Everyone Loves Fall (except me)

Unpopular opinion time: I don’t care about Fall or Halloween. AT ALL. They do nothing for me.

boo-humbugI always feel like such a humbug about this since my friends get so hype about being able to wear sweaters (I hate pants and long sleeves), no longer sweating (I love summer), and planning their costumes for Halloween (admittedly fun, but I’m cheap, lazy, and not crafty).

wonder woman halloween 1
Luckily, my husband’s crafty, so I can wear things like this

However, I’m not the kind of person to crap on someone else’s excitement just because it’s not for me. So it’s just a lot of smiling and nodding (and coughing and sneezing since this is allergy season for me) as I scroll past pictures of decorative gourds, plans for spooky movie marathons (I’m also a coward and avoid horror), and skeleton-themed everything.

Hocus Pocus is the exception. There is ALWAYS time for Hocus Pocus ❤

Things I do enjoy about this time of year:

fall fashion
Click picture to go to the Youtube video this image is from

The fashion. I know, I know, didn’t I just say I hate being all covered up? Aesthetically, I think Fall is the cutest and has the most versatility. I love scarves and boots, I like the way tights look even if I don’t like the way they feel, and as a teacher, you better believe I have one heck of a cardigan collection. Layering is cute and fun and creative and I really appreciate the way it looks, even if lazy Mia prefers just slipping on a summer dress and calling it quits.

apples and cider
Apple everything! (click on image for source)

The food. Good food is always a plus in my book, and I think Fall is the perfect transition between light summer meals bursting with fresh produce from the farmers market and heavy winter food with nary a non-potato veggie in sight.

In Chicago, the farmers markets stay open until the end of October and are bursting with some of my favorite produce, such as sweet potatoes, apples, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and even grapes.

Last month, I talked about how I hate cooking but love baking. Yet who wants to turn on the oven when it’s 80+ degrees outside (and inside, since we rarely turn on the AC in my house)? Fall is all about filling your home with the smell of warming spices, comforting baked goods, and roasting vegetables to bring out their inherent sweetness. Turning on the oven brings me such joy.

And while I don’t care gourds as decorations, they sure bake up into tasty treats. My current favorite recipe is pumpkin bread from Smitten Kitchen.

Along with baked goods, this is the perfect season for tea! Last night was the October meeting for Graham Cracker Comics Ladies’ Night. This group meets monthly and is meant to be a safe space for geeky women, genderqueer, and non-binary folk to get together and chat about comics and all the nerdy things we love.

For our October Ladies’ Night meeting, we partnered with David’s Tea for a Gothic Tea Party! Attendees were requested to:

– Bring a spooky snack

– Wear a goth outfit

– Enjoy seasonal tea samples courtesy of David’s Tea

Again, I am not a spooky or goth-type person. BUT I LOVE ME SOME TEA. And themed tea parties are absolutely my jam (debating having a Clue-themed tea party for my birthday).

So while Summer > Fall, IMO, at least I have a few things to look forward to as I grumble my way through the season.

How about you, Dear Readers? Are you happy that the temperature has started to dip or are you a Fall Humbug like me? Also, please share your favorite teas and Fall-themed recipes!


Author: Mia P. Manansala

Mia P. Manansala is a writer of words (most of them sarcastic) and the winner of the 2018 Hugh Holton Award, 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She's also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018 mentor. A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days stress baking, playing video games, reading cozy mysteries, and dreaming of becoming best buds with Wonder Woman and Kamala Khan. When she’s not sassing her ever-so-patient husband, she’s cuddling her dogs Max Power and Bayley Banks (bonus points to those who get the name references) at her home just outside of Chicago. Mia is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Chicago Writers Association, and Chicago Nerd Social Club. Represented by Janet Reid of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

16 thoughts on “Everyone Loves Fall (except me)”

  1. Generally, I’m with you–I LOVE summer and hate to see the temps dip. But I love the fall for its color and food. Chili is my favorite. As for tea, the Brits in my family have accustomed me to tea 24/7. My favorite is lemon ginger.

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  2. Because the heat irritates my vertigo and neurologic issues, I have a deep preference for the milder temps of fall. But early fall. Because while I do like me a nice comfy sweater, I don’t want to be bundled up like an Eskimo, either. I like being able to roll the window of the car down for some fresh air and escape the A/C. And spiced apple cider. Mmm.

    I’m also a tea fan. I’ve got a chocolate-mint from Harney and Sons right now that is quite enjoyable in the evenings.

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  3. Um … I don’t want to be all nit-picky, Mia, but I think you … um … actually DO love fall. There’s more to autumn than just Halloween and spooky movies. In fact, that’s just one day. And I agree, they’re both meh. Even as a kid I didn’t much like Halloween. Growing up in Colorado, having to put on a parka over my fairy princess costume to go trick-or-treating was annoying, to say the least. But coming home to hot apple cider and homemade pumpkin donuts sure made up for it!

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    1. LOL Halloween isn’t the only reason I don’t care for Fall. I just mentioned it because the majority of my friends loooove Halloween and have been planning their costumes for months and I’m so meh. I’m not a cold weather person and I’m always miserable in the Fall because of my allergies and the start of seasonal depression.

      Also, I had never tried hot apple cider til I was an adult. I remember my family thinking the idea of heating apple juice was gross (not something you do in the Philippines), but it really is quite tasty.

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  4. Mia, I hate fall, because it reminds me that an even worse season is on the way. (And don’t ask me about that four letter word beginning with “s” that is too often in the winter forecast!) I don’t get the whole sweater thing. I’m tempted to say “oh, you like not being warm enough?” To me, it’s unnatural to need to put on one or more extra layers of clothing just to leave home. I retired a few months ago and am now dressing in more casual clothing. Last week I had to put on long pants. It felt weird.

    Autumn brings with it more aches and pains, along with the need to get up earlier because of the extra layers of clothing that must be put on, frosty car windows that need to be cleared off, too little sunlight, the absence of my favorite fruits for a few months, etc.

    Yesterday I went somewhere with a friend who pointed to a tree and said “Look! That tree has completely turned color!” My response was “yes, that’s so sad. Those leaves are dying.”

    I do love Halloween and will miss putting together a costume to wear to work. I generally use items I have around the house. I don’t sew and refuse to buy something that I can only wear once a year. I always enjoyed the challenge of pulling odds and ends together to come up with a costume. Mia, you’re a writer, so you ARE creative! I can understand, though, if you prefer to throw your creative energy into your writing.

    I love all teas. Among my favorites are Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice and Bigelow’s Sweet Dreams.

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    1. Yay, someone who agrees with me! And yes, Fall is really just the herald of winter and Chicago winters are brutal. Not looking forward to it at all.

      I haven’t tried either of those teas, so I think I’ll check them out next time I’m at the grocery store. Thanks!

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  5. Living in Southern CA, I miss fall a LOT. No, Californians, you do NOT have seasons! Not real ones. Ask anyone not from here. The only thing I don’t love about fall is what comes after – winter. A little snow I’m okay with. Weeks of brutal January and February cold? Not for me. But I do love fall fashions, even though I don’t get to wear them. (A SoCal summer stretches to Halloween.) And we have two other things in common: I’m lazy re: costuming, although it was great fun dressing up my kid when she was little. And I LOVE me some tea! (Coffee – blech!)

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    1. I’m with you here in SoCAl with mostly warm days, no need for a windshield scraper, and boots are for fashion not trudging through the snow I have nightmares about from Ohio and up-state New York. Keep your frostbite, gloves, and window defrosting; come visit SoCal in the winter.
      Oh, and we do drink both tea here as well, my favorites — Kona from nearby Hawaii (all Kona, not Knoa blend) and Chai tea

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  6. I love the transition seasons, Fall and Spring. Only in Colorado, they’re more Teasin’ Seasons where our weather bounces back and forth on an almost daily basis.

    I agree with Sue… chili! But in addition to the traditional, I love to make green chili. And sugar-spiced pork chops with chipotle pumpkin sauce. And this Fall/Winter, I’m committed to finding or creating an awesome New England Clam Chowder like we had in Seattle.

    There’s a fireplace near my desk, and I’m totally looking forward to my first roaring fire.

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  7. Well, I like the colors. With global warming, the falls in Alaska have been warmer so we are getting nice displays from the different trees. Birch tree leaves are turning gold or orange. The leaves of some trees (I can’t tell which ones from a distance) are turning almost lime green before they turn yellow. All of that makes the blue spruces look really blue and the clouds look violet. And with the sun coming up as I drive to work, there are pale green skies with pink clouds. Otherwise, because I hate winter, I’m seriously depressed and have eaten three pizzas in the past week. Dylan helped.

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