It's Go Time!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! October is by far my favorite month of the year, for a number of reasons:

1.  It's my birth month.  And I celebrate my birthday everyday in October. Why celebrate just one day when you can celebrate for 31?  I'm not afraid of my nominal age getting bigger--I think I'm one of the few women who look forward to turning 30.  Sophia Loren says it best:

     “Actually, I rather like birthdays. It is a good reason to talk to yourself, to ask yourself what you have been doing, what you are doing and what you will do. Girls who can’t go off and talk to themselves stay girls and never become women. Women who can’t take stock turn to drink, take pills or worse, but I can take stock. I can send for the bill of life and add it up too. If I ever feel depressed I consider what I have done and what I have accomplished — starting from nothing and arriving now with so much happiness.”

2. Fall really starts. Forget that it technically starts in September, it starts to feel like fall in October.  The weather cools down, the leaves start turning, and everything starts to feel cozier.

3. Fall Fashion. I'm not talking Mercedes Benz tents at Fashion Week (although I would love to attend), I'm referring to a warmer color palette, great knits, tights, boots and scarves, scarves, scarves.

Fall Wardrobe
4. It's Vacation Time! Every year, over the past 10 years I've taken vacation for about three weeks in October.  I haven't worked on my birthday EVER in my life, I don't ever plan on it.  October has great weather, and it's also the off-season for traveling so there's great fares for plane tickets and less annoying tourists to disassociate from.

5.  Halloween. The combination of things macabre, dressing up, and decorating make this my favorite holiday, hands down. Honestly what I love most is planning and making stuff, and Halloween gives me an excuse to do both. Halloween brings out my inner Martha Stewart and I ride that crafty high all the way through Christmas.  If could somehow carry over my Halloween decorations through New Year à la Nightmare Before Christmas, I would!

It'd be killer if I could do my house over like this:

It's going to be a great month!