November 30

November 2017 Wrap Up

November 30, 2017

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a monthly wrap up. I’m actually excited to put this together, because it has been so long since I’ve shared glimpses of my life with all of you. Here is what I am grateful for this month:

nov personal highlights

  • We celebrated a friend’s 40th birthday with a Three’s Company themThree's_Companyed party (which is also turning 40 this year). This is a great theme for a party if you are looking for one. We had themed apps (Reagle Beagles, Jack Dipper), a Three’s Company drink (vodka, cranberry, and pineapple), and we played a fun Three’s Company drinking game while watching old episodes of the show.
  • The following weekend, I celebrated another friend’s birthday party. This event was more low key but did involve holiday crafts and Hallmark holiday movies….things you can never go wrong with.
  • I went birthday shopping with my niece, which has become my favorite tradition with her. She is now 12 so I am making the most of these shopping trips because I know that soon she will probably choose the cash over shopping with her old aunt.
  • Thanksgiving this year was a low key affair with just myself, my parents, and my brother and his family. We watched football, stuffed ourselves silly, and played a couple of rounds of Clue (which I happened to win one round of).
  • Since I am in a new home this year, I was able to get a live Christmas tree for the first time in 12 years! It was so exciting to go through the process of selecting the tree and getting it all set up. I also had access to all of my holiday decorations that I’ve had stored at my parents house for years. This move has had many benefits, and the tree and decorations are high on that list.
  • My friends and I usually spend a day over Thanksgiving weekend kicking off the 12 Beers of Xmas at a local establishment. As a non-beer drinker, I’m never able to earn the free shirt for finishing……until this year. A different local establishment is doing 13 Beverages of Xmas which includes wine. This should be a slam dunk for me to finish before Christmas Eve! I’m so excited!

nov reading blogging

nov misc tidbits

  • I want to share so much about some of the gifts I’m going to be giving this year, but it might ruin it for the random friend who checks out my blog. I guess I’ll have to do it at the end of December….you just won’t be able to order these as gifts yourself. Maybe I’ll do a separate post at another time……still thinking on this one!
  • Someone at work started a Healthy Habits Challenge that started near the beginning of November and is running until December 20th. At first I was like no freaking way. But…..the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed to do it. If nothing else, I hope to keep myself from gaining loads of weight at this time of year. I haven’t rocked out the exercise part as much as I wanted, but I have done well with the eating and losing weight piece.

What were the highlights of your month? Let me know what is going on with you!

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Posted November 30, 2017 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Monthly Wrap Up


  1. By Holly on

    A Three’s Company birthday sounds fun! Did you dress up as Chrissy?

  2. By Cait @ Paper Fury on

    Congrats on reading 11 books this month!! That’s SO great and good luck with the healthy habits challenge! And sounds like you had a really great Thanksgiving. :’)

  3. By Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium on

    Sound like you had fun in Thanksgiving and with birthday parties! Hallmark movies, Holiday crafts and Three’s Company theme! How fun!

    Now off to check out that post “Top Ten Books to Read If You Like Humans of New York” I love Humans of NY!

  4. By Wendy @ Book Scents on

    I’m so excited you were able to get a tree and decorate! That’s one of my favorite things to do ASAP after Thanksgiving :) It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving too!

  5. By Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books on

    It sounds like you had a great month! I need to work on my healthy habits this time of year. It is so hard to stay on track right now. I think it is awesome that you take your niece shopping. My niece and nephew are 3 and I can’t wait to start doing things like that with them. Have a great December!

  6. By Karen Blue on

    The Three’s Company party sounds like a lot of fun. The 12 beers of Xmas sounds like a lot of fun too. It got me thinking of games we should play this year. I need to find a place that celebrates like that. I would definitely go for a shirt, I bet I could too as long as I stuck with regular lager. I am a beer drinker but I like wine occasionally. I don’t discriminate.
    11 books is really good. You favorite picks are new to me so I will have to check them out.

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

      That’s why I like the place where I’m earning the shirt… lets you count either beer or wine! It’s the best of both worlds for those who go! I earned my first shirt, and I am busy working on a second shirt! Happy Holidays!

  7. By Danielle Hammelef on

    It sounds like you have many friends and family–that makes me happy just thinking about it. Unfortunately for me, my November was rather sad–I had to put my golden retriever to sleep. He was my boy, my walking buddy, my reading buddy. He even came to listen to me practice my flute. I still miss him, but will always be grateful for his unconditional love.

      1. By Danielle Hammelef on

        Wow, you do know how awful it is to lose a companion. Thank you for your support–I’m happy to have found your blog today.


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