I think we can officially say that summer has gracefully left us and fall is here for here for her colorful yearly visit. How do I know that summer is over? Well…let’s see:
1. Big Brother is officially over. I wish Spencer would have won but I’m happy to have the good tv shows back.
2. I ordered my first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks last night. It was also the first decaf latte I’ve ever ordered…I guess I can no longer make fun of the people who order decaf lattes.
3. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a downpour of rain…and woke up this morning to a gentle pitter patter. It was glorious.
4. Red and yellow leaves are starting to peak through the green.
5. Football is here. I don’t feel like it’s really football season yet since we’ve only been home for one Oregon game…but it’s here.
6. School starts in 8 days. I’m still in denial.
7. According to the calendar it really is the first day of fall today. So there’s that…
It’s hard to say goodbye to summer when it never really felt like I had one. This summer was measured in time between weddings where last summer was measured in time between family gatherings and Chemistry tests. I guess they’re kind of the same thing, the gatherings…not the tests. It just seems like I did more summer activities last year than I did this year. This summer I didn’t go home to Idaho in June to see my mom and aunts and I didn’t get to spend a week in Washington with my dad hanging on the boat and drinking beers. Real talk: this summer was a giant test of patience and faith for mister and I. Like most college kids, our budget is pretty tight. But it seems like this summer we were always running on the last pennies in the bank. I had to pull out some old budget tricks that I didn’t think I would have to use after I left my early twenties, but I did and somehow our rent has always been paid and the lights have always stayed on.
It’s easy to stay in the lazy days of summer, but I’m excited for fall. This is my last fall term at the University of Oregon and I’m looking forward to watching the leaves turn and experience the transformation the campus goes through. With only two terms left before I graduate I’m equal parts excited and scared. For five years I’ve had the schedule of starting school in September and this is the last first day back to school. It’s a strange feeling indeed. I’m also ready for sweaters and jeans, boots and scarves. Obviously I live my seasons through my closet.
This week I’m getting ready for school to start. Finishing up some home projects I put off during the summer and making sure that everything is in order before the chaos begins. I also need to get my books, find my backpack and map out my schedule. So much to do in a short amount of time.