I love November. Here in southeastern Pennsylvania the month starts with peak fall color. It ends with the coziness of the holiday season. The air is crisp, but it’s usually still fine to run outside. The slush all comes later. Here’s what’s making me happy this month:
100 Grand bars. I’ve moved beyond most check-out line candy, in the sense that I prefer high-end dark chocolate, nuts and caramels, sea salt, etc. But I’ll make an exception for these. I lived on them, coffee, and Wawa roast beef hoagies while writing my senior theses (two of them!) in college and I guess I have fond memories. We had some in the mixed bag of Costco candy we gave out last night, and though we actually had a few trick or treaters (unlike in past years) we still have plenty.
Honey wheat pretzel rods. Clearly (between this and the above) I fell off the low-carb bandwagon. I got a giant vat of these from Costco three weeks go, and it is now gone.
NaNoWriMo. I love the concept of National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50,000 word novel in November. It’s 1667 words a day. Turning nothing into something is the hard part. After November, you can turn that something into something better. I’m writing the draft of something this month, but since it only needs to be about 30,000 words, I’ll do the discount version of NaNoWriMo.
Roses. They are still blooming. Right alongside the mums. Fuchsia is a curious addition to a fall color scheme, but I like it. I love that there are flowers in my yard in November.
My fall fun list. I’m pretty much all the way through it! I’ll give an update shortly on it.
The Faure Requiem. I am singing it with my church’s chamber choir this weekend for All Souls Sunday. With orchestra. It will be wonderful. I am so excited to be performing again after six years. As long as this cold I can sort of feel coming on holds off!
The PHL airport. Having lived in NYC for years, with the fun that is LaGuardia (and to a degree, JFK and Newark) I do not take a nice, clean, spacious airport for granted at all. Plus parking is close, relatively affordable (even if it is often reimbursed), and we have a fair amount of direct service both domestic and international. I realize I may be jinxing myself by saying this, but if one travels a lot, this is really not a bad airport to travel out of. Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station is also a lot nicer than Penn Station. Just throwing that out there.
Trunk Club. I just got a box this week. I may do a post on the items in my closet I actually wear one of these days. Two new recent items are from M.M. LaFleur, which is another good service for professional clothes (for people who don’t want to take the time to shop).
Thomas the Train toys. These little wooden trains are not cheap (there’s a riff about it in the last chapter of All the Money in the World) but our inventory has survived four children. This morning I was playing with the 2-year-old. He parked Gordon in the shed and said “Is Gordon muddy?” Playing along, I said something along the lines of oh, he must have driven through the mud. Then my kid purposefully dropped a wooden toy into my coffee mug to cause it to splash out and spill on the train tracks. I was scolding him, and went to get a paper towel to wipe the coffee up when he said “But can it be mud?” Darned if the coffee with cream spilled on the tracks didn’t look just like a muddy puddle. It’s like there’s a method to his naughtiness.
Sirius XM channel 17 – PopRocks. This had to have hatched from the brain of someone who is precisely between the ages of 36-40. It is late 1990s, early 2000s “rock songs that became pop hits.” Think Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan, Smashing Pumpkins… It has been a pretty high percentage of songs I actually want to listen to. Plus it conjures up all sorts of nostalgia, tied as it is to late high school/college. I was getting so tired of The Pulse (15) and The Blend (16). Yay.
The podcast. Best of Both Worlds is two months old, and I think we’re really getting into our groove. We are recording a few more episodes this afternoon.
Crossing stuff off the life maintenance list. My husband and I visited our lawyer and signed our wills today (November 1 being a very appropriate day for such things!) Have you done yours?