I don’t know when Fall officially begins and I’m far too lazy to google it. But what I do know is that you can buy your cat some devil ears for his Halloween costume at Target and order a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, so it must be Fall. Yes, I base season beginnings on store offerings versus actual official dates chosen by God or some scientist. Or worse — a politician. 😀 It’s not completely my fault either. LA is fairly season-less. I mean in Minnesota you knew it was winter when it was 80 below and a whiteout.
My plan to consistently blog in August fell apart but it’s cool. It’s all cool. But, once again, I hope to be more consistent this month because I do have things to say. I just don’t always have the ambition to write!
My Fall Anticipation List
Beyond cooler temperatures, here are a few things I’m looking forward to this Fall.
1. Movies I Can’t Wait To See
Fall movies tend to be more Oscar bait, which generally isn’t my jam. The movies I am most interested in seeing don’t come out until November but I still consider that Fall. Again, who knows when winter really starts? 😉
We Will Rock You … Bohemian Rhapsody
Seriously, I forgot all the amazing songs from Queen until I put the This is Queen playlist in heavy rotation on Spotify. I absolutely cannot wait until their movie comes out.
And yes, Freddie Mercury really was a huge cat fan.
Look at ‘Dem Guns … Creed 2
I am not a boxing fan. I’ve only seen one Rocky movie but I loved Creed. It’s actually really good … and you know … Michael B. Jordan. And his guns.
No, I’m not drooling; you’re drooling. Okay, we both drooling. Screw turkey, my ass is gonna be at the movies this Thanksgiving drooling over him instead of stuffing. Seems healthier too.
2. Books I Can’t Wait to Read
Assuming that my reading mojo returns. Seriously, it’s lost and I want it back. But I have a few books on my radar that I hope will help my love of reading return. First up is Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb: Some refer to it as SVU in the future, which isn’t 100% accurate but close enough. Becoming by Michelle Obama: I’m generally not a huge memoir fan but I’m definitely making an exception for her. Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten: It’s my dream to cook with her. She’ll say “How easy was that?” and I’ll say “So easy, Ina. So easy.” I have simple dreams, people.
3. TV Shows I Want to Watch
Sadly, nothing really has caught my eye this Fall, so instead I’m gonna mention two shows that I loved this summer and highly recommend.
Strike a …. Pose
I’m not a huge Ryan Murphy fan so I blew off Pose initially but it is so good. Sometimes with shows that seem specific to a niche (LGBTQIA), I feel unsure whether I should watch. Like it’s not meant for me but of course it is. We are all human beings connected by our hopes and dreams, regardless of sexual orientation. This is a really good show. Give it a chance, please.
Just Say Yes to … Snowfall
I find it deeply ironic that in the 80s when Nancy Reagan was telling us to “Just say no” to drugs that the CIA was selling cocaine to finance war. This show can be a bit of a slow burn but I am mesmerized by it. I actually started watching the second season without watching the first season, which wasn’t an issue.
I’m not sure what it says about me that all the shows I want to watch/recommend are focused on marginalized voices and communities but their stories deserve to be told. And are seriously good too.
4. Fall Food I Can’t Wait to Devour
You know me: Food is what I think about most. Well, second. I think of cats first.
Everything Apple is Going in My Tummy
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I’m going to be super healthy this Fall. I’m already looking forward to apple crisp with salted caramel sauce, caramel apple cider, slow cooker apple butter, pork tenderloin with apples and onions and apple kale salad with chicken.
Tis the Season for Pumpkin
So I’m not a huge pumpkin fan but there are a few dishes that I do love that involve the great pumpkin. I’m looking forward to noshing on Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Filling, Pumpkin Chickpea Curry (sounds weird, I know, but so delicious!) and Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte (I use the leftovers to make awesome french toast).
5. I’m Going Back to Minnesota, Minnesota, Minnesota
My Grandma turns 90 this Fall. That’s right. The big 9-0. So it’s a thing. A big deal. And I don’t mind going back to Minnesota in the Fall because it’s cooler, the leaves are pretty and fingers crossed I’ll be able to snag some good tomatoes from my Mom’s garden.
So what are you looking forward to this Fall?