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Merry (almost Christmas)! I’ll go ahead and say that now in case this is my only post for the month. I hope to do a year re-cap sometime in December, but at my posting rate lately, you never know…
As always, I like to start with my net worth update. In yet another month where I was crappy at tracking my budget and spending, my net worth did increase $4,639. Overall since last year my net worth increased about $60,000. Not too shabby. I won’t hit my goal of $300,000 by the end of December, but I’m still pretty proud of my progress.
I did do some spending this month, but for the most part were purchases that I’m very glad I made. First, I bought a pair of Saucony trail running shoes after I did the Terrain mud run last month. I knew I was going to be signing up for more mud/trail runs and wanted a light, durable, and grippy pair of shoes.
I wore them for a race on Thanksgiving Day without having ever tried them, which is risky, but I freaking LOVE them!
I also bought a pair of Oakley sports sunglasses. I have owned previous pairs and I love that they don’t hurt my head around my ears, are snug (because I sweat-a lot!), and you don’t see the rims of the glasses. I bought mine from Sunglass Hut for $95.00.
Lastly, I signed up for the Tough Mudder Half (it’s 5 miles, not a half marathon) in early March, which was about $87. If anyone will be in LA then or lives here and wants to join my team, here is the link.
One huge bummer was the fact that I got surprised by a six-month installment of car insurance that was due, to the tune of $490. I have been with my insurance company for over 10 years and that whole time I only paid once a year in May, and it cost around $600-ish. All of a sudden it’s nearly doubled over the year even though I have a perfect driving record AND live in a good neighborhood and have a short commute to work. I will be shopping for new car insurance.
That led me to signing up for the Xterra Series Topanga Turkey Trot trail run. I ended up going by myself, which I was fine with. The run ended up being close to 4 miles, with the first two miles being pretty much straight up hill on a single-track trail. I did have to walk some and did stop to take a few pictures, but despite that I still came in second in my age group! What!?!? I had no idea I did until they emailed us our race results.
There is another event in January, which I plan to sign up for and is pretty cheap ($35) and is a 6k. I’m really motivated to train and NOT stop for selfies, to see how I REALLY can do!
I also got in a couple of hikes this month. One was Murphy Ranch, a former Nazi sympathizer camp that’s in ruins now, where people go in and tag the buildings that are left. That hike was kind of meh.
The other hike was Los Liones trail this past weekend, which was 7.5 miles and a great workout with excellent vistas of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, and pretty much all of LA. It is also comprised mostly of a fire road, which would be a perfect place to practice more trail running. Although it’s STEEP!
Last month I also mentioned that my friend Carey sent me a free 3-month pass to Yogaworks near my house. I was excited because of a dance class I LOVE taking there. Well, they went back on their email which said I could use the pass, and said it wasn’t valid. Jerks! They kept trying to get me to buy a package or membership. Uh, no thanks! It’s super expensive!!! If I’m itching to get a dance class in I’ll just pay a one-off drop-in fee. So, back to Classpass I go.
Thanksgiving Weekend/Movies & TV
I told you a couple of things that I did already, but for the most part it was really low-key. I would do something productive/fitness-related in the morning, then come home and veg out and watch movies and TV. Here’s a list of some of the things I watched/got started watching:
- Ingrid Goes West (Good movie. Well acted. Hits close to home with our “instaculture.”)
- Girls Trip (Holy shit funny AND very raunchy. Remember the name Tiffany Haddish. She’s going places.)
- Some super cheesy movies about romance and Christmas.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV show on Amazon. Amazing! From the creators of Gilmore Girls. Love!)
- The Glass Castle (Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson are amazing. Heavy film though.)
- Godless (TV show on Netflix. Jeff Daniels is superb and scary as shit. It’s awesome though.)
- Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story (Documentary about a playboy chef who gets electrocuted and his journey after that. Great film.)
- Alex of Venice (Indie movie. Meh.)
- Getting to the Nutcracker (Documentary about what goes into a season of getting the Nutcracker together for an LA area company. I love this ballet so I enjoyed it.)
I also volunteered two Sundays in November at Dreamcatcher LA, an organization that provides equine therapy to special needs kids and other groups. My goal is to try and work there once a month. I wish it could be more, but I know I probably can’t commit to it right now.
This week I’m taking some time off work and heading up to my friend’s house in Bass Lake, which is just outside of Yosemite. I used to go up there a lot years ago when I was dating my then boyfriend, who grew up there and whose parents still live there.
What I’m looking forward to is the cooler air, the smell of alpine and real, wood-burning fires, and more hiking near and in Yosemite!
Other than that I don’t have any major plans in December. I’m hoping to get in some more hikes, do some trail running, maybe some beach volleyball, and just generally getting ready for the new year (Christmas has never been a big deal to me
and I don’t have any plans for that day). I have to start planning my goals and what I want out of 2018. A tall order!
Anyhoo, about to head out to have a beer with Waffles on Wednesday for a local FIRE meetup.
Merry Christmahanakwanzika! How was your month? Any big plans for Christmas?