Top Five Fall Favorites

How do you like that title for some alliteration, huh? I figured since it’s already nearing the end of October (I swear, time is flying by!) I’d do a post about my top five favorite things about fall. Now, I am not a huge fan of Halloween. I never really was, even as a kid. Sure, dressing up was fun and everything, but it was never one of my favorite holidays. The fall season, however, is a different story. I absolutely LOVE everything about fall! So without further ado, here are my top five favorite things about fall:

1. The Colorful Leaves!

In my opinion, fall has some of the prettiest colors of any of the seasons, especially up north when all of the leaves change.

These photos don’t even do justice to how beautiful the leaves get at this time of year. Even though the pretty colors last only a few weeks before they all drop to the ground, they sure are nice while they last!

2. Pumpkins

I love pumpkins! When we were younger, we used to go to a pumpkin patch every year to get our pumpkins. We would ride on a tractor out to the field, and my sisters and I would each get to choose a pumpkin. I always went for the little ones because I thought they were so cute! I plan on carving a pumpkin this weekend, so maybe I will post some pictures if it turns out good!

3. Honeycrisp Apples

I know that tons of people go gaga over honeycrisp apples, and I had actually never tried them before a few years ago. Oh.em.gee, they are seriously the best apples! Honeycrisp are by far my favorite type of apples (fugi are a close second), but it’s a shame they are available only a certain time of year. Oh well, better stock up now!

4. Seasonal Food Finds

Seasonal Clif Bars!

I just about shrieked with excitement when I found these in the grocery store last week, AND found out they were 10/$10! Score! I picked up a few, but wish I would’ve bought more! So far I’ve tried the peppermint, and it is so good! I was worried it would be too sweet, but it actually has a nice peppermint flavor, and unlike some of the other flavors, doesn’t have that weird soy aftertaste. I have tried the gingerbread and pumpkin before, but it’s been a few years. I’ll let you know what I think when I try them again!

If you’ve never tried this ice cream, go do yourself a favor and get some! It’s super yummy! And speaking of ice ceram, fall also means pumpkin pie blizzards at Dairy Queen! 🙂

5. Holidays

Finally, fall means that the holidays are just around the corner. I love the holiday season because it means more time with my family. I love having the holiday season to look forward to!

 

What’s your favorite part about the fall season? Or favorite parts, if you can’t pick just one!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Homesick

Long time no blog, eh?

I had my fall break last week. I wasn’t expecting to go home, but at the last minute, my dad bought me a plane ticket, so I was able to go home for 6 days! It was wonderful and I feel so lucky.  I spent time with my dad, my two sisters, and got to see my Nana and Grandma and Grandpa. I got to enjoy the fall weather (it doesn’t feel like fall here in the south), sleep in my childhood bedroom, and be back in familiar territory again. It was wonderful.

I guess I should back up for a minute. You see, last year, I moved 1,000 miles away from my home to attend college in another state. My mom was moving (my parents are divorced) and I found a school near where she was moving that I thought sounded perfect for me. So I took a leap of faith and decided to move down south with her.

I am in my second year of college, and I really love the school I am going to. I feel fortunate that I got a scholarship that pays for a good portion of my tuition. I don’t have to live in the dorms either. I am doing well at the school I am at, and feel fairly comfortable there, despite my ever-present social anxiety.

But I miss home, so incredibly much. I thought that after being away for over a year, the homesickness would have subsided, but it only seems to be getting worse. I miss my two sisters more than you could imagine. They are my best friends in the whole world. I miss being close to my grandparents. I know they are not going to be around forever, and I wish I lived near them so I could see them more. My father and I have had a rocky relationship (I’ll talk about that more later), but our relationship has been improving, and I really miss him too. I miss the familiarity of being where I grew up, surrounded by everything that is familar to me. Since moving, I have felt so afraid and just more anxious in general. And it doesn’t seem to be getting any better with time.

I have been thinking about transferring to a school back home, but I don’t even know where I would go. I hate the idea of transferring, and worry that I might not like the school I transfer to as much as I like the one I am at now. Even worse, I worry that a lot of my credits won’t even transfer, and I will end up wasting time and money. But at the same time, I don’t want to stay here if I am not happy. I want to be somewhere where I feel secure, happy, and am able to get myself back on track, both physically and mentally. Sometimes I think that back home is that place.

I don’t know. This post was kind of pointless, but this has been on my mind so much these past couple of months. I have never been able to make decisions. This is a big decision to make, and I am terrified of making the wrong one.  If anyone actually reads this and has any advice at all, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Sorry for being so depressing today. I will leave you with a picture of the beautiful  fall colors that I took last week at home.