Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Prompt for a Very Bad Day

I'm using a prompt from another day (courtesy of BlogHer) because it's the one I like and it's a bad day today.  On bad days, we must do what we can to make things better and that sometimes means bending or breaking the rules a bit.  Although I'd probably to that on a good day, too.

"Which sound is more satisfying for you: crunching leaves underfoot or bubble wrap popping?"

Crunching leaves underfoot wins hands down for me.  Bubble wrap popping is a satisfying activity/sound, but it does not remind me of my favorite season.  

The sound of fallen leaves under my booted feet reminds me that everything changes and everything withers and dies.  And that sounds awful, but I know that for new things to grow, something else has to give.  Autumn reminds me that nothing is set, so no matter how screwed up I might feel like my life is, things will change.  In other seasons I remind myself by just putting one foot ahead of the other.  During Fall, there's that extra crunch to reward me.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Season For Falling

Fall is my season.  Not just mine, but at least mine.  It's when having naturally curly, thick, crazy hair is suddenly beneficial to keep out the cold and doesn't have to be constantly tied up out of my face.  When I can pull out all of my favorite scarves and sweaters.  When I can pull my boots back on and not worry as much about where I'm walking.  I am at my best with a chill in the air, a mug of hot coffee and a little red in my cheeks.  I look forward to this time every year, when the leaves change colors and evil is just a character in tales we tell.

This month's theme for NaBloPoMo on BlogHer is Fall: "But fall is so much more than a season.  We're talking about falling in love, falling down, and falling apart."  It is indeed the perfect theme for me this time around.  My heart has been recently snagged just a bit by someone I've known a long time, but who lives in another state.  I've been questioning the financial implications of moving to Seattle, in light of a very saturated job market in this area.  And quite a bit of the time I seem to have a thousand worries zipping around my head that make me feel like any moment I'm going to fall to pieces.  As the October theme goes, I will be examining quite a few things that I'd honestly rather not.  But I do think it will be worth it in the end.  I have to restore some sort of balance to my life and I can't think of a better way to do that than to put the things that make me uncomfortable (but also make me who I am) under the microscope.  As it says for this month's theme, "By the end of the month, we hope this deep look into your own psyche will get you to fall in love with yourself all over again."

The colder seasons are a good time for catharsis.  A good time for having a whiskey while wearing a thick sweater and pondering things you couldn't stand to ponder when it's hot and sticky outside.  Wish me luck.

The Long and the Short Of It

Even though it's been a long time, this'll be a short one.

Fall hits the Pacific Northwest about a month before it starts cooling off in Northern California.  Having just been in the Bay Area to visit friends, I have to say that I am happy to be back in the Seattle area.  It is scarf and boot weather.  It is pumpkins and hot cider and foggy mornings and wearing my hair down because it doesn't get too hot for it time.  I love this time of year.  And after months of not writing (on here, and barely on any surface), my favorite season reminds me that I need to dig back in, no matter how busy I am.

More soon.