Before I left for Iceland I remarked to my friend that maybe the weather would actually feel like fall by the time I got back. She had a good laugh and congratulated my wishful thinking. Of course when I returned and the weather had cooled considerably, she conceded and then we started plotting lotto numbers 🙂
I❤ fall, autumn, harvest, or whatever other name you want to call it. This season speaks to me on every level and I’m never quite so content as I am sitting amongst the colorful foliage. I always thought there were two (dominant) names for fall just because it was the most awesome season (smile), but turns out it seems to be a Brit vs. American thing. (This Slate article does a good job of summarizing.) I tend to use autumn a lot, just because it feels richer on the tongue, but I don’t truly care so long as the air is crisp!
Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram (or read last month’s post), then some of you may have noticed I went to Iceland this month. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t super excited about the trip. I was tired and being the designated trip coordinator responsible for two other perfectly capable individuals just didn’t appeal. Even the first couple days didn’t win me over…but then, oh then we left the tourists behind and found the true beauty of the island. By day 4 I was wishing the trip were longer! (smile) Iceland is awesome, majestic, overwhelming, and…friendly. Surprisingly friendly given how rude some tourists can be – I give the locals a nod for putting up with us invaders!
I relied heavily on Instagram for my off-the-beaten-path discoveries for Iceland, which was a different sort of avenue for me. It actually worked out pretty well and I’m definitely excited to share the photos soon!
In other news, as I sit here at my desk eating a donut and drinking a beer (lunch of champions people), I’m also researching recipes for October. Sadly not for scrumptious baked goods but rather Whole 30 approved fine dining. Normally I mock people mercilessly for jumping on diet bandwagons, but here I sit, humbled. The program was recommended to me for health reasons and I’m hoping it helps. My diet has been all over the board these last few months and my body really feels it. There were things I missed out on in Iceland because I just didn’t feel up to the adventure. That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me, and I am determined it will be the last (or at least a super rare occurrence). Whole 30 is meant to reset your eating habits, which is what I need right now. Here’s hoping the daily yoga practice can offset the grouchiness of a restricted diet! (And yes, I am indulging shamelessly this week #sorrynotsorry)
I did not finish this year’s summer reading challenge, unfortunately, because I got totally sidetracked in reading the Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones). I’m a huge fan of the show and with nothing but time before Season 7, and since the show has now surpassed the books, I figured the series was worth a read. This is probably one of the only times I’ve ever said this, but so far I like the show better. (shocked face – I know) I’m not sure if it’s because I was such a fan of the show first or what, but I have almost no complaints about the way the show has condensed the story. Outlander on the other hand…
Everything else remains much the same. I’ve started a list of tasks at work that need instructions for the next person. I’ve also started slowly going through my office and clearing some of the clutter. My apartment is getting the same treatment. I call it “fall cleaning,” but if it happens to serve some other purpose as well (*ahem* light packing *ahem*), all the better! I know when the time does come to move on I will be way too sentimental to justly judge what should stay or go, so I figure I should do whatever I can ahead of time. Actual job hunting factors into this as well, but I’d rather not dwell on that right now lest I jinx myself!
Also, WordPress just reminded me that today is my 4-year anniversary. Crazy to think that 4 years ago I signed up for an account and I’m still here! It’s been such an awesome experience and even when I haven’t been as active as I might like, it’s been a huge comfort to know there’s such an awesome community out there. I’ve enjoyed participating in that community so much these last 1,460+ days – thank you all for being awesome!! 😉