It’s fall!!!! This was the second most exciting thing to happen to me this past weekend. The first obviously was visiting my brother at the Naval Academy and together watching Michigan dominate Nebraska while eating wings. It was the perfect fall afternoon and that is probably why fall is my favorite time of year. In honor of my perfect fall afternoon, here are six things that make fall superior.
- Fall Flavors
Pumpkin, cinnamon, apple!!! Is there anything better? I think not. Fall is prime baking time and it turns me into the ultimate basic bitch, but this can’t be helped. Think about it, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cinnamon cookies, pecan pie, cranberry crisp, caramel apples, maple anything!! And that is just things you eat. I haven’t even mentioned the drinks. Pumpkin spice, apple cider, I could go on and on. This is why people gain so much weight this time of year, but don’t worry about that, swimsuit season is over!
- Black clothes
I love the color black. It’s my favorite. I would wear black all the time if I could get away with it. Unfortunately, the only time it is acceptable to wear head to toe black is in the fall. I am not saying I live by this rule, I’m just saying it is now acceptable. Now and until the new year, I will be wearing black leggings and an oversized sweater almost exclusively. Oh, and my black boots.
Finally!!! I’m not an overly emotional and crazy sports fan, but I do enjoy stuffing my face with bar food while watching athletes do what they do. Unless it is an Olympic year, the summer has absolutely no good sports (The World Cup doesn’t count because I’m an American and soccer has absolutely no appeal, unless the USA is beating one of those teams that believes soccer is a life or death situation). But in the fall there is college football, NFL football, basketball, hockey, playoff baseball, and it’s all exciting. I’ll sit back and watch games of teams I don’t even like! That’s how superior fall sports are. #GoBlue #GoNavy
I am finally able to leave my house in the fall. The temperature sinks back to the double digits and all the obnoxious summer bugs die. The leaves change colors and this is great for my instagram. Fall even has a unique smell. It smells of high school football games, backyard bonfires, s’mores on that open fire, cold rains, and smashed pumpkins courtesy of your jackass neighbor. Aww, fall weather and the events it brings with it is wonderful.
Halloween is the first of the four big holidays and the unofficial start of the holiday season. (The four big holidays are as follows: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.) It allows me to let my inner witch fly free. I love the darkness around Halloween. The monsters, skeletons, and witches. The spider webs and the jack o’lanterns. Scary movies, candy, costumes, and the Monster Mash. I have great childhood memories of trick-or-treating, including that one time my whole family, except my mom because pictures needed to be taken, dressed as the characters from The Wizard of Oz. I was Dorothy, naturally, my baby brother was the lion, my dad the Tin Man, and my grandmother the Wicked Witch. She made her costume out of trashbags because Martha Stewart told her to. Meanwhile, my great grandmother handmade my dress. We did have to have a neighbor join us and be the scarecrow because my other brother just had to be Darth Maul. Halloween allows me to be a child again and I started decorating my apartment for Halloween the second it turned September and I already have a halloween playlist on repeat. Halloween is just fun and that’s what we all need, a little bit of fun.
I love eating, so naturally I love this holiday where eating is the main objective. Thanksgiving is about family, friends, and food. We celebrate the birth of this country and the coming together of two groups of people from different worlds. Regardless of if this story is factual or not is not point, the concept of putting aside our differences and being thankful for what we have is the point. Some of my favorite memories are of me waking up early to the smell of my mom’s cooking, to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and peel potatoes. Our menu is always the same; my dad’s homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn pudding, fresh rolls, cranberries fresh from the can, gravy, and of course turkey. As for dessert; pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, and homemade whipped cream. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The best part of Thanksgiving is that as soon as Santa closes the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it is officially Christmas time!!
💚 Katie M.