10. Whether it be in a pie, a roll, my coffee or in my beer – pumpkin spice is the smell of fall. I get giddy when I get my Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks (skim, no whip thank you very much) – the smell is simply divine.
9. Autumn leaves – there’s a crunch on the ground, a smell in the air and bold color in the trees. Blazing orange, yellow and red set against a netural brown make such a wonderful color palette.
It’s also an awesome song:
The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall
-Words & Music by Jacques Prevert & Joseph Kosma, 1950
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
8. Football. Football. Football. Enough said. Wait, one more time – F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L. Go team go!
7. The ability to forgo shaving my legs a few extra days since I’m wearing pants anyway.
6. Explaining to the kids that “when the sun goes to sleep the kids go to sleep” is so much easier when the sun sets at 7:00 PM then, say, 8:30PM.
5. The premiere of new shows on TV. Even if we have to DVR them and struggle to catch up because there is never enough time. I will find out how Ted met the Mother, dammit!
4. Sweatshirts that are five sizes too large but feel so damn comfy in the chillier weather.
3. All the cool “fall” activities – hayrides, pumpkin picking, Corn Mazes, corn pits are so much fun. Ok, scratch the Corn Maze off that list – something about being lost in huge stalks of corn that supposedly make a pretty picture above is not exactly my idea of fun.
2. I never used to be much of a Halloween person – mainly because I hated getting dressed up. However, living it vicariously through my kids is SO much better. They get dressed up, I get the candy. Because too much will hurt their tummies. Yeah, that’s the story that I’m sticking to.
1. I celebrate the memory of one of the best days of my life.