Another month has come and gone and it’s time to look back. Welcome to another…
Part I. Blogging
It’s been a FANTASTIC month on Keep Your Feet! At the beginning of September, I made the following goals:
- Stick to my revamped posting schedule
- Participate in Blogging University’s Writing 101 challenge
- Follow at least five new blogs
- Comment on at least three new blogs
For the most part, I more than met these goals. Participating in Writing 101 made it easy. I couldn’t help scrolling through my classmates’ posts, seeing all the interesting ways they interpreted the daily assignments. Following and commenting came naturally and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know more of my fellow bloggers.
I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve been doing in Writing 101. Some of the posts over the past month have meant more to me than anything I’ve written in a long time. Here’s a list of my favorites, in case you missed them. I’d really appreciate if you checked them out and would love to hear your responses!
I freely admit that I’ve fudged my posting schedule… AGAIN. But coming up with features on top of daily assignments is a tall order. I don’t feel bad for not meeting it. Last weekend, though, I pulled together several new On the Shelf reviews of books I’ve been reading lately. Those will be posted over the next few weeks.
As for my attempts to blog about life on an apple orchard… I’m pretty sure that feature is never going to happen. I work 50+ hours a week at the orchard and, when I’m off duty, don’t want to write about it.
Part II. Books
September was an unusually slow reading month. I attribute this to the fact that I spent most of my time in non-fiction, which is a bit uncharacteristic. This was supplemented by listening to the Harry Potter books on audiobook for the second time in three months. No regrets there!
The main books I have read include:
- Live, Love, Lead by Brian Houston
- Love Does by Bob Geoff
- Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
- Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
I plan doing informal reviews on Gay, Sanderson, and Geoff’s books in the upcoming weeks. Keep an eye out for those!
Part III. Life
This month was BUSY, to say the least! My family’s apple orchard opened on September 3 and, ever since, we’ve all become workaholics. I’m at the orchard six days a week. Some days, I only have to be over there for a few hours. Others, especially when we’re gearing up for a busy weekend, I pull multiple 10-hour-days in a row. On Saturday night, after working in the store handling an endless stream of customers and transactions, my parents and I go to a local bar for burgers, beer (or, in my case, hard cider), and a rest from toil.
Nevertheless, I have been doing fun things! With friends in my area, I’ve had a steady stream of movie marathons, bonfires, and girls nights. I’ve been to my local Applebee’s more times in the past month than I have in my entire life. A few weeks ago, I met up with one of my study abroad friends who recently moved to Minneapolis. We went to see Ivan & Alyosha and Noah Gundersen. My older brother and I also went to a Twins baseball game, which was a blast. I also went to the Renaissance Festival with an old roommate. I haven’t been since high school and loved it! It was so fun exploring the different vendors and watching the jousting.
On the job front, I have a possible job opportunity when orchard season ends! Nothing is official, but once my resume is approved, I’ll have a part-time job from mid-October through early January. I’ll tell you all about what the job is once it’s official. It’s perfect because it’s a job I’m very much interested in, but am hesitant to make a full 2-year commitment. I love my home community, but don’t really want to put down roots and stay here. If things work out, I’ll gain professional experience, have a source of income for the next few months, and still have wiggle-room to figure out where the next big adventure lies.
October Blogging Goals:
- Comment on 3 blogs per week
- Post at least 3 times per week
- Clean up and revamp menus and pages
- Continue using Writing 101 assignments as inspiration for non-feature posts
Photos From This Month:
Ivan & Alyosha
Our kittens are growing up and becoming more adorable every day!
My family’s apple orchard, taken at sunset last Saturday.
Jousting at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival
At the concert with Maddie