I wrote a little bit last year about how the world can be kind of dismal. Things, on a global scale, seem as though they have not improved. Perhaps they never will, but I am still thankful to be a part of it. I am thankful for the people who choose kindness. To my fellow American citizens, happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you have what you need and maybe a little bit of what you want.
This has been a productive but difficult year for me, with lots of change and some serious introspection. There is more to come. I am thankful for a partner who has supported me in all ways. Being able to lean on him, even just a little bit, even when I don’t want to believe I need help, means everything. I am thankful especially for my dad, and my immediate family, for being the incredible, beautiful people they are. I am thankful for my mom’s family, the sheer magnitude of their love, even through a computer screen. I often feel odd and a bit left out, but never in their company. I am thankful for the closeness we had when I was young. I am thankful, too, for Timothy’s family, for having welcomed me with open arms ten years ago.
I am thankful for each and every one of my friends, especially those far away old best friends I rarely see. I love you. I am thankful for the friends I have made in my adulthood, because it seemed unlikely that I would manage such a feat. I am thankful for the accidental friends: former roommates, Timothy’s friends, and the girlfriends and wives of those friends. Thank you for accepting me. Thank you having a beer with me.
I am thankful for my new home, this cozy little house by the river. I am thankful that I finally feel like I am home, because I have not felt this way in a long, long time. I am thankful for pine forests and salt air. I am thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had to travel.
I am thankful for the tortoise. I am thankful for the half-blind warrior cat who sometimes calls our home his home. I am thankful for the little tufts of fur between his toes, and the way he always smells like leaves. I didn’t realize how much I missed having a cat until one decided to attach himself to me.
I am thankful for board games. I am thankful for mugs of hot coffee. I am thankful for the sound and smell of charcoal on paper. I am thankful for the museums I visited when I was small.
Stay warm and cozy, friends. Remember all those who came before, who spoke languages slowly being forgotten. Thanks for reading.
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- Cellar Door’s 2015 winter holiday fragrances have arrived! I fell in love with this company over Halloween, and their winter soaps look beautiful. Winter Warmth and Krampus (of course) are on the wishlist.
- All the crushed velvet, please.
- We are still slowly putting our office space together. I’d use this enamel mug as a pen cup for the desk, since I’m bad at keeping my drawers organized. Last year Teej got me these push pins as part of a Christmas gift. Nothing wrong with sticking to a theme! I still need to get a bulletin board.
- I love everything about this tunic from Free People. I am not currently purchasing clothes for myself, but this would for sure be among the first things on my list.
- This tiny silver plated waning moon ring is the sweetest.
- If you haven’t seen Julep’s December Maven collection, it’s worth a peek. I am smitten with Virginia, an iridescent molten mahogany. Pretty, pretty.
- I am a big tea drinker, especially in the winter. I love this handmade ceramic tea strainer.
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Okay, so it’s gotten really chilly again. I actually pulled out my llama sweater, yesterday! Those couple warm days we had here last week totally threw me off, and I am suddenly reminded again that it is, in fact, November.
I will admit to currently being quite out of sorts. My graduate program application is due to Harvard in a little over a month, so I somehow have to figure out a way to sell myself in three pages. This semester’s class on museum finances is thankfully going well, but it’s unfamiliar territory, with a heavy focus on numbers; it’s taking a lot of effort (so much more than usual) on my part to stay engaged. The time change hit me hard. I’m still unemployed, which is slightly distressing. I’m not sleeping well. Etc., etc., insert great big sigh here. I know I can’t (and parts of winter are lovely), but I want to curl up in a ball and succumb to hibernation.
Online window shopping is comforting. Don’t judge (I know you’re not). I’m feeling ultra girly and a little bit more sensitive than usual. With the addition of a nice bottle of gin, this also serves as my own personal yuletide wishlist when the time comes around.
- I love this shade from Rituel de Fille’s new Feral collection. I would wear it every day.
- I have linked it before, but I think the Belonging to the Darkness ring from Bloodmilk is just achingly beautiful.
- This is everything I dream of in a robe.
Thanks for stopping by. My name is Naomi, and this space is made of girldust. This blog is a picture of my comfortably scattered life on the coast of Maine. I'm trying to be a slightly better version of myself every day. I like old houses, reading, the ocean, ghost stories, and museums. You can learn a little bit more about me here.