Every fall I am absolutely mystified by all the magazines & blogs that say things like "Now that the leisure of summer is over.." or "Now that it's back to the grind.."- do they not work year-round? In many fields, summer is actually the busiest time of the year! So for those of us for whom autumn's arrival just means more work but with more sweaters, I've put together a little list of things to make back-to-school season feel special...
Manage Your Library Queue Now is the time to solicit book recommendations from your friends and put them all on your library holds list. When the rain & cold does hit, you'll almost (almost) be excited: "Finally! A chance to read Neil Gaiman's full oeuvre!"
But Also Get Excited About Television Oh, finally- new shows! New Parks & Recreation, new 30 Rock (how weird/weirdly awesome do you think it will be this year?), new New Girl (more Schmidt, please!), new all-the-shows-you-like. The only thing that would be better would be a special Autumn Olympics...what do you say, Costas?
Get In On Some Back-To-School Shopping I got to help pick out school supplies for a 6-year old, and it was so fun (and not just because it was my first trip to Target in over 2 years). I was also just reminded that a dear friend is starting grad school, so I'm dying to put together an awesome/adult set of school supplies for her. Oooh, notebooks & pencils & cool Japanese pens!
Stock The Bar My go-to drink is wine, either white, rosé, or sparkly, but when the leaves turn and the air gets crisp, I crave cider. It seems like more companies are making cider all the time, and they're all so different: by the time I taste all of them, spring should be here. Fingers crossed.
Mourn Summer Produce, Celebrate Squash The end of yellow nectarine season is a very sad time for me, you guys. I love yellow nectarines, so this time of year I remind myself that I also love quince, hard squashes, cranberries, apples, celery root, and sweet potatoes. I also go through all the autumnal recipes I bookmarked over the summer, and start daydreaming about pies.
Actually Make Pies There are quite a few recipes that I have in mind for the upcoming holidays, but I always like to do a dress rehearsal before the big day. Now is the time to make practice breads, cookies, and pies- and try my best to give most of them away. Don't hold your breath, friends & coworkers..
Break Out The Blankets I use my big beautiful wool blanket year-round here in San Francisco, but during the spring and summer I keep it folded at the bottom of the bed on top of my pale grey duvet. When there's a chill in the air, just seeing it spread out on my bed makes everything feel cozier.
Sweater Season! San Francisco also requires year-round sweater wear, but I keep my toastiest, wooliest, Norwegian-est ones just for fall & winter. The temperature might be the same, but the feel is different- very back-to-school, indeed.
(Image: Marcia Prentice / Adir & Marcello's Worldly Retreat)