Ah, September. When I was younger, I was all about summer. As I age (and perhaps as I come into my own as a highly sensitive person), I’ve fallen more in love with the transitional seasons — spring and especially autumn. I’m wearing jeans and a cardigan today and truly loving this dreary, 60-degree day.
That’s not to say, of course, that I didn’t enjoy summer. I really, truly did. Here’s how my life has looked the last couple of months.
A little solo ocean respite to center my spirit. (I never stop feeling spoiled by the ability to saunter to the sea anytime I so desire.)
Adventures with my number-one best guy.
And these beasts.
… including hooping in the park. (My favorite!)
Getting to spend time with this guy. He’s the son of my friend Brigid, and I feel a particularly special heart-connection with him. (Check out Brigid’s Etsy shop in that link — she makes the cutest things.)
I also got to meet (but haven’t spent nearly enough time) with this little darling. (She’s pictured above next to Ian.) This is Amelia True, the daughter of my dear friend Elise.
Brigid and Elise are the first of my close friends to have children, and I’m thrilled by the additions to the landscape of my life. As someone who loves children but is childless for the foreseeable future, it does my heart a lot of good to spend time around these tiny humans. I adore them, and I’m awed by the mothers that my friends have suddenly become.
Oh, this guy again. We celebrated our official two-years-together milestone on 7/30. (We actually started dating in April of 2011, but didn’t consider ourselves ‘a couple’ until the end of July.) To celebrate, we did a little hiking and then hit a few favorite places in Portsmouth for a little tour of tapas and drinks. And then we went out with Chris and Stephen for a couple more celebratory drinks.
At the beginning of August, our rat Arlo died. It was sudden but not unexpected — he was an older dude who had spent much of his life in a pet shop. He came to live with us last summer. He was a real charmer and we were very sad to say goodbye to him.
In happier news, my mom & sister Micayla came to visit for a long weekend. It was so great to see and spend time with them. Mickie was my tiny sidekick when she was little and I’m so proud of the young woman she’s grown up to be. She started college this week, which blows my mind a little bit.
We saw Dar Williams play a show at Prescott Park a few weeks ago. She’s one of my absolute favorite musicians. I discovered her not long after moving to Maine in 2002 (when I was barely 18) and I have a lot of happy memories of driving along the coast listening to her songs on repeat. (The Babysitter’s Here still makes me teary, it turns out.)
We’ve been spending as much time as possible hiking in the White Mountains. I’ve been stealing most Fridays off from work, which sometimes means working a bit over the weekend, but it’s totally worth it. We’re going to try to keep up our weekly hiking adventures all winter — we’ll see how that goes. (I’m possibly the least-hardy person alive.)
All in all, it’s been a great couple of months. Very full and busy but with just enough downtime for rest & relaxation.
I’ve settled into this pace of working just enough and my entire life is better for it. I’m doing some of my best work. I’ve been spending a lot of time reading both for pleasure and to keep up with my always-changing industry. This is the first time I’ve worked at a moderate pace and I’m really enjoying (and feeling rather proud of) the shift. I’m working on a blog revamp when time allows. You might see that soon or it might be months from now.
If you’re interested, I’m currently booking for projects beginning the second half of October. Feel free to get in touch.