Week in My Life — Apartment Edition!

This was my first week living in my new apartment and lots of fun stuff happened (although the week also KILLED ME physically), so I thought I’d do a week in my life post!


Monday, June 10th, 2019

I spent the morning running all over the apartment complex doing this and that; three separate Comcast guys had to come to my apartment to get my internet going, but finally it worked. I did a HIIT/abs workout and made tortellini for lunch. Then I worked all afternoon, primarily editing and submitting articles I wrote last week; I also had a phone meeting with a potential client for a gig I really wanted, and unfortunately spent more time on the phone with Equifax. Ugh. Brooke came over for dinner and we had my current favorite meal (tomato parmesan grilled cheese, grapes, watermelon, Pringles, pan cookies), then walked down to the outdoor seating area by the pool and talked for a few hours.


Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

I could tell as soon as I woke up that I overdid it a bit Monday — too many stairs, too much cardio in my workout, and stayed up too late. So I wasn’t feeling great. My balcony is in the shade each morning, though, so I got a slow start out there. I worked from 9:30 to 1, then went to yoga class. That was completely horrible… I’ve been sick for over three years, yet I still forget my body can’t do things other peoples’ can. I do yoga at home in the air conditioning for 15 minutes at a time and I’m fine, but this yoga was an hour in the full sun! I came SO close to fainting and throwing up and I will not be going back, lol. However, I did meet four people who are about my age (it turns out one lives directly below me, but I swear I haven’t been making as much noise as he says I have haha) and the fitness instructor, who is wonderful. So it wasn’t a total waste.

After yoga, I was really not feeling well so the rest of my pre-planned schedule for the day kind of fell apart. I didn’t run errands or go to Brooke’s house; instead I just worked for a couple of hours, ate dinner, and watched Boy Meets World before falling asleep.


Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Thanks to yesterday’s yoga class, I woke up with numb legs, heavy eyes, and an extremely sunburned back. Ugh. I filed my Inside Cycling newsletter for the day and worked on a blog post for an Instagram growth service; then Mrs. Alvalee came over. We had Culver’s takeout for lunch and researched cruises, trying to find one to take. After that I had to rest in bed for a while. Finally I got up and, although still extremely sleepy, edited and submitted a Runner’s World article; wrote a book summary; did banking stuff (which included ER bills and taxes and was extremely stressful); and then worked on an article for a telemedicine site until 7:30. Errands and going to Brooke’s for dinner did not happen again. Wednesday wasn’t a super great day (probably because I never read my Bible lol), but I ended it by listening to Stormy Weather (Etta James) and Light On (Maggie Rogers) and cleaning up my sweet little apartment and that was dreamy. I also had to force myself to stop reading Legend (recommended by Hanne) and go to sleep.


Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Still dead from yoga; a mower outside my window woke me up at 9:00, but I could have kept sleeping for hours. It was a beautiful day, though!! High 70s, sunny, and breezy. I had tap class, which is always the best hour of my week; we have so much fun working on our dances. Then I got groceries, swung by the library, and came home–where I put on a cute dress, turned on Frank Sinatra, and made myself a delicious lunch to eat on the balcony. By 2:00 I was sitting down to get work done; I’ve been doing too much fun stuff and I’m behind. Unfortunately, after I wrote one article I had to go rest in bed, and then after working on a few more I had to rest again–so not a whole lot happened. My grandpa was in town and he and my family came over for dinner; they brought burgers from a local place, I made salad, and then we went down to the firepit and made S’mores.


Friday, June 14th, 2019

I woke up feeling just awful; this was been a too-busy week with no time to rest, and my body was giving out. But I really needed to suck it up and try to get some work done. I enjoyed the almost-chilly morning air on my balcony while taking a meeting and filing my Inside Cycling newsletter. Around 12:30 I finally ate breakfast, and then I had to rest in bed for an hour; I was having muscle spasms and heart arrhythmias, which are two symptoms that only surface for me when I’m really really run down. I worked in bed for a while; got up around 4:00 for some food; and worked at my desk for two more hours. At 6:00 my family came over because it was Joshua’s 14th birthday. I was really hitting the wall, but still managed to participate in swimming and eating dinner.


Saturday, June 15th, 2019

I didn’t feel well enough to get out of bed until 11. When I did get up, I read my new book (No God But One–first bookmail at my new apartment), ate breakfast, and caught up on letter-writing. My dad came to pick me up and we went to a lavender festival at a lavender farm; we picked our own lavender, ate ice cream, and I bought an adorable white sifter plus a plant for my balcony. It was so fun! Once home, I read, slept, and then got up for dinner and to read Prodigy by Marie Lu in one sitting before going to bed for good.



Sunday, June 16th, 2019

I didn’t wake up until after 10:00 and it was glorious and much-needed. I did some dishes and laundry, then went over to my family’s house for Father’s Day lunch (steak, twice-baked potatoes, green beans, and chocolate mousse). I gave Joshua a remote control car for his birthday that Sophie is terrified of, so we played with that and watched Amazing Race. Around 4:30 I came back to my apartment and cleaned a little more, then ate leftovers for dinner and rented Iron Man 2. 


And that’s what I did during my first week living in my new apartment! What did you do this week?

May 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

May was an interesting month. It was supposed to be filled with lots of working, seeing friends, and shopping/packing for my apartment (!), and it was–but unfortunately I also had a gastrointestinal virus for two weeks that sent me to the ER (where I also found out I have gallstones, ugh).

Besides tap class and watching Joshua’s baseball games, I didn’t get to do a lot of my normal weekly activities such as Bible study this month. But I did get to do some fun stuff, such as seeing my pastor’s daughter in Anne of Green Gables, seeing Endgame with friends, watching Jesse be an umpire, and driving to Alabama for the high school graduation of one of my best friends, Abigail (although I was super sick that day). I also ate at a food truck with my dad, saw Emma’s dance recital, went to the waterpark and Ihop with several friends, had a picnic at the park with other friends, and my aunt and uncle unexpectedly visited! Finally, I took myself to see The Sun Is Also A Star, we went to the lake the evening of Memorial Day, I went to lunch and shopping with Brooke, and Mom and I saw our next-door neighbors’ dance recital. Andrea and I ended the month with a day trip to tour a beautiful historical farm.

This month I’m…

Reading: More All-Of-A-Kind Family, All-Of-A-Kind Family Downtown, and Ella Of All-Of-A-Kind Family, Sydney Taylor (rereads). Romanov, Nadine Brandes. Wild Blue Wonder, Carlie Sorosiak (reread). Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, the March For Our Lives Founders. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Dan Gemeinhart (YES). Rebel of the Sands (reread), Traitor to the Throne, and Hero at the Fall, Alwyn Hamilton (WOW). Love and Gelato, Jenna Evans Welch. Staying Stylish, Candace Cameron Bure. 12 total. (I also speed-read and wrote reviews of eight nonfiction books for work.)

Listening to: White Flag, Hallowed Ground, and River, Bishop Briggs. Love Me Again, John Newman. If I Can’t Have You, Shawn Mendes. Exhale, Sabrina Carpenter. Dancing Around, Flor. New Rules, Dua Lipa. Havana and Sorry Not Sorry, Pentatonix. Falling like the Stars, James Arthur. ME!, Taylor Swift (because we are learning a dance to it in tap class).

Watching: The Amazing Race season 31 (TEAM FUN). Land Girls season 2. Avengers: Endgame (HOLD ME). Thor: Ragnarok. Captain America: The First Avenger. The Last Summer. The Sun Is Also A Star. Tucker Budzyn YouTube videos. Julia Robertson YouTube videos.

Writing: I intended to back off this month and not take on any extra work, and then I got sick and ended up getting behind, so I barely made my minimum monthly income goal. I did work for my normal retainer clients–a consumer protection company, a parenting magazine, some travel blogs, a book review app, a pet insurance company, a parenting website, an outdoors website, an email newsletter company where I’m in charge of the cycling newsletter, and an Instagram growth service–plus a couple of small jobs for other people. Overall it was a pretty good work month and ended with booking some exciting and lucrative projects for June.

Loving: Charity Anderson Caps Off Her Whirlwind Year with Derek Hough Live, Dance Network. Avengers: Endgame Shows Us a Universe That Still Can’t Do Right By Women, Tor. The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer plays way differently after Endgame, Polygon. The One Life Dream That Makes a Girl Blush, For The Church. My Body Is Not A Battlefield, Folks. We Know They Are Killing Children — All of Us Know, Desiring God.

Grateful for: The peace of sitting in the shade at the ballpark before a game, eating dinner and listening to the conversations all around me. Giant skillet cookies. Kind Facebook messages from neighbors.

What did you do this month?