I walked out of the house this morning in a plain old, ordinary outfit that I believed to be perfectly reasonable for an early September school day - a belted cotton dress, sandals, and a lightweight cardigan. Very library appropriate. But by the time I had hopped on my bike and riden around the corner and into the breeze, I was regretting not wearing tights and a parka. Is summer really over? Do I need to start wearing a jacket and stop strapping on my sandals? Oh no! All my fall clothes are in storage at my parents house... what's a girl to do?
Well, since I was already late I just ended up peddling extra hard to work and by the time I got to my fourth graders I was warm and flushed and slightly out of breath. But that only lasted a few hours until my next venture into the out of doors; a dreaded trip to Macy's. After spending an hour in the tie department (what's so bad about paisley and pink?), then trying on more styles of skinny bootcut jeans than I knew existed, then finding out that they no longer carry either of my makeup brands at Sephora (what have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?), and all in this blistering cold 75 degrees and sunny weather, I decided that I was due for a treat. Once I had come to that decision, and took notice of what corner I was on, I knew exactly what I had to do.
There are many things I love about brisk Autumn weather - scarves, old-fashioned hats, leather gloves, boots, knee-high socks, pie, not being afraid to turn on the oven, leaves, train rides, and of course, seasonal beverages. Usually I lean towards spicier drinks like a peppery cinnamon chai or a crisp and tart cider, but today was different. I was feeling crummy and my brain was addled from the stress of shopping despite my super shopping skills, so I chose the only warm beverage that could cure my chilliness and my mopeyness... a thick and creamy hot chocolate from City Bakery. I'm pretty sure I've raved about their hot chocolate before and if I haven't, you'll be hearing plenty in the next few months. Their hot chocolate is like melted ice cream; it's so thick and creamy and heavy and dark and delicious.
As I sipped at my sinful snack I wandered up a block to peruse the selection at Idlewild Books, fueling my already wanderlusty mind with dreams of my own personal Roman holiday. And as I strolled through Union Square and back to the hallowed halls of the library, I thought to myself 'Is it too soon for this?' Well, is it? Have I fast forwarded through Indian Summer and Autumn only to land in a Winter wonderland that makes me dream of melting snow and Spring blossoms? I prefer to think that I've just given myself a little preview of the coming attractions. A taste of whats to come, a wake up call for my seasonal senses and just the kick I needed to get out of my frigid funk and back into the swing of things. My minds is racing with all the exciting things I have planned for the fall. Stay posted, kids. This kitchen bitch is back!