TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Fall (Or: This Summer Sucked.)

You know how some people have SAD (Seasonal Affectedness Disorder)? I think I have it but, because even my disorders have to be a little bit different than everyone else’s, I think I have it backwards. Summer is not my best season. And this Summer was particularly sucky.

There’s something about Summer that seems a little superficial to me. For instance, this was the first Summer since we bought our house. I had no idea how much money and time went into maintaining the outside of your house. Never in my life did I think that I would be jealous that my neighbor’s grass was a better shade of green. Who cares about that stuff? And why? A: So that our house looks nice. From the outside. Shouldn’t the inside matter more? You know, the part that you live in?? I like that about the holidays that the focus turns to warming the inside of your home to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for family and other guests.

Yard work in the Summer feels like a real chore. Too hot. Too much to do. But today, I came home from work just a tad early and had enough energy to rake up the leaves that have already fallen from the huge tree in our front yard. I went inside and put on my favorite dark brown corduroy jacket and my new beautiful purple scarf which my awesome friend Vanessa knit for me for my birthday. I grabbed my work gloves and brought Chloe outside with me. And I had a great time. Working in the yard. I had a great time working. And then when Jesse got home, he and Chloe played a bit in the leaves together and it was wonderful.

Some more things to love about Fall:

  • Snuggling in bed on a cold Saturday morning. Under a warm comforter with your husband and your cuddly puppy.
  • The way the air smells
  • Pumpkin everything: pasta, cookies, bread… face mask?
  • Big comfy sweaters
  • Gorgeous scenery
  • Little kids in costumes
  • Stealing your husband’s ultra-thick, super-warm socks
  • Comfort food: Baked potato soup, Jesse’s homemade chili, pot pies
  • Christmas shopping
  • Hot chocolate
  • Pulling the LoveSac in front of a roaring fire and napping with the hubby
  • Filling up guest rooms that stay empty too often
  • Church choir starts rehearsing Christmas music
  • Cute boots. And scarves…the handmade kind that really good friends make for you.
  • Old family traditions and beginning new ones with your own family.

So much good stuff to love! And before you know it, it will be Christmas time. And then we get to start over fresh with a new year. Full of promise and possibility. Though it’s not too late to turn things around for this year. Summer sucked, but Fall is already winning me back.

I’m back.

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10 Responses

  1. Yay for fall! Yay for sweaters! Yay for hot chocolate! Yay for pumpkin cookies! (I must have more of those pumpkin cookies this year.) Yay for husbands and cuddly puppies! Oh wait. Hmm… (“Yay for singleness and goldfish” doesn’t really have the same ring, does it?)

    I’m so with you. On like, 99% of this stuff. ; )

  2. Kris says:

    ME TOO!! Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the crisp air. I makes you feel alive.

  3. Glen says:

    Let me be the rebel. I need the sun, I love the heat. I used to not be this way but the desert has gotten to me. I am close enough to the cold that I can get the skiing and sled and the obligitory doughnuts in the cars to satify my needs but I love coming back home durning the winter and enjoying the sun.

  4. Kipluck says:

    I am SO WITH YOU on Fall. Okay, granted this one hasn’t got off to a great start for me personally, but in general, I love fall.

  5. bestsariah says:

    Fall makes me sad. It’s like the world is dying.
    But I’m glad you’re happy! Sicko.

  6. Krispy says:

    Fall is energizing to me, too. I was going to write a blog about fall, but you did it. So I’ll just say, “hot chocolate, donuts, and no more sweating my make-up off.” P.S. It’s because of the pitta in us. Summer for pittas is like pouring gasoline onto a bonfire. Fall quenches it.

  7. Shauna says:

    You’re so right. I was actually just talking about that with Jesse yesterday.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Fall is my favorite time of the year as well….
    I love the crispness in the air and pulling out the sweathers and hooded sweatshirts.
    The changing colors that create such beautiful scenes.
    Night time high school football games.
    Fall is the only time of the year that feels right to drink Caramel Apple Ciders from Starbucks.

  9. Notaturkeybone says:

    Little kids in costumes?

    Let’s think little PUPPIES in costumes!

    “Chloe… danggit… hold still while I finish painting your face like a clown!”

  10. Jason says:

    Im so jealous it started snowing today in SLC.

    Im wearing short sleeves.

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