those corn mazes

Ever since the weather took a turn for the chilly side of things a few weeks ago, the itching for all things fall-related has beenĀ real, let me tell you! I didn’t realize I had such a thing for pumpkin foods until fall started acting up, and now I have this need to pin ALL THE PUMPKIN THINGS on Pinterest. It’s a struggle. I know, I know, the pumpkin thing is a bit of a bandwagon fad, but I’m jumping in wholeheartedly because it’s all so good that I just don’t care. Go ahead and judge, I’ll just be sitting here with my pumpkin french toast having a grand old time.

So yeah, there’s pumpkin. But! Even more than the pumpkin craving, the corn maze craving has been going full-force, which is a bit of a problem when you’re stuck without a car, and with roommates without cars (although I would say I’m far from being “stuck” with those lovely people), and the nearest corn maze is definitely far enough to require a car. But it’s not fall without going to a corn maze at least once or twice, am I right?

Guys. Good things happen when you mix fall cravings and dating deprivation. And people with cars. Also, guys need to man up and quit complaining about how difficult it is to pull dates together, because a group of us girls set up a 6-couple blind date in a matter of hours, no problem. So just sayin………Actually, I would hate to be a guy and have to ask girls on dates….it’s a piece of cake to just be the person setting up two people.

Anyway! The corn maze inkling was satisfied tonight on a group date of adventurous proportions. There were pumpkins. And corn. And a corn gun. And gelato at the end. And even though my Idaho instincts got all fired up at the shorter-than-normal-corn, it was enough to get me through fall without feeling completely deprived.


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^^^Pumpkins, guys! Do you see them?! Yes, they look yellow from the lovely floodlight just behind me, but they’re pumpkins!!

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^^^This is called a hey-I-found-a-cute-gazebo-Caroline-take-a-picture! There are benefits to having a roommate with a photographer sister, and at the moment I’m working on the grasp-the-moment-and-take-pictures-all-the-time concept, with Caroline as my guide! So yeah…gazebo!

It was a good night, with new friends, and lots of laughs, and isn’t fall just great? Those corn mazes, man!


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a good day


Sleeping in, and skipping my run, because my bed was entirely too comfortable this morning and half marathon training is making my legs tight like no other. I made an executive decision to stay inside and oh did it feel good.

Walking to class in the morning, where the emerging sunlight dusts the mountains. My favorite.

The rare privilege of walking slowly, and taking my time, and enjoying a moment to think.

Happy faces at work.

The oranges and reds and yellows that only fall seems to have absolutely perfect control over.

Leftover dorito casserole (look it up on Pinterest – it’s as good as it sounds).

Evening-geography-class-turned-field-trip-to-Rock-Canyon, in time to catch the gorgeous sunset. Sunsets have become my thing lately.

Oatmeal. And homemade hummus. Except not mixed together. Duh.

Learning that two people who are dear to me are now friends again, after months of separation. I love that is-this-really-and-truly-happening feeling, especially when yes, it really and truly is.

It’s been a good day.


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fall rain. as i sit cross-legged here on my bed, the window next to me cracked slightly open, the rain sings a soothing, calming melody. summer rain cleanses and clears and cools the hot, muggy, stuffy air. fall rain is different. fall rain is like a mother comforting her child – it relaxes and sets you at ease. the world is already cool and a chill has already seeped into the days, so that’s not the purpose of this rain. it’s a song for the tired and worried of heart.

rain is part of the music of nature, along with bird chatterings and tree rustlings and wind whisperings. what’s it trying to say to you?

the next time it rains, slide open your window just a bit and listen. listen to the rhythm and cadence and tone of it. listen for the words of the rain speaking peace to your soul. can you catch it? let the sound rush over you and envelop you. cling to that sound, to that reality, and remember that there are only a few bits in this life that matter most. let the rain help you find your way back to those bits. let its song carry you back, washing away the stress and worries of your life. then just breathe. let the rain help you breathe.