11.30.2011

Then and Now: November


Every time a new month rolls around, it seems like there is no possible way that another month could have rolled around again already. But the hits just keep on coming. So now November is over and we head once again into the holly jolly Christmas time. Since we have a holiday in November, it makes you realize how much some things change while other things stay the same. Here are a few comparisons from last year to this year, then and now, November style.

The Who:

Every year Mr. Lovely’s father has a big feast at his farm. A pig is sacrificed (sorry buddy), the wine flows freely and good times are had by all. Last year, I took some photos but this year I slacked. However, I still managed to get photos of my friends at the farm each year. 

2010: 
Maaaah

2011:
Oink

The Where:

Before or after the November pig roast, I like to take a detour to visit the surrounding area. Last year, I had a great time in NYC, while this year, I enjoyed the harbors of Rhode Island (did you know that RI has roughly 400 miles of coastline?) 

 2010: 
Brooklyn Bridge

2011: 
Old Mills in Bristol

Last year, I also took a road trip from California to Iowa, to visit a friend of mine. I went through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas. It was a beautiful drive, full of snow and gorgeous landscapes. This year, the only road trip I have taken is by foot! It’s been a few less miles, but much harder work! (You can learn more about my road trip here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5)

2010: 
Driving through the Colorado Rockies

2011: 
Running through the leaves in CA

The What:

Some things stay the same and here is the proof. 

I always like to eat small bites of things. 

2010: 
Street food in Guangzhou, China

2011: 
San Francisco Turkish appetizers at A La Turca


I tend to cook a lot in the fall, and I guess apples are always on the menu 

2010: 
French apple cake

2011: 
After baking so many apple dishes, I finally discovered the joy of an apple corer


I always love fall colors!

2010: 
NYC Central Park 

2011: 
Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA


So, it seems like November, for me, is a month where many things are pretty traditional. I may try a new apple dish or travel to a new location, but basically there are certain things I just can’t do without, every year! Perhaps it’s because a lot of activities revolve around the holiday?

What were you doing last November? What was different this year? What remains the same?

8 comments:

  1. I love all the photos from your travels!

    My Novembers in 2010 and 2011 have actually been pretty similar. The one major difference is that last November I ran a half-marathon in San Antonio and this year my longest run in November was 4 miles.

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  2. What a neat way to compare the months side by side! This year for me has been completely different than what I have been used to previously, but it's wonderful nonetheless!

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  3. You have done so much traveling! I'm impressed!!

    What a gorgeous area you have at your disposal for running in CA. Wow!

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  4. Last November I was dating Tom. The month started great with his birthday celebration and ended not so great when he started to travel and became a really poor communicator. Last November I emailed my current boss to set up time to talk to him about career options and he responded and said he REALLY wanted to talk to me. I came to find out that he had a position opening!

    I love these recaps! So fun to see what all you have done! I think I might have started reading your blog when you were on that road trip?

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  5. This is such a neat post. Love the comparisons. You sure do get to travel a lot. Wonderful.

    Last November I was freaking out about upcoming eye surgeries... this November they are successfully behind me and I am carrying on!

    Here's to a wonderful December for all of us!

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  6. Amazing photos! You've had some pretty awesome adventures, it looks like.

    I used to live in Rhode Island as a kid. Some of my fondest memories are spending hot summer days at the beach, splashing in the surf and building sandcastles. I miss it!

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  7. Love the comparisons! Sounds like you've had some amazing Novembers!

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  8. This is such a fun post. You've had a pretty good year!

    Let's see...Last November, my car was leaving me stranded by the side of the road in the middle of the night. This year, I'm driving a brand new car and shocked that my registration is due for renewal already!

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