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Friday, November 22, 2013




And it's the end of yet another week. How does this seem to keep happening so fast? The last couple months have gone by so quickly I think it's been a bit disorienting for me. In fact I can't think of a time when October and November has moved at such a rapid pace. I don't seem to be alone in feeling this way either; from reading all your blogs I see many are feeling the same. Both in that it's moving too fast and, November, specifically, has felt like an 'eh' month. What can we blame this on? Here I'd say the weather may be a factor. Having that long summer, which also extended in to some warm and dry spells here in Portland even all the way into a few days last week, has made everything feel different (not that we haven't had our share of rain, but still it's not been as much or as cold as normal).  Luckily I have had a few really big custom embroidery projects which I love doing when I am feeling slow. It's really mediative and relaxing, but yet I am working so it fills that need to be "doing." In general, however, I have felt a bit like I am just going through the motions, but maybe not even that. More like I am just watching the days go by like in one of those x-ing off the days of a calendar montages they have in movies. Or, remember that old joke how does time fly? throw a clock. That's how I feel, like someone is just tossing clocks and calendars around and I am standing there trying to say "wait! stop doing that!" but I can't think of the words fast enough to say anything at all. And maybe this odd mixture of me feeling extraordinarily slow and time feeling extraordinarily fast wouldn't feel so alarming if Thanksgiving wasn't next week! I love Thanksgiving but for some reason I am so not there. And then Christmas? I am sure by this time I am usually bristling and busting with excitement, but dare I say this publicly . . . I am kind of dreading it. But only because I am not there yet. I want to be there and anticipate with glee. And feel all "weeeee" rather than all "whaaaa?" And just so you know I am not sad at all. Which I'd readily admit if that were the case and I keep asking myself ("self, are you sad?" and my self says "nooo, nope, not sad. actually feeling pretty cozy right now.") just to make sure because this whole "state" I have been in is new. I am more just totally confused. Like I said to begin with, disoriented. It's quite strange I tell you. Really it's already the end of November, I just can't wrap my brain around that.

But this week we got our first frost, which might be likened to snow elsewhere. And I broke out my warm boots and my down and wool coats and I am crossing my fingers that it will get me in the mood for all the festivities that are going to happen, whether I am ready for them or not. This weekend I plan on getting my pinterest on and pumping myself up to plump my turkey and mash my potatoes and candy my yams and roast my veggies and fill my pies. I am also thinking we might go get our yearly ornament over the weekend too. It's been a tradition to do this right after Thanksgiving and probably my favorite one of the holidays because it's just so simple and always kicks off the season in the best way. I am thinking that might get me caught up to whatever day and month it is right now. Anyone else feeling like time is moving crazy-fast?

19 comments:

  1. i couldn't agree with you more, it is still hard for me to believe that thanksgiving is next week and then by the end of the weekend it will be december! i always feel a little frantic this time of the year, with trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list and trying to savor every moment of the holiday season. i just have to remind myself to stop and take a breath. and. just. be.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

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    1. i am usually frantic at this time of year too (but in a good way), but the fact that i haven't been is throwing me off! it will happen i am sure. i'll get bitten by that holiday bug in no time.

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  2. Hello my lovely. I think I have had a bit of food poisoning today, so I've been laying really, really low. I have much to day about this post and your beautiful photos though. First, frost! Can I tell you that we usually get frost maybe two times a year here? That's IT! Crazy, isn't it? It's actually more likely to snow than to frost (still unlikely), but I envy your ability to get those gorgeous photos.

    Now. Cal got really mad at me for groaning audibly when he told me how many (few) days there were until Christmas. WHY AREN'T YOU CHEERFUL??? Clearly this comes from the person who has nothing to do with making Christmas "happen." Whatever. We'll manage. Rest up this weekend. Things kick into high gear next week! ;)

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    1. :( food poisoning. yuck! i am sorry. yeah, these last couple months have gone so fast. i am usually annoyingly excited by now trying asking everyone if they are also as excited as movie and planning our itinerary of holiday movie watching. xo

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  3. Absolutely, EVEN THOUGHT T-day is next week I still find myself thinking that it is October! We received a few snow flurries in NY but then a warm front visited again making me feel like it was the start of SPRING season (yikes!!!!). Spectacular photos Christine.

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    1. i think i just wish there were a little more time between thanksgiving and christmas this year. i think i am slightly dreading it because time has gone so fast as is, and we all know the time between turkey and santa goes even faster! xo

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  4. I'm fairly sure I blinked and missed most of October and November, it's crazy! Cannot deal with the fact it is nearly December!
    The first frosts are beautiful though!

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    1. i love frost. it's so beautiful. i love how it turns everything these subtle colors.

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  5. Love these photos especially the last one, got take advantge of those sunny days in Portland. Here it has not rained much we actually need rain. It was warm but now it got cold, may even have flurries tomorrow.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

    allienyc.com

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    1. thanks! we have been out in the sun a lot. it's been great and i am sure i have our new dog to thank for that. ooo, i hope we get some snow this year!

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  6. Disorientating is the perfect way to describe it. Like you are trying to catch a train but are standing in between two tracks and there are trains on both tracks whizzing by you and you keep trying to catch one but can't. I am so ready for it to be Christmas, to see my family, rest in the cozy glow of lights, but personally I am wanting time to come to a full stop so I can get some things done.
    Let's hope we find the glee this week, maybe a holiday film will bring on those great feelings.
    Cheers.

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    1. yes, you get what i am saying. i love the holidays and i think i am anxious that i am not there yet because i love them so much. but i seriously need to get a few things done too and that seems to be where my mind is at. xo

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  7. it's the same here. time is flying. i try to make the best of it. but before I've even come up with a plan or an idea or a list of things that really have to be done, another week has gone by and the schedule has changed. it's crazy. and yes, it is almost a bit disorienting. let's hope it'll get better soon.

    ps: stunning pics!!!

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    1. thanks so much! well at least with the holidays the time moving so fast will be normal. and then we have january the slowest month of the year. xx

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  8. I think we'll get there. I definitely agree with you about the fast moving pace of the months this year and I am totally not feeling ready at all. But I feel like every year it just kinda happens one day and I'm like: I'm ready now. :)

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  9. I don't know where my comment went! :( Is it lame of me to say that I think everything after 25 has just been a blur? It's all been disconcertingly fast and I feel like I'm watching my life in a NASCAR stadium. Phwwwwoooooo there goes New Years, and then it's Thanksgiving, and then it's spring. Zoom zoom zoom! Does that make sense? Am I allowed to complain at this age? ;) Long story short: yes. But I'm kind of used to it by now. I hope you had a good weekend, darling. xo

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  10. I feel exactly like you - exactly exactly like someone has been throwing my clocks and calendars against the wall and shattering them to pieces. I love Thanksgiving and suddenly it's this week and what happened to all the preparation that I typically do. Where did the time go!

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