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Oct. 24th, 2003

Ah, fall.

This is the time of year when all my friends start to sidle away from me, because my circulation has cut out. It's really odd how I can be warm, even overly warm, but my hands will still be chilled.

I remember fondly the marching band rehearsals out in the parking lot. I had part of the drum line trained well enough that every time the instructor called a break, one of them would come to me, turn his or her back, and loosen the collar so I could slip my hands in and warm them.

Okay, so maybe I did have friends in high school. Or maybe I just knew a lot of masochists...

The nice crisp cold makes me want to snuggle up in a big blanket in front of a fire with a hot cup of something. And someone friendly-but-not-serious to cuddle up to.

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turtle_morn
Oct. 24th, 2003 09:48 am (UTC)
As of yesterday, we have a working open fireplace. As of tonight, we will have cuddly kittens to cuddle with. And I have a gallon of cider all ready to make into hot cider. You should come over. :)
collacentaur
Oct. 24th, 2003 10:33 am (UTC)
Sadly, since I need to be in New Providence at 2 on Sunday, I'm thinking that's going to have to be a no. Sure sounds good though...

Besides, you're only getting 2 kittens. If I came there'd be three of us...
turtle_morn
Oct. 24th, 2003 10:40 am (UTC)
We have Sasha for Nathan's lap. There are kitties to go all around.
ourika
Oct. 24th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
We have three cats and usually only two people home. All three cats are DESPERATE for loving. And they’re not kittens anymore so they will sit and be scritched for as long as you let ‘em.

And we’ve got a working fireplace. And not only do I make the best damned (from scratch) hot chocolate, D makes the best coffee, and I’m pretty good with a warm cuppa tea. If you wait another month, I’ll even heat eggnog. On top of all that, I happen to be a master with mulled cider, and I’ve got an incredible book of non-alcoholic beverages which includes a fairly good amount of warm yummies that will make you sigh.

We’ve also got a fully stocked bar (complete with two amateur bartenders).

AND, I own blankets with snaps. So you can wear them around your shoulder and get-up. AND, my livingroom not only has an entertainment center complete with everything (VCR, DVD, CD, minidisk, tapes, and radio with a separate system for vinyl and 8-tracks), we’ve got a large tv, two sofas, a reading chair, good lighting, and at least six book shelves (several being 6-feet tall, one being 8-feet tall). On top of that, we’ve got a great kitchen and three fabulous cooks in the house. Each with a different specialty. Mine is cookies. D’s all about the bread. K’s got the candies covered. And we all enjoy making real food (stir-fry, soups, etc.)

To top all that off, we’re within minutes of the mountains and some of the best sunsets in the world. We’re also within the vicinity of several yummy coffee shops and some of the best damned used book stores you’ll ever find. There’s so many used bookstores in town that I haven’t even been to them all. Some of them are tiny. Some of them are specialty. Some of them are larger than Barnes and Nobles (yes, you read that properly – larger than some huge-ass B&N).

Oh, and did I mention the video store? We’re not talking some dumb-ass Blockbusters. We’re talking a video store that is store stories. It’s got rooms for every type of movie. I haven’t even been through all the sections because it’s too big. Add a local theater that shows midnight viewings of weird old movies (Godfather one week, Pee Wee Herman the next, Princess Bride, etc.) for only $5 and you’ve got the bestest darned place to go cuddle with a warm beverage in front of a fire.

Why is this the bestest place for a cuddle? Because when you’re done cuddling (or before you start) there’s all sorts of creature-comfort places to go! Oh, and you’ll get that cold, crisp air in the evenings, but it will be 35 degrees warmer in the daytime so you can go in and out without freezing your ass that sweating than freezing.

*grins*
lurse
Oct. 24th, 2003 11:43 am (UTC)
I don't think I've been quite so conscious any other year of just how beautiful fall is. Maybe its because I'm usually so busy or exhausted that I never notice. But this year - the trees are amazing, the temperature is perfect and it is an all around nice feeling to cuddle into a fleece blanket when I have the windows open at night. I know I get cold really easily and in another two months I'm not going to be able to add any more layers cause I already am wearing a turtle neck and wool blazer (but I'm not shivering in my office!); however, for right now, it's nice :)

Oh, and cats are wonderful hand/feet warmers :)
justbishop
Oct. 24th, 2003 02:11 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, our fireplace doesn't work. It's like this big tease, like Lucy holding the football all primed and ready, only to be pulled away at the last second.

It's in the wrong room, anyway.
collacentaur
Oct. 24th, 2003 06:28 pm (UTC)
The wrong room?

Where is it, the bathroom or something?
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