15 Reasons Fall Is The BEST Season, Don't @ Me

15 Reasons Fall Is The BEST Season, Don't @ Me

From leaves to hot chocolate, everything about this season is the best.
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Well, Starbucks is selling pumpkin spice lattes again, people are posting about apple picking on their Snapchat stories, sweaters are on discount at Target and the weather in the morning is getting chilly.

What does this mean? Only the beginning of the best season of all.

Here are 15 reasons why you should be hyped about autumn.

1. Chilled weather season

Fall weather is indisputably the best. You can wear whatever outfit you want since it'll be chilly in the mornings and evenings but hot during the day (yet that breeze always makes it go away), and the humidity is finally going down!

2. Falling leaves season

Is there anything more beautiful than driving by a tree in full autumn bloom, with a cloud of fallen gold and scarlet leaves underneath it?

3. Halloween season

Well, I guess it might be too scary for you. But your cute four year old neighbor dressed up as Batman and asking for Snickers? And carving pumpkins? The best. Also, decorating your house for Halloween even if you're not creating an entire haunted house might be the second best feeling ever (next to decorating your house for Christmas, of course).

4. Apple season

Fresh picked apples, hot fried apple pies and crisp chilled cider are all tied for the best fall foods. It is impossible to beat fresh apples and their juiciness, sorry.

5. Pumpkin season

Of course, the cult classic pumpkin spice latte is a must-have, even if you don't actually like PSLs (c'mon, it's fall). Also, pumpkin muffins are the best thing ever if you haven't tried them before. And aren't those pumpkins just the cutest things ever? How can you be mad when you're looking at a pumpkin?

6. Homecoming season

Even if you're not planning on going, the hype surrounding the homecoming game, the decorations and the school spirit are infectious and fun.

7. Fair Season

The fair is the best thing ever. Rides, great food and fun with your friends make a night (or a day) at the fair into the best night of the month, easily.

8. Football season

The best American sport is back; need I say more? College Saturdays, NFL Sundays and pickup games every other night. Go Falcons!

9. Scary movie season

Horror movies are even better when it's closer to Halloween, have you noticed? The anticipation is, like, building somehow. Plus, all of the TV channels are marathoning them anyway.

10. Snuggle season

What else are you going to do when it's rainy and chilly outside? Of course, snuggle up together underneath a warm blanket and turn on some soft classical music. #cuffingseason

11. Thanksgiving season

This might be the coolest holiday in America - we make tons of great comfort foods and then go eat it with all of our loved ones, talking about how happy we are and how thankful we are to all have each other.

12. Hot drink season

Finally!! It is not only acceptable but desired to have hot coffee, hot chocolate and hot tea again. They not only warm you up inside, but holding the cup is just a treat in and of itself.

13. Bonfire season

Sitting with friends, warming your toes around a bonfire with s'mores melting in your mouth is the best way to end a crisp fall day.

14. Daylight savings season

Yes, I'm the nerd that actually gets excited about daylight savings time finally ending. But really, we get an extra hour of sleep one night, and then it starts getting dark so much earlier, so everything is so much cozier.

15. Sweater and flannel season

Fall fashion is great! Thick socks, flannel shirts, knit sweaters, scarves and little booties are the best.

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22 Signs You're a Region Rat

Close enough to Chicago to claim it yet still maintain our own identity
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You can take someone out of the Region, but you can't take the Region out of someone. In a mysterious way, it always seems to bring you back. You have to admit to having pride a little bit of pride relating to at least one of these instances.

1. Being called a "rat" is a compliment, not an insult.

2. You're not even phased when a camel's walking down the middle of the street.


(The language may be a bit much, but what else would you expect from the Region?)

3. You never called Southlake "Westfield" when it changed ownerships. TG it's Southlake, again.

4. There's no better greeting than the sweet smell of the BP oil refineries in Whiting or the steel mills in Gary.

5. You call the expressways by their number, not their name.


"Which is better to avoid Chicago traffic, 80/94 or 90?"

6. Also, yes it is "expressway." It's not "freeway" or "highway." Don't bother arguing.

7. You see more Illinois license plates at gas stations, liquor stores, and cigarette places in the Region than actually in Illinois.

8. It's a sin if you haven't been to Pierogi Fest in a while. It's a greater sin if you've never been to Pierogi Fest.


How can you live with yourself turning down the opportunity to hang out with Mr. Pierogi, Miss Paczki, and the Babushka Brigade?!

9. Pretty much anywhere south of Highland (aka Munster, Schererville, St. John, Dyer, etc.) is considered very fancy.

10. Whenever introducing yourself to new people, you say you're from Chicago just so you can avoid "wait, where is *insert Region city/town* again?"

11. People telling you that you have a Chicago accent and Chicagoans vehemently disagreeing with them.

12. Getting a grimacing look from people when you say your hometown isn't that far from Gary.

13. Lake Central should be its own town with how many kids go there. Seriously.

14. You know how Lincoln's and Miner Dunn are underrated gold mines when it comes to good food.

15. You ride or die with Chicago sports — Bulls, Hawks, Cubs, Sox. If not, you may be ostracized (you probably will).


Even staying loyal to Da Bears because 1985 will always be da best. (There's still a sliver of hope).

16. St. Thomas More and/or SJE always dominated the CYO Christmas tournament during basketball season. Actually, they pretty much dominated in any sport.

17. No other area has anything on our alcohol tolerance. Not a thing.

18. Getting our sources of information from NWI Gazette instead of NWI Times.

19. Following @RegionRatRants never fails to make you laugh, then cry with its accuracy.


One minute it's hilarious for how true it is, the next it's shame for how true it is.

20. By the time the Cline exit off of Calumet gets fixed, hell would have frozen over and it'll be the 12th of never.

21. Your heart breaks a little bit every time Munster Donut is closed because someone drove into it. Again.


This is why we can't have nice things.

22. No matter how much you look forward to leaving, it'll always be home to you as "Chicago's little sibling."

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What Are Snow Days Anyways?

Especially in Maine, they don't exist.

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I have grown up in New England my entire life, and anyone who knows New England weather knows that one day it will be 50 and sunny and the next we will have 3 feet of snow. There is not a happy medium, in between. But snow days have drastically changed over the years especially as I moved from Connecticut to Maine for school.

As a kiddo, I loved snow days, playing in the snow and then having a big ole cup of hot chocolate all cuddled up under the fuzziest of blankets. They were amazing. No worries, no school just a fun day at home.

But then, I got older.

And moved, to one of the snowiest places in the country.

The snow days became scarcer and scarcer. And we get a lot of snow up here in Maine. But there is no point in canceling school for 5 inches of snow when "everyone" knows how to deal with it up here. So classes are rarely canceled.

Sometimes, I really really miss the snow. And coming for me that's saying something because I really am not a fan of the snow, in any way shape or form. It may not be the snow itself that I miss but the break. Having a day off to regroup and reorganize and catch up or whatever is needed.

That's what I miss.

"Mental Health Days" are super super important. They help you keep your sanity. They keep you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed. They prevent injuries and illness whether it be from a virus or just emotional stress and draining. Mental health days are good for so many more reasons too.

And plus sometimes, YOU JUST NEED A DAMN DAY!

But as I get further into my college career, while I missed the snow days and the mental health days more than ever, I also really didn't want to have a snow day. Weird right? At first, I was just thinking that I was going crazy. Because who wouldn't want a day off, especially a full-time student who is also working full time.

Me!

This is why I knew that if we had a snow day I would still have work to do. My professors would most likely just make me responsible for the material missed and let's be honest who actually sits down and thoroughly covers the material missed. And I can't ask questions from the comfort of my bed.

But in reality this last snow storm, I didn't want the snow day for completely selfish reasons. If we had a snow day on Wednesday, my exam would be moved to Friday. And then I would have two back to back exams in my hardest classes on a Friday morning. Yes, it would give me more time to study but like then I will over study for one and not study enough for the other.

So I'm being selfish!

And my friends think I am totally insane and ruining their chances of a day off. BUT I DON'T CARE.

It is okay to be a little selfish every now and again. Take the time for YOU! Do what is best for you and think whatever makes you happy. Stop worrying about everyone else, for every second of every day and

TAKE CARE OF YOU!

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