Big sweaters and cold noses are slowly descending upon us. It's the time of year we trade our flip flops for slippers and start spending a lot more time indoors. We have to be careful that the earlier sunsets don't deter us from still making the most of our days. It's so easy to get complacent about making plans because all everyone wants to do at the end of a chilly day is curl up on the couch. Let it not be so! Keep your sense of adventure about you and share it with your loved ones.
Impress your man or lady-friend and make this Fall a series of fortunate and fun events. Get going on these escapades and see where you end up!
Soup from Scratch - It could also be chili if that is what you are in the mood for, but really the point is to make a comfort meal together. Something that you can cozy up to while you tell stories about what your parents used to cook on cold days as kids. Learning to cook is an important skill and doing it together is a great way to connect. Even if it is a complete disaster, it will still be a good story! We recommend the Oh She Glows 10 Spice Vegetable Soup. Creamy broth with a bit of a kick will have you wanting seconds.
Bonfire – Once the fire bans lift and it is safe for outdoor sparks to heat up, wrangle up some spare wood and a few matches and snuggle up next to a controlled blaze. If you are already prepared with a big fire pit at home, build your log cabin or your teepee and light it up. If you can find a safe spot on a sandy beach, watch the blue flames lick the salt away from a driftwood fire. Make sure you put it out before you leave for the night! Be prepared with all the fixings for hot dogs and s'mores, and maybe a ghost story or two. An adult thermos of hot chocolate and Bailey’s wouldn't be half bad either.
Rock Climbing – Staying active as the weather gets colder is always a challenge, and not everyone is an avid swimmer. If you have an inside climbing wall in your community, look up their drop in nights and get ready for sore forearms. If you don't have experience, call ahead to check if there will be people there who can belay you while you climb. Then challenge each other to complete increasingly difficult routes. You might even be inspired to take a belay course so you can be certified to spot each other. Nothing says “trust exercise” like putting your life in your partner's hands.
Concert/Jam Session - Remember that time you were driving together and that really catchy song came on and you both exclaimed how great it would be to see the band live? Make it happen. Fall tends to bring a new wave of tours and new music. Even if you don't have a band in mind, look up music shows in your area and those nearby and just book the tickets. Can't find shows for any groups you recognize? Just pick one, preferably in a strange new venue you've never been to. You might just discover a rad new band. If you have to go on a little road trip to get there, that will just be part of the fun. You can even pack a few sleeping bags and the car can double as a hotel, provided that it's not too tiny and there is somewhere safe to park overnight. If you are musicians yourselves, invite over a few buds and have a jam session. Play old favourites and try a few creative covers. If nothing else, you'll get a wicked endorphin high from committing to the tunes all night!
Art Night – Paint is usually the most forgiving medium for amateur artists. Even if your piece doesn't turn out quite the way you intended, you can always just claim you were being abstract and daring. You don't need to shell out too much right away to get a decent beginners set up. Make sure you each have a brush or two and lots of white and black for colour mixing. Pick a photo to replicate or just go for it, either way the important parts are to be creative and have fun! Don't be afraid to use your fingers too.
Book Club – Not the kind that Oprah runs, but something a little more personal. Each of you pick one of your favourite novels and assign it to your partner. Give each other a time line and have it read by that date. Then get together and talk about them. This could be a really great way to gain new insight into one of your favourite reads, but also a platform to learn about how perceptive your partner is, what they value about certain characters, and how they form opinions. These are all good things to know about someone you spend a lot of time with. And it might give you a few good ideas for future literary gifts!
Double Date – You have all these great new plans, why not invite another couple along? There will be twice the laughs and there will be other people to share in the re-telling of any mishaps. Even if you don't all know each other well at first, be brave! You could have way more in common than you thought and end up with life long Game Night partners.
Even though we've given these activities a romantic twist, if you drop any mention of the word “date,” any of these activities could really be done with a couple of good pals too. As much as we would like to use the cold weather as an excuse to disappear into our snug homes, keeping up your social calendar is good for your soul. You don't need to have every night booked, but sharing in fun activities once in awhile reminds you that there is still a world out there.
Come visit us in store and tell us about your ideas for fun Fall adventures. We bet we have an outfit for it!