Fall back

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It’s getting close to that time of year when we set our clocks back one hour, and for one night we lose a little more sleep than usual. It starts to get darker earlier in the day, and as the trees become more bare, and the skies more gray, it seems like maybe life has gone back a little, not just the clocks.

For me, my life seems to mimic the seasons: I feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle new challenges and opportunities in spring and summer, I vigorously clean out my apartment, and am more inclined to meet new people and try new things. And as fall is slowly rolling in, I’m retreating. In the literal sense of the word, fall is my favorite season, and always has been. I love the leaves, the comfort foods, the football, the hoodies and tights, and celebrating my birthday. But the real fall, the falling back, is what’s happening within me. I’m falling back into myself, away from everyone, away from everything. Like the dry leaves shuffling on the ground, I’m restless, waiting for the breeze to pull me in a new direction. Like the night that comes earlier, I’m feeling dark and cool, instead of bright and warm. I’m falling back.

It’s many things and it’s one thing, and I can’t decide. I’m wanting to leave this city and go somewhere completely new, but I love this city and want to stay. I’m happy at work but wondering what I want to do when I grow up. I feel the love of a few close friends, but feel the loss of others.

Between now and winter is the harvest. A time to gather, to nourish, and to share. I may be falling back, but I will rise for occasion, and look for warmth in that glowing orange harvest moon.

Fall is here…sort of.

For the past several weeks in DC, Fall has been teasing us mercilessly with its approach. It started right around Sept. 1, when Starbucks began selling its famous pumpkin-spiced lattes again, to coincide with a slight breeze, cooler temperatures, and the slightest of color changes on the tree leaves. A few days later, summer was back, bringing days of upper 80s, muggy mornings and evenings, and an iced latte instead. This little game has been going on for a month, and I’m ready to throw in the towel- is it fall or not? I was so excited when I was able to wear tights earlier this week, and socks to bed. But guess what? Today it’s supposed to be 77. Definitely not fall weather.

Despite this, I’m writing this ode to fall. I can’t hold off. It’s my favorite season, and I’ve been thinking about all of my favorite things about fall for too long now to ignore it, no matter what Mother Nature says outside. So here are some of the reasons why I love the months of September, October, and November:

-My birthday (11/11 – Veteran’s Day)
-Wearing hoodies, cute jackets, scarves, and boots
-College football
-The leaves changing colors (love Burning Bushes especially)
-Aforementioned pumpkin-spiced lattes; hot apple cider
-Fall foods: shrimp & corn soup, red bean gumbo, chili, squash dishes
-Just enough of a nip in the air for rosy cheeks
-Raking leaves and then jumping in the pile

What are you some of your favorite things about fall?

Finally, it’s fall

Today was such a gorgeous day. A perfect breeze, not too hot, not yet chilly. I couldn’t waste it, so I had a nice run on the trail leading down to the river. It was refreshing.

And then- the Cubs got into the playoffs! Two years in a row- let’s see how far this goes. Very exciting for all Cubs fans for sure.

Things have been so busy at work, and getting busier. Lots going on with all of the campaigns, particularly mine. Six months in though, I still am thoroughly enjoying myself and my team. I’ve never once looked back, and I feel a lot happier and healthier where I am now.

Another part of that happiness is definitely living alone. It sounds weird, but I love being by myself. I don’t get lonely easily, so coming home to just have my little place all to myself is fine with me! I have a good mix of spending time with friends and just chilling in my studio. It’s been weird since Dan left, but such is our situation. We just keep on keepin’ on, until he’s done with school. Going home last weekend and seeing him next month are two things that help- and it’s nice that the holidays are coming soon, too, so I can go home again and relax with my family and da boys! (Harrison and Casey)

It will really be fall when the leaves start to change. I’ll post some pictures when that happens!