I Think I'm Actually Excited For Fall

I Think I'm Actually Excited For Fall

Sweater weather and hot apple cider sound good right about now.

The other day I rode my bike past some oak trees and I noticed something peculiar. The leaves are turning yellow. Fall is fast approaching. In that moment, I could feel the wool sweaters on my skin and the hot apple cider touching my lips. I felt this rush of excitement knowing the season would be upon us.

Growing up, I never really like fall. Fall meant back to school. It meant being confined to a desk for hours listening to teachers lecture on about algebra. It meant shorter days and colder nights. It meant winter was on it’s way and growing up in the Midwest, that meant heavy snowfall and icy sidewalks. I missed the freedom of summer, of staying out till nine o’clock and catching fireflies or swimming in my apartment complex’s community pool all day. Now, as an adult that isn’t chained to the idea that freedom starts when the school bell rings for summer vacation, I find fall to be quite enjoyable.

Around the beginning of August, my friends started ironically (and unironically) sharing Fall memes even though our minds were still fried by the summer heat. The joke was, (and I hate explaining memes,) that if people can spam Christmas memes as early as October, then we can spam fall memes as early as August. Needless to say this viral trend got me hyped up for fall earlier than I thought. Now I can’t help but to plan my next Halloween costume and gawk at cute oversized sweaters.

I think there’s something inviting about lying in your warm bed with cozy socks watching cult horror classics. I can finally put my crock pot to use and brew myself a nice bowl of chilli. I can wear hats and sweaters and jackets. Wearing clothes and fabric actually feels great instead of torturous like it would in the summer heat. I can’t wait to kick around piles of leaves in the park and shop for the cutest pumpkin to carve up and let rot in my house until the end of October.

The older I get, the more excited I get about fall. It’s a relaxing holiday. More relaxing than summer which becomes stormy weather or extreme heat. It becomes overbooked vacation and a day on a crowded dirty beach. It becomes hiding inside my air conditioned house. Now I can crack open a window.

I’m looking forward to the smell of fireplaces and bonfires and cinnamon. I don’t care that much about pumpkin flavored everything but I do like that I can incorporate caramel into everything now and it just feels right. Of course, I can’t forget half priced halloween candy on November first! I love every aspect of fall and I think the closer it gets the more I won’t stop talking about it. I’ll get through this boring month of September when things slowly start to transition into red, orange and yellow. I’m glad I’m taking a semester off because school seems to be the thing that makes me dread this year. I can actually enjoy eating pecan pie without the worry that midterms are coming up. Maybe I’ll actually have time for NANOWRIMO this November. Fingers crossed.

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!

To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

Buy a box on Amazon.

2. Flowers

Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

Buy them on Amazon.

3. Giant Teddy Bear

This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

Buy one on Amazon.

4. Wine

Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

Buy a set of glasses to match on Amazon.

5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!

6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.

7. A Movie

Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

Buy an AMC gift card on Amazon.

8. A Necklace

I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!

Buy one on Amazon.

9. A Ring

While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

Buy a diamond ring on Amazon.

10. Clothes

Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

Buy a sweater she will love on Amazon.

11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel

I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

Buy a Hotels.com gift card on Amazon.

12. Personalized Picture Frame

A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

Buy one on Amazon.

Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"


Spring is an exciting time of year. The trees are starting to get leaves again, flowers are blooming and the weather is starting to get nicer. Spring Break seems to be right around the corner. However, Spring also brings the dreaded apartment hunting season. Once your lease is up you can either renew it or find a new place. Finding a new apartment can be stressful but that shouldn't take the fun out of it. So, here is a list of things I wish I had known to look for before signing the lease.

Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.


Damages are something most people notice before moving in but is there water damage? Water damage often means a leaking roof or dripping pipe that could become a worse issue later. Taking note of these damages before signing can prevent you from having to pay for them later.


It's college everyone parties it seems, but living by the parties can be annoying especially if you're trying to study. Partying usually happens a couple nights of the week but those couple nights seem like every night when attempting to study for an exam on Thirsty Thursday. Studying feels nearly impossible when you hear a raging party going on next door.

Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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