It's been a long time since I did a Looking Forward post - since February, actually! I didn't intentionally plan for October to be full of so many awesome things but I'm glad it worked out that way as sometimes I get a little down after a marathon. Like many big life events, after it is behind me I sometimes think - now what? But my packed calendar in October will hopefully offset some of the post-marathon blues as I'll have lots to look forward to! Here are the fun things that October will feature!
On October 2nd, Phil and I will celebrate 3 years of being in each others' lives. When people ask how long we have been together, it's a tricky question to answer because of the gap when I was in Charlotte. But we remained in touch during the time so I'm still considering this our anniversary! We have other plans that will prevent us from celebrating that evening but we are planning to do a belated celebration the following Friday.
The first weekend of October, I will run my 4th marathon, which will be a "golden" marathon as I'm running it on the 4th. John is flying in to run it with me. I'm really excited to catch up with him in person and show him around the city I love. John and his wife, who live in Raleigh, hosted me for a weekend when I lived in Charlotte so I am looking forward to returning the favor by hosting him. I'm not sure what all we will do as I will need to make sure we aren't on our feet too much but Phil, John and I will definitely be going to a Twins game on Friday night.
The second weekend of October we will have our 7th annual Julia Child Night! We are having the event earlier than we normally would as it was the only free weekend for my aunt, brother and I during the months of October and November! This year we are doing something different and will take a break from French recipes. Instead, Julia Child is going to be traveling to the New Orleans area. My aunt and uncle visited there on their way back from Florida this winter and got all kinds of inspiration! We've got a great menu planned and I am really excited for the event!
The third weekend of October, I will head to Miami for my girls trip with my mom, sisters, and sister-in-law. I am so glad that we are keeping the tradition of going somewhere every other year alive! I've only been to Miami once and it was for work so I barely saw any of the area. I'm so excited to check it out and spend lots of quality time with the women in my family.
The third weekend of October, Phil and I will head to Boston to visit a couple that moved out there recently. I've never been to Boston so I am so excited to check it out. Plus it will be great to catch up with our friends. We haven't seen them since their going away party in May and we miss them so much! While we are out in Boston, we'll be meeting up with Kelly and her husband and son, too.
Last, but not least, in late October, my good friend Courtney is due. They did not find out the sex of the baby so I am especially excited to find out what they are having and what name they have chosen! Courtney and her husband live about 10 minutes away from Phil so I envision lots of visits after the baby is born so I can get my baby holding fix!
So there you have it! A VERY full month of exciting things! The month is bound to leave me a bit exhausted by the end, but it should be a happy kind of exhausted! And so far, November is fairly quiet and I intend to keep it that way.
What are you looking forward to this fall?