Sunday, September 30, 2018

September recap

I used to  to do these posts called 'this week' and I know a few people (possibly related to me...) at least enjoyed those. But I struggled on some weeks to think something to write about. But I thought maybe I could do a ‘this month’ post. I also used to post monthly reads and would like to again. And I've been thinking about posting monthly favorites. But that seems like a lot of end of the month posts. And then I realized, why not just combine it all to one post!

So here's a sort of compilation of some major events, favorites and books from the past month! This a bit rambly, and I have no photos of most of the things, I'll try to be more organized in the future!

I started the month sick, again. I swear I've been sick more since the Kiddo was born than in all the time before. It's ridiculous. I try my best to take care of myself, but I guess I should try harder. The Kiddo got it first, then I, then Jake. Altogether we spent half of the month sick. I saw a doctor, but all my blood-work came out fine. She just told me to get more Vitamin C, preferably from sea buckthorn, and eat as much fermented milk products as I could stomach, for probiotics. I got some frozen sea buckthorn berries and they taste horrible! But they have more vitamin C than an orange and you only have to eat a few a day. I've also been drinking piimä, which is a cultured milk drink, with every meal. I used to hate it as a kid, but it seems to have grown on me. Hopefully these will help me stay healthy.
On the health front, I also started to drink nettle tea. I'm definitely a coffee person, I very rarely drink tea. But being sick I really graved something hot to drink and I try to only drink two to three cups of coffee a day. So pulled out this nettle fennel tea I bought during the summer and been enjoying it very much.

I've also been dry brushing, all rather wet brushing. Dry brushing is something I've heard about for years, but the directions always said to brush your skin for like ten minutes before showering and who has time for that. But then I saw Jen from Pretty neat living on YouTube mention that she brushes in the shower for about 40 seconds and I thought 'now that sounds like something I can do'. I don't know if it has all the benefits of actual dry brushing, but better than nothing I guess. And it does feel great, especially brushing my back. The best feeling.
Two PlayStation games came out: Spider-Man and Tomb Raider and Jake was pretty much glued to the sofa. I even had a dream that I gave birth and he didn't notice.
It's been raining quite a bit and the Kiddo delights in every puddle. I can't blame her. And I let her. We were told to help ourselves to the neighbor's apple tree and everyday for a few weeks the Kiddo always insisted for an apple every time we went outside.
I actually can't really remember what I read this month as I neglected to write them down... I'll try to keep better track from now on. But let me tell you about this one book I can remember: Sapiens: a brief history of human kind by Yuval Noah Harari. It was so good. I'm going to recommend it to everyone I see. I kept going on and on about it to Jake. Go read it!
I decided to try to finish all started craft projects by the end of the year. I have a lot of projects in progress. I was inspired by Elise Joy, who posted on Instagram that she was going to do a shirt next spring, and I thought ‘ what, you mean I don’t have to get supplies and start a new project the minute it occurs to me?!’ It really was a revelation. I mean these aren't urgent things to do, but they are on the back of my mind constantly and they take up so much room (physical and mental). So, I wrote a massive list of all the various projects I have supplies for and the intention is to get them all crossed of by the end of 2018. All not completed will be thrown away or donated. I'm aiming for a completely clean slate for 2019 here and it feels so good! My never ending to do list will come to an end!
Projects I crossed of this month: the rya pillow, a knit hat, a cushion for the Kiddos rocking chair, a pin cushion for the sewing machine, a witch's hat for the Kiddo and an apron for the kiddo. I have several others ready to be sewn when the Kiddo is at her grandparents. I use nap time to prep things quietly and the dig out the sewing machine and sew up a storm when she is away.

I've also started going out for walks by myself to get some exercise. I mean, I do get out every day, but waddling after the Kiddo really isn't very rigorous. It's been amazing, and done me a lot of good, both the exercise and the alone time. I thought ‘why haven’t I done this in a long time?’ Then remembered the past summer was hell. That's why. But autumn is here and its again bearable to be outside.
I started waking a bit earlier than the Kiddo (that is at half five!) and the quiet when everyone else is still a sleep has been wonderful. Just what my introverted self really needs. I'm one of those people who is never bored or lonely when alone. Just having a few minutes by myself and having my coffee in peace (and hot!) really sets me up to endure the hullabaloo of the day. I can hear myself think for once! But it doesn't happen everyday, some days she wakes up before my alarm goes off. When it does its great.

Ashtanga yoga started again. I'm so out of shape with no upper body strength at all. But it did feel good to be out and doing something. The group is Swedish speaking and I even spoke a bit Swedish in the dressing room before the class. Not well, but I did it anyway.
And last but not least Jake bought me a cordless vacuum for an early birthday present. Not very romantic gift perhaps, but one I really wanted. We have a robot vacuum, which I love. You just turn it on, head out, and come home to a clean home. But it doesn't do a great job cleaning corners and behind furniture. This new vacuum has been awesome! It's always ready to go, its very light and easy to empty. The kitchen hasn't been this clean since the Kiddo started eating solids!

So that was September over here!

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