In case anyone hasn't realized by the insane amount of back-to-school commercials, whiney statuses about students returning to class (treasure it while you can!), and Instagram photos of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fall is officially underway.
Personally, I find that I enjoy seasons and would never dream of moving somewhere that doesn't have them (sorry Florida). A lot of people are super pumped that it's finally fall, but I'm seeing way more people complaining that summer is over.
I mean you knew it had to come sometime. And isn't 3 months of hot, humid days and trillions of other people's envious vacation photos on Facebook enough for you? Summer is a tough act to follow, and I don't think fall gets nearly enough credit. I'm here to tell you 5 reasons why fall is WAY better than summer.
Coming from someone who will never have anything even resembling a tan, I am so glad that I don't have to use Jergens tanning lotion every day to save people from my blinding skin. I cannot walk to the mailbox without wearing sunscreen, so a season with temperatures that require me to cover up my legs with colorful pants and dark wash skinny jeans is a welcome change. Plus, guess what you don't have to do every other day during pants weather? You guessed it, shave your legs. That just cut about 10 minutes off my shower time. (There, I said it.)
Other fun fall clothes that you can't wear in the summer include cozy sweaters, riding boots, and FLANNEL PAJAMAS. Does it get any better?
2. No More Vacation Envy
The only vacations I experienced this summer were trips to visit friends from college around the state of Pennsylvania, so I for one am so glad that I am not bombarded with tons of fun beach pictures on Facebook. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way saying anything bad about people who post all about their vacations and fun times (I do it too), but I get serious vacation envy when I see these things and I'm on an elliptical at my gym or sitting at work. Now that it's fall, there won't be nearly as many fun beach pictures saturating my newsfeed.
3. Football Season
It wasn't until college that I truly began to appreciate football season. I love baseball season, and I wait all winter to fill out my bracket for March Madness, but football season is unlike anything else. My theory is that, because your team only plays once a week, it makes the games that much more special. Personally, my favorite part of football season at school was watching the games every Sunday with all my friends at someone's apartment or at a bar. The rivalries were great because almost everyone liked a different team, and it was an awesome time to unwind and relax before the upcoming week. I especially enjoyed watching my team beat the Patriots in 2012 Super Bowl while all of my New England-loving friends sat in silence. (Go Giants)
What other season has TWO awesome holidays? None of them. Fall should automatically rise above the rest simply because it has both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Although these may not present as much of a party aspect as the summer holidays, they clearly outweigh them in all other ways. Thanksgiving is the one day that you're encouraged to eat as much as possible, so enough said. And although Halloween is a constant struggle for me (I suck at making costumes), who can deny that it's fun?! I am definitely curious to see how Halloween will play out this year, considering I no longer live on a college campus and don't have several beer-fueled parties and numerous bars to go to. But on the bright side, I don't have to look at hundreds of underclassmen girls walking around in the cold wearing teeny costumes intended for infants.
I'm not gonna pretend that I don't eat soup in the summer too, but at least now it's acceptable and I won't get weird looks. I could probably live off soup. And for those of you that don't like soup: well, you've obviously never tried it.
Also included in this is chili, stew, and basically anything hot that you eat with a spoon.
What's your favorite part of fall?