A few months back, before I went down to blogging once a week, I used to post a “Weekend Send-Off” each and every Friday. I loved it because it provided a great place for this little community of readers to just sort of hang out and shoot the breeze, and it was also a nice way for me to post those random odds and ends, bits of business, and of course everyone’s favorite – Le Love List.
Today in Santa Barbara was the first day of the year that felt like fall. Autumn in southern California is very hot, very dry, and very very windy. Wildfire weather. And today was very much all of those things, with warm bursts of air kicking up the dried leaves as Waits and I worked in the yard. The changing of seasons always makes me extra-pensive (if that’s possible).
Tonight is the first time in as long as I can remember that I don’t actually have any work to do. And although I’m tempted to curl up and catch up on my True Blood, with all the pensive autumn-ness in the air, what I really want to do is to blog. To connect. Plus I have some odds and ends to share, and also I really really miss the Love Lists!
So let’s do that.
Last week I posted this flyer that I’m putting up around town. Reading the comments on the post, it occurred to me that it may have seemed like I only work locally. So just to clarify – I have coached clients from coast to coast and as far away as Poland! I work entirely via phone calls and emails, so my spectacular services are available for anyone, anywhere in the world.
Oof, does anyone else feel so awkward and awful when they self promote? I hate it! Some people are good at that stuff, but I always feel like a bumbling self-aggrandizing a-hole. But I’m working on that!
And seriously though, I am pretty spectacular at what I do. You should totally hire me.
Waits and I made another Vegan Cuts unboxing video! We have so much fun doing these that I guess it’s just become a regular thing now. The snack box arrives each month, we set up the camera, and then we make a little movie as we unpack all of our surprise goodies!
Mom confession? Sometimes I watch these when Waits is with Damian for a few days. He is just so flippin’ cute, it’s out of control!
And now for the fun part, the good stuff, the one I really miss: Le Love List!
touching Waits. just hugging him, holding him, having him on my lap. I really miss the physical closeness of my child when we’re apart .|. dinner with friends .|. marathon spooning/snuggle fests that just won’t quit .|. coffee to go and lazy strolls around Manhattan Beach, hand in hand .|. I was in the bedroom working and stressing because my new freelance editor is not clicking with me like her predecessor did, and I was getting all wound up and writing blocked and totally tense . . . and then he called me out into the living room, and plopped this amazing plate of food down in front of me, and can I just tell you how good it feels to have someone who does something so sweet like that? Everything melted away. So good. .|. OH HELLO I HAVE TICKETS TO SEE TOM WAITS NEXT MONTH .|. watching Waits play when he doesn’t know I’m there .|. homemade vegan cheese experiments .|. a very special notebook full of kitchen witchery .|. live music, always and forever .|. potential new books to write. two of them! .|. talking on the phone like 10 times a day. long-distance blows but also makes for creative relationshipping .|. OH DID I MENTION I HAVE TICKETS TO SEE TOM WAITS NEXT MONTH? .|. reconnecting with old and dear friends who know you in all your complicated ways. also, when said friends make you delicious pizza .|. this time last year I was preparing to leave Portland, leave my marriage, leave a life that was smothering me. this year has been nothing if not difficult, and confusing as hell as well. and it’s also ushered in more growth and opportunity than I could have ever imagined. and more hope. and more love. and now, there are big changes, enormous changes looming on the horizon and really, I simply couldn’t be more excited. bring it on, autumn. I’m ready!
Alright guys, I would love love love to hear what you’re loving this week. Please leave a Love List for old time’s sake. It’s good for the soul!
A regularly scheduled post will still be going up on Wednesday. Until then, see you in the comments!