Sunday, October 29, 2017

Life: It Goes On - October 29

While those of you in California have been experiencing summer temps, we had our first hard freeze the other night. Which means I spent good parts of my half day and yesterday (and will spend more time today) bringing my potted herbs and some flowers in, repotting some things into smaller pots (so everything will fit, which has been like putting together a puzzle), and pulling out plants which have died. It's the real wake up call that winter is coming. Not in the good, Game of Thrones, about to be some major battles going on kind of way; but in the way that means it will take five minutes longer to get out the door in the morning by the time you pull on your coat, hat, gloves, scarf, and maybe even snow boots. I hate it. It makes it hard for me to appreciate pumpkin spice latte, the crunch of leaves under my feet, and what's left of the beautiful fall colors.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: Mostly podcasts (loving Pod Save America!) but also NPR. It's time for me to get back to being better informed and jump back into the fray. Pod Save America is four guys that were aides to President Obama so that will give you an idea as to whether or not this is a podcast for you.

Watching: The usual fall fare - football, The Voice, and the World Series. We don't have a team in the series, but my dad has long been a Dodgers fan so we're cheering for them.

Reading: Grant, right up until my ecopy archived, days before it said it was going to do that. Which means I haven't finished it. Luckily, I hooked my dad up with a copy as well. Looks like he's writing a review for me (but don't say anything to him - he doesn't know yet!). I'm racing through Seven Days of Us and hope to finish it up today. Quite a switch from Grant! Next up, The Revolution of Marina M. Or Andy Weir's latest, Artemis. I haven't decided yet.

Making: Caramel chocolate brownies, fettuccine alfredo, chicken pizza, and a triple batch of chicken alfredo dip (food days at work - health food it is not!). We ate out more than usual this week so I've cooked less than usual this week.

Planning: On a quiet week. Hopefully a productive one.

Thinking About: Christmas. Just the gift part. I've got a good start on my shopping but need to get things organized and start on the homemade projects.

Enjoying: Miss H got me tickets to a local college volleyball game for my birthday yesterday. We have two great volleyball teams in Nebraska (both Division I top twenty teams). This was not one of them but it was great fun, nonetheless and we had fun having girl time.

Feeling: Well rested? I slept nine hours last night. I never sleep nine hours! Since I'm a night owl, nine hours of sleep means I slept away half of the morning today.

Looking forward to: Two years ago, one of our favorite restaurants burned down, leaving only the brick exterior of the building it was in. This week, it reopens in the same building, largely exactly as it was before the fire. We're excited to have a belated anniversary celebratory dinner there later this week.

Question of the week: Halloween - love it or eh? I do love decorating with my witches and pumpkins but I haven't gone to a party or dressed up in years and I'm getting to be kind of a grump when it comes to handing out candy.


  1. My husband drained the pool this week. I teased him he should have left it up so we could go swimming since it was in the 100's again, but he just shook his head. We're supposed to be in the 70's this week. I wish the weather would make up its mind. The leaves on our trees are all still very green, and my daughter was complaining she couldn't learn how to rake if they don't start falling off the trees soon.

    I haven't been watching the World Series, but have been following along with how the teams are doing. I don't really have a favorite team either.

    I need to start on my Christmas shopping. My daughter is making her list as we speak. It's getting rather long and she has expensive tastes. I know it will get worse the older she gets . . .

    I fall in the love it category when it comes to Halloween. I don't dress up myself and hate having to go to a lot of trouble even to dress up Mouse, but I love all the decorations and themes that come out this time of year.

    I hope you have a great week!

  2. You started your Christmas shopping? I can't even think about it when it's this warm.

    I like Halloween but this year no one really decorated and candy is like $16 a bag here so I only got three ginormous bags instead of five. I just don't think there will be many out based on decorations and it being a school night. I could be totally wrong. I was once a few years back and was begging my neighbors for candy.

    Also, I've been a little grumpy too. I have so many things I want to do but no time to do them.

  3. LOVE Halloween!! Loved is as a kid, as a young adult dressing up and going to parties, and especially as a parent. We used to dress up along with our kids (sometimes with a family theme!) and all go trick-or-treating. I miss those days, but they (at 19 and 23) still came home last week to carve pumpkins with us! And they have been planning their costumes for months - love it!

    Can;t believe you are already Christmas shopping - I'm SO impressed. I hate the last-minutes rush but I usually end up starting on Cyber Monday after Tgiving and ending later that week. I'd love to do it earlier but November is just packed.

    Caramel Chocolate Brownies sound so amazing!!

    Enjoy your books this week -


    Book By Book

  4. I hate to say it, but we're enjoying beautiful weather on the Oregon coast. I do not miss winter (and snow!) one bit! We'll get our share of nasty, rainy weather, but as long as I don't have to shovel snow or scrape ice, I'm not complaining! I'm also glad that I won't have to repot plants every spring. What a chore!

    We've been enjoying the World Series, rooting for the Dodgers. What a nail-biter of a series, though! Fingers crossed they'll have the home team advantage tonight! We're heading out to a neighborhood Halloween potluck, but we're hoping to turn on a tv and watch some of the game. This neighborhood doesn't get any trick-or-treaters, which will feel very strange after living in Lincoln where we had hundreds of kiddos. Kind of don't miss that either...

    Just saw a friend's post saying it was snowing (in Bennet, NE)!

  5. I like Halloween and we did trick or treating on Halloween night but I'm not sure I'll be a huge fan once I don't have a child of trick or treating age. I don't really dress up and we don't typically go to Halloween parties. I think it'll be hard for it not to feel like any other day unless we make an effort to make our own tradition. Nine hours of sleeps sounds amazing but I would end up sleeping through half the morning too. I'm definitely not a morning person! Hope your week is going great!