Tuesday, September 2, 2014

5 Things I Love About Fall (And 3 Things I Hate)

It's almost that time of year again- Autumn. I freaking love Fall. It's honestly my favorite time of year, and for me, there are so many things to love.

And a few I'm not fond of.

So, let's just jump right into this, and these are in no particular order.

5 Things I Love About Fall

1. Two Words- Pumpkin Spice. I don't care if it's pumpkin spice scented candles, pumpkin spice coffee or pumpkin spice muffins- yes, please... to all the things. I'm really heartbroken to have found out this year that Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has neither pumpkin nor spice in it- just squirts of chemicals that taste like pumpkin and spice. I'm not down with that, so I'll just have to make my own at home this year. Seriously can not wait!

2. HALLOWEEN!!! If you've been following Inklings' facebook page, you'll know that my family is going all out for Halloween this year; we're converting our garage into a mini walk through for the trick-or-treaters. The theme? CarnEvil. Yeah, an evil circus. I'm stoked. The kids are scared. My best friend here is threatening to not even come, she hates evil clowns so much. I started buying items for it last week (yes, in August- I told you I get excited), including a clown that pops up when you walk by it and a two headed Cabbage Patch Kid I'm using in the freak sideshow. Am I going overboard? There's a good chance that yes, I am. Seriously hoping I don't make a kid pee their pants, but then again... Yeah, I'm bad...

3. The Feeling Outside. Even here in hot ass Arizona, some nights get a nice chill to the air. I love hoodie weather, and the fall is the beginning of that.

4. The Smell. Yep, yep- the smell. I LOVE the smell of fall. I mentioned pumpkin spice above, but that's not all of it. There's a smell of wood burning in the air from fireplaces, wood burning stoves and bonfires; the
actual chill in the air has a smell (I swear I'm not crazy); the evergreens really start to stand out as the leaves fall from the seasonal trees; people are starting to cook and bake comfort foods like chili, homemade bread and cookies. Combine all of that together and add in pumpkin spice, and it's like an orgasm for your nose.

5. The Excitement. Fall greets us with Halloween and then Thanksgiving. Then comes winter and Christmas, which I love, too. This entire time of year, through the New Year, just makes me happy. I love decorating for Halloween, cooking Thanksgiving dinner, wrapping presents for Christmas, baking cookies and bread, and cuddling up with a nice cup of hot chocolate (or pumpkin spice coffee) to watch cheesy holiday movies.

And 3 Things I Hate

1. Arizona. I miss a real fall- leaves changing colors to beautiful shades of orange, gold, red and purple; the nip to your nose on Halloween night when you take your kids trick-or-treating. Here in Arizona, yes, a slight chill in the air occurs, but it's nothing like it is back in the southeast. It'll probably still be 85 degrees Halloween night, and I can remember standing outside on Thanksgiving last year in a tank top and jeans. It is hard to get into the holiday spirit when it's hot as balls outside, but dammit, I don't let it ruin my attitude.

If only internet trolls
were this adorable...
2. Trolls. I'm not talking about Halloween on this one- I'm talking internet trolls. Two years ago around this time of year, a certain fitness mom posed half naked with her kids, and the picture went viral. So, I wrote a blog post about why I don't look like she does (I mean, she did ask on her picture... Why not answer?)- including the fact that I effing love donuts (it's a humor post, for crying out loud). All of that died down by Christmas, and then last year, around this time, she issued a fake apology about her picture, and the picture went viral again- as did my post, right along with it. I'm sure she got some bills paid through her interviews, and earned enough money to buy her kids some awesome Christmas presents by forcing the picture to go viral again, but on the flip side of all of that, I got called (and I quote) "a whale who should kill yourself so your daughter doesn't have to grow up with such a pathetic mother" on my blog (don't worry, I deleted that one- hate for my daughter to have read it, and I refuse to feed trolls). So, part of me is holding my breath to see if she needs attention again this year, and if it'll be something new, or she'll just stick with what pays the bills and re-release that same picture. Good thing I've developed a pretty thick skin to internet trolls. Doesn't mean it doesn't suck balls any less, that's for sure.

3. Dolla Dolla Bills Y'all. Hubby okayed a pretty massive budget for the CarnEvil Halloween exhibit, which I'm stoked about, but with that, then Thanksgiving, then The Ginger's birthday, then Christmas, I'm staring to contemplate standing on the street corner to make a few extra bucks this season. I hate worrying about money, and having to cut corners on some things so the money can go toward others at this time of year. I do try and plan ahead- like starting the Halloween shopping in August, so we can start Christmas shopping in October- but it doesn't mean this time of year isn't a little tight for us.

Is there anything I missed about fall- the good or the bad? If so, leave me a comment below, or just let me know your loves (or hates)!

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  1. Wow.. Someone actually commented that??? Well, if you've been reading my blog at all you know what my answer to that would've been.. Fuck off! People are freaks and apparently online they grow balls the size of Texas and think they can say or post anything they want, things they would never say to you in person. Losers, that's what they are. - I love fall too, not as much as my beloved winter with all of my glorious snow but it comes a close second, and you're right, the smells.. Everything about fall is wonderful, the most wonderful thing being that it ushers in my winter snow!

    1. Yeah, I had a bunch of comments similar to that last year, that one was just the "best" lol. And then the story was shared on Reddit- good grief, that was trolling at its best, and only one person sat back and asked if anyone had actually looked at my website pictures to see that I'm pretty average sized. The trolls didn't care.
      I'm not a big fan of snow. =( I know, blasphemous, right? Lol.

  2. Seriously, the things people think they can say from behind a keyboard. I am unaware of this picture. I might have to look it up!

    1. 'Anonymous' brings out the "best" in people, lol. ;)