Gearing up for November

It’s November 1st. According to David, it’s the first day of the rest of our lives. I like to start life over at Labor Day and New Year’s Day, but David likes to declare a fresh start on a regular basis (i.e., anytime he is frustrated with himself). Mondays, first days of the month, new trimesters at school – all are fair game to be Day One.

But first, I must say farewell to October with its first fallen leaves, first torrential downpours, and Quinland’s 17th birthday. I had the day off on Friday and spent it hauling out all the Halloween decorations. All that effort on the day before Halloween seemed a bit insane, but I have so few holidays left with Quinland being a kid at home that I didn’t want to miss this one.

Happy Halloween

I’m not a fancy decorator by any means (says everyone ever), but I think that bringing out the same stuff year after year is what matters.  Most of it has been around for so long that I have forgotten where it came from. (The tiny pumpkin basket, I know, came with a Bitty Baby Halloween costume – a teddy bear – which was sold on eBay along with tons of other stuff. I had to keep the pumpkin.)

But on to November! It’s going to be a busy month. Quinland has one of the major roles in the school play (which debuts this week) and the NBA season is now in full swing; these two conditions will be perfect for an upcoming visit from Lynette and Joe. The chance to catch the Blazers vs the Spurs and to see Q perform? We couldn’t keep them away if we tried. I need to start preparing for Thanksgiving, the Christmas Shopping Season, and my birthday, all of which are coming up rapidly as well.

To all this I must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of my mind by extensive reading.  (I daresay.) My IKEA-cart-turned-nightstand is all filled up: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors. The Probiotics Revolution. Decorate. Organized for Life. Pope Francis. David is ready to read as well: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. An assortment of travel books. High Fidelity. I even scored him See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, the autobiography of Bob Mould from Sugar and Hüsker Dü, from our local library. I might just read that one first.


The books are not the only thing lined up and ready to go. I have plans. Plans, mind you. This month is going to see a whole host of activity here in my world. Home, health, habits – we’re talking upheaval, in the best possible way. Stay tuned!

4 thoughts on “Gearing up for November

  1. Keep me posted on what you read about probiotics. I am now on Antibiotics three days a week. Hmm lots have been going on I should shoot you and Ina an email. Tonight, for I have a half day of work and need to leave the house soon.


    1. So good to hear from you! (I’ll get right on a reply, too.) What I’ve found interesting about probiotics and the whole microbiome of bacteria that live in our digestive tract is that we don’t only need to make sure we have “good bacteria” – especially after antibiotics – but that we also have to feed the good bacteria with food that helps them to grow, and stop eating the food the “bad bacteria” like. I’ll definitely tell you more as I learn more!


      1. That is interesting. You will have to keep me posted, What food is good food to help them grow. I have a small window to do so with antibiotics Monday Wednesday and Friday.


  2. The only things I know for sure are good are a) anything fermented (like sauerkraut, kimchee, kombucha, etc.) and b) stuff with fiber (fruits and vegetables, basically). I’ll let you know when I learn more! I need to make time to keep reading about it.


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