After the massive catch-up at the beginning of the month it’s time to go back to doing these reviews monthly.
November was my first full month at the new job and things started to feel more normal. I have settled into a comfortable routine and I feel like a part of my office rather than just a visiting worker. From both a professional and a personal standpoint I work with a really great group of people. And perhaps most excitingly, I’m no longer the newest person in the office. I’m technically still the newbie because this person transferred from another site…but it was still nice to be able to let someone else know where the coffee was and which printers are where. It wasn’t that long ago that I was on the receiving end of such helpful hints.
For the first time in at least 15 years I dined at the Cracker Barrel this month. We also tried a poutine place (extra delicious late-night food) and a distillery that are walking distance from our apartment. There is such an amazing food scene here that it’s going to be a real battle to stick to a meal plan regularly.
Thanksgiving happened! After work Wednesday we headed up to Liam’s hometown to be with his family. We had a midday meal on Thursday because one of his siblings had to work that morning and I had to work on Friday and we wanted to get an early-ish start back to our place because night driving and moose don’t mix.
To continue with the food theme of the post, we kicked off the week of Thanksgiving with a potluck Friendsgiving celebration hosted by one of Liam’s acquaintances. I knew no one and Liam only knew a few people, but it was lots of fun. And the food was amazing. I had to laugh because we were in charge of making a vegan recipe and the joke was that we were set up to have the least favorite dish of the night. (Curried pumpkin soup if you’re curious; I happen to think it’s quite good but it didn’t really go with the non-vegan offerings.)
Now that we are settled I feel like I can get back to enjoying hobbies that I had set aside while we were working toward relocating. I attempt to become a “good” knitter each winter and this year is no exception. I’ve been re-learning everything that I forgot over the warmer months and I have also picked up a set of crochet hooks although I haven’t touched them yet. I got my new library card and have been enjoying the vast e-lending library that I have access to as a result. Though I try to avoid going to the library on my lunch hour (it’s amazingly crowded during the workday) I may have to drop by soon and see whether they have a foreign language children’s section. I’ve been working on a new language – possibly in preparation of a trip next year – and kids’ books are a great supplement to my daily practice.
My Christmas shopping is entirely done, although if we’re being totally transparent the last gift is still on its way to me and all of them need to be wrapped. But as a result I had the time (and desire) to do some selfish shopping this month. I was crushed to realize that secondhand shopping is terrible here – especially the thrift offerings. So I wound up coming home completely empty handed.
And finally, can we talk about the weather? Forgive the shouting but it’s necessary because WE STILL DO NOT HAVE SNOW. I think that the northernmost part of the state finally has some in the 10-day forecast but we are looking at the mid 40’s for the next several days. I’m not complaining but it is so, so weird. Remind me about this when I’m whining my face off in March, okay? Maybe when I’m complaining about wearing my winter boots to Easter services.