Autumn Across America

Ah yes, autumn is here as of Saturday. For my New England peeps, bring on the beautiful foliage and crisp air. This right here is a big deal for many of us– well, a deal to say the least.

The transition from the fun of summer is not easy for those who deal with the cold temps, snow, sleet and sliding around on icy roads just to get to that class that wasn’t canceled because your schools doesn’t give a damn about your well-being. Autumn is, for lack of a better term, gorgiful. I made it. Gorgeous-beautiful. Because it deserves that.

So in honor of the return of fall, I conjured up a list of activities that I make sure get done this time of year. Even if you are still basking in the hot Florida sun, I am pretty sure you can find some of these weekend mini-adventures somewhere.  I will do my best to keep you entertained with updates of said activities as they are completed.

1. Get your butt to a haunted… anything!

You do not have to be a kid to enjoy haunted hayrides, houses, or cornmazes. Pick a day two weeks from now and send out a mass text to all your friends. You would be surprised how fast they get that time free. This is the only time where high school punks in zombie costumes can scare the bejesus out of you without getting a good punch to the gut.

With this photo, I started the kissy duck face craze that swept the nation.

2. Go pumpkin picking.

It is autumn all over the country no matter how high those degrees be reachin’ in October. Find a family-owned farm in your area and spend a few hours totally focused on family or friends. I usually look through every last pumpkin with three in my hands (or the hands of my boyfriend) before making that totally life-changing decision. No lie, I am a pumpkin pro. At carving? Not so much.

My best friend Sean and I at an orchard last autumn

3. Salem Massachusetts.

This small town 30 minutes outside of Boston is loaded with history. Ever hear of the Salem Witch Trials? Of course you have! During this time of year the town really goes out of its way to put on the best show for its tourists. There are witch trial reenactments, museums, and guided candlelight tours that will ensure you get in all the education you can while having a fun time doing it. At this rate, I am a Salem historian. Take a break at one of the many restaurants (seafood, people, order the seafood!) that will serve you up the freshest Sam Adams Octoberfest you will ever drink aside from the brewery itself. Do look into making that weekend trip. (Ps: it’s totally kid-friendly).

Myself (brown coat) with friends in Salem last October

4. Bake

This time of the year is best for apple and pumpkin picking.  Even if you are not in the mood to go spend quality time in nature for 30 whole minutes to extend one arm and pluck gorgeous apples from their trees, at least get to a grocery store. Bake up a nice pie, and always, please for me, make your own pie crust. sarah On The Go pie crust tip of your lifetime: wet your hands (after washing them, of course) to spread the crust dough out on a flat surface- not in the pie dish. You can slide the dough around and smooth it like you did in high school ceramics making your first A+ ashtray. Once your lay it in the oven-safe dish, you can continue to patch up areas and mold it if your hands are wet!

The best tasting (and looking) apple pie I ever did make

5. Crafts

Whether you are taking a million photos of all the above mentioned activities and need a place to put them (ahem, scrapbooking), or making use of all those fresh-picked goodies, crafting is the answer! Try out an A.C. Moore or Joann Fabrics for anything and everything you need from sewing, knitting, scrap-booking, baking, handmade interior design projects and paint. I prefer painting and scrap-booking, but there is something for everyone. There is so much to be inspired by this time of year. Crafting is not for little old ladies only. Get to it!

A little creation by yours truly

Welcoming June with Open Arms

I do not want to hear the technicalities, you know, that little thing called Summer Solstice and how the official start of summer is not until the 21st.

I can careless that school is still in session for K-12 students, because I am a college student, so that ended for me early last month.

Today is June 1st, the beginning of a magnificent month. June is my favorite in so many ways (putting aside that my birthday falls on the longest day of the year) this mid-year marker is the absolute in weather, which leaves open a whole slew of possibilities. Practically anything you love to do can be done outside, sitting on a lawn chair under the glow of perfectly warm sunlight. Running errands all day does not seem like such a drag because you know that when you are all done hauling your butt around town the sun will still be up, and your friends are more likely to want to hang out still because there is a certain spirit of “can’t stop, won’t stop” that rips through our bodies that have been frozen, chilled and rained on for so many months.

In the Southern Hemisphere, June marks the beginning of winter. Lucky for us up North, it is time to party.

Here are some tidbits of June trivia I pulled together for a fun, easy-going Friday post. 

Flower: Rose and Honeysuckle

I wonder if kids still pick these and suck on them for their sweetness like I used to, probably not. sigh.

Zodiac Signs: 5/22-6/21 Gemini and 6/22-7/22 Cancer

Gems: Moonstone, Pearl and Alexandrite

Alexandrite, yes why of course I’ll have some!

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Hey, health-nuts and those with a permanent sweet tooth! It is both National Candy Month and National Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month

OR….

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Happy Birthday today to…

Marilyn Monroe, June 1, 1926

If you want to read a great book, grab The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe by Donald Wolfe. Reading this gave me a whole new outlook on her death. Thanks, grandma!

Brief overview by Amazon.com: ” For the first time in 80 books and acres of newsprint, the complete story of her demise is revealed. It includes the reasons why so many joined the conspiracy of silence. Marilyn’s universe is where the glitzy world of Hollywood, the sinister one of the Mafia and the secret one of Washington DC meet. Wolfe uses newly released FBI files and the information of insiders who have broken their silence to give us the resolution of one of this century’s most enduring mysteries.”

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More birthday shoutouts: Morgan Freeman, 1937, Heidi Klum, 1973, Alanis Morrisette 1974

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Kind of a Big Deal

June 1, 1967: UK Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released and becomes one of the most iconic music albums of all time. The album in its release sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

Two years later John Lennon would record “Give Peace a Chance” with Yoko Ono.

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Quirky fact

June 1, 1938: Baseball helmets were used for the first time

Protect your pretty little head Jeter, always.

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Nerd Alert

June 1, 1938: Superman appeared in the first issue of Action Comics

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Nostalgia Overload

June 1, 1954: In the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, character Linus debuts his security blanket for the first time. (I still have one)

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Oh, thank heavens!

June 1, 1961: FM radio is introduced to three states

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Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, Happy June!