October in Review

-McKinney girls night out with Shannon, Megan, and Jennifer: dinner & drinks at Cafe Malaga, chocolate pie at Emporium Pies, and shopping/people-watching on the square
-State Fair trip with my parents (via Dart Light Rail) for people-watching, animal-watching, and lots of good food: 2 corny dogs, fried Cuban roll, french fries, 2 funnel cake ale beers (with powdered sugar rims), grilled corn, fried sriracha balls, and fried biscuits and gravy!
-League of Women Voters workshop from Junior League, volunteering at the American Girl Fashion show again, and All the Light we Cannot See at book club
-Lots of busy work things (getting Google-certified, book fair, purchasing season), and started my birthday challenge for next year - giving 35 ways, in time or money before I turn 35
-Trick-or-treating with the Motts and Seilings in Shandy's perfect fun-for-kids neighborhood

Around Downtown Challenge
-Cafe Malaga
-El Juarez
-And repeats to The Pub, Churchill's, and Emporium Pies - we had fun this month!

Around the House
-Finally completed the professional porch repair - Carlos from Home Renovators pulled up the old porch (revealing a round concrete porch below), replaced the boards with properly pressure-treated slats, replaced the moldings, added new trim, created new lattice work under the porch, and painted everything - whew!
-New stained glass panels from the ORLY market - two for the den and one for our bedroom
-Bought one large and one medium square planter for the front porch