October 31, 2014

October in Review

-McKinney girls night out with Shannon, Megan, and Jennifer: dinner & drinks at Cafe Malaga, chocolate pie at Emporium Pies, and shopping/people-watching on the square
-State Fair trip with my parents (via Dart Light Rail) for people-watching, animal-watching, and lots of good food: 2 corny dogs, fried Cuban roll, french fries, 2 funnel cake ale beers (with powdered sugar rims), grilled corn, fried sriracha balls, and fried biscuits and gravy!
-League of Women Voters workshop from Junior League, volunteering at the American Girl Fashion show again, and All the Light we Cannot See at book club
-Lots of busy work things (getting Google-certified, book fair, purchasing season), and started my birthday challenge for next year - giving 35 ways, in time or money before I turn 35
-Trick-or-treating with the Motts and Seilings in Shandy's perfect fun-for-kids neighborhood

Around Downtown Challenge
-Cafe Malaga
-El Juarez
-And repeats to The Pub, Churchill's, and Emporium Pies - we had fun this month!

Around the House
-Finally completed the professional porch repair - Carlos from Home Renovators pulled up the old porch (revealing a round concrete porch below), replaced the boards with properly pressure-treated slats, replaced the moldings, added new trim, created new lattice work under the porch, and painted everything - whew!
-New stained glass panels from the ORLY market - two for the den and one for our bedroom
-Bought one large and one medium square planter for the front porch


October 11, 2014

The Next Birthday Challenge - Giving 35

I love a bucket list, so as a personal challenge I'm going to give to the community 35 ways before I turn 35 next September.

Either in $35 increments or time spend directly impacting the community (so I'm not counting internal volunteering with Junior League or work). For the rest of my 34th year, I'm on alert for extra ways to give. Can't wait!

Giving 35, in time or money....
  1. September 18 - $35 to North Texas Giving Day
  2. October 11 - $35 to 5th grade Camp Jolt trip fund
October 16 - Get Out the Vote with Collin County League of Women Voters
October 26 - American Girl Fashion Show
October 28 - Book Fair Night
December 2 - McClure Caroling
Clean-up my neighborhood parks and trails
Donate to my sorority
Donate to my colleges
Donate to school PTO fundraisers