Hello friends and Hello October! This month has always been a favorite … sweater weather (and not just short sleeved cotton sweaters, we’re talking sleeves, wool, and jeans!), clear blue skies, sleeping with the windows open, college football, birthdays! (four of the best guys in my life – my dad, Marc, Rob, and Sam all celebrate this month), crisp apples, snuggling with an afghan and a good book, starting to think about the holidays, bourbon cocktails, … I could go on and on. and this year all of those things are still here. and yet. yeah. I know you get it, too.
And still. it’s October in what feels like the most important election season of my life. Here’s my TGIF.
Thinking about when I’m going to vote in my state’s early voting. It starts October 12 and continues for three weeks. My current plan is to vote mid-week, mid-day in week two. I’m going to see how week one goes before I decide. and of course I have the privilege to be flexible about all of it. If I show up and the line is long, I can come back another time. But I am 100% committed to casting this ballot in person before Election Day.
Grateful for tennis. for so many reasons, and maybe the best one is that it gives me a way to exercise with others … and then socialize. Gosh, it’s hard to believe I just started back to this “last month” (well, unless you actually watched me play 😉 ) One of my favorite things is that my sister and I have started hitting balls, followed by a catchup (with a beverage), in place of our mid-week FaceTime. and last night, Katie and I met to hit balls for an hour and then enjoyed an hour plus on a bench by the pond with snacks and wine (that’s when we saw that gorgeous sunset). Cannot wait to do All of This on repeat this month!
Inspired by Brené Brown. her Unlocking Us podcast, playlists on Spotify, and The Gifts of Imperfection. I’ve been a fan of the podcast since it started and I’m so glad I can participate in all the Spotify “stuff” (as opposed to folks who do things on Facebook and I’m just like “nope, not doin’ it”). I just started Gifts a couple of days ago and I’m thinking this is gonna be my And book of the month (oh man, I can only hope I DO NOT HAVE TO re-arrange the felt board. again!! … at least not before January!)
Fun … I’m looking forward to TWO books this month and they both come out next Tuesday: Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food and Alice Hoffman’s Magic Lessons. I’ve pre-ordered Ina and I’m wavering about getting Magic Lessons on Kindle or hardcover. Now that I’ve discovered how easy it is to highlight and share text via Kindle, I’m leaning toward that for Magic Lessons, but then I won’t be able to lend the book. and maybe it would be cool to have the book to highlight and pass along. What would you do? (and gosh, isn’t this a nice problem to have?!)
In closing, I wish y’all the best October. Be well. Hold those you love close (in real life if you can, and virtually if you can’t). Find something to celebrate. and say thank you as often as you can. xxoo.