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The Christmas tree. Since we will be gone both the weekend after Thanksgiving and the first week of December, we put up our tree and other Christmas decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving. I love decorating for the holidays and sharing holiday traditions with my husband. Here’s some traditions that we indulged in last year.
A week and a half on vacation. We are currently on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip in California. When this posts, we should be heading to Los Angeles to visit with one of my husband’s aunts and her family. Check out my post from last week about packing for a trip in a carry-on. You can also follow my Instagram account for photo updates of the trip.
Or perhaps trying is a better word, to focus on the good things that are happening. For example, I’ve been able to get a lot of cuddles from a close friends newborn in the last month and he is so sweet and pudgy! I would willingly keep burrito baby (my nickname for him) at any time if they ever need a break.
Off the fall leaves in style. My husband planned a day trip up to Jim Thorpe in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We started the morning with lunch from a local deli and wanderings around a beautiful state park. In the afternoon we rode the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway to see the beautiful changing leaves in all their glory.
The praises of my husband. I wrote about his incredible patience and how he supports my struggles with mental illness, along with some tips for couples going through the same thing.
Bastards: A Memoir by Mary Ann King
This memoir was actually written by the sister of a girl I went to college with. It is the story of seven siblings who were split by adoption and then are reunited in adulthood. It is a tough read, especially considering I had classes with one of the “characters” and knew a little bit of her story, but it was great to have the resolution of all of them eventually being reunited and being able to put together the puzzles pieces of their identities as adopted and as part of their biological family.
A Pocketful of Rye by Agatha Christie
In honor of the Orient Express coming out on the big screen this month, I read another Agatha Christie novel. In this one the police attempt to discover whether three murders that suspiciously follow a classic nursery rhyme reveal the killer or are an attempt to confuse the police. I was a bit disappointed that Miss Marple didn’t show up until after a hundred pages of this mystery, but as usual she managed to set the police straight.
The Babylit series, which I discovered when writing my gift guide for book lovers. Are they not adorable? This Christmas Carol colors one might be making it into my shopping cart for a Christmas gift.
These packing cubes, which made packing for our trip a breeze.
Pumpkin pie! My absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, although the turkey, stuffing, cranberry, and mashed potatoes are also awesome. Who am I kidding, the whole meal is great! Since we were out of town Thanksgiving dinner was just the two of us at a restaurant this year.
What I’ve Learned This Fall
- Giving up control- When something is not going my way and I can’t really do anything about it it is incredibly frustrating. The perfectionist and planner in me sometimes makes me want to have control over a lot of things. There are some things going on right now that I definitely don’t have control over and I’m having to learn to be okay with that and figuring how how to be patient in the meantime.
- Vulnerability is hard, but rewarding– I made the decision last month to start sharing the details of my depression story, starting with my rock bottom. You can read that post here. It was a very hard post to write and eventually hit publish on, but I have had a lot of people response positively to that vulnerability.
- How to continue to add my own twist to self-care– While some people enjoy relaxing in a bath, that’s just not me. I shared how I relax (including by baking) in a post earlier this fall.
What were you up to in November?