Life Lately: It’s Officially Fall!!

fall landscape, Iceland

Before I left for Iceland I remarked to my friend that maybe the weather would actually feel like fall by the time I got back. She had a good laugh and congratulated my wishful thinking. Of course when I returned and the weather had cooled considerably, she conceded and then we started plotting lotto numbers  🙂

I ❤ fall, autumn, harvest, or whatever other name you want to call it. This season speaks to me on every level and I’m never quite so content as I am sitting amongst the colorful foliage. I always thought there were two (dominant) names for fall just because it was the most awesome season (smile), but turns out it seems to be a Brit vs. American thing. (This Slate article does a good job of summarizing.) I tend to use autumn a lot, just because it feels richer on the tongue, but I don’t truly care so long as the air is crisp!

Reykjavik Iceland

Reykjavik city view from Hallgrímskirkja Church

Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram (or read last month’s post), then some of you may have noticed I went to Iceland this month. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t super excited about the trip. I was tired and being the designated trip coordinator responsible for two other perfectly capable individuals just didn’t appeal. Even the first couple days didn’t win me over…but then, oh then we left the tourists behind and found the true beauty of the island. By day 4 I was wishing the trip were longer! (smile) Iceland is awesome, majestic, overwhelming, and…friendly. Surprisingly friendly given how rude some tourists can be – I give the locals a nod for putting up with us invaders!

I relied heavily on Instagram for my off-the-beaten-path discoveries for Iceland, which was a different sort of avenue for me. It actually worked out pretty well and I’m definitely excited to share the photos soon!

Vik beach, Iceland

In other news, as I sit here at my desk eating a donut and drinking a beer (lunch of champions people), I’m also researching recipes for October. Sadly not for scrumptious baked goods but rather Whole 30 approved fine dining. Normally I mock people mercilessly for jumping on diet bandwagons, but here I sit, humbled. The program was recommended to me for health reasons and I’m hoping it helps. My diet has been all over the board these last few months and my body really feels it. There were things I missed out on in Iceland because I just didn’t feel up to the adventure. That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me, and I am determined it will be the last (or at least a super rare occurrence). Whole 30 is meant to reset your eating habits, which is what I need right now. Here’s hoping the daily yoga practice can offset the grouchiness of a restricted diet! (And yes, I am indulging shamelessly this week #sorrynotsorry)

I did not finish this year’s summer reading challenge, unfortunately, because I got totally sidetracked in reading the Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones). I’m a huge fan of the show and with nothing but time before Season 7, and since the show has now surpassed the books, I figured the series was worth a read. This is probably one of the only times I’ve ever said this, but so far I like the show better. (shocked face – I know) I’m not sure if it’s because I was such a fan of the show first or what, but I have almost no complaints about the way the show has condensed the story. Outlander on the other hand…

Hvítserkur, Troll of Iceland

Hvítserkur (aka Troll of West Iceland; aka Drinking Dragon)

Also, WordPress just reminded me that today is my 4-year anniversary. Crazy to think that 4 years ago I signed up for an account and I’m still here! It’s been such an awesome experience and even when I haven’t been as active as I might like, it’s been a huge comfort to know there’s such an awesome community out there. I’ve enjoyed participating in that community so much these last 1,460+ days – thank you all for being awesome!!  😉

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7 thoughts on “Life Lately: It’s Officially Fall!!

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  2. Happy 4 Year Blog Anniversary! Definitely something to celebrate as blogs can be tough to keep going sometimes when other bits of life require attention.
    I’m looking forward to reading more about your adventures in Iceland and your photos on Instagram were so pretty. It really is such a neat country.
    I’ve never tried the Whole 30 diet, really don’t know that much about it to be honest. I hope you share some of your experiences with it. Maybe that is something I need to try too.
    Happy Autumn too! 🙂

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  3. I have to go back there for a ‘real’ visit. But first, I have another trip planned for May next year. I haven’t travelled very much in my life, so I’m super excited about it.

    Autumn is my favourite time of year, but I think it must be rather different there in AZ compared to hear, northeast. The air is cool and crisp … easier breathing 🙂

    I’ve signed up many times for WP … guess I like change 🙂 but I’ve been at it now since 2011. That was when they had that postaday-thing.

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    • Scotland is exciting! Edinburgh is such a great city and there’s so much to see in the area as well. I’ll be curious to hear what you think.

      There’s not really a true autumn here, but sometimes you can sense the change which is nice. This year it’s been odd in how noticeable the shift has been. I’ll definitely be making a journey north in search of foliage in the next couple of weeks – there should be good colors in the higher altitudes. 🙂

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      • The state of Maine gets awesome foliage colours. Right here, where I live, we get some colours, but not as much red. It all depends on what kind of maples. It’s the sugar maple that makes all the red. Vermont too … popular destinations for leaves watching 🙂

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  4. Congrats on 4 years! So glad that I found you or you found me, honestly forget who found who. LOL!
    Eager to see pictures of Iceland! My youngest made me laugh when out of the blue she said to me one night….”Mom, depending who wins the Presidential election I think we should consider moving to Iceland!” I was like, where did that come from. LOL!

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    • Thanks! Me too 🖤 It’s definitely part of what keeps me coming back! Still hard to believe it’s been that long; time is a funny thing.

      I hear that Iceland is a great place to live. They apparently have an excellent quality of life / happiness rating, so at least you know you’d be in happy company 🙂 It’s definitely the place to be these days!

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