...besides not blogging. :)
I have to say, the summer went by faster than usual for me this year. We went on our first family vacation (to Texas) and had a blast. My kids are finally old enough to be able to enjoy hanging out with, but with less of the panicky feeling of always keeping a hand on them.
We stayed in New Braunfels and went the The Schlitterbaan. Oh the memories.
We also visited the Alamo, got boots, and did a lot of other fun things.
I've also been better at keeping up with my garden this year. Though it looks to be in disarray right now, that's purposeful. I'm letting the summer garden lapse and am hoping to actually put in a fall garden this year. I say every year that I want to, but then I never do it. I have plans to to that later this week. It's kind of hard to know when to plant a fall/winter garden around here. It is still 100 degrees after all.
My garden produce wasn't as prolific this year. I've heard everyone is having that problem. I still got plenty, but not as much as I expected. The drought really has us fighting more bugs than normal, and since I'm an organic gardener, that can be exhausting.
I have been neglecting my Daily Ration Facebook page as well, not just this blog. However, I was somewhat better at posting a few recipes there than here. If you haven't checked that out yet, it's a FB page where I post all things food related in my life, especially as I experiment for my new cookbook.
The thing I've been best at keeping up with (though still not as much as I'd like) is my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I'm working real hours on that this school year and it's paying off. It was already doing well considering I didn't have much in there, but now that I'm building my store, I'm really seeing some exciting results.
You can check out my store here: The Elementary Professor Store
or my education blog here: The Elementary Professor Blog
I'm having a blast and barely miss teaching at all when I'm creating stuff for the classroom like I used to!
Next on the list, health!
I've been trying to exercise and I was doing OK at it until I hurt a hip muscle. :( Now it's hard. But I'm still going for it. The first day of September I pulled out any and all clothes in my closet that were too small. I put them in a pile in the corner of my bedroom. They're in my way and annoy me, which helps me go for my goal of fitting them by Halloween. I decided that if I don't fit them (because I haven't for years) then I have to get rid of them. There are pieces I love, pieces with tags still on them, and I've been keeping them for years with all intentions of fitting them. Well it's time. Fit them or ditch them. Sadly, those clothes were more than half my clothing!
On that note, I'm going to do a Whole 30 in October. Since I'm needing to concentrate more on food than exercise, and since I need to re-break my sugar addiction, I'm going to go for it. I'll be posting weekly here about what I ate and how it's going.
I briefly considered an October Unprocessed, but decided I needed to be more disciplined. And really, I usually end up with not much processed for a Whole 30.
So that's where I sit right now. Next up I'm sitting down to plan out the next month's blog posts. I'm better about posting when I plan it. I'll be posting my Whole 30 adventure on a weekly basis (mostly to help me stick with it), my Whole 30 adventure, the fall garden, a purging update, and anything else that strikes my fancy. ;) Any requests?