I know. If we’re going to get technical, fall won’t be here for a few more weeks yet. But anything post-Labor Day feels fall-ish and since it’s my favorite season, I’m getting started on it a little early. Said the lady who starts playing Christmas music as soon as the kids get home from trick-or-treating.
As the weather gets cooler and our activities get busier, we’ll be eating more slow cooker meals with their accompanying sauces and things. I’ve said it before, but this method of cooking brown rice leads to a perfect pot. Every. Time. I’m still recovering from 15 years of crunchy rice and reveling in this.
My daughter is well into multiplication and division problems but needs a refresher memorizing her times tables. We’ve been using the Invasion of the Moon Monkeys iPad app to practice. We also like Math Dice, which allows me to help her without just drilling her with flash cards. We either roll the dice, multiply the two numbers and race to shout the answer, or time her to see how many times she can roll and get the correct answer in five minutes.
I read The Rosie Project last spring and recommended it to my mom this summer. She laughed out loud, and read back to me vast portions of it and I re-remembered just how hilariously funny it was. It’s what might happen if Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory set out to find himself a wife.
My son asked, kindly and lovingly, if I’d stop knitting him sweaters and make him a blanket instead. He wanted gray and teal, the colors of the San Jose Sharks. I think we’ve got a good thing going with The Great North American Afghan. I’m using about five different colors — including plenty of gray and teal — and I think it will be classy without being overwhelming.
I’m also trying to be healthy(ish) this fall, and while I wouldn’t say I’m on a diet, I am trying to exercise and be aware of calories. If I’m trying to decide between two things for dinner, and one of those things is 400 calories more than the other, why not go with the lesser, yes? To that end, I’ve been using the MyFitnessPal app. It gives me a calorie budget for the day and lets me subtract them as I eat. And it links to MapMyRun so if I exercise, it automatically adjusts for burning those calories as well. It will show me the percentages of carbs, fat, and protein I consume each day so it’s a good way to see what I’m putting in my body.
Speaking of which, it may only be two days into September, but I’ve already made way too many cups of this hot chocolate. I can’t help it.
And finally, to keep from being the mom who always drops her kids off while wearing yoga pants, I’ve been binge-watching What Not To Wear on Netflix…because while fashions may change, the style rules of Stacy and Clinton are pretty classic. I predict my fashion awareness will last until the first snowfall, at which point I will revert to polar fleece and Uggs until spring, like a hibernating bear.
What are you loving this fall?
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