I hear PSLs are becoming passé, but I remain loyal to the most versatile of the winter squashes. After all, what other gourd can claim to be spooky and magical and decorative and delicious all at once? Pumpkins are the transit of choice for princesses, the weapon of choice of headless horsemen, the drink of choice for Hogwarts students. They are fabulous in pastry-form: muffins, bread, pies, cheesecakes. And their leaves make some of the most delectable veggie dishes! Aesthetically, they are silly and mythic—and I love that odd juxtaposition.
I spent a lovely day at a pumpkin patch with some lovely people and one lovely puppy. No folklore-ish shenanigans, but plenty of regular tomfoolery!
Happy November, everyone! Where did October go already? Things have been happening fast and fiercely. I can barely keep up with my own life. In between the stress though, at least there are wonderful moments like this pumpkin patch trek. I’m a very grumpy and cynical person by nature, but I am doing my best to be more positive. This past month: I’ve cooked some complex recipes all by myself. I’ve published some stuff and I’ve forayed back into journalism. I’ve fostered a cat and got him adopted by some great friends (so I can still visit him). I’ve met a luminary in social justice activism & writing. I’ve taken up some crafty new projects (details to come). I’ve been doing very well on my list of Autumn Aspirations. And best of all, I’ve had fun times with my family, friends, students, and other people I adore. So, rough patches and pumpkin patches and all, it’s been an interesting month. Onward to another!