01 November 2013

Goals Revisited

October was a long month, but for some reason it's still really hard to believe that November has started.  And just for the record, I found my driving gloves, which I haven't seen since last October.  Yeah, that happened.
I didn't really do too much that was noteworthy, or at least not much worth taking photos of.  So I'm just going to jump right into my lax goals for October:
  • A home-pressed cider and homemade doughnut party!  I have to admit it was pretty low-key because it looked like everyone else was feeling just as run-down as I was.  The cider and doughnuts were still fantastic, and it was good to see people.
  • A couple business trips to visit customers.  As expected, these were exhausting trips.  Fly out one day, visit the customer the next morning, fly back in the afternoon.  I got some delicious food out of the deal - probably way too much.
  • Other than that, I had no real plans except to catch up.  I feel pretty caught up.  I still have plenty to do, but it's getting done.
I have no idea what goals to put for November.  Let's just get that out there right now.
  • I have wine and cider that needs to be bottled.  The wine doesn't matter too much, but I'm way too excited about the cider to let that sit for very long.
  • Speaking of which, I get to taste my first homemade beer this month!  It's been carbing up in the bottles for the past couple weeks.  
  • I'm just going to come right out and say it.  I've started lifting weights, and I feel like I've finally found a workout I can get on board with. Cardio takes too much time and is too boring.  Women are all about "toning" with little 2-lb weights.  Push yourself!  The big weights aren't just for men.  The best part?  I'm getting some definition in my abs and it makes me feel awesome.  So my goal is to work my way up to using the 25-lb weights for my SuperSet Saturdays.
  • Why am I working on my beach bod in the fall?  I'm glad you asked - I'm going to be showing off these freckles on a Mexican beach while my family gorges themselves on Thanksgiving dinner.  Yeah, I'm missing one of my favorite family gatherings and meals of the year.  But I'm replacing it with fresh fish tacos and guacamole. 
  • I really want to put "go through all my stuff and give away anything I don't need or use."  But that's been on my goal list for MONTHS now.  I keep waiting for Saturday at home, and that hardly ever happens.
For some reason, my cell phone has been taking really terrible photos lately (I promise, it's the lighting, not the photographer...I think).  So I don't have too many photos to show what I've been doing this month.  At the top of the post is some hot sauce I made.  We grew habaneros this year and I had no idea what else to do with them!   Here's some grapes my Gram donated for our yearly grape juice making.
What is it about boys and bikes?  Even at 1, he knows what he wants...
Oh yeah, and we pressed MORE cider.  With temps hovering around 40* (by the way, we've gotten SNOW already), my parents are making sure their winter clothes are still up to the task.
So that about sums things up.  The temps are dropping fast and while that first snow is pretty, it's a bittersweet moment.  I'm sure we'll be seeing more of the same in November though. 

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