Even though the weather has been relatively warm compared to other parts of the country (I've heard it has been snowing in MN and CO is expecting snow - too early!!), fall has subtly been pushing summer to the wayside, until suddenly summer seems like a distant memory in the rearview mirror. Instead of being assaulted by gnats during my bike commute home, my tires are crunching through fallen leaves. Rather than arriving home in a pile of sweat at 7:30pm while the sun and heat are still out in full force, I'm darting out of the office by 5:30 so I can make it home before dusk (almost sweat-free, might I add). This is near-perfect bike commuting weather.
I'm not a big coffee drinker, but the cooler weather makes me want a pumpkin spice latte; fortunately, Mr. Sweetie is more than happy to have an additional excuse to use his espresso machine (I'm worried if I ever learn to work that thing, it will be lattes 24/7. A slippery slope).
It's almost Halloween and I'm pulling together a costume for this year. Unless you count dressing up in 80s gear to cheer on the Marine Corps Marathon runners in 2011, it has been awhile since I dressed up. And it has been even longer since I put much effort into a costume - I actually visited a fabric store and everything. I won't be breaking out the sewing machine (mostly because I don't have one), but there will be fabric glue involved. As well as a lampshade. Fabric fringe. And fishnet stockings. Any guesses?
And what would the fall be without a freak storm? Last year we had some snow on the last weekend in October (I remember reading the weather reports when I was in Burkina - 90+ degrees - and thinking it couldn't possibly be getting ready to snow. I was still in summer mode). If I could have a second career, I think it would be fascinating to be a meteorologist (NOT the one standing in front of the green screen with too much makeup and a loud pink outfit - behind the scenes please!). I've been reading the Capital Weather Gang posts about this impending storm and I think they always do a great job putting everything into easy-to-understand layman's terms. We didn't lose power during the Derecho so here's to hoping if we have a direct hit, we won't lose power this time either.