Like every other blogger on the planet, I love fall, even though, as with many Southern states, fall isn’t so much a full season as a three-week break between summer and winter. We’ll get a quick break from warm weather, a long enough break that fashion bloggers start photographing sweaters (even though it’s still in the seventies), but inevitably, we get another temperature spike, followed by your three-to-four weeks of fall. Then you freeze your tots off until March.
Luckily, we’ve hit that period of time in Arkansas in which I’ve managed to both turn off my air conditioning and open all of my windows. We have a temperature spike back into the eighties through Thursday, but then it drops back into the sixties-low seventies (and hopefully it stays that way). That’s when my basic will go into overdrive.
Maybe I like autumn so much because it’s the gateway to Christmas. We get football, then fall, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving. Then it’s Christmas. Did y’all know it’s only eighty-two days until Christmas? Go ahead and panic now. I did.
It’s funny, you see a lot of “things to do in the fall” lists pop up around this time, usually to a chorus of naysayers calling the author a basic bitch. To which I respond, who the hell cares? I’ll be a basic bitch, if that means I’m open about the things I like to do. Screw the people who think “basic” is a bad word. If it means I get my PSL in my Lulu pants, I don’t mind being basic.
With that in mind, I compiled a list of things to do during the fall. Most of them “basic.”
- Watch Hocus Pocus. Duh.
- Use my parents’ fire pit at least once.
- Drink ALL THE PSLs (like I said- basic).
- Tailgate at a football game.
- Have a scary movie binge watch and clutch my dog.
- Drive down Highway 71 (or the Pig Trail)
- Bake an apple pie.
- Perfect a vegetarian chili recipe.
- Go to a haunted house (Muskogee’s Haunted Castle, maybe?)
- Finish a fall-themed cross stitch.
- Go to a high school football game.
- Spend more time outside.
- Make at least two vegetarian/vegan side dishes for Thanksgiving.
I’m always open for suggestions- anything I can do to get out in this weather. I love the idea of going out to the Farmers Market in a sweater. I love the savory tastes associated with colder weather. I love football games with blankets. I love bonfires and bourbon. I love my boots and my scarves. I love the smells of cinnamon and vanilla.
So basic? Yeah. If being basic means I enjoy the things I love, color me basic. All day long.