Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Life Lately

The month of November has been a whirlwind, as you could probably tell by my lack of posting. I was so excited for this month to be here because there were so many exciting things on my schedule. Between birthdays, a bachelorette, reuniting with good friends and far too much good food, I haven't found much time to chronicle anything. I've been lucky to get out of bed and into work on time each morning.

So what have I been up to over the past few mysterious weeks?

Mr. Young and I both had a birthday! I definitely owe a post on turning 26 since I now officially feel like a grown up. It's the first birthday ever that I've woken up and actually felt like I was older. Or maybe just accepting the obvious? I threw a surprise party for Mr. Young (more on that later) and my friends supper club fell on mine and another member's birthday so we celebrated with massive amounts of Mexican food and indigestion for all--hooray!

One of my oldest and best friends is tying the knot in early January and I was so excited to head back to my hometown to celebrate her all weekend! Her sister and MOH should seriously start an events business because each last detail of the weekend was perfect to the personalized bachelorette mad libs we played and the adorable bachelorette survival kits she made for us. Can't wait to be a part of her big day--and that's getting me even more excited for mine--ahh!

Miss Georgia
 If you're an Instagram follower than you're probably familiar with this little furball by now. Within our first week with her I think I may have posted about six pictures of her #sorrynotsorry
After saying goodbye to Pip last month our other cat has been sadly moseying around the house looking for her friend. We knew it would only be a matter of time before we got her one and after about a month and a half it finally felt right. We both took the day off on my birthday and adopted her from the SPCA. I knew she had spunk from the  minute I spotted her and she has turned out to be quite the energetic kitten. I forgot how crazy kittens are. We are loving every minute of it though.

While there's been a lot more than that going on these are some of the big ones and now I'm itching to get out of town for the holiday this week. I am so grateful Mr. Young and I both work in jobs that provide us with great breaks so we'll be heading south to see his family in Augusta tomorrow morning. Hopefully November has been just as good to all of my sweet readers!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Richmond Day Date

While I unfortunately didn't sleep as much as I'd hoped this past weekend it was definitely a great one! I did a bit too much shopping, a lot of good eating, and finally found some rugs for our house. If you're an Instagram follower you got a sneak peak of one rug yesterday, stay tuned for updates on the house soon.

One great thing about this weekend was lots of little dates with Mr. Young! Our weekends (and weeknights) have been packed and it was nice to spend some time together that wasn't just late at night or catching up before work.

The weather here in Richmond was absolutely gorgeous this weekend and being the first weekend in November I took it as a sign for the last warm-ish weather we'll probably have this season. So we made sure to take full advantage of it!

On Sunday we headed downtown for lunch at the Urban Farmhouse which I've been wanting to try for ages. It's such a cute little place and the food was great. I had a grilled cheese with apple (killer combo) and Mr. Young's tuna was yummy as well. He also had some chicken pot pie soup which he also raved about. We were starving when we got there so this is all you get...

Afterwards we had some time to walk around in Shockoe Slip, which is an area we've yet to explore too much. While we enjoy our little house I'll admit that I feel like we miss out on the city sometimes by living in the 'burbs. I'd like to do some "Richmond Neighborhood Tours" and go spend a Saturday in one area of Richmond, eat there, find things to do, see, etc.

Last was a surprise for Mr. Young, we took a historic canal cruise! There is a canal that runs parallel to the James River and we got to cruise up and down it learning more about the history of our city. I continue to be amazed when I learn about Richmond. Growing up near DC I never thought I could live anywhere that could top it, but I'd have to say Richmond has a hand in the game.

Learned many cool things about Richmond history and it's current downtown areas and I can't wait to go back down there and explore the canal walk by foot. Although I'd have to drive a bit from home I think I'd love running down there because it's so similar to the Riverwalk in Columbia, SC, where I fell in love running.

It's still crazy for me to think that I live in this city. I am now a Richmonder. During college and grad school I must have driven through Richmond about fifty times and never stopped. I'll be the first to admit that our city is not very pretty from I-95, but once you're off the highway (depending on your exit!) you can start to see her charm.

Sadly enough the weekend ended as it always does, but I'm just going to keep the beautiful colors and sites of this weekend in my mind for the week...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

October Reading Review

Now that I haven't been spending as much time running, I've gotten back into the swing of reading and have picked up some great books lately! I decided to join one of Megan's reading challenges to get me back into the groove and earlier in the fall I shared a list of books I planned to read for the challenge.

After not picking up a book for a while I was pretty proud that I got through four in this first month! There are 13 on my list to finish by December 31st so I'd say I'm making pretty good time. It's like race training all over again!

Me Talk Pretty One Day // David Sedaris 
I've wanted to read something by Sedaris for a while so was excited to pick up this book. I enjoyed that it was a series of short stories and there were a few moments where I was laughing so hard that the tears came. It was a quick read and although some parts were a bit heavy I really enjoyed it.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time // Mark Haddon
OK I'll be honest that this book originally ended up on my to-read list because of the cover. Yes, I'm one of those. When the challenge called for an epistolary novel I did some searching and found that this fit the bill. It was also a quick and easy read, though instead of laughter this one brought on a few tears. It was interesting to take a look into the thoughts of someone with Aspergers and see the courage of the main character.

Dad is Fat // Jim Gaffigan
Back to laughing, and lots of of it. While I had heard of Gaffigan I've never seen or heard any of his stand-up so didn't know what I was in for. I love that he's a "wholesome" comedian and so the book had wholesome humor as well. Gaffigan chronicles the adventures and missteps of having five children, especially for someone who lives in a two bedroom apartment in Manhattan with said children. The book was good overall but I did feel that there were a few chapters thrown in just to take up space. 

Orange is the New Black // Piper Kerman
This was the book on my list I was most looking forward to reading which is why I picked it up early on. I have yet to watch the TV series (and now can't wait!), but absolutely devoured this book. Reading Kerman's first hand account of her prison experience opened my mind up to many things I never knew or had thought about the prison system in America. I'd have to say it also helps to put some things into perspective. I now can't wait to start watching the series. 

Have you read any of these yet? If so, what are your thoughts? 
Read anything else good lately that I should add to my list?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sweet November

The day has finally come, it's my favorite month of the year! November is a spectacular month for a variety reasons, and not just because it's the glorious month of my birth. 

Now that Halloween is over it's time to dive into late fall and pray that I don't see anything Christmas related in stores until after Thanksgiving, fat chance. I had another quiet Halloween this year, though was excited to finally have some trick or treaters. The cat was pretty pumped about it too, she guarded the door all night and the littler kids were all way more excited to "Pet da kitty?" through our glass door than to grab candy. Oh well, more for me!

I'd say I found a great recipe for adult halloween. Red wine, DVR, adding to my wedding registries, and eating one piece of candy each time a group came through...

Anyways, let's get back to November. She is quite a spectacular month. First, we have Thanksgiving--and who doesn't love that? I secretly like Thanksgiving more than Christmas, much to the dismay of most Americans. It's a holiday that I feel hasn't become quite as commercialized as the rest and the eating is usually concentrated into one day rather than an entire month of cookies, candy, and parties.

I also get to see a lot of good people this month! The weekend after my birthday is one of my best friend's bachelorette, and I'm also making a trip down south before Thanksgiving to visit with some friends from college and see my fabulous bridesman perform as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. Yes, I have an extremely talented bridal party.

My one quip with November (especially now that we're in Virginia) is that it's when real fall sets in. It's no longer the up and down temperatures of October, it starts to just be cold. Bleck. But with the theme of Thanksgiving and always seeing many friends and family it's always a month where I am cognizant to be thankful all that I'm fortunate to have.

I might use November for a few posts about some things I'm extremely thankful for, but as I think about this month I am thankful...

For friends and family that shower me with love on my birthday
For the cooler temperatures just so I can feel justified with my pumpkin spice latte
To be close with and to my family to celebrate the holiday season together
For daylight savings time to end so I can finally run before work again
For this kickass view outside my window at work everyday...

Happy November y'all, and TGIF!!