Summer is over and the sunlight is getting more and more limited. Sure, school takes up a lot of time, but here are a list of somethings to do this fall to get a break from everything.
1. Bake a pie.
Here are a few of my favorite pie recipes:
Apple Mosaic Tart with Salted Caramel
2. Get a fire going and get cozy with a book.
Here are a few good reads for fall:
Quiet by Susan Cain is a book about introverts living in our extroverted society. Everyone knows someone who is an introvert or is an introvert themselves, and this book offers some essential insights on dealing with the introvert and extrovert conflicts in life.
Hitch-22 is Christopher Hitchens memoir and I found it incredibly inspirational. This is a book that will make you want to go out and live your life.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is an incredible literary journalism book about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.
Season of the Witch by David Talbot is a fascinating history of San Francisco from the Gold Rush, through the Summer of Love, into the dark times of Jonestown and Charles Manson and then to the beginning of the 49ers winning streak, which pulled San Francisco out of the darkness.
For some lighter (guilty) pleasure reads:
United We Spy by Ally Carter is the new Gallagher Girls book, a fun read about teenage spies.
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger is possibly the only happy-go-lucky book ever written for teens. It’s beautiful and sweet and it makes me feel better every time I read it.
3. Go to a pumpkin patch.
My favorite is Lemos Farm: 12320 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
4. Get a warm drink at your favorite coffee shop.
Here are some of my favorites:
Four Barrel Coffee: 375 Valencia St., SF, CA 94103
La Boulange: 151 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Cafe Borrone: 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Coupa Cafe: 538 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
5. Go ice skating.
My favorite rink is Winter Lodge: 3009 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306