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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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  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Yay for automating and taking off the stress! I was huge on Prime Pantry and Prime (and sometimes iherb and a free trial of thrive) in Chicago. I could totally do with those here, but shipping costs are stupid. I’m a little jealous of your foodie dates, but one day in the future I will be back and we will dine together again. Tell Alex to follow your lead and GET BETTER.

    October 23, 2017 at 5:37 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    All your food this weekend looks very tasty. I say go ahead and enjoy it. Besides you are eating for two:)

    October 23, 2017 at 5:54 am
  • Reply Christina @

    Your jewelry project sounds so fun, can’t wait to hear more about it!

    October 23, 2017 at 6:13 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    We’ve also used a kennel is Glenview for longer boarding. They are booked for Thanksgiving but having a huge new facility in Grayslake and have their own shuttle for the dogs. Like Urban Pooch, you can pay for daytime socializing and then each dog has a private room at night.

    October 23, 2017 at 6:24 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    The dog walking service sounds awesome, hope it works out well!

    October 23, 2017 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Emily

    I’m so glad you found a way to remove some stressors; a dog walker must be a HUGE blessing. I wish I could come and help take Ridley for walks; I love walking our dogs, and it would be so fun to be able to relieve that burden from someone who has a really busy life! I’m glad also that you got to do some friend dates; those are really amazing fulfilling things that we need in our lives. God made us to need that human fellowship.

    October 23, 2017 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    My sister started out as a dog walker about 10 years ago and now has 2 thriving dog boarding/pet spa/doggie day care businesses here in DC. It’s crazy how many people use these services hope it really helps you too.

    October 23, 2017 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Sara

    I’m glad you’re automating things! Take care of yourself! I ordered a necklace from the etsy shop when you posted it on Facebook. Can’t wait for it to arrive!

    October 23, 2017 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Cora

    Uber for Dogs. How am I not surprised…?

    Suz! Taking on that jewelry position is so awesome!! What a wonderful way for you to use your hands and be creative! I hope you enjoy it.

    Friend meet ups and good eats. I’m so happy you are the professional at this. I just wish I could be one of those people near enough to you!

    October 23, 2017 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Ahhhh I totally know what you mean about removing stressors and getting the fun back! Lemme think how I automate stressors… I think I just cut them out. HA! Plug my ears and say la la la la la. Nobody will starve. I’m sure there’s toast somewhere.

    October 23, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    What a wonderful surprise to see that you had a new posting up this morning!!
    I didn’t expect that at all, and I just stopped right then and read it! There is something about being able to just do something on the spur of the moment without a schedule that makes it so much fun.

    I miss Webvan. That wonderful “totally new way of shopping” service brought our family a full year of eating fresh foods, and all the benefits of grocery shopping without the actual shopping. I was still working full time, so I set up my deliveries for 6:30 am so I could unpack and put away everything before I left for work and you and Chris left for school.
    To-your-door delivery services were limited to pizza delivery…….unless you lived in New York. Amazon was just starting then and it was mainly only books and videos.
    Today, we can get almost anything we want delivered right to our doors. Uber in any form is a godsend, and an “uber” for pets…..I would have loved to have had that back in the day.
    I looked through your links to Wag and also Landon Lacey’s jewelry site. Now, there is a place I could really get into trouble!


    October 23, 2017 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Aww so excited you got to catch up with Kelli and that you’re getting some things figured out!

    October 23, 2017 at 10:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So jealous that you get to see her so much!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Aww, Ridley. I know exactly what you mean – the few times I’m in the apartment without Jea, I’m like “SOMETHING’S WRONG IT’S TOO QUIET WHERE’S MY DOG!?” I’m glad you had such a good weekend – those cheese curds look INSANE. And the jewelry adventure sounds fun 🙂 As far as automating things, I automate all of our bills, which, if you can swing, I highly recommend. One less thing to worry about!

    October 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES to that. I don’t need to know or remember how much I have spent, anyway… lol

      November 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Dude that waiter was soooooooooooo annoyed but it was so good to see you! And yes best sweet potato fries EVER!

    October 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      HE CAN DEAL. I’m busy with those fries and you.

      November 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I’ve loved having my groceries delivered for the past year or so. It saves so much time and avoids the hassle of having to deal with the grocery store crowds!

    October 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply San

    Oh, automating some things that you can’t easily do on your own right now (like dog-walking and grocery shopping) is brilliant! I am glad you’re doing this for yourself…

    Also, I am so happy about all the girl time you got over the weekend. Aren’t those the best times 🙂

    October 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so great. I’d missed it since I’ve not been at work!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athelte

    I hope the new arrangement with Riddles works out, boo! It sounds like it will really be a great thing for everyone.:) Same goes for the FUN BLOGGING! <3 LOVE YOU!

    October 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      FUN BLOGGING FOR THE WIN love you back

      November 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Glad you are feeling better! Friends, naps, popcorn, and chocolate are pretty much always good medicine.

    October 24, 2017 at 12:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Living the dream right there lol

      November 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Dude. They have Uber like things for everything now! How long til they get an Uber like dishwashing service?!

    Hopefully both you and Alex are back to feeling 100% soon!

    October 24, 2017 at 4:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What about an uber for trash and recycling?

      November 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Hungry Runner

    Automating dog walking and groceries sounds like an amazing idea! I’m not a fan of grocery shopping really, but I don’t really have an excuse not to do it on my own. And I definitely don’t have any excuses to not walk Bailey, but working from home with her on days when she’s super crazy I definitely have wished for someone to come take her for a few hours! I would cry when she leaves though too 😛 If I had to choose one thing to automate though, it would be cleaning the apartment. I am type A when it comes to having everything neat and clean, but hate spending time doing it haha! Can’t wait to hear more about your new jewelry project!

    October 24, 2017 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      November 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply

    We use a cat sitting service called “Candyfloss Cats” when we are away. They look after Begbie. It was too time consuming to take Begbie to the cattery. The cat sitting service is great and Begbie so prefers being spoiled by those nice people from Candyfloss cats for a couple of hours each day we are away rather than a cattery. I know what you mean about the blogging thing. Its a crowded space out there and I often think my time could be better spent in a part time job! Take care and I say AUTOMATE EVERYTHING by the way!

    October 24, 2017 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Best name ever? Zoe would never put up with leaving our apartment. She shat herself when we moved her…

      November 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I’m glad you are able to automate grocery shopping and dog walking! That really must make a huge difference. If I had to automate something, I would hire a cleaning person to come once per month and deep clean everything. That would be wonderful. Ryan and I have talked about actually doing that once we have kids or a bigger place!

    October 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it. I’ve done it before and it is EVERYTHING

      November 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Kat

    No lie, I’ve actually considered signing up to be a WAG walker, just to get me out of the house for a few hours during the week! I sit on my butt too much for work and since I work from home I can become a total hermit. What’s better than getting out in the sunshine and spending time with some pups??!!

    October 25, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should do it. You would LOVE it.

      November 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    So many people do the grocery delivery thing. I can’t do it. I just love grocery shopping. Seriously, when I walk into a grocery store I get excited like a kid at a friggin’ candy store or Disney land. HAHAHA! I am going to the grocery store today too and I am all hyped up like a weirdo! 😉

    October 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I miss grocery shopping. I think that is why I keep going to salad bars. It is as close as I get right now!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Sounds like a good weekend. I’m glad you found some things to automate especially considering you can’t get around right now. I wish I was closer I’d take Ridley to play with Makena for you.

    October 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg Makena and Ridley would have the BEST time. They might actually succeed in wearing each other out! Do we dare believe?

      November 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

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