With November already upon us and Halloween quickly becoming a distant memory, I’m struck by the increasing tendency time has to slip by faster and faster as I get older. Just yesterday it was August and I was one of the few early on campus for soccer preseason. Before I knew it, the season was underway and August became September, which quickly became late September. The clichés of Fall (often my favorite aspects of the season) were among us. The leaves were illuminated with color, the slight chill encouraged accessories like boots and scarves, and I was sure to make the most of my favorite fall staple – pumpkin spice lattes. I even went as far as to invest in my own bottle of pumpkin spice syrup to spice up my coffees and lattes from my own kitchen. It was probably the best decision I ever made. My next post will probably consist of all the ways I can incorporate pumpkin spice into my life.
But as I was slowly adjusting to the beginning of Fall I received a rude awakening this morning. SNOW?! Granted, it was quick and only lightly sprinkled the ground, but it reminded me not only that I really should have brought my winter coats with me when I returned from Fall Break, but also that, as we get older, the time appears to pass by faster and faster. Remember when summer vacation felt endless and you could live a whole different life in the 6 weeks that you went to summer camp. Now, summer barely gives me enough time to adjust my wardrobe before its back to boots and scarves.
The sun-tan glows that were so prevalent around campus have faded and as December seems to be creeping ever so ominously back into my life, one Christmas light at a time, I am determined to make this feel like the most epically Novemberish November I have ever lived. To do that I have to start out by appreciating everything that makes November so special. What makes it November and not October or December? Well it started out with my mom’s birthday on November 2nd and I have to say, I killed it in the present department this year. My mom loved the Apple TV my sister and I bought for her almost as much as she loved that I tracked down and bought her 2 pounds of her favorite candy, chocolate covered gummy bears. So with November 2nd checked off the list of ways to appreciate the month, I am left looking around and thinking what else makes the ninth month so special.
So November obviously has Thanksgiving, one of the greatest holidays of the year, but if I keep counting down the days until Turkey Day I’ll just be ushering in December. I have to elongate the Thanksgiving spirit. I think one of the most Christmas-y feelings is digging out that ugly, grandma Christmas sweater, so I am determined to track down the equivalent Thanksgiving-themed sweater. Even if its just worn lounging around my apartment, I think it’ll make Thanksgiving feel like more than just one day, one meal. So let’s add find an ugly Thanksgiving sweater to the to-do list for the month of November.
Another thing that screams November to me are mustaches. Yeah, that’s right, I said mustaches. “Movember” is quickly becoming a big November tradition here at Wes. All over campus, guys have been sporting mustaches in honor of Movember. The recently termed, Mo Bros have been growing their ‘staches to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. Members of the men’s ice hockey and basketball teams as well as Wesleyan’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee have been leading the Movember charge. During the men’s hockey game and men’s basketball games this Friday there will be tables setup in the lobby for people to donate to the school’s MO team and find out more about the cause. Already, 28 Wesleyan students have signed up for the challenge, so far raising $327 for men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. While I personally can’t sport a mustache to celebrate Movember, I don’t want the movement to pass me by without some sort of appreciation so I am adding to my November to-do list – find the best Movember mustache on campus.
My roommate and I have been creating an ongoing collage on the wall in our common room. I can’t think of a better way to memorialize November than to print the physical reminders of it. I will definitely be adding to my to-do list – hang the November pictures as well as any November-themed decorations I can get my hands on.
The most tell-tale part of November for me is and always has been the dropping temperatures. Yes, we’ve had snowstorms in October, but the consistent cold always comes in November. Darkness creeps in a bit earlier, the wind picks up a bit, but in order to celebrate the cold rather than hide from it I need to embrace the cozy clothes. Yes, I can whip out the footsie pajamas but I try to save those for December. This year, I think November would be the perfect time to find a pair of cozy warm socks. They’re clearly a fall trend and I am definitely interested in any excuse to bundle up. Add to the to-do list – buy some cozy fall socks.
So as of now the November to-do list looks a little like this:
- Integrate pumpkin spice even more into my life
- Get an ugly Thanksgiving sweater
- Find the best Movember mustache on campus
- Add November pictures and decorations to the wall collage
- Buy cozy, fall socks
So if the theme of this post is to appreciate time before it passes you by, I could easily wrap it up with some clichés on how precious time is like “don’t let life pass you by” and “make the most of every minute”. But actually. Do it. Appreciate November… because it’ll be over before you know it.
What does your November to-do list look like?