Fun Errands on a Fall Day

On Friday evening, I headed over to my sister’s house to watch my nieces while Andrea and her husband attended an event.

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We made popcorn, watched a movie, and then they went down for the night. I took advantage of the easy babysitting job and took a nap on their couch — pregnancy wears you out, that’s for sure!

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The next morning, my small group met virtually to discuss our reading from the week. I read this book earlier this year and didn’t get much out of it, but felt like rereading it during this season of life has been just what I needed. Our group meets virtually once per month and then we meet in person once as well. We chatted about feeling overextended + overwhelmed as well as discussed what we’re doing that actually doesn’t even need to be done. This had me thinking about my current priorities all throughout the rest of my day and I plan to dedicate a blog post about it in the near future.

After meeting with them, I threw some laundry in the wash, finished getting ready for the day, and then headed out to run a bunch of “fun errands.” I call them fun errands because it involved some shopping for new things. :) First task was to mail a bunch of invitations to my baby shower that is coming up next month! Andy dropped the bulk of them off at the post office while I passed out the stack that goes to our neighbors.

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My next stop was Lululemon for a new sports bra — my favorite ones were getting a little too snug so I decided to switch to a Lulu one since I had heard that theirs are great for pregnancy.

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The girl working at the store was SO helpful in finding me a perfect bra for running — I went home with this one and tried it out later that evening on a run through the neighborhoods.

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Afterwards, I headed to the jeweler to get my rings inspected — I try to do this twice a year and in order to make it easier to remember to do so, I typically go around our anniversary (October 15) and my birthday (March 21). I browsed through the jewelry for a bit while I waited to get my rings cleaned and inspected — they have some rings with black sapphires on them and they always catch my eye! I like to stay on top of the inspections because I lost a diamond once and I’d prefer if that never happened again, ha ha.

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Trader Joe’s was my next stop — I really only had to pick up some of their sprouted bread but then realized I was starving so I grabbed a snack, some water, and a mini pumpkin as well. I always get Andy one of these mini pumpkins each year and write a note on it with sharpie — he keeps it on his desk at work in the fall. :)

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Next up was Nordstrom for a regular bra fitting — if you’ve never done a bra fitting at Nordstrom before, I would highly recommend it. Their fit experts are so good at what they do and I always have the best service there. I was in and out in twenty minutes with a new, better-fitting bra for pregnancy.

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While at the mall, I also made a return at Gap — I ordered these running tights and this workout top but the pants were too big and the top felt too thin for running outside in October. I also swung by Williams Sonoma to check out their fall displays because they’re the best!

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Of course I had to take a peek at little boy’s clothes while at the mall, too! Everything is just so cute and tiny!

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On my way out, I picked up a gift card that featured my illustrations on it to add to my portfolio — it’s been so fun to see my artwork on Caribou’s shelves this season!

My last stop of the day was Target for some groceries — I also picked up a few random items like a new hairbrush because I feel like the one I’ve been using just wasn’t working for my thick hair. It just wasn’t easy to comb through all of the layers after showering so I’m hoping this new one does the trick.

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I came home to find Andy setting up to paint our living room — we’re changing it from a medium gray to a lighter gray, painting all of the baseboards and doors a pure white, and painting the fireplace white. I’m so excited to see this room transform — once it’s done we will start shopping around for new furniture since this set was from our early days of marriage and it’s not really our style. Funny what you pick out when you’re 23. ;)

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While Andy was painting, I headed out for a run then headed home to make some lemon poppyseed bread before ending the night with a soak in the tub. It was the perfect end to a full day!

What are your favorite types of errands to run?
Does it feel like fall where you live?