I have no idea where all of my time is going lately, but I feel like I have none. Life is busy and changing and evolving and all that shit – and I haven’t been overly focused on my eating + health + fitness the past few weeks or so. It’s on my mind – just feels like it’s a way of life now. Not something I have to work on.

Can’t become too complacent, though – I know – so I’m working on being a little more purposeful.

First up is this blog. As in – acknowledge it exists and write something. Regularly.
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We made it through the 1 year anniversary of Jon’s cancer diagnosis and surgery. I was way more (outwardly) emotional about it than Jon, but that’s sort of the way we are. He probably wouldn’t have even acknowledged it if I hadn’t spent the 2 weeks leading up to it crying just about every day.

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The MBSR thing has been iffy. I find benefit, but I’m also finding myself REALLY unmotivated lately. We blew off the all day (SILENT) retreat last weekend and went furniture shopping instead. It was near the anniversary of the cancer stuff and I was feeling like 7 hours of silent meditation (THINKING) was a little much. I probably could have made it through the day if I’d tried. I just didn’t feel like it and Jon was even more reluctant – and we had a semi-valid way to rationalize it – so we went with it.

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We’re still doing the walking group. Our last walk of the season – and the final event – are both coming up next week. I’ve enjoyed leading it, but I’m ready for a break from the commitment. We’re committed to something 3 of 5 nights per week and I’m over it. I’m ready for some freedom (to hibernate).

I’m still trying with the jogging thing. Somewhat.

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I’ve mostly stopped counting calories since the last time I posted about how I was planning to do it indefinitely. I do it here and there when I think about it. I’m obviously entering some sort of new phase – so I’m going with it.

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I weigh once every couple of weeks or so. Maintaining just fine. I waffle about actively trying to lose more. I have some vanity pounds to lose – but it’s just not worth the drama. Today. Tomorrow could be different, of course.

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The big news – the thing that’s occupying my calorie counting brain space? We’re buying a new house. (New to us, anyway. The house itself is 92 years old.)

I’ve been looking at listings off and on since I got back from Michigan and Jon’s cancer situation got better (so, about a year). I happened to look at the listings a few Sunday mornings ago and immediately knew we needed to go see this house that had just listed the day before. We did a drive-by in our pajamas a few minutes later (it’s 2mi up the road), called the realtor on the way home and saw it that afternoon. Did the contract a week (and another viewing) later – and got it all hammered out and agreed upon within a few days.

It feels a little crazy because it’s the only house we’ve looked at (in person). We haven’t even done any other drive-byes of potential candidates. It’s right, though.

We’re still working out some details, but – barring some kind of last minute catastrophe – we close in a few weeks.

There’s some painting and some re-carpeting of bedrooms and some minor projects to be done – and some furniture to be purchased – but we’re hoping to be living there by early December. I’m sure I’ll post many pictures of the progress.

We’ve hired a property management person to rent out our current house – something we’ve always planned to do. I’m a little worried about the stress that could come from this, but whatever. It surely won’t be the end of the world.

We’re very, very lucky – and very, very excited.
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We drove down to Atlanta on Friday night and spent yesterday with Jon’s mom + siblings at Eggtoberfest – a festival all about the Big Green Egg.

I was a little hesitant when Jon first told me about it because it sounded stupid – and I was even more hesitant when I learned it was $35/person – but it was a lot of fun and was definitely worth the cost.

$35 got an entry ticket, a bag of stuff handed upon arrival, a t-shirt, 5 drink tickets (that could be used for water OR beer – or other stuff that we don’t drink i.e., coke), tons of samples of all of the food and entries to raffles (that Jon’s brother actually won).

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I was surprised the bag was full of useful stuff (grilling planks, candles, seasonings, smoking chips, etc.).

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We basically spent 6 hours outside on a gorgeous day walking + eating + drinking.

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I would NOT have survived this day prior to my gallbladder surgery, for sure. This thing? A bacon wrapped potato with a sausage in it.

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Monkey bread!

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It was all pretty good (they were competing) – but somewhat insane.

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(These people gave little milk shots, too!)

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Some sort of pizza + the chip had cranberry sauce + brie cheese in it.

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Tuna + a wasabi(ish) sauce.

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This jalapeno thing (on the L) was the best savory thing I had. Some sort of breaded/coated sausage – full of some sort of pimento cheese like mixture – with a jalapeno. IDK. I didn’t pick up the recipe because it sounded way too complicated. It was good, though.

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The best sweet thing? A simple pineapple upside down cake straight out of the heat – cooked in some sort of cast iron skillet. I am SO going to have Jon do that the next time he uses the egg.

I stopped taking pictures at some point because they were mostly of pieces of meat + too bright or too dark + it was just too much. No time between shoveling samples in.

I was sick by the time we left. Ate way too much.

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This happened at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, so Jon’s mom decided to take a ride while we took a break.

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Fun day. We were pretty wiped out the rest of the night, though.

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I am seriously so lucky.

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