Sunday, July 7

Hi everybody, hope you’re all doing really well and staying safe. I haven’t had any time to sit down and write because I’ve been at Nathaniel’s house for about a week, and that’s been keeping me busy. We’ve been occupying our time with movies and summer drives, and I’ve also been hanging out with his family a lot while he’s at work. Today he’s working 11-7:30, so I’m curled up on his bed with his jacket draped around my shoulders, trying to finally get some work done.

The other reason my projects have sort of halted this week is because of all the civil unrest in my country this week. It feels wrong to be blogging and writing about my happy little life when so many other people are suffering and dying. I’ve donated some money and signed petitions for BLM, but I still wish I could do more. Admittedly, I wouldn’t feel safe going to a protest in Boston, so I’m trying to help in other ways. I think it’s important for all of us to do our very best to be kind and proactive in times like these, no matter how big or small your effort is. Even just educating the people in your life who have ignorant or prejudiced views can make a huge difference.

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Anyway, I’m just finishing up my coffee, and now I’m going to get some writing done for this upcoming week. I know this sounds crazy, but I feel propelled to start another website. Maybe Nathaniel and I can start our own music exclusive blog, since we both love to analyze music and write about it. As many of you know, he’s a huge fan of the Grateful Dead, and I’ve been dying for him to write an article about them for a while. I’m also going to prepare some interview questions for a very, very special article I have coming to Analog this month! I can’t wait to tell you guys more. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

 

Monday, April 13

Hi folks, hope you’re all hanging in there and gearing up for another week of quarantine. I’m having a pretty good day thus far, and I had a lovely birthday yesterday as well. I’ve already had my only online class today, so now I’m going to designate the rest of my day to get homework done, write content, job hunt, continue packing, and then probably just watch movies. I also need to call the electric company and arrange for our power to be set up in preparation for moving in a couple of weeks, so I guess you could say adulting is going strong.

Now that I’m into the groove of online work and feeling much more motivated and upbeat than I was in the last couple of weeks, I don’t really have too much to update you all on! My life for the next couple of weeks is mostly just going to consist of homework, blogging, hanging out with my mom, and hopefully seeing my boyfriend soon. I’m also going to start getting into the groove of junk journaling, because I’d really like to start some sort of an online shop to make extra money. More updates to come on that!


Thursday, April 16

It’s about 7pm right now, and admittedly, I’ve had a pretty lazy day. I tend to be pretty easy on myself around the time of my period, because I can get really irritable and tired if not. Nonetheless, I’m in very good spirits, and I’m happy to be sitting down with my computer to get writing done.

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Tuesday and Wednesday were perfectly lovely. Nathaniel drove up to see me on a whim, and we went for a drive along the coast of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We also found a little quiet, desolate beach across from a shipyard, so we settled down there for an hour or so and skimmed stones in the water. Afterwards, we got some beach pizza (a favorite of his,) and watched There’s Something About Mary with my mom. So overall, it was a really wonderful couple of days, and I already miss him so much and can’t wait to see him again. I’m so fortunate to have him by my side, especially during these crazy times. 

Anyway, I think I’m going to start re-watching Stranger Things tonight, have a margarita, and go to bed a bit earlier than usual. Like I said earlier, I’m feeling much more tired than usual, so I’m trying to be gentle with myself. I’m also going to be posting a guide to self-care and mental health awareness later this week, so keep your eyes out for that!


Friday, April 17

After my very relaxing ‘weekend’ day on a Thursday, I’m back to keeping up with my productivity. I’m currently having a salad and working on some marketing materials for my internship, which is especially pressing with the coronavirus. Right now I’m working on our social media posts, or resource lists, our response fund, etc. It’s interesting and eye opening to work for a non-profit during a pandemic. 

I was feeling a bit antisocial yesterday, but tonight I’m looking forward to hanging out with my mom and watching YouTube videos on the TV together (we’ve been really into Jenna Marbles lately.) I’m really trying to appreciate these last few weeks with her, because we’re both moving away in May and I’m probably not going to get to see her as much as I’m used to! That being said, I’m really looking forward to her coming to visit me at my apartment in Boston, and I can’t wait to cook meals for her and show her around my place. It’s going to be so exciting!

Wednesday, March 18

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I’m a bit behind on blogging, per the recent changes in my life, but I’m hoping I can play catch-up today and knock out a few articles. I don’t think I need to go into all the details of what the coronavirus is and how to self-quarantine and wash your hands (in fact, I’m sure most of you are tired of hearing about it,) so I’ll skip over all that and just give you a little recap of my week.

So, spring break technically started last Friday, but I had to stay on campus until Sunday due to some other obligations and timing issues I had to take care of first. It was strange being (mostly) alone on those last two days of campus; the mood was somber, the streets were empty, and most of my friends had already evacuated home. I did have a couple of RA friends still on campus, so I spent my Friday night hanging out with them (six feet apart) in the lounge. It was comforting to be surrounded by people, but obviously a very strange environment. My good friend Alanis and I talked about whether or not we want to come back to campus, because while all of our classes are now online, we still have the choice to decide if we want to stay in the resident halls. I had previously wanted to stay in the resident halls so I could still see my friends, but now that my college is really urging us to stay come and making it exceptionally difficult for us if we do stay (boxed meals instead of the dining hall, not being allowed to visit anyone, etc), I’ve decided I would like to stay at home. Buck was also a huge factor in my wrestling with the decision, because I love him so very much and it’s already hard enough being away from him for spring break. However, he does have a car and we are committed to still seeing each other as often as we can. In fact, he’s coming down for a few days this weekend to see me, so that will be so lovely and important. Don’t worry, we aren’t planning on leaving my house, and we have lots of self-quarantine ideas planned. The highlights include potting a plant together, having a wine tasting, and painting empty bottles. 

So, all of those turbulent (and isolating) changes are very annoying, but we make do with what we have. Another big stresser in my life is apartment hunting, because I don’t have a job right now but I desperately need to find a place to live after graduation. My two future housemates and I have landed on a few places we really like, so now it’s just a matter of settling somewhere and getting ready to move in. It’s scary, but exciting! 

An analogy I refer back to a lot in my life is the idea that we all carry backpacks and the big, heavy rocks in our backpacks represent all the problems and stressers we have in our lives. Obviously, my metaphorical backpack is pretty loaded up with some heavy boulders right now, so I’m trying to focus on what things I can “take out” of my backpack and set aside for now, just to lessen the burden of carrying everything all the time. Graduation/college/education is all very stressful, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now, so I’m not going to dedicate any worry towards that. Being isolated from my friends and my partner is also very stressful, but I know Buck is crazy for me just as much as I am for him, and we’re in it for the long haul. I don’t think he’s going anywhere, even if we can only see each other a few times a month, so I’m not going to worry about that, either. I guess my biggest form of stress right now is just the general uncertainty of not knowing how long this will drag on for. I suppose I’m fortunate to be a homebody, because I really don’t mind hanging out in the house all day. I’m quite content with my books and my laptop and my dog, so that’s what I’m using to keep myself occupied. And of course, seeing my lovely human this week will be an uplifting boost.

Oh, I’m also on my period and going through some major PMS, so I apologize for the general downbeat tone of my week! I’m trying to stay as optimistic as possible, so thank you all for sticking around and giving me a reason to keep writing.  


Sunday, March 22

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend despite (probably) being self-isolated and worried about the coronavirus. I actually had a very fabulous and busy weekend, hence why I didn’t have any time to write. It’s about 2:40pm now, and with a coffee in hand, this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down with my laptop. So, let’s start with Thursday evening and work our way to now.

Obviously, my circle of socialization is quite small right now; it’s essentially limited to my mother, my boyfriend, and Eli. Eli came over for a few hours on Thursday night and helped me finish a bottle of pinot grigio, and then we watched about three hours worth of America’s Next Top Model. Don’t worry, we made sure to sit a few feet apart! As crazy as times are right now, one of the silver linings for me is that Eli is home right now- indefinitely.

The next morning, I woke up to the news that my university had decided to cancel graduation in May and instead opt for a “virtual commencement”- something that was quickly met with backlash by us, the student body. Lots of petitions and confused, angry emails later, we received another email from the school stating that they will “quickly reconsider” their options and see if they can postpone graduation for a couple of months instead. We’re supposed to have a more definite answer within the next few weeks.

Following that exciting-ness, my day took a positive turn because Nathaniel (aka Buck, as he is affectionately nicknamed), came to stay with me for three days. In a really nice coincidental turn of events, my mom went up to Maine to see her fiance for the weekend, so Buck and I had the place to ourselves. We did mostly stay inside, as we are supposed to in these sickly times, but we also did take a couple of nature walks in the outdoors. Buck lives in western Massachusetts, so he’s not as accustomed to seeing the ocean as I am. It was such a wholesome, pure feeling of joy to see his excitement for the water and how the wind makes the sand float across the beach in ghostly streams. We also made burritos together, watched a lot of Jeopardy! (he’s a pro, I learned), and spent adequate time slow-dancing in my living room to The Grateful Dead. So altogether, a really beautiful weekend, and it was quite sad to see him go. But I’m planning on going out to western Mass to see him later this week or early next week, assuming a Shelter in Place isn’t ordered in Massachusetts.

Anyway, now I’m going to upload this blog, get some homework done (I have to read an entire book by tomorrow, yikes), and probably play The Sims later in the evening. I also want to do some watercolor painting, but there are only so many hours in the day, and I already have quite a few things planned. Thanks for reading; I’ll try to be more on top of my posting schedule this week!

Pictures from this weekend:

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Sunday, March 8

I have to say, I’m loving the fact that it’s starting to stay lighter out for longer and the weather is starting to freshen up as well. I had a pretty productive weekend, I would say. I wrote a couple papers, revised my big, important ethics paper, and even had time to play The Sims for hours and hang out with my friends. Last night, I listened to some music and painted glass bottles with my good friend, Alanis, and I have to say that I love the way it came out! The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of my all-time favorite paintings, so I knew I wanted to incorporate it onto my bottle. I feel very proud of it, and I hope I can keep it and cherish it forever.

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The night before last, I hung out with Buck and my friends, Kelsey and Cameron. We ended up playing cards for at least a couple hours, which I’ve recently discovered I have a love for. Apparently, I’m not very good at Egyptian Rat Screw and Bullshit, but Kelsey and Buck are. We also played Crazy Eights, which seemed to drag on forever because none of us could win!

So anyway, it’s been a really lovely weekend, and I feel very well-rested as well. It’s a bit after seven in the evening right now, and I’m currently sitting in an empty classroom listening to The Beach Boys. Buck will be out of work in a couple hours, and we’ll probably sit on the roof (and not kick off the moss) for awhile and listen to the Grateful Dead or John Denver, or something along those lines. He’ll probably drink some whiskey, which makes him taste like brown sugar, and I’ll probably drink some Earl Gray tea. And per usual, I’m sure it will be lovely to fall asleep next to him with the window still open.


Monday, March 9

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It’s absolutely gorgeous out today, so I’m spending the afternoon at the beach with my good friend, Erin. Apparently it’s supposed to snow on Wednesday, but I have no idea how that would even be possible, considering it’s currently seventy degrees out. I must say, even though I’m not a big fan of the warm weather, it does feel good to wear shorts and stretch out in the sand. I probably should have been working on my ethics paper draft, but oh well, that can be done later.

I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy out there, wherever you are in the world. The coronavirus is scary, especially to hypochondriacs like me, so make sure you continue to wash your hands and take care of yourself!


Tuesday, March 10

It’s another day of beautiful weather here in Massachusetts, and I’m in pretty high spirits, even though I’m quite tired. Daylight Savings Time has really thrown me off! That being said, I’m loving the fact that the sun is staying out longer, and the days seem to stretch out much more now. I finally finished the final draft of my ethics paper, which is a huge weight off my shoulders. I know I’ve probably sounded like a broken record, complaining about it every night this week! I’m a bit nervous because I need to pass this paper to pass the entire class, but I’m pretty sure I will be fine. It’s just the notion that my entire degree depends on this paper that freaks me out and makes me doubt myself. 

I’m really looking forward to going home Saturday morning, particularly since it’s my father’s birthday and I finally feel ready to see him again. We have a complicated relationship, but I have an optimistic feeling that everything will go well and we might be able to start rebuilding things. I’m also very excited to see my dog, of course, who I haven’t seen since winter break and I miss terribly. And, perhaps most excitingly, Buck is coming to visit me for 2-3 days towards the end of winter break! We’ve been inseparable since we got together, so those first few days without him are going to be so hard for me. Oh, to be young and in love. 


Wednesday, March 11

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’re all staying happy and healthy this week. On the topic of health, the coronavirus hubbub is now front and center in Boston, and there’s certainly a lot of gossip going around. My school has not formally announced any closings, but I suppose it’s very possible they could ask us to stay home after spring break next week. Because nothing is set in stone, I’m trying not to think too much about it, but it’s still an interesting possibility. For one thing, it would suck to be away from my friends and my boyfriend. Secondly, if the school shut down and moved to online classes, I have no idea what would happen with my internship. Would I start working remotely for that as well? Thirdly, what happens to financial aid? Do I still have to pay for room and board even if I’m not on campus? It’s a complicated subject, and I’m not sure what will happen. At the same time, it’s kind of exciting to witness all of this. I guess we’ll see what happens!

Anyway, I’m in my 8am right now, and I have two more classes left after this. I might take a nap after my last class, because Daylights Saving Time is still throwing me off a bit and I’m exhausted. I’m also planning on hanging out with Erin and Buck tonight, so we’ll see how I’m feeling this evening. 


Thursday, March 12

What a strange time to be alive and documenting my life on the internet. 

With the obviously overwhelming coronavirus panic now taking over Boston, I’ve been forced to think a lot about the possibility that my school may close after spring break, which would be (in my opinion) wildly unfortunate and an overreaction to the situation. I’m going to publish an article on Analog next week to explore that topic more deeply for anyone who’s interested.

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I’m also quite stressed over applying for jobs, because many of the jobs I’m inquiring for have hundreds of applicants. If I can’t find a job, I can’t get an apartment, and I’m supposed to do that in June. Also, one of my potential housemates is dropping out because she can’t afford to move. Also, my mom is moving two states away in June and I’m not going to have anywhere to live after she moves. Also, my internship is probably shutting down next week as well. 

So yeah, I’m a bit stressed by the enormity of the crazy world around me right now. Last night, I essentially had a mental breakdown in the library and cried on my laptop, because I just don’t see how any of this is going to pan out and fix itself within the next three months. Even more, I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t move into an apartment without a credit score/cosign or a gross household income, which I don’t have due to a lack of a job. I might not even have my friends and my boyfriend around me during this time, if my college decides to pull the plug and shut its doors. Oh, what a time to be alive.

I almost feel like I have to laugh at the absurdity of everything. My goals today are to apply to two more jobs, decide what day I’m going home for spring break, decide if I want to tour the apartment that I have my eye on (but probably can’t afford because my housemates are dropping like flies), and desperately attempt to find a new roommate. Everything else in my life (minus my friends and Buck) just feels so unimportant right now. I hardly even care about my schoolwork right now, because I’m so bent out of shape about all of this.

Anyway, I don’t want to sound like I’m throwing a pity party. At least I am healthy and safe, and I have a strong support system around me. I just hate having things pan out undecided and up in the air, if that makes sense. It especially stresses me out not knowing where I’m even going to be living in three months, or where my income will come from.

The first thing I’m going to do when I get home for break this weekend is take a bubble bath, pour myself a drink, and binge out on The Office. Honestly, it’s what I deserve. 


Friday, March 13

Hi everyone!

As you can probably imagine, shit is going down over here in ole Massachusetts. My university has extended its spring break by an extra week, and then, all of our classes are going to resume online. Despite this, our residence halls and services are staying open for the rest of the semester to those who wish to stay, and everyone else is allowed to go home. As for graduation and all of that, nobody has any answers or ideas about what will happen. Also, we’re technically not supposed to be within six feet of each other at school, and we can’t have any guests or other students in our dormitories. I’ll honor that expectation with my friends, but my boyfriend? Yeah, that six feet rule is gonna be a no from me dawg. My college can take away my classes, my graduation, my internship, my activities, and my clubs, but I refuse to cut myself off from my closest support system during this crisis of my life. And that’s the tea, sis. 

Anyway, I’m going to tour an apartment tomorrow with my friend, and then my mom is coming to pick me up from school first thing on Sunday morning. As you can probably imagine, I’m really looking forward to relaxing during spring break and trying not to think about my university fiasco. This is definitely not the way I want to be spending my final year of college, but hey, I just have to make the best of it. At least I’ll still be able to come back to campus after spring break and see most of my close friends to finish off what has been a sufficiently chaotic school year. Of course, even that’s subject to change if things get worse. My fingers are crossed.

I was planning on publishing  “Giving My Friend a Vintage Makeover” today (as I have been trying to do for weeks), but I still can’t find anyone to use for the challenge! Or maybe, I just don’t have any friends? It’s hard to say. Instead, I’m going to be doing a ♡fall tag♡ today. With fall being my favorite season, it made sense that I should give this tag a try! Also, I didn’t come up with any of these- full credit goes to a website called Tag Questions. With all of that out of the way, let’s get into it!

(Also, my apologies for how LONG this is!)


Describe your feelings of fall rain in three words.

Petrichor, calming, and ASMR.


Which two things tell you that the fall season has begun?

Living in New England, the chilly weather and the changing colors of the leaves are always a good indication!


What are your plans for this fall season?

My top priority this fall is to get through school, but in regards to “fun things”, I’m looking forward to taking nature walks and celebrating Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family.


Silent nights or windy ones? What do you love more about fall?

I like silent nights because wind makes me anxious for some reason.


Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?

Uhhh, BOTH. But if I had to pick, I’d say cold rain because I love feeling all cozy and warm inside while it absolutely pours outside.


What three things you love about the season?

I love bundling up in warm clothes, watching scary movies, and burning my favorite candles.

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What three things you hate about the season?

I’m not a big fan of midterm exams and excessive sports talk. I honestly can’t think of a third thing.


Share your best memory for the autumn season?

I always loved celebrating Halloween with my cousins growing up; we’re all a bunch of goofballs and trick-or-treating was always such a fond memory!


What is your favorite scent for the fall season?

I love the general change of the air during fall, and the smell of smoky fire pits. I also love my two current fall candles by Yankee Candle, “Crisp Fall Night” and “Spiced Pumpkin.”


What is your favorite autumn movie?

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and The Shining


What’s the most beautiful thing about the fallen leaves?

Could I sound more cliche? I love the reds and the oranges. I also love the way the leaves look in a puddle.


Do you enjoy movies in the bed or near the fire?

I love watching movies in bed, especially considering I don’t have a fireplace.


In the autumn, what do you enjoy most with your partner?

If by partner you mean my dog, we love to cuddle and listen to the rain.


Do you ever go for the hiking in autumn? If yes, how was the experience?

I’ve never been a big hiker!


Have you ever gone for apple picking?

Yes, I used to go all the time with my friends and family. Sadly, being away at school, I don’t get to engage in many fall-themed activities anymore!


What is the best way to enjoy the rain of fall season?

To curl up with a good book and some blankets, and listen to the rain fall while you read well into the night.


Describe the romantic nature of the fall season in one sentence.

Evening walks + apple cider + candle burning = perfect date night.


Watching TV or Raking leaves? What do you prefer in the autumn?

Who likes recreationally raking leaves? Is that a thing? TV all the way.


What is your favorite fall color?

I love reds and oranges, especially when incorporating those colors into my clothes and makeup. 


Autumn or winter? What do you like the most?

Probably autumn, though I do love Christmastime almost just as much.


Autumn or spring. In your opinion, what’s more romantic?

I think autumn is more romantic, for reasons previously stated, but I also love spring because it’s my birth season.

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What is your favorite dress code for the fall season?

SCARVES.


Share your worst memory related to the autumn season.

I don’t think I have one? If I think of one, I’ll edit it in.


Do you believe that autumn fall season should be the wedding season?

Absolutely. I’d love to have a fall wedding!


What do you most like to drink in the fall season?

I drink coffee year-round, but I especially love a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato in fall. 


What could be a perfect date for the autumn season?

Pumpkin/apple picking, a brisk evening walk, and drinking coffee together in a cozy cafe.


Fall day or fall night. Which one looks more beautiful to you?

Fall evening, so neither!


The smell of pumpkin guts or rotting leaves. What do you love?

I guess rotting leaves is that “different air smell” I was alluding to earlier, so I’d pick that.


Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, so how was the experience?

My mom, brother, and I used to do it all the time when I was little. I remember loving the day I could pick out my own pumpkin, as if it was a new pet or something.


What is your favorite movie scene related to the autumn?

In tune with my favorite fall films, I really like the beginning sequence of The Shining when the camera is panning over the wilderness.


Which fashion trend you often prefer in the fall season?

Muted colors, boots, tights, and of course, scarves.


What type of music do you like in the fall season?

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of 70s-80s folk, such as John Denver, Eagles, and Tom Petty. I don’t know if this is necessarily a fall-thing, or if this is just my current taste at the moment.


Hat or cap? What do you prefer in the autumns?

I rarely wear either, actually. Wool makes me quite itchy.


Haunted house, haunted food ride, or haunted corn maze? What do you like in the autumn season?

I pretend to like haunted houses, but in practical application, I’d probably pick the corn maze.


Share your feelings when you see the birds migrating?

Wow, look at those birds, doing their natural thing. Whack. 


Do you like baking in the autumn season?

I LOVE baking in any season, but especially fall! I’m really looking forward to baking all sorts of goodies for Thanksgiving!

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Raking leaves or climbing trees. What’s your favorite in the autumn season?

Damn, looks like raking leaves is actually going to win this time. I’m not coordinated enough to climb a tree.


What types of music do you love to listen in the fall season?

Fall, classic rock, and after Thanksgiving, Christmas music 🙂


When you go outside, do you love to experience your blowing breathes?

I’m probably too distracted with thinking “Jesus Christ, I’m so f#%$cking cold.”


Which song you often sing in the autumn?

Lately I’ve had “Annie’s Song”, “Summertime”, and “Somewhere Only We Know” on repeat.


What is your favorite meat food in the falls?

I’m a vegetarian, so that’s a big nope. I like Tofurkey, though? Can we count that as a meat replacement?


What is your favorite food in the fall season?

I love pumpkin or caramel anything. I also love mashed potatoes with a ton of vegetable gravy.


What is your favorite thrifty activity in the falls?

Funny you mentioned thrifty, I just ordered some new clothes from ThredUp to celebrate the fall season!


Halloween or Thanksgiving. Which one is your favorite day? (For the people in the UK, you can change Thanksgiving with the Harvest Festival)

As I’ve gotten older, I definitely prefer Thanksgiving. I don’t do much to celebrate Halloween these days.


Wool or knit sweaters? What do you like to wear in the fall season?

Wool makes me itchy, so I tend to wear a lot of cotton and knitted blends in both the fall season and year-round. Also, unrelated to the question, but I HATE wearing jeans and find them so itchy. 


Sweet or salty pumpkin seeds. Tell your favorite one for the autumn season?

I’ve never eaten pumpkin seeds before, but theoretically, I’d probably go for the sweet variety. 


Do you like to explore haunted places in the falls?

Again with the theoretics, I probably would! When I was younger (middle/high school age), my friends and I used to be really into exploring haunted places. Now that I’m older, I’ve sort of lost interest in the hobby. I’m also much more paranoid than I used to be.


Tell the best eternal feeling you have in the fall?

Just the feeling of warmth from comfy clothes, and the beauty from the fiery leaves, makes me so happy and puts me in a relaxed mood. 


Which place do you love to visit in the autumn season?

There’s a cute little local farm in my hometown that I love to visit during the autumn months. There are fruit-picking events, hayrides, and adorable animals at the farm, so it really puts me in a good mood to pay a visit there. I recently went there with Eli when he was home for a short break! 


Which place you wish to visit in the fall season?

I wish I could go to more fall festivals and spooky things, such as Screamfest in Salem, New Hampshire. Salem Massachusetts is also a place I’ve wanted to visit during fall, because it’s famously spooky and I love the aesthetic. I have been to Salem, MA, but that was for neurotesting at the hospital and not holiday-related, lmao. 


Fairy lights or candles? What is your choice in the falls?

CAAAAAAANDLESSSSS.


How do decorate your room in the falls?

Right now I have my fall candles (duh) and my pumpkin, whom I have named Clyde. 


Do you love raking the leaves on the lawn or do you leave them where they fall?

I don’t do my own yard work because I live on campus, so I guess I just leave them there. Ba dum tss.


What comes to your mind when you see the leaves fallen down?

Jesus, why are there so many questions about leaves?


What three things you love to keep in your room for the fall?

My candles, my favorite fuzzy gray throw blanket, and a bottle of Ibuprofen.


What is your favorite tea flavor in the fall?

I’ve never been an avid tea drinker, but if I had to pick one, I’d say something fruity or sweet.


Do you ever change your way to run through the autumn leaves?

I’m literally laughing about the leaf questions at this point. 


In your opinion, which leaves have the best color in the fall season?

I like the brightest leaves, such as the bright reds and oranges. I feel like I’m being quizzed on leaves.


Have you ever experienced pumpkin picking in the fall?

Yes, I used to go all the time with my family, and I picked out the pumpkin in my dorm a few weeks ago! Clyde is still going strong.


Which is your most loved pumpkin-based food?

I love pumpkin pie above anything else.


Which moisturizer is your favorite in the autumn season?

Right now I’m using the body souffle by Human + Kind, which I got in my fall Fab Fit Fun box.


Which lipstick color you love in the falls?

My favorite lipstick right now is a dark orange color by Lime Crime called “Sparrow.”


Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favorite?

I do love pumpkin pie, but I love apple just a little bit more. I’m planning on making an apple pie for Thanksgiving this year.


October or November? What’s your favorite month in the autumns?

Probably October because fall still feels fresh and new, and the weather hasn’t reached the frigid point yet.


Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

Interestingly, I actually don’t get cold as much as other people. I don’t even put on a jacket until it’s at least 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. That being said, I do love bundling up for bed in the fall.


How much do you love to enjoy the fire in the fall season?

I love fire pits and those types of things, but I don’t own one at the moment, nor do I have friends who invite me to things like fire pits. Being 20 is a weird time.


In the fall, do you love traveling or enjoying the season at home?

I feel so lucky to be in New England, I love enjoying it at home! This year is the first time I’m travelling to another state for Thanksgiving. My mom and I are going to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving with her sister. 


Are you more energetic during the autumn season, or more laid back?

I suppose I’m more energetic because school has started up again, and that means I’m busy every week day.


Do you have any specific traditions to celebrate the fall season?

Not particularly, aside from Thanksgiving.


Name a person whom you loved and really miss in the fall season.

I miss my great-grandmother, who lived with me my entire life and passed away in 2014. She was such a nutty lady, and she always made the holidays so much fun.


What do you feel at the end of the fall season?

I feel pretty excited for Christmastime and winter break!!


Share your favorite quote related to the autumn.

“Yet not to thine eternal resting-place   

Shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish   

Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down   

With patriarchs of the infant world—with kings,   

The powerful of the earth—the wise, the good,   

Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,   

All in one mighty sepulchre.   The hills   

Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun,—the vales   

Stretching in pensive quietness between;   

The venerable woods—rivers that move   

In majesty, and the complaining brooks   

That make the meadows green; and, poured round all,   

Old Ocean’s gray and melancholy waste,—   

Are but the solemn decorations all   

Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun,   

The planets, all the infinite host of heaven,   

Are shining on the sad abodes of death,   

Through the still lapse of ages.”

-William Cullen Bryant,  an excerpt of “Thanatopsis” 


That’s pretty much everything! I’m going to tag @jayayewye (Jenni), @chatswithcheryl, and @thedeepblueday (Hils) to do this as well because I feel like they have some really awesome content, especially for lifestyle-related things! Go check them out 🙂 I hope you guys liked this fall tag! Sorry it is so stupidly long!

Here is a BLANK copy for whoever chooses to do this:

  1. Describe your feelings of fall’ rain in three words.
  2. Which two things tell you that the fall season has begun?
  3. What are your plans for this fall season?
  4. Silent nights or windy ones? What do you love more about the falls?
  5. Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?
  6. What three things you love about the season?
  7. What three things you hate about the season?
  8. Share your best memory for the autumn season?
  9. What is your favorite scent for the fall season?
  10. What is your favorite autumn movie?
  11. What’s the most beautiful thing about the fallen leaves?
  12. Do you enjoy movies in the bed or near the fire?
  13. In the autumn, what do you enjoy most with your partner?
  14. Do you ever go for the hiking in autumn? If yes, how was the experience?
  15. Have you ever gone for apple picking?
  16. What is the best way to enjoy the rain of fall season?
  17. Describe the romantic nature of the fall season in one sentence.
  18. Watching TV or Racking leaves? What do you prefer in the autumn?
  19. What is your favorite fall color?
  20. Autumn or winter? What do you like the most?
  21. Autumn or spring. In your opinion, what’s more romantic?
  22. What is your favorite dress code for the fall season?
  23. Share your worst memory related to the autumn season.
  24. Do you believe that autumn fall season should be the wedding season?
  25. What are your most likes drink in the fall season?
  26. What could be a perfect date for the autumn season?
  27. Fall day or fall night. Which one looks more beautiful to you?
  28. The smell of pumpkin guts or rotting leaves. What do you love?
  29. Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, so how was the experience?
  30. What is your movie scene related to the autumn?
  31. Which fashion trend you often prefer in the fall season?
  32. What type of music do you like in the fall season?
  33. Hat or cap? What do you prefer in the autumns?
  34. Haunted house, haunted food ride, or haunted corn maze? What do you like in the autumn season?
  35. Share your feelings when you see the birds migrating?
  36. Do you like baking in the autumn season?
  37. Racking leaves or climbing trees. What’s your favorite in the autumn season?
  38. What types of music do you love to listen in the fall season?
  39. When you go outside, do you love to experience your blowing breathes?
  40. Which song you often sing in the autumn?
  41. What is your favorite meat food in the falls?
  42. What is your favorite food in the fall season?
  43. What is your favorite thrifty activity in the falls?
  44. Halloween or Thanksgiving. Which one is your favorite day? (For the people in UK, you can change thanksgiving with the Harvest Festival)
  45. Wool or knit sweaters? What do you like to wear in the fall season?
  46. Sweet or salty pumpkin seeds. Tell your favorite one for the autumn season?
  47. Do you like to explore haunted places in the falls?
  48. Tell the best eternal feeling you have in the falls?
  49. Which place do you love to visit in the autumn season?
  50. Which place you wish to visit in the fall season?
  51. Fairy lights or candles? What is your choice in the falls?
  52. How do decorate your room in the falls?
  53. Do you love raking the leaves on the lawn or do you leave them where they fall?
  54. What comes in your mind when you see the leaves fallen down?
  55. What three things you love to keep in your room for the falls?
  56. What is your favorite teas flavor in the falls?
  57. Do you ever change your way to run through the autumn leaves?
  58. In your opinion, which leaves have the best color in the fall season?
  59. Have you ever experienced pumpkin picking in the falls?
  60. Which is your most loved pumpkin-based food?
  61. Which moisturizer is your favorite in the autumn season?
  62. Which lipstick color you love in the falls?
  63. Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favorite?
  64. October or November? What’s your favorite month in the autumns?
  65. Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?
  66. How much do you love to enjoy the fire in the fall season?
  67. In the falls, do you love traveling or enjoying the season at home?
  68. Are you more energetic during the autumn season, or more laid back?
  69. Do you have any specific traditions to celebrate the fall season?
  70. Name a person whom you loved and really miss in the fall season.
  71. What do you feel at the end of fall season?
  72. Share your favorite quote related to the autumn.

I attend college in the Boston area, but not smack-dab in the middle of the city itself. Personally, it’s both a blessing and a curse for me, as I’m able to explore the exotic flavors of Boston without having to choke down the smells every time I step outside. Taking the train into Boston isn’t an everyday occurance to me; instead, it’s an occasional treat I allow myself to embark on. I am a relatively picky eater, admittedly, so I tend to stick with the same 3-5 restaurants.  But trust me, these restaurants have earned their spot on my list. Especially #2- I’ve probably spent $60 on Uber Eats alone for that company.


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1- In the heart of Faneuil Hall, meat-eaters and vegans alike can find a delicious meal at Wagamama. Wagamama primarily serves Japanese-style cuisine, like ramen and fresh juices, and their vegan menu is one of the more impressive ones I’ve come across. The dumpling-like yasai gyoza make for an excellent appetizer, and paired with the tofu ramen, it’s a match made in heaven. The tofu tastes silky without being mushy, and packs a punch of flavor that you normally don’t find in vegan tofu options. It’s also surprisingly filling, considering it’s mostly just a bowl of noodles and vegetables.


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2- I’m not rating this list in order from favorite to least favorite, but if I did, Los Amigos Taqueria would hands-down be my number one. I came across them one night as I scoured Uber Eats for a quick dinner, and have been absolutely hooked on it since. This burrito joint isn’t specifically aimed for vegans, but it’s fairly easy to customize to your liking. I personally always order the same thing: an extra-large bean burrito with pico de gallo, spanish rice, and lettuce. That’s really all I need to take my tastebuds to heaven. There’s something about the quality of the ingredients that always taste extremely fresh and vibrant, and I never get tired of ordering my favorite comfort-food burrito. Los Amigos Taqueria has locations in Newtonville, Brighton Center, Coolidge Corner, and West Roxbury, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try if you’re in the area.


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3- Speaking of Uber Eats favorite, I’m also a very big fan of Energize, which is located in Brighton. Energize is one of the very few vegan-targeted cafes in my delivery area, so I certainly take advantage of their smoothie bowls and beverages. Similarly with Los Amigos Taqueria, I do have a favorite meal from Energize. The Cashew Cheesecake smoothie bowl is the perfect sweet-tooth fix for everything from movie night to date night, and is so darned filling, you won’t be hungry again for hours. Some people might not be a fan of the bowl’s overwhelming sweetness, but for me, I think it’s absolutely addicting. If smoothie bowls aren’t your thing, you’re bound to find a match with one of their signature colorful salads.


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4- Are you a vegan who misses the cholesterol-boosting, greasy joy of digging into Chinese food? Grasshopper may (and undeniably will) be the answer to your food prayers. Grasshopper, which is located in Allston, specializes in vegan American-style chinese food. You heard me- do you want those fat chicken fingers with the sweet dipping sauce? Grasshopper has a vegan version. A slice of vegan strawberry cheesecake? Grasshopper has you covered. AN ENTIRE vegan strawberry cheesecake? You got it. The veggie lo-mein is also highly addicting, and may pair nicely with the battered tofu nuggets. And by may, I mean it undeniably will.


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5- The Friendly Toast will forever hold a soft spot in my heart. My high school friends and I always used to frequent the Portsmouth location after our most memorable milestones, like Junior prom and graduation. It’s a place, to me, that holds so many fond memories, and also has a warm, welcoming energy. The aesthetic of the restaurant is fabulously retro and almost Bowie-like, decorated with strange artwork and its famous slime-green painted walls. There’s something on the menu for meat-eaters and vegans alike, including a variety of breakfast food, diner food, tex-mex food, and salads. Some of my personal favorites are the vegan mac and cheese, nachos, breakfast burrito, and oatmeal bread, which you can buy in loaves from the restaurant. The Friendly Toast has locations in Back Bay, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Burlington, MA, and Burlington, VT, so I highly recommend checking it out if you ever get the opportunity. I promise your taste buds will not be disappointed.


If you’re interested in finding more vegan restaurants in your own area, I highly recommend purchasing the app Happy Cow. It uses your location to notify you of vegan restaurants and options in your area, along with how highly rated they are by other vegan users. It has been extremely useful for me on vacations away from home!

All images are taken directly from the restaurant’s websites, minus the burrito.

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