I put on my wellies and prayed against poison ivy and went to pick all of the flowers in the back yard. I have zero experience in thistle picking, and quickly realized that my hand was full of thorns and that's why there is only one purple flower in the midst of my haphazard backyard bouquet. I didn't get poison ivy,, THORN PRICKS FOR THE WIN.

We busted out the down comforter this weekend - because Elsa puked all over our other blankets, and because the first order of business when the temperature drops below seventy is to open the windows and bundle up at night. No one told me that it's virtually impossible to enjoy the bundling up part when your spouse's body temperature reaches over eight thousand degrees in the night time. I've already started to pray for my future entrance in the menopause phase of life - when both Bryan and I are so hot we begin to emit volcanic ash between REM cycles.

The trees in the back are starting to whisper a change of colors, and on Saturday the whole house clamored for chili and a bonfire. We didn't get to do the bonfire yet, but we had blackberry cobbler instead and all took turns trying to figure out who could write their name the best with their feet. We are special.

Summer has left us as everyone has settled back into the comfort of routine. The ubiquitous peony is being replaced by chai and pumpkins and scarves. All I want to do is drink coffee (that's every season), and PIN ALL THE AUTUMN THINGS. I also remember that Fall REQUIRES A SOUNDTRACK.

My go-to albums for fall change every few years - as I'm sure they do for everyone. When I was little, I picture my mom wearing heavy knit sweaters as we listened to The Cranberries and this Harry Connick, Jr. album. In college, I listened to a lot of Damien Rice, Rufus Wainwright and Ryan Adams. I also remember one fall listening to The Last Kiss Soundtrack over and over.

Here's what I have so far. Some old, some new - all perfect for brisk temperatures and the eager anticipation of October - the best month ever.


 What do you love listening to in the fall? Give it to me!


  1. Hiiiii, I found your blog a few months ago. Feels like the right time to say...hi. :) I always feel extra bluegrass-y in the fall months. The sweaters/scarves come out and so do the Nickel Creek cds. Yep, CDs, from college.

  2. Mmmm....I love soundtracking things. I soundtrack everything: seasons, cities, days, people, roadtrips...everything. Thank you for the fall soundtrack. I'll listen to it tomorrow while I'm baking bread.

    I'm not sure why, but the CD I have that most makes me think of fall is Mother Mother's O My Heart. Mother Mother's Touch up makes me think of summer, and Mother Mother's Eureka makes me think of spring.

  3. My spouse also runs a standard 8000 degrees in bed. It's common for Scandinavians to use 2 twin size comforters as opposed to one large one. Most of the time I think it's annoying but the nights where my choices are either shivering outside the blankets or sweating inside, I can understand the logic.

    Also, I'm going to see Rufus W. tonight in concert. It's my second time. I last saw him in Canada several years ago. I'm excited. My overheating spouse is not.

  4. I'm going to declare Scandinavian brilliance on that one - I might have to convince Bryan to do it. I want to know how Rufus is in concert. I feel like he'd be great. I hope you are feeling well as you prepare for that sweet babe. We're only four month in, but it's been pleasantly surprising :)

  5. I am all about the soundtrack, too - I can think of phases in my life based on the music I was listening to at the time.

    BAKING BREAD. I hope it's crusty french bread. Covered in all the butter, and eaten with soup. Amen.

    I have not even heard of Mother Mother...INVESTIGATING.

  6. Hey girl, hey! I am so glad you popped in to say hello. I am horrible about not commenting on blogs these days :) I totally agree on the bluegrass. I have to admit - I don't know how or why but I've never gotten into Nickel Creek. What's the best album to start with?

  7. Rufus was fantastic. He sounds almost better in person than he does on a record and that to me is a feat in this day in age. I remember feeling the same after the first experience. Also, he is funny and has a perfect mixture of humbleness and confidence. Joe enjoyed it too which was surprising to me.
    Feeling good and mostly prepared with one month to go although with a few moments of panic thrown in for good measure. I enjoy following you and Elsa & love your photos & captions. You give me hope that I, too, will survive and perhaps even thrive in this whole motherhood thing.