Today, I got Alex’s school pictures. When I got inside after work and put everything down on the counter, there I saw my son’s picture alongside Barack Obama. I loved the image and felt compelled to record it.

For the fall/Thanksgiving project, today’s theme was sweet potatoes. For dinner, I made Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos from La Dolce Vegan!. I’ve made them before and wasn’t surprised by their tastiness.

In other mundane news, I made arrangements to get my car repaired tomorrow. I’m addressing the internal, not the aesthetic problems with my car. Tonight, I hope to put down some words on my November novel and to do some more work on my website.


So, I’m not going to say anything pithy as I am sure that there is a lot of pithiness going around today (I bet there is vitriol as well, so I will stay away from that as well). Yesterday’s November is Thanksgiving item was beer. Not because people get drunk at holidays, but because of the flavor.

I’m behind NaNoWriMo-wise, but have been there before and won. The weekends are the times when I can do a lot of words.

I lost my “I voted” sticker which I planned to tape into my physical journal. I love to document things, but I have habits and a general sense of tangent-head that makes me bad at it. We all need to have goals though, right?

Mini cupcake and pumpkin latte

I didn’t make anything fall today, I was away from home for most of the day. But I didn’t forget about my theme and at lunch I had an iced pumpkin latte and a mini pumpkin spice cupcake. It made me think fall, it made me smile. The project is working.

The other thing I didn’t do was to remember to bring my camera home after making the point to take a photo, so instead, I took a picture of Alex who loves having his picture taken at any opportunity. I can’t quite remember what he was talking about; I was too busy trying to capture him in the clown wig that he likes to wear every once in awhile.

I also made progress on the design of my personal website. I think that this weekend, I will have enough done to replace what is up there right now. I’ve written a bio page, and created a list of 30 things that I am shooting to accomplish by my 30th birthday.

Apples and progress

Mom As a Little Girl by Alex
Mom As a Little Girl by Alex

I think that part of this blog is about documenting what I do. Yes, a journal does that, but I often feel like I don’t do anything, but I know that this isn’t the case. But here, it shows me exactly where my time is going. At the end of the weekend, for example, I feel like those two days just disappeared and that I don’t have anything to show for them.

I think that I am feeling that particularly right now because I haven’t been writing which is not normal for me. This is not the first time that I have gone a period of time without writing, but I think that this is the longest period of time that I have gone. I hadn’t even been writing consistently in my physical journal. And this couldn’t be a lack of time because now it seems like I should have more time than I have had in the recent past. I am no longer in graduate school. My child is now in school and gaining, albeit slowly, the ability to entertain himself. It seems like I should have more time, but it also seems like I am doing less.

Part of it is the struggle, I think, to balance major components. My job is important to me, taking good care of my son is important to me and writing is important to me. There are other things, but these are huge, identity-shaping things.

Then there are the random things, the curiosities that take hold, the desire to embark upon projects.
Maybe part of what is going on is that I am often working on so many things at once…. Maybe it is like the way that I read books. I might be reading 6 of them simultaneously, but not finishing any of them and then feeling like I am not reading. Then, suddenly, I finish 3 of those within hours of each other. Yes, maybe it is exactly like that.

So on to my November/Thanksgiving project:

This morning, I had Cream of Wheat for breakfast cooked with apple cider instead of water and swirled with pumpkin butter.

Dinner involved risotto, the fall flavor being butternut squash.

Both were tasty adventures; I’m feeling thankful already.

Thanks, November

One of my fall projects is sort of an extension of Thanksgiving. I hold no romantic notions about the origins of Thanksgiving, however, I do like the romantic parts that American society has decided to embrace and propagate. I like the idea of just taking time to be happy about things, to think about the things that are going well for you.

I also go into serious cooking lust mode when the holidays come around. I want to try all of those recipes for baking and brining and deep frying turkeys. I want all of the different kinds of mashed potatoes. I don’t want to be reduced to only pumpkin pie, or only apple pie. I don’t want to agonize over whether I should stick with my tried and true cranberry sauce recipe or whether I should branch out and be daring.

So, in 2008, I want to spend the month of November sort of celebrating Thanksgiving. If I had even more leisure time in my life, I would commit to making some beautiful Thanksgivingy dish every day of the month. Though I am not insane, I probably am still over shooting to try to come up with something each day that makes me think fall, or holidays. It could be a smoothie that uses pumpkin, or it could be a pomegranate martini. It could also be macaroni and cheese or collard greens. Who knows what November holds?

So, for day one, I made gingerbread cupcakes, using this recipe. I didn’t make the lemon sauce because I have lemon curd in the fridge (gotta love Trader Joe’s).

Happy Halloween

nanowrimo image

I spent all day in a costume that shifted and shimmied as if it was hearing a tune. They thought I was “Mother Earth” or poison ivy. Realistically, I was merely a forest nymph. I felt so naked.

I was also sick, but stuck out the work day.

At midnight I can start my NaNoWriMo novel. I decided that I am going to go with the concept for a novel that I came up with over 10 years ago, but never wrote. This month is the month! Tomorrow, I also want to start the running. I am full of ambition for November, but then again, it is not November yet. I also want to work on my website. We’ll see!

not the first, not the last

This isn’t the first, and probably isn’t the last blog that I have started. Right now, the point is to make a space where I can organize my sundry projects and passions.

The dawn of NaNoWriMo seems as good a time as any to go for it.

I’m hoping that as time goes on, that this blog will develop an identity of its own.

Then again, I have had the same hopes for myself.