1. Favorite memories from September
Friends had a Fall party outside around a fire pit with chili and cider (hot and cold), a BB pump air rifle with targets of all the presidential candidates logos on them. The weather this fall has been the best and most “fall-like” weather we’ve had in years.
2. Favorite fall meal
Does my family’s Apple Crisp, though not quite a crisp nor a cobbler, count?
3. What I find in my pockets
Just my phone to keep track of my steps for a wellness challenge at work
4. A must-have item in my purse/wallet
ID. I’m someone who even if I’m driving two blocks away must have my license on me.
5. How often I’ve misplaced my passport
Don’t think I have. I better check to see if it’s where I think it is…
6. What’s on my nightstand
Stack of books started and waiting to be started, box of tissues, alarm clock/light, two crocheted coaster for water glasses, a little petal dish that was my grandmothers that I put hairbands, bobby pins, and jewelry in, my glasses and a headlamp for reading.
7. What kind of phone I have
8. TV: yes or no
TV, a little too much
9. Favorite cooking spice
Red chili powder
10. Cilantro: yum or yuck?
11. My ideal weekend get-away
Easy to get to, geographically varied from hometown to feel sense of true escape, loosely scheduled, unexpected discoveries, great food options, being present.
12. Breakfast: yes or no
I like breakfast but never make time for it, especially during the work week.
13. Food I love but used to hate
Don’t know if I one of these truly. I’m more of foods I didn’t think I’d like that I’ve now tried and love: beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts.
14. Favorite way to celebrate my birthday
With a party and Pimms.
15. Favorite TV show from abroad
Doctor Who. I was living in London when the reboot started and I was hooked.
16. Favorite thing about fall
The colors and crisp air on a sunny day.
17. I’m looking forward to…
Dinner at my parents house tonight.
18. I’m feeling so…
Happy with this fall season. It has been wonderful and beautiful and great!
19. Favorite Halloween costume
For an office costume contest I was the company’s sucky server as portrayed by the Fantastic Four comic villain The PuppetMaster.
Second would be being The Undertaker and Paul Bearer with my girlfriend.
20. Favorite pizza topping
21. Favorite healthy snack
22. Favorite non-healthy snack
Anything chocolate. Rare occasion potato chips.
23. How I feel today
Tired after babysitting and doing a lot of fun things yesterday: train ride, yummy new diner, reading books, playing drums, and baking cookies.
24. Who I miss today
My friends in Wisconsin. Today is the due date for a friend of mine there and it got me thinking about all my friends who have had kids that I haven’t met yet.
25. If only…
Getting your haircut had magical powers to transform you into the person you want to be.
26. Halloween party: yes or no
27. Witch or vampire?
28: Landline or cell phone
29. Cat videos: yes or no
30. What I still miss about being abroad
The sense that new and great opportunities and experiences were right around the corner every day.
31. Me in one word
As my friend Kate would say – Layers.
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