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Right Here, Right Now

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Happy Halloween, friends. Full Disclosure: I’m writing this from my bed, in my flannel p.j.’s, in the afternoon, as Huxley jumps and makes all kinds of ninja moves over my head, beside me, in front of me, and in every manner his little body can manage. Good times, albeit it seriously exhausted ones.

NYC was majestic, and intense, and frenzied, and productive, and totally and completely whipped my butt. Once upon a time, I craved that kind of life, full of dynamism, and luxury, and energy. I still love kinetic activity, but much, much more prefer the type made manifest through a wildly blazing wood stove, or a overflowing creek, or a sudden encounter with a toad in my garden. Call it age, or wisdom, or simply a different orientation to life, but my kind of perfect is found right here, just outside my doorstep. That said, New York was wonderful, filled with lovely meetings both professional and personal. I’m so glad I went, and equally happy to return.

Glenn is in the kitchen making pumpkin mac & cheese (yes, I married well). In a few hours, we’ll be donning our superhero attire as a family, and heading out to spend the evening with friends. A potluck meal and libations (fresh apple cider & bourbon, YES!) will be followed by trick or treating around Kenilworth, apparently ground zero for candy soliciting in Asheville. I’ve never gone, and can’t wait for the mischief, hijinks, shenanigans, and sugar to begin, if I can somehow muster the strength to get up off my travel-weary tush and get on with it (two nights of bad dreams and loud city surroundings do not make for a solid rest!).

Wherever tonight takes you, indoors or out, here’s wishing you and your loved ones a safe and splendid evening!

*We took these photos yesterday, after picking me up from the airport and taking a leisurely drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway home. Such a late time for peak leaf viewing, but I’ll take it!

8 Responses to Right Here, Right Now

  • A fine series!

  • Eliza Twist says:

    I’m right there with you Ashley. NYC tore me up in my 24 hours there. But I do love that city, and my dear friends who live there, and the professional start that my training there gave me. I think that generally speaking NYC is done best in hired cars and spacious quarters. But then, you miss out on being with the real people of the city…so I guess that I really don’t know. Someday I hope to figure out how to visit the big apple without completely knocking myself flat, because the idea of not taking my kid to all the cultural offerings of the city that never sleeps doesn’t work for me. Time will tell. In the meanwhile, Happy Halloween! We’ve got a garbage man heading out to tend to the refuse of trick or treaters after he wakes up from his nap. (I’m about to post a photo over on my cyber-space. :)

  • KC says:

    Now that’s my idea of Halloween colors! Have a good time tonight! :)

  • Melanie J. says:

    I’ve been thinking it was late this year too! Between the Smokies and Craggy last week, the Smokies were prettier. Happy Halloween/Samhain!

  • Anna says:

    I made pumpkin mac & cheese too! (actually it was squash, but pumpkin sounds so much better)

  • Georgette says:

    Wow what amazing hardwood forests. Autumn colors are inspiring. Beautiful landscape photography. I could make a lifetime just studying the trees not to mention wildlife. Stunning.

  • a/k/a Nadine says:

    Those photos are gorgeous. Makes me want to visit the area even more!

  • Laura Jeanne says:

    What simply stunning photos. I wish we had more trees where we live – this time of year, the bare soybean fields surrounding us are pretty darn ugly.