Lifestyle, Months in Retrospect

October in Retrospect

*blinks furiously at the passing of time* I just wrote September in Retrospect. How did this happen.

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For all of the things I wanted to do this month (from carving pumpkins to getting started on my Christmas shopping to surpassing 200 blog followers), October was so not productive. But that’s okay! It was still a mostly great month.


  • Read a few books
  • Went to a kids’ Halloween party
  • Saw Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood live
  • Raised over $400 for Puerto Rico
  • Went for a 6-mile walk
  • (Not great, but…) my great gramps passed away

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We had some highs and lows this month.

My mom and I spent a morning seeing a movie (The Mountain Between Us) and getting lunch, which was lovely; we don’t get a lot of one-on-one time, so I think we both savored that day together. I babysat my youngest brother (Macen, 8) that same day, and we had a blast! We went to Target for some craft paper, then Taco Bell for dinner, and then back to my apartment to make cootie catchers.

My aunt’s birthday was… not great. We were going to have a “girls dinner”, the two of us and my granny. However, my great gramps fell that morning, and then he passed away the next night. From bad to worst. There was then a lot of time spent with distant family members — as you do for funerals — and a lot of emotional exhaustion.

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As you can imagine, my mental health wasn’t so great at certain points of this month. I would say that I was more at the “apathetic” end of the spectrum, though, which is a bit better than feeling wildly out of control of my emotions. A new side effect that I was dealing with was a low sex drive. So. That was great. I’m feeling a bit better/back to “normal” now, but I’m seriously not a fan of that particular (lack of) feeling.

Jonny, it should be noted, is the absolute best person and partner in the world. While it’s hard to talk about mental health (easier to write, easier still to write about it in hindsight), he makes it a bit easier to open up and share. Whenever I share something about mental health on the blog, it’s usually after I’ve talked it out with Jonny. He’s patient and understanding, and I am the luckiest wife in the universe.


As you all know, I’ve been reading a lot about unsolved murders and listening to a few spooky podcasts. But I’ve also been reading and watching shows.

My current reads are Brooding YA Hero and The Crimson Petal and the White; you can see sort of “live blogging” thoughts on both over on Goodreads. I’ve been on a little bit of a reading hiatus (for the past week) because I’ve been busy watching shows and writing blog posts — gotta go with the inspiration when it strikes, you know?

As for shows, I’m currently on season one of Parenthood and season three of New Girl. I watch these when I’m on my own while Jonny’s at work. When Jonny and I are home together, we’re watching The Office (season two) and The Borgias (season three).

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October was a fabulous month for autumnal and mental health blog posts. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorites. Be sure to check them out!


  • Surpass 200 followers on the blog. (So close!)
  • Start my Christmas shopping. (For real. This was supposed to start by now, but I’m obviously way behind. I’ve started gift idea lists, though! I just need the items to be approved by Jonny, and then all of the kids will be done.)
  • Send Christmas cards by the end of the month. Send me some Etsy shops!
  • Make and freeze some hearty soups/stews. (To be fair, it was hot all through October, so soups weren’t the best idea.)
  • Stockpile more posts for Blogmas. IT’S COMING. Do y’all have anything you want to see me write for Blogmas? I could use some pointers/prompts. πŸ™‚

Tell me about your October! Did you celebrate Halloween? Did you dress up? What are you planning on doing in November? I like recommendations of all kinds, so hit me up with: podcasts, Blogmas post ideas, blogger tags, your social media links, books, acoustic artists, other blogs, etc.

Happy November 1st!


You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. πŸ’—
NEW: I have a Ko-fi account! I would super appreciate any donations toward
my chai lattes, Jonny’s chocolates, Ella’s cat toys, and Alfred’s crickets. πŸ’‘πŸ±πŸΈ

14 thoughts on “October in Retrospect”

  1. We’re nearly half way through November at this point. Ii don’t know where the time is going bit it’s certainly running there. Loved this post and I don’t want to sound like a broken record anymore but hopefully November is going better than you have planned and that you started your christmas shopping. i know I haven’t haha

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    1. Thank you! ❀ I've actually… mostly finished… my shopping… (I say tentatively because I'm terrified I'll suddenly remember 10 people I need to buy for, haha.) As it is, I only have Jonny left. πŸ™‚ Get started! I did all of mine online in about two days haha

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  2. Oh Kaiya, I’m so sorry! I didn’t dress up–I was ill this year, but loved seeing all the lil trick and treaters! Also, I’m def checking out your podcast recs–I’ve been meaning to start listening to some!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. ❀ I'm sorry you weren't well! That was me last year. 😦 I hope you enjoy the podcasts! I'm nearly finished with the first season of We're Alive, and I'm hooked. (Still cringing over dialogue, tbh, but the action has me on the edge of my seat.)

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  3. Kaiya, I am so sorry for your loss =(
    As far as blogmas goes; honestly, I love the classics. Christmas wish lists, decor, favorite x mas movies, your unique holiday rituals etc.
    200 followers! YES!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Tiara. ❀

      I'm going to write those all down and use them. Blogmas is 300% terrifying and intimidating, but I'm going to give it a shot. It's what I'll focus my writing on this month instead of NaNoWriMo.

      And GIRL PLEASE. How many are you at now? 300k? πŸ˜‚ But thank you. ❀ I appreciate your support. xxx


    1. Thank you much! πŸ™‚ I like to keep track of things, even if I end up not quite reaching the goals.

      Go ahead and “steal” it! Outlining goals for the month is something I see on a lot of blogs, to be honest, so the credit isn’t mine.

      Happy reading! πŸ™‚ xxx

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  4. Kaiya! This was an excellent post. I, too, am shocked October is already over. Also, I really appreciate you linking to one of my posts. I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ˜€ I feel you on not having Christmas shopping started yet – I was cocky and thought I’d have had it done by now but I’m really determined to have it done this month haha! I know you’ll definitely reach 200 followers this month because of the amazing content you post!

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    1. :’) Thanks, Haylie! After freaking out about how NOT done I was with Christmas shopping… I finished half of it today! πŸ˜€ And I’m hoping to pick up some Christmas cards on my way home from work. Fingers crossed I keep up this level of productivity. ❀ And thank you for saying nice things about my blog. 😍 ❀


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