Who can believe it’s November already? I know it has been November for over a week, but I’m still shocked. It seems like everything has been a blur the past month. Thailand happened, then Baltimore, then I taught TRX courses south of LA last weekend, Denver, CO this past weekend and I’m gearing up for a quick, two night trip to Honolulu, HI for work on Friday (not mad about it). As the holidays are getting closer I’m starting to really miss my family. One of the very few things I disliked about San Diego last time I lived here was that the holidays never really felt like the holidays here. Although %95 of the time, I will not complain about the constant warm temps and sunshine here, coming from the midwest (or most other cities in the country) where there are regular seasons, I crave fall colors, and the scenery looking like Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas this time of year. It was nice to be in Colorado with crisper temperatures and pretty falling leaves. I’m looking forward to heading home for Thanksgiving in 2.5 weeks though. My man-friend and I will be meeting up there and are ready for some southern cooking and plenty of quality time with all my people.

Here’s what else I’m currently into:

Making: This sweet potato concoction. It’s on the “to make” list this week.

Drinking: Not yet, but it’s about that time for White Russians… In the meantime though, water.

Reading: Still working on this and this, but just ordered Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Can’t wait to dive in. I also wish I had tons of extra money right now to buy a copy for all the fabulous women in my life.

Wanting: To go skiing. The mountains are starting to get snow!

Eating: TJ’s peanut butter pretzels with chocolate chips. A few of each and it’s enough to quench your sweet/salty craving.

Listening to: NOT Christmas music. I’m trying really hard to not listen to Christmas music. It’s especially hard when Pandora sends you a notification that the Michael Bublé Holiday station is back. Countdown is on until it’s yuletide in this b**** 24/7. Also, this podcast is back. Hallelujah.

Smelling: My Trader Joe’s cinnamon broom. Best $2.99 I’ve spent all week.

Wishing: That I could always bring people with me on my work trips. It’s great traveling all over the place for work, but my brother would really love to see Pearl Harbor with me when I go to Honolulu this weekend.

Enjoying: The rain. It’s an El Niño year so we’re actually getting rainfall, which is desperately needed.

Loving: My people. All of them. Traveling around is great, but I’m missing my man-friend, his boys, and my family and friends back home. It’s been 6 months since I’ve moved away. Ready to see everybody for the holidays.

Hoping: That the weather is nice in Joshua Tree next weekend. I’ve got one free weekend in November and Tango and I want to head back there before it gets too cold.

Needing: My ankle to quit being janky.

Feeling: Annoyed at having to switch my health insurance now to California… where ALL the plans can suck a bag of ____s.

Wearing: Long sleeves for the first time since I moved back to San Diego.

Bookmarking: This map for my future road trip plans…

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