It’s October! I like when new months come around – as they always do – it’s the start of something new and fresh and that’s exciting. It seems especially exciting now, because this will be the start of my first entire month living on the East Coast. (Well, I guess if you count my summer intensive for 6 weeks living in New York, it won’t be the first time..)
October is looking to be an exciting month. Lots of friends are coming to visit, I’m taking a trip up to Boston, and I’ll have to renew my metro card for the first time. That, I feel, is going to feel even more monumental than the turning of a new month. It’ll mean that I’ve been here for 30 days and will be here for 30 more… I still feel like I have a love-hate relationship with New York. The main reason I hate it is because it’s not California, and that is not a really good reason to dislike living somewhere, so I’ve been doing my best to see this city for what it is and to like or dislike it on is own terms.
With that being said, I’ve come up with a list of things that I want to accomplish in October – and for autumn in general!
1. Take lots of pictures in Central Park. I absolutely cannot wait for the leaves to turn different colors. I told PSam this and he told me to google “Central Park in fall”, which made me even more impatient for fall to come in all its fiery glory.
2. Bake. Something about baking reminds me about fall – maybe it’s because of the spices that can be used or the homey feeling of cookies and breads and etc – but probably mostly because that’s what the blogs and media portray baking to be. In any case, I’ve had the itch to bake again, and I don’t want to go back to making macarons (at least for now. I’ll probably get the craving to try again sometime soon) so for now I am waiting for a craving to hit.
3. Make soups. Again, soups seem to go hand in hand with autumn. I’ve always been fascinated by making soup, even though I’ve never tried it. I can imagine the things that go into soup, like noodles + chicken + vegetables = chicken noodle soup, but where does the SOUP part come from? Is it really just chicken broth? That seems weird to me… but I will try it.
4. Go see the opera, or go see another ballet. Last Friday I made plans to go get New York City Ballet student rush tickets with a new friend from ballet, and it was so worth it. We got tickets for $20 in the back part of the orchestra – aka, not too close to the stage – and they weren’t even side seats, they were pretty much in the middle. It was great. Thank goodness for my Berkeley ID (although I look like I’m 14, but then again I haven’t changed much.)
5. Find a copy of East of Eden to read. I have a lot of time to read. I have at least an hour each day, going to and from class. So, I’ve gone through a lot of books in not quite three weeks, all of which I’ve enjoyed a lot – The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Tale of Two Cities, A Wrinkle in Time, and Sing Me Home. But I really want to read East of Eden and I am reluctant to buy it because it is $18 at the book store… so with my newly acquired library card I am determined to find it at some branch of the public library.
Okay, I guess that’s not a very long list… but I’ll probably find more things to add to it as the month goes on. To my readers (the few) – what’s on your October bucket list?