Catching Up Over Coffee: November 2022


I’m already so over the whole “it’s pitch black at 4:30 p.m. when I leave work” thing. It’s miserable and I hate it, make it stop.

I’m still involved with the local theater group. They performed RENT this month, and I helped coordinate the program, like I’ve done with shows over the past year. My work friend who got me involved with the group came over to watch Tick, Tick…Boom! before we went to see the show. The movie is a semi-autobiographical musical about Jonathan Larson’s life, the guy who wrote RENT. The show was really good, and everyone in it was so talented.

Josh helped me put up my Christmas decorations, and I went home for Thanksgiving. We get Wednesday through Friday off for the holiday, and I took Monday and Tuesday off last week, too. I went out to breakfast with my mom and her friend and her son, went to Target, went on a few walks, read, and watched Netflix. It was nice to have a few days off to myself. Aside from that, I didn’t do too much this month. I’ve been wearing lots of comfy clothes and reading and watching TV.

At work, we participate in a local Festival of Trees event—I’ve been part of it since I started four years ago, coming up with the theme and finding all of the items—and we went down the Friday before Thanksgiving to set it up. The theme is A Journey Through Campus, meaning the swag that comes with the tree is related to different areas on campus, and the white tree has ornaments on it in our university colors.


I ran twice but I’ve been really into walks this month. It’s been in the high 40s/low 50s here and sort of sunny, so I’ve been taking advantage of that weather and going for long walks in my neighborhood. Will I ever run again? We may never know.


Josh and I went to our first Springfield Thunderbirds game of the season on Thanksgiving Eve. It’s a tradition we’d like to start since it wasn’t too crowded.

Although the New York Giants have lost their last two games, they’re still 7-4, better than they’ve been in years.

What I’m Watching


  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • East New York
  • 9-1-1
  • FBI
  • FBI: Most Wanted
  • New Amsterdam
  • Law & Order
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • Law & Order: Organized Crime
  • CSI: Vegas
  • Good Bones


  • Dynasty (S2E3-S3E2)
  • Blockbuster (S1E1-S1E10)
  • Down to Earth with Zac Efron (S2E1-S2E3)
  • Tick, Tick… Boom!
  • Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would


  • The Kardashians (S1E1-S2E2)

What I’m Reading

  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus: 4 stars
  • A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny: 4 stars
  • Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan: 2 stars
  • My Summer Darlings by May Cobb: 3 stars
  • Set on You by Amy Lea: 2 stars

My Questions For You!

  1. How was your month?
  2. For my American friends, how was your Thanksgiving?
  3. On a scale of 1-10, how festive are you feeling about the holidays? (10 being the most festive)


  1. It was a rough Thanksgiving for me this year. My break started with a funeral for a family friend, then my grandma fell and ended up in the hospital resulting in me being forced into making the Thanksgiving turkey all by myself which I had no prior experience doing; talk about stressful! Grandma is okay and Thanksgiving turned out good, it was just a lot of emotions in a relatively short amount of time.

    Funny you should ask the festive question… I’ve actually not been particularly festive this year which makes me sad. Last year I was chomping at the bit to start decorating even before Thanksgiving, but this year it all just feels like a looming day-long chore. We plan to get our tree this weekend (we get real trees every year), so hopefully that helps. Any tips are welcome!

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    • Awh I’m sorry to hear all of that 😕 I’m glad that your grandma is doing okay but I can see how all of that was overwhelming in a short time, especially over Thanksgiving.

      I get the day-long chore feeling. When we put up my Christmas decorations, it took most of an afternoon and I was so tired when I was done. Maybe break it down into small pieces? Like one room at a time or one section of the house? I’ve been listening to Christmas music, lighting Christmas-y candles, and watching Christmas movies on Freeform to get me in the spirit. I hope things get a bit easier for you!!!


  2. Thanksgiving was great! Quite a last minute surprise. My ex-wife invited me over, and our son came out from LA and a few others. It’s my birthday month (24th) and was better than most.
    I’m about a 6 – I love the music and lights; but not the gifts, Santa, and Jesus etc..
    I watched NetFlix’s “We Own this City” – mostly true adaptation of a book about Baltimore after the Freddie Gray incident. You like crime and the city? Check it out; but it’s depressing in ways. Cheers.

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