I’m So Excited For… EVERYTHING

The title is a direct Des quote from this week! He’s just.. excited about life. I get that.

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! #ftsf

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.

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! #ftsf

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.

There’s always a higher to look forward to, though. I know I do.

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! #ftsf

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.”

It’s all perspective and experience and maybe the weather.

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.

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! #ftsf

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.

So, what would you say?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


I’m So Excited For… EVERYTHING — 18 Comments

  1. #6, but change it to next week for me and you’ll understand why my whole list this week was of the Disney variety excited! But still, I am also excited about the general season we are heading into with Christmas and the holidays. While I am also not a fan of the weather, I am still very much a fan of the season ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. How wonderful to have the perspective of so much to look forward to! November is okay with me, you can have March. Yuck. I’m looking forward to heading south in the winter myself… the cold and lack of sun get me down. Wish I could go down for 3 months, but a week will do! I’m looking forward to stuffing. I love stuffing, and only eat it once a year:)

  3. I love your list. It’s funny how a list of things like this can be small or big with the same number of items. Your list is huge. Sorry to hear about the Astro’s complications. I hope the worst of it having to wear the funnel on his head. I tried to “borrow” your photo from facebook and here but it downloads the same. Not nearly as sharp. So I’ve gone back to Mac wallpaper because I couldn’t find the exact one from Alaska that I was using. Because Photographer’s and Photographer’s wives can’t stand seeing pixels, right?

  4. Fun times. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your autumn trees photo is breath-taking. The quote from Des is delightful. I’m looking forward to…taking Daniel to the Smithsonian this weekend. He’s begging me to take him, and it will be a treat.

  5. I love the perspective on a 90yo saying “he’s so lucky he’s only 80!” That’s awesome. I love the fall trees photo and I agree – bring on the holiday cheer! I’m excited to be in our new house this year where we can wake up at home AND see family. Whoot!

  6. I love Des’s enthusiastic quote which is you Tamara coming through in his ever optimistic words. Des is quite the “Excitable Boy!” I will hope and pray that Astro’s surgery will be a 100% success with a speedy recovery. So much love and cheer and color in your photos! From your breakfast table to somewhere beyond North America l hope that everything on your Looking Forward To List will favorably fall into place for you.

  7. Tamara, I’ve enjoyed many a FTSF from your links. I have to mention, your writing, when you bring on the prose, is lovely and maturing and I love to witness this.

  8. I absolutely LOVED reading this, Tamara. I swear every time I read posts like yours here, I lose myself in them and dive into your words, your rich perspective on life, and relish it all.

    WHERE ARE YOU GOING? I can’t wait to hear about your plans. I’m betting it will be an incredible trip, wherever you’re going!

    And my gosh, I’m so in love with the colors of fall, and that shot is breathtaking!

  9. That’s a lot to look forward to! I understand the looking forward to breakfast thing. I look forward to coffee every morning, and I think that’s totally okay. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Hi Tamara, I hope Astros surgery went well and he’s now standing tall on his ‘new’ legs?… There are worse things to look forward to than breakfast! The plus side is you really don’t have to wait long to get it… I love Christmas, it’s my favourite time of year, but not before Decemeber (unless you count the book I plan to start tonight, in my defense if I didn’t start Christmas books in Novemeber I’d only read one and that just isn’t right!).


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