Happy Friday, folks! It has been a long week, for more reasons than one – am I right? On top of all the election stress, I also battled a light case of the flu for most of the week so I’m feeling super behind on everything. For hardly ever being sick, I seem to get sick at the most inopportune times! As a result, I put together a top 5 to-do list for November. I know that we already are into the second weekend of the month, but it’s never too late to put together a to-do list in my opinion. I need all the help that I can get to wrap my head around what needs to be accomplished in the next few weeks!
| Plan and carryout all our Thanksgiving hosting duties. It has been quite a few years since I last hosted Thanksgiving, and that was back in mine and Ryan’s little Iowa row home when I had basically zero kitchen skills. So, I feel like this is my “real” first time as a Thanksgiving host, and there’s a lot to do! Menu planning, shopping, tabletop decor, etc. I know I’ll get it together, but sheesh – I’m overwhelmed right now.
| Finish all our open house projects. I know that you’re all probably sick of hearing about our house projects, but that’s the biggest activity happening over here lately. The half bathroom, sitting room, dining room … that’s half of our downstairs, so we have to get going! Luckily at this point, a lot of what has to be finished is minor details and decor.
| Get into the holiday spirit. This seems silly to put on a to-do list, but I’m afraid that if I don’t that I won’t enjoy any of it! I’ve had a little taste of Christmas already since we took advantage of the nice weather and put up our outdoor lights yesterday. (Don’t worry – we don’t actually turn anything on until Dec. 1!) We already ordered and received our holiday cards, so now I just have to address those to have ready to mail after Thanksgiving. I also want to get a head start on gift shopping and wrapping.
| Plan and book our next vacation. Because of Ryan’s line of work and the schedule that he carries, he has to request his week-long vacations almost a year in advance. And then, we have to wait for it to get approved before we can move forward with booking anything. My fingers are crossed that we will know before Thanksgiving if his time off is approved so we can go ahead with our plans. I plan to talk about our travels in a separate post, but we hope to head somewhere warm the end of February.
| Reevaluate blog content and design. This has been on my mind for a while because man oh man – have I been riding the struggle bus with this space. It’s not even that I have a shortage of ideas, but rather I seem to lose the motivation to execute those ideas. I also have been questioning myself as to what direction the blog is going and/or where I want to take it. Part of that is because I self-admittedly have fallen into the comparison hole, and I need to pull myself out of it. But, it never hurts to take a step back and see what is and isn’t working.
I know this isn’t the most exciting post today, but maybe my top 5 to-do list for November also helped you put a few items down on paper that you’d like to accomplish this month, too! The weekend couldn’t be here at a better time, so I hope that you all are able to take a small break and hit the refresh button.
See you next week!
Psst … in case you missed this week’s posts, check out Fall Date Night and Stella & Dot Holiday 2016 Wish List. You might also like Top 10 Fall To-Do’s.