• November 2019: a book to avoid, brunch, sunsets, a new crochet project, lots of steps & yoga
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    Goal Summary for November 2019

    November 2019 was a long push to make it to Thanksgiving. Work was busy, and I didn’t feel well for a large chunk of the month. One weekend we hit 3 craft stores looking for frames for Christmas. While we…

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    North Carolina – A Photo Essay

    North Carolina has always had a special place in my heart. It’s where we vacationed when I was a kid, and where my fiance have chosen to explore more recently. The food is fantastic, the people are nice, and the…

  • October 2019: Two books in a series, new hiking trails, thank you cards, & 11,000 steps.
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    Goal Summary for October 2019

    Was October 2019 long for you? It seemed to go on forever. But not in a bad way. We went hiking for two weekends. I went into work 18 out of 19 days in a row. I made more time…

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    Goal Summary for May 2019

    This month was busy and exciting! We got out kitchen back together, went to see my parents one weekend, and got new flooring on our first floor. All of my goals were completed, except for finishing the second book of…

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    Goal Summary for April 2019

    April started out calm and on course. The last two weeks were very busy at work and didn’t leave much energy or head space for anything else. Oh well! That’s why I start over each month and wipe the slate…

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    Goal Summary for March 2019

    March was a much better month than February. After getting sick and having Gimli in a cone [again] a month with nothing crazy was a welcome change. And the weather started to warm up, which has a magically positive effect…

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    Goal Summary for February 2019

    I did most of my goals for February, but fell a bit short on my arms challenge. Books I finished a series I had been reading with Splendor by Anna Godbersen. Like the others, it was a quick, entertaining read…

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    7 Things to Do With Your Dog in the Raleigh Area

    We had a year filled with international weddings (in England and Bogotá) and home buying in 2017. That meant 2018 was a bit of a rebuilding year financially and we got our puppy, Gimli so we didn’t do any traveling. To…

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    Walking in Tolkien’s Footsteps

    The Tolkien Trail is in an incredibly beautiful region of England. We spent 2 nights of our trip in the village of Hurst Green for a wedding. It turns out, this region of the country was likely Tolkien’s inspiration for…