The beginning of November meant many things for me this year…

1. The end of the October Yoga Challenge

Drop-backs with David Keil, Photo courtesy of Jennifer Elliot, Ashtanga Yoga Charlottesville

I set a goal of virtuously following the Ashtanga tradition of daily Mysore practice, resting only on Saturdays and Moon Days. I am happy to report that in October, I only missed one day of practice, meaning that I did my practice 26 out of 31 days.

Practicing every day, no questions asked, is really allowing me to deepen my relationship with yoga. While November will be a bit more difficult to maintain daily practice, with Thanksgiving travel plans, I am going to do my best to at least do sun salutations each day.

2. My first Bloggers’ Event!

Coming Soon: Trader Joe’s Charlottesville

The Shops at Stonefield will be opening this month, featuring a number of new restaurants, an IMAX movie theater, and perhaps most importantly, a Trader Joe’s! Local bloggers were invited to take a tour of the development last Thursday, and I was pumped to be included in the invitation!

Complimentary gift card and movie tickets

Blue Ridge Mountain Sports will be moving to the new development, and their store will feature a rock wall– how cool!

Rock Wall in the Making

The first store to open was Pier 1 Imports.

We went to check out the new store on Saturday, and it is gorgeous! I came home with a few new dishes that I am looking forward to using for blog photos. The little white bowls were only $1 each!

Pretty new dishes

I really enjoyed learning about the developer’s approach to this new center, which used local stone and wood for construction, and thoroughly vets all potential tenants. I can’t wait to check out the tex-mex restaurant, a wine bar, and beer garden that will be coming soon.

3. My First Wedding Anniversary

Exactly one year ago, my husband and I were married on a beautiful fall day.

Cutting our Cake

My husband surprised me with a special dinner at Palladio Restaurant at  Barboursville Vineyards. The meal featured 4 courses, each paired with wine, and lasted almost 3 hours. It was romantic, delicious, and perfect.

My favorite dish was my second course– butternut squash ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce with toasted pumpkin seeds. It was beyond delicious, and I savored every bite.

Wedding shoes!

I wore my wedding shoes, and my husband wore his wedding tie–silly, but a fun way to remember our amazing wedding day. It’s hard to believe it has already been one year!

What has the beginning of November meant for you?



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