Cliché alert—So much to write, so little time (except in my head, which is constantly in draft mode).

—I’m trying You call a phone #, leave a message to yourself (about whatever), and then it magically emails you your message in text (or as a text). It’ll be like having my own transcriptionist! I can’t wait to use it. Invariably my best thoughts come in the shower or while on walks, so at least I can walk and have a hope in hell of remembering it later…You can do 30 seconds at a time

 —Favorite things from tonight’s episode of The Office :

-Phyllis pressing so many buttons on the microwave while The (heretofore unknown) Finer Things Group (Club?) was trying to conduct an intellectual conversation about an E. M. Forster book.

-Dwight saying “The eyes are the groin of the head.” <Just sit with that one for a few minutes.>

-Target had Xmas labels on all its signage (“Great Gift!” “Tis the Season” etc.), and the Halloween loot (a lot of it too!) was set up right next to the Christmas stuff. I actually started seeing Xmas stuff there about 1 1/2 mos. ago, and it’s not as bad as it WILL get, but I’d say it’s definitely mid-way full-on christmas. They might as well keep it out all year ’round. Bah humbug I guess.

-Fall colors getting good, despite the dire predictions. I go into people’s offices at work and look out the windows and see a lot of color in the trees (I blur out the parking lot and highway). But after nothing to view but concrete at The Mother Ship, all the trees visible from The Everywhere Place are SO refreshing and calming.

-Oh GOD, did you just hear me groan?! “They” are predicting a freeze tonigh. I’m counting on meteorology’s overly-optimistic-but-notoriously -flawed predictions to be wrong, but it just reinforces (i.e.-I can’t deny) that “it”* is coming, whether I like it or not. I know the fall/winter is a time for letting go, a time of reflection, celebratory groupings, blah blah blah, but I STILL HATE IT. Tie me down so I do not run away. I feel like a trapped tiger pacing back and forth except that I’m too tired to actually pace.

I know—whiny whiney woo. Must plan winter trip soon. Think it’ll be Puerto Rico this year, at (gasp) Xmas time. The Everywhere Place closes at xmas for approx. 10 days, and I have vacation to use by the end of the year, and I NEED a vacation since this year’s vacation was (with pleasure) spent with my friend after her cancer surgery.

I am more than ready to go. If you’ve been to PR, I’m looking for small inn on the beach in a non-touristy, safe area. Air conditioning isn’t necessary. I must have lounge chairs on the beach, be near restaurants, and preferably also a small grocery but not in mega-tourist area. Be great if there were a bar and good restaurant on premises too. Needs to be walkable or cab-able. And if it could be where I meet the man of my dreams, I’m okay with that. I’m not asking for too much am I?

*Winter of course