September 13, 2017

Bird Watching 2017...

It's almost time for bird watching y'all! Yes, the Blue Jays are officially out of the playoff race (I still love them anyways...) BUT I'm still excited because it's been over a year since I've seen them play live and even though I still love watching them on TV it just doesn't compare to the real thing.

After buying the tickets to the games back in February it seemed like it would be forever before I'd be in the Twin Cities for the series but it actually seems like I was just paying for the tickets yesterday and now here we are, heading on the road to the Twin Cities this afternoon to take in 4 games (and be there for my nieces, nephew, and Mama Bears first MLB game!).

My Mama and Aunt Linda and Uncle Gary are taking the train to St.Paul tonight so they will actually beat me and my brother and SIL to the cities. We're driving, leaving around 1:30 this afternoon, but are only going as far as Fargo or Fergus Falls tonight (depends how tired we are/fussy Quade is) and then will finish the rest of the drive tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed Quade does good on the drive!

My Mama is getting MN to pick her and my Aunt and Uncle up at the train station in the morning and they are all going for breakfast at the Uptowner since they can't check into their hotel until mid afternoon and they should be in the cities by 8:00 (as long as the train is on time). To say that I'm jealous would be an understatement! I'm also slightly nervous about what my Mama or Aunt and Uncle might say while I'm not there. Eeeek! 

My sister and her girls aren't leaving until late tomorrow night so they won't get to the cities until Friday afternoon. We really don't have many concrete plans, aside from the Jays games, so we need to figure out our plans asap! I know there will be some time spent at the MOA and I mentioned the outlets in Eagan to my Mama so she wants to check those out. MN wants to take my brother to a couple of local breweries and I'm sure there will be a trip to Target fit in there somewhere as well. My brother and SIL plan on getting a start on some Christmas shopping and my nieces will have birthday money to spend so there will definitely be a bit of shopping happening. I don't normally go shopping while I'm in the cities because I know MN would rather do anything else than follow me around as I shop so I need to get it in while everyone else is too! 

I've been wanting the Align II pants from Lululemon for forever and I almost ordered them online awhile back but the reviews were really back and forth on the fit so I want to try a pair on while I'm at the MOA and go from there. If I do like them I'll probably still wait and purchase them online when I'm home to say myself money with the exchange rate (though it's definitely getting better!). 

Now that I've rambled about pretty much nothing (it's early and I'm delirious and not yet caffeinated so please forgive me haha) it's time to get my butt in gear and finish packing so I can actually leave on time this afternoon. I've been wide awake since 3:00 am but forced myself to lay in bed and try to get a little more sleep (it didn't work...) so now it's 4:00 am and I'm quickly getting this out of the way so I can get on with packing and showering to get ready for my half day of work. I'll be back next week (with a recap I'm sure) and I've got some posts in the works to make sure I hit my goal of 8 published posts this month so hopefully I'll get a few of those up too. 

Happy Humpday!

September 11, 2017

Currently (September 2017)...

Reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I only have until the 21st to finish off my summer re-read - eeek! Hopefully I'll get lots of reading time in on the way to the Twin Cities and on the way home. I also have The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand in my reading pile and I can't wait to start it but I'm not letting myself until I finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and can cross my HP summer re-read off my Summer Bucket List

Listening to some new favourites that have been added to my Spotify playlist. T-Swift's two new songs (I really didn't like Look What You Made Me Do at first but after the music video came out I watched it over and over again and the song grew on me. T-Swift can do no wrong in my books), Don't You Know by Porter Union, A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega by Ashley McBryde, and If My Name Was Whiskey by Carly Pearce. 

Celebrating my nieces birthdays over the next week and a half. Rae turns 11 on the 15th (eleven!) and Graycie turns 7 on the 21st. What happened to my babies?! We will be in the Twin Cities on Rae's birthday and my sister is hoping to get everyone together for lunch at Benihana's to celebrate because we will be at the Twins vs Jays game that night. 

Watching all the HGTV I can get. There was a House Hunters Renovation marathon on Saturday and I could have watched all day long (if I hadn't made plans with a friend). I seriously could watch fixer upper shows and never get bored of them. I'll be on my way to the Twin Cities when Helene's episode of House Hunters International airs but I'm going to make sure to PVR it!  

Pretty much the only thing I watch lately other than shows on HGTV (and sometimes the Food Network) is baseball. There's not much left of the 2017 baseball season so I gotta watch every single game that I can! 

Working on my Fall Bucket List. I haven't even completed everything off of my Summer Bucket List yet but I wanted to start working on my Fall Bucket List early so that as soon as September 22nd rolls around I have it ready to start crossing things off. 

Drinking nothing at this exact moment but I do have a bottle of water on my nighstand beside me in case I get thirsty before I actually go to sleep. I drank a bottle of wine before/after supper tonight while playing the Home Alone drinking game to celebrate my birthday (more on that later this week...) so sticking to water now is probably a good idea.

Waiting on my car payment to finally come out of my account (I hate when the transaction date falls on a weekend) so I can see how much I have left owing on Eleanor (my SUV).  If my calculations are correct she is going to be paid off in November and I cannot wait. I fell in love with a Michael Kors crossbody bag and I told myself I can buy it once Eleanor is finally paid off so I'm anxiously awaiting that!

Wearing my favourite lululemon shorts and a Grayson Threads Christmas pajama top. Before I got into bed I was also wearing a tacky Christmas vest (again, more on this later this week). 

Anticipating the trip to the Twin Cities on Wednesday. 9 of my family members are making the trip, plus my sisters boyfriend and my SIL's mom, step dad, and step brother. I can't wait for the games! 

Loving that SE SK is still getting some sunshine! This weekend was HOT and I just wish I would've been able to spend some more time outside soaking up the sun. I let the dogs out around 10 on Saturday night and couldn't believe how warm it still was. Most nights lately it's super cold by that time (and in the mornings). 

Making plans for what we are going to do in the Twin Cities when we're not at the games.  

September 8, 2017

September Goals (2017)...

Happy September y'all! This is the first time I've made it to the blog so far in September and we're already a week in - whoops! I spent the first weekend of September on the road to Saskatoon to attend my cousin's wedding and I'm just now back to feeling 100% after it. Recovering from weddings isn't so easy any more (I'll blame it on turning 30...) and I'm kind of glad I don't have another one to attend for quite awhile. I've also solemnly sworn that I will never mix as much alcohol as I did last weekend AND no more Fireball will ever cross my lips. Blechhh!

September is always such a strange month (to me anyways). It's still technically Summer for over half of the month but almost everyone wants to start celebrating Fall already and it just creates a weird vibe for the month. I'm not the type to start celebrating Fall early though,  I embrace Summer until the last possible second. I'll still be wearing my flip flops, drinking iced coffees, and crossing things off of my Summer Bucket List up until September 22nd (any possibly even beyond then with the flip flops and iced coffee...). 

Mornings around here  have been fairly chilly - enough that I turn on my seat warmer for my 1 minute drive to work and wish that I had grabbed a sweater before walking out the door- but by afternoon I'm cranking the air conditioning and sweating the second I step outside. I can't win! This weekend is supposed to be in the 30's which is awesome because I don't have any plans other than to embrace one of the last weekends of Summer and soak up as much sunshine as possible. Hopefully I'll be able to get some Summer Bucket List items crossed off and even some goals for September accomplished. So speaking of goals, let's check out my progress on my August Goals before moving on to my goals for September. 
In August I wanted to...

Finish one Project Life album
Hard to do when you don't order the photos to go in the album... Face palm

Publish 10 blog posts 
I really did have good intentions y'all but I only managed to publish 6 posts in August. Towards the end of the month I realized I would have to publish 4 posts from August 27th - 31st in order to meet my goal so I started working on a few posts to have scheduled for when I was in the Twin Cities. However, my internet connection has been so bad lately (like SO bad) that I couldn't get my internet to cooperate long enough to finish up those posts to have them scheduled before I had to leave for the train station. I tried for over an hour and just couldn't get my connection to last longer than 3 minutes at a time. So frustrating! So now I will try and finish them and publish them this month.

Try 5 new recipes 
None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Ughhhhh!

Make at least $150 from decluttering items around the house
I did it y'all! Aaaand I even exceeded my goal! I made $244 in August from decluttering and selling items on FB. I also made an extra $125 by picking up a couple of shifts at my old part time job so August was a good month for my budget! 

Complete a new workout program 
I started the program but didn't like it and so far haven't moved on to something that I do enjoy. As soon as I get home from my next Twin Cities trip (to go bird watching at Target Field) I'm getting back to basics with the 21 Day Fix and moving forward from there.

Take Krickit for a morning walk (at least) twice a week 
Poor Krickit only got one short walk in all of August. I feel terrible! She did get to go down to the camper quite often to run around but I really want to get back into our routine of daily walks (or at least 3-4 times a week).

Take family photos for my sister and nieces
Let me just state for the record that this is not my fault. I repeat, NOT MY FAULT! I asked my sister a few times what night worked for her to do the pictures and she kept putting it off. So again, not my fault that I didn't get to cross this off!

Wear a different outfit to work each week day with NO repeats
I did it! There were a couple of repeats of either tops or bottoms BUT I didn't wear them together again so I'm still counting it as a win. I had been taking pictures at the beginning of the month but towards the end I forgot about it but I'm 99% sure I accomplished this even without the photographic proof.

In September I want to...
Create a Fall Bucket List 
I've got two weeks to cross everything that's left off of my Summer Bucket List and then it's time to move on to my Fall Bucket List. I might get stabby that people start 'celebrating' Fall early (it's still Summer!) but I do love the season (just not as much as Summer) and am looking forward to all the things that Fall entails. Blanket scarves, fall scented candles, falling leaves, etc.

Start Christmas shopping 
It's never to early! I don't like feeling rushed and since I live in the middle of nowhere I don't have the option to last minute shop. There will still definitely be a shopping trip at some point in December to cross off those last minute things but for the most part I want to have my shopping 85% complete by November. Now I just need everyone to give me some ideas! MN and I have been talking about doing a trip to Chicago in December instead of getting each other gifts so I really hope we follow through with this. I've wanted to go to Chicago for forever and MN had to skip a 'boys trip' with friends just this past weekend because he was in the GWN with me at my cousin's wedding so here's hoping we actually do it. Flights to Chicago from the Twin Cities are less than $100 - you can't beat that! 

I got myself some new outdoor running shoes so there are no more excuses and I need to make it a priority again!

Order 2017 photos 
I think my plan of attack is to work backwards through my albums. I want to get caught up to date as much as possible for 2017's album and then from then on make it a priority to get pictures printed every month so I can keep up to date, and then start working on 2016, 2015, etc. until I'm all caught up. I have a LOT of photos to print so hopefully I don't break my budget...

Work on my photograpy 
Just in case my sister makes excuses again I am changing my goal to this so that I can just take pictures of anything and still accomplish my goal. Hopefully I can get some family photos done for my sister and nieces though. Fall is just so pretty that it does make a perfect time to get photos done so I guess it's not terrible that we didn't get around to doing them in August. 

Try 5 new recipes 
I love cooking during the Fall because it just screams comfort food (chili, soup, casseroles, etc) and those are some of my favourite dishes to make. I just can't force myself to make soup or chili during the Summer months but come Fall that's all I want to make. So hopefully I can actually finally accomplish trying some new recipes this month.

Practice yoga at least 10 times 
I used to do daily yoga using the Yoga Studio app on my phone at at some point I got out of it and I realllllly want to get back to it. I have terrible posture so I'm hoping getting back into yoga will help with that and if I can manage to practice it at least 10 times this month then hopefully I can get myself back into the routine of doing it daily again soon!

Publish 8 blog posts 
Since I'm getting a late start to the month I don't want to set myself up for failure so I'm aiming for 8 and hoping I can at least manage that. And if I do manage to get more then that's even better!

I don't know about y'all but this week has absolutely flown by for me. With it being a short week because of Labour Day it could have went either way but I'm very happy that Friday is here and that it got here quickly. Now to just survive my workday and then the weekend can begin!