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Things to look forward to this Fall

Things to look forward to this Fall

Things to look forward to this Fall

No, pumpkin-spice latte is not on this list.

I feel like I’ve gotten really comfortable over the last couple of months. It almost feels too comfortable. It’s been a while since I did something for the first time, learned a new skill or took a big step out of my comfort zone.

Even though the arrival of fall means that the year is slowly coming to an end, I also think it’s a perfect time to make some changes in life, to try new things. They don’t need to be huge changes or big new things- they can be small changes like taking a new class at the gym, cleaning out your closet, going for a run every morning, trying a new place to eat.

The evenings will arrive much quicker and the weather won’t always be perfect (yes to long, rainy Saturday mornings!). This means that we’ll all have more time to do the things we don’t feel like doing during summer, because we’d rather be outdoors, enjoying the weather. Things like reading, cooking, writing, taking long baths, having sleep-overs with your best friend, discovering new music, cleaning your wardrobe and donating/selling things you no longer need. Oh, and I really want to brush up on my Spanish, too!

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CATCHING UP ON READING

There’s a whole stack of new, unread books next to my desk. It keeps getting bigger and bigger, instead of getting smaller. One of my goals this fall is to try to read at least one book a week. I love re-reading HP books during fall and winter but I really want to start reading new books, discovering new authors. Those long, rainy autumn evenings are perfect for cuddling up with a book and a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to finish reading everything from my current to-read list!

SPENDING TIME IN THE KITCHEN

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do, yet it’s been so long since I’ve tried a new recipe. I usually cook two different meals for both Mark and myself since I’m plant-based and he’s not. I’ve gotten a little lazy. I’ll admit it. I’ll cook something nice for him every night, and make a big batch of something for myself on Monday and just reheat it throughout the week. Boring. I’m dying to try some seasonal recipes like Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli or Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Herbs.

STYLE

I think this is the one we’re all really excited about isn’t it? The weather is still in low 90s here (!!) but the mornings are so nice and cool, I can’t wait to dig out my favorites knits and boots. Actually, I made a mistake of wearing my favorite sweater to work the other day, because I was cold in the morning. Big mistake. Huge. Perhaps, I’ll be able to make through a couple more days, until the weather cools down for good. I definitely have a lot of love for hats and blanket scarves, too.

CLEANING UP + ORGANIZING EVERYTHING AROUND THE HOUSE

This year, I want to try something different. Instead of my usual, big spring-cleaning session, I want to clean everything out before January. I find it so crazy that when we moved into our house eight years ago, we pretty much had nothing. We were both moving out of our mamas’ homes and all Mark had was a huge TV set, a bed, and a dresser; all I had were my clothes and a TV (with a built-in VHS player can you freaking believe? God, I’m old.). Now, we have so.much.stuff. Too much, if you ask me. You know those things you no longer use, but you refuse to throw away? Mark has his laptop from college, which weighs about 20 pounds and hasn’t been used in ages; there are two printers that no longer work, a bunch of my college textbooks I refuse to recycle because they cost me a small fortune and don’t even get me started on my wardrobe.

Come January, I want to start everything nice and fresh, so I’m doing a HUGE clean-up this fall. I did this a few months ago in the kitchen and OMG I have so much space now! I can actually fit things into the cabinets.

When we moved in together we bought a bunch of small, cheap kitchen appliances, utensils, pots, pans, etc. Just to hold us over until we find some nice, grown-up “kitchen things”. Except, when we finally got the “nice” things, we refused to throw the old ones away because “aww we shared our first dinner in the empty living room on this plate, remember?!” Yes, I also remember the ugly, green carpet in that living room, but somehow I didn’t feel bad ripping that apart and throwing it away (I really wanted to burn it, to be honest. Mark wouldn’t let me).

Us buying a house happened so quick (we were first looking to rent, but a lot of places we liked wouldn’t allow dogs, especially bully breeds, which is total BS, btw) that we didn’t even have a single mug or a spoon. I think that when you first move out on your own, you’re just so excited to start “adulting” that you start buying a bunch of shit you don’t need. Like those “as seen on TV” veggie chopping tools that fall apart after a couple of uses. Then, you end up in a house full of crap you don’t need or use. So, since the kitchen is already done, I’ll be soon moving on to the basement and the garage (Mark is not excited about this one, I think he might actually try to booby trap the stairs to the garage/basement).

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SLOWING DOWN

This is what I’m looking forward to the most. I want to pick up knitting again. To actually start reading the magazines I buy. Having those hour-long at-home pamper sessions once in a while, because hell, I deserve it. Cooking those big meals, having family over and actually eating at the table, not in my office, while checking emails. Taking long walks with Blu and really, really slowing the F down.

Okay, so there’s another thing I have to mention. I’m not a big TV person (can’t stand the commercials ever since the arrival of Netflix) but I CANNOT WAIT for The Walking Dead to return to TV. Seriously, that and football is the only reason I’m still willing to pay for cable TV. I know that only those who love this show will understand my obsessive enthusiasm and ridiculous level of fanaticism.

What are you guys looking forward to doing and/or discovering this fall?

31 Comments

  • Reply
    Janet
    September 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I feel the same about all of this ‘cleaning up’, Paula. Many feel that January 1 is the date to make all the huge changes, commitments, goals and resolutions. No, no. We are tired, slow and bloated from all the bad things we did to our bodies over the holidays. Fall is the perfect time. Get it all done and then nest. Enjoy the rainy, gloomy days catching up on reading, cooking and just napping in the afternoon!

    Jane

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      September 24, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Get it all done and nest- yes! I think it’s going to feel great, knowing that the end of year is coming, but I’ll have everything done, cleaned and organized. I love that feeling when the house is sparkling clean, the laundry is done, the air so cool I can open up the windows, have a banana bread baking in the oven and we can put on a movie and relax. Feels so good. :) We’re starting the clean out tomorrow, I have so much stuff to get rid of! Hope you enjoy your fall too, Jane! I think it’s one of the best seasons ;)

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    Mary Ann
    September 24, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Me, to be honest I’m lazy in organizing or de-cluttering my things so, what I’ve been doing lately is every sunday at least an hour or two try to clean a portion of my room one at a time just to get things done – though slowly and it takes long at least I am fighting my laziness mode hahaha…

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    Dagmara Klich
    September 24, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I agree, with the colder weather and longer evenings it seems like I have more time as we’re less likely will be outside playing or walking. I am looking forward to cosy evenings with candles :)

    And I am finally re-doing my driving course (after 10+years of failing the test the first time round) so I am super excited about getting my license :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      September 25, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Ohh yay that’s awesome Dagmara! I can only imagine how excited you must be! I’m sure you’ll get it this time! ;)

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    Millie Robinson
    September 24, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Fall fashion is my favourite, I love layering and playing around with different sweaters and scarves! x

    http://www.abeautyromance.com
    http://www.abeautyromance.com

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    Kiss & Make-up
    September 24, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I definitely love fall fashion!

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    Leah Rose
    September 24, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Reading in the colder months is my favourite

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    Lindsay (Nail That Accent)
    September 24, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I totally want to read more too!!! It’s so hard when you work full time, blog and try to fit some other things around there.

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    Hannah Lucy
    September 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Loved this, autumn baking is the best

    Hannah | Oh January

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    steff @ brighterdarling.com
    September 24, 2016 at 11:45 am

    This is so great! You reminded me how important it is to prioritize the things I REALLY want. Reading is totally one of them. I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book for just pure enjoyment and not to ‘learn’ something. That’s so sad -__-. I love my blog, but I never want it to take over my entire existence, so I’m going to just make more time for relaxation. I just signed up for a 3 month term at a local yoga studio (it’s been sooo amazing at calming me the hell down), and want to spend more time outdoors now that the temps should be lowering in Houston. Our dogs need some nice long walks!

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      September 25, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      I know how that feels Steff! I just started and finished the Girl on the Train the other day and I didn’t realize how much I miss reading. It’s easy to get caught up in this work-work-work mode so I’m definitely planning on slowing down a little, too. x

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    Abigail Alice
    September 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    The disclaimer about the PSL made me laugh! I seriously need to catch up on The Walking Dead. I just started my last year of Uni so after this crazy fresher’s week I’m excited to get into a routine and get working!

    Abigail Alice x

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    Darina
    September 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    You’ve made a great list of things to do! Cleaning up the house is what I did last Winter and I am still satisfied with the result. So much space! I am looking forward to Fall too! Reading, writing and cooking. Can’t wait :)

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    Katie S.
    September 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Yes to all of those things!!! I am so excited to pick up reading again. I’ve been seeing so many books I want to read but summer doesn’t make me want to read. And I hear you about the ugly green carpet! The house my boyfriend and I live in has it in the living and dining rooms. We’ll be doing tons of painting and such this fall so that carpet will be gone!! And LOL to you wanting to burn it. I 100% feel you on that! And yay for picking up knitting!! This is the perfect time to do it! And yes to TWD ?? I cannot wait! I think I might try to watch Game of Thrones this fall/winter as well!

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      September 25, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Haha ours was in the living room too! It was the first thing I got rid of when we moved in. It’s been so many years since I’ve stopped knitting, I really hope I still remember how to do it haha :) Oh I want to get into the GOT, too! Everyone keeps telling me I HAVE to watch it! :D

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    Kathy
    September 25, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Jealous that it’s Autumn right now for you! I love baking during that season especially apple pie…yuum
    Kathy x
    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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    Ambar Syed
    September 25, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I’m so excited about the seasonal change – I love cosy knits and ankle boots and I can’t wait to start shopping for some new additions to my autumn winter closet :)
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

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    Caked To The Nines
    September 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I’m so excited for fall! Even though it’s technically here, it’s still summer here in Dallas so I can’t wait for the cooler weather :). Reading is something I want to do more of as well. I keep buying loads of books, but don’t finish that many lol. I tend to just reread/relisten to HP books and audiobooks too haha.

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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      Paula @ thirteenthoughts.com
      September 25, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      We just had our first proper fall day in Jersey this weekend. Last week was ridiculously hot, I had the AC blasting all day long. Haha OMG I’m the same way, I’m never NOT reading or listening to HP books. Glad I’m not the only one lmao!

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    Mammafulzo
    September 27, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I really need to read more, I always read such a lot but don’t anymore and I miss it so need to get back into it. I am looking forward to getting some new clothes and shoes too, I certainly need some!!! We’re getting our bedroom done soon so I am looking forward to de cluttering and sorting out, really enjoyed this post xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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