Hey there, friends, and happy November!
October was a blur, to be honest. We’re fully moved into our new house and trying to find a rhythm and enjoying some truly spectacular views and thoughts by Lake Hart, a quarter mile walk from our front door. We’ve had a parade of contractors coming in since, from painters to power washers to electricians installing new fixtures, and the place is looking awesome. Little man started soccer practice. And my work has been busier than ever, although I’m starting to find the time to experiment with new recipes again!
Right now, I’m just trying to keep it all together. But holding a role a couple notches above my pay grade and still trying to be a decent mama and wife…it’s not easy. As every mama who’s trying to have a career and have a relationship knows. There are a lot of us out there. So many that…all of this shouldn’t be hard. It shouldn’t be new territory. And yet…and yet.
Let’s leave it at that. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening…
1. It’s the little things. When people want to know why we moved to Florida and not other places, it’s nice to be able to tell them about the little things. About my in-laws stopping over to drop off dinner and hug their grandbaby. About being able to just bop over to Disney Springs when we want to. About not having to worry about my bones cracking in the cold morning. About being able to walk to the lake and watch a gorgeous sunrise when we want. About having a two minute commute – most of that just waiting for the Keurig to pour me a cup of coffee in the morning – and being able to go to work in my fuzzy slippers. It’s all those things, and we love this life.
2. My baby boy started soccer. He’s three. It’s all about fun and not trying to find out if we have a child prodigy. And it is such a joy to see him running around the little field and the gym his school has, chasing a ball with all the other kids in his class, playing amoeba soccer with absolutely zero finesse whatsoever, and just having fun. I hope it continues to be fun for him, and that other sports we let him try are also fun.
3. Our neighborhood is AWESOME for Halloween. I have a feeling they’re awesome for most holidays, but there were all kinds of decorations, all kinds of friendly folks out there, all kinds of people happy to indulge Marcus when he gleefully shouted “bats and pumpkins!” when he saw decorations and wanted to look closer. And because he was too tired to really trick-or-treat, we put out a huge bowl of candy, and it lasted through hordes of trick-or-treaters because they took a respectable amount from the bowl each time.
4. I “treated” myself to a personal trainer. I say that because financially, it’s an indulgence. Physically, it’s pain on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday every week. My trainer is relentless and evil and makes me do weighted lunges until I can’t feel my quads and then compliments my legs and like an idiot, I keep lunging. I study behavioral modification as a part of my job, but that doesn’t keep me from being incentivized by it.
5. Pumpkin Caramel Crunch. No, not a Starbucks fall treat. It’s a candle. An absolutely epic candle. Thanks to my friend Laura who sent these out in a gift basket, this is my absolute favorite fall scent right now, and I can’t wait to add more candles to my collection from Morningstar Chandlery.
6. French Onion Mashed Potatoes. Okay, this is a food thing, and this food thing is my current obsession. I love everything about the flavors in this dish and I’m thinking that this just might arrive on our Thanksgiving table. Which we’re hosting. And I’m realizing I really need to start planning a menu for!
7. Forget the gift guides. Seriously, everyone starts publishing gift guides around this time of year. And now we have a lot of warnings about the global supply chain and not getting things in time. And this feels like the perfect time to trot out my post a while back about things to get for people who don’t want stuff.
8. What’s cooking? Fall is the time for all the comfort food, and that’s what we’re going to be cooking around here – especially since we recently decided that we’re going to be hosting the family for Thanksgiving at our new home! So of course we’re going to have to be cooking some delicious Thanksgiving fare, starting with…the real deal cranberry sauce.
Seriously, don’t come at me with your cans. Get you some cranberries, orange juice, and a little sugar, and make the real stuff. You’ll be so grateful you did.
9. So what’s going on this month? Well, we’re trying to do some new recipe creation, and at the same time, we keep getting drawn to some of our old family favorites that I’m realizing we haven’t shared on the blog yet. So you’re likely to get a combination of old and new here, some old tried-and-true family favorites and some new experimental recipes, and I’m really interested to see which ones pique your interest.
I am a data scientist, after all. So we’ll be collecting data.
Here’s hoping your November is off to an awesome start!