Posts Tagged 'fall'

Thanksgiving eh!

Thanksgiving isnt part of what I ‘know’ mainly due to me originally being from the UK where it’s not a traditional holiday/celebration. Now having lived in Canada for the last few years I am on board with the whole thing, I’m just not normally here for it as I spend a lot of time overseas with work.  This year though I actually made it back with 24hrs to spare.

Tired and beaten down by travel, but home.

So what am I thankful for?  Well being home is the obvious one, the weather for a second. It may sound a bit trite but its true as I’ve been able to come home and walk the dog round the lakes taking in the beautiful fall colours (hmm I think I’ll be thankful for them too while I’m at it) without freezing my face off.  That will come later in the year.

I think with the economy still creaking I should be thankful that I have a job, a home and a car.  More than anything though I am thankful that I have my other half in my life, I genuinely have no idea where I would be without her, other than pretty sure it would be a lot less worthwhile and happy place.

What I’m not thankful for is the insomnia I have caused by jet lag which leaves me posting on my blog at 2am when I have to be up at 6am to head into the office.  Bah.

 

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What happened to fall?

After my heartfelt post about how awesome Autumn is, it looks like I missed it with my trip away.  When I left 6 weeks ago it was 30 degrees C and yesterday it snowed 4 inches. 

I’ve only been back 48hrs, and it seems thats all I got of my favourite season. 

How hum there is always next year, until then I’ll just look at last years pics.

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Seasons

There is a funny thing with seasons, everyone expects you to have a favourite.

I haven’t looked at any stats on this but I reckon that the majority of the public would choose summer as their No 1.

Not me.beer

I think summer is great, warm weather, lots of time spent socializing outdoors, beer gardens & bikinis.

Brilliant I agree, but it’s not the best.

I think for the general public winter would come in second, especially in the western world as it plays home to the largest of the family gathering of the year. You can indulge in too much food, then too much booze for the 2 weeks of Christmas and New Year and its ok because so many others are doing it too. Who doesn’t love Christmas? And a personal favorite for me which only comes around in winter is that the snowboard gets waxed and everyone who loves snow sports can head to the mountains and enjoy some time outdoors doing what they love.

But that’s still not my choice.

I think, truth be told, I’m an Autumn/fall person. I don’t know why but I have a few ideas.

1. I love to snowboard. I love to be outdoors having fun with my friends, pushing my comfort zone a bit, getting the adrenaline flowing and then laughing about it all afterwards with après beers. My gear is old, I’m not that good but I have a damn good time. So why don’t I prefer winter? Well fall is all about the nervous energy of how much fun I’m ABOUT to have. The same way that Christmas Eve sees young children don their PJ’s in the middle of the afternoon; I’m enjoying the build up to the season.

 
2. According to the calendar the New Year is in winter, but is it really? Since I was little the true New Year has been when summer and fall meet. You disagree? From preschool to primary? From the little kids at primary school to then mixing it with the big kids at secondary? What about when you moved out your house and went away for University? Any of that happen between December and January? Nah thought not. For the vast majority of my life the true New Year has been governed by the academic calendar not the standard one. Even though school was a long time ago now the imprint remains, when really young it was all about getting new ‘cool stuff’. As a small child getting luminous highlighters for the first time WTF that was awesome. Getting slightly older and further through school, heading back after the break saw the chance to meet up with friends you may not have seen for a while and bumping back into girls you spent the whole year before wishing you had some interesting chat for. Maybe this would be your year. Start a fresh; pick your own rules. One year older, none the wiser but twice as brave.

 

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3. Halloween. Do I need to elaborate? You get to scare the shit out of people when you are little and then you get given enough high sugar treats to sink a battle ship for your actions and then when you get into your late teens and early twenties all the girls take it as an excuse to wear as little as possible and everyone gets drunk. I don’t have kids yet but I’m sure it’s a pretty fun time to be a parent, unless you’re the parent of a teenage daughter. Sorry.

 
4. A personal one; I graduated Uni at the start of the summer yes, but then I had to work my ass off to get money together to travel overseas at the end of it. Yes I’m a bit predictable but it was to go do a season snowboarding 10,000 miles away from home. When the leaves started falling that year and I realized that the culmination of a dream of a few years was coming to fruition and that I was starting a new chapter, to try out a new type of life, and I was the happiest I had been in a long time.

 
5. Another personal one but to not include it would be detrimental to the entire list. I met my girlfriend in the autumn. Awwww. I know it sounds a bit pathetic, but the first part of our time together had a backdrop of oranges and browns, cold winds and too much rain (We lived in Scotland at the time). It was a fantastic time, a bit of a golden age, and I can’t escape that it all came about in that season.

So that is really the way I feel about seasons, it’s not that the others are bad seasons but the mix of fun times ahead, new beginnings and happy memories make this a good season for me.

What season does it for you?

If you are wondering why spring doesn’t get a mention it’s because its known for cleaning, the snow is gone but it’s still cold and not allot else. Doesn’t give it a lot of hope really.