The countdown to 2020 is on, the Christmas cards have just been posted, and I remain gobsmacked that we’ve arrived in December already. The weather has turned – colder, grayer, and distinctly wetter than I remember previous SF winters being – and I’m looking forward to seeing what the final month of the decade will bring. But before I wish it all away, here are some of the little things that made the penultimate month of the year.
Blogging about: Shockingly, this month saw an actual blog post from me. Just a little catch up and reflection on blogging for 10 years.
Watching: The Crown (though currently taking a break after the gut-wrenching third episode) and Queer Eye Japan. This month I also finished the final season of Jane the Virgin. I didn’t love the final episode, but the season itself was so good, and I want Petra’s entire wardrobe.
Making: An effort to be more creative. I mentioned it in my previous post, but I’m currently throwing myself into The Artist’s Way, a course which involves artist dates, random acts of creativity, and daily writing. I’m into it, but it’s consuming a fair amount of my time.
Reading: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, and Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch. I then followed this with a week of reading deprivation as part of The Artist’s Way, which was torture.
Listening to: The Moana soundtrack on repeat, and I won’t apologise for it.
Wearing: Finds from the clothes swap I hosted a couple of weeks ago. Ten of us gathered in my apartment to go through what can only be described as an epic pile of dresses, jumpers, accessories and tops of all varieties. It was a fun afternoon and I’m now the proud owner of a new pair of sunglasses, a casual dungaree situation, and a cropped plaid shirt, among other things.
Eating: A delicious Alison Roman x Scribe Winery tasting, in celebration of her new cookbook, Nothing Fancy. Starting the weekend early with an afternoon in Sonoma with some of my favourite people was an utter delight, as was Alison’s menu, especially the pear and persimmon salad.
Enjoying: Book club brunches, Sonoma sunsets, slow-ish weekends, drawing my first hand-turkey, celebrating five years, and Thanksgiving weekend, bookended by two Friendsgivings, and a whole lot of cleaning and organising in-between.
Looking forward to: Going to New York next week. I’m slightly terrified I’ll freeze to death – winter dressing was never my forte – but looking forward to seeing the city all Christmassy.