Wednesday, September 10, 2014

oh, hello.

Part of being your own lady is being honest, and honestly, I miss some of the diary-style entries I used to post on the regular.  I love Be Your Own Lady, and I love sourcing interesting content, but I feel like I'm holding back a little.  I'm also noticing that I have less interaction with readers when I write about Twitter feeds or share interviews than when I'm free associating about family life (poop on the train table?) or my own self esteem (Leslie Knope for President!). I don't care as much about the number of readers- I'm very proud of my content and I love putting together weekly link pages, even if no one reads them- but I do miss the connection.  I want to tell you about Milo's new habit of muttering "Oh. my. gosh." in a drastic voice 254 times a day, and all the words Elliott is copying, and how our "Move" year is going, and how my blood sugar is back on track as of August.  And so I will.  

1. Ben and I set ourselves a health goal for the month of September.  We agreed to cut out sweets of any kind to reduce our sugar intake.  We went to Kimballs and ate clams while the boys had ice cream, we went to a wedding and politely declined the cake (no one noticed, I was hoping for a scene that would possibly shame us into nibbling).  Honestly, it's not the hard, and we get to pick out some sort of reward if we make it all 30 days.  I'm thinking a new band for my Fitbit, or a cute shirt from Modcloth.  I've also been using my Planet Fitness membership 2-3 times a week.  

2. School started with a vengance and I slipped back into the routine so quickly.  I credit an awesome daycare provider, boys who LOVE going to daycare, and being on a really great teaching team.  We're in the third week and I'm finding that going in super early is really refreshing, even if it means giving up some of my morning reading&writing time.  The hours before school when it's quiet are amazing, and starting the day annoyingly prepared makes my day 254 times better than if I settle for "basically ready."

3. This fall is full of things to look forward to, and plenty of trips that have seemed like they were 254 years away until now.  Ben is going away for a few days and I'm actually excited to have one-on-one time with the boys for awhile.  I have a little surprise planned that I'd like to accomplish, and I'll probably order some very bizarre takeout and watch bad TV.  Then, a few weeks later, I'm going to Chicago to watch my sister run the Chicago Marathon!  A lot of my family will be meeting up to cheer her on, and I'll see my baby nephew, and I'll be in a city I've never visited before, and the whole thing is dreamy.  I can't wait.

4. I've finished a bunch of good books, and am planning to take the boys back to the library today to get another set.  I like to read on the elliptical (I'm aware this probably means I'm not working out hard enough but you can hush it) and spent 25 minutes after my workout had completed because I was sucked into a good plot last week.  Books for the win!

That felt good.  I have to go and get into work super early.  Book recommendations, Chicago must-sees, and general encouragement are welcome.  Have a lovely day!

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At September 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Becky Goerend said...

I agree. Getting to work early just makes everything better! I love Chicago! Navy Pier is always great. I really love it for some reason, though maybe it's not as great as I think it is?!

At September 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM , Anonymous Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing! I miss hearing about your life, too - you are the best own-lady I know, so any personal story fits into your site mission. Reading + elliptical = awesome. Keep up the hard/amazing work!

At September 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM , Anonymous rebecca said...

I know exactly what you mean about missing the days of sharing more LIFE on your blog and less other "stuff". I laughed out loud at "hush it"! So good. What books have you been reading, if I may ask. I'm a terrible fiction reader, but am always on the lookout for some good ones to keep me interested. And good for you for cutting out sugar!! I can't do it. But I have been incorporating walking and such into the routine more this year, so that's a start, right? :)

At September 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

haha I love the cake bit! Literally laughed out loud! Love "catching up" with you through your blog!

At September 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM , Blogger ashlie said...

My mom mentioned we should check out Navy Pier! I'm so excited to explore a little!

At September 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM , Blogger ashlie said...

I love you and I like you.

At September 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM , Blogger ashlie said...

I love your start! I'm hoping I can keep up with the sugar reduction. I just read a GREAT book by Liane Moriarty called What Alice Forgot, and Eleanor & Park, a YA book with an adult plot. I highly suggest them both!

At September 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM , Blogger ashlie said...

damn these casual dessert buffets!

At September 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous rebecca said...

Ya know I think someone else recommended Eleanor and Park to me as well, so now I gotta get it!! Thank you! :)


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