Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I hope you have a fun, spooky day!

Today, I'm dressing up for the 9th year in a row as Amelia Earhart, the most perfect of all wear-to-work Halloween costumes.

And if you're looking for a tasty, easy dinner tonight, I'm bringing pumpkin lasagna to my Halloween potluck, and I hope everyone there loves it as much as I do. It's also an excellent dish for Thanksgiving, which will be here before we know it.

Ah, my favorite time of year, that beautiful span between Halloween and my birthday. Welcome, holiday season!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On Shopping

I've been shopping quite a bit lately. As you may or may not be able to tell from my monthly spending posts, I have something of a tendency to not shop for months at a time, and then kind of binge out on shopping for a while before heading back into my no-shopping cave.

I'm not sure why I'm so full of want right now. I think part of it is that my office is so well dressed, and I too, want to be well dressed. I want fancy twinsets and a fisherman sweater and new lipstick and a jacket and who knows what else. I've been trying to hold back, because moving was expensive and I am in debt for the first time in my 30-year existence, but the heart wants what it wants, and right now, it wants all the things. Sigh.

Monday, October 17, 2016

J.K. Rowling Book Signing - 2012

Four years ago yesterday, I was at Lincoln Center, getting The Casual Vacancy signed by J.K. Rowling. Shelby had an extra ticket, and so I went with her, Shylah, David, and Katie. We all had dinner at Carmine's beforehand, and of course meeting her afterward was lovely. J.K. Rowling is a delight, and I remember especially being surprised at how very beautiful she was. Lev Grossman writes about the evening much better than I could, especially all these years later.

I realized I never really wrote about it here, so I thought I should mention it. Harry Potter has always been a summer read for me, like so many other people, but there is something so decidedly autumnal about it, so now seems like an appropriate time to mention that this was a lovely evening in my life, a few years back.

I still haven't read The Casual Vacancy, though.

Friday, October 14, 2016

On Unproductivity

I thought I'd have loads of extra time once we moved to Vermont, and although I haven't exactly been spending every night out on the town, I do seem to be getting less done than I'd expected. What happened to those morning pages, the evening runs? It's all blurred into dark mornings, darker evenings, and lots of still-unpacked boxes. Perhaps this is always what moving looks like. Perhaps next week will be better.

In the meantime, here are some Instagram photos of autumn in New England. It's glorious, even as I complain about not having gone hiking yet.

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