Somehow, October kicks off next Monday, by which time I’ll have already drunk my weight in pumpkin beer — for purely scholarly reasons, of course. Studies so far have determined the O’Fallon vintage superior to Schlafly. Further testing required to make a final determination.
More fall goals:
- Hiking. I invested in some shoes with treads (daily uniform of nude flats and cozy moccasins weren’t going to cut it), and have a mid-October destination in sight: Effigy Mounds, with gorgeous bluff-top views of the Mississippi and sugared gingerbread man trail snacks from Pedretti’s. Bundled in with this: Outdoor picnics. Because I’ve got a quilt and a state-full of open prairie.
- Eating all the pumpkin you have. Pumpkin beer, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and apple cider (close enough). Also squashes. Especially this saffron butternut squash risotto, please. And lattes and brownies, oh my.
- Snuggling with my radiators and doing right, decoratively speaking, by this killer fireplace.
- Staying ahead at work. Maybe. Hopefully. Only if I can stomach starting the cattle de-worming story a couple weeks early.
- Biking to work. This is a leftover summer goal, and I did it! All of two times. I could make excuses about scheduling out-of-office interviews, the sheen of sweat that refuses to go away all day and crazy CR drivers, but really there’s no good reason I didn’t bike more. Laziness mixed with lack of preparation the night before mixed with I sweat a lot, guys. The new apartment is closer to the office, the weather less perspiration-inducing, and I heard there are baby otters in the lake on the way — maybe October is the month for the Schwinn and I.
- One more serious goal: Know more about the world. Conflicts and capitals and trade and tyrants. Hopefully I can attack this one with a combination news/ podcast/nature documentary/dancing to Cuban music approach. It’s going to take a lifetime, not just a Fall 2012 Global Ignorance Banishment quick study. Reading Half the Sky, Out of Mao’s Shadow and Palestine Inside Out have been the first giant leaps in revealing my ignorance about the world. Next up, ancient Icelandic sagas, the modern Icelandic economy and trip planning.