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What is it about the fall that makes everyone instantly happier?

Actually, that was probably a silly question. For me at least, fall means the onset of the ever-wonderful holiday season. There’s something about the change in colors and temperatures, that brings about this blanket of excitement & anticipation for all the fun, festivity that is to come. What can I say, I am a sucker for the fall.

There are so many things I’m looking forward to this fall season, starting with a trip up to Big Bear next weekend to attend the 45th Annual Oktoberfest with a few of our friends. It will be a quick trip, but I seriously can’t wait to be up in the mountains, and really indulge in the fact that the seasons are changing and the holidays are approaching.

A few other things on my ‘I-really-want-to-do-these-things-but-we’ll-see-what-happens’ list: go apple picking in Julian, have a pumpkin carving/cornbread & chili/football-watching get together, and possibly throw a Halloween party.

Seriously though, so much fun to look forward to.

But in the meantime, here’s to the precious present, and a few things that have made me happy lately:
[a new book that I’m just diving into (kinda late on the bandwagon, I know)]

image4[there’s something about lifeguard towers that make me instantly nostalgic]

image2[dinner & drinks with friends at one of our favorite restaurants: Local Tap House]

image3[shocking to me, I have begun running almost every night — this was one of my views from this past week]

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