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Currently: November 2015

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Brrr! The temperature in Seattle has dropped but we have had a few glorious clear sunny days. Even if it means temps in the 30s, I'm happy to see the sun.



The big news is that TJ's job is moving to Connecticut in February. We're still deciding whether or not to go with it. We can make pro/con lists until the cows come home, but the fact of the matter is that it's really hard to objectively weigh the "gut feelings" that come along with this sort of decision. He loves his job, which is a Big Thing. I'm open to a new Family Adventure on the East Coast. There's a school there we love for T. Hopefully we'll make a decision in the next couple of weeks.

Listening To

Christmas music, enthusiastically. After Thanksgiving, it's Game On. I love this time of year. Pretty sure it's genetic as my dad is the same way. Two new favorites - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Andrew Belle and "Must be Christmas" by Band of Merrymakers (I know, I'm a year late to this one.)  Thanks to the Amazon Prime "Alt & Indie Christmas" station.

I'm also enjoying the new Deep Dive audio course by Paperclipping featuring Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom system. Like any organization junkie, I love a good system. I will not be adopting this one - in fact, I had her book and Kon-Mari'd it because it just doesn't fit the way I think. It's also WAY more complicated than I need, given that I am fairly happy with my existing photo organization system. (I discuss the details of my system in my email-based workshop here.) But despite all that, I've picked up some good tips on managing printed photos and generating ideas for scrapbook layouts.

Now if I could just find some magic elves who would actually go through my photos for me on a regular basis, that would be swell. 


Just finished The Clasp by Sloane Crosley for my virtual Book Club (we meet via Google Hangouts monthly). It was suggested by my high school friend S who has picked some good ones for us so far. It was a little slow to get going, but an easy, enjoyable read. I'm glad I read it, though not super happy I had to buy it outright due to the LONG holds list at the library. We'll try to pick older books going forward.

This month I also *devoured* Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes in 2 nights, only because I willed myself to let it last longer. It was THAT good. Very inspiring and well-written. I read about it in O Magazine last month on my trip and pre-ordered it immediately. It did not disappoint.


We took an unexpected trip to Connecticut last week to check out some houses and schools and to get a feel for whether we'd even like to live there. We definitely liked it, though the idea of moving from our perfect, recently remodeled "forever home" makes me sad.

We've also got an upcoming trip to Arizona to visit family. After the monster 6 hour flight to Boston, this flight should be no problem! (Knock on wood.) Restricting screen time drastically at home makes a whole flight full of Kindle time super exciting for the ladies. Hoping this lasts a few more years...


Super happy with my FWinter wardrobe - almost identical to last year's, with a handful of new pieces: 3 new casual dresses, 1 cardigan, 2 short A-line skirts and 1 denim tunic to wear with leggings which has gotten a ton of use already. Definitely a winner from eShakti.

Looking at houses in CT last week, I noticed that I have a LOT fewer clothes than most people. I was surprised by that, because it doesn't feel limited to me. I'm sure it helps that everything in there fits me, and I love it. I have definitely reached "just enough" with it, and it makes me happy every time I have to get dressed. Mission accomplished!

Working On

Holiday cards. This is the earliest I've ever been done with my "Holiday Sweatshop Craft" - the little item I enclose with most of our cards. I decided this year I am only sending out 60 cards, and have already made the list. I designed the photo insert for our cards and had it printed 2 weeks ago, and assembled all the cards today.  I am WAY ahead of where I usually am! I typically like to get my cards in the mail around December 1 and I'm definitely on track.  Woot!

I also found out my contract gig has been extended through the end of June so I don't (yet) have to worry about looking for a new job. Super thankful for that since a LOT of contracts are ending December 31 so the local market will be crowded. Hooray for 6 more months of work, and being "forced" to take 6 months off starting in July 2016!

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