I love Fall.
Do you call it Fall or Autumn? I never say Autumn but I like how it’s spelled. Either way, it’s one of my most favorite times of year.
The only bad thing about Fall is that it means Winter is just a little bit closer. But, except for the snow/ice hazards and the extremely bitter cold days, I have learned to appreciate that season more as well. But let’s not jump the gun. I’m here to talk about Fall because it’s what’s almost here!
I started this post about a month ago when we had a break in our seriously hot weather. But then it got hot again and didn’t feel like the right time to be talking about Fall just yet. Even though it was 94 yesterday, it seems that the cooler weather is just about here to stay and it is almost October so I did not want to delay any further!
I’ve also been thinking about Fall a lot because I work on a college campus and once the semester finally started, the students came rolling in and the restaurants and coffee shops went back to their normal hours (read: later than 2 p.m. and places that have been closed all Summer are finally open!) and there will be other exciting events going on here between now and the Christmas break.
Most days, the mornings have been on the cool side, cool enough as my friend Carrie said “to have a cup of hot tea in the mornings again!” She’s right about that. It’s also been darker in the mornings when I go out to walk Suzie and it’s been getting darker earlier at night. As much as I do love my daylight, it’s sort of cozy when it gets dark early and that makes me want to go to bed earlier, which is a good thing for me.
I have been feeling inspired 🙂 Change is good.
Fall means a lot of things to each one of us. But I think we can all agree that it’s generally a fun time of year. Now I just thought I would share a few of my favorite things about Fall with you 🙂
Seriously, as soon as I see this stuff, I’m stocking up again! It’s been too long!
I like to bake with it, put it in my oatmeal, make soup with it, pumpkin dip with ginger snaps, you name it. I’m also excited about pumpkin spice tea and pumpkin flavored coffee (not the syrup but the actual coffee flavor) and anything else coffee shops, cafes or companies come up with to entice me into trying something. If it says pumpkin on it, I will probably at least give it a second look.
2. Art fairs, charity walks, outdoor events, etc.
St. James is the event that really kicks off the Fall for me and it’s just a little over 2 weeks away. It also has the most unpredictable weather! I believe this picture is from two years ago, while last year we were in shorts! You just never know 😉 But I’m kind of hoping for a chilly morning this year, just not too cold!
I am one of the co-coordinators of this year’s Walk for Farm Animals (Farm Sanctuary) on October 22nd and I am really excited about all that we have planned! Last year, we had a decent turnout and raised a good amount of money through our walk and a bake sale that we had beforehand. I’m looking forward to topping all of that this year! If you would like to sign up to walk or donate to my walk page, click here (thanks!)
The Hootenannies take place in the Fall and in the Spring (on Earth Day) and it’s another time of rather unpredictable weather. Last year’s Fall Hoot was absolutely freezing and then the Earth Day hoot this year kept a lot of people at home because of rain/storms. Hopefully this time we will have a better day. I will be working at the Louisville Vegetarian Club booth this year and I hope my friend Kristin (pictured above in the hat and sunglasses) is there selling her goods again too 🙂
While I haven’t decided to run any races this Fall (yet), I am going to be supporting my friends Farrah (pictured above on right) and Chloe in the Louisville Marathon on October 16th! I know it sounds corny but it’s long been a dream of mine to be on the sidelines cheering for someone else 🙂 This will be the first marathon for both of them and I can’t wait to see them cross that finish line!
3. Haunted Houses and horrors!
I don’t scare easily but I do tend to jump at loud noises! My husband and I love the Halloween season. Soon we’ll be busting out our collection of horror movies and lining up on a Friday night to go through some scary forest, hotel or whatever attraction we choose to visit this year. We are also big fans of the Danger Run, even though we usually end up arguing and get lost at some point. All in good fun!
4. Football (sigh…)
Never in my life did I think I would include this on a list of my favorite things about Fall. But the truth is, I do enjoy watching some football. It gets overwhelming when there are several games on in a week or when my husband is in the basement yelling at a particular team and I can hear him two floors up.
He’s not the only one who does this, but I just don’t like it when people get so mad about a game that they say terrible things to a team they claim to be a fan of and they just plain ruin my good time! But most of the time, it’s enjoyable to root for your favorite teams while spending time with family and friends over some chips and salsa.
We used to host Monday Night Football at our house every year but since we just moved and aren’t quite unpacked and my husband’s work schedule is a bit unforgiving (he wakes up at 4 a.m.!) we have decided not to do it this year. I kind of miss it already but hopefully we can get some people together for a game sometime this season!
I’m sure there will be some other adventures that I’m not even aware of yet but I will leave it at that for now. We are still settling into our new house and hopefully someday I will finally sit down and do a before and after post on some of the rooms we have redone and how the place looks now that we actually live here 🙂
What are you looking forward to this Fall? Anything not on this list that I should check out?
I am so tired and yet feeling so great. I had a great day out with my friends today at the St. James Court Art Show, an annual thing here in our city that I have been attending for the past few years. It’s such a beautiful area.
Jim, Courtney, Renee, Me, Carrie and Beth. I love Fall clothes with sunglasses. It was a beautiful day today.
To get the day started I had some pumpkin oats with peanut butter 🙂 I just totally forgot to get a picture of it even though I finally replaced the batteries.
On the way, we stopped at Starbucks where a friend and I took the VIA test challenge and we CORRECTLY identified which one was which. However, I’m still a fan of the VIA and I used the $1 off coupon the guy gave me to buy some for home! I also had a tall soy vanilla latte to warm up on a crisp Fall day.
Also on the way there, we discussed my recent decision to go vegan for a while. For the most part, my friends are supportive, but I know it is not easy, so I’m not expecting them to bend over backwards. I am totally capable of peeling off cheese and whatever other exception I may have to make from time to time when we all eat together (like Wednesday night dinners).
I know it sounds cheesy but I’m sort of glad to be “out” to my friends now. My family is next I suppose 😉
Obviously, there were lots of food options at the art fair:
But I just decided to eat a Nature Valley bar and a banana while I was there. We also got a free can of La Croix which was totally awesome! I had the orange flavor and now I hope I can find it at a store somewhere 😉
My friend Jim ate for us though…I believe he had a cheeseburger, two hot dogs, a big cookie and this bratwurst. We love Jim!
Then after the fair, we went to one of my favorite places in Louisville…Shiraz!
I got hummus, of course.
And I also ordered the falafel, minus the tzatziki sauce. I just used hummus instead 🙂
I ate just about everything as I’d worked up quite the appetite from walking around all day. It was such a good meal and a great day with friends.
After this, I went home for a while then went grocery shopping for the week. We are sort of under a tight budget this week, so it made things interesting. But I think we will manage, we usually do.
For “dinner” I wasn’t too hungry, so I just had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…love this blueberry! It’s Smucker’s Simply Fruit, which I believe to be vegan as I examined the ingredients list 🙂
My internal clock must be out of whack because I am ready for bed now, ha ha. I’ve gotta try and stay up a little longer to see Ryan Reynolds on SNL but I’ll most likely record it too because I know I won’t make it very far 🙂
Hope you all had a great day and a wonderful weekend!
p.s. I realize I did not have a Day 2 post but it was rather unremarkable (and with no pictures). Except for the awesome 3 mile run that I did in 29:30 with NO WALKING! Woo hoo.