You’ve been hearing me gear up for November for a few months now, and we’ve finally made it through busy season!! Now, everything is on a wonderful downhill slide to the holidays, and I feel a lot of rest, relaxation, and reading coming on! Before I share all the crazy things about my life that have been keeping me from my TBR pile, let’s review what books we’ve discussed this month:

  1. There There by Tommy Orange
  2. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray
  3. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  4. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  5. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
  6. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  7. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  8. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  9. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  10. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  11. Honeybee by Trista Mateer


Like I’ve said before, these were all read ahead of time, because I knew I’d be all over the place and have enough on my plate with my day job! But, speaking of that, I thought I’d give you all a glimpse into what I call “busy season”.

My day job is at an equine association that focuses on the sport of “dressage”, which in layman’s terms is often referred to as horse ballet. In the sport, dressage is defined as:

“the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance.”

Most of the year, my job is pretty routine as I assist in the daily operations of the office and help plan the annual convention. However, starting around August / September, things really start getting hammered together for the two biggest events of the year- the U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, and the Adequan®/ USDF Annual Convention- the latter of which I have a lot of responsibility in making sure it goes successfully. Every November, these two events have all staff bustling. There’s deadlines to be met, marketing items to be printed, bags to be stuffed, boxes to be shipped, etc.



Then, when everything comes together, there’s the actual events to run, where all staff hands are on deck.



In between these events are two weekends- one of which my family is wrapping up their traditional annual hunting trip (and of which, I got two beautiful (though chilly!) days to hunt with my dad and siblings. It was a very successful hunt, and everyone is going home with venison in the freezer.


The second weekend was the Thanksgiving holiday-  which this year included gearing up for the trip to SLC, and pet-sitting two of my favorite fur-kids!


(Ladies and gents, meet Lacey and Duke!)

In between all that, I managed to sneak in a VIP night at Joseph Beth Bookstore with two of my book club buddies, and finally wrapped up my little library project (a Thought Piece to come on that!)


Currently, I’m getting situated in Salt Lake City for the last event. I’m really excited, nervous, and slightly agape at seeing the Rocky Mountains again!

As you can see, November has been hectic, but despite all the chaos, I love getting to experience all these things, and getting to share them with you all. Thank you for being so patient with me, and I can’t wait to really nestle into some good books over the winter with you all!