Some autumnal, birthday sweetness from LC.
A look back at September 2017‘s goals:
Plan East Coast trip + prepare for K+J’s wedding – Coming up this weekend!
- Implement cleaning strategy – needs improvement
- Implement new blog schedule (x3 per week) – needs improvement
Attend the Carpinteria Culinary Crawl Attended and it was delightful — owe a follow-up post
Enter the library’s picnic entry competition (long story) Entered, but did not make the city-wide competition.
- Read 2 books – major fail
Celebrate Birthday! Surprise Dodgers game!
Get a manicure/pedicure Fun treat and not a usual thing.
Finish work plan (for work) Completed
October 2017‘s plans:
- Schedule doctors appointments
- Post Birthday post, Carpinteria Crawl post, and East Coast trip post
- Finish planning the Big Read activities for work
- Refine cleaning and blogging schedule
- Read 2 books (or should it be 4 books at this point?)
- Implement letter and email writing schedule
- Celebrate a special birthday
- Do a Halloween Hustle run
- Clean-up and reconfigure dining area (rug, shelving, and remove remaining boxes)
- See Rocky Horror Picture Show, locally
Collapsible Laundry Basket – I thought it was time to upgrade from the net hamper-turned laundry basked from college and this basket is perfect. Also, Bed Bath and Beyond coupon bonus!
LA Dodgers – A friend surprised me for my birthday with a trip to see the LA Dodgers vs the San Francisco Giants. I’m trying not to be a band-wagoner, but I think of the Dodgers fondly by another name.
McConnell’s Ice Cream – The most excellent ice cream. While it is considered very hip and high-brow, this ice cream is simply quality, delicious ice cream from Santa Barbara.
Duolingo – I am on a personal and professional mission to learn Spanish.
Grief Relief 5K – The Grief Relief 5K is a special annual Fall event. The 5K serves as a fundraiser to support Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement organization that assists children who have experience the loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver via camp programs that include confidence-building activities and aged-based support groups.. It’s a special program to me and my sister. By coincidence and connection, her sorority little is a major force in the CZC community and its been a meaningful few years getting to support the organization and participate.
Family and Friends – This week I am traveling to the mid-Atlantic. My itinerary is ambitious to say the least: SB->LA, LA->NJ, NJ->PA, PA->NJ Shore, NJ Shore->Newark Airport, NJ->LA, LA->SB. But it is worth it. I am happy in California, but it about time I see some of my people and my home again. Social media and technology has kept most people in my life – but I have majorly failed with email and letters and keeping up with some other folks. I do enjoy talking to my friend Louisa most Saturday mornings, though. (The day and time allows for long calls, as we are wont to fall into and I love the fact that she worked on a project with my friend Tony Constaine, aka Dime Sleuth in the web-world.)
I am the reason that print journalism is still alive and I have happened to find the last place on Earth that it is mostly thriving in – as long as we ignore this thing. There are an array of local news and culture weekly newspapers. I read the Santa Barbara Independent, the Sentinel, the Montecito Journal, and the Carpinteria Coastal View. I feel like I am catching-up on my new community; learning the annual practices and events. Maybe this time next year I’ll have a more discerning palate, but for now I am eating it all up.
What are you reading?
Texas Diaper Bank – The Texas Diaper has an Amazon wish list of items people they are serving need.
Big Read plans – My library is participating in the Big Read this fall. Yes – just the Fall. Usually libraries stretch Big Read campaigns over a year, but my library’s goal is to get it all hauled out between November 1st – December 5th. I am super excited for the festivities that we are cooking up for Station Eleven.
The Black Tapes S.3 – The best smartly spooky podcast around. Sad to see it wrap-up with this season, but looking forward to a few more weeks of crazy twists and storytelling.
Grub Street Diet – Though it makes me a little home sick to read, the New York magazine posts these weekly food journals. I reveal in mundane comings-and-goings of breakfast-making and brunches. Interestingly a lot of the journalers travel between New York and Los Angeles, so fortunately I am still getting some dining tips out of this.
A new Kitchen table and chairs – When I moved out here I purged and packed everything else into a POD because I have earthly possessions. While I’ve lived here though, I’ve done more purging as I’ve identified what works here and doesn’t. I
Best of Both Worlds – A delightful and brief weekly podcast about balancing life, time, and work with family. Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger are two of my favorite bloggers and I love learning little life tricks from them.
Yellow Belly Tap and Restaurant – I had a craving for chicken wings a few weekends ago and ended up here with a friend on Saturday night of LDW. I had been there before for brunch when Trevor and Jennie were in town – and dinner is just as excellent as brunch. It’s a cozy, neighborhood spot and there was live music. The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich was excellent. Will go again.
New month, new music
I like September for multiple reasons. September is: my birthday month, the month school traditionally starts in the Mid-Atlantic (Hello, back to school supplies), and the month when pumpkins start popping up. In the spirit of a new school year, I am in a goal-setting. Here are my goals for September and the Fall season (September-November):
- Plan East Coast trip + prepare for K+J’s wedding
- Implement cleaning strategy
- Implement new blog schedule (x3 per week)
- Attend the Carpinteria Culinary Crawl
- Enter the library’s picnic entry competition (long story)
- Read 2 books
- Celebrate Birthday!
- Get a manicure/pedicure
- Finish work plan (for work)
“Is there anything better than the smell of new comic books wrapped in a brown paper bag.” – 7 year-old library user
I recall that, hence the bruise,
I guess I didn’t realize everything else falling entails.
April in National Poetry Month.
Thirty//Thirty 2014 04/30: Flipping
I journey back
through the past
“Where do I come up with this stuff?”
We know from implication that Hope springs eternal and Eternal springs hope
(in context and not exactness)
And while I can’t speak for a man’s breast, or what it’s like to rest, what it’s like to be papally blessed,
I know that Hope springs eternal from the bus terminal.