needing... to have days away from my laptop more often! I left my charger at my parents' house when I was there yesterday and my battery died just before bed last night. Of course, my phone can do most of the things I use my laptop for, but I tried not to treat it as a replacement today - I Instagrammed as much as usual but was pretty internet-free until I got the charger back this evening. It felt really good!
reading... this month's Martha Stewart Living. Jon and I won't be hosting our own Thanksgiving any time soon, but I love imagining the day we'll have both of our families around our table.
writing... a really big post on my definition of blogging success. Honestly, for the past few weeks I've been really frustrated by the attitudes of a lot of bigger bloggers that I peripherally follow. (I'm pretty confident that none of them are you, dear readers, because you've got your heads screwed on straight!) But, as my mom always tells me, sometimes you have to figure out what you want to be by ruling out everything you don't want to be; once I started examining my feelings with that in the back of my mind, I stopped feeling so angry and uncomfortable about blogging. Those bloggers define success one way and it works for them, but that's not my way and it doesn't have to be. It's not a question of better or worse - it's just a question of doing what's right for me and, as I've become more confident in that, I've started caring less about what they're doing and how and why. It's actually very liberating!
listening... to a CD I was sent after donating to WETA last October called Fright Night: Music That Goes Bump In the Night. It's got all the best Halloween-type classical music like Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Ride of the Valkyries, and In The Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. Charlie gets really worked up when I conduct from the couch!
smelling... the apple compote from the spiced apple scones I'm going to blog about tomorrow! I'm not a fan of food-scented candles or plug-ins or whatever, but I'd be a happy camper if I had this smell wafting through my kitchen ever autumn.
hoping... that, since we're now just playing the waiting game for Jon's visa, a lot of the tension between us goes away! As I've mentioned before, dealing with the stress from wedding planning and preparing the visa has been the most challenging part of our long-distance relationship. While the next few months will be hard regardless, I really do hope that it will be easier without the added frustration of this process!
wishing... that USCIS and DHS breezes through our paperwork and grants Jon's visa in a flash. Unfortunately, the wait time has doubled since we last talked to our lawyers and we now might be looking at another eight months of separation instead of the four we originally expected. But that's just approximate, so who knows? Maybe it will take less time. Some wishes to come true, which I know because I am...
loving... that I'll get to see my husband in 35 days! Even though it was heartbreaking to find out that the visa process might take a lot longer than possible, we also clarified that Jon's allowed to come to the US while his immigration status is in flux. We found a decently-priced flight from London to DC for Thanksgiving, which means we'll be reunited in just over a month!
wearing... my Old Navy Diva skinnies. When I was at my biggest, I almost never wore jeans - even when they technically fit, they made me feel bad about myself. I'm still not yet where I want to be with my weight loss, but it's really nice to throw on jeans and then not worry about my outfit for the rest of the day! I'm totally susceptible of the placebo effect, I know, but it's funny what just being a size down can do to your confidence.
wanting... the Marine Corps Marathon 10k that I'm running next Sunday to be as smooth as the last week's worth of runs has been! I've been feeling really good and I hope that my body stays in the groove until I cross the finish line.
feeling... relaxed. Charlie and I had a blissful day - an hour running around the dog park, a good nap for him and pancakes for me, and then time in the sun working on a marrow bone and carving a pumpkin. (Again, the former was Charlie and the latter was me!) It was so lovely spending the afternoon just hanging out without being constantly on a screen. We took walks and cuddled on the couch, I ran errands and made another batch of scones... and now it's time for a glass of wine and dinner. Bliss, right?
clicking... on all the blogs I follow! It's almost impossible for me to keep up with everyone's posts during the week, so I binge on the weekends. Be warned, you might get a deluge of comments from me this evening!
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