Unpopular opinion time: I don’t care about Fall or Halloween. AT ALL. They do nothing for me.
I 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).
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.
Things I do enjoy about this time of year:
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.
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!