October Lookback


Here's where I am:

Listening to:

the Partridge Family and endless Zoom calls with the kids' teachers.


when I started working for the family I'm currently working for. They are currently in the process of moving to a larger house and I'm so jealous.


Christmas. I just ordered gifts for friends, my niece, my nephew, a gift for my brother's new baby, the family I used to work for (and may work for next spring), and my grandparents.

Anxious about:

covid-19. I don't want to get sick and I feel like the world is making it impossible to not get sick.

Interested to Know:

who will win the election in the US.

• Free People Sweet Pea Tank in black, ivory, and blue
• Free People Prudence Pullover in desert rose
• Free People We the Free Daydream Tunic in greenstone
• Free People Juliana Maxi Dress in sunrise
• Free People Nora Mini Skirt in allium and sky
• Free People Summer Storm Slip in serenity, ivory, and black
• Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan in rose and ivory from Poshmark, turquoise from Ebay
• Free People Nina Bandeau in black and ivory
• Free People Reel Love Midi Dress in orangeade from Free People and electric pink and white from Nordstrom
• Free People End of the Island Godet Skirt in washed black
• Free People Adella bralette in ballet from Von Maur
Jules Babydoll Top from Anthropologie
Lise Turquoise Pendant Necklace in turquoise and grey from Anthropologie
• Free People Santa Fe Slide Set in antique silver, amethyst, silver, silver rose
• Lulu's babydoll black dress from Poshmark

• tiki glasses from Trader Vics
• Double-sided hemming tape
• candy for Halloween
• Hydra Global Serum Anti-Aging Hydration Booster from Ebay


100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer

We made two different types of chocolate chip cookies: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies. My personal favorite was the thin and crispy. I liked the taste better than the brown butter cookies. We also got many more cookies out of the batch. However, I much preferred the baking time for the Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - 8 minutes for soft cookies and 10 for more crispy cookies. Essentially the Brown Butter Cookies came together more quickly than the Thin and Crispy cookies.

I've very much enjoyed looking through the recipes in this book and I'm looking forward to making more on the cold winter days ahead.

Quarantine Notes:

Now, 1 month out of quarantine:
• started ordering from Instacart. Comparing prices from Whole Foods, Publix, and Kroger.
• Weight on it's way up. I got accepted for a trial with Weight Watchers, so I'm watching my food intake. 
• We've been trying different recipes from different kinds of blueberry scones to chocolate chip cookies to edible dough to Mexican taco soup.
• I've been working on a photo book and putting off all of my household chores to do so. It has involved the editing of eight years of photos.
• Listening to kids do school online and I'm loving the new direction my job has taken.

Lookbacks from Earlier This Year:
Jan • Feb • Mar • Apr • May • Jun • Jul • Aug • Sep

IWSG 2020 #10


September Goals
 Find a place to live.

Additional Successes
• Editing 8 years of images for a book. 
• ALL of the baking! Two types of chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, 2 types of scones
• Started Christmas shopping!
• Made a gif from old images.
• Tried Uber Eats for a fun dinner at home.
• Learned to make margaritas with top-shelf tequila. YUM!
• Tried new shampoo/conditioner/scalp lotion and face moisturizer. Pretty happy with some of my discoveries.
• Tea.
• My bro and SIL are pregnant with their third!
• Made some sales on Poshmark!

October Goals
– Print my book.
– Clean including washing sheets, cleaning the bathroom.
– Finish planning Christmas presents.

IWSG Question –– When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

That looks like someone that is paid to write a book, articles, or other types of writing. Maybe that individual wrote their piece and then was paid for their writing or maybe they were asked to write something and were paid for writing that piece.

In that sense, I am not a working writer. Recently I've barely been able to keep up with my blog, even with working from home during the pandemic. My focus has been moreso on editing images, finding new ways to make money, and cleaning my home. 

I'm not sure if I want to be a working writer. If that means being paid for writing something I've already written or plan to write, I'm ok with that. I'm worried about being asked to stick to a particular time frame or being asked to have a certain opinion or write about a topic that doesn't interest me. Given that I already have a job, I don't really have an interest in putting more time in to something that doesn't interest me or overcommitting myself.

Your Turn

Fall is certain to throw a loop for all of us with covid-19 still an issue. Halloween is the first major community-based holiday many of us will not be participating in this year. Will you be planning holiday celebrations differently this year? Because covid-19 has been around so long at this point, will it show up in your writing?

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