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I’m not one for the fanfare of Halloween. I apologize if you are, and this makes me a grump. I’ve just never really liked dressing up. When I was a kid, half of the costumes wouldn’t fit me (chubby kid syndrome), and as I got older, my costumes never felt funny or witty enough. There was one year that Cat and I dressed up as each other (she as a Rose; me as a Cat). That was the year I loved. That was the year we won a Jenga game. Another year I dressed up as windblown woman (an idea stolen from a friend). Other than that, nothing much to report.

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for escapism, I do enjoy creative projects tied into Halloween. So last night, Cat hosted our friends Cortney and Kelly over for a night of pumpking carving and catching up.

I enjoyed the way we all figured out what we wanted to make. Cat and Kelly both had ideas in mind already, while Cortney and I doodled on newspaper and sat quietly. Truthfully, nothing spoke to me this year. I googled pumpkins and found an abstract design that seemed pleasant.

Then, we all got to work. Which involved a lot of concentration:

and a good amount of conversation:

At one point, Kelly came into the room and said I looked incredibly sad. I wasn’t, but while I do find the activity of carving pumpkins to be therapeutic, I also find it tiring. My arms are the weakest part of my body. I guess it’s good I finally gave them a workout.

In the end, it was totally worth it. My pumpkin might not hold very much meaning. Nor does it represent my life in any way. But it’s something I’ve never done before, and I’m proud of it for that reason. For once, I’m not going to overanalyze what these shapes or pattern mean. It is what it is, and I’m fine with that. Self judgement is too exhausting; I’ve given that up this fall. I just love that golden glow on the porch. Feels like home today.

Do you like to carve pumpkins? What have you made this year or in the past of which you’re proud?

It is the summer, and I am in love.

Last night, my housemate and I joked about our beverage selections for guests.  “Would you like water, or, uh….maybe water… with ice?.. Wait, there’s some half and half here. How about some half and half… over ice?”

Needless to say, we have little desire for anything outside of the water spectrum. We are cheap. We are trying to live healthy lives. But you know, once in a while – I’d just like to have a taste of something that isn’t translucent. So entered the ginger tea, and my new love.

Before the boyfriend was my boyfriend, he went on vacation and brought back this container. “I thought you liked tea.” In fact, I do like tea. I had been collecting tea from my days as a food blogger, where I used to get bags for free. At one point, I had so much tea that I donated much of it to my writer’s workshop. I simply couldn’t drink enough tea to keep up with my collection. That is, until I started brewing it in mass quantities (mainly to get rid of it) this summer for iced tea.

This is literally one of the easiest and cheapest things I’ve ever done. Please follow these steps and fall quickly in love. It may seem simple. It may seem rudimentary. Maybe you feel like you don’t have time to brew your own tea. You do. Don’t be lazy. We all have 15 minutes.

Step 1: Collect 12-15 bags of tea.

Step 2: Boil them in 12-15 cups of water for 12-15 minutes.

Step 3: Remove tea bags.

Step 4: Pour into a pitcher. Maybe add ice right away. Maybe not. Maybe add water to water it down. Maybe not. (I always add water).

Step 5: Enjoy the tea of your labor with ice.


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