November 2022 goals

1 November 2022

I am particularly excited about my plans for this Friday. In truly original fashion, I’m calling it Christmas Friday, and here’s how it’s going to go: I’m going to put on Christmas music, and then I’m going to do all the Christmas prep possible in six hours. An incomplete list: gift planning and buying, ordering Christmas cards, designing our Christmas newsletter, figuring out Christmas Eve outfits, filling out gift info for both sides of the family, making our end-of-year dinner reservation, looking up holiday dates and making sure they’re on our calendar, and reading through the family Advent devotional we’re planning to use. In previous years, I’ve sprinkled these tasks over many evenings and weekends; this year, I’m grateful to get a jump start on a very festive Friday.

Here’s what else is on the docket this month!

On my calendar this month:
— Voting. I have never voted a straight ticket in my life, so researching the candidates and issues is so important (and truly a privilege).
— Thanksgiving with the Thomas side of the family! Planning to make the pumpkin pie from our favorite kids baking book.
— Beginning my 2023 PowerSheets. I chose Bluebird!

What I’m loving right now:
— Have you ever shopped the flash sale site Zulily? I most often snag Boden and Joules pieces, but saw they have a great book offer right now! I grabbed the Penderwick boxed set for June and a cousin but they have LOTS of our favorites – Sophie Mouse, Critter Club, Magic Tree House, Little House on the Prairie. A great chance to snag some early Christmas gifts!
— I know Halloween is over, but we can still have pumpkin things, right? These pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes are SO good. So moist, so fluffy! I doubled the recipe and it made a huge batch that we’ve been pulling out of the freezer for school mornings.
This song has captivated my whole family’s heart. Reading the lyrics makes me teary every time, as does belting it out in the car.

As a reminder, you can find alllll the things I’ve loved over the last few years neatly organized right here!

What I read in October:
Crossing to Safety | Finished it! Again, this book felt categorically different than most modern novels. Published in 1987 by a writer and English professor with characters who are writers and English professors, it felt literary from top to bottom – but it was still an engaging story of friendship over many decades.
Skincare | Caroline is apparently a big deal online, though this book was my introduction to her. I learned some new things, especially about the order to apply products, and though I very much skimmed, I enjoyed her fun and irreverent vibe.
The Rose Code | I put this book on hold at my library in January when I put it on my 2022 reading list, and I was number 600-something. Well, 8 months later, it showed up on the holds shelf and friends, it was worth the wait! It was a great example of a very popular genre: World War II stories centered around women – this time the code breakers at Bletchley Park. If you loved The Nightingale, you’ll love this one!

My reading list for 2022, if you’d like to follow along! I’ve completed 12 / 24.

Revisiting my October goals:
Organize our garage (I made some progress, but there’s more to do! Most significantly I took a load to the dump with some old paint, a pallet, and a broken trike, which made a dent in clearing things out.)
Sew the Christmas tree for my Advent calendar (I made great progress!! I sewed all the sequins around the edge of the tree, which was painstaking but a huge win to complete.)
Join Ben’s October challenge for a little Peloton pick-me-up (Ugh. The flu and travel totally derailed this.)
Send care packages to our college babysitters (Yes! Such a joy.)
Finish final kitchen details once work is complete (Everything is back in cabinets and feels great, and I narrowed down a rug for the kitchen, artwork for the bathroom, and a dining room light fixture to pull the trigger on BFCM. Want to vote on a rug? Pick from the Cambria, Serina, or Sarrah!)
Edit Sheptember, Volume 4 (No progress… moving to next month!)
Create our family Halloween costumes (Yes! At the beginning of the month we were on a Beauty & the Beast track, but pivoted halfway through when it began to feel overwhelming. I loved where we ended up, as seen above :))

November goals:
— Sew the tree onto the backing for my Advent calendar
— Finish organizing the garage
— Edit Sheptember, Volume 4
— Complete Christmas Friday!
— Cull and organize six months of my 2021 photos
— Order final kitchen details on BFCM and stick a fork in this project!!

As a reminder, many of these are drawn from my 2022 goals!

Feel free to leave your rug opinion or chat about anything else on your mind! Happy November!

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November 1, 2022 6:45 am

I vote for Serina! Crossing to Safety is in my top 10 favorite novels, and Stegner’s Angle of Repose is also on that list–I recommend it! A belated thank you for your recommendation in a past post on the mattress protector pad-it has been a lifesaver.

November 1, 2022 8:20 am

Christmas Friday is GENIUS! I’m going to see where I can fit in a half day of vacation and devote it completely to Christmas prep. It’s always so nice to go into December with minimal holiday prep items on my list!

November 1, 2022 9:14 am

Christmas Friday May sound simple, but it’s brilliant! I will definitely be borrowing that idea for this year. I’ve already ordered our Christmas cards, but have other holiday-related tasks that are partially started or not at all. Thanks for the inspiration (as always), Emily!
PS: no surprise that my vote is for the Sarrah rug!

November 1, 2022 12:21 pm

Intrigued by Christmas Friday! And yes to more pumpkin foods! I just made pumpkin scones yesterday to put in the freezer. And my kids eat the well plated pumpkin almond flour muffins for breakfast year-round. My November goals include completing both the church membership class and Colossians bible study that I’m a part of, several friend get-togethers, host Thanksgiving for 15-20 ppl, find a new therapist, choose and buy Christmas pjs before they’re out of my kids’ sizes!

November 1, 2022 12:32 pm

Serina! And to echo everyone else, Christmas Friday does sound amazing.

November 1, 2022 5:02 pm

Christmas Friday is a game changing concept to me. I have been brainstorming Christmas stuff already since I did not do much for Halloween and I don’t want this year’s Christmas to feel like last year’s. But since it is a new house, I have no idea how I am going to decorate it or what decorations I no longer need, so that will be decided in December, but the rest of it, the presents, advent things, and cards, etc is already in process. Other things on my list for the month is to declutter toys and declutter sentimental items. I also want to move the rest of our moving boxes into the house from the garage since I don’t think the heat is doing anything good to my books and so my husband can get his car in the garage.

November 2, 2022 11:06 am

Love the idea of one dedicated Christmas prep day! I might try that out myself :)
As for the rug: I vote Sarrah. But you can’t go wrong with any of them, I think.

November 2, 2022 8:05 pm

Ummm Christmas Friday is genius! I am borrowing this idea, and going to do it this Friday with the 3 hours I have while my son is at preschool. I am excited to have it all done and enjoy December and all the magic it brings.

November 2, 2022 8:07 pm
Reply to  Hollie

I vote for the Serina rug

November 3, 2022 9:01 pm

I love the old world, lived in vibes the Sarrah gives!

November 4, 2022 10:45 am

I love all the rugs, but Cambria is my favorite!

November 9, 2022 3:26 pm

Do you mind sharing what advent devotional you will be using? My kids are about the same age as your kids and I curious to which devotional you are using!