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Removing the Stressors, Automating Errands, and Enjoying Life (Weekend Recap)

It’s amazing what happens when you remove the stressors and just come for fun, right? Thus why I am back sooner than you expected with a weekend recap including reuniting and uniting with friends!

It’s my first post since releasing myself from the stressors of regularized posting, and I already feel better. Thank you all so much for the support and comments on my last post, and I was both surprised and not at all surprised by your response–it seems that many of us are wrestling (or wrassling, if you will) with our place in the blog world and how we want to interact with social media. I have a feeling that I am but one of many who are going to be changing things up in the near future. 

This weekend was quite different from others–because I’m living the crutch life and Alex was in DC for a conference, I had to automate my life a bit. Which was a little stressful in some ways, but ultimately made for a much more pleasant weekend for me, considering.

Automate My… Dog Walking

As you all know, Ridley is quite a handful. That is one of the things that I love and adore about her, but it also makes life rather difficult at the moment because she needs a lot of exercise, Alex works a ton, and it really isn’t safe for me to take her out on crutches, particularly being pregnant. 

When Mom was here, we made the decision to get a dog walker during the week and board her on the weekends when Alex was available (like this one). Except… we no longer have a car, and trying to get set up with a dogwalking service on no notice is next to impossible. So we are trying out Wag, an on-demand dog walking service that is basically Uber for dogs. I would love for her to have a regular dog walker, but I’ve called in too many favors with friends, and maybe it will help socialize her even more!

We have our first Wag experience today, and I will let you know how it goes (you can both do an on-demand walk as well as schedule one ahead of time). If you want to try it out, use the Promo Code SUSIE9848 and we both get free walks!

We also set up someone to pick up Ridley to take her to Day Care (we still love Urban Pooch), though we are going to have to figure something out for Thanksgiving weekend, because they aren’t running the shuttle then. 

Automate My…. Grocery Shopping

WAY back in the day, my mom used WebVan (did anyone else?) during really busy time periods, and they would deliver our groceries to us. Now there is Amazon Pantry and Peapod, but I decided to go with Instacart because I could use our usual stores and get free shipping on the first order. I needed to have a service that I knew would bring it up to me in the apartment, because I can’t carry anything that doesn’t fit into my backpack!

PS, my backpack is a UVA backpack that I found at TJ Maxx because I asked Alex if I HAD to get it, and he said yes, so I look like a kid with my jeans and backpack and crutches. And pregnant belly.

I liked that Instacard kept me up to date with the deliver and shopping, and asked my approval when items were out of stock. I could shop at multiple stores as well, which was great. Some things were more expensive, but much of our order were the same prices. And there was a pretty great sales section.

If you want to try out Instacart for yourself, use code SLEMMER1C21F3 and we both get a $10 credit!

I do not represent any of these services–I am simply telling you what we chose to go with! This is my personal experience!

Weekend Tidbits

My days are rather boring at the moment, so I’m not going to go into vast detail, but rather approach this like a Friday Catch Up Post.

1) I was super stressed about Ridley getting taken care of, and I was honestly thinking to myself, I hope they get her sooner rather than later! But as soon as she was walking away from me… cue NOOOOOO BRING ME BACK MY DOG. The apartment was MUCH too quiet without her, even though Zoe was in hog heaven. Which she made very clear by headbutting me repeatedly throughout the night, demanding attention and love. I GET IT ZOE. 

2) I have a new project thanks to a benevolent and awesome friend who happens to live across the street from us! I’m going to do some consulting and jewelry making for her company Landon Lacey Jewelry, and even though I know I said I wouldn’t do too many more reviews and such, I’ve been wanting to collab with her for a while, so there will likely be a giveaway in time for the holidays. I’m treading lightly, because I got bitten in the butt by a partnership a few years ago, but I think this is going to be a great way for me to spend my time, help myself, and help a friend. Check out her AMAZING shop! 

3) It was definitely a weekend of meeting up with people, which is helping the time pass but also just bringing me joy during a time that could otherwise be super isolating.

Friday night, I met up with Sam of Grapefruit and Granola and her fiance Rich for dinner at the Franklin Room. We have known each other for a few years now, but like many of us, never met in real life. We had the best time, catching up on all sorts of silly going on in our lives as well as trashtalking silly trends in nutrition (which is always fun). Plus, it turns out that she and Alex grew up miles from each other and went to neighboring high schools with friends in common! What a small world! 

I won’t hold the fact that she is a Hokie against her. I took my UVA backpack so that she wouldn’t get any sassy ideas 😀

Oh, and the food was delicious. I went with a simpler meal because I had been eating like a garbage human all day, but the bourbon battered Wisconsin cheese curds couldnt not be denied, and I have eyes for the WHISKEY FLIGHTS.

Saturday, I met Kelli of Hungry Hobby RD for a late brunch at D4 Irish Pub. I needed my omelet and sweet potato fries 😀 We connected last year through running coaches corner (last one that I am cohosting is this week!), and then met at Blogfest, and I was so excited to have an excuse to see her! Such a sweetheart.

We sat outside and went to town on what might be D4’s best batch of sweet potato fries ever (and if you know me, that is a STRONG statement). Also, they gave us extra cucumber chipotle aioli. Paired with a Spindthrift raspberry lime and an egg white veggie omelet, I can’t think of a better way to brunch, can you?

We were the bain of our server’s existence (being one of you, I’m sorry!) by being there forever, but it was totally worth it. 

Sunday, I had planned to meet up with another friend, but plans fell through so I got some work done before Alex got home. I’m making my rounds at the various Starbucks!

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The rest of my weekend was peppered with naps, research for my new project, making popcorn in my new microwave silicone popcorn maker, eating chocolate (so much), and coughing. I’m feeling better but Alex is feeling worse! Hopefully we will both be feeling well by the end of this week. 

Congrats to all who raced, particularly those who ran the Marine Corps Marathon! It was my first!

What is a part of your life that isn’t worth the stress, so you automate it? (I’d love to know more ways!)

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