Things I dislike about this time of year:
- Dropping temperatures. I got home the other night and said to Byron, “I just realized I’m entering five months of never being warm again.” He agreed that yes, that was probably true.
- The serious financial budgeting that this time of year entails. And, I totally know, we’re fortunate that we CAN afford it. I’m sure it’s much more stressful for others.
- The decreasing daylight. Right now it’s 7:20am and just starting to get light outside my window. And that’s actually pretty good. Talk to me when it’s 8am and still pitch black out.
- Trying to figure out a new skincare regimen to combat my increasingly dry skin.
- Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Green Tuesday. Which I’m pretty sure is actually a thing now and not something I just made up.
- Having to pretend like I watched last night’s football game.
- The fireworks that go off in our neighborhood to accompany last night’s football game.
- Not being able to work in the yard as much, because a) cold, and b) dark.
- All the holiday obligations. Our December calendar is already booked. I don’t think there’s a free weekend on there.
- Wearing two layers of clothing around the house because I’LL NEVER BE WARM AGAIN.
Things I like about this time of year:
- Lighting candles in the living room as soon as I wake up in the morning, and as soon as I get home in the evening.
- Grapefruit. Satsumas. Meyer lemon.
- Trying to figure out a new skincare regimen to combat my increasingly dry skin. (Yeah, it’s on there twice. Because it’s annoying, but also… playing with beauty products!)
- Eagerly awaiting the annual Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog.
- Reading a book in front of the fireplace with a cat. Preferably two cats.
- On those rare days when daylight and sunshine and free time collide–grabbing the gardening tools and going out and breathing in the smell of wet dirt.
- Finding out what my top 10 Instagram photos of the year are #narcissist
- Watching the dog snuffle around in fallen leaves on our morning walks.
- Dinners with friends and family. It makes for a busy month… but gathering over homemade food is always time well spent.
- Pies. Cookies. Scones. Basically having a really good excuse to bake ALL THE THINGS.
- More time indoors = more time for writing.