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The last weekend of October has now come and gone… cool evenings have now moved into cold ones. The leaves have passed their peak color in most areas of New England and now just swirl as they dry and fall.
Honestly – I love late October. There’s a quiet somberness that appeals to my introvert self. I instinctively curl up, cuddle under a quilt on the couch, and just bed down for the upcoming winter. I love the crispness in the air in the morning, the slight warming that happens in the afternoon that makes the evening walk back to the train fairly comfortable. Any time I grumble about feeling too cold, I remind myself that winter is just around the corner and I’ll be making that long, frigid walk from the train station to my office in only a few short weeks (that gets the whinging out of my system – mostly).
As I vented in my last entry, I had a bit of a rough weekend emotionally. Erich reminded me after I’d written said entry that I hadn’t been particularly timely in taking either dose of my post-partum depression medication this weekend… so it’s possible some of the emotion was due to that. Not all of it, though. Some of it’s very likely just me being overly hard on myself as I always am.
Despite the chill – both in my mood and in the temperatures, it was a lovely weekend here in Rhode Island. Our good friend Matt came down to the house on Sunday as he usually does every week to watch the Patriots football game on TV and get his weekly fix of baby time. After the game this weekend, we headed down to Oakland Beach in Warwick to Iggy’s, one of our favorite seafood shack haunts. We enjoyed our unhealthy but oh-so-yummy fried seafood dinners and then headed out for a brief walk on the beach to enjoy a gorgeous sunset over Narragansett Bay.
Max was fascinated with all of the gulls. It was his first time to the beach, and he was just overloaded with all of the new things to observe. He had a ball, squawking at everything in excitement and trying to twist his head around a full 360 degrees (it didn’t work… shocking… I know).
We also got a new family photo shot… one of those things we’ve been sorely lacking, since one parent is generally behind the camera. Uncle Matt saves the day!
It started to get a bit too cold after the photos, so we headed back to the car, shaking our bags of doughboys so the sugar spread as evenly as possible before we dug into the bag. We weren’t the only ones doing the universal bag shake while leaving Iggy’s. I think it may be a requirement. Seriously… fresh doughboys? They’re to die for. Better than Krispy Kreme doughnuts – just as sweet, but not quite as heavy.
Once home, it became a challenge to control our blood pressures while we watched the Red Sox/Cardinals game. I’m just thankful I’m not pregnant and watching this. Especially with how high my blood pressure was toward the end! Seriously… it’s been a fantastic series, but oh god, I feel sorry for anyone in either fanbase who might be getting their annual physical done this week. Those readings are going to be a tad off.
Despite my frustration and feeling overwhelmed… it ended on a very good note – a peaceful, fun outing with family and a good friend.
I needed it. Really, really needed it.
Happy Monday everyone!