Checking out September

Hi friends 🙂 It’s Friday! Thank goodness. What are you up to this weekend?

On Thursdays, since it’s my long day at work, we usually have 3 choices for dinner:

1) Take-out

pizza (2)

2) Slow cooker


3) Scrounge for something random.


[Soup = the world’s least photogenic food]

Last night was #3- some Amy’s soup and salad for me, and meat pasta for the Pilot.

No matter what ends up happening for Thursday night dinner, there’s one thing we can always count on:


Bella’s shameless begging ways.

Thank you so much for those of you who left comments yesterday about your experiences with rattlesnake bites, training and the vaccine. Every time we go outside, we’ve been checking the yard for snakes –I did snake patrol at 10:30 last night with a flashlight- but I’m going to call the vet today to see what she suggests. If a vaccine would be effective, we’ll probably go that route. The good news is that Bell is an awesome listener- she knows “come” and “leave it” like a pro, so even when she starts to chase a huge lizard in the backyard and I say “Leave it! Get over here” she comes running back to me.

So since it’s the end of September, I thought it would be a good time to re-evaluate the 10 Ways to Make September Stellar that I posted the beginning of this month.

1) Exercise… your brain! I did “ok” with this one. I focused on reading more non-baby books than I have been and even busted out a few Sodoku puzzles. My speed is no where near where it used to be, but I’m excited to keep this one up.

2) Pick some apples, or another type of local, seasonal produce. We didn’t make it out to the apple farm, but I have a feeling a visit to the pumpkin patch will be happening in October. I want to have a pumpkin carving party at the casa, so we’ll probably head there to pick our supplies.


3) Find some hawt fall leggings. No new leggings for me (yet), but I did rock the Wunder Under crops on more than one occasion. My fall uniform is on the way back 😉

4) Host a girl’s night. No girl’s night this month, but we’re having a dinner party tomorrow.

5) Rock sparkly nailpolish. Had no prob with this one- I love fall/winter new sparkly nail polish shades.

6) Commit to a regular form of outdoor exercise. We’ve done really well by increasing our outdoor cardio along with the nicer weather. The Pilot, Bell and I have gone on a long walk outside almost every night after dinner. Bella gets exercise, and the Pilot and I get to talk about life and catch up, so I look forward to it everyday.

me and bell2

7) Make pizza from scratch. I posted this one for those who might be intimidated by homemade pizza. Did anyone give it a whirl?

8) Volunteer : one day, one place or cause of your choice. Fail on the volunteer front, once again. Yes, I’m busy but not too busy to get out there and help an organization, even for one day. October, I will make it happen.

9) Master a yoga pose. Fellow yoga lovers, how did this one go? I took a few classes this past month, but am not at the point where I can be working on “mastering” a new pose. Maybe I can just work on mastering the art of modifications? 🙂

10) Download a power playlist. Did this one! I have some awesome new songs lined up for the October workouts and playlist.

So how was September for you? What goals did you accomplish? Anything on the list?

I’m off to the doc and then to get ingredients for tomorrow’s soiree.

Have a fabulous Friday!



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  1. Sara K on September 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I downloaded a power playlist AND made pizza from scratch- you’re right, it’s easy and absolutely delicious (plus you can customize it how you like!) Can’t believe it’s already October, crazy!

  2. chelsea on September 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I just posted about my September goals and new goals! It’s a lot though so I don’t want to post the whole list on here haha! If you care to read it you can see it here though 🙂 –

    I did a few of your goals! I signed up for and am getting TONS of new amazing workout songs for my playlist. I also exercised my brain PLENTY. Yay for college!

  3. Stacy on September 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Can you believe tomorrow is already October?! Anyway, you couldn’t be more right about getting outdoor exercise in. It’s so refreshing. Running during Fall in NY is my absolute fave! Happy Friday!!! =)

  4. Lindsey on September 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I love September, it is my favorite month! I forgot to make goals for this month since it was so busy BUT I did get two books read (both in a week while on holidays), I have rocked leggings many times with my lovely fall boots, and made pizza from scratch – my hubby is pizza obsessed 🙂

  5. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I totally did #1 — I did at least 1 sudoku puzzle each night before bed. It got much easier after a few days.

  6. Liz @ Southern Charm on September 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I made pizza from scratch AND I volunteered … twice! First at an edible school yard and then at Second Harvest. I love volunteering!!!

  7. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on September 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I actually feel like September – even though it FLEW – has been a real period of growth for me! Completely unexpected, but I’m happy about it.. and as for the list, I volunteered, made a new playlist, and had a girls’ night- holler!

  8. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Good job Gina! I love sudokus as well but am not nearly as fast as I used to be when I did them on the subway every day 2 winters ago! My September was pretty successful – I recapped it on my blog yesterday ( – I finished Savor by Thich Nhat Hahn and Lilian Cheung (about mindful eating), organized my iTunes, and worked on improving my posture. All in all, a pretty good month, I just don’t know where it disappeared to!

  9. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on September 30, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Can’t wait to hear the new playlists. 🙂 You always post the best songs! We share a love for Pitbull <3

  10. Lisa@HealthyDiaries on September 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I’ve started to do more yoga for the first time! I’m hoping to go once a week!

  11. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I really need to start doing monthly goals! I write a letter to myself every january 1st and then read it again the next january first but there’s a whole year in between there I could be checking on my goals! If you’re looking for awesome leggings check out the Express ones, they are by far my favorite, I stock up on two pairs at the end of every winter for the next fall/winter!

  12. mi-an d. on September 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

    i almost mastered my crow pose… well actually master would be the wrong word. i’m getting better at it def. but i did fall last nite when i was doing it! ha!

  13. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on September 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I try to exercise my brain regularly! I am a crossword puzzle junkie…even though I do it in pencil and have to change my answers every now and then! 😉

  14. NicoleG on September 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Love the blog 🙂 I wanted to comment on the rattle snake thing, if you line the perimeter of your yard with corse salt (salt that you would use to melt snow) or a little gravel rocks it deferes snakes from going across it because it is coarse on their stomach and they do not like the feeling of it.

  15. Beth (Well I'll Be) on September 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Aww how can you resist that little Bella face peeking over the ottoman?

  16. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I volunteered this month! I’m actually going to be volunteering on a weekly basis for a diabetes prevention initiative run though my school. It’s been fun so far!

  17. Allison on September 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Soup may be the least photogenic food, but it’s still good for the soul 🙂 It’s become my go-to staple lately with all my late nights at work… I really need to start making my own homemade kinds!

  18. kathleen @ the daily crumb on September 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    i thought you were referring to the beer as what you can always count on on thursday nights! our pups are shameless beggars…

    i volunteered this month at a local ronald mcdonald house that was an incredibly rewarding experience.

  19. Megan on September 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    What nail polish colors have you been wearing this month? I’m looking for a new fall shade.

  20. Moni'sMeals on September 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe the month flew by! Did you not just post your “Month try to do list” for Septmenber, just a second ago!?! Haha.

    Sounds like you did a great job. 🙂

  21. Lauren on September 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I can’t wait for tomorrow. These last 3 months are, by far, my favorite. I love the crisp morning air, the holidays and holiday decor, and much like spring, autumn seems like the perfect time for reevaluation and new beginnings. I also love hearty cool weather soups and stews and the ability to workout outside at times other than 10pm-5am 😉 Happy Friday and almost October!

  22. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Great recap of your goals…feels like just yesterday I read those. Where did the month go?! Wow!

    And this
    “[Soup = the world’s least photogenic food]” <— I agree it ranks right up there but any kind of casserole, hot dish, warm and soft comfort food, or beans…pretty much looks awful on camera for me or definitely far from beautiful.

    Have a great weekend!

  23. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I ran my first 5K in September, so that made it all worth my while.
    I love making homemade pizza, its so awesome. We plan to make another one this weekend. we have made one each of the past two weekends so far. cant get enough.

  24. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    another not really “goal” but investment and change for my body. I have made the switch to the diva cup! so far it has been amazing (only on day 2) so it has made the end of september much more pleasant for me. I highly recommend people look into it!
    Have you heard of it, or have any thoughts on it? Maybe a post about alternative uses for that lucky time of the month?
    have a beautiful night

  25. Leslie Wingate on September 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Have you shared that chickpea recipe? I loooove bringing stuff like that to work the next day.

  26. Jaclyn on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I’m in Paris this weekend! I just arrive yesterday actually, to start my study abroad program next week. So, this weekend will be full of exploring, hanging out, sightseeing and yoga, I think! My “last weekend of freedom” so to speak, before I start calsses!

    I actually went to a Bikram hot yoga class here in the city tonight. It was en francaise so a little different – er, difficult – but still felt amazing especially after 26 (!) hours of flying yesterday

    have fun with you dinner party tomorrow night!

  27. Jenny on October 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I did #1–I read The Art of Racing in the Rain–loved it, esp as a dog lover! Now on to Seabiscuit! I also made homemade pizza for the fam, who all enjoyed it, even the kids with whole wheat crust!! I also tried nutritional yeast for the first time and ordered my first bag of Sun Warrior! What a September!

  28. Amanda B. on October 1, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Hey, do you have the recipe for slow cooker chana masala? I can’t find it anywhere on the site.

    I just got a slow cooker and I’m SO excited to start cooking with it, especially now that the temp has dropped outside.

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