the dust settles

September 8, 2010 |  Category:   life

I think I’ve finally reassimilated to life back home. It took a week. I knew it would. I’m not so great at coming home from a long vacation. It’s hard for me to just snap back, but I am there, finally. It helps that school has started this week (btw, after just 5 or so minutes of crying after we left, Claudine had a GREAT day at school yesterday and talked about it all day afterwards, but this morning we had to drag her all the way there and she cried again. This school stuff is going to take awhile). It helps that Fall, my favorite time of year in the city, is on the verge of making its appearance. After today, the last day as far as I can tell of mid-80s temperatures, it will feel like it’s here. Apple picking. Crisp cool days in jackets and scarves. Pulling out the boots and sweaters. Halloween. The crunch of leaves. It’s all good.

I’ve been making dates to see lots of friends. I know that I have to find work soon, but I’ve given myself permission to take some time off to figure stuff out. So far, I am not worrying, yet. The last week has been full of adjustments for the family so it seemed like a good decision until things settle. I woke up last Thursday thinking about all the things I wanted to get done since it was a babysitting day, but quickly remembered that we don’t have a nanny anymore. CRAP! Changes for us all, changes all around.

Anyone else going through some changes this Fall?

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  • scentual soundtracks September 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I wish you all the best during these transitions. I love Fall, too. So cozy and comforting; a time for reflection and taking accounts; and, for eating Whimsy & Spice goodies with hot tea and hot cocoa. :o)

  • kate September 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I can feel Fall coming! Despite this bleh hot day, I can tell it’s on its way tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
    So many changes coming on my end. Big, scary changes. Exciting changes. Like I always say, Fall is more of a new year than January is.

  • katherine September 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Fall is my favorite, too. our house becomes more cozy, my sweaters and scarves and layers come out. we can have fires on the farm without everyone’s faces melting off (which is what happened on my birthday). as far as changes through the Fall…
    this being our first season with our farming business, my husband will start to look for winter work soon (“babe, do you think I could be a house painter? a substitute teacher? a barista? a bartender? a chef?!”) and I’ll be picking up more shifts at the restaurant. we’ll probably still read and watch movies into the night, spend too much money on food and alcohol, and forget to call my parents on sundays. whatever change may come with this “off season,” we’re looking forward to dreaming and playing this winter. it’s kind of like everyone else’s summer, but cold.

  • Jenna September 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    kate, ooh, good luck with the changes on your end. Can’t wait to hear about it (if you plan on sharing). And I agree, Fall is more like a new year more so than January for me too.

  • Katrin September 9, 2010 at 3:31 am

    The weather has been like fall here (Hamburg, Germany) for weeks. Lots of rain and stormy wind. I need to find a new job sice I quit the one I have because my boss wanted to keep me on for my currnt internship salary ( next to nothing) instead of really paying. I am doing the project management for two of his best customers, so I deserve to be paid real money. He said he can’t afford that so I said I can’t afford to stay. Maybe that was stupid but I hate to feel used. So let’s hope Fall brings new jobs!

  • Twiggs September 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Hello Jenna!! I keep loving your pictures so much… even this one so neutral and calm… I enjoyed pretty much reading your words, because it is good to feel that others go through the same things you go through. i think this last year has been full of change and concerning seasons… i can’t wait for this one to change… i am a bit tired of summer!! Sending hugs and peaceful thoughts over there! Btw, Claudine is just adorable… how cuter could she be? 🙂 Twiggs

  • Bron September 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Good luck with all your changes! Have no doubt that Claudine (who is sooo amazingly cute BTW – bighead or no ;P) will settle in her own time, not that I know her (obviously) but this seems like a normal transition. Stressful, but normal.

    p.s I invite you to c’mon over and visit http://www.babyspace.net.au sometime!

  • Cynthia September 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I love this time of year when it gets chilly and thoughts of Halloween are in the air. Making pots of soup and baking. The boys have been in school four days, and I’ve been dealing with contractors when I really want to work on making jewelry. So I bought some kits and books to cheer me up. So much to get done before the weather gets really cold here in Wisconsin, and simply not enough hands or hours to get it all done. Decided today not to do the seasonal Peak at the large company across the street so I could work on jewelry and have a less hectic family schedule. But, I will miss the benefits. Sigh…

  • ChantaleP September 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I am really not ready for Fall. As for school, I’m so glad to hear she had a great day! They always do in the end. It’s just the ‘getting there’ part that’s a pain. Once they reach school and see their friends, you end up wondering WTF was all the whining and pain at home and on the way for (usually so you can start your lovely work day with a headache). : )

  • lisa kjellerød September 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Yes, I have huge changes going on as I just moved to Norway 8 days ago with my Norwegian husband. I dont speak the language, have a job or have any friends!! Yet!!
    Good luck with all your changes!

  • Catherine September 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Love your blog Jenna! You are so real and honest and your kiddos are adorable!

    I love this time of year, like everyone has been saying it feels like a new beginning. We have a few big changes coming up this Autumn. First, to continue fixing up our 1960s ranch fixer-upper, and the big one…trying to get pregnant! I have some health issues so this is a bit scary and will be a difficult pregnancy. But we think it is the right time.

    Good luck with all your changes!

    C

  • Andrew Thornton September 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Changes abound and things are taking shape. It feels like more than ever, things are in an upheaval. It’s both good and bad.

    Enjoy the cider!!!

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