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October 12, 2013

Autumn Bliss

Sending so many smiles your way :D I’m in a happy mood for no real reason haha.

Seeing as it’s the beginning of Fall Break, I thought I’d write a little post about my favorite season.
Beautiful, beautiful autumn.

I love crunching leaves, and everything pumpkin flavored; I love hot chocolate and drizzly days and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Okay, that last one can admittedly be enjoyed any time of the year. But it’s fall-colored! …at least, the wrapper is. Moving on!

Where was I…Fall Break!

Midterms are over, save for the second Arts of Islam exam next week.
Not gonna lie, I mayyyy not have scheduled my time as well as I could have. Lots of writing papers every waking moment, napping for a couple hours, getting up early to write more, nap again, …sometimes I’d drown my stomach in coffee…
It was quite the life.
But I’m not saying this to scare those of you who might be worried about the college workload – I’ll be the first to admit I’m pretty terrible at working quickly when there’s no pressure. Like, heaps of it.
I’ve had way heavier work loads before, and have gotten them done without much stress.
So don’t stress too much, okay? :)
I’m just psyched for a break so I can try to really pull ahead in my work load, especially in some of the readings for my thesis sources.

My theme, right!
Fall.

A week or two ago, Fall Fest was held on Red Square. What is Fall Fest you say?
Great question!
Apple cider, maple bars, sprinkley donuts, pumpkin carving…
And it’s ALL FREEEE, muahaha!

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Mine’s the one closer to the bottom. I named him Seamus.

The other most wonderfully autumn thing I’ve ever done: APPLE PICKING!
Honestly, never gone before. I have no idea how it’s happened.
I used to go to pumpkin patches every year with my family, and then my elementary schools, all the way up until…well…forever. ‘Til I moved to Massachusetts, really.
So I kind of forgot about it when I came here because Lone Pine Farms wasn’t even on my radar.
So then everyone started going apple picking and I was just like WAIT. I’VE…NEVER GONE!?
So go we did. Sarah and I, one fine Wednesday morning, rolled ourselves out of bed and made our way to Honeypot Hill Orchards.

After a quick stop at Starbucks, of course.

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 Salted Caramel Frappuccino, in mah belly!

Turns out Honeypot Hill has the biggest hedgemaze in the country (who knew), a petting zoo, an icecream shop, various food items for sale, hayrides, and (duh) fruit orchards. Apples AND pears! What a surprise.

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 Hayride Adventures: Our driver’s name was Hawk. Just Hawk. 

 

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 Picking Adventures: I brave my fear of ladders. 

 Annnnd, the spoils of our trip:

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Apple Cider Donuts and Pumpkin Butter. 

We still have yet to try the pumpkin butter, but Sarah and I are planning a Fall Celebration sort of day to bake a ton of apple crisp, make some cider…figure out what goes with the pumpkin butter. I don’t know, cinnamon pita chips?
I’ll get back to you.

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