Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sweater Weather Tag

As I think I've said at some point, fall's my favorite season for various reasons- so I'm super excited to have been tagged with an autumn tag by Allison Rudivich. Here's the Sweater Weather Tag!

Favorite Candle Scent?
Basically anything that smells like a baked good. I think we had a cinnamon vanilla candle at one point that was really good . . . could be wrong, though. And there was a yummy apple cider (or maybe apple pie? something like that) scented one too. It does have to be a strong scent, though, or I won't even notice it for a while- I don't have much of a sense of smell.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate! But I love tea as well, especially in the early mornings. My current tea-of-choice is Celestial Seasonings' Caramel Apple herbal tea . . . but I just finished the box this morning. (I do have another box, but I'm not sure if I'll open it now or save it for later.)

What's your best fall memory?
. . . Do I have to pick just one?
Ok, fine. This isn't necessarily my best fall memory, just a fall memory that I especially like. Back in Virginia, there was a kind-of-local  fall festival called Joshua's Hands- well, that was the name of the nonprofit that held it. It was a longish drive away, but it was the one fall festival that we kept going back to the longest. They had all sorts of games- mostly variations on the beanbag toss and similar- that you could play to win candy or bracelets or that sort of thing. They had a barn full of craft activities- my favorite, or at least the one I remember best, was the quilt squares you could sew (the only time I ever sewed anything by hand, other than buttons). Recently, they added bingo for prizes- backpacks and notebooks one year, Chick-fil-a coupons another- and a scavenger hunt for teens. It always was a lot of fun.

Best fragrance for fall?
Perfume fragrance? Don't wear them. Scent in general? Apple pie (or any pie really) in the oven or cooling on the countertop.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?
Everything. I pretty much just love food in general. But if I have to choose, the pies- pecan especially, though apple and pumpkin are delicious as well. (Anyone surprised? No? Didn't think so.)

Most worn sweater?
I actually wear sweatshirts more than sweaters . . . one sweatshirt in particular, an oversized grey VMI sweatshirt that I wear when it's coldest in the mornings. But if you want to know about actual sweaters, probably my blue turtleneck sweater.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Um, neither? I know about as much about football as I do about quantum physics, and I've never understood the appeal of jumping in leaf piles. (Someone in the comments, can you explain it to me, maybe?) Like Allison before me, I'll take a third option: photographing all the pretty leaves and all the people enjoying both the football games and the leaf piles. 

Skinny jeans or leggings?
Leggings? I don't have the shape for skinny jeans (which may or may not be related to my answer to "Favorite Thanksgiving food" . . .) but I don't really wear leggings a whole lot either- only under skirts (long ones; I love maxi skirts!) when it's cold out.

Combat boots or Uggs?

Uggs! I love boots in general (other than hiking boots), and I'd love a pair of tall-ish medieval-type boots, but I do have a pair of similar-to-Uggs and they're super comfy and I wear them pretty much everywhere from October/November to February/March.  

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

Don't know; I haven't had a lot of pumpkin spice foods. But I do love pumpkin foods in general, so probably. (Last week, while I was in VA for a few days, I had some of the yummiest pumpkin spice cake ever . . . it was made with fresh shredded pumpkin and had cream cheese icing and walnuts on it and it was so good!)

Favorite fall movie?
Um. Most of the movies I watch are fantasy or superhero and therefore don't really have a season, or if they do it's either summer or winter, so . . . I guess the only fall movie I really watch (and therefore my favorite) would be A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which my family watches most years somewhere around Thanksgiving.

What do you want to be for Halloween?

In all honesty, I have nowhere to go for Halloween, so there's a strong possibility I won't get to dress up at all. Which is sad. But if I do find an opportunity, I'll be either a bardess from my stories (white shirt, brown skirt, gold belt, and red cape/capelet) or a black cat. 

Hats or scarves?
Both! Well. Mostly hats- berets or tams when I want to look good, and watchcaps or beanies for when I just want to stay warm. And then I don't actually wear scarves a lot, but I love infinity scarves and cowls, so that counts, right?

What's your #1 favorite thing about fall?

It's when everything happens. Fall festivals, NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, my birthday, most Christmas preparation (early December is technically still fall!), photography (ok, that happens all year round, but fall and spring are probably two of the biggest times of year for it) . . . the list goes on. And all this is happening while, for most of the season, it's at a fairly nice temperature outside so you can actually enjoy it.

Now, as for tagging people, I tag:
Emma at Awkwordly Emma
Hannah at The Writer's Window
Merenwen Inglorian at Shattered Fractals
And anyone else who wants to do this!

By the way, don't forget that nominations are open for the 2015 Blogger Awards. I'd love to see your nominations!
Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


  1. Ooh, I've had Celestial Seasonings' Caramel Apple tea! It's delicious!

    I don't really have anywhere to wear a costume to either, so my sisters and some of our friends are just dressing up for our own enjoyment. We'll watch movies, eat popcorn and candy, thst sort of thing. A bardess sounds really fun! You could recite ballads and poems to stay in character. :D

    1. Isn't it? :D

      Sounds like fun! And yes, I could- I have several (including The Pen and the Sword, which I wrote myself) pretty much memorized, so if I have opportunity to pull them out, I can. :)

  2. I'm technically an adult now, so I don't get to dress up and ask for candy either. :( Oh well, my family doesn't like to celebrate Halloween anyway. The pagan roots just bother us too much. In my memory I can only recall three times we went out trick-or-treating. The last time was fun, though- my sister Nani and I dressed as Star Trek crewmen.

    1. Yeah, same here. :P Though Star Trek crewmen would be cool. :)


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