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November 14, 2018


ten things i love about fall
posted by soe 1:33 am

With snow predicted in the mid-Atlantic region tomorrow evening and with dark and somewhat dreary weather punctuating the unexpected extra time on my hands (Honestly, it’s so November. I’ve just gotten spoiled living in the south, where cold and dank weather doesn’t generally arrive until December or sometimes even January.), I’m having a harder time than usual remembering how much I love fall. I thought it was time to recap ten of the things I love about it to help get me back in the mood (since there’s still another five weeks left of it…):

  1. The foliage.
  2. Cider doughnuts.
  3. Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  4. Coffeeneuring.
  5. Wearing handknits.
  6. Apples and quince and squash.
  7. Comfortable weather (as compared to winter or summer) for long, leisurely walks or bike rides.
  8. New tv shows. (We’re enjoying several including God Friended Me, the Magnum P.I. reboot, A Million Little Things, Happy Together, and Single Parents, which is nice because nearly everything we watched last year got canceled or bumped to a spring start.)
  9. Digging up the potatoes in my garden. (Because it’s like a treasure hunt.)
  10. Hot drinks. (And the fact that everyone stops thinking I’m weird for drinking six cups of tea a day. They still think I’m weird for plenty of other reasons.)

How about you? What do you love about autumn?

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November 13, 2018


the fun of a bookish prize
posted by soe 1:13 am

When I did Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon last month, I entered a Twitter contest that Liz (aka cosbrarian) was running in which she asked which books helped us get through our teenage years. My answer was:

#DeweysEscape When I was a teen I read and re-read the Anne of Green Gables series and Little Women. Sometimes if I were feeling particularly mopey, I’d just read Beth’s final scenes. #itgetsbetter

I was lucky enough to be chosen the winner of the contest and Liz sent me four new books last week!

November Gift Books

While I have read Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited, it was a library copy and it’s been on my must-buy list for a while (it’s set in the D.C. area just as marriage equality is being made the law of the land and includes a scene that I was actually at). Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson is also set in D.C., and I’ve been on the holds list for it at the library, so it’s really exciting to get my own copy of that, as well. I’m less familiar with, but also looking forward to reading the other two books, The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith and Kelly Loy Gilbert’s Picture Us in the Light.

Thank you, Liz! I’m looking forward to many hours of reading ahead!

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November 12, 2018


time
posted by soe 1:20 am

If last weekend was filled so completely that I didn’t have time to think about my situation, this weekend was not filled sufficiently. There was too much time on my own, too much time spent in my own head, too much time thinking about how things could have gone differently (not just about being downsized; it was a fun spiral that ran the gamut from dishwashing to grad school).

I realize this is a loss, and while I am not especially upset at having to find another job (that’s not entirely true; I’m looking forward to having a new job I love, but not to finding one), I am still at a loss for the sudden way in which losing the old one occurred. And losses take time and energy to deal with, and there is a grieving process. I’d like to hope that being aware this is what’s going on means that it won’t last too much longer, but I’d be lying if my own consciousness of a problem has historically indicated any ability to move through it with alacrity. But there’s a first time for everything, I suppose. And as long as I realize there’s the potential for this to become a problem, I can take the steps necessary to guard against it — rising earlier, getting out into the sunshine, exercising, talking to people… — and to take further steps if necessary.

I literally keep telling myself to suck it up and power through this, and I will. Just maybe not in ten days. Everyone who kept being surprised when I said I was going to just take a single day to wallow may have had a clearer picture than I did about that aspect of things. So, yes, my plan of thirds is still roughly going to hold true. But I think I will reorder things for the time being so that the self-care comes first and that I’m not dragging myself outside at 4 p.m. in pursuit of a flagging sun.

Because the days will roll past whether I see the sun in person or not, but they’ll sure feel a lot more pleasant if I do.

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November 11, 2018


fall violet
posted by soe 1:51 am

Fall Violet

A killing frost is a possibility tonight and later this week, so Rudi and I headed down to the garden this afternoon to pull out the last of the Thai basil and pick any peppers that were big enough to do something with (I have dozens of pepper nubbins on the plant still, so I’m hopeful for the forest will offer enough buffer to keep them alive a while yet. This is somewhat early for a freeze here, lately.)

I still had a few flowers on my lavender, and the violets that have popped up in the garden this fall are still providing pops of color amidst the fallen leaves I keep on the ground to insulate the roots.

We also helped ourselves to fallen figs and persimmon from the trees by the park. I don’t know who planted fruit trees there, but we appreciate the bounty!

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November 10, 2018


autumnal weekend planning
posted by soe 1:52 am

Today was grey and dreary and involved a trip to the vet for our older cat, Jeremiah, whom, I suspect is suffering from kidney disease. I expect to hear from the vet on Monday that it’s time to start him on a regimen of fluids. But other than a little stiffness when he first gets moving after a nap and some excess thirst, I think he’s doing well for a 16-year-old cat.

While the weekend is looking drier and sunnier, it’s also looking chilly, which means that I’ll be breaking out the woolens. Here’s some of what I’m hoping the weekend includes:

  • Donate some more books to the Friends of sale at the library.
  • Go on a couple bike rides in the sunshine.
  • Bake an apple crisp. (I made applesauce tonight.)
  • Poach my quince. (The top ones in the bowl remain unblemished, but I noticed the one at the bottom has become less pristine over time.)
  • Take photos of some socks.
  • Write some book reviews.
  • Finish reading Lethal White.
  • Buy a couple plants at the local nursery’s end-of-season sale and plant them in the garden. (They had strawberries and arugula when I stopped by earlier this week.)
  • Water my African violets. (I watered the orchids when I brought them home from the office, but the violets are probably parched.)
  • Do laundry. (Including wool socks, which means I need to stop by the yarn shop for more wool wash.)

How about you? What are you planning to do this weekend?

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November 9, 2018


sleeping in, supportive, and cinema
posted by soe 1:09 am

Shaw Maple

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. No job means I don’t have to get up early right now, so I don’t.

2. People have been very kind in offering their support and suggestions of places I might apply for a new job.

3. We’ve seen three movies in the past week (two for cheap; one for free). I didn’t love them all, but I love getting to go to the theater. We’ll be back next Friday at the latest for the new Fantastic Beasts film’s opening night.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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