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Halloween was my favorite holiday as a kid. (Well, it was a pretty much neck-and-neck race with Christmas.) What could be better as a kid than walking from door to door, getting candy at each stop? I remember going home with my loot and feasting. Other kids were good at savoring their bounty and spreading it out over days, but I was not. We’d dump our bags of candy onto the floor, fish through the bad candy (those horrible circus peanuts! why even bother handing those out?!), and gobble up the good candy (basically, any fun-sized chocolate bar).
I trick-or-treated until I was 15. And maybe that’s one of the hardest parts of growing up, the letting go of trick-or-treating…
But this is going to be a pretty Halloween-filled weekend. Tonight: a Twin Peaks Halloween party (I’ll be going as Blackie); tomorrow, a Halloween Haunts concert at the CSO, where I’ll watch my friend Eliana play songs like this one, and later, a bike ride exploring Chicago’s ghostly past.
Fall is fleeting here in Chicago; that’s why I am trying to soak up every ounce of fall goodness before winter arrives. So every fall, I follow certain traditions – watch scary movies (just about the only time of year I watch scary movies), go apple picking (though I haven’t yet this year!), make apple crisp, and other fall foods.
Tonight, we’ll be watching Casper. (Remember Casper? I am looking forward to revisiting it!) And roasting pumpkin seeds. Because you just have to celebrate the season, right?
Do you follow any traditions every fall?
Fall brings many delicious things — squash, root vegetables, apples, and more. But it also brings the end of my favorite part of the week – the last farmers’ market of the season in my neighborhood is next Wednesday. And it’s already thinned out a lot. Sad times.
But yesterday, I was up to my normal Wednesday routine — going to the farmers’ market to pick up the bounty for the week. I picked up an acorn squash, a giant sweet potato, chestnuts, among other things. Dinner was roasted chestnuts and acorn squash, roasted with a little butter and brown sugar. Here in the upper Midwest, we fully experience the four seasons. And I like to celebrate each and every one (though fall is my favorite). And you just gotta eat roasted squash during fall…
Fall is fully here in Chicago. There’s a nip in the air, the trees are doing their thing, leaves are all over the ground. And Houston last weekend? …
Suddenly the sidewalks are blanketed with red, orange, and gold leaves. My favorite season is here. :-)
So, just a couple pics from fall so far: my girlfriend (and the best apple pie ever) at Apple Fest in Lincoln Square (we also went with my friend Brittany and her boyfriend). Apple Fest is a wonderful thing – celebrating two of my favorites: fall, and apples. A not-to-be-missed event, let me tell you.
And pumpkins, scoped out on a walk. I am really looking forward to carving out some pumpkins and roasting their seeds! Mmm…sprinkled with sea salt, perhaps? Do you have a favorite pumpkin seed recipe?
But today is not a fall day for me; I’m headed to Houston, where apparently they’re having a high of 89 (whaaa? clearly from the upper Midwest…). I’m going for this: the New Futuro College Prep Fair, which my company is putting on; it’s going to be a whirlwind of a trip, and I’ll be back on Sunday.
Have you ever been to Houston? It’ll be the first time for me!
Went for a long walk this weekend (with a pretty cute dog to boot). Fall is here, but summer is still holding on. It was 70-some degrees this weekend! The weather is a little confused right now, and with it, so am I. I leave the house without a coat, just fine, and then am shivering later on without it.
I think that last photo really sums it up: fall leaves… and a sprinkler.
Happy first day of October!
Summer has officially come to a close, and fall has ushered in. Which is just fine with me – for as much as I love summer, fall has always been my favorite season. Fall is beautiful here in the Midwest; I love everything about it: the leaves in their autumnal colors blanketing the sidewalks; apple picking and all the delicious things you can make with apples; that nip in the air after a hot summer…
But you know what else fall means? It means it’s time to go back to school. And I have always loved that, too. Time to hit the books again, learn something new, and move forward in your development as a person. In an odd way, fall feels like a rebirth, too.
Do you want to learn something new, expand your skill set, and your navigation of the world? Then you should consider learning Spanish! Learning a new language opens MANY doors. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you why – not only is Spanish the second language of the U.S, it’s also the second most widely spoken language in the world!
The Building Blocks Basic Spanish course begins this Sunday, September 23, and is open for enrollment. You have four days left to sign up… I’m closing enrollment at 11:59 p.m. CST on Saturday, September 22nd, and you’ll receive your very first lesson this Sunday!
Sign up for Module One here and we’ll set the foundation of your Spanish-speaking success in the next five weeks. I think you’ll love the Building Blocks Course. Not only do we dig into grammar and new vocabulary, but we work with pronunciation and listening comprehension; you’ll also get emails from me with tips &guidance along the way. I make learning Spanish easy and effective.
Remember – you only have the next four days left to register, and this is the only time this year that I’ll be opening the course for enrollment, so if you want to learn Spanish, NOW is the time. It’s fall and it’s back to the books. Click here to register for the course.