I’m sure it’s no secret by now that October is my favorite month. So I thought I would make a list of some of my favorite things about October, as well as a few NEW things that I discovered this month.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES:
The smell of the house after spending hours baking. Pumpkin, cinnamon, apple… oh my! Baking is one of my favorite things to do, anyway, but baking in the fall?! That’s a whole other story.
Crunching through the leaves. I feel like this one is a given, but it still deserves its time on the page. My backyard is currently smothered in yellow leaves, and it is simply LOVELY. I like walking out there with my morning coffee, while the air is still crisp, just to do a lap and crunch through them. That’s normal, right?
Candles. If you ever come to my house, there is a very good chance there are atleast four candles burning at once. My mom makes them (holler at me if you’d like some; we can hook you up), which makes them even more special and lovable.
The way the morning sun hits my 104 year old front window during the 6:00 hour, peeking through the leaves and dancing on the pane, while a chilly breeze comes in the front door, and I sip my morning coffee under loads of blankets. That’s a tremendous run-on sentence (it’s not even a sentence), but this warrants it. My hour with my book and coffee before my day gets crazy is my FAVORITE, and it’s even better in October. You should try it; I think it works in November, too.
Ugly pumpkins. Yes, you heard right. The ugly ones are my favorite. In fact, I’m not a huge fan of the stereotypical round orange ones because 1) everyone has them and 2) it’s so warm in Tennessee that you can carve them one day, and they will be withered and decrepit the next. A whole lot of work for a whole lot of nothing. But the goofy-looking ones that are strange, oblong shapes and different shades of autumn that often sit neglected in the bin are my absolute favorite to decorate the house with.
Sushi. Y’all. I had sushi for the first time in my life a few days ago, and I am a changed woman. I have no idea how I made it through 23 years of life without having sushi. Being that it was my first time, I had a cooked one with salmon, avocado, cream cheese, and some other stuff, but IT WAS SO GOOD. Despite the fact that I had to eat it with a fork because chopsticks are impossible, you can bet your bottom dollar this is one of my new favorite foods.
Leave No Trace. At first, I hated this movie. It made me tremendously uncomfortable, and I couldn’t figure out why for the life of me. About halfway through, I realized that there was absolutely no music. It was a film comprised entirely of dialogue. But by the end of it, I was in tears and came to the realization that the lack of music was a brilliant mechanism to emphasize the human aspect of it. In the real world, we don’t have a soundtrack accompanying our daily lives (we’d like to think we do sometimes, but the music you listen to on your phones/radios/etc doesn’t count), and that is exactly what this movie depicted. Ben Foster was wonderful in it, as was Thomasin McKenzie, and I 10/10 recommend it (it got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and 88% on Metacritic, if that’s any indication).
Baggy sweatshirts as a wardrobe staple. One of my favorite items of clothing is one of my grandpa’s old Iowa Hawkeye sweaters. I usually don’t let anyone see me leave the house in those kind of things, but lately I have discovered the art of wearing comfy sweatshirts with jeans and boots. Revolutionary.
Seinfeld. This isn’t a tried and true newbie because I used to watch this show with my dad all the time when I was younger, but I’ve decided to bring it back. It’s a perfect little night cap after a long day. Nothing like bonding with Kramer, Elaine, George, and Jerry. And sometimes Newman.