Making the Most Out of September

The weather has finally turned; I checked out the long-range forecast this morning while drinking coffee and eating leftover birthday cake, and the highs for the foreseeable future aren’t predicted to rise above the low-70s.  The clouds have set up permanent residence in our skies with the occasional rain shower.

I am pleased with this arrangement.

For instance, right now I am sitting in by bed, warm and comfortable under my favorite blue patchwork quilt.  I was awoken early this morning by mom’s car troubles and have been fuzzy ever since.  I am not a morning person; I wish I were.  I want to wake up before the sun comes up and take Walden for a long walk and drink coffee on the porch and greet the sun’s first rays.  Maybe one day, but don’t count on it.

I digress.

Every so often I can hear my windchime blowing its melodic chime in the autumn wind outside.  I can look out of my window and see the first glimpse of red on the crepe myrtle leaves.  I don’t need the air conditioning on full-blast when I get in the car, and jeans are once again comfortable attire.

We celebrated Nanna’s birthday on Saturday with a family dinner at my apartment; the cats and dog provided the entertainment, so at least they’re good for something.  I made a fall-ish menu, which made me only look forward to this season more.  There’s nothing more relaxing and centering, to me, than spending some time in the kitchen chopping, slicing, sauteing, and cooking.  Pour yourself some wine and go to town, and if there’s an awesome tv show blaring in the background (Gilmore Girls…Chopped…HGTV) that’s all the better.  Friday is my annual Welcome Fall and Make Delicious Chili and Bring Out the Halloween Decorations day, of which my fellow will be partaking in.  This is only his introduction to my holiday craziness enthusiasm; I hope he’s up to the challenge.  I think he might be.

Let’s not even talk about my Halloween Wars and Halloween Baking Championship on the Food Network.  They both premier next week; I wait for them all year long and am beside myself from the time I see the first commercial advertising their return up until they premier.  It’s finally time!!

And then in between deadlines and meetings and busy work and housework I must fit in an oil change, as Veronica is making that tell-tale rattling sound that means it’s time to be freshened up.  Early next year, I’ll be car buying.  While a Honda Civic has been my goal for many, many moons, I’m finding myself straying from Honda’s clutches into something more grown-up.  We shall see.

My ramblings are long and varied, which is good for the soul but bad for readership.  Adieu, dear readers.  Until.

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Fall Is Coming…

In a mere three hours and 20-some odd minutes, autumn will grace us with her presence.  She’s been shifty this year, skulking behind doorways and around corners, showing us glimpses of her magic but never fully revealing herself.  And I feel like summer bowed out gracefully this go-around, waving goodbye around the middle of August.  I don’t miss her, though I will when April begins its beautiful reign over the city.  But let’s not talk about that yet.

I’m an autumn kind of girl.  No offense to summer, but fall is my jam.  But we all know this.

September is flying, and has brought more interesting changes and events than any other 9th month in recent history.  It started out with Dragon Con, one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done.  The boy told me all about it…he explained the customs, the traditions, the absolute way of life that Con is, but no amount of words could have prepared me for what I experienced.  You’re immersed in this tiny community, a city, even (70,000 people could definitely pass for a small city, right?), for five days.  Drinking, fun, cosplay, panels, 24/7.  You make friends, you see amazing costume mash-ups, and when Monday afternoon rolls around and you’re back at home where it’s quiet, you’re not sure what to think.  It took me a good week to settle back into my routine and shake the depression.  It was amazing.  I can’t wait to go back.  And I’m already planning my cosplay for next year.

September also brought new career highs that I never even thought about.  From spreading my business wings into California and Florida to mentoring undergrads at my dear Ogle to guest teaching a marketing class, I have been running every which way all month and loving every minute of it.  I’ve got to say, September, you’ve set the bar for the rest of autumn and winter.  Only place to go is up, and I’ve got my climbing shoes on.

And speaking of the boy, the first day of fall also marks the 6-month anniversary of our initial meeting.  I couldn’t have asked for a better man to spend time with, and I’m wishing on that first falling leaf that we’ll see many, many more autumns.

So here we go…here’s to beginning anew, here’s to learning new things, and here’s to embracing all that life has to offer.

Until.

Busy, Busy, Busy Like a Really Tall Bee

Ever get the feeling that life is speeding up faster than you can handle?  That’s me right now.  Luckily, however, it’s speeding in a good way, like a roller coaster or zip line.

I feel remiss that I haven’t written my September blog yet and it’s already the 16th.  I’ll get on that soon, but y’all, fall is coming and life is good and I have to run to the grocery store and place an online order for a new tv stand before the boyfriend comes over for a delicious dinner and some Dexter.

Here’s to carpe diem-ing, to loving, to living, and savoring.