October was a really beautiful, fun, all-around great month. There were lots of slow mornings learning to love journaling again, quiet days sitting on the couch with my kitty eating candy corn while I worked, and fun evenings going to either the theatre for rehearsal or out to spend time with new friends. It was awesome!
Health-wise, I didn’t have any major flare-ups thanks to my new abdominal pain medication; just dealt with the usual daily fatigue, nerve pain, nausea, etc. I had an endoscopy that wasn’t helpful and then took a break from doctors because of being so busy with rehearsals. I also had an epiphany on the last day of the month, which I’ll talk more about later if it pans out.
Most weeks I had rehearsal for the show twice a week–once at the theatre and once at the dance studio after class. The last week of the month, we moved into the dressing rooms and had rehearsal every day to block everything on the stage. I also enjoyed going to small group every week. And the weather and the leaves were so beautiful this month!
My grandpa visited the first week of the month and we went to the pumpkin farm, went bowling with my cousin, and more. I went to Victoria’s birthday party; went to the county fair (briefly) with Joshua; had dinner at Panera with an amazing new friend and then, another night, carved pumpkins and ate dinner at her house; went to Joshua’s last ball game; picnicked at the park with Andrea; went out for dinner with my dad; and went to a bingo night with my mom.
This month I’m…
Reading: Educated, Tara Westover. Outrun the Moon, Stacey Lee. Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next, Julie Buxbaum. Call It What You Want, Brigid Kemmerer (reread). He’s Making Diamonds, S.G. Willoughby (reread). The Weight of Feathers, Anna-Marie McLemore (reread). Becoming, Michelle Obama. To Best the Boys, Mary Weber (reread). Gay Girl, Good God, Jackie Hill Perry (reread). Marcel’s Letters, Carolyn Porter. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages, Trenton Lee Stewart. 12 total.
Listening to: All That Jazz, Chicago. When You’re An Addams, The Addams Family. Grow As We Go, Ben Platt. Bandstand. Fearless, Mean Girls. Conversations with my Wife, Jon Bellion. I’m Beginning To See The Light, The Ink Spots/Ella Fitzgerald. Nice To Meet Ya, Niall Horan. The Way I Am, Charlie Puth. Happy, Last Dinosaurs. If The World Was Ending, JP Saxe/Julia Michaels. comethru, Jeremy Zucker. affection, BETWEEN FRIENDS. Don’t Give Up On Me, Andy Grammar. Only Us, Dear Evan Hansen. Spirits, The Strumbellas. On My Own, Les Miserables.
Watching: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (rewatch). Mona Lisa Smile (rewatch). Broadway.com vlogs from Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen. David Dobrik vlogs. A couple episodes of Girl Meets World season four.
Eating: (Overall, not much because of my GI symptoms.) Salad and French bread. Oven baked tacos. Dairy free chocolate pecan brownies. Dairy free pumpkin muffins. Dairy free pizza (lol do you notice a trend here).
Writing: Yeah, things were really slow on the fiction side this month; nothing happened beyond a couple thousand words of fanfiction (because I was out at night so much + expending my creative energy into the show, which was fine). I did create a secret “poetry” blog this month too though. And then work-wise, I did the same old stuff for the same old clients — lots of blog posts on social media marketing and email marketing.
Grateful for: Journaling in the morning. Lying on the floor at rehearsal (so relaxing hehe). My pain medicine that WORKS, hallelujah. The girls at church asking me to save me a seat next to them. My new fairy lights. Getting a 20 oz candle for $3. The amazing beautiful weather.
What did you do in October?