September 30

September 2015 Wrap-Up: 2015 Continues

September 30, 2015

September has been filled with lots of highs and a one medium-ish bummer (I’ve decided that 2015 really is the year that if something is going to go wrong, it indeed will). Here are some of the big moments:

Sept 2015 personal

  • I did start to slowly get back in the swing of working out regularly thanks to my friend Katherine. Even though I’m not yet hitting my workout target, I’m happy to be headed in the right direction!
  • I had a very spontaneous and last minute night out for drinks and chocolate at Anna Shea’s Chocolates and Lounge with my friend Tara. When I don’t let myself be an old lady, I can still have fun even if it’s past my bedtime :).
  • My family went to see O.A.R. at Ravinia, and we had the best time! It was my favorite concert of the summer, and one of my favorite memories of the summer! Who’s cuter than my niece and nephew?


  • My friends and I started a Trivia Night tradition on Thursdays (except we only made it one week so far….hopefully it will become a regular thing). We had a blast and were so close to winning third place.
  • I went to the beautiful wedding of my amazing friends Luke and Vicky. The ceremony was outdoors on the most perfect weather day possible, and I adored the vows they wrote for each other. I couldn’t be more thrilled for the two of them!
  • As the end to the nice weather is in sight, my coworkers and I took advantage of some of our last days of patio weather to spontaneously go for drinks after work. Patio drinking with friends is one of my favorite things.
  • We celebrated my friend Jay’s birthday with a great dinner at Weber Grill. The theme for the evening was steak and mac and cheese (if you’ve never had the mac and cheese at Weber Grill, then you are totally missing out).
  • A unit in my building two floors above neglected to address a leak they knew about, which resulted in water pooling in my bathroom ceiling. Overall, it’s not a huge crisis, but it is a hassle trying to get it all taken care of (when I seem to be short on time to do just that).
  • Last weekend I hosted a game night at my house at the very last minute. What’s better than Lou’s pizza, wine, and Scattergories (not to mention Meghan’s amazing pumpkin bars)?
  • I went to Art in the Barn. I saw lots of cool things, but I didn’t make any purchases this time around. The best part was spending time with my friends Dennis, Andrea, and their little girl (who can rock out like few toddlers I know).


Sept2015 miscpicnic wagon

  • I received an awesome picnic wagon for my birthday (actually I received two because so many people know me so well), and it came in sooooooooo handy for my last concert of the season at Ravinia. If ever you have to haul supplies a long distance, I highly recommend the one I have – it can carry so much and it is easy to fold up and stash. Mine is also hot pink, which I love!
  • One of my current favorite blogs to follow is Career Girl Daily. Even though I am two decades older than their intended audience, I love the variety and content of the posts. My favorites include words of wisdom/life lessons from successful women you’ve heard of. Check it out if you haven’t already!
  • I purchased my first adult coloring book Color Me Calm, and I can’t wait to put it to use. I just received it in the mail today! I’m hoping to use it in place of Candy Crush Soda which can be a problematic way to unwind. I’ll let you know next month what I think of my new method of relaxation.

I sure had a lot to say this month :). Now it’s your turn!

What was the best thing you did this month? What are you looking forward to in October?

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Posted September 30, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Monthly Wrap Up


  1. By Lory @ Emerald City Book Review on

    Sorry you had to deal with the leak, that sounds like a pain. But what an awesome picnic wagon! Looks very sturdy and reliable.

    I’m looking forward to hosting the Wrap-up Round-up Giveaway next week… and to Witch Week at the end of the month! Can’t wait!

  2. By Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction on

    You always seem to have so many fun get-togethers with friends. This is one thing that I definitely miss from my pre-kids life (and back when I actually got out of the house for my job). Glad you had a great September!

    1. By Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings (Post author) on

      I do try to make connections with friends and family a priority, and I am very lucky to have so many fun times with those people! I realize how much these people add to my life and how blessed I truly am! I’m sure your kids hook you up with all sorts of connections (and I love random connections)! Looking forward to meeting you next weekend, Nicole!

    1. By Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings (Post author) on

      It was a good month, Cynthia! I totally agree that working out is much easier when it becomes a habit – why did I let that good habit fall to the side?!?!? If you do a lot of picnicking, I highly recommend the wagon – it is so worth the money!


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