The season of change is upon us. It’s fall people. It feels like fall. Cool chilly mornings, a little bit of heat during the day and gentle winds in the foothills swirling leaves all over our driveway in the evening. Eric is actually considering putting away the AC unit and getting the firewood ready. I’m crossing my fingers and toes for a nice wet fall and winter. We NEED it here in CA.
The markings of the new season are here. Halloween décor is popping up in the neighborhood [I can’t wait to decorate! favorite time of the year] and pumpkin recipes are popping up everywhere on my social media feed. Heck, I even made some yummy pumpkin banana bread the other week.
Yes, I promise you a recipe! I’m going to make it one more time this week to make sure the pure yumminess of what I made wasn’t a fluke.
As we move into fall, I can’t help but think of what I was doing last year.
This time last year I was in the middle of marathon training for CIM, trying to balance art projects and work. Somehow I did it. I honestly don’t know how, but I made it work. I loved running in the cool, dark, fall mornings.
But like the seasons, life changes. In so many ways. Good ways, hard ways, challenging ways and ones that take us by surprise. Things differ from week to week, month to month and year by year.
This year I am struggling to get out the door to run, but loving every minute of my little 2-3 mile jaunts that I can do (few and far between). I’m planning on my trail running soon, or at least hikes. I can’t wait to get out in the dirt and just breathe. I’m actually aiming to do a 5k or 10k or two before the end of the year. I’ve been eyeballing Brazen Racing’s New Year’s runs and it looks like a fun way to close and start a new year (dear god did I already just start talking about new year’s?? eeep!)
I am staying active! I’m cross training a bit with swimming, water aerobics and even did some cycling.
Have you ever been to Soul Cycle? That was a LOT of fun. I went to the one up in Palo Alto. I met up with some local TIU community ladies and we all got a great workout. We even did some light weight work! High energy, fun, enthusiastic instructor Bea, and just an overall great experience. That being said, I live in the south bay and trying to drive up north in the afternoon/evening is not fun. It’s not feasible for me to do SC all the time, but maybe every couple months or so.
My dad is closing his business towards the end of the year, so the task of sorting through all the extra material, tooling, old parts and such has been put upon my coworker (aunt) and I. Instead of being busy cleaning new parts for customers, we’re getting rid of old ones from over ten years ago. It’s been challenging for my dad, since this business is his baby, but he’s in his mid 70s and it’s time he retires and enjoys the world. He’s ready for it.
I’ve just got to look for a new job once we’re closed completely. Ah well. Change is what it’s all about.
I’m still doing my Dia de los Muertos festivals. Hard at work in the majority of my free time, getting new paintings done for upcoming shows. Here’s one that I recently finished:
More evident of change is sorting through my grandmother’s old glassware. It’s been over a year since she passed, and the thought hurts, but the ache lightens each time. With the familia telling stories and memories coming back to the forefront of the mind when seeing unburying a glassware we hadn’t seen in ages, it was healing. And fun.
We also uncovered my Wela’s secret stash of alcohol. More likely used for offerings than drinking (she wasn’t a big drinker) it was still funny coming across it and everyone laughing over it. And as always, it was great spending time with family. We still got a lot to look through at my grandma’s house, so I’m sure more unheard stories will come to light.
Speaking of light, damn it’s dark in the morning. Granted, I’ve been sleeping in until 6 and things were still a light out, but once the autumn equinox hit, it was like boom! dark until 6:30 am. It makes trying to get out of bed to go for a run just a tad bit harder.
It makes it harder when we got a new bed a couple weeks ago and it’s just so. damn. cozy. We saved up some money, bit the bullet with a payment plan and went with Tempurpedic. It’s like sleeping on a freaking cloud. That and it’s a CA King. Ever since my parents got a CA king bed, many years ago when we were still children, I dreamt of having one of my very own. It didn’t take much convincing for Eric to agree, but we waited until we could afford it. We’ve been sleeping in his old college bed, full mattress, for the last 5 years (he had it for 9) and now I can finally starfish in the bed without hitting Eric. It’s that big. And now our room is tiny, but eh.
Now to save up money for the new fridge or garage door, circa sometime next year. There I go again.
Speaking of sometime next year. . .
For now. . . I’m going to enjoy the fall and the season of change.
Happy Fall everyone!