This should be a light and easy one, I think. It’s been a doozy of a week, but really they all are, and I don’t even know what to say about it anymore. I didn’t sign up for a calm and soothing ride, I suppose. Not when you live and love and dream in such vivid colors. The brightest reds and blues and golds, the brightest whites, and sometimes, the blackest blacks.
I love to say that November is my least favorite month but it’s not really my least favorite. There is no least favorite month. It’s all about timing and experience. Perspective and the weather. Sometimes you turn on the heat in May and try to sleep against the aching overwhelm. And sometimes you drive with your jacket off and windows down in November – and sleep calmly and soothingly to the beating of your own heart and the rhythm of your partner or dog or cat or child’s breathing.
I’m bowled over by November’s glow – and the brazen oranges now taking over our trees. I’m still shooting – had two shoots this week and more to come – even after thinking it was all over by October’s end. It never is. Until it is. And even then not.
Partner. That’s a word. Sometimes they’re your best friend, your partner, your lover, your enemy, your roommate, the scourge of your existence, and your ultimate joy. I never use the word partner because I don’t always feel like we’re partners. Sometimes we’re in perfect unison – tag-teaming the hard stuff, talking the talks, walking the walks, arranging surprise cookies from a beloved bakery over six hours away. And sometimes you want to be over six hours away, or more.
I’ve said it 100 times and I’ll probably say it another 200 times. My grandparents lived to 100-years-old. Two out of four. My dad once said, at 60-years-old, “I still feel like I have so much to look forward to.” And still. My great uncle at 90-years-old said of my then 80-year-old grandfather on his birthday, “He’s so lucky to only be 80. He has so much to still experience.”
You see, there’s life stuff to look forward to when you’re 60 and 80, and even 100. My Nana Jane never lost her appetite or spark. She was ordering her meals (and dessert!) for her last day on earth, probably unaware it was her last day on earth.
So there’s certainly something to look forward to right now. And that brings me to the Finish the Sentence Friday topic! “10 Things I’m Looking Forward To!” I think they even added the exclamation point, because indeed it needed it!
10 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
1 – Thanksgiving in two weeks! Wheee! My parents are hosting this year. We have had some off years with them because of the complexities of traveling. It’s ON this year, followed closely by my niece’s first birthday. I’ll be staying in New Jersey longer than usual – and missing our town’s holiday parade and festivities, which is sad, but.. it’s ok to skip a year!
2 – Astro’s surgery to be over! He has a congenital problem with his front leg bones – probably due to having a German Shepherd head on little legs. There are all sorts of technical terms for it, but basically, his bone growth plates are at odds, or something. Or maybe there’s an extra bone or extra piece. Whatever it is, he’s getting surgery on Monday. Gulp. I can’t wait for it to be over and for him to be in my arms and with healing legs. Long and healthy life, coming right up!
3 – Getting through all the photo sessions to edit, and to “just” have my normal job. I don’t even remember what that’s like because I’m always taking on new projects. And 4th quarter is nutty with blogging. That said, I can go to sleep knowing I’m hitting my deadlines. Photography is more open-ended. It’s harder to relax with some Hallmark movies with so much to edit.
4 – Using my new phone. I’d had the iPhone 8 for only a few months but Cassidy got the iPhone XS from work and once I tried that camera, I couldn’t resist my own. I haven’t played with it much yet, but be prepared for many new phone photos!
5 – Picking out our Christmas tree. We’re only two weeks away from that! I hope Astro doesn’t drink the water.. Junie does.
6 – Going to Florida in January. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do a New England winter again without some warm interruption.
7 – Finally leaving North America. I’m brewing up a plan and it’s a big one, so maybe, just maybe – stay tuned for that.
8 – Getting some muscle. I’d be so buff if I didn’t love work and dairy so much. They go hand in hand. Seriously. My frame is twiggy. If I tried, I’d be an Iron Woman. Alas, I’ll settle for something in between that and my untoned now.
9 – Breakfast. Pretty much every day of my life, and even when I’m sick sometimes, because I’m weird.
10 – All of the holiday insanity. Bring it on. The world is nuts and everyone is so judgy. Decorate for Christmas. Light your Menorah. Do whatever makes you happy. Whatever. Steal my soul. Take all my money. I’m good for it.
This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “10 things I’m looking forward to!” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.