All great ideas are replicated, and so is this one! Christina did a fall bucket list and I thought it was a great idea to keep me motivated to have fun, keep myself focused on the enjoyment that fall can bring instead of the cold, dark misery that feels like it’s looming just round the bend. Plus, fall is a chance to quit sweating so much just from looking out the window!

1. Eat or preserve everything I get from my CSA share this season. Give away things I don’t like to people who do (raise ya hands for collards and radishes) Zero wasting.

2. Go to the State Fair for lunch! – Went 10/19/12 with two coworkers! Ate fried butter!

3. Take the computer to blog and drink a happy hour cider at World of Beer, again.

4. Get a pumpkin spice latte and Twitter about it. You know what people, the salted caramel mocha is the fall Starbucks winner. Drink THAT.  Done 9/24/12. Drank a PSL at my lunch bread and tweeted about it.

5. Tailgate at a USC game, which I have never done before, if you don’t count sitting outside of games selling t-shirts which I definitely don’t. I want to have a beer with thousands of other people wearing garnet. Then I will leave once the game is underway, because football is too hard to follow.  (Completed 9/15/12, tailgated at the USC vs. UAB football game and rode my bicycle to and from the tailgate spot like a boss!)

6. Do something completely out of the ordinary with my mom and aunt for Thanksgiving since this is the first one without my grandfather and this was our favorite holiday because it was all about the food, no worrying about presents or anything other than eating, laying around reading the sale ads afterwards, and enjoying it. I love Thanksgiving foods but I don’t think I can handle pretending like everything is normal just yet. Any suggestions that don’t involve soup kitchens? We aren’t a soup kitchen kind of people.

7. And speaking of Thanksgiving, I will perfect my grandfather’s yeast roll recipe. People went absolutely bananas over these things. He taught me how to make them over the past few years, but I have never succeeded in getting them as puffy and round as he did. There’s nothing like chilly temps to make a good case for baking all day long trying to get it just right. Note to self: video tape this in an effort to capture the correct everything.

8. Finish tearing out all of the bushes and brick edging in the yard that I don’t want in preparation for making it beautiful in the spring. Searing temperatures  and suffocating humidity this summer halted all outdoor efforts pretty quickly.

9. Get out of town for a day trip with my noodle. Greenville, Charleston? Both?! We’ll see!

10. Count down the days until I can check out the new Whole Foods (done 10/21/12) Trader Joe’s(!!!) that are slated to open this fall. Hint hint to any PR reps for those companies, I am an excellent person to invite to the media days I know you’ll have. Oh, and I’m also a $ucker for cool grocery stores and will $pend plenty and talk about it lot$. Update: TJ’s won’t open til late winter!

11. DOOBIE BROTHERS in concert at the Fair! My dad won tickets on the radio earlier this summer so we are set. Woah oh China Grove! This also helps accomplish my life goals of seeing as many classic rock bands as possible before they die. Went 10/20/12- it was an okay concert. Not my favorite. We were right up against the stage though, two rows back, standing!

12. The most exciting thing I’ll do this fall- fly to Portland, Oregon! 10/25-28/12