Yesterday's weather was the first real hint of fall for me. It was in the 60s. I brought along my hoodie. Yes, the hoodie that I have been waiting to wear with the same excitement that a little kid has as she waits for Santa Claus. I spent Halloween with my friend Tiffany. We gave out candy to trick or treaters and while keeping warm by the outdoor fire. I love autumn more than I love spring. As the weather cools, it is time to be cozy. My nature as an introvert tends to draw me inward to my own thoughts, creative processes, and ideas more this time of year than in Spring. Today, my thoughts are on Thanksgiving.As a kid, I hated holidays because I was sick EVERY SINGLE TIME. However, as I got to college, things changed. I started hanging out with my cousins, the Oklahoma Yoders at Thanksgiving. I love being in a crowd of people (meaning: family gathering as other crowds make me allergic) observing. And laughing. Last year, the Geek was with me, so we celebrated Hanukkah as well as Thanksgiving with the family. I've had so much drama this year, but even so, I remind myself that this is not 2012. For that, I am immensely grateful! In spite of a break up, a move, and job changes (some of which I sought and some of which I did not initiate) and friendship lost, I am still standing. For the moments of pure bliss and happiness, I am grateful.