August 2013: In a Nutshell.

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September is right around the corner, but the leaves are already starting to change! Taken in my yard earlier today.

Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially with Summertime in New England. The sunshine. The warm weather. Being able to swim in the ocean without getting frostbite. Knowing that snow and frigid temperatures are on the way yet again, it can get a little depressing to see this Summer leaving us- BUT– there is, of course, my favorite time of year in between now and then- and yes, I really do feel like I say that about every season. Autumn truly is my favorite, though, for lots of reasons. The weather is just right- not too hot, not too cold- and without that pesky pollen that comes with the similar temps in the Springtime. The scenery is gorgeous once the leaves begin turning rich shades or orange, red, and yellow (they’ve already started the process in my yard.) Salted caramel lattes are back in season, as are boots, leggings, and cozy sweaters. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are open for the picking, and best of all- Halloween- undoubtedly my #1 holiday of the year- is on the way- which means costume planning & designing, and an abundance of horror movies until the season 4 premiere of “The Walking Dead” (October 13th. Don’t forget!)

But first I have to bid adieu to August 2013, a month filled with relaxing lazy days and exciting weekend adventures in the stifling Summer heat. I had originally planned to take a couple of weeks off from work this month to drive cross-country on what’s left of Route 66 to Santa Monica and back, but with recent changes in the office resulting in my current case load being, well, a lot- I’ve had to postpone the trip until a not-yet-determined date that would be more convenient to our clients, my boss, my co-worker, and myself (there’s nothing worse than taking a vacation, coming back to work, and being completely swamped!) I’m not fretting too much, though. I have a couple of mini-trips planned in the coming weeks to hold me over. Route 66 is still very much on my “to-do” list.

August, and really my whole Summer overall, was an amazing time. I met some incredible people, visited some incredible places, saw unbelievable concerts and shows, soaked up some sun and some waves at the beach, and enjoyed my fair share of late nights and sleepy mornings.

I’m excited for the coming cool, crisp days. I’m excited to break out my Fall wardrobe and build a dreamy playlist to match the impending grey and dreary days (which are still beautiful to me.) And I’m excited to share this most lovely and cherished New England season here with everyone who reads this.


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