But a girl can still dream about autumn weather (right? RIGHT?) These are some of the things I hope to do once Pasadena's temperatures dip back into the 70s:
- Wear sweaters! Oh, my poor neglected cardigans! I'm not certain I even remember how to wear them. They are supposed to cover your arms, right? But where does the open part go, in the front or the back?
- Buy pumpkins! Lots and lots of pumpkins! Big pumpkins! Small pumpkins! Medium pumpkins! OHMYGODILOVEPUMPKINS! (Disclaimer: the day that pumpkins first appear at my grocery store, I'm buying some mini-pumpkins for the mantle. Even if it's still 100 degrees outside).
- Bake a pie. Although I love to bake, I have still never baked a pie (unless cheesecake with a graham cracker crust counts, but I don't think it should).
- Make the fancy pork butt ragu sauce that has been on my to-cook list for years, ever since Nathan spied the recipe in the L.A. Times food section. (Seriously. This is the Year of the Pork Butt Ragu, so help me).
- Knit something more complicated than a baby blanket or scarf.
- Go on a weekend trip somewhere in California. My mind keeps wandering to San Francisco but I'd be equally happy to visit Santa Barbara or Palm Springs.
- Go crazy with apples. Eat apples. Pick apples. Make applesauce. Bake apples into delicious treats. (Disclaimer: we have an apple tree in our front yard, so picking apples is something I have to do. Otherwise, the squirrels go crazy and I start discovering apple cores in really strange places).
- Bust out the crock pot and fill the house with tantalizing smells.
- Deck the house for Halloween (because every front yard should become a haunted graveyard at least once a year).