As I expected, October has been a blur. It's been filled with mostly fun things but I added some work travel onto the tail end of the month which is making for an even more hectic month! I just wish that time would slow the heck down! Here's what's currently happening in my world.
Reading: Between Shades of Gray. Don't let that title deter you - it's nothing like the 50 Shades of Gray books (which I refuse to read). This book is set during WWII but it tells a different side of the story as it focuses on the Russians treatment of the Lithuanians during the war. It's very sad, which is to be expected given the subject matter, but I am enjoying it (as much as you can say you 'enjoy' a sad/heavy book).
Loving: the beautiful fall weather we continue to have! It was in the 65-75 degree range on Monday and Tuesday which is so abnormal for this time of year but so wonderful!
Thinking: about registering for the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in June of 2016. When I finished Twin Cities, I really thought it might be my last marathon... but I'm not feeling happy with my time and really want to try one more time for a sub-4 hour marathon. I am holding off on registering for now, though, as I don't want to make a rash decision.
Frustrated: by the blisters I've been getting lately. I got 3 really bad ones during the marathon and on Monday I wore heels for the first time in months and got another blister close to the area where one of my worst ones from the marathon was. Le sigh.
Feeling: a little overwhelmed by my schedule right now. I am super excited for our trip to Boston but I had to tag some work travel onto that trip. So the next week looks like this: Minneapolis>Boston>Newark>Chicago>Minneapolis. I'm home for the Halloween weekend, then I go to Mississippi for 1.5 days for more work meetings, come home for 2 days and go to Philadelphia/New Jersey for Alli's wedding (which I am super excited about, of course!). I guess I just have to embrace the craziness of my travel schedule and hope that things quiet down in mid- to late-November!
Anticipating: our trip to Boston this weekend! I can't wait to explore a new city and re-connect with friends! And I'm really excited to see Kelly and her family and introduce Phil to them!
Watching: the news in the morning and that is about it. I feel like I am rarely home these days since my schedule has me all over the place!
Sad: that I haven't really had a chance to enjoy fall in Minnesota as I've been so dang busy this month! The leaves all changed while we were in Miami and now they are starting to drop. I wish the leaf changing season was longer!!
Working: on getting back on track with my exercise routine. Between recovering from the marathon and having a busy travel schedule, I have not been working out as much as I would like to! And that needs to change stat!!
Grateful: that a surgery that my dad had on Monday went really well. We thought
he might have to have his ankle replacement hardware removed due to an
infection but it turned out that he had a hematoma/several blood clots
instead so the outlook for recovery is much better! I'm also grateful that my nephew did not need surgery on his arm and instead could be put into a permanent cast. The poor kid broke BOTH of his arms at a football game the weekend of Julia Child. I feel so bad for him but we are all relieved that he won't need surgery! It has been a volatile month for my family in terms of health problems!
Listening: to all the podcasts. As usual.
Wishing: that the beautiful fall weather would stick around for many months!
What are you reading, wishing for, and grateful for these days?