This past March, Scott had to cancel a flight to join me in visiting my sister, Emily and Jonathan in DC and had credit towards a flight to use by the end of 2014. Since his inability to travel with me was a huge disappointment there was no way I was going to give up that money towards another trip. Slightly flawed logic since we had to spend money to save money but whatever. The cheapest flight I could find in the warmest location for December was Dallas. I'll be the first to admit I wasn't extremely excited to choose Dallas because both of us had previously been to Dallas for work and nothing at the time made us think we should return.
I have since changed my mind about the Dallas metro area. Not counting travel days, we had a full 48 hours exploring several sections of the city (we walked a total of 33 miles). While I know that 99% of the population would not attempt to walk our route, it was a fun adventure to walk from one cute neighborhood to another even if it involved walking along expressways!
As we are eleven days into December, the month of November is a bit of a blur at this point. Perhaps nothing remarkable happened? Or maybe the fact that December is packed with travel and plans, I already moved on. Likely a bit of both. Thankfully my photo-a-day will help spark my memory.
One of the highlights of the month was volunteering as an Election Judge in my precinct. I enjoyed helping people register to vote and it was fun seeing all of my neighbors throughout the day.
The transition from autumn to winter was brutal after having such an amazing stretch of perfect temperatures and sunny days. Winter survival plan was activated much sooner than I would have liked. I met up with Liz for pedicures and spent all day Saturday cooking soup with Amy Z.
Spending quality time with friends during the cold, dark months is important to me. Amy O. helped with that by having a gathering of awesome people for chili and beer. I explored a bit of Minneapolis with Allie and bought some cozy recycled sweater mittens. Lisa and I are hard core and continue to walk every Tuesday morning and have determined that as long as the temperature is 10° we will pound the pavement. Shopping malls are our back-up plan and I wonder if/when we'll have to fall back on that.
We celebrated Stewie's 11th birthday which is hard to believe. It was fun spoiling him at a nearby fancy dog store. I went to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) Art Sale with Lisa for the first time. It was a lot of fun and I'm hoping we can make it a tradition. That same weekend our neighbors invited us over for dinner and every time we're together I'm more and more thankful that we both plan on staying in our current homes a long time - they are fantastic. More winter survival for Scott and I included a massage for him and infrared sauna for me - followed by a flight of beer of course.
November by the numbers...
14 gym visits (+10 from September - it must be cold!)
371,754 steps (12,391 steps averaged a day)
1047 active minutes (35 minutes a day on average)
Scott and I experimented with no eating out in November. We decided this after eating at Bar La Grassa with friends. We also knew we'd make exceptions for any work-related eating out. Finally, we knew we'd eat out at least once over Thanksgiving while in Sioux Falls. It was definitely a challenge but we saved money and I was able to lose weight instead of gain.
- Bar La Grassa (with Dannah and Chris)
- Stout's Pub (work team lunch!)
- Taste of the Big Apple (with my mom and dad in Sioux Falls)
I also stopped buying cold press every day at Caribou Coffee. I now make my own and treat myself to coffee dates with friends about once a week.
- The Freehouse (beers before dinner at Bar La Grassa)
- Dunn Bros (work team meeting)
- Sparrow Cafe (frigid Tuesday walk destination with Lisa)
- Caribou Coffee (in Sioux Falls with Scott's cousin Cali and her boyfriend Chris)
- Starbucks Coffee (in Sioux Falls before Parade of Lights)
Watching & Reading
Walking Dead season five
Six Feet Under season two
Codebreaker (Drama-documentary about Alan Turing)
The Secret Place by Tana French (averaging 2 pages a night before falling asleep so it's slow going)
The Nivens Family