When you have a family member who has decided to start a sideline business of being a DJ, and he has little equipment, it makes Christmas shopping for him VERY easy! When his parents called and asked what they could get the guy who has everything- it was easy for me to chime in with serato dj controller as I knew it was in the price range of what they wanted to spend for his gift, plus they are people who like to make sure to purchase something that people use, rather than buying to be buying and it landing in a closet or re-gifted.

As for me- I’m making a list and checking it against what others end up buying my favorite guy. Something tells me his new venture is going to get a lot easier for him once Christmas has passed and he sees how many people have surprised him. Especially since he thinks I’m the only one who knows about his new venture. Usually I wouldn’t be the one to share his news, but in this case, it will be great to see him receiving gifts that will help him in his new venture. I know it’s going to be a great Christmas.

I am so grateful for my friends! I really don’t have enough words to explain just how grateful I am for each and every one of them. For the individuality that they bring to my life for simply being themselves, for my inner circle giving me a safe place to fall if I need them. Several months ago- a good friend asked if I was doing my annual friendsgiving with group of seven friends and their guys- Since so many were traveling and doing other things during this time of the year- we decided not to do our get together in November this year, so I told her no.

She asked if we could share a Friendsgiving together and I was happy to say yes. It’s only going to be us, plus her family, and the husband of a friend of ours because she’s traveling and he’s ‘home alone’.

We are sharing the cooking- Me bringing a pumpkin cheesecake, plus a turkey breast and also a ham. I’ll also make some homemade dinner rolls that I’ll bake the morning of. She’s taking care of the stuffing, her traditional potato salad, a fall salad and steamed veggies. We will have a mostly healthy’ish’ feast and I’m looking forward to the time together.

I’ve been feeling a little homesick lately, so this will be a definite plus with me not being able to be ‘home’ for the holidays with my family and friends there.

Christmas- outside of dinner with my mother in law on the 26th- we have no major set plans, but I’m excited to see it all come together and see who we will be spending our time with. I know that it will be great no matter what. If you know someone is alone this holiday season- invite them to share in some time with you.

It’s so hard for so many people who are alone- and a little kindness goes a long way.

A while back I saw something that said- Disconnect to Connect. I paused for a moment to think about what that meant to me and I realized that not only is being ‘connected’ all the time making us disconnect from those closest to us that we don’t often take time to disconnect from everything else and connect with ourselves.

It’s something I’ve been VERY guilty of. I love people, so I love interacting with them- be it in person or via technology a world away. It makes me happy. At the same time- I’ve also noticed that as great as this year has been on many levels, I’ve also lost a connection to myself.

I’ve known for months that I was on this threshold of ‘something’. I’ve had the strong urge to disconnect with pretty much everything and be fully still with myself. My head is constantly full of some sort of information, some sort of list I need to get done- but yet it’s all external stuff. I had forgotten 1- How to release the constant chatter in my head (by writing- something I’d gotten away from but I’m realizing the positive impact writing has on my life) and 2- how to disconnect from everything else and connect with ‘me’.

I started by disconnecting Facebook for a while. Outside of my business page, I have abandoned the FB world- and I really don’t think anyone has noticed, or cares. I spent some time away with my favorite guy- and plan to do some more of that at the beginning of the month.

A friendship that I thought was over is slowly being rebuilt.

I’m disconnecting in so many ways- but connecting on a deeper level not only with myself but so much more.

How do you connect with yourself?

Fall is definitely in the air, the sun rises later, the daylight hours are shorter, and the temperatures are slowly dropping. I find myself so energized by this weather and all that the season brings.

Tonight, despite the 50 degree temps, the weather was so perfect that I had to sit outside and have dinner, while watching the sun sink below the horizon. It was pure bliss. I had homemade sausage, kale and lentil soup, which was perfect for this weather. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE soup this time of year? Tonight I enjoyed it without any type of bread, but tomorrow I’ll make some cornbread to go along with it for Marcel. I may or may not have any, because I’d rather have an extra bowl of soup. It’s THAT good!

What is your upcoming week look like? I hope that whatever you find yourself doing that you’re soaking up some great weather, plus enjoying some great food!

As much as I love the longer daylight hours of summer, I also embrace the shorter daylight hours of the Autumn and winter season. There is something about the weather- the brightness of the sun, the crispness of the air. It makes me SO joyous. The sunsets are breathtaking and even though it gets chilly in the house, I can’t help but leave the doors and windows open until later in the evening. It feels good.

Tonight, I’ll be home alone, and I already have a plan mapped out. Take a hot bath, curl up on the sofa and play catch up on two of my favorite television series that I’m currently behind on.

What about you? What is your favorite thing about Fall?

I saw on Facebook that one of my good friends was ‘done’ with her Christmas shopping. Yes, I did say DONE!! I’ll admit, until that moment I hadn’t given a thought to Christmas, and now I am also considering gifts for everyone I usually buy for. I’ve sent a few emails to suggest a ‘together’ gift of beyerdynamic dt770 for the musician in our family, plus a few other gift that I think would be better shared in terms of price.

I’m curious if you’ve started thinking about the holiday season yet? I’d love to be done by November, but realistically, it will probably be December 23. haha

A few days ago I was really feeling the urge to travel. If you know me in my real life- then you know how much I love to explore new places and cultures. Last year I spent my husbands 50th birthday, along with my parents in Northern Italy, Lake Como and Bellagio to be exact. I fell IN LOVE! I love many places, but outside of home, I have never felt such a deep connection with any place I’ve visited as I did Lake Como. So much so that I had a bout of ugly cries when we had to leave.

I want to go back really bad. The other night I sat and planned out the entire trip and then I took some time and browsed through the photos I took while we were there. So many great memories, and I loved it there so much. I may not be going back this year- but it’s definitely on my ‘possibly’ list for next year!

Where is your favorite travel destination so far?

Is anyone else excited that a majority of the new Fall shows begin THIS WEEK!! Survivor kicks off tonight and I can not wait to watch it. Followed by Grey’s, Scandal.. you get my drift.

I haven’t checked out any of the ‘new’ shows for the Fall line up, but have y’all got any good recommendations?

In the meantime, I think the return of all my favorites should keep me busy for a while.

With the temperatures dropping and the daylight hours being shorter and shorter- it’s the perfect time to curl up and watch!

One of my husbands friend has decided that he wants to learn how to play an instrument. He’s in his 40’s so I’m not sure if he’s having one of those mid-life crisis’ that you hear so many people talk about or if he has a genuine desire to learn something new. Either way- Marcel asked me to send him a link so that the guy could look around. He’s a great guy, but not computer savvy at all- so I sent an email and said tell Marco to click here. Hopefully that will do the trick. I’m curious to see what he ends up deciding to learn to play. My guess- the drums.

The past weeks I have been feeling as though I need to take some time away from everything. I really have the desire to spend some time on the beach, but right now I don’t think that’s feasible, so instead, I’ll take some time to myself and focus on the things I need to focus on- I feel disjointed and know that I need to be still within myself to recenter and find my balance again.

What do you do when you need to take some time to reconnect with yourself?