I liked November. The temperatures have only now fallen to around 0ºC and I am still wearing my late fall/early winter jacket. I’ve only scraped frost twice, and have only seen snow flurries once. We’ve had it easy! Lots of winter prep, though. I spent 6 hours finishing the yard clean-up (lots of leaves) and planted a lot more bulbs; tulips and hyacinths and snowdrops. I had the car in the shop to get the winter tires put on, and spent $$ on brakes. We had new doors put on the house, and we may be imagining things, but the house seems quieter and less drafty! And I had my annual flu shot.
The most noteworthy thing in my quiet little life was that my Fitbit crashed!! It was only 3 months old. I thought that a software update might have done it, but I was mistaken – the button on the unit jammed and it kept resetting itself. I reluctantly called tech support, expecting the worst. They sent me a new one by 2-day express and I was back up in no time. I don’t like the idea of buying expendable products, but their customer service was great. I am back in action!
Rom and I went to another “classic rock” type concert with Judas Priest and Mastodon. JP was Rom’s favourite band for many years – he even ran a fan site about them. Like many other seasoned rockers, they know what their audiences want and they put on a good show, heavy on the old hits and light on the new material. We are done for concerts for 2015 – no tickets for December. We’ve only seen 8 shows this year compared to the usual once a month. Not for lack of interest. It’s a combination of fewer bands we like coming through town, and having seen so many before. We do see bands more than once, but usually not 4 or 5 times! For the record, this year’s concerts were Real Eyez (local hip hop), Video Games Live (symphony), Amanda Palmer (in London), Tuneyards, Scorpions with Queensryche, Purity Ring, Garbage, and Judas Priest with Mastodon.
I read an interesting book this month, Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin. It is about someone who moved from downtown to the Upper East Side in NYC and bought in to the hyper-competitive parenting scene there. Yet she is trained in anthropology and was able to see it through that lens. At times I was impatient (it was hard to believe she could pursue such a lavish consumer lifestyle unironically) but it was fascinating and a fun read. For my book club, we read Little Bee (known as The Other Hand outside North America) by Chris Cleave. The story, about a young Nigerian teen held in a detention centre in the UK, was packed with moral dilemmas. Not everyone would appreciate that the author, a white British male, wrote in the voice of a Nigerian girl, and that the UK woman featured in the story is not as sympathetic as one would wish, and it is hard to maintain hope for a happy ending. The plotting was brilliant and it did a great job of highlighting issues around refugee treatment – very timely. I thought the character Little Bee was almost a magical realism figure in the way she impacted people’s lives. I highly recommend it because it raises so many issues worth pondering.
I went to a couple of craft shows this month and spent a lovely morning at the Farmers Market, which features a lot of local artisans at this time of year – a good place to start holiday shopping. I ended the month with a day out with my mom and sister. Tonight I came home and brewed up the first of my new teas from Murchie’s. All is well with the world!
How was your November?