Life looks like (late October edition)
The weather in Austin is still very much flirting the line of summer/fall, but it's most definitely an improvement to just summry weather! Some leaves are golden-hued, and the wind today blustered around so many brown and red leaves, as well.
I bought another small pumpkin at the grocery store, bring my mini squash-collection to 4, including one ceramic. I don't personally care for Halloween as an adult without children yet, but there is a sense around Halloween that fall has arrived.
And like I mentioned in a recent post, life is just bits and pieces of little things:
We celebrated the one-year birthday of our friends' little boy. The party and the birthday boy were as adorable as you can imagine.
A dear friend of mine and her husband came to visit Austin on vacation and we got to see them for a bit! The four of us got pizza together. And then on a day that Nicholas had to work, I met Maeve and her husband Kyle for coffee up north (where there was safe water*). Then we went out for lunch at a new-to-me place called Food Heads (soo good!) and visited a local farmer's market and a local historical gem, Heritage House. It was just a full and wonderful day.
And then after a few shifts at work and a very full week, this past weekend, I had three full weekend days off to spend with Nicholas and no plans. I got caught up around the house with laundry, etc. on Friday. And then Saturday morning, we headed downtown for him to get his haircut. I knit and read at a coffee shop while he was at the barber, and then he joined me and we drank hot chai together (because 'tis the season for chai, my cold-weather, non-coffee drink of choice). And on Sunday, we went to church, got tacos on the way home, and spend the rest of the day napping/preparing for work on Monday.
Yesterday, I headed into Austin with Nicholas for our usual Tuesday ritual. He went to his work meeting, and I walked to Houndstooth, which is just two blocks away. I knitted on two different projects, typed a bit on this blog post, listened to my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist and chatted with a stranger about how his youngest daughter is getting married this Saturday.
And otherwise, life looks like this:
- making trips to the library since I've been doing so much more book reading
- nestling into my seasonal "reading nook" in the red chair. I never sit there and read in the warm months, but I love that spot for the purpose in fall and winter
- staying out late and singing along with Gregory Alan Isakov, in concert with a friend
- feeling homesick in this fall season, but also trying to enjoy the much nicer weather we've been having in Austin
- running late to church, eating my baked PB oatmeal in the passenger seat while Nicholas drives, but taking breaks from eating so I can hold his hand
- *boiling all our water for drinking and cooking since Austin was under a water boil notice (we aren't anymore, thankfully!)
- ordering peppermint tea at coffee shops for something different
- finishing up knitted baby sweaters.
- watching 24 with Nicholas (he hasn't seen it since it aired for the first time, and I've never seen it)
- getting state inspections done on our car
- staying dry on the rainy fall days (that seem to be less frequent, finally!)
- snacking on bananas and apples with cheddar and gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread (not all at once)
- emailing Christmas lists to family members (see below!) and receiving family members' lists!
- breakfasting with scrambled eggs, sauerkraut and collard greens
- sneaking a morning picture of us as he came over because he was teasing me about taking a picture of my breakfast
- swapping out the spring/summer flannel pillow covers for the couch throw pillows for the fall/winter ones
- casting on new, fun fall-colored socks. I'm calling them my "hayride socks," just for the heck of it.
- working out more at home, trying to sneak in more walks outside
- drinking coffee out of our matchy-matchy, his and hers cardinal mugs (the only his and hers thing we have after 5 years of marriage and I love them)
And lastly, I've been thinking a lot about Christmas shopping. Did you know that Christmas is only 8 weeks away? I don't say that to merit breaking out the Christmas music (I don't need a reason to do that. I tend to listen to year-round, as it is ;). But last year I took a long, hard look at how I approach the Thanksgiving/Christmas season and made some huge changes, which resulted in the sweetest, slower season. I'm prone to season-creep, I know, so I want to be cautious about getting too ahead of myself. But we're about 75% done with our Christmas shopping (and I'm 50% done with my very last Christmas knit!) so I'm feeling so much more relaxed. My goal is to choose the same approach again this year with a slow, gentle ushering in of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Christmas and the "holiday season" don't have to be frantic, truly. And after today, I'll settle more fully into a slow, holiday-prep mode with a lot less mental "clutter," having the shopping mostly set aside.
What have you been up to lately? Is it way too early to be nearly done with Christmas shopping?
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.