It’s finally here! The time that comes only once a year, or, if you’re like me and have lived in South Florida at any point, the time that may never come: sweater weather. For the first time in my life I’m realizing that scarves are not just an accessory (this far north, at least) but a necessity. Being in law school means that the brisk weather is a harbinger not only of feasts and family visits to come, but also of the dreaded finals period. While it is important to hunker down and begin outlining, reviewing, and attending office hours (if you haven’t been doing these things already), it is just as important to remain calm. Even better, enjoy yourself! This will be my first winter outside of Florida, so I’m taking in as much of the gorgeous fall weather as I can. Here are a few things I’ve done so far to relax and revel in the best season of the year.
- Pumpkins! I have only about 200 square feet of space, so a pumpkin-patch-style 15-pounder was not really an option this year. Instead, I opted for the most adorable thing I’ve seen lately: mini-pumpkins. You can find them at any grocery store or flower stand, and you can get several for just a couple of dollars. They’re a small decoration, but they add such a festive feeling!
- Performance. This is a shameless plug for The Book of Mormon. I had the wonderful opportunity last weekend—via my fiancé’s lucky birthday gift—to see my FIRST Broadway
show, and I couldn’t have asked for more. While Broadway shows obviously run year-round, something about bundling up in a coat and scarf, taking the subway
uptown, and standing in line listening to the excited chatter made it feel like such an authentic New York City experience. Although the tickets are pricey, you can cut down on costs by attending a Sunday matinee (like we did), or requesting tickets as a gift! And if you do happento choose The Book of Mormon over what I’m sure are a myriad of other phenomenal shows, be prepared for over two hours of nonstop laughter.
Press. French press, that is. If you’re looking for a) extra caffeine, b) a way to save money (ahem, Starbucks addicts), c) a strangely relaxing past time, d) the BEST cup of coffee you’ve ever had, or e) all of the above, you should probably invest in a French press coffee maker. I’ll leave to it to the coffee-making aficionados to explain the science of this process, but it will suffice to say that it’s both very easy and very rewarding. Pro-tip: if you run out of regular sugar, but for some reason have a box of brown sugar on hand, it’s equally delicious in coffee.
While these are just a few simple things that get me into the fall groove, I think the season is mostly about finding your own ways to relax and enjoy the weather before we all go into hibernation. Stay warm, everyone!