I turned my back on summer for one second, and suddenly it’s fall! Or so says my calendar. The close-to-100 temperatures here would seem to disagree. I’m of two minds when it comes to the advent of the fall season, which just so happens to be my favorite time of the year:
Con: This means that I do, in fact, have to get myself together and get back in the stream of things re: school/life balance. Because I have not yet quite mastered this, the current week is basically an explosion of craziness. This summer I had very structured days, but I created the structure. That has gone the way of the dinosaurs, in favor of weeks spent scheduling out my activities and commitments.
Pro: I am a major list keeper, I love being busy, and I have a lot of fun with my friends. It was a little easy to get lonely in the summer–I pushed myself hard, but didn’t have a lot of people to share that with. At college, we are all in the same crazy boat. I am so happy to be back in this creative vibe!
Con: Soon, the days of being able to lay out in the sun will be a memory as we transition into the rainy season. I am not overtly excited about trading bikinis for rain boots.
Pro: the return of fall weather, which I thrive in. There is no better afternoon than one spent on outside, nestled in a cosy sweater, a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other as you ring in the sunset. Just writing that makes me all warm inside.
Con: No more summer fruit and vegetable recipes! At least, not on the same level. I’ve developed a very serious and committed relationship to corn, watermelon, pineapple, and assorted berries in the past few months. I’ll be sad to see them go (not to mention I’ll have to find new staple foods for my diet), but…
Pro: APPLE SEASON! I’ve mentioned this before, but I am obsessed with apples. With the coming of all the fall varieties, and the beckoning of delicious apple recipes, my kitchen is soon going to be redolent with the aroma of my favorite fruit. I cannot wait. Let the apple cider flow freely!
Con: Saying farewell to cute summer sundresses and my favorite pairs of wedges will be hard. The boho side of me thrives in the season of sunshine.
Pro: Skinny pants, sweaters, and chunky scarves are some of my favorite things in the world. Any style that allows me to be wrapped up in cosiness all day long? Sign me up. I am also currently searching for the best new pair (or two…or three…) or boots that I can find. Current faves? These eyelet detailed ones from Target! In love.
Con: Farewell, summer cookouts and grilling. Even more difficult was saying goodbye to the incredible Farmer’s Market in my home town. Try as I might, I can’t seem to find a replacement here at school.
Pro: Fall ushers in all of my favorite school activities. Highlights of the semester are participating in Homecoming with my Alpha Phi sisters (my school is small and mostly performance based, so the inter-organizational competition is the main event here. Sometimes I even forget there’s a basketball game that goes along with it) and beginning rehearsals for my newest play!
In the few minutes it’s taken me to write this post, I’ve become exponentially more excited about ushering in my favorite season! Excuse me while I go sip coffee and munch on an apple in my sub-zero office.