Autumn has arrived

Imagine being this carefree

So we made it to November! Crazy to think that 8 short months ago, I was Googling things like, “will vacuum cleaner filters stop coronavirus.” What a year. Today specifically has lasted at least 3 months. I actually hired a consciousness coach to help me deal with all my anger towards people who don’t wear masks; people in my building have gotten really bad about it and I am seething. So I’ll let you know how that goes.

While we wait for news on the fate of the world, let’s talk Fall traditions. Most of us in the states probably can’t head home for Thanksgiving this year but will you still eat a traditional meal or something else? I might drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea (about 1.5 hours) for a few nights, depending on how things look in a few weeks. We’re lucky that even though it’ll be chilly, we can still spend all day doing stuff outside. What are your plans?

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8 Responses to Autumn has arrived

  1. gnidrah says:

    We DID make it to November! Well done to us. Obviously I am very much giving thanks for everything but also not doing so with a big turkey or even a small one, but I AM thinking about Christmas trees – a stall has opened in the churchyard at the end of my road already?! I don’t know if anyone is buying yet, but I applaud their entrepreneurship, even if I am not sure it is allowed during Lockdown 2: Electric Boogaloo (are Christmas trees ESSENTIAL GOODS, in November? Maybe?)

    Anyway I feel like I am rambling now.

    So. Best of luck with your mask mindfulness. It’s a very interesting thing. I have had to stop myself from shouting “NOSE!” at anyone I see with said facial feature hanging out, partly so that I don’t get punched on mine. I think the nose people are the worst, because why bother? What helped me a bit was overhearing someone at my gym telling another woman how she had seen a young mum on a bus with a small child, and the mum hadn’t been wearing a mask, “SO I YELLED AT HER”. And that sort of stopped me in my tracks a bit – I thought, how can you know why that woman may not have been wearing hers? That plus reading some stories about exemptions for survivors of attacks. Just to make me pause a moment and think of what may be behind their not wearing one.

    This is NOT meant to excuse everyone. I’d say those exemptions are really one in a hundred/thousand. But if you are looking for ways to think differently. It doesn’t totally work, of course, because this isn’t the same as me getting enraged with someone not putting their mat back properly at the gym (pre-lockdown rules, everyone sticks by it now!), this is really potentially life or death. But I’m trying! 🙂

    Carmel-by-the-Sea – I think I have been! I liked it very much! It will be a lovely trip!

    • Tracey says:

      That’s a good way to look at things!

      I canceled the trip because things are looking bad but we’ll probably drive down there for a day trip because we can look at stuff outside without coming into contact with anyone.

  2. hotspur says:

    I am going to spend November feeling happy about the incoming president and apparent vaccine from Pfizer, and adjusting to the idea that I no longer have to spend 7 hours per day reading the news in order to hold fascism and apocalypse at bay. Honestly reading less news is going to be hard but it is necessary. I already know that on my deathbed in 2385, I am going to think, “Jesus, back in 2016-2020, why did I read so much NEWS?”

  3. Sergeant Tibbs says:

    Well we got some hopeful news, so that has been a real relief. I’m very jealous of your trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea! Can you do a tourism for weirdos or simply a description of some of your time there? I just interviewed for a job in the same area and then *had to turn it down*. I applied without ever having been there but based on the beautiful scenery I had seen in Clint Eastwood movies and half finished John Steinbeck novels, it just seemed like the place to live. I’m disappointed it didn’t work out but hope to visit sometime!

    Fall traditions – it was such an incredibly beautiful fall up in Alaska this year. The fall colors were so vibrant and they lasted for several weeks. I made a new tradition, hiking every weekend to take in the scenery. This weekend, we finally got our first snow that has stuck around so it’s time to figure out how to bundle up and keep meeting outside. I’m convinced it can be done with enough hand warmers.

    I can’t travel home to see family so it will be my first year that I decorate my own home for thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s bittersweet for sure but I’m trying to find the bright spot here. I am already planning my small thanksgiving meal (personal apple galette, Mac and cheese, stuffing and mashed potatoes, no green beans bc I don’t need to pretend to have a healthy vegetable with no one else to judge, and zoom family chat!). I think I will also suggest a virtual family turkey trot with mandatory dress up of choice.

    • Tracey says:

      Wow that sounds like an amazing fall, I hope to get to Alaska some day. I’m sorry about the job, ugh. Your Thanksgiving menu sounds perfect!

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