winter is coming

red deer snow alberta

Chris and I spent (Canadian!) Thanksgiving in Red Deer, Alberta. We returned a couple weeks ago to a gorgeous, crisp, fall day in Vancouver, BC. That night, a 72-hour wind and rain storm started.

It seems that was the end of the sunny autumn days where the leaves change and there are still bright colours around. Now it’s just grey and rainy, and it’ll probably stay this way until next June.

Which means I can legitimately start hibernating for the season.

Books I’m reading / planning to read:

  • Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire. Because I feel like mine usually is.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Sloot. Another one I’m late to join the wagon on.
  • 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. I’m about a third of the way through this one… So far it’s a little like a Japanese version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in that I’m pretty sure it’s some a guy writing about his ideal girl who has an (I’m just going to go ahead and say it) unconventional thing for older, heavyset, balding, writer dudes. Unlike The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this book is actually readable. I might even be enjoying it.

Cookies I’m planning to bake:

  • Ginger molasses cookies. Spicy, chewy, with all the best fall flavours.
  • Speculaas, because speculaas.
  • Shortbread, probably dipped in caramel and chocolate. ‘Tis the season.
  • Sugar cookies shaped like snowflakes. Chris and I made these Halloween ones with his niece and nephew in Red Deer, and I’ve been craving them ever since.

halloween sugar cookies

Happy hibernation, friends.

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