Friday, November 4, 2016

I Love Fall Tag

I was tagged by Engie from "Musings From Neville's Navel" for the "I love fall" tag. Which is perfect, because I'm enjoying some great fall weather and awesome leaf colors right now. :)

The obligatory "look-at-how-cute-my-dog-is-in-the-fall-leaves" picture.
What is your favorite fall month?

If we're talking in terms of weather, September is usually pretty good, usually later in the month. I love mostly sunny weather with a slight breeze so it's cool enough to still wear a t-shirt, but not hot enough to start sweating.

Otherwise, obviously November because NaNoWriMo!

What music do you like to listen to in fall?

Depends on my mood, but I usually transition from things like pop songs, which are totally summer songs, to more Indie/alternative music. (Of course this year I'm listening to a lot of musicals right now, because I've been really into that.) I tend to gravitate towards artists like Melanie Martinez, Sleeping At Last, Louden Swain, The Civil Wars, etc.

What is your favorite fall outfit?

A cute t-shirt, jeans, and a plaid flannel.

What is your favorite fall scent?

Coffee, campfires, cinnamon. Apparently just things that start with "c."

What books get you in the mood for fall?

I know it's obvious, but the Harry Potter series. School starts on September 1st, they always have a Halloween feast, and every book has a part that's just creepy enough to feel like a fall story. The whole series is cozy.

Do you enjoy fall weather?

Absolutely! I prefer crisp and cool weather to sweltering hot days.

What is your favorite fall food?

I don't know if I have a favorite, but warm drinks, Thanksgiving pies, and apples in some kind of caramel/chocolate/peanut butter dips are all excellent. Also our "pumpkin pasties," which are pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips.

Apple pie or pumpkin pie?


Hot chocolate or warm apple cider?


Do you like pumpkin spice lattes?

Yes! It was one of the first coffee drinks I had that made me realize how much I liked coffee.

Tea or coffee?

It depends on the time of day and my mood. Usually I like coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon while I'm writing. Sometimes decaf coffee at night with a cookie or biscotti is really nice.

Do you like candy corn?

Eh? It's been a while since I had it. I wouldn't seek it out or anything, but it's okay.

What is your favorite past Halloween costume?

Ooh, that's tricky. My Luna Lovegood costume when I was eleven was pretty awesome. I had a homemade Quibbler and everything. I also went as Hermione when I was ten. But I also love the costumes I had the past couple years, like the Tenth Doctor and my steampunk angel creation.

My 10-year-old self as Hermione, next to my little brother who's a ninja here.
Luna Lovegood!
My genderbent 10th Doctor.

Who/what did you dress as for Halloween last year?

A steampunk angel! :) I loved the wings so much, I made a couple excuses to put on the costume for other events, like Time Traveler's Day at the Renaissance Faire.

Steampunk angel!
You can see the wings better here. I was going for a coppery look to match the steampunk theme.

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

Reese's peanut butter cups, of course. I also like Kit-Kats, Twix, Three Musketeers . . . basically anything that's chocolate.

Do you enjoy carving jack-o’-lanterns?

It depends on my  mood each years, but most of the time I do!

Do you like to visit creepy graveyards?

Not as a hobby or anything, but walking through them is always kind of cool. I love to get name ideas there and read the epitaphs. The really faded ones that you can hardly read always look like something that belongs in a story.

Cats or bats?

Cats, even though I'm allergic. They're just so darn cute.

What is your favorite scary movie?

I've never gotten into scary movies, but I really enjoyed "The Sixth Sense," if that counts?

Halloween or Thanksgiving?

Halloween for the candy and Thanksgiving for the pie. Because food.

What is your least favorite thing about fall?

Everything seems crazy busy when fall starts. There's a lot less time alone to read and write because even though we're doing TONS of super fun activities, they're all in a row without a lot of breathing room.

What is the best thing about your town during fall?

Seeing cute pumpkin/fall decorations in our small town, corn mazes, coffee shops, etc.

What is your favorite fall memory?

I can't pick out a singular memory, but I have vivid memories from every NaNoWriMo season of writing a certain story. They're still some of my favorites.

What is one thing you’d like to try during fall, but haven’t?

I can't think of any fall specific activities. But what are your favorite things to do during the fall?

In one sentence, why do you love fall?

I love fall because of the weather, the atmosphere, the creativity, and the feeling that comes from it.

Tag, you're it! "Steal" this tag for your own blog, or answer some of the questions in the comments. :) Have fun!


Jesse Porter said...

The things I like about fall are the cooler weather and the food. The things I don't like are the dying greenery and the foretaste of winter. Those years when fall trees have brilliant reds, oranges and yellows are pretty, but the browns and the lack of green, both signifying death, pull at my natural depression.

The blossoming flowers and budding leaves of spring consist of happier times for me. But summer is my time of year, everything is alive and glorious. I suppose that spring is forever tainted for me from mostly burried memories of having been hit by a speeding car when I was five-years-old. I was hurled more than a hundred and sixty feet through the air and landed on my neck and shoulders, with a broken leg, burst ear drum and fractured skull, requiring several weeks in hospital and more weeks laid up in a cast in bed, with months of crutches and cast that hampered my five-year-old expression of energy.

My present course of reading is historical accounts of Americas first two revolutions, with pauses for anti-authoritarian thrillers (currently, The Permit, by Erik W. Steele, and recently, The Roma Series of five novels (so far) by Gabriel Valijan. I finished my own second of three novels of The Morningstar Adventures, set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with a slavery and Quaker emphasis, still to be published. A long winter ahead before my next summer.

I enjoyed your fall post very much. Keep reading and writing.

Jesse Porter

Jimmy said...

I don't know if I like breaking Fall down into such detail. I love Fall in the broadest sense I guess. Here in Albuquerque it's the best weather we have all year. I've really appreciated the change in time this year, too. It made it so much easier to get to my early Sunday meetings and to the gym this morning. The only thing I felt really passionate about from those choices was pumpkin pie! I can't even get myself to try another pie when pumpkin is an option. And I want to invite you and your family to come to NM in September and enjoy an apple pie milkshake from Blake's Lotaburger.

Boquinha said...

This was so much fun to read (and to do myself on my own blog!). It really made me stop and meditate about the season a bit, so thank you for that.

Rain said...

Autumn is my favourite month! I might steal this, I might not, but I definitely enjoyed reading it. All of your Halloween costumes looked so cool!