I used to do these posts all the time, and when I sat down to blog this morning, it seemed like the obvious choice. Many of you will recall the structure - if you haven't read one before it is pretty much me blogging along in a Claire stylee, as ever. Just I let you know what I'm listening to as I go along...
2. Marching Bands of Manhattan - Death Cab For Cutie
I can't believe we're homing in on the end of September, can you? Seems like a moment ago it was a very hot May, or a slightly lacklustre July, and now here we are, sliding gracefully into autumn and all that entails. The mornings are darker now, and it's taking more effort to swing my legs over the side of the bed and bounce into each day at 6 am.
3. Common People (Live at Glastonbury) - Pulp
The mornings are cooler as well - yesterday morning as I left the house I had 'dragon's breath' (you know, that steamy breath you get when it's cold?) for the first time in ages. The leaves on the trees as I go for my little walks through Regent's Park and Swiss Cottage are starting to fade into browns and golds and reds, and soon they will be dropping to the floor. When they do I am so going for a 'kick the leaves' walk! I'm also looking forward to a good days puddlejumping when the autumn rains begin. I love this season, the mellowness, the coolness. I can't wait to cosy up in my favourite coats again, and am already planning new scarves and gloves and boots. Delicious.
I always go a bit hibernatey in the autumn. I feel the urge to bake cakes and make soups and pies (I made my own pastry for the first time ever last weekend - it was gooooood). I'm more inclined to go for a pint in the pub, or curl up with a good book, or write letters. I am so behind on letters - luckily this is a fairly chilled weekend so I should make some headway. On my emails too - life has been so busy this month!
4. Know How - Kings of Convenience
This autumn already looks to be filled with deliciousness. I am loving being in London and close to so many people. Oftentimes in the country I could go for a week or two not talking to anyone except my work colleagues. And while I was lucky enough to have a bunch of work colleagues I loved to pieces, it didn't make up for a social life. My weekends were frequently busy, but weeknights were so, so lonely. Being able to go grab some dinner, or meet friends for a couple of drinks, is a true blessing. I love looking at my little diary now and seeing plans for fun with people I love - movies, dinners, drinks, coffees....bliss.
5. Only Sixteen - Sam Cooke
I'm also loving having an actual weekend again. During the workweek I am throwing everything I've got into school (which is as it should be! It's my career, after all!), but there is something delicious about logging off on a Friday at about 4.30, heading to the pub for a glass of wine with my (lovely) new colleagues, then heading off to catch the tube home. With the whole weekend stretching ahead!
6. Sexy Ladies - Let Me Talk to You - Justin Timberlake
And sure, I take a little bit of work home most weekends (I'd say maybe four or five hours this weekend), but I have two days to fit it in. For example, this afternoon, while Matthew's off at the football I shall watch some 'Priveleged' and some 'One Tree Hill' and other nonsense, while marking some maths books (we have little mental arithmetic books for the boys to work through at their own pace and I want them up to date). And tomorrow evening I'll check my work emails and do a little planning and research. Most of my weekend, though? Relaxed as heck! Might catch a movie, do some cooking, some planning for America (we're going next month!)...just recharge. This may be why I am typing this still wearing my pyjamas...
7. This River Is Wild - The Killers
I am so excited for Texas now - I can't believe that this time in a month we will be there! I am so excited for Jenna's wedding. My girl is going to marry the love of her life! And I get to be there and be her bridesmaid and share her joy. Just so very excited! And a week away in America with Matthew will be divine - we have plans to be touristy, do some shopping, and eat far too many big breakfasts! It's strange, because we are primarily going there for the wedding, it's just now slowly sinking in that we're actually going out there!
8. Forgiveness - Leona Lewis
The rest of October and November are filled with enough work things to keep me on my toes...and enough social stuff to keep me smiling. Parties and dinners, a Dizzee Rascal gig (eeeeeeeeeee! Super excited! Thank you again, Ben and Chez!), a Taylor Swift gig (I'mma let you finish....), bonfires, visits, sleepovers, and lots of other things. Ooooh, and SiVar and Nicole's wedding too, taking my tally this year to 4! I *love* weddings, and already have two booked for next year - I am bridesmaid for lovely Laura and her Garry in June, and will see Mlle Wilson and Al make it official next autumn. Gorgeousness!
9. Bryn - Vampire Weekend
So, to conclude, life is busy and fun. Work is demanding but rewarding. Friends are awesome as ever, but I am determined to book time with some of my favourites, who I haven't seen for a while, soon. Family are all doing well, and I can't wait to head home at Christmas and hear all their news! Life's good, and I am a blessed and lucky young lady. I am also a young lady who needs to grab a shower and get started on a chilled and lovely weekend...
10. Winding Road - Bonnie Somerville
Wishing you a brilliant one, lovelies...