The mornings are cool and it’s officially sweatshirt weather in the evenings, too. It’s hot as all get out during the day, but I work in an air conditioned office, so I don’t really notice unless I have to step outside for some sunshine. Windowless Office = Depressing. I’m seriously excited about fall weather. It’s my favorite season for three reasons. 1) I’m not sweating everywhere. 2) My clothes are cuter in the fall. 3) Sweatshirts, coffee, bonfires, and books. OK all those can happen in the summer, but they’re better in the fall. And this fall, I’m particularly excited because as of tomorrow, we are officially down to the wire for wedding planning. It’s exactly three months away and when you’re an admissions counselor and travel for 1 month of that, plus you add in the Thanksgiving holiday, it feels like we’re practically getting married next week. Agh!
I’m such a forward thinker that it’s a daily (and sometimes momentary) practice to be present. I want to enjoy this season before we’re thrown into the cold of winter. (Which I’m totally fine with this time because I’ll have a live-in snuggle buddy whose back I can put my freezing cold toes on.)
My favorite way to practice presence is make a list of fun things to do.
My Fall Bucket List
1 – Make Smores
Smores are my favorite. Bonfires are my favorite. Add in an apple cider drink and we are golden.
2 – Day Trip to Asheville
Probably my favorite place in the entire world right now is Asheville. I literally do the same thing every time I go there: Go to bookstores, go to chocolate stores. Eat delicious food. Seriously, what more can this girl want? My favorite bookstore in Asheville is a used bookstore that has multiple levels of red carpet and black walls. They have couches and love seats and shelves and shelves of books. They serve coffee, espresso, beer, wine, and literary cocktails. It’s every book lover’s dream. I’ve always just gone there and perused the books. This year I want to just take an afternoon and sit down and read to my heart’s content. Then go eat chocolate and hit up those sweet potato fries at the Bier Garden. Seriously, if you’re ever in Asheville and want to know what to do – I’m your girl. Last year Pai and I saw Josh Garrels at the Orange Peel in Asheville, and it was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Josh Garrels is also officially my favorite artist for the fall. Along with She & Him and Norah Jones and Ingrid Michaelson. Give me all the coffee shop tunes.
3 – Go Hiking!
If you saw my planner, you would see that every single weekend, spare two, is already booked from now until December 10. (Eep!) I need one of those Saturdays to somehow be a day where I’m out with lots of colorful leaves and the crisp air.
4 – Carve pumpkins
Pai and I went to the pumpkin patch with the intention of carving pumpkins this year, but instead they sat out on my porch and one freezing night I sat in front of the TV with a knife and an apple cider and froze my hand off and broke my knife cutting those bad boys up to make roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins: 1. Nina: 0. But the pumpkin seeds were delish. (Esp if you mix them with brown sugar & a hint of cayenne. Freaking yum.)
5 – Host Friendsgiving
Last year I hosted Friendsgiving and it was stressful (there may have been tears over a frozen turkey) but so delightful in the end. This time Pai and I actually have space to host more than 2 people, so I m stoked about all the possibilities of my home being filled with lovely lovely people.
6 – Make an Apple Pie
My sister is the designated apple pie maker in the family, but I’m slowly turning into Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, Chrissy Tiegen, etc. and it’s high time I try my hand again at making an apple pie. The last time I made one, like 10 years ago (not really) I got the sugar and salt mixed up. Woops. We scooped it out somehow and told no one and all was well. But still. It’s time for redemption.
7 – Take all the Fall Leaves Pics
8 – Not Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
I’m sorry, but Starbucks PSLs are gross. You know what is not gross? Local coffee shops who roast their own coffee beans and make pumpkin white mochas. Yep. I offically sound like a hipster.
What are you excited to do this Fall?