It’s my favorite time of year–fall. I love it when the weather changes, when football moves to the forefront of the sports arena, when the humidity disappears and we can breathe outdoors again.
But you see, the fall here in South Carolina is a little different than what most of you think of when you hear the word “autumn.”
See, here’s what I mean. This is me at the beach in the summertime:
And this is me at the beach in the fall:
You see, we don’t really get a major change in seasons. Yes, the weather gets a little cooler, but that’s about it. We don’t get gorgeous autumn leaves, or wintery-cold mornings, or frost on the windows in October. (Nope, save the frost for January and we might get it once…or twice.) Mostly, fall to us beach-goers just means we can’t wear our flip-flops past October, and we should probably carry a light jacket, in case it drops below 40 after the sun goes down.
But still, we celebrate the new season here with gusto. Especially because it’s football season. Yay, football! We’ll bust out the crockpots and wage war against the slight chill with our best chicken ‘n’ dumplin’s recipes. We’ll shop like fools for wool hats and heavy scarves and Ugg boots, even though we look silly wearing them when it’s 63 degrees outside. And we’ll piss off the rest of the world by continuing to visit the beach after the tourists flee (I’ve been known to show up in a bathing suit as late as Halloween. Just sayin’.)
Apparently, I’m not the only blogger reveling in the cooler temps. My pal, Ryan, from The Woven Moments (you guys have been to visit her, right? I’ve mentioned her, like, a gazillion times on my blog already) invited me to take part in a little game of Fall Five Tag. I’m supposed to list for you 5 goals for the fall months. And you guys know there’s not much I like as much as I like lists. So, here are my Fall Five:
1. Stop Being A Lurker.
I read about a billion blogs a day. (Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. Let’s say a million.) My problem—I don’t always comment.
Go ahead. Throw rotten fruit at me. I deserve it.
As a blogger, I know how much we LOVE comment love. And yet, I don’t always participate. Why? Usually it’s because I can’t find anything witty to say about your post. Or it’s a controversial post that makes me worry that if I leave my opinion, you might not like me anymore. Or perhaps it’s a Mommy blog that I can’t relate to, since I don’t have any children of my own.
Regardless, I need to start leaving comments. So, don’t be too mad, fellow bloggers, if you get a comment from me that reads, “Gee, you’re pretty. I like your hair.” It may not have anything to do with your post of the day, but at least I left my two cents.
2. Keep up with my food journal.
I’m trying to lose some of myself (as in, my butt, and my thighs, and my belly.) I decided to start a relatively strict diet I’m referring to as “Diet Detox.” It’s nothing totally specific–just something I put together myself (using a complicated formula of diet research I’ve done in the past, coupled with what I’m willing to give up, and what I can’t live without.) I’ve cut out all sugar, processed food, and white things (flour, bread, pasta, etc.) I’m eating only fresh fruit and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low fat dairy products. And I’ve gotta say–this food is pretty, ya’ll.
My eating isn’t the only thing I’m changing. I’m DETERMINED to write down every morsel of food I shove into my face. It has nothing to do with counting calories at this point–I simply want to be mindful of what I’m eating.
I’m guessing that, if I have to write down “wheelbarrow full of tortilla chips,” I’m less likely to consume them. Right?
3. Finish that cotton-pickin’ afghan, already.
I started an afghan in April. APRIL!! And I still haven’t finished yet. With cooler weather approaching, the thoughts of a warm, snuggly afghan on my bed gives me more motivation to finish it.
4. More playtime with my cats.
This is probably going to sound strange, especially since I don’t have kids and mommyhood to keep me busy. But I find myself getting caught up in the day-to-day living, and forgetting to spend a few moments each day just being silly with my boys.
It will be good for me. It will bring laughter to my heart. It will be good exercise for them. And who doesn’t want to spend more time smiling?
#5: Continue cultivating a social life.
Again, this may sound weird to you. But recently, I joined a book club. And I made NEW FRIENDS! And it is fantastic. I rarely do much socially without my husband, and this little book club is just mine. ALLLL mine. I start looking forward to our next meeting as soon as I leave the current one. Intellectual conversation, new and shiny friends, books I’ve never read before—what else could a girl ask for?
Now it’s your turn, fellow bloggers! It wouldn’t be a game of tag if I didn’t ask you to play along. So here are the 5 bloggers who’s Fall Five I’d most like to hear!
1. Trish from The Katnip Lounge
2. Kristin from My Art and the Mom in Me
3. Rosie from Rosie’s Mind <—-That’s my little sis-in-law, ya’ll!! She’s 11!
4. Jen from The Misadventures of Mrs. B
5. Megan from Best of Fates
That’s all from me today, readers. I’m going to go soak up some fall sunshine while it’s still 82 degrees outside.
Seriously? You can stop throwing rotten fruit now.