School and travel and then this crazy hurricane have kept me from this space, but I miss it! I’m super behind on reading everyone’s blogs, too, but I’ll get to that soon. I’m going to do this bullet-style and just jump in where I am.
- We were so lucky to experience no damage to our home or property during Hurricane Matthew. We were out of power for about 30 hours. We went out for coffee yesterday morning (note to self — figure out a way to make coffee even if there is no electricity) and were a little surprised by the damage in our area since we experienced so little AND because we were pretty far to the south and west of the hurricane’s path. Anyway, the power outage luckily didn’t affect any of our stored food, which is a blessing for sure. We also realized how dependent almost everything we do is dependent in some way on power — I wanted to work a little bit on my quilting projects, but realized that I would need an iron even to cut out fabric. A little sobering, to be sure.
- I had a wonderful weekend in Myrtle Beach with a very close friend from college. We really focused on relaxation and reconnecting and overall it was a low-key and wonderful way to spend a weekend. I came back home feeling refreshed and centered.
- We bought a new car! I’ve never gone through that process, actually, and it was a little intimidating. But we had done a lot of research and knew what we wanted, knew our budget and knew that we wanted to put x amount down. So it went smoothly but still took longer than I expected. I drove the new car up to SC and it was fabulous. Both of our cars were over 10 years old, so the features on this new car kind of blow our minds. 🙂
- My grocery budget…ah, kind of a shambles, actually. I don’t think it was entirely realistic of me to lump household products into that total and at the end of last month I had kind of a spree at Target where I rather stocked up on boring old cleaning and personal supplies. I know that lots of folks make their own and that others really like the cleaning products from the Dollar Tree. I have tried the LA’s awesome cleaner and it does work really well, but the scent is so strong! I really have trouble breathing and sneeze a lot when I use heavily scented cleaners. Plus they can aggravate a headache. I’m also feeling generally as though I would prefer to pay a bit more attention to my food’s origins and that household products should be minimally environmentally friendly, if possible. I don’t know what this will look like, exactly, but I think that rather than having a strict budget for the rest of the year, I am going to primarily record what I buy and see where we land with these new parameters.
- School is going really well, but definitely taking up quite a bit of my time. 🙂 I haven’t taken advantage of the wellness center as much as I’ve wanted to, but plan to change that this week. I’ve also decided to go back to this yoga teacher that I really loved a few years ago; I think this and other things will be so helpful to me as far as managing stress and minimizing headaches is concerned.