To continue the highlights series I started last month, here are October’s blog and life highlights.
The blog turned two on October 22nd! It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been blogging for two years, but at the same time, I hardly remember not having a blog, if that makes any sense at all.
In October, I posted this easy Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes recipe, 7 of my favorite posts the world forgot, this easy one-pan chicken sausage & roasted veggie meal, and these peanut butter cookie Laraballs.
I spent a couple of hours re-categorizing recipes, so the recipe page is now divided by categories, instead of just one giant section of all recipes I’ve posted.
I also wrote a freelance recipe post for another site, which should be published sometime in the next couple of days. One cool thing the blog has done is given me the opportunity to do some freelance writing, which is awesome as a college student looking to make a little extra income.
October flew by, but it was a really good month overall. One of my favorite things about October was the cooler weather. While temperatures reached 80+ degrees on quite a few afternoons, a lot of mornings were in the 40s or 50s, which was perfect running weather. Waking up and knowing that cool temperature are waiting for me outside makes me so much more excited to get out of bed and start running!
D.C. & Baltimore
I flew to D.C. one weekend for a public policy conference and when the conference ended Saturday night, I took a train to visit my sister. She’s living in Baltimore this year while she gets her master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins, so she was just a 45-minute train ride away. I hadn’t seen her since August and I also had never been to Baltimore, so it was really fun to spend time together, see where she lives, and meet some of her friends there. We went on a run together Sunday morning, and I cherished it so much since I’ve been missing running with her in person this semester. After church, we cooked lunch at her apartment (this one-pan chicken sausage & veggie meal actually), and hung out talking until my flight home Sunday night. It was a quick 24 hour visit, but it was definitely a highlight of the month.
We had two days off from school for fall break and I went home for a few days. I loved getting to spend a few days with my family, take my brother ice skating for his birthday, sleep in my own bed, and cook in my kitchen again. I made three batches of these chocolate coconut brownie bites. I also made these peanut butter cookie Laraballs and a pan of lasagna. And I got to see my sweet dog, who was recovering from a minor surgery.
Halloween is a HUGE deal at my school and thousands of people show up on the main street right beside campus. It’s a fun way to people-watch, that’s for sure, and I got some $3 Chipotle for coming in wearing my cheetah costume.
I stayed out with friends until around 11 p.m., when I had to be back at my dorm for an RA duty shift. Luckily, the dorms were pretty quiet and I got to go to bed by around 1:30 a.m. As much as I love the idea of being in bed by 11 or so every night, it doesn’t happen much!
I voted in my first presidential election and while I’m not sure it was a highlight exactly, it was still kind of a cool moment. My polling place had a selfie station out front, complete with signs and selfie sticks, which I thought was funny.
Decades Skate Night
A big group of us went skating at a nearby skate rink and dressed from whatever decades we wanted. I attempted the ’80s with a high side ponytail, scrunchy, big hoop earrings, an off-the-shoulder sweater, and leg warmers. Costume parties and Halloween events are such a struggle for me because I totally lack outfit creativity…anyone else?
And the semester’s already over halfway done…hard to believe!
So tell me…
Did you dress up for Halloween this year? Do you have any creative costume ideas?
I have the opposite of creative costume ideas. I once dressed up as a cowgirl at least three years in a row.
If you’re a blogger, what are some blog updates for you lately?
Do you live close to family? Do you do any fun traditions when you visit them?