Hey orange and read (get it?) falling leaves, welcome to the Friday Open Thread! How was your week? Did anything fun or weird or horrifying happen? Did you talk to a cutie? Did you find yourself re-reading (and highlighting and doodling about) your favorite page of your favorite book? What’s your favorite book?
That’s a lot of questions, but let’s skip ahead to the most important one: Is it fall where you are? It is particularly not-fall in Dallas. Last night I wore a flannel to dinner in defiance and was way too warm all evening. And it’s not that North Texas ever has what anyone would call fall — the leaves only ~change~ on very particular trees in very particular years. But usually by this time one at least might need a jacket. I remember making childhood Halloween costumes with options for layers because it could be warm enough for a tee shirt or cold enough for a coat. But this year it’s just been hot and stayed hot.
However I hear rumors of far off lands with cool breezes and hints of snow and leaf-covered paths. Are you there? Do you have pictures?
I probably glamorize transitional seasons because I have never lived anywhere with a real fall or spring, we just have a sort of tepid few weeks in between mild winters and a deathly hot summers. But I still look for transformation in these months, in my surroundings and in myself.
So tell me, what is it like where you are? Are there changes in the air as we inch our way toward the end of this hellfire election season and the close of this bizarro world year? What are you hoping for? Are you making anything new?
I can’t wait to hear about it! Of course, please also lay upon me all your gossip, your pet pics, your work troubles and victories, or that weird noise you keep hearing from the apartment above you. See you in the comments!
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