Weekend Things: Getting in the Spirit

There’s basically a 3-week window where I actually like fall.  I know, that sounds sacrilegious, considering the majority of the population lives for every single pumpkin-filled second of fall, but I do not dig any semblance of cold weather.  I mean I love a good sweater as much as the next person, but I’d rather that sweater be for decorative purposes only.

So as it gets further and further into fall and the temperatures continue to drop, I’ve felt the winter blahs coming on already.  But that’s not what this weekend was about.  It was blissfully pleasant weather-wise this weekend.  Crunchy leaves and vibrant yellow and red trees are everywhere.  And I decided I’d better get in the fall mood while the weather is still nice.

I bought these this week for a little craft project.  Totally typical Target purchase, right?

Oh my god.  That picture just keeps getting better every time I look at it.  I’m just not really sure why Target thinks vampires have one longer tooth in the middle of their mouths.  I gave this one to my parents but I have 4 more tiny cute pumpkins to carve up for myself.

I hadn’t made pancakes in so long so when I woke up on Saturday morning, I made a batch of pumpkin pancakes.  This post is really pumpkin-y already, isn’t it?  All I did was google “pumpkin pancakes” and used this recipe, which was the first search result and had 1447 reviews and 4.5 stars.  Sounded trustworthy to me.

They tasted like pie.  Which is obviously fine with me.  And there’s leftovers.  Which is also obviously fine with me.

The weather was perfect for pumpkin picking so we headed to the pumpkin patch.  We go to the same one every year but we must have taken a different route once we got there because we had to weave through a bunch of really tall and really pokey grassy weedy stuff.  Let’s just say it didn’t feel good when I walked right into one and had to pull thorns out of my pants.

I actually had to put some elbow grease into cutting mine off the vine.  So did Joey but it was kind of a waste because we brought them home in the back of his truck and the stem broke off while we were driving.  Oopsie.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who suddenly thinks they need a bundle of dried out corn on the cob or a corn stalk when they see all that stuff set out at the pumpkin patch.  Also note that a couple had put their baby inside one of these crates of mini pumpkins just to the right of my picture.

I also got a mani/pedi with what I decided is a fall color.

We ended Saturday night with a housewarming/cocktail party at my friends Jenn and Alyssa’s new place.  Their fall decorations and the spread of food was too cute, and I have no idea why I didn’t take any pictures even of us girls!  I wasn’t in my right mind 😛

Yesterday’s weather was equally breathtaking.  I’m going to enjoy the next few days of sunshine and warmth before this hits on Friday.

I’m so not ready.

Happy Monday!


Do you mind colder weather?

What are you doing to get into the fall/Halloween spirit?

What did you do this weekend?

Weekend Things: This Is Fall

I woke up to this on Friday morning.

Snow?  I’m so not ready for snow.  Or cold.  Or anything even remotely winter-y.  If I had my way, I’d hit the pause button on the last week of September and live with that weather for the rest of my life.

On the plus side, cooler fall temps make Starbucks taste extra good.

This new little Starbucks popped up last week.  Only three weeks after they started building it!  It’s a new thing Starbucks is trying.  The store is teeny tiny, with only enough room for a few baristas and customers can’t even go inside.  There is a walk-up window though.  I can’t decide if it’s strange or cool.

I could totally get used to seeing these kinds of fall colors when I walk around our neighborhood.  Please don’t tell me that in a few weeks these will all have fallen.  I don’t think I can handle it.

Fall also brings Joey’s brother’s birthday.  I can’t say this enough: I love other people’s birthdays!  We went out to a Brazilian steakhouse in Denver to celebrate.  Basically, waiters walk around with meat on giant spears and you get a little card that signals weather you want a piece or not.  Do you know how many different cuts of beef there are??

Then Joey and I pretended it was actually our birthday and got our own dessert.

I left declaring I was never eating again.

Until Chipotle Thursday the next day.

Which has nothing to do with it being fall.  Or even the weekend, technically.  My blog, my rules.

I totally dig the beer and football season thing.  Except for the football part.

Nothing is more fall than chili.  And just like Starbucks, chili is better when it’s…well, when it’s chili.

A hot homemade breakfast with my family is like hitting the jackpot when you come in from the cold outside.



Just a typical Sunday morning with dogs barking, babies wandering, 3-year-olds causing trouble and adults trying to fit in a word edgewise.

And maybe acting like kids too.

I let my mom’s dachshund off the leash for probably the first time ever and she went nuts, running around as fast as she could.  It was adorable.  And so was the fact that my nephew who usually wants nothing to do with me, wouldn’t let me leave his side all morning.

I’m guessing he forgets all about liking me by the next time I see him.

Also back, is Joey and I’s tradition of seeing an early morning Saturday movie.  When it’s cool outside and hiking season is sadly over, seeing a movie (for cheap!) seems like the next best thing.  We saw Pitch Perfect and both loved it.  But more on that later, I’m off for more October birthday celebrating.

I love other people’s birthdays!


What did you do this weekend?

What are your favorite fall things?

Have cold temperatures reached your neck of the woods?  Did I really just say “neck of the woods?”