Sippin' Cider

I hope you're having a great weekend! It's been a while since I did a coffee chat, but seeing as how I'm currently sipping on some warm Trader Joe's spiced cider, it's going to be a cider chat.

It's fall and I know many of you will agree that it's truly the most wonderful time of year. I love the warmth of summer and the festivity of Christmas time, but November is really where it's at. The air is getting crisp, the holiday bustle hasn't quite begun, we haven't all started gorging ourselves with goodies, the trees and leaves are gorgeous, layers, boots and flannel are acceptable. What's not to love about November?

Recycled from last fall

With the cooler temps and leaves everywhere, it's definitely feeling like fall. Because it feels like this time of year passes so quickly and all of a sudden Christmas is upon us. I thought it would be fun to do a quick post highlighting what I've been doing, wanting, reading, etc.

Doing - Hiking the Ridgeline Trail. In addition to fitting in running, it occurred to me I really wanted to get out on the Ridgeline before it starts pouring. It's one thing to run or hike in the rain by yourself, but it's another thing to bring along a baby (and because I figure he wouldn't be so fond of being drenched, I'm doing it now). I've been trying to hike at least once a week with Henry. On Friday, Lindsey and I hiked for over an hour and then grabbed coffee. So good for the soul.

Wanting - A massage and a pedicure. Yes, my toes are in desperate need of some pampering and my back and shoulders hurt on occasion, but more so, I'm pining for a few solo hours to simply zone out.

Reading - Summerland and Winter Street by Elin Hildebrand. These are quick reads and probably qualify as chic lit, but most importantly, they've inspired me to hole up with a book and just read after the little guy has gone to sleep. This week I also picked up a few cookbooks (Mark Bittman's VB6, Moosewood) and a few on baby feeding and more quick reads from Elin Hildebrand.

Eating - Gone are the days where I'm preparing anything that takes more than 30 min tops to make. Dinners lately have been rice & bean bowls, pasta w/ veggie marinara, tofu Thai stir fry and grilled sandwiches. And I've been eating far too many sweets because well, I'm hungry all the time and they always sound good.

Laughing - At this little guy who is keeping me on my toes. At five months and 16 lbs (I still owe you guys a few Henry updates), he really has outgrown this chair, but on occasion I set him in it so I can do something quickly. Gone are those days as he's now rolling over and trying to crawl over the back side.

Feel free to join in. What have you been doing, wanting, reading, wearing, etc?


Wow, it looks like Henry is a mover and a shaker! I can't believe how big he is getting!! He's so darn cute!!

This was a fun recap to read! That's awesome that you got to do some hiking with a friend and her baby. Having company out on the trails is always the best! I'm envious of the hiking that you live close to!

I'm doing so much this weekend. Like too much. I volunteered, went to a jewelry party, made dinner for a friend who just had a baby (lentil enchiladas which were so good), ran, ranked and bagged leaves at Phil and then did a bunch of stuff around the house. It has NOT been a relaxing weekend but oh well. Maybe I'll get a quiet lightly planned weekend in January. ;) I'm wanting more free time or a less planned life (although I do this to myself). I'm reading "A Year of Living Biblically" and Phil is reading it too so we can talk about it. It was suggested as an entertaining book that might help us talk more about religion as we have different views. And I am wearing lots of leggings/skinny jeans, boots and cozy tops!
Wow, it looks like Henry is really starting to move. On one hand, darn it; there goes the easy shower days! On the other, it's so fun to see them starting to move around and take in the world more!

I actually had a bit of a "quiet" weekend this weekend. I did a bunch of stuff around the house, as I am hosting Thanksgiving and will be out of town next week for 5 days. I also got my Christmas cards done for the same reason. Next weekend I am gone, then it's Thanksgiving, then the weekend after that is holiday parties and a couple of long runs, so I thought I would get them done a bit early if possible. Other than that, I went for a run, went for a hike with a friend, raked and mowed the lawn, and made chicken stock and bread pudding!
Leigh said…
Haha that picture of Henry in the chair is so funny! Love it. I just finished two books by Marisa de los Santos and they were really good!
Anonymous said…
Go Henry!

I just finished Ruth Reichl's first novel, "Delicious!". Do you know her? The former editor of Gourmet who has written several great biographies. It's a great, easy, foodie-themed read. Highly recommend it for "after baby is in bed" reading.

P.S. At 3.5 months, Gus is also 16 lbs. I'm destined to have plump babies. You seem more like the long and lean offspring type ;)
Xoxo, Siri Mom
Amber said…
Hahaha what a little goofball Henry is! No kidding he's keeping you on your toes! That is fun you have been getting out for a few hikes while he's in the baby carrier. I bet he loves that!!

This fall has just been really busy at work for me so I've kind of let a lot of other things fall by the wayside. But with doing the Holiday Shred I'm also bringing meal planning back into my life so I'm trying to get back on top of my eating. This week has gone well so far!

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