October 2, 2013

Welcoming fall with open arms.

I have tried to avoid writing the obligatory "summer is gone!" post, but it feels appropriate to do that now. It's October already and I feel the tell-tale signs of autumn all around me -- people are starting to cough, the weather can't decide if it wants to be warm or cold, and shorts are no longer around. And I love it. Sort of.

There's something about this time of year that makes me feel rejuvenated. Maybe it's because I spent almost all of my life getting back into the swing of school around this time, settling into new new new: new clothes, new classes, new people around me, new school supplies. It feels fresh, like I'm packing away my sun-faded dresses to make room for the rich, deep colors of autumn. And we can't forget the crisp air that makes me want to be outside all the time.

Though I will say, that this time is also the beginning of my hibernation mode -- all I want is to eat and sleep. Two contradicting feelings, I know. Oops. But that's how it goes, I love being outside and I love being inside at the same time. All around happy to be where I'm at. Also, this photo is from Colorado. How ridiculous is that? It looks fake to me, even though I was the one who actually stood there in May.

Fall also heralds the beginning of the time for comfort food, spiced anything, apple everything (like this chai apple cake with cinnamon glaze from the lovely Two Red Bowls -- she even included instructions for a non-chai version for those of us who might not be the biggest of fans), and jackets -- oh how I love jackets! And boots. Things that are appropriate for every season except summer, where sandals, shorts, and light-wash denim are staples (have I mentioned that I'm not a fan of any of those?).

I've definitely mentioned this about a dozen times, but this past summer was insane. It was the summer of change, decision making, and learning. I've learned a great deal about life and myself, and it's been a challenge -- though one that I took on headfirst. My life has changed completely from where I was at in the spring, and looks very different from what I had imagined. But I think it all worked out for the best and the way it was supposed to.

Anyway, I love this time of year. I feel inspired to do things, to make things happen. Already I've re-launched this blog, started to do some healthy cooking and tried out one of the many recipes I've saved, and am well underway on another very exciting project I can't wait to launch...eventually.

So this is goodbye to the ridiculous summer that was, and a grand hello to the upcoming fall.

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  1. Sara, thank you so much for linking to me!! It made my morning when I came across it. :) Can't wait to chill with you in person very soon! You have to tell me what baked goods you want me to bring. ;)

    1. :) Oh, you know. I've had this post drafted since you first posted the chai apple cake and I've been waiting to publish it -- just took me a while! ALSO anything. Not even kidding, I will eat anything. ^_____^


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