until next year!

Hello! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. It’s pouring rain in the city tonight, and I am under four blankets. Life is good.

It’s been a little bit of A Week. I took a one-day trip to the west coast, something that, in hindsight, I would not recommend. There was a moment on Tuesday morning, around 7:30AM, when I went to get coffee, and the sky was still pitch-black (as Seattle goes), and I walked by this fancy-looking restaurant, and a couple was sitting inside, and I swear they were drinking wine, and it felt so evening-ish that I was thrown off for the whole rest of the day. And since I’ve been back in New York, for a couple of reasons, I’ve just felt kind of off, kind of sad.

But! I have a calm weekend planned, which I think is very needed. I’m planning to watch Marriage Story, bake, and write some code. Tomorrow night, I’m going to one of Chris Thile’s “Live From Here” shows, and Sara Bareilles and Sarah Jarosz are guests, and I am extremely excited about it.

Also, this will probably the last newsletter of 2019 (time! it flies), returning in January. I’m looking forward to spending some days with family, some other days in NYC, and reflecting on some stuff. I’m also going to take a break from social media, work on new poems, and read some books, including Leslie Jamison’s new book of essays, Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House, and Cameron Awkward-Rich’s new collection. Uninterrupted reading was the thing I missed the most, this year, so I’m really excited for that.

I leave you with this excellent new version of one of my favorite songs:

Have a beautiful weekend, a wonderful holiday, and a happy, safe New Year.

— Megan

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