October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.~Henry Beecher Ward
I love the changing seasons…feel blessed to live in a place where we experience all four…though winter sometimes makes me question that. Still, if I were to choose a favorite season it would be fall…and a favorite month, October.
October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”~Rainbow Rowell, Attachments
For this season’s bucket list, I took my inspiration from my fellow bloggers. I read their bucket lists and jotted down the activities that spoke to me…not necessarily the same activities, but similar things inspired by what they were doing.
1. Go to a live performance of some type.
Nothing yet. Stay tuned.
2. Bake something.
Nothing yet. Stay tuned.
3. See a movie in a theater.
Mission accomplished! I saw The Addams Family 2 with my granddaughter. It was a cute movie, and we had a wonderful time together, eating movie popcorn and Junior Mints.
4. Eat a caramel apple.
Mission accomplished! I got this beauty from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and it was everything I dreamed of.
5. Fall hike at Zion National Park.
This one is probably a bust. We had planned on going during a recent trip to Southern Utah, but the weather was not ideal…and it turned out the Senior Olympics were in St. George…and it was a holiday weekend…so the park was even more crowded than usual. We most likely will not make it back before the weather turns cold, so maybe next year.
6. Participate in the Orangetheory Fitness transformation challenge.
In progress…sort of. I signed up, got my initial In Body Scan, and then promptly caught a cold. I didn’t think my fellow gym-goers would appreciate my sharing those germs, so I wasn’t able to do the Orangetheory Fitness workouts for a week. Shortly after that, we took a week’s vacation, so I won’t meet the workout goal…and therefore, won’t likely meet the transformation goal. I will, however, do what I can and finish out the challenge with my second scan.
7. Take in the outdoors, enjoy the leaves—whether that is a drive or nature walk.
Mission accomplished. While, I haven’t yet taken the mountain drive that I envisioned, I took several walks with my husband, granddaughter, and dog while in Southern Utah, and I have tuned in to the beautiful changing trees in my own neighborhood.
8. Coffee or lunch date with each of my daughters.
In progress. I scheduled a lunch date with my oldest daughter for next week.
9. Finish my jigsaw puzzle.
In progress. While I have worked on the puzzle some, I will need to step it up, if I hope to finish by season’s end.
10. Take a week off work and spend it in Southern Utah with Larry.
Mission accomplished! We spent a lovely week in Southern Utah, where we enjoyed leisurely mornings drinking coffee on the back patio; afternoons walking the trails, floating in the warm water of our swimming pool, and browsing the nearby shops; and evenings enjoying dinners with friends, watching television, and reading books. It was the perfect R&R.
That’s how I spent the first month of fall. By my count, I’ve accomplished four of my 10 planned activities, and three more are in progress. Not bad, one-third of the way into the season. What about you? Whichever season you are experiencing, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and what you have planned for the coming month. Please do share.
Christie is an author and professional communicator who blogs about life transitions, wellness, mindfulness, and anything else that answers the question “So what? Now what?”