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... Is this thing on?

So. Yeah. Its been awhile.

I guess blogging died sometime in 2014.

I just want everyone to remember that I stopped blogging before it was cool. I need to get some Warby Parker glasses and start using more hashtags, I guess.

Anyway. I'm not sure why I stopped. The past two years were full, and I may not have had the energy to blog with so much going on. I needed to live my actual walking around life with other actual walking around humans doing the same thing.

Truth be told, I still feel that way. I want to plow through all the boxes of paperwork in my office that need to be dealt with. I want to sew and paint and design our new landscaping and organize the garage again. I want to get together with my girlfriends and go on dates with my husband. And adopt puppies that will mess up all our new landscaping.

I miss writing, though. And while I'm not convinced that ultimately this is where I want to do my writing, it is a place to write. So - perhaps we'll fire it up again, and see what happens.


well, that was fun

My facebook post this morning:

Well. Despite a surgery in the middle of things, we did our best for Fall: We carved pumpkins, roasted seeds, wore our giant afro wigs (several times). I watched my "fall movies" and listened to lots of bluegrass, folk, and jazz. I constructed a lopsided fall wreath for the door and made my first pumpkin spice mousse pie. We found a leaf bigger than my head and ran through piles of them at the park. The burnt orange throw blanket, mugs, and scarf all got a good workout. We ate our way through three Thanksgiving dinners and most of our Giant Pile of Gourds... Not too shabby. I think we can safely pack last season in. Now - Advent and Christmas.

I drove home under bare branches this morning, most of Autumn's Glory fallen into the gutters and back alleys. Christmas inflatables slump on suburban lawns, awaiting their owner's return from work. (Deflated Christmas inflatables always look so sad to me.) Despite the bare trees and dejected Santas and Snoopys all over the neighborhoods, I am glad for the changing season. We enjoyed this last one thoroughly, and I'm ready to trade in my pumpkins for poinsettias.

Yesterday morning I cleared the sideboard and mantle to make way for our Advent decor. Today I'll wash the Fall tablecloths and we will do the Swapping of the Bins. Autumn goes back to the garage and Advent/Christmas comes inside. I've got a couple days to deck our halls a bit before our first holiday gathering.

So far, I feel peaceful, cheerful, and content. My goal is to maintain this feeling throughout the season. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. (Isn't that always the answer?) People - not stuff. Or, more to the point for me: People - not perfect. In MM's words, keep the good parts; get rid of the stressful parts.

Keeping Advent is tricky for us. We work hard to balance the traditions and expectations of our community with our desire to enter into the quiet, anticipatory restraint of Advent. We have to carve out space for quiet in the midst of parties and concerts and seasonal hooplah. Yesterday, we carved out space by blowing off our Sunday chores to spend the afternoon reading, writing, and watching movies. Good call.

So, here's to the changing of seasons. Here's hoping you have enough Irish for your coffee and Swedish for your pancakes and that we all find a bit of peace and beauty this month.


fake friday fave five - gettin' schmidt-y with it edition

Well. I haven't done one of these in awhile, so I thought I'd bust out a list of this weeks faves.

New Girl* - Oh, we are enjoying this show. Funny! Quirky. Sweet. Like Friends,  but with an indie whimsicalness that we find charming. A lot of the bloggers I read were talking about this show the last two seasons, but as usual, I waited til a significant chunk were on Netflix before dipping my toe in. I never know if MM will like the media I find, but he digs it. And Schmidt makes my husband laugh out loud. "Judiasm, son!" "Represent. What??" (I personally crack up at "Parkour!" at all his very specific descriptions of his clothes "My driving loafers!" "My Irish Walking Cape" "My 'mono" (Short for kimono.)) Oh, Schmidt! He's kind of the Ross of this show. I anticipate a Leather Pants in the Bathroom scene any time now.

Rob Bell's current primer on "What is the Bible?" - He was on Oprah's Sunday morning show a few weeks ago and got tons of new followers on twitter/tumblr, etc. most of whom are either not Christians at all, or have only a cursory knowledge of Christianity, or a generic evangelical youth group education about the Bible. So he's in youth pastor mode, introducing people to the Bible. He's touching on a host of topics that are confusing and offensive or scary to people (What kind of God commands genocide???) and on ones that make non-believers scratch their heads (Seriously, guys? Six literal days?) He's talking about all the same stuff that academics like Scott McKnight, NT Wright, Pete Enns, and Christian Smith write about in their books, but in a very easy to follow/relate to style for newbs. A fun, interesting read (when he's not trying too hard to be cool/funny. Still, though, much more approachable for non-academics.)

The Fall-y-ness of Fall - I am in love. This week blustery winds swept through town and stole all the leaves from the trees. Great drifts of them pile up around buildings and bushes and curbs. We drove past a school yard earlier this week so covered in blowing leaves that it looked like ocean waves rolling and undulating across the grass. So cool! Yesterday I drove down a street behind a work truck and felt like I was water-skiing in a wake of leaves. Even cooler! Our yard is covered in tiny leaves, but this morning I found a giant sycamore leaf (bigger than my head!) in our garden. And that's just the leaves. So much fall goodness. Though, we're doing our level best at eating them, the sideboard is still filled with gourds. And until I can make it to IKEA to stock up, the fake candles flicker. We're gulping down spiced cider and pumpkin spice rooibos; and earlier this week I had a Butterbeer Latte at Starbucks. I'm wearing sweaters and boots and scarves and hats. And knitting! Yippee!!! (Fall.)

Pomegranates - Or, rather, my new way of extracting seeds. Man. I thought the Under the Water method was cool. It has nothing on this Whack the Pomegranate technique. Also, the video is fun. This guy is just really excited about getting to pomegranate seeds quickly.

Brined Pork Chops - What a difference! I'm making these for dinner tonight (with squash! and brussel sprouts! yay Fall!) and just put them in the brine.

* DISCLAIMER: These are 20's/30's young adults who party, have lots of sex, and get drunk on a regular basis, and a lot of the humor uses those things as a base. If that sort of thing is rough on your sensibilities, be forewarned and be careful.