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Happy October! The Times They Are A-Changin’

I love fall, and this fall brings more than a changing season. It’s an autumn full of change. First, this week is my last week as Executive Assistant at the finance company I’ve been working at for the last seven and a half years. I only have two days left (kind of surreal, and I’m definitely going to miss a lot of folks). I am thankful for the experience and growth, both personally and professionally, and know that my  time there has prepared me for this next adventure. Starting next week, I’ll begin as Office Manager at Frontline Missions International. I love the organization and am very excited about this opportunity!

With the new job comes new responsibilities, new things to learn, new ways to grow. The hours are similar, but the location is closer to home–close enough to go home at lunch! I have high ambitions of taking time to read more and practice a little yoga on my lunch breaks, at least a couple of times a week.

I’m also committed to exercising more, beginning today (October 1st seemed like a good starting point). I started by heading to the gym with my good friend Ashley. We started with a little cardio, then moved to kettle bells, about 30 minutes of strength training, and finished with some core strengthening and stretching. Life has been so busy between weddings, wrapping up projects at work, and other activities and responsibilities. I’ve been lazy and lethargic. Today, I chose to sweat. And I want to continue.

Another thing I started back with today was tracking my calories using SparkPeople.com. I’ve put on a few pounds in my time of stressful busyness. It’s time to get those off. Anyone can feel free to ask me, “Have you tracked your food today?” More important than calories, I want to make sure that I’m eating whole foods–fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, organic meat, etc.

So, those are the things that are changing around here. What changes does fall bring for you?

So This Is What a Weekend Feels Like…

Subs, corn on the cob, fruit salad with a honey orange glaze, peach-thyme green tea, and a game…or six!

This past week, my husband started a new job! He’s been working night shift security at the hospital for the last 15 months – and his shift was every weekend – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, which meant he had to sleep a good bit during most of those days. He was still able to make it to some services at church, but not as many as we would like; we definitely looked forward to Bible study on Tuesday nights and Shepherding Group on Wednesdays. Well, he finished that job last Monday morning and began as a part-time Facilities Assistant at our church this past Wednesday. We praise the Lord for providing this position, which will enable Bryan to return to school to complete a Respiratory Therapy degree, as well as be on the same schedule as me and be able to be more involved at church.

Needless to say, this weekend was his first weekend off in a very, VERY long time! We got to spend most of the weekend together, and we kept looking at each other and saying things like, “So this is what a weekend feels like,” or “So, this is what normal couples do every weekend?” and other romantic niceties. It was nice! I am so privileged to be married to my best friend!

This weekend, Greenville hit some record high heat levels, so we decided to get up early on Saturday morning and do the yard work before it hit 100°F. We were done by about 10:30AM, cleaned up, and headed downtown for lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Velo Fellow (we had a Living Social voucher that we needed to use). He got burger sliders and I ended up with a giant salad, loaded with bacon, ham, cheese, eggs, avocado, almonds, tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette. We split the honey glazed croissant that came with my salad for dessert. She brought it out last, so it was still hot and sticky! Yum!

After lunch, we walked around the mall for a while (yes, we must be getting old, but at least it had air conditioning), and we ended up at our favorite little local game store, Boardwalk. We bought an expansion for the game Dominion, plus some cool beverages (I got iced tea and Bryan got an iced Starbucks mocha – role reversal much??). We ended up playing three rounds of Dominion with the new expansion before the day was over.

Sunday was refreshing with good services and music. And Bryan was finally able to help me teach Sunday School again! We had another voucher for Grille 33 for lunch, and Bryan rated it “Best Burger in Town,” which is a very high praise, if you know Bryan. Then we went on a little Sunday afternoon drive, rested a little at home, went to evening service, and then played three more rounds of Dominion with some friends after church on Sunday night. It was like one big, long date! (No, we don’t normally eat out much, but this was a celebration weekend…and we hardly spent any money with those vouchers, which was an added bonus.)

I’ll try to write more over the next month to catch you up on various happenings. Upcoming blog posts: summer book reviews (I have about five books I need to tell you about), my first trip to NYC, and most importantly my little brother’s wedding (the reason for the NY trip)!! I also co-hosted a baby shower with a burlap and teddy bear theme, plus I have one military appreciation lunch that I’m doing decorations for, and two weddings that I’m doing flowers and reception coordinating for in the next month. So, it will be busy, but I’ll try to write at least once a week besides the weekly meal plan post. God has also been teaching me some things about holding things loosely (“living with my hands wide open“), being flexible, trusting, etc., so I want to share those with you in the near future too.

How was your weekend?!

This Week’s Basket and Life Update

This Week’s Milk and Honey Organics Basket: Hydroponic Lettuce, Golden Pineapple, White Mushrooms, Rainbow Chard, Braeburn Apples, D’Anjou Pears, Mango, Grape Tomatoes, Carrots with Tops, Green Beans and Garlic.

In the fridge: Homemade Hearty Sourdough (whole wheat + almonds + flaxseed + black and white sesame seeds + pumpkin seeds), 4 small beets, celery, carrots, apples, lemons, pears, grapefruit, parsley, cilantro, milk, yogurt, carrot juice, homemade organic cream of mushroom soup, sprouts.

In the pantry: a few potatoes and yams, onions, shallots, bananas, honey, rice, tomato paste, applesauce, beans, plus stock baking items.

We recently got a $50 basket instead of the normal $35 size, so I still have a good bit of stuff leftover from that. I’m looking forward to combining what we have on hand and making some fabulous dishes this week. Tonight, we had seared salmon over yellow rice, garlic cauliflower with baby bella mushrooms, and acorn squash soup. And I’ve been able to have several green smoothies recently. I think I’ll make a green smoothie with the chard, apple, and pear, and a lemon from last week for breakfast tomorrow.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to share some recipes this upcoming week that we’re using. I’m definitely making the chocolate beet cupcakes again. We’re still getting used to a new schedule around the house, so the meal planning thing isn’t quite as “normal” as it was. I make sure to keep lunch meat and sliced cheese on hand for Bryan’s shift break at work. He’s been taking a sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce (and even added some sprouts the other day), carrots, and a banana. If he gets hungry before his shift is over, he keeps organic trail mix bars in his locker at work. I’m so proud of him for making healthful choices! It’s fun to learn about health together!

We eat the dinner meal together at home, and I normally take any leftovers from that to the office for my lunch. My breakfast is normal a smoothie or some fruit and a trail mix bar or oatmeal. It’s pretty minimalistic, but it’s working for us right now. Also, I’m reading The China Study, and realizing that the choices we have made based on budget constraints (i.e., less meat, cheese, etc.) are actually healthier for us in the long run. It’s taking me a while to get through the book (heavily documented research, which I appreciate, but it’s not necessarily a quick read). I hope to share a book review on the blog in the next month.

As a side note, I’m really enjoying training for my new role as Executive Assistant in the Operations Department at work. I’ll be sad when Liz leaves (the Exec. Asst. that’s training me). She’s been a good friend and I’ve enjoyed training with her these last two weeks. Tomorrow is when everything officially shifts over to me. I’m looking forward to the change. My last role hadn’t changed in four years, so I’m excited to learn new things and meet new people. I will miss my old department, but at least I’m in the same building and we can still say “hey” whenever. Moving on.

I currently have allergies plus a slight cold and feel kind of yucky, so I’m headed to bed early. Have a great night! Melissa