When it’s summer, I always say that summer is my favorite season.
Frist off, my birthday is in summer. I still feel like summer means “summer vacation”, even though I’m sort of an adult. It stays light out later, giving us all an excuse to be outside well into the evening, on a terrace with friends. Pools, lakes, the beach, etc. Outdoor grilling. The over consumption of watermelon, berries, tomatoes, and corn. Aaaand, if it’s been a good summer I usually have a tan and haven’t seen my colorist in months. All positive things.
BUT, now that we’re moving into fall… Guess what? Fall is my new favorite season.
Do I even have to tell you why? Is there anything better than that first beautiful fall day when the air is crisp, the sky is blue, and you have your cute fall coat on that you’ve been waiting all year to break out again? It’s the reintroduction of boots, and hopefully the beginning of over-sized cable knit sweaters, long, loose cardigans, plaid button up collared shirts, infinity scarves, and much, much more.
Ps – The fall window displays in Antwerp are killing me right now. I only want to shop. Why are clothes so expensive? And boots? WHY?
Another great thing about fall, FOOTBALL. College football, and South Carolina football to be exact. For those who are into the NFL thing, that’s cool too. Football season provides the perfect opportunity to have friends over, cook tailgate food, drink beer, and pretend we’re all still in college. We’re all in this together, right?
And speaking of food… there’s this exciting thing happening in the markets right now. I’ve already seen pumpkins! And I’m freaking out about what I’m going to do with them this year. I haven’t a clue yet, but last fall I went crazy for pumpkin, and I feel like I only scratched the surface. Also, the idea of cinnamon and apples comes to mind immediately. And hearty soups topped with cheddar cheese, or sour cream… or both.
And then I think about Thanksgiving and the endless possibilities this year as I brave my SECOND Thanksgiving in Antwerp as hostess. No more fear… just a lot more freedom!
There’s also that half marathon thing I’m doing at the end of October. The bonus here is that the weather should be perfect (if you will it, it will happen). Right now running in shorts and a light, long sleeve is marvelous. No more gasping for breath and feeling completely out of shape in the summer heat. Again… I had about two days like that this year in Belgium, but I do remember what normal summers are like.
It feels like the start of a new year. Like sitting down in homeroom the first day of class. It’s time to take on new projects, say yes to opportunities knocking at the door, and turn over a new leaf. Good things are on the horizon!
So yeah, I’m excited for fall! I’m done with summer and ready for the change. Whose coming with me?