Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Autumnal thoughts


1. Halloween's finally over. (I can't believe my last four posts have been about Halloween. Just goes to show how it dominates the whole of October here). The pumpkin bags are full of candy, and placed on top of a cupboard in the kitchen, to be produced solemnly once a day for a treat. Littleboy 1 has already worked out that if he pushes a chair over there and reaches up, he can almost topple the pumpkin off. It's only a matter of time.....

2. The autumn colours have been particularly spectacular this year on Long Island. I thought I was just misremembering last year, but then a few local people have confirmed it; this year the island's North Shore seems to have been tinged with the kind of deep ochres, scarlets and golds that are more common further up in New England. I am constantly wishing I had my camera with me as I drive down streets laden with golden leaves, which are now crunchily lining the sides of the streets in their thousands.

3. It's Election Day today. Those of you following the US midterm elections in the UK might know that the Democrats are being seriously threatened and that this will be a real test of Obama's popularity. There are also local elections taking place, eg. for the New York State Senate. If I was in the UK, I know that all my friends would be talking avidly about such an election. Here? None of the local friends I know has even mentioned it, let alone revealed what they think about the candidates. It's bizarre. Do Americans not like to discuss politics in social situations? Or is it just voter apathy...

4. Election Day seems to mean the boys get yet another day off school. In fact, I have worked out that Littleboy 1 gets seven whole days off in November - that's for Election, two parent-teacher conference days, Veterans Day and three days off at Thanksgiving. If it was a private school, I would be tempted to ask for a refund.

5. It's finally become chilly outside. That's the thing about this country - a balmy 21 celsius last week, and this week it's near to zero. I am still in denial, I think - I sent Littleboy 1 off to school in a cardigan and fleece yesterday, when he really should have been in a winter coat and gloves (not that he really seemed to notice). Time to get the ski clothes down from the attic.

6. Talking of which, we have decided to take both boys ski-ing at Christmas in Vermont. Which everyone tells me is freezing, freezing, freezing cold. So I am going to be on the LL Bean website ordering child-sized balaclavas very soon. I hope they serve good mulled wine in Vermont.

15 comments:

Rhiannon said...

Hi Nappy Valley - occassional commenter - regular reader. I'm enjoying another election - taxation with no representation - I really need to sort out my citizenship.
Listen to what everyone tells you about Vermont - it isn't Alpine skiing - bring your owen mulled wine and alot of long underwear, handwarmers. We go to Smuggs every year and the cold still knocks the breath out of me. However, we have the best time and the children (5 and 3) are better skiers than me - which really isn't that hard.

Home Office Mum said...

am on a downward bit of my roller coaster right now about moving to Seattle. Not sure I want to. It's so far and rainy. Am I mad? Am thinking East Coast US would be so much better but it's not an option. Sigh. I always read your posts in the hope that they'll tip me one way or the other. But right now they just make me want to move to Boston or Long Island.

Calif Lorna said...

Christmas in Vermont sounds wonderful...hope it snows (you'll have to take White Christmas with you!)

We spent a few ski vacations at Smuggs in Vermont, which was fantastic.

conuly said...

Do Americans not like to discuss politics in social situations? Or is it just voter apathy...

Yes :)

PantsWithNames said...

Christmas in Vermont sounds AMAZING.

Skiing in Bosnia was also freezing. We just wrapped them up well and made regular hot chocolate breaks. They loved it. So sad we're not going skiing this year (or ever again unless we win the lottery... sigh...)

Mwa said...

Skiing! I have to wait until March. I dream of skiing...

Almost American said...

Most of my American friends are very cautious about talking politics except with people they know very well and who they already know share their political opinions. I can think of one couple who are the exception to that rule - they are very vocal, and people think they're weird.

Nota Bene said...

Over here the results look less than clear...not as bad as it could have been I guess...mind you I think he may be another Blair...all talk and no action...jealous about your skiing, we may well not make it this year

Knackered Mother said...

There's good coverage of the midterms here..maybe because no-one is really interested in our coalition anymore! Apologies in advance, I've named you over at my blog. Take part/ignore as you wish. Good procrastination tool x

'Cross the Pond said...

I'm so happy I found your blog. It's fabulous! I'm so envious of your being in NY while I'm in London. The photo of NYC is fantastic by the way. I missed Halloween and all the hubbub that surrounds it. Brace yourself for the rest of the holidays. My favourite time in NY was October through January. It's a magical time. Enjoy it. And blog about it so I can live vicariously!

nappy valley girl said...

Rhiannon - thanks for the Vermont tips. You may be seeing me on the slopes...

HOM - yes, it is meant to be very wet in Seattle. But it looks nice on Frasier and Grey's Anatomy. Lovely mountains.

Lorna - there is snow already! Hopefully it won't melt by December...

Conuly - I bet some of them did vote, though. Maybe feelings run so high that they don't want to discuss it.

Pantswithnames - Ooh I hope you'll find a way. (Just don't ski while you're pregnant, OK?)

Mwa - roll on March....

Almost American - I think the UK is less like that, although I may be wrong. Maybe I just know a
bunch of political hacks!

NB - the thing is Obama has done some really good things. But the economy is the issue - something that was bad before he came along....

Knackered Mother - the media coverage was good here, it's just the ordinary people who don't seem to discuss it. Unless they are rampantly one way or the other...

'Cross the pond - I'm so glad you are enjoying it! I'll be over to live vicariously through your blog too.

Daffodilly said...

Definetley buy long Johns & face masks...we are in NH the next state along & boy do we get the snow & cold over here! Its fun & it will be a white Christmas for sure!

geekymummy said...

Funny, here in SF we love to talk politics. Of course we are all in vehement agreement about how nuts the rest of the country is, and bemoaning the fall of prop 19, which would have legalized pot in California!

HOM, Seattle is fantastic. It is not even rainier than the UK, summers are much warmer and it is so beautiful, really fun, has lovely restaurants, a great aquarium, great for kids. Its my second favourite US city after San Francisco.

Metropolitan Mum said...

Can't wait to see your posts about Christmas. How many do you reckon you'll come up with? 400? ;)

Tanya (Bump2Basics) said...

Growing up on LI I would say there is probably a lot of voter apathy - I'd like to think this is slowly changing but I don't know! There are plenty who do talk politics though, but you may need to root them out!

Enjoy your skiing adventure. I may be skiing in the US for a day over New Years. It would be my second time ever. The main type of skiing I did as I kid was on cross country skiis at the golf course in our area. Yes, we did that, cringe...