Fall Goal List 2012 Recap - The Dainty Squid

Fall Goal List 2012 Recap

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tomorrow is the first day of winter, which makes today the last day of fall. (Booo!) I figured I should do a bit of an update on my fall goal list and take a look back at this awesome season...
Fall Goal list...
Play in the leaves. I can kind of cross this off. I didn't play in the leaves like I pictured (you know, raking a huge pile with my nieces and nephew and then jumping in it) because it rained SO much this fall. There wasn't a weekend where the leaves were dry enough to do that. But I did throw leaves in the air and let them fall down on me as often as possible, and while raking the leaves in my front yard for the city to come suck up I took one nice dive into them.

Carve a pumpkin. Nope, I didn't carve a pumpkin this year. My excuse is the same as above - it was so rainy I didn't have a chance to. I like to carve on the deck (four cats inside aren't fun to gut a pumpkin around) and there just wasn't a day I had time where it wasn't raining. But I did have some pumpkins, not that that counts for much.

Find at least one new mushroom. I actually found and correctly identified two new ones - some shaggy ink caps & some American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric mushrooms.
Shoot photos in the fallen leaves. Same as "play in the leaves" I can kind of cross it off. I had bigger plans in mind which I guess I'll just save for next year but I did take some pretty pictures in the fallen leaves!

Decorate for Halloween. Sure did!

Takes lots of hikes. Another one to cross off!

Watch the sunset at the beach. I may have forgotten completely about this one, so I did not watch the sunset at the beach.

Wear skeleton tights as often as possible. I failed hard at this one. I wore skeleton leggings a grand total of one time this year and that was on Halloween. D'oh!

Visit somewhere with gorgeous fall scenery. In my mind I'd visit somewhere on top of a hill, overlooking a wooded area that was just filled with beautiful fall colors and while I didn't find that place I saw so many places I see on a regular basis turn the most magnificent colors.

Savor every second before winter hits. Yessir! Now bring on the snow, please!

Family movie night at least once. We had family movie night twice! We always watch one comedy and one horror so over we ended up watching That's My Boy, Wrong Turn 5, The Campaign and Mother's Day Massacre (I really love bad horror movies!)

Spend lots of time at the beach.  I certainly did!
Press lots of pretty leaves. Lots and lots! I shared some photos here

Find a tea that I actually like. Nope. I tried SO many teas, found a few that maybe I could force myself to drink but ultimately nothing I really truly liked. The hunt continues...

Corn Maze! Sadly, I did not get to go to a corn maze this year. (But if it counts for anything when we were in Chicago I went in a fun house. Kind of the same thing right? No? Not at all, I know but that was probably more fun than any corn maze could ever be.)
All in all, I'd say it was a pretty awesome fall even if I didn't complete all my little tasks. I'm hoping winter comes in with a bang tomorrow. I'm crossing my fingers for a huge snowfall!
xoxo

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  1. Did you try a simple peppermint tea? It doesn't have that tea taste, just mint.

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    1. I tried two or three minty ones, all were a bust.

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  2. Woah these leaves and mushrooms are AWESOME :) Lovely tattoo on your fingers :)
    Noor @ Noor's Place

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  3. THE CAMPAIGN!!!!!!!!!! LOVED THAT MOVIE! {balloons full of butt toots!}

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  4. Ah I love that you're so into mushrooms! I mean I love them but can only really identify the ones that can be found in the supermarket!! :)

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  5. For teas, I HATE fruity teas and most tea, but there is a Tetley Earl Grey Vanilla that I like, try it! I always need milk and sugar/honey in my tea so that's why I can't cotton to fruit tea.

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    1. I want so badly to like fruity teas! Totally seems like something I'd like but they're pretty gross. Guess I'll have to try what you mentioned! :)

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    2. I put honey in fruit tea! I like this raspberry pomegranate green tea that I have, it makes a great iced tea also. Sometimes I will also put syrup in it to sweeten it, peach can be really yummy in a lot of them

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  6. For someone with such a great taste for literally everything, I was suprised how bad was your taste in movies :D:D i don't mean this in any bad way ;)) you're just so cool and it's nice to know you are not perfect :)

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    1. I know you just said that you didn't mean it in a bad way, but that's actually kind of rude. Judging someone's taste in movies based on four is really silly.

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  7. I would say you played with the fall leaves. Cross that one off!
    The tea drinking thing made me chuckle. I don't drink coffee and I also have not found a tea
    that wouldn't be a chore to drink. There's one out there, I'm sure of it!

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  8. Check out David's Tea - they have some of the most amazing flavor combinations and even my husband (who isn't a big tea drinker normally) is a huge fan.

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    1. Yep, if you're ever going to find a tea you love David's Tea will have it. :) They even have a lot of chocolate tea options! (I personally don't love them, but you may.) I did a post of my favorites here: http://www.indiejanephotography.com/2012/12/tea-time/

      Another really dorky thing.. make sure when you make the tea, the water is the right temperature. Some teas (like green and white teas) require a lower temp water, or the tea gets bitter and gross. Good luck!! :)

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    2. Do they have Davids Tea throughout the US? Their first store was in my hometown of Toronto, woohoo :)

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    3. I was just thinking of David's Tea and Amanda's post on it! Looove Davids tea, I've tried most of the ones she recommended (Out of stock for the hot lips tasting one, grr!) and love them all

      -Another Amanda

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  9. Oh thank god I'm not the only one who doesn't like tea. Everyone makes it sound so good, and it looks delicious, but then it tastes like...blegh. But I loved this goal list! Very "stop and smell the roses" kind of goals, which is awesome. :)

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  10. I love this list. I want to make one for this winter.

    As for teas, have you ever tried white teas? It's not as strong as other teas and it doesn't leave an aftertaste.

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  11. I love spicy teas like chai, or one's with chilli and ginger and black pepper. They don't taste weak and watery like the fruity ones do. Your pictures are always so lovely, it feels like it's been winter here forever already. xx

    www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

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  12. THE CITY COMES AND GETS YOUR LEAVES?

    I am so jealous.

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  13. I have some skull tights that I never wear, but I need to.

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  14. Try Tea Forte teas. They actually taste like what the package says, it's amazing. The white ginger pear flavor is so good, it's actually sweet without putting sugar in it. I've had a couple of their flavors and they're all good. Maybe try a sample pack of theirs.

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  15. My go to tea for non-tea lover guests is Yogi Bedtime tea. It's one of my all time favorites and I've gotten a lot of friends that are totally anti tea to like this one! You can get it pretty much anywhere. Good luck!

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  16. Hmmm... maybe you need to try some British tea? I have heard American tea is terrible. Plus, there are so many different kind of British tea, and so many different ways of taking it... there are some teas even I don't like (and I loooove tea). I'm really fond of Clipper Tea in both gold and everyday, and I also love Co-Op 99's (really lush). If you want a tea care package from England, hit me up! :D I can send you some of our ones until you find one you like :)

    Alexandria xx

    (P.S - Maybe sweeten your tea? I use sweeteners, or sugar, but some people use honey, and and remember to use lemon in things like earl grey!)

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  17. Tea is very much overrated, I'm convinced that people who say that its amazing are lying to themselves. Coffee coffee coffee


    chloex

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  18. Speaking of bad horror movies, have you seen Frankenhooker? If not, do! It's awesome! Die You Zombie Bastards is pretty "bad" too...

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  19. Aveda makes a fantastic tea calling Comforting Tea. It's a nice light tea flavor, with a honey-ish hint and a bit of mint as well. Delicious! A little on the pricey side, but well worth it.

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  20. It sounds like you had a lovely fall overall! And don't forget, there is always next fall to complete the tasks you weren't able to this time around! I want snow too! I'll cross my fingers for the both of us!

    http://thehonestfox.blogspot.com/

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  21. What about dr Stuart's apple and ginger- its lovely! :)

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  22. Such a great review of the season with some lovely photos and great activities!

    I think I shall make a list for winter :)

    <3 Vega
    http://thevintagesiren.blogspot.com

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  23. Here in Portugal was the same. It rain a lot, I wanted to draw by the weekends when I'm free and it was impossible.

    About the teas, did you tried some berry tea? Like raspberry tea? It's not so sweet as the others teas. Or if you like sweet, you can try like anise (if you like the cough candy like Dr Bayard you may like this tea.. I like it a lot).Or the christmas tea! Or the most simple one, is to take the lemon skin put it on water until it boiled, and drink it. I like it a lot, but I'm suspicious, I love tea!And you have always the english breakfast tea, with a little milk it's good.

    You can also try, like I said it, tea from the real herbs. I like to drink melissa tea from the natural plant. But my favorite is to combine Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora) and lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus).

    Kisses

    https://sleepingwithacat.wordpress.com/

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  24. ooooh you could check out rooibus tea. It's naturally super sweet, and one of my faves.
    Have a great Winter!
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  25. I like Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger with sugar- sweet and fruity, but I am obsessed with it. The other Celestial Seasonings tea flavors are good too.

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  26. Hopefully you'll get to do these things next year. Maybe there will be less rain, I hope.

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  27. Did you tried some Yogitea?
    They have a lot of surprising flavour and some of them are really spicy, maybe you like it?
    And each tea bag own a little wise sentence. I love discover this one when I open it!

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  28. I love David's tea movie night it is popcorn flavored. It is warm and mapley but very subtle. All of Davids Tea are amazing.

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  29. Sounds like a lovely time was had! I love Autumn too. It's the best time of year with all the leaf crunching and the colours and the costumes.

    I don't like tea either! It always shocks people and even those who have known me for years continue to offer it when I come round. I say forget it and just enjoy hot chocolate instead!

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  30. Chinese Oolong with honey, it's great! & Yes, check out David's tea, you can get small sample sizes and they have really unique flavors.

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  31. http://www.yogiproducts.com/products/details/bedtime-tea/ Before I started becoming really interested in tea, this tea blew my mind. It's so delicious and the minty aftertaste is wonderful. It doesn't need any additives at all. I drink it at work when I'm feeling stressed, haha!
    You can find it at most grocery stores, or target.

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  32. If you have a Teavana tea place or know someone who buys from there, it might be nice to check out. They have teas you can try out and smell. It can be a little expensive, but my roommate has a few fantastic Earl Greys and black teas from there (if you're more of a coffee person looking for a good tea, I've found black teas with milk and sugar are the absolute best).

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  33. If you want to find a tea that you honestly enjoy, maybe make a list of the tastes and nuances of flavor that you reaaaaaaally enjoy. That was if you find yourself a nice tea shop/restaurant you can ask their tea sommelier (yes it's a real job) what either has or complements those flavors well.

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