fall fabulousness

September 3, 2009

top 10 things about fall

1. cool mornings. in NC, the crispness may not last all day, but ohhh i do love those 60 degree mornings for running!

2. the possibility of BOOTS. and this year, possibility will become reality. pinkie-swear.

i suppose these are more booties, but i do love them so

both of the beautiful pairs above are from anthropologie

3. butternut squash + pumpkin, either in all of their natural and vitamin-rich splendor, or artificially rendered à la starbucks or TCBY — what, did you think frozen yogurt was a summer fling or something? also on the culinary front, i’m looking forward to starting the fall (my LAST!) chapter in my doin’ time book. cornish game hens, here i come.

4. the ‘back to school!’ bonanza. well, i’ve already waxed ecstatic about my love of new (and pretty) school supplies and the like. another favorite nerdy fall activity is picking out next year’s planner! i will write more about this in an entry to come . . . along with another very exciting giveaway. get ready!

5. crunchy leaves. so simple, yet so great. especially when i don’t have to rake them.

6. a new color palette. fall hues are rich, naturally-inspired, and mouthwatering, in a thanksgiving sort of way. plus these shades go way better with my hair color than summer pastels.

7. really thick magazines. love that september vogue! the movie looks intriguing as well . . .

8. coziness without frigidity. down home comfort, sans ice-covered windows. this is why gentle fall is exponentially preferable to its total brat of a brother, winter.

9. daylight savings time. because perhaps i’ll be able to start running earlier (leading to a less-rushed morning routine), and oddly i sort of like it when it’s dark upon my return home from work.

10. red wine. yes, yes, 1000 times YES! it just tastes better in the fall.

we cracked this bottle of bella zinfandel last night

runners up: new orla (to be featured in a later post, of course), getting to wear coats, and the return of soups and stews in my dutch oven. i love fall! it would be the perfect season if it just didn’t lead to winter.

sigg announcement
exciting news! i posted all about the sigg controversy last week. since then, the company has announced a voluntary exchange program (click here), so that those of us who would like to exchange old siggs for a BPA-free version can get one gratis from the company.

in addition, a letter of apology from the CEO can be found here. while i still lust for a kor, i am going to be exchanging my bottle. i appreciate sigg’s offer as well as the statement.



workout: 5 miles with 12 x 400m intervals. my, it is easier to run in 60 degree temperatures! recovery periods are all 0.15 miles. total stats = average 8:42/mi.

400m @ 7:46/mi (10:34/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:40/mi (10:09/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:16/mi (9:55/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:36/mi (10:19/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:31/mi (10:34/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:45/mi (10:42/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:33/mi (10:00/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:44/mi (10:18/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:48/mi (10:34/mi recovery)
400m @ 8:15/mi (10:10/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:42/mi (9:55/mi recovery)
400m @ 7:53/mi (9:39/mi recovery)

note: running my usual route where i actually know accurate distance values of various landmarks showed me that i do need to recalibrate my footpod (it is ‘lowballing’ me, or making me seem slower than i really am). this seems to happen every time i change the battery! somewhat annoying, but preferable (to me) than constantly losing satellite signals like i used to with garmin.

doin’ time: the calendar may say september, but i have a couple weeks worth of summer recipes to go. i certainly got good use from my grill pan this season! last night’s garlic-lemon lamb had a greek twist. (atilla, i know this is probably your dream meal!)


  • Reply Anonymous September 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    soooo true to all those reasons to love fall! except maybe daylight savings — i do not like it getting dark at 4 haha

  • Reply Krista September 3, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Although I love the heat and lazy days of summer, fall is my favourite season for sure. I have 4 butternut squash percolating in my veggie garden as I type! Can't wait to turn them into delicious meals!

  • Reply JennyN September 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    What, wild chantarelles aren't on the list?

    I hate when the footpods do that. Mine did it too this morning. Do you remove the fastening thingie too when you change the battery? I find that if I just remove the pod but leave that on, re-calibration isn't necessary quite as often. That said, I know that the new Garmins with two satellite receptors are waaaay better than the old 205s used to be. So I'll admit that for my birthday I got the spanking brand new 310XT. It's currently in the mail but I'll report back on how it is working.

  • Reply The Happy Runner September 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Ha! I look forward to the thick mags, too!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE those booties. I am heading to anthropologie.com now…

  • Reply Susan September 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Ahhh I hate when it starts getting dark at 4 in the afternoon! It's always dark when I come home from work, so I can't really comment on that. 🙂

    Fall is a pretty season, though, however short it may be!

  • Reply da September 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Sarah, I'm glad to see that you're (tacitly) acknowledging that autumn has arrived. See http://www.crh.noaa.gov/glossary.php?word=AUTUMN. "Meteorological autumn (different from standard/astronomical autumn) begins September 1 and ends November 30." Let's face it, what has a greater impact on the lives of most of us: the weather or the stars?!
    L, da

  • Reply Anonymous September 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I love fall! It's my absolute favorite season, especially in NC. There is just something so amazing about fall here. But for me, it's never truly fall until the Farmer's Market starts selling pumpkins! Maybe next weekend.

  • Reply Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 3, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    These crisp cool mornings have been a so refreshing. Ahhhh the feeling of not sweating buckets on my way to class 🙂

    Hooray for you getting what you deserve from Sigg! Do you get to choose a cool design? Hehe

  • Reply Jess September 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Your meal looks amazing. YOu aren't behind on Martha–Fall doesn't start until Sept. 21st!

  • Reply Ali September 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Food looks great! I am excited for fall too. Funny, I am excited for MANY of the same reasons!!!! YAY FALL!

  • Reply Chelsea September 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I never thought I'd say it after last winter, but I'm actually looking forward to getting my sweaters back out. I don't like daylight savings time- or at least I don't like the fact that it seems to be dark from 4:30 pm to 8:30 am here.

  • Reply Anonymous September 3, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I'm still kinda mourning the summer weather. Although those boots are very cute.

  • Reply atilla September 4, 2009 at 1:50 am

    ahhh lamb
    oooh greek
    One of my residents brought me a bottle of olive oil all the way from greece today
    10 reasons we like fall here 1-9. fall nights the temp drops below 80.
    10. it stops raining

  • Reply Aimee September 5, 2009 at 2:11 am

    thanks for letting me in on the Sigg thing– I got replaced my Nalgene bottles with ones from Sigg, thinking they were safer. those bastards.

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