May I tell you something? It is 99 degrees right now. No, I am not exaggerating, and no, it is not a typo. It is seriously 99 degrees outside. What?! Now, I do live in southern California, so I'm perfectly aware that Summer generally lasts through most of September, and I've come to terms with that. But really, the second week of October? While everyone else around the country is thinking about pumpkin cookies and seeing the leaves change color, our weather is painfully delusional.
What is a girl to do when the Summer heat overstays its welcome? Well, if the girl is me, she vacillates between embracing it (i.e. buying a 4 lb. box of local strawberries at Costco to pretend that it's really July) and fighting it (i.e. buying several jars of Trader Joe's seasonal cranberry orange sauce and buying loads of mini pumpkins and gourds to decorate the house with.) I chose to do both. So when it's February and all of you cold weather folks are wishing you were here, please remember October the 8th, and be thankful for your cozy Winter homes. And as for me and my fellow southern Californians, tonight I will take my family to the pool, and then come home and promptly bake some spicy pumpkin bread to fill the house with the scent of fall. No wonder everyone else around the country thinks we are weird.