Archive for October, 2013

When I was leaving work today I walked outside and for the first time this year and smelled October.  Cool weather, falling leaves, maybe some moisture in the air…it’s a wonderful smell.

October is probably my favorite month of the year.  It likely started back in high school–being heavily involved in marching band for four years, much of the excitement of the season was going to marching band competitions, which culminated in October as the sort of “end of the season.”  (Side note–a couple of times the season went into November; one after qualifying for the state finals of OMEA, and the other a result of our football team’s playoff berth–neither ended with much excitement for us, but both were dramatic in their own special way.)

A few years later, I started getting more and more into watching professional football, then after a couple more years made a regular habit of going to games throughout the season.  And, while my most cherished memories of football game attendance are in December, there is something magical about October when it comes to football.  I think it has something to do with the weather; it just feels like football weather.

Then there are the first really chilly nights of the year (we haven’t had much to speak of in Cleveland yet this year, but it’s still early in the month).  With colder weather comes thicker clothes, and more specifically, hooded sweatshirts.  I love hoodies–and would love to live in a place where I could wear them comfortably year-round.  I’m not much of an outdoorsy guy, but sitting at a chilly football game in a comfy hoodie…that’s a good night.  Maybe some hot chocolate or coffee to go with it, and some lukewarm concession stand pizza.

Of course with October comes Halloween, which I’m not all that crazy about.  I get excited about it for my kids now, but it’s more of a bother than anything else.  I think that’s why they stuck it at the end of the month–so as not to tarnish the good name of “October” too badly.  But with Halloween comes pumpkins…not the ones you carve faces into, but the ones you bake with.  Homemade pumpkin pie or pumpkin roll, both with real pumpkin, are heavenly.

One thing I have to throw in there, but only as a technicality–Oktoberfest beers.  Typically those festivals happen in August or September, but the beer sticks around well into October, and I am finding more and more that it is one of my favorite brews.

Pumpkin spice lattes–I could live without.  They don’t make October awesome for me, but they seem to be pretty popular so I’ll add it to the list I suppose.

My wife’s birthday is in October, which is more often a source of grief than joy–partially because she’s so old (love you sweetie), but mostly because she’s so frugal with money.  I never get to spend on her what I want to spend, and more to the point, what she without question deserves.  Still, I love celebrating anything just for the sake of celebrating, so an excuse to have dinner with her and go to a movie, or just go for a walk and get some coffee (wearing a hoodie of course) is fine by me.

I kept it short and sweet today.  Thanks for checking in; be well and stay tuned!