Weekend Update – Flying Solo

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! I hope you had an excellent weekend! Mine was a great mix of productivity, relaxation, and spending time with friends ūüôā

I snuck out of work early to get home and let the dogs out. I always feel bad when they’re stuck home alone all day. They were VERY happy to see me. I spent my evening in my PJs, chilling with the animals and finally wrapping up LOST on Netflix. Next up is season 2 of Stranger Things, and then maybe Grey’s Anatomy? That’s another one that I know was hugely popular when I was in school, but I never watched.

The only crappy thing about Friday night was burning the ever-loving shit out of my hand while loading the wood stove. Seriously. Ouch.


The dogs woke me up around 7:30 and I was up for the day. I made myself some breakfast, fed the dogs, fed the horse, and got started on the first of several loads of laundry. I changed the sheets on our bed and everything!

After the flurry of activity in the morning, I spent the afternoon in my comfy pants binge-watching season two of Stranger Things. So good! Around 6:30 I had to pretty much force myself to get dressed and put some makeup on to go into town for my friend Megan’s birthday celebration. It took a LOT of effort, but I’m glad I ended up going. So many friends were there, and it was great to see everyone.

It was another early morning thanks to the dogs, and another productive morning. I did another load of laundry, vacuumed, and put away all the laundry I did on Saturday.

Around noon, I left to meet my friend Sarah for lunch. We’re going to BroadwayCon together in January, so we did a little bit of brainstorming about what we want to do while we’re in the city. We decided we’re going to see Phantom of the Opera (which neither of us has seen even though it’s been playing FOREVER), and Come From Away.

By the time I got home, Ben and my in-laws were home from New York too. We spent some time chatting and catching up, and after a delicious beef stew supper, Ben and I hunkered down in our room to relax and watch the Ken Burns Prohibition documentary on Netflix.

All in all it was a great, lazy weekend, but I have GOT to get my butt in gear and get back to CrossFit and at least¬†try to run. I can’t go complete couch potato all winter. It won’t be pretty.

Did you have a lazy weekend like me?


Friday Free-For-All – 08/12/16

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I’ve been living the bachelorette life this week.¬†Ben has been down in NY and PA since this past Saturday, helping his uncle Harry do some work on his family’s historic farmhouse. While it’s been really cool doing my own thing and being completely independent (like going to bed at 9:30 after watching trashy TV and eating popcorn for dinner), I really miss Ben. It’s weird and too quiet without him around.

I leave work at noon today to prep for 100 on 100. I was able to finagle a half day so that I can a) finish packing, and b) catch the team van down to Stowe. The relay is obviously a point-to-point affair, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to drive to the start and leave my car there, only to have to then find a ride back to the start to pick up my car. Team J’Adore Hardcore will leave Burlington around 3 to arrive in Stowe for packet pickup and final registration details around 4. Then it’s takeout and an early bedtime, because we’ve got to run 100 miles on Saturday–Eek!

I just finished¬†watching Stranger Things on Netflix and I’m OBSESSED! Are any of you watching? It’s so good. The kid actors are incredible, and I’ve never been so impressed by Wynona Ryder. She’s inhabiting her role beautifully, and I seriously hope she wins some kind of award because DAMN! Anyway, if you like slightly creepy, suspenseful type stuff that’s not outright scary, you should check it out!

I’m doing a 34-day free trial of You Need a Budget (YNAB).¬†Some friends of mine have been using it for a couple of years, and take every opportunity to tell me how amazing it is for budgeting, meeting financial goals, and paying off debt. I’m currently using it just for me (Ben and I have a yours-mine-ours financial setup) to try and get myself out of the overspending cycle I’m currently on. It takes some getting used to, because you can only budget with the money you currently¬†have in your accounts, versus using your expected¬†income for the month, and you have to account for every single dollar in your budget. It makes sense because then you’re able to roll over unused dollars from one month to the next and really understand where your money is going, but there’s definitely a learning curve. I’m hoping that it helps me out, and if I end up liking it/understanding it better, I’m gonna try to get Ben on board to use it for our joint finances, especially as we work toward saving for a house.

I think I may be injured, and I have no idea how. On Saturday, July 30th, I went to sleep fine. On Sunday, July 31, I woke up with a very sore shoulder.¬†I assumed I’d just slept weird and it would work itself out. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The pain sort of comes and goes. Certain things make it hurt more, and it’s always very stiff and painful first thing in the morning. I’m starting to suspect I may have pinched a nerve or pulled something out of place, but, as always, I’m reluctant to go to the doctor. I just hate spending money on something that may or may not be serious. But because it’s now been almost two weeks, I figure I should go get it checked out. I’m planning to call my doctor’s office on Monday.