Despite the calendar telling me fall began on September 23rd, I always feel that September 1st is a more accurate date for the autumnal equinox. Something about students returning to classes, the air turning crisper, leaves turning gold and orange and red . . . It's just fall-ish. I adore this time of year, when sunny afternoons are still warm enough to wander about in sandals, and evenings are chilly enough to wrap myself in a sweater; when the bugs have started to die off; when you blink and suddenly the trees are shaking out their golden splendor. Perfection.
Maybe it's the weather, but it feels like the subtle turning of a page. My siblings are burying their noses in schoolbooks once again (heavens, has it really been two years since that was me?). The garden has been cleaned out, down to a bare patch of dirt; and jars upon jars upon jars of canned goods line the pantry shelves. The tomato canning--salsa sauce, spaghetti sauce, tomato soup, canned whole tomatoes--is done early this year. Hooray! My college & careers group (the young adult version of youth group, in case you're unfamiliar with the term) has started up again. Change is in the air.
Other September happenings include:
- A sleepover with a good friend, which consisted of movies, walks, and late-night conversations.
- My parents' 25th wedding anniversary! My siblings and I served them an Italian meal, restaurant style. It's been our tradition of late to look for new recipes, shoo Mom out of the kitchen, and whip up supper for the two of them on their anniversary. We kitchen staff eat in a different room while they enjoy soft music and a candlelit dinner. This year we made baked ziti, caesar salad, and garlic toast. Oh, and afterwards we all gathered around to watch a video of their wedding highlights. Romantic!
- I mentioned it already, but the weather has just been gorgeous.
- Editing The Brightest Thread, my Sleeping Beauty retelling. It's dropped from 30k to just over 27 k, and I've already gone through the first half of the story. Heh. I must learn to be more ruthless.
- Last Sunday night, we stood on the driveway to witness a 'blood moon.' Or more accurately, the eclipse of a super moon. The moon was larger, closer to earth, and this particular eclipse turned it rusty red. (More like old, dried blood than bright scarlet blood.) Pretty neat.
- Yesterday was Coffee Day, apparently, which I found out after the fact. Oh well. I did accidently celebrate with a pumpkin spice latte.
- A re-watch of Mom's Night Out. Just as funny the second time around!
- The new Annie movie, watched during a girl's night. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but it was actually very good. The songs got stuck in my head for a few days, which I didn't mind at all.
- During the sleepover, I watched the first four episodes of Once Upon a Time Season 2! (Captain Hook!)
- Insurgent. While it wasn't as compelling as the first movie, and I did skip a scene (NOT. NECESSARY. GUYS.), it was fairly good. I'm kind of undecided on my opinion. On one hand, it didn't follow the book. On the other, the changes did accomplish something the book did not (see Tori's review @ Geeks Under Grace; one of the last paragraphs). The different faction settings were sharply contrasted, which was visually beautiful. I continue to love Tris's role. But as I said, it wasn't quite on the same level as Divergent.
|(My cover was pinkish rather than blue...)|
And that, my friends, was my September in a nutshell. October awaits!
How was your month? What are you looking forward to in October? And fellow Five Magic Spindles contestants: how is your entry coming along? (Can you believe we have three months left to finish??)
(Psst, stay tuned for this Saturday's post. I am offering some writing tips at last!)
*Edit: I forgot to mention one very exciting happening this month. Anne Elisabeth Stengl held a Show and Tell on her blog for the Five Magic Spindles contestants, which I entered. It was so exciting to get a glimpse of over 30 stories! There's a lot of talent and promising ideas this year. Go take a gander!