Seasons in Houston are a controversial issue, and while Trader Joe’s has already started to stock their pumpkin-spice everything, temperatures are sitting comfortably around 90 degrees. All that I can think of is evenings wrapped in a blanket consuming warm things, but it’s far more likely to rain than for my yearly fall fantasy to be realized. That said, there are a few things that can be enjoyed during Houston’s not-so-very fall season.
Bring out your blacks and burgundies.
While it may be black shorts and an oversized knit shirt, and not a cozy knit sweater, finally getting to bring out clothing that doesn’t have to reflect sunlight is a nice change of pace. And to be fair, most buildings are still heavily air-conditioned, so that fleece is not totally irrelevant.
Drink some cider.
Cold cider is super refreshing if you’re over 21 and feels particularly fall-ish. Non-alcoholic cider can be found in most grocery stores and can be prepared with a number of spices to add some kick. Arguably, hot cider is more enjoyable, but there has to be some compromise.
Plan for Halloween.
While temperatures are up, that just means there’s no limit to your costume plans. Want to have a couple’s Adam and Eve costume? Go for it — it’s hot enough. Your roommate likes to set the AC at 60? An animal onesie functions as both a cocoon and a costume.
Candles make things smell like fall.
Though you are lighting a candle, thus creating more heat, the smell of cinnamon and pine is very commercially available. If candles aren’t allowed in the dorm room, I’m pretty sure Febreeze has a handful of fall-inspired sprays.
Counting the leaves on the ground.
Some trees are indeed starting to drop their leaves, and I have seen them. Every time I count more than 10, I’m reminded that real fall does exist in other parts of the world, and that’s all that really matters.