November 11, 2016

Random Friday: Autumn

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Hey, everyone! My name’s Elise, and I’m one of Emma’s friends at school. We were actually roommates freshman year, but I think we would have killed each other if we’d kept it up, so we room separately and saved our friendship. ☺

This week’s topic is the umbrella topic of autumn, the season, and Emma obviously knew what she was doing when she asked me to write to this, because I. Love. Autumn. In my humble opinion, it is the best season of them all. My power is at its peak in autumn, or so I like to joke.

Why, you ask, is autumn so special?

Well. I’m glad you asked, because there are so many fantastic reasons:

1. The Temperature Outside

If you’re anything like me, summer can feel a bit brutal after a while. I live in the Midwestern United States, and stepping outside in the summer feels like someone took a thick quilt out of the dryer before it was actually dry and tossed it unceremoniously on top of me. The humidity can be downright unbearable.
But in autumn, the great outdoors begins to cool down. There are cool mornings occasionally adorned with frost, crisp breezes that leave little goose-bumps on your arms, and the sunshine still shines, feeling refreshing and warm instead of imposing and burning.

2. The Actual Weather
 Call me crazy, but beating sunshine gets a bit…old, after a while. And while I really enjoy a big summer thunderstorm, there is nothing like a lightly overcast sky on a cool autumn day, even including a light drizzle now and again. Yeah, I know, gross—but honestly, it’s one of the best kinds of weather to sit by a window for, armed with a good book and a mug of tea. The weather practically forces you to partake in cozy activities, which is the biggest reason I enjoy it so much.

3. All the Colors

When the air cools and the skies become a bit drearier, the leaves on all the trees start to change—and that, my friends, is truly Art by Mother Nature. Taking walks outside in autumn is truly a pleasure; there are rainbows of colors up above you, fluttering in the breeze, and below you, crunching beneath your feet. I like to go out and collect different colors and types of leaves that have fallen and press them in books. (I’m a bit of a nerd; I don’t exactly care that much.)

4. All the Layers
Because things get so much cooler outside, tank tops and shorts are no longer an option (something I shed no tears over—I don’t consider myself to have the body type that looks good in summer clothes). The viable option?

Sweaters. All the sweaters. Sweaters everywhere.

I adore being able to wear something so thick and cuddly throughout my entire day. It’s literally a blanket you can wear, and the best part is that it’s actually stylish. And autumn fashion colors are great, as well, subdued and warm. When I can throw on a giant sweater over a pair of leggings and pull on some boots and not only look good, but also feel comfortable…that is a good day.

5. Cozy Foods

In addition to having a reason to get cozy in sweaters, autumn also offers another way to get cozy: autumn food. Any food made from apples and pumpkins is welcome in autumn with open arms—pies, soups, crisps, dumplings, cider, pastries—but there are also things like caramel popcorn and cinnamon-roasted almonds that warm me up at this time of year. Pumpkin spice lattes are a hit in every coffeehouse in autumn, as well, no matter how basic you consider them to be.

6. Harry Potter

This one is a bit more of a personal autumn favorite, but autumn is a fantastic time for anything Harry Potter-related. The first time I read the entire series was in autumn, and every year, like clockwork, I read them again. I wait until October, to give autumn a bit of a head start, and then I dig into all seven books and embrace them like old friends. Who doesn’t enjoy stories about witches and wizards and a magical school like Hogwarts in autumn? Although this may have less to do with the actual season of autumn and more to do with another favorite thing happening during the season…

7. Halloween!

If you’re looking for a stress-free holiday that’s literally about candy, look no further than Halloween. All the great things about autumn become incorporated into the holiday—there are pumpkins to carve into jack-o-lanterns; traditional Halloween parties have a tub for bobbing for apples; the now-bare treetops give the day a spookier feel—and in addition, of course, there’s trick-or-treating, which means getting to pick out or design a cool costume and collect free candy.
Halloween as a holiday feels really chill to me; there’s no tradition heavily leaning towards the need to visit family, for those who have stressful times at family functions. Thanksgiving will come along at the tail-end of autumn, a time for family, but Halloween remains really chill and is truly a holiday to celebrate in your own way with whomever you please.

Honestly, I could continue on and on about all of my favorite autumn-related things, but this list covers the majority of most of the things I particularly enjoy. I find myself a lot happier of a person in autumn, probably because there are so many things around me that I’m enjoying that I have less time to feel down. Which is fine by me, really!

Is there anything I missed on this list that you enjoy about autumn? Feel free to comment below! Also, if this really struck a chord with you and you want more autumn-ness in your life—and you have a tumblr—feel free to follow my blog that I’ve dedicated entirely to the season, URL: cider-and-sweaters. Thanks for reading and thank you, Emma, for letting me guest post to all of your lovely readers! Happy Autumn, everyone!

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