Here's a recap:
- My friends and I hit the Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival and The State Fair of Virginia, where I rode a Ferris wheel for the first time
- I found Jonagold apples at Carter Mountain Orchard during a work event
- I got a free flu shot at work
- I made homemade applesauce - not for the first time, but the first time using a recipe and the correct tools
- I roasted a pumpkin, yielding 4 cups of fresh pumpkin puree
- I took a staycation during a fall semester break from school
- Dave and I carved pumpkins to display on our front porch
- We won free tickets and took a road trip to James Madison's Montpelier
- I drank a pumpkin spice latte - let's be honest, I drank several :)
- I completed 5 projects inspired by Pinterest - overshot this one a bit :)
- terra cotta planter cake stand
- wedding invitation ornament
- hospital survival kit for new moms
- cinnamon applesauce ornaments
- cupcake ornaments
- Lastly, I read a non-textbook book: A Colored Man's Reminiscences of James Madison by Paul Jennings. This is a very short book, but it counts. It is written by a slave of James and Dolley Madison, who was more to them than a slave. That's a weird thing to say, since he was still a slave and had no choice but to stay with them, but the relationship he had with James Madison transcended Jennings' slave status and became a friendship.
Done! Though I am glad I am able to check off all items on the list, I have to admit the book I read to satisfy that item was only 22 pages long. I had big plans to read another book - a meatier one - and am still going to finish it, but it didn't happen in the fall. Too bad.
The point of doing this was to help take my mind off 24/7 school, and that part was definitely a success! I finished my semester with an A and a B, plus I managed to have some fun. It got me out of the house and away from the computer, and it also motivated me to do some projects.
Now I'm moving on to my winter list - though I'm not calling it a bucket list so I don't feel the must-check-off-every-item-or-I'm-a-failure pressure. Stay tuned!