I used to not mind fall, and then we moved north. Way north to Wisconsin. Somehow, over the past six years, fall has become nothing more than a prelude to the awful, never-ending, cold, snow-filled season that I detest with all my being. Fall fills me with dread, because there is just no getting used to twenty-below-zero temperatures (without the wind chill!) and feet of gray and black snow still piled up in March and April.
This year, however, I’m making an effort to enjoy the beauty of autumn, to give it a chance and stop thinking of it as the harbinger of frozen horror. I have to work at it constantly, but I’m trying.
In light of that, I’ve made a list of the top ten best parts of fall—the parts I need to stop and appreciate and enjoy instead of dreading what’s to come. In no particular order:
- Color— Nature is awesome. Crayola’s got nothing on her.
- Hoodies—Both sweaters and sweatshirts. (93% of my wardrobe)
- Ugly shoes—Skechers makes several types of slip-on, fur-lined shoes. They aren’t pretty, but they are my FAVORITES. All three of the pairs I own (in different colors, of course.) Toasty warm. <3
- Flannel sheets—Thank you to whoever invented them.
- Apples—Fresh-picked, local, one of the few foods I can eat.
- Leaf piles—With all the crackling as you walk through them, it’s impossible to be snuck up on in the fall.
- Football—Go Pack Go!
- Late Night in the Phog—It’s the start of basketball season at the University of Kansas. If you have to ask why it’s awesome, then my explanation would mean nothing to you anyway. 😉
- The Voice—I’m a TV loser, and this is the only thing I watch besides HGTV and Food Network. Religiously. (Don’t judge.)
- Homemade soup—It’s hot and hearty and healthy, and I love a good alliteration.
BONUS: 11. Curling up with a good book in front of a fireplace or under a blanket. 🙂
Your turn…got anything to add to distract me from…yeah, that?