Welcome September

Can you believe we’ve reached Month 9 of 2022?

Wishing you all the best as summer fades away and fall begins to creep back into our lives. We get the pleasure of enjoying ALL the seasons here as residents of the PNW but won’t see the glorious changes of our surroundings for another month or so. In the interim, I appreciate seeing school supplies highlighted in every store and life settling back into a routine. As much as I prefer no time constraints and quality time spent with the people I love most in this world, there’s something safe and comforting about the redundancy fall inevitably brings.

Soak this first day of September in. The last quarter of the year. The end of one chapter and start of a new, if you will.

XOXO, Katie 💛

P.S. I know SO many people with September (and October) birthdays so Happy Birthday to all the Virgo’s ♍️ and Libra’s ♎️ in my life!

Current Obsessions

Taking Care of Health Concerns, Physical and Mental

September will be a busy month for my health. I got my City insurance benes so I have a lot of putting off to catch up on. I had insurance through my husband but knowing that I would soon reap the rewards of having benefits through my work I just waited on things.

I already got back to the dentist (I hadn’t been since December, yikes!)

I started back in therapy (although that has nothing to do with my health benefits).

My vision has gotten a lot worse over the last couple years. It seems like things changed for the worse during the pandemic when I was home more and subsequently on my phone and watching tv more too. I’ve always needed vision correction so maybe it’s age. Either way, that is on the agenda for September. Plus, my glasses are so old now. They’re cute but I need a different shape. It’s possible it will be recommended I wear correction more often in which case maybe I’ll go back to contacts. I wore contacts years ago. High school probably, likely earlier than that even. Remember all the different colored lenses you could get? I tried all the options. Can you still get those?

Anyway…

The biggie (well, besides the therapy thing, that’s a pretty important one for me) is that I also have some health stuff that I won’t go into detail about but some issues that need some exploration and likely will require surgery so I’m going to start tackling that unpleasantness this coming month as well.

Reality TV

Always and forever!

I’ve been a reality TV lover since the Real World on MTV. I remember being little and wanting to be on it when I was older. I still try to watch The Challenge series but there are so many seasons, 1 after the other and now they’ve included people into the competition that aren’t former Real World or Road Rules crew. It’s hard to keep up.

I feel confident in saying that the whole Real World, Road Rules, Challenge franchises is one of the best in TV history.

My all time favorite reality show is the Real Housewives franchise. Bravo series in general almost always reel me in! I love watching most of the Housewives although it’s impossible to watch them all, similar to the Challenge seasons I was referring to above. There are just too many!

I’m almost ashamed to admit that I have yet to really get into the Atlanta ladies. I’ve watched here and there and kept up somewhat but I really need to make the time one of these days to commit to watching the whole series. I know it’s one of the most successful of the franchises and that I’m missing out.

I just got done rewatching old New York episodes. The Bethenny years are really the only ones that are worth watching in my opinion. I watched Season 7 when she returns after a 3 year hiatus. This is the “Be Cool, Don’t Be All Uncool” season and arguably one of the greatest seasons of all Housewives ever.

It makes me happy to watch the old New Jersey episodes during the Caroline and Jacqueline years. From Season 3 on probably, after Melissa and Joe arrived. I think New Jersey is the only one that I could rewatch every season. Except maybe the one with the twins. They were on the season that Teresa was in jail. Then again, it has been so long and I don’t have a clear memory of it so who am I kidding, I could probably rewatch that season too! One of the reasons I love New Jersey is, well actually two come to mind. One is that they film during the holidays. Old episodes would film DURING Christmas and I love the traditions they showcased and the family element during that time of year. The other is that they showcase the family drama and dysfunction. Other series don’t show that as in your face as they do, with your own flesh and blood. I can relate to toxic family drama so I guess it’s kind of nice to see it in action and feel better about my own stuff. Ha!

Salt Lake City was a winner from Day 1 for me too.

My child

Always and forever!

There’s nothing to really even explain or go into detail about, is there? He is my current obsession and will be an obsession of mine every day for the rest of my life for no reason at all! OH but I will share a quick little clip I snagged of him this weekend. One of his own obsessions is the Peanuts franchise. Snoopy, Charlie Brown, all of that. They have multiple series on Apple TV+ that he likes to watch. I, myself, have gotten obsessed with the idea of making him a Peanuts-themed 4th birthday party in January. Anyway, he learned how to say “Good Grief Sally.” I personally think it’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen but I’m impartial!

Podcasts

In the mornings when I get ready for work is when I’m able to get the most podcast time in. I enjoy many podcasts but keeping with the positive theme of this blog post I will share with you my favorite comedy podcasts. I have 3 go-tos:

SmartLess hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett. They have on a plethora of different kinds of guests. Between the 3 of them they seem to know everyone.

Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade. These guys focus a lot on SNL and I believe most, maybe all, of their guests are from SNL over the years as well.

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend. He is ridiculous and also has on a plethora of different kinds of guests. He seems to know everyone also but for very different reasons than the guys from SmartLess, obviously.

There is never a dull moment when you listen to these guys. These podcast choices aren’t a focused listen. If you enjoy listening for the ease of it and for the purpose of making you laugh than you will want to check them out!


What are you obsessing about right now? Any reality TV or funny podcasts I am missing out on?

Until the next one,

💛 Katie