How to Wind Down

I can’t believe it.

I sat at my computer all. day. long.

But I must say, I got a ton of work done. Now that it’s 11:30, I can go to bed and turn my brain off.

My favorite way to wind down at night is to let the bunny out, get a bowl of cereal (current fave), and watch The Office (seasons 2-4 are the best), 30 Rock, or Parks and Rec (You had me at tornado).

All of these are viewed sans commercials via Netflix. 🙂

I have no idea what is happening in the world outside of my Facebook microcosm as we do not have cable. 😦

I was watching Parenthood, too, but that show is depressing. It makes me never want to have kids. Seriously, I had really sad dreams after watching it. But I do love Lauren Graham. Even though she plays the exact same character that she did in Gilmore Girls (RIP).

Fast fact: Lauren and BriBri went to the same high school in Springfield, VA.

And since no post is complete without a pic, may I present some Ron Swans’o Lanterns:

48* and grey

Well, at least I enjoyed the warmth yesterday.

Can you see that? According to my neat little weather app, swackett, I’ll need ear muffs, a rain coat, mittens, and boots. Luckily I lived in the rainiest part of North America and have a wonderful pair of rain boots just waiting for me to whip on. But I’m not complaining! I love this weather, too! I feel like I’ve been pronouncing my admiration of the changing leaves all week to whomever will listen. We have a few brightly colored trees in our backyard that I like to check up on every day. I love how everything is shimmery and covered in golden, warm tones. And I LOVE the fact that winter is around the corner. And winter brings Christmas! Oh man. I can’t even let myself think about that right now. I’m just going to spend the next few weeks eating and drinking and smelling all the pumpkin spice that I can.


…in fact, maybe I’ll get Ginna’s recipe for her amazing pumpkin cookies and bake them so I can enjoy them again soon. And maybe I’ll go turn the oven on and sit close by it so we don’t have to turn the heat on. You know, maybe Sylvia Plath wasn’t crazy. Maybe she was just cold. 😉

Well, packing is coming along at a good pace I’d say. I’m taking a brain-break from it now. Everything is down off of the walls. The only structure left to dismantle is our corner hutch unit. Oh, and the table that my computer is sitting on. And the bed frame. Gah. Never mind. But I feel like we’ve gotten a lot packed up. Our closets are empty except for what we are planning to wear for the next month. My kitchen cupboards are quite bare. (I originally spelled it ‘cubbords’ and smirked when firefox told me it was misspelled… I’ve definitely been spelling it that way in my head forever. It’s kind of like the day I learned that those things ninjas use aren’t num chucks, but nun chucks. Num chucks just sounds way cooler.)

Good news, we haven’t gotten into any major fights while having to work together! I don’t know if other couples face “challenges” when having to do big projects together. I’ve already established how differently Broman and I think… now translate that into building things together (or in our case, taking them apart). But I think we’ve done quite well so far. (Have I just jinxed us?) Especially when we double-team the flat-packing of the larger items. We bought some shrink wrap from Uhaul, probably the best (and cheapest) purchase for packing and moving that we’ve made. B-muscle holds the boards together while I wrap them tightly and securely. Now I probably don’t do it the way that he would. But he doesn’t say anything, he just lets me wrap away. I do get the occasional look of “oh boy” when I have trouble tearing it. It’s hard to do without a corner or something to tear against! That junk will stretch like 5 feet before breaking. And I did get the under-the-breath chuckle/head shake when I some how managed to punch myself in the solar plexus. But that was appropriate.

This weekend was filled with good-byes. We had a bon voyage party and said good-bye to quite a few people. It was also our last Sunday at church. 😦 I think I’m going to miss our church most of all. I know that I’ll be back and will get to see people again. And I know that while I will miss my farmer’s market and such, I’ll get to know a new, cheaper market. But our church is awesome. It’s a perfect blend of ages, cultures, and socioeconomic status. It’s been growing like crazy (and not just from babies). There are really cool people there. Our pastor is amazing. He doesn’t just get up and talk, he teaches God’s Word in a way that leaves me feeling like I understood it and am a little bit smarter. He also uses art and photographs and other such things that right-brained people like myself can really relate to. But best of all, no matter what passage he is teaching from, he always answers the question, “Where is the Gospel in all of this?” Yeah, we’re definitely going to miss our church. I teared up when they prayed for us yesterday. They just mentioned us during the weekly congregational prayer, but I felt loved and cared for.

Thanks for listening while I spout out stuff. I am still wondering how I will be doing one week from today. And a few days after that. I think I’ll be distracted (and STOKED to get my iPhone!) but pondering all these things in my heart. (That’s a Luke 2 shout-out to my peeps who were classically trained with me and forced to memorize it every December.) Kind of like right now. I somehow managed to spill my drink from my mouth as I was sipping it. But some of it got on my forehead… Idk. Seriously, I need cameras to follow me around.

For now, it’s back to packing and watching my favorite episode of Gilmore Girls, Season 4 Episode 15: Scene in a Mall. Rory and Lorelai play hookie and go window shopping at the mall where they run into Emily who is storming her way through the stores buying everything in and out of sight.