I woke up yesterday and realized that I had completely forgotten to post again. I’ve done that several times this month. There are just so many places for my brain to focus right now, and I’ve decided I’m okay with that.
Instead of deciding to rush a tiny thing out for no reason, I just decided that failure on this self-imposed task was fine this year. In the past, the posting everyday thing was meant to accomplish two goals. The first goal was to force good content out of me. The second came along in Alaska when I needed something to keep me distracted from the extreme dark and cold.
First of all, I was not producing very good content this year anyway. Instead I was just doing tweet level posts in order to meet a quota. Second, I found that I don’t need the distraction anymore.
(Side note: I love the extended daylight that being back down state provides, but can we just go ahead and eradicate daylight savings time? It is the worst. Even stealing that one stupid hour of light from me has had an impact on my productivity and energy level. I’ll be organizing a march against DST soon. Join me.)
It’s so nice not to feel like I am just counting down November. I’ve even enjoyed this month for all of it’s extended fall qualities! What a relief. We’ve been running around like crazy people working on the house, moving out of the apartment (officially turned in our keys Tuesday), working, being parents, and hosting visitors. It’s a lot!
(Additional side note: Does it make me extremely annoying that I also find myself missing the calm, cozy routine of a quiet Alaskan winter while also celebrating that I’m not there doing that? Being a human is so complicated.)
Anyway, I started listening to Christmas music two days ago. We broke out some old Christmas boxes that Sergio’s parents delivered to us (they kindly stored many of our belongings while we lived in Alaska). We had the best time going through our stuff and reminiscing over what we found, or asking ourselves what something was and why we decided we should keep it. Four years away from things will break you from a decent amount of your sentimental attachments.
(Probably the final side note: We also kept some stuff that seems useless now because we were not sure we would make it in Alaska for a whole year, or more than one year. It seemed stupid to throw away utilitarian items that we might need again in six months if we ran screaming from Alaska. Now it seems silly when we have long since replaced those items with newer items, but that’s the reason some confusing things come out of the boxes. Most of the stuff is sentimental though.)
Our plan is to do something about a tree and outdoor decorations this weekend. We’ll eventually buy a big artificial tree, but I think we’ll participate in the Every Kid in a Park program’s tree program in which fourth graders get into National Parks free and then can also cut down a tree from National Park land. Might as well take advantage of that for the one year she is a fourth grader. Obligatory social media holiday decor pictures to come.
(Actual real final side note: Enjoy the rest of your November, everybody!)