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Bring on the Fall, baby!

This has been a long, hot, car air-conditionless summer.  And I’m done.

Okay, yes, I did just finish mowing the lawn.  Finally.  And even though it has cooled down a little tonight, I am still sweating like a whore in church.

I can say that with impunity because I’m from the south (yes Virginia, you are suth-er-en!) and if your grandma would say it, then so can you.

…sorry, where was I?  Oh, yeah…I’m ready for some Fallness, ya’ll.

But it’s not just the heat – it’s pretty much all of it.  One of my young Facebook friends recently posted that he was ready for school to start.  He’s bored, he said.  Maybe that’s it, because I’m getting that antsy feeling myself.  I can totally relate; I’m ready for school, too!

Do you remember that feeling?  True, summer is great.  Especially when you’re a kid, because it goes on forever and you can sleep late and do what you want.  Who didn’t love that?  But after a while…well…you’re done.  You’re ready for a change.  Didn’t you start to feel excited about the new school year?  Weren’t you excited to get back to seeing your friends every day?  And each new year brought new everything: school supplies, teachers and classes, books and clothes, sometimes even a whole new school to go to.  It was just Newness in general.  I’m ready for some Newness!

Okay, so I don’t go to school.  I don’t have kids to send to school (which provides its own kind of excitement and looking-forward-to-it moments).  But I do have Fall.  I’m already getting excited about multicolored leaves and carving pumpkins and Thanksgiving.  I’ve always loved Fall!  When Jr. used to sing “Are ya’ ready for some foot-ballll?”  I always thought, “Why yes, I am.  I’ve been ready for ever so long.”  I’m excited to see my sitcom friends again, and I can’t wait for Survivor and Amazing Race to start.  It’s the little things, folks.  The simple pleasures in life.  Sweet, sweet reality tv – how I’ve missed you.

So bring on the Fall, baby!  I’m ready for some sweater weather.  I’m ready to look forward to the next episode.  I’m ready to be too chicken to go to the Haunted House.  I’m ready to keep putting off a trip to Skyline Drive to see the changing leaves until it’s too late and they’re all gone.  I’m ready to buy half price Halloween candy on November 1st.  I’m ready to see Christmas decorations too early – oh wait, they probably have those up at Cracker Barrel right now.  I’m ready to not cut the grass for the last time.  I’m ready to want and at the same time dread the snow.  I’m ready to complain about the cold!

Ah, Fall, you magical season of newness and change, you can’t come soon enough for me.  I’m ready.
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Skip on Over:

In Which It Is My Own Darn Fault – why I have no air conditioning in my car

Items of Interest:

Embracing the “Y’all” by Girl on the Contrary

Twanglish Lessons from Real Southern Men

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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m ready for fall, but it’s only because of the heat.

    August 11, 2011
    • It is hot! It wasn’t boiling when I drove to work this morning, but I’ve come to realize that’s just Mother Nature messing with my head.

      August 11, 2011
  2. I am SO over summer, I can hardly stand it. I’ve been getting up at 4AM to run because it’s so hot in the evenings, and it’s still 85 degrees at 5AM! We still have a long way to go until fall here in TX.

    Had to laugh about reality TV: I, too, love The Amazing Race. I also love Storm Chasers. And I have to admit, I always watch the last three episodes of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. That’s about all I can stomach. Each time I swear I’m never watching it again, but I always get sucked right in!

    August 11, 2011
    • Haha! I just told my sister yesterday that you did your running at something like 5am. She was telling me that her son wants her to do a marathon with him and we were talking about all the training you have to do to prepare. She was wondering how people did it in this heat. I feel for you guys that are further south! I was thinking when I wrote this that some places in the country don’t really have a Fall season to enjoy – so sad! Fall is the best.

      At least you got those ten drops of rain the other day, that’s a start.

      Reality tv is my guilty pleasure, but I can’t do some of them. I could easily get sucked into the drama ones, but I don’t have cable or satellite. I have to rely on computer episodes, so that luckily limits my viewing. Average in Suburbia has been recapping Project Runway and I’m starting to wish I could see it. I really like the game-showy and creative ones the best.

      August 11, 2011
  3. Excited about school starting? Lawd, this chile was never excited bout school startin! But this woman is so ready for sweater weather–or any temperature under 98*.

    August 11, 2011
    • Another Southern Belle!

      I can’t wait for the temps to drop! I did used to get excited for school, but it didn’t last that long. I’d say it was round about December when I was ready for summer break again.

      August 11, 2011
  4. We are very similar people, Stoney. I haven’t been bold enough to say it out loud yet, but I have had fleeting fantasies about fall lately. It’s my favorite season and although there are things I like about summer, I have been thinking lately about curling up with a good book (which is always better when it’s cool outside), sleeping with the windows open and getting cold, cooking up yummy comfort food like a big pot of soup or a vat of homemade mac & cheese… to say nothing, of course, of the beautiful colors and crisp air. But I’m always afraid to rush it, because we somehow always get shortchanged on fall – it stays hot til October or it gets bitterly cold in early December… and I don’t want karma to slap me back!

    August 11, 2011
    • Yeah, all that sounds good! Fall is so delicious. I do scheduling and I’m working ahead to prepare for my vacation at the end of August. When I got the September one put together, I was just flooded with all these terrific Fall images. I realized that it was closer than it seemed and it made me crave it even more!

      You’re right about the weather, though, it can mess with your head and your plans. I sure hope I haven’t jinxed the whole thing ;).

      August 11, 2011
  5. I’m always ready for some sweater weather! Slightly cool is my favorite climate 🙂

    August 18, 2011
    • Me too! When it’s cool enough to need a cozy sweater, but before it’s actually COLD.

      August 19, 2011
  6. rebecca p #

    I love love love the summer. Don’t get me wrong, Fall’s ok – but it leads to Winter which I hate!!! 🙂

    September 16, 2011
    • I love the cold weather. Except when it gets too cold. And the snow…except when there’s too much snow. Mostly, I like not being hot.

      What I don’t like is the short days. Very depressing.

      September 16, 2011

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