

I also talked about my issues with e-books vs paper (the struggle is real), and told you about my new tattoo and love for Jodi Picoult (though those two things are not related, which is probably a win for Jodi Picoult).

As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm hoping for some spooky reads in October, plus possibly snagging a copy of Picoult's Leaving Time, and I do have one TLC Book Tour coming up as well.  I know, I took the whole summer off!  But it will be nice to review some new releases again.

How is fall treating you, friends?  Are you pro- or anti- the pumpkin spice craze?  (Personally, I think the Pumpkin Spice Oreo is an insult to humanity.)


  1. I love pumpkin spice. I NEED to try those Oreos! I'm hoping to find some when we're out of town this weekend, since we never get anything cool around here.

    1. Let me know if you ever get to try them. The idea of them grosses me out. I'm a bit of an Oreo purist.

  2. I like pumpkin spice in my coffee now and then, but not so much in other items. The Oreo thing, nooooo.

    1. Ditto on the coffee, though even that has been a little much for me lately. Is it just me, or is Starbucks dumping way too much of that flavoring into the lattes this year??

  3. I love pumpkin spice things, but I'm trying to limit my calorie intake and I get depressed looking at a Starbuck's menu. I saw your awesome tattoo of the little spuds' names. It rules.

    1. Yeah, Starbucks is no fun when on a diet. I do love their Peppermint Mochas in the winter though, and you can get them "skinny" for very few calories. Yum.

  4. Congratulations on your 7th anniversary & happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a very nice September. I love pumpkin flavoring, but I think pumpkin oreos goes a little too far for me. I like oreos just the way they are!

    1. Agreed! Double Stuf is about as extreme as I go with an Oreo! :)

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