August 2019: Books by famous folks, exploring Culpeper, a colorful card, and lots of steps.

Goal Summary for August 2019

August was a very busy month, ending with a shiny diamond ring. We’re engaged! August 25, 2019 is one to remember 🙂 While my brain is hopping into planning mode, I’m trying to keep myself in check and remember that life still goes on. But yesterday I did a load of laundry without any detergent. So there’s that. Anyway I’m happy to say I still managed to achieve all of my goals for the month!


My hold on Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon was finally ready from the library. I was excited for this one, expecting a fun and maybe snarky book about the south. Instead, this one fell a bit flat for me. I did read all of the narrative portions, but skipped most of the recipes, playlists, and party planning sections. This is more of a how-to for hosting southern parties than the memoir I was expecting.

For the more memoir feel I was looking for, I read Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain next. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Bourdain’s writing is fantastic. If you’re a fan of his shows, you hear his voice in your head as you’re reading. While I can’t say I know who a lot of the food people are in this book, Bourdain’s just so damn entertaining that it doesn’t matter.


One weekend I went to Smith Mountain Lake to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’ve been to the lake before, but never to Waller’s. Whew can they make a drink! I got The Caliente [jalapeno | lime | 1800 Silver | triple sec | sour & orange]. It was spicy, balanced, and deceptively boozy. Don’t let that plastic cup fool you.

On the last day of the month we met some family in Culpeper for lunch at Pinto Thai. They had super cute decor and yummy food. What I really noticed though was how many cool places were packed on Davis St. There are lots of shops and restaurants. While we popped into a few, Culpeper seems like a town worth exploring more. Oh and when we were leaving we passed Noodleheads, a mac & cheese restaurant, that looks right up my alley.


Lately I’ve had a thing for stamps that can be colored in. They’re like mini coloring pages. And that’s good for my soul. I fished this cupcake stamp out of the dollar bin at Michaels and made a few colorful birthday cards with it. The sentiment stamp is from Stampin Up’s Confetti Celebration set.


I did it! 11,000 steps every weekday this month! My feet were sore some days and I didn’t want to. But I persevered. I even got up before work a few times for some morning yoga. In September I want to run once a week (my Fitbit says my cardio health sucks) and lift twice a week. Still looking for those Michelle Obama arms y’all. [Aren’t we all?]

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