Sunday, November 29

Hi everybody, I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here so today I am trying to make a strong effort to get back into it. It’s not even that I haven’t been enjoying writing, and more so that I just haven’t been in the right headspace to sit down and do it. However, this week is going to bring about some really positive changes, and I think that is going to make a huge difference for me and my ability to focus on my passion projects. So, as some of you may know, I currently have to commute fairly far via walking and public transit to get to work, but as of tomorrow, I will be working at a MUCH closer location to my house! So that is going to save me a ton of money and time, and additionally, I won’t be spending any more time at the old store, which was frankly a very negative and toxic work environment for me and several other people. Everyone is really happy that I found a way out of the store, albeit, they’ve said they’re all going to miss me very much. I miss them too already, but it’s not too bad, because I’m friends with several of my coworkers outside of work and I see them fairly regularly anyway. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on the new store. I am a little stressed because they haven’t scheduled me as many hours as I’m used to working and that’s going to put a damper on my ability to pay December/January bills, but oh well, it will work out. It always works out in the end.

I spent the last few days with Nathaniel and his family for Thanksgiving, which was very lovely, and we stayed locally and didn’t expand into huge groups or gatherings, which I feel relieved about. The virus is very scary, and I’ve been trying my best to take it seriously by wearing my mask and maintaining a distance from others. However, like I said, I spent this past weekend with a very small group of family, and we were all very careful, so I feel pretty good about it. Nathaniel and I went to visit some cows at a local farm we love, and we got some great pictures from that!

Unfortunately, Nathaniel’s family is currently going through the loss of a family member- his grandfather. It was very sad for me to see him suffering emotionally from that, but I am grateful at the same time that I was able to be with him and help him get through it as best as I could. I had met his grandfather a few times, and I always loved spending time with him. He’s also an artist, so we had several conversations together about art and our favorite painters. 

That’s pretty much all that’s going on right now. I’m very happy to be reunited with the girls, Susie Q and Jenna- I missed them so much! I’m looking forward to the week ahead and especially to work at my new store tomorrow. Stay safe and I’ll talk to you guys soon!

Monday, November 25

Good morning, everybody! I hope you’re all having a great day. I’m looking forward to a short week; tomorrow is my last day of classes before Thanksgiving break. Then, I come back for two weeks, and I’m done for the semester on December 14! Very exciting stuff.

I’m especially happy today because I got a lot of work done with my advisor this morning. We decided that Analog, the new publication I started, is going to be my capstone (for those of you who don’t know, my capstone is basically my big senior research project). So spring 2020 is going to be all about developing Analog, and managing some great content on there. With that being said, I’m going to start posting twice a week instead of thrice a week on The Diplomat’s Digest starting in January, because I’m going to have my hands quite full as it is. We also got some work done for my internship search, and I’ve started filling out forms for my graduation ceremony. So that’s all been very eventful.

I’m just finishing up my morning black coffee; next I’m going to print out some school forms and work on my writing projects until my 2pm class. It feels surreal that the semester is almost over, doesn’t it?


Wednesday, November 27

With the end of the semester in sight, I’ve been running around like a headless chicken trying to get all my work, academics, and projects wrapped up. I’m pursuing a directed study capstone, which means I’m going to be working completely independently on my final senior project. I’ve also been doing a lot of applying, interviewing, and researching for my spring internship. I’ve discovered some really interesting organizations, and I would be truly happy to work for any of them. I’ve never had a “big girl” job like this before, so I’m really excited about the prospect of having an internship. Many of them are looking for a person who can juggle multiple tasks at once, and that’s definitely my specialty, if I do say so myself.

Additionally, Eli is home for Thanksgiving and I’m SO excited to see him. We’re probably going to hang out tonight, and maybe take Duke for a walk downtown. I don’t get to see him very often, so I cherish the time that we spend together.

Speaking of Duke, he just came in from his afternoon walk, so I’m going to go cuddle him now!


Friday, November 29

To those who celebrate, I hope you all had a safe, happy Thanksgiving! I had a perfectly lovely time with my family. My mom and I spent most of the day cooking in the kitchen, which was a great bonding experience for us. The meal was also delicious, and my apple pie came out amazing. It was a very low-key, relaxing holiday, and I’m grateful that I was able to spend it with the people I love.

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My mom and Cooper being absolute angels!

Wednesday night was also a ball. Eli and I went to Olive Garden and spent some quality time together. We talked about how much we’ve changed since high school; I told Eli I found him to be more confident, and he said something along the lines of me being more comfortable with myself. I also asked my mom how I’ve changed since high school, and she said I’m more “reasonable.” I’d have to agree with both of those things.

My sleep schedule has improved a lot since being home, by the way. There’s something about sleeping in a big, comfy bed with my dog and some fresh-smelling sheets that always puts me to sleep instantly. Right now, Duke is sleeping by my feet while I write this. He’s had an exciting couple of days, too, rolling around with Cooper and playing hide-and-seek with me. We’re both a bit tired from all the festivities, so I’m happy to be doing some work in bed with him. I already had my morning coffee, but some wake-up tea might be in order as well.


Saturday, November 30

Thanksgiving break has been absolutely lovely so far; I’m already looking forward to coming back home for winter break in two weeks. Today has been a very relaxing, low-key day, and I’ve spent the entire time by myself (an introvert’s dream!). I’ve primarily been taking care of Duke, because my mom is up in Maine with my stepdad. Today I cleaned most of the house for my mom, scrubbing and vacuuming and all the such. Now the house is sparkling clean, and I’ve got the winter candles burning while I enjoy a cup of tea. By the way, Winter Wake Up tea from Trader Joe’s is AMAZING, and I highly recommend it.

For those of you wondering how my anxiety/insomnia is, both have greatly improved over the course of the last few weeks. I’d say the escitalopram is definitely back in my system and keeping me pretty calm, so that’s been very helpful. The insomnia is still a bit of a bother, but I can usually get about 4-5 hours of sleep when I’m at school. When I’m home, however, I sleep fabulously. These past few nights, I’ve been hitting the sack at 9:30pm and sleeping straight through 8am. It’s such a luxury!

My mom should be home in an hour or two; around the same time my old friends Mara and Eli are coming to hang out for a night of hot chocolate and Christmas movies. It’s never too early for the holiday spirit, as I say 🙂

The past few years have been a unique experience for me, diet-wise. I went vegetarian in the December of 2017, and was strictly vegan from May 2018 to May 2019. I’ve returned to eating eggs and milk now, but I’m still proudly vegetarian and intend to stay that way forever. I might even go back to being vegan in the future, we’ll see what happens!

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Anyway, it goes without saying that Thanksgiving hasn’t been the same since I’ve made these changes. Actually, it’s been better! I will say, it’s much easier to celebrate vegetarian Thanksgiving than vegan Thanksgiving. Every single side dish had to be separately prepared without butter/milk for me, and obviously turkey and meat is out of the question. This year, I’m happy that I’ll be able to enjoy the same sides as my family, and per usual, I’m opting for some very delicious Tofurkey. Today, I’m going to guide you through my Thanksgiving preparation with my mom, and spill the tea on what Tofurkey is really like for those of you who haven’t tried it. 

What are you guys’ thoughts on macaroni and cheese as a Thanksgiving side? I’m personally all for it. My mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese is one of my fondest Thanksgiving memories, and although it’s not quite as good as the kind at The Chicken Connection, it’s definitely a close second. I’m not quite sure if she invented the recipe, or if she took it from an ancient cookbook, but it’s delicious nonetheless. 

Now, let’s talk about fake turkey. As someone who hasn’t touched meat for almost two years, I don’t really remember what it tastes like and I don’t have anything to compare it to. I can say from personal experience that I do like the taste of tofurkey, and it’s especially delicious with the vegetarian gravy the box comes with! It’s also extremely easy to make, you just thaw it and bake it in the oven as you would with a regular turkey. In regards to appearance and texture, I think it looks just like the real deal. What do you guys think?

This year, I’ve decided to bake my own pie for Thanksgiving. I LOVE baking, as many of you probably know, but I don’t get to do it much due to always being away at college. This year, I’ve decided to make my own apple pie from an online recipe, but alter it a bit to add my own twist.

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving, and stay safe as well. I’m looking forward to spending the holidays this year with my mom, stepdad, and our dogs, Duke and Cooper. Soviet Kitsch Analysis Part II will be out on Friday, and after that, Blogmas begins! I’m looking forward to the rest of the year, and furthermore, starting some new exciting projects in the spring semester. I feel like this year is just flying by, don’t you?

I was planning on publishing  “Giving My Friend a Vintage Makeover” today (as I have been trying to do for weeks), but I still can’t find anyone to use for the challenge! Or maybe, I just don’t have any friends? It’s hard to say. Instead, I’m going to be doing a ♡fall tag♡ today. With fall being my favorite season, it made sense that I should give this tag a try! Also, I didn’t come up with any of these- full credit goes to a website called Tag Questions. With all of that out of the way, let’s get into it!

(Also, my apologies for how LONG this is!)


Describe your feelings of fall rain in three words.

Petrichor, calming, and ASMR.


Which two things tell you that the fall season has begun?

Living in New England, the chilly weather and the changing colors of the leaves are always a good indication!


What are your plans for this fall season?

My top priority this fall is to get through school, but in regards to “fun things”, I’m looking forward to taking nature walks and celebrating Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family.


Silent nights or windy ones? What do you love more about fall?

I like silent nights because wind makes me anxious for some reason.


Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?

Uhhh, BOTH. But if I had to pick, I’d say cold rain because I love feeling all cozy and warm inside while it absolutely pours outside.


What three things you love about the season?

I love bundling up in warm clothes, watching scary movies, and burning my favorite candles.

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What three things you hate about the season?

I’m not a big fan of midterm exams and excessive sports talk. I honestly can’t think of a third thing.


Share your best memory for the autumn season?

I always loved celebrating Halloween with my cousins growing up; we’re all a bunch of goofballs and trick-or-treating was always such a fond memory!


What is your favorite scent for the fall season?

I love the general change of the air during fall, and the smell of smoky fire pits. I also love my two current fall candles by Yankee Candle, “Crisp Fall Night” and “Spiced Pumpkin.”


What is your favorite autumn movie?

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and The Shining


What’s the most beautiful thing about the fallen leaves?

Could I sound more cliche? I love the reds and the oranges. I also love the way the leaves look in a puddle.


Do you enjoy movies in the bed or near the fire?

I love watching movies in bed, especially considering I don’t have a fireplace.


In the autumn, what do you enjoy most with your partner?

If by partner you mean my dog, we love to cuddle and listen to the rain.


Do you ever go for the hiking in autumn? If yes, how was the experience?

I’ve never been a big hiker!


Have you ever gone for apple picking?

Yes, I used to go all the time with my friends and family. Sadly, being away at school, I don’t get to engage in many fall-themed activities anymore!


What is the best way to enjoy the rain of fall season?

To curl up with a good book and some blankets, and listen to the rain fall while you read well into the night.


Describe the romantic nature of the fall season in one sentence.

Evening walks + apple cider + candle burning = perfect date night.


Watching TV or Raking leaves? What do you prefer in the autumn?

Who likes recreationally raking leaves? Is that a thing? TV all the way.


What is your favorite fall color?

I love reds and oranges, especially when incorporating those colors into my clothes and makeup. 


Autumn or winter? What do you like the most?

Probably autumn, though I do love Christmastime almost just as much.


Autumn or spring. In your opinion, what’s more romantic?

I think autumn is more romantic, for reasons previously stated, but I also love spring because it’s my birth season.

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What is your favorite dress code for the fall season?

SCARVES.


Share your worst memory related to the autumn season.

I don’t think I have one? If I think of one, I’ll edit it in.


Do you believe that autumn fall season should be the wedding season?

Absolutely. I’d love to have a fall wedding!


What do you most like to drink in the fall season?

I drink coffee year-round, but I especially love a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato in fall. 


What could be a perfect date for the autumn season?

Pumpkin/apple picking, a brisk evening walk, and drinking coffee together in a cozy cafe.


Fall day or fall night. Which one looks more beautiful to you?

Fall evening, so neither!


The smell of pumpkin guts or rotting leaves. What do you love?

I guess rotting leaves is that “different air smell” I was alluding to earlier, so I’d pick that.


Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, so how was the experience?

My mom, brother, and I used to do it all the time when I was little. I remember loving the day I could pick out my own pumpkin, as if it was a new pet or something.


What is your favorite movie scene related to the autumn?

In tune with my favorite fall films, I really like the beginning sequence of The Shining when the camera is panning over the wilderness.


Which fashion trend you often prefer in the fall season?

Muted colors, boots, tights, and of course, scarves.


What type of music do you like in the fall season?

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of 70s-80s folk, such as John Denver, Eagles, and Tom Petty. I don’t know if this is necessarily a fall-thing, or if this is just my current taste at the moment.


Hat or cap? What do you prefer in the autumns?

I rarely wear either, actually. Wool makes me quite itchy.


Haunted house, haunted food ride, or haunted corn maze? What do you like in the autumn season?

I pretend to like haunted houses, but in practical application, I’d probably pick the corn maze.


Share your feelings when you see the birds migrating?

Wow, look at those birds, doing their natural thing. Whack. 


Do you like baking in the autumn season?

I LOVE baking in any season, but especially fall! I’m really looking forward to baking all sorts of goodies for Thanksgiving!

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Raking leaves or climbing trees. What’s your favorite in the autumn season?

Damn, looks like raking leaves is actually going to win this time. I’m not coordinated enough to climb a tree.


What types of music do you love to listen in the fall season?

Fall, classic rock, and after Thanksgiving, Christmas music 🙂


When you go outside, do you love to experience your blowing breathes?

I’m probably too distracted with thinking “Jesus Christ, I’m so f#%$cking cold.”


Which song you often sing in the autumn?

Lately I’ve had “Annie’s Song”, “Summertime”, and “Somewhere Only We Know” on repeat.


What is your favorite meat food in the falls?

I’m a vegetarian, so that’s a big nope. I like Tofurkey, though? Can we count that as a meat replacement?


What is your favorite food in the fall season?

I love pumpkin or caramel anything. I also love mashed potatoes with a ton of vegetable gravy.


What is your favorite thrifty activity in the falls?

Funny you mentioned thrifty, I just ordered some new clothes from ThredUp to celebrate the fall season!


Halloween or Thanksgiving. Which one is your favorite day? (For the people in the UK, you can change Thanksgiving with the Harvest Festival)

As I’ve gotten older, I definitely prefer Thanksgiving. I don’t do much to celebrate Halloween these days.


Wool or knit sweaters? What do you like to wear in the fall season?

Wool makes me itchy, so I tend to wear a lot of cotton and knitted blends in both the fall season and year-round. Also, unrelated to the question, but I HATE wearing jeans and find them so itchy. 


Sweet or salty pumpkin seeds. Tell your favorite one for the autumn season?

I’ve never eaten pumpkin seeds before, but theoretically, I’d probably go for the sweet variety. 


Do you like to explore haunted places in the falls?

Again with the theoretics, I probably would! When I was younger (middle/high school age), my friends and I used to be really into exploring haunted places. Now that I’m older, I’ve sort of lost interest in the hobby. I’m also much more paranoid than I used to be.


Tell the best eternal feeling you have in the fall?

Just the feeling of warmth from comfy clothes, and the beauty from the fiery leaves, makes me so happy and puts me in a relaxed mood. 


Which place do you love to visit in the autumn season?

There’s a cute little local farm in my hometown that I love to visit during the autumn months. There are fruit-picking events, hayrides, and adorable animals at the farm, so it really puts me in a good mood to pay a visit there. I recently went there with Eli when he was home for a short break! 


Which place you wish to visit in the fall season?

I wish I could go to more fall festivals and spooky things, such as Screamfest in Salem, New Hampshire. Salem Massachusetts is also a place I’ve wanted to visit during fall, because it’s famously spooky and I love the aesthetic. I have been to Salem, MA, but that was for neurotesting at the hospital and not holiday-related, lmao. 


Fairy lights or candles? What is your choice in the falls?

CAAAAAAANDLESSSSS.


How do decorate your room in the falls?

Right now I have my fall candles (duh) and my pumpkin, whom I have named Clyde. 


Do you love raking the leaves on the lawn or do you leave them where they fall?

I don’t do my own yard work because I live on campus, so I guess I just leave them there. Ba dum tss.


What comes to your mind when you see the leaves fallen down?

Jesus, why are there so many questions about leaves?


What three things you love to keep in your room for the fall?

My candles, my favorite fuzzy gray throw blanket, and a bottle of Ibuprofen.


What is your favorite tea flavor in the fall?

I’ve never been an avid tea drinker, but if I had to pick one, I’d say something fruity or sweet.


Do you ever change your way to run through the autumn leaves?

I’m literally laughing about the leaf questions at this point. 


In your opinion, which leaves have the best color in the fall season?

I like the brightest leaves, such as the bright reds and oranges. I feel like I’m being quizzed on leaves.


Have you ever experienced pumpkin picking in the fall?

Yes, I used to go all the time with my family, and I picked out the pumpkin in my dorm a few weeks ago! Clyde is still going strong.


Which is your most loved pumpkin-based food?

I love pumpkin pie above anything else.


Which moisturizer is your favorite in the autumn season?

Right now I’m using the body souffle by Human + Kind, which I got in my fall Fab Fit Fun box.


Which lipstick color you love in the falls?

My favorite lipstick right now is a dark orange color by Lime Crime called “Sparrow.”


Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favorite?

I do love pumpkin pie, but I love apple just a little bit more. I’m planning on making an apple pie for Thanksgiving this year.


October or November? What’s your favorite month in the autumns?

Probably October because fall still feels fresh and new, and the weather hasn’t reached the frigid point yet.


Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

Interestingly, I actually don’t get cold as much as other people. I don’t even put on a jacket until it’s at least 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. That being said, I do love bundling up for bed in the fall.


How much do you love to enjoy the fire in the fall season?

I love fire pits and those types of things, but I don’t own one at the moment, nor do I have friends who invite me to things like fire pits. Being 20 is a weird time.


In the fall, do you love traveling or enjoying the season at home?

I feel so lucky to be in New England, I love enjoying it at home! This year is the first time I’m travelling to another state for Thanksgiving. My mom and I are going to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving with her sister. 


Are you more energetic during the autumn season, or more laid back?

I suppose I’m more energetic because school has started up again, and that means I’m busy every week day.


Do you have any specific traditions to celebrate the fall season?

Not particularly, aside from Thanksgiving.


Name a person whom you loved and really miss in the fall season.

I miss my great-grandmother, who lived with me my entire life and passed away in 2014. She was such a nutty lady, and she always made the holidays so much fun.


What do you feel at the end of the fall season?

I feel pretty excited for Christmastime and winter break!!


Share your favorite quote related to the autumn.

“Yet not to thine eternal resting-place   

Shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish   

Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down   

With patriarchs of the infant world—with kings,   

The powerful of the earth—the wise, the good,   

Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,   

All in one mighty sepulchre.   The hills   

Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun,—the vales   

Stretching in pensive quietness between;   

The venerable woods—rivers that move   

In majesty, and the complaining brooks   

That make the meadows green; and, poured round all,   

Old Ocean’s gray and melancholy waste,—   

Are but the solemn decorations all   

Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun,   

The planets, all the infinite host of heaven,   

Are shining on the sad abodes of death,   

Through the still lapse of ages.”

-William Cullen Bryant,  an excerpt of “Thanatopsis” 


That’s pretty much everything! I’m going to tag @jayayewye (Jenni), @chatswithcheryl, and @thedeepblueday (Hils) to do this as well because I feel like they have some really awesome content, especially for lifestyle-related things! Go check them out 🙂 I hope you guys liked this fall tag! Sorry it is so stupidly long!

Here is a BLANK copy for whoever chooses to do this:

  1. Describe your feelings of fall’ rain in three words.
  2. Which two things tell you that the fall season has begun?
  3. What are your plans for this fall season?
  4. Silent nights or windy ones? What do you love more about the falls?
  5. Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?
  6. What three things you love about the season?
  7. What three things you hate about the season?
  8. Share your best memory for the autumn season?
  9. What is your favorite scent for the fall season?
  10. What is your favorite autumn movie?
  11. What’s the most beautiful thing about the fallen leaves?
  12. Do you enjoy movies in the bed or near the fire?
  13. In the autumn, what do you enjoy most with your partner?
  14. Do you ever go for the hiking in autumn? If yes, how was the experience?
  15. Have you ever gone for apple picking?
  16. What is the best way to enjoy the rain of fall season?
  17. Describe the romantic nature of the fall season in one sentence.
  18. Watching TV or Racking leaves? What do you prefer in the autumn?
  19. What is your favorite fall color?
  20. Autumn or winter? What do you like the most?
  21. Autumn or spring. In your opinion, what’s more romantic?
  22. What is your favorite dress code for the fall season?
  23. Share your worst memory related to the autumn season.
  24. Do you believe that autumn fall season should be the wedding season?
  25. What are your most likes drink in the fall season?
  26. What could be a perfect date for the autumn season?
  27. Fall day or fall night. Which one looks more beautiful to you?
  28. The smell of pumpkin guts or rotting leaves. What do you love?
  29. Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, so how was the experience?
  30. What is your movie scene related to the autumn?
  31. Which fashion trend you often prefer in the fall season?
  32. What type of music do you like in the fall season?
  33. Hat or cap? What do you prefer in the autumns?
  34. Haunted house, haunted food ride, or haunted corn maze? What do you like in the autumn season?
  35. Share your feelings when you see the birds migrating?
  36. Do you like baking in the autumn season?
  37. Racking leaves or climbing trees. What’s your favorite in the autumn season?
  38. What types of music do you love to listen in the fall season?
  39. When you go outside, do you love to experience your blowing breathes?
  40. Which song you often sing in the autumn?
  41. What is your favorite meat food in the falls?
  42. What is your favorite food in the fall season?
  43. What is your favorite thrifty activity in the falls?
  44. Halloween or Thanksgiving. Which one is your favorite day? (For the people in UK, you can change thanksgiving with the Harvest Festival)
  45. Wool or knit sweaters? What do you like to wear in the fall season?
  46. Sweet or salty pumpkin seeds. Tell your favorite one for the autumn season?
  47. Do you like to explore haunted places in the falls?
  48. Tell the best eternal feeling you have in the falls?
  49. Which place do you love to visit in the autumn season?
  50. Which place you wish to visit in the fall season?
  51. Fairy lights or candles? What is your choice in the falls?
  52. How do decorate your room in the falls?
  53. Do you love raking the leaves on the lawn or do you leave them where they fall?
  54. What comes in your mind when you see the leaves fallen down?
  55. What three things you love to keep in your room for the falls?
  56. What is your favorite teas flavor in the falls?
  57. Do you ever change your way to run through the autumn leaves?
  58. In your opinion, which leaves have the best color in the fall season?
  59. Have you ever experienced pumpkin picking in the falls?
  60. Which is your most loved pumpkin-based food?
  61. Which moisturizer is your favorite in the autumn season?
  62. Which lipstick color you love in the falls?
  63. Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favorite?
  64. October or November? What’s your favorite month in the autumns?
  65. Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?
  66. How much do you love to enjoy the fire in the fall season?
  67. In the falls, do you love traveling or enjoying the season at home?
  68. Are you more energetic during the autumn season, or more laid back?
  69. Do you have any specific traditions to celebrate the fall season?
  70. Name a person whom you loved and really miss in the fall season.
  71. What do you feel at the end of fall season?
  72. Share your favorite quote related to the autumn.