The Monday Salon: August in Review [9.1.14]

It’s hard to believe it is already September, otherwise known as the disappointing month where I mistakenly think the weather should cool down. Maybe this year I won’t have to wait until November to turn off the a/c? But, this is the August wrap-up, and I expect nothing less than miserable heat in August.

Books & Blogging

I didn’t read much this month. This was more a concious decision than it has been in the past. I was away for two of the weekends and while I was home, Ben and I were spending time together after his summer away.

I finished Girls in White Dresses and Story Hour in print and the latest Maisie Dobbs in audio.

I am in the middle of a few good books and I’ve just been slowly reading them. I took a little break from audiobooks and have been listening to some podcasts. I guess August was my reading vacation month.

As for blogging, I had one good week and some sporadic posts in the other four. You win some, you lose some. I do intend to continue the feature I introduced about the books Evan is reading though – look for those most Fridays.

Health

Well, I fell off the wagon hard. After my foot injury in April, I stopped running. I got the all clear in July and I have been running twice since then (see the weather paragraph above). I haven’t been to a dance class in months. I haven’t been to a real yoga class (as opposed to family yoga which isn’t much actual exercise) in months. I haven’t weighed myself in months. I haven’t counted calories in months.

I am still pretty happy with my weight. But my back has been giving me problems lately and I am sure it is due to this lack of exercise. So I am jumping back on the wagon.

Amanda from The Zen Leaf (which is back up!) created a 100 days of exercise challenge – just ten minutes of exercise for 100 straight days. I’ve already managed to miss some days, but more days than not, I am making an effort to do something.

I am hoping to get a real yoga class in Wednesday and ballet the following Monday.

Photography

I haven’t used my camera much this month, but I did share a bunch of photos on the blog here and I’ve been following some new critique groups on Facebook. I’m always learning.

My most-popular post this month was the one where I shared some of my cell phone photography tips and tricks. I’m thinking about doing another post like this since you all seemed to like it.

Evan

Evan started 2-year-old preschool. And he started sitting in a real chair at a restaurant and kind of listening when we ask him to use his walking feet. And he says “thank you, mommy” and “good morning, mommy” and “I love you, mommy” and it is wonderful. He throws things at me. And he runs off in public. And he throws tantrums when he’s tired and upset. But he’s two and 80% of the time it is awesome.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Monday Salon: August in Review [9.1.14]

  1. Sandy September 1, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    You are not alone in the exercise thing. Well, my husband and I do walk on the weekends and I go to a trainer, so I guess what I’m really complaining about is the lack of running. It was the one thing that kept me even. I’d love to start back up again, but I think it is going to have to wait until it isn’t 96 degrees in the shade by 9:00am.

    Isn’t it awesome when they can sit by themselves, feed themselves, go potty by themselves (I know that is coming for you). It is wonderful seeing them becoming more independent little people. Sad but wonderful. (And the 2 year old issues, for us, extended into the 4th year I think!)

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  2. Lindsey September 5, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    It just doesn’t seem fair weather-wise, does it? We had a pretty temperate summer but now that September is here, we are waiting at the bus stop in 90 degree weather!

    That is a precious picture of Evan! How is he liking preschool so far?

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