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The big news for me this week is that I finished the December issue of The Dirt! The community events calendar/newspaper I started publishing just before the pandemic went into hibernation mode for nearly three years. I wasn’t sure if I would be printing it again, but the City of Davis reached out about helping get things restarted with an arts & culture grant! So I started ramping things up again and we got it out in time for a December 1 issue!

I was definitely re-thinking things a bit when I realized that both the rush time for this month and next fall squarely over the holidays—definitely a bummer—but I think I’ll keep figuring out ways to get more done earlier in the month with practice. Or, at least… I hope.

If anyone is a local reader or is interested in what’s happening in Davis, please subscribe to get a digital copy in your inbox each month. When you sign up, you’ll get December’s issue. It’s also found all around town—the library or Avid Reader are always a good bet for finding a copy!

Speaking of emails and newsletters, I realized recently that everyone who had signed up to get Hither & Thither’s RSS feed delivered to their inbox was no longer getting those emails. And I neglected to grab the emails off feedburner before Google shuttered the service. So I’m going to try and figure out a way to make that an option again for those who are interested. Thank you to the readers who let me know. I can’t believe I lost all of those contacts for readers who’d subscribed over the past 10+ years. I’m trying not to think too hard about it—it’s too upsetting. If anyone knows of any way to remedy that, please reach out!

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Even though there was a lot of work to do, we had fun watching World Cup games and hanging with family and friends. Hudson, in his newly independent 6th grader-ness, basically biked off to play pickle ball every morning with a friend and then disappeared for lunches downtown and video games. Skyler was a little more stuck with us as I’d thought we’d be traveling and didn’t register for gym with her buddies. But fortunately she still thinks we’re pretty cool. Sawyer turned 10 over the break and taught us that his new senior stomach cannot tolerate birthday treats. Whoops.

Our garage is finished! Any favorite wall-organization finds? That’s next!

I watched all of the Friday and Monday deals come and go with some serious FOMO, (“How much more is Christmas going to cost if I miss that sale?!”) but just wasn’t able to really look it all over. Did you find anything good? Is everyone done shopping? Should I still at least try to pull together a favorite-things list?

Wishing all well this weekend! Happy December!

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Happy almost-holiday! Our plans had been to go to Lake Tahoe and then come back in time for dinner here, but we might stay home for the break after-all. Last weekend was full of travel and I’m ready to stay put for a bit. Plus, I have a lot of work today getting ready to relaunch The Davis Dirt. Plus, the volume of gift-guides and Black Friday news are giving me a bit of anxiety about how fast December is approaching. Maybe I’ll start enjoying it as I usually do and round up some favorites, but I’m definitely a not-before-Thanksgiving shopper.

I missed last Friday’s digest when we were in LA. We took the kids to Disneyland and then to see Harry Styles. It was so much fun! What a fun concert. I tried my hand at making reels (I might be hooked) if you’d like to see: Here’s one from California Adventure and one from Harry Styles. I’ll probably make one for Disneyland, too, and then try to cut myself off for a bit.

We are all registered for the Davis Turkey Trot tomorrow, but it turns out that Hudson’s AYSO team did well enough to play in a tournament tomorrow. A bittersweet prize, if I’m being honest! Aron is still going to run because his race is early enough, but I think the rest of us will need to pass. Still, I’ll look forward to seeing parts of it–Davis is looking lovely right now with all the leaves changing.

Have a great weekend! And a happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy November! Tonight is Skyler’s first piano recital (aka “piano party”), though only one parent gets to go so I’ll content myself to get the details after. She chose dad because I already get to hear her at the lessons each week. Tomorrow begins the final AYSO soccer games, so that’s our big activity Saturday and Sunday and I have to tell you—I’ve become so much more of a soccer fan this season! I’m hoping the rain holds off for them—even as ever wishing for no-rain seems completely anti-Californian. Oh, the inner conflict!

I think we are finally recovered from our Halloween hangover—in the sense that I feel like we celebrated every day for four days straight. (And yes, I applied my David Bowie makeup four times.) We finally put the costumes and decorations away last night. Now if I could only say the same about the candy…

Finally—turning the page on Halloween this year means it’s time to focus (like, laser-focus) on getting out the vote! Every seat in the House is up for grabs, as are 35 Senate seats and 36 governorships! Vote to protect democracy! Every vote matters, but if you’re in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, or Wisconsin, you should know that those races’ outcomes could decide it! Other tight races are Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida. But none of us can afford to sit this out. The polls have been wrong before! And the stakes are VERY high.

Here are just a few links to add this week: 

Worth a watch: The three possible outcomes of the Midterm elections.

(Also, the nine races that might decide it.)

“WHAT THE HELL ELSE HAS TO HAPPEN FOR YOU TO GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND VOTE?” Funny, not funny. Be sure to get to the footnote.

Watch David Attenborough’s plea at the end of Frozen Planet 2.

A reader sent me this Lindy West newsletter describing all of the problems with Sixteen Candles and it’s such a good—disturbing—read. I used to love that movie! Aron and I once listened to West’s book, Sh*t Actually, on a road trip and her movie reviews are so good.

Spotted this very cute wooden-box advent calendar on West Elm. Reminds me: I’m starting to draft ideas for our advent calendar activities. Here’s my general scheme for it.

Sorry for the short list this week! Have a great weekend!

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