August 2018 in review

It rained the morning of August 31, 2018. It was as if Seattle cried, “I too, am relieved that August is over.” 

Usually August is one of my favorite months in Seattle. As I shared in Mood, life and climate change struck August 2018. If I were one of the seven dwarves, I would have been alternatively Grumpy and Sneezy (ok, ok, there was quite a bit of Sleepy and Dopey in there as well). 

Just before 19:00 on a smoky, stifling, hazy Seattle day

At the same time, there were some fantastic moments, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of 2018. Ten highlights from my August include:

1. Dane and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. The occasion was marked with Dane finally using that discovery flight voucher I gifted him well over a year ago.

2. I finished reading Joseph Campbell’s Power of Myth. I absolutely adore the lecture series and reading this interview has re-inspired me to dig into mythology, this time that of cultures I’m less familiar with. I had already purchased Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind, however, so I’ve started on that instead. Admittedly, I’m not as enthralled by this book as I am by his others. As much as I love Pollan as a writer and storyteller, I’m used to him regaling me with romantic tales of food (I’m still swooning/drooling over the chapter in Cooked on barbecue) and this is not as tasty a topic or as relatable for me. 

3. I blogged five times. July was a better month for blogging I suppose, but I’m still above my once a week goal, which, back when I started this blog, seemed farfetched. This entire month, I’ve been blogging with Gutenberg, and even submitted my first bug report with GitHub!

4. I visited some wonderful ladies in Denver and spent some much needed quality time with friends. 

5. I volunteered around eleven hours this month. Again, still a little low, but that will pick up again soon in late September, when English classes start up at the Seattle Library again. My favorite volunteer gig this month was for WordCamp Seattle 2018, largely because it’s been so enjoyable to get to know a new community of volunteers. I’ll be working closely with them through the event on November 10 & 11.

6. Even though life was more chaotic than usual during the month of August, I somewhat successfully balanced my time between work, friends, Dane, exercise, and me time. The older I get, the more I really value the time I take for myself to do whatever it is I need to do to feel mentally and physically healthy. I still do feel somewhat guilty about taking “lazy days”, especially when my list says that there is always something to achieve. Dane and I both needed more lazy days than usual this month, and there is nothing wrong with that. Despite it being the month it was, Dane and I made it through, and I believe that we are a stronger married unit for it. 

7. I cleaned out my closet. This past month, I was increasingly frustrated with my wardrobe and I realized it was because my wardrobe requirements had shifted. Corporate real estate in Seattle necessitated business professional/casual, but working from home allows for a much more casual dress code. Literally speaking, what I had did not suit. The brilliant part is that I had built a pretty decent business wardrobe and can now donate to Dress for Success, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.

Which reminds me, I need to donate my wedding dress. New goal for September! 

8. I made incremental, progressive steps at work, continued to build my knowledge, and generally, tried things that I’ve never done before. I’m still enjoying my career path and everything that comes with it.

9. I made an amazing, comforting eggplant dish with couscous and it was perfect for week’s worth of meals. Great success. Here is the base recipe, which I modified significantly. If I remember to, I’ll blog my version of the dish. 

10. Finally, Dane and I decided to add a dog to our family! Not that we actually got a dog, but we finally decided that we should. We have some planning ahead of us, but I’m excited that a doggo friend is in our near future. Let doggo chaos ensue.

Can’t cage the fluff

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