the fleeting days of autumn

10.31.2011

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I've come to dread the chirp-chirp of my alarm in the morning. It's all too cheery for a time when my eyes are still droopy and the sky still inky black. It takes me awhile to muster up the courage to crawl from the billowy folds of the blankets, the pleasant weight that never fails to lull me into slumber. I've even taken to setting my alarm ten minutes earlier, knowing full well that I'm not going to get out of bed when it actually goes off. Once my feet hit the floor, I know that the day has started and there's no crawling back into bed, hence my trying to prolong the inevitable.

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Nevertheless, the days have been passing quickly, settled into a regular routine of work and school. I've been making a conscious effort to spend time under the vast blue sky every day, a vain attempt to seize each sliver of the fleeting autumnal hours (how can it be that tomorrow is November?). Hours that consist of piles of leaves, the ones that have already drifted lazily from their perch on the tree, lots of socks (my feet are perpetually cold), plaid flannel shirts, sunshine-y, cool weather, hot apple cider, mustard yellow anything, planning for and anticipating the upcoming holidays, and just plain living.

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It's evening as I write this now. The fairy lights are still twinkling from the patio umbrella, decorated with tissue paper pompoms and chinese paper lanterns. The embers of the bonfire are still glowing, chairs arranged in a half-circle around it, and the remnants of s'mores and homemade pretzels and memories of a good time linger, a feeling that's almost tangible. I'm curled up into my favorite easy chair, the one with the fluffy sheepskin and overly plush back. The last guests from our party just trickled out the door -- I'm not a huge fan of the holiday known as Halloween, but this little (what has become annual) get-together is one of my favorite parts of October.  It's nights like these, reflecting after a party, that make me so very thankful for friends.

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sweater: thrifted / jeans: american eagle / boots: my mom's / belt: forever 21 / scarf: my grandfather's
Tomorrow is November. October is a time of full blown fall, but by the time this next month rolls around, it's more of a blustery, wintry feeling. Yes, I'm sad to see October go, but I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and the Christmas season (because let's face it, the weeks before Christmas are just as good, if not almost better, as the day itself).

Life. I like it.

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How have you been spending your days lately?

ps guest posting over at beauty like a kaleidoscope today -- come say hi!

30 comments:

  1. this entire post makes me happy.

    I've been spending my days reading and dreaming inbetween the stresses of school, work, and everyday life.

    thank you for the guest post! :)
    xo

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  2. Beautiful, you make even the dried up leaves look great! It's becoming harder to get up in the morning here, too. sigh. I do like the holidays, just not the cold mornings! But I find photography gets me out of the house quicker and feeling more chipper...everything's more fun with a camera! Happy Halloween. ~Mary

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  3. This is amazing. I'm kind of a at a loss for words, so I'm just going to say this:

    I'm so. stinking. thankful. to have you as a friend/sister.

    xoxo,

    twin sister.

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  4. Gah! I love that last photo.

    And Carlotta your outfit is outrageously perfect. I always wear my mom's shoes, too!

    Those pretzels look pretty amazing. School is sucking up my life but I like it a lot more than when I was homeschooling.

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  5. oh my. leaf raking is a passion of mine.
    and also, your belt is perfect. :))
    -jocee <3

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  6. You are super cute, and your pictures are AMAZING. :)
    makay
    www.thebirdssay.blogspot.com

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  7. I always love your pictures so so much :) Beautiful! :)

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  8. I've been doing the same thing, savoring the last days of autumn.
    And can I say how much I love your outfit? Stripes and yellow... sigh.

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  9. since Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed, I'm super excited for Christmas!

    you're lucky to still have all those gorgeous fall leaves! where i live, the trees are bare by mid-to-late october, and everything turns grey-brown... that is, until it snows!

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  10. I'm having troubles getting out of bed too. :( Why can't we sleep in until 9 instead of 6. Ugh. :(

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  11. Pretty photos! And I love your outfit, Carlotta! I just noticed in most of your fashion photos that you like to tuck-in your top/shirt/blouse into your shorts/pants/skirt. I guess, it's your signature style, huh? You look good in it. :-)

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  12. Pretty photos. And I agree with the alarm thing; I set my alarm fifteen minutes early, put on the radio & my bedside light, and slowly greet the day.

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  13. Beautiful photos.
    I can't wait for the Christmas season, either! :)

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  14. Yumm... any chance we could get a recipe for those amazing-looking pretzels?

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  15. beautiful photographs, beautiful writing, beautiful outfit. Can I give you a wee suggestion? If you're wearing the scarf as a cowl, I'd tuck the ends in.
    ~simi

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  16. Oh dear, I want that scarf.
    I love autumn. It's beautiful.
    Hmmm. I might take Simi's suggestion. I wear scarves all the time...:)

    {and hopefully that link works. It's the first time I've done it manually!}

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  17. ahh, I love your stripey shirt. and that photograph at the end with the oh-so-blue sky.

    what you said about waking up to an alarm--hahah, I can totally relate. I too set mine a little early, and I also have to experiment to find my perfect happy morning songs (which, right now, are "By Your Side" and "Constant" by House of Heroes if you care to know) so that I don't murder my iPod when the alarm goes off. ;p

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  18. I like your writing style so much. I feel like we understand each other. Thanks for being so real. :) Beautiful photos too!!

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  19. everytime i read one of your posts, im inspired. seriously. pure poetry.

    i love the advent time of year, too!! and thanksgiving :D

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  20. Your pictures are gorgeous (as usual!). I love love the ones with the flying leaves -- I need to do that. :) Happy November!

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  21. Oh goodness! I can't get enough of your photography! The photos are so beautiful and the writing is lovely. Keep it up, Carlotta!

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  22. beautiful post, carlotta!!!!!!!!!!
    the photography is blissful and you are one of hte few people i know that really and truly embrace and enjoy the life that god has to offer! it's beautiful to see...
    you never once fail to amaze me!

    xo

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  23. This year has FLOWN by for me!! It's nearly winter on my side of the world, I am already thinking about Christmas. :)

    PS those pretzels look amazing, I think I have to make some this weekend!! ^_^

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  24. I'm having another giveaway (shipping internationally) here: http://creativity-starts-here.blogspot.com/2011/11/autumn-fashion-day-one.html

    ~Johanna

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  25. I love this post! It seems like every year autumn is shorter and winter is longer. Not that I'm complaining, although I love both seasons the most.

    And those pretzels just made my mouth water.

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  26. Gorgeous photos! And those yummy looking pretzels are making me hungry. :) I am so excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas too!!

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  27. oh my goodness you are adorable.

    We are spending our time today in our pajamas, which I recommend everyone do from time to time....it is the BEST.

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  28. ohhh boy. i must restrain myself from breaking out he Christmas things until the day after Thanskgiving. then there will be a party for sure!

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  29. BEAUTIFUL fall photos! beautiful

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