Fall Bucket List – Pumpkin Carving

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I was super excited to pumpkin carve. I carved a pumpkin once about 9 years ago. I invited a couple friends over, made some chili and I thought it would be outside, but Colorado weather had other ideas. The first big snow storm hit and the yard was pretty mushy so 5 people trying to carve in my kitchen got pretty messy. It reminded me why I didn’t like pumpkin carving the last time, the mess.

It was still pretty fun and I had hopes for making a scary tree but it turned more into poor man’s demogorgon from Stranger Things.

Honestly, I don’t think I will repeat pumpkin carving, maybe I will try painting a pumpkin next year.

Also, squirrels ate most of my pumpkin in two days and surprisingly left my husband’s one completely untouched. What’s up with that, squirrels?

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Fall Bucket List – Visit a Cemetery

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When I was kid, after mass, my grandmother and I used would walk through the mausoleums. Many of the sites had photos of the stonework, some had a wedding photos. We would spend hours creating stories about how those people met and fun stories about their lives. It’s one of my favorite memories with my grandmother that doesn’t involve cooking.

I never really saw cemeteries as a scary place. I liked the history of visiting. It felt like a museum, peaceful and serene.

After moving to Colorado, I would learn that not a lot of people felt the same way so getting friends to join on a walk through the cemetery to visit would be really hard.

I was able to get my husband to join and we visited a couple of older cemeteries in the mountains that were used in the 18th century. So many museums are dedicated to big names throughout history so there’s something special about seeing the average person’s life through their gravestone.

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Fall Bucket List

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Like most people, I LOVE fall! It’s my favorite season. In September, I started a fall bucket list. I am saving for a new car so I didn’t want the list to super expensive but did put one extravagant item.

  1. Hiking in the Aspen leaves. When I first moved to Colorado, experiencing my first drive through the fall foliage seemed so life changing. Side note, this one is a time sensitive so I have already completed. See photo above. – COMPLETED
  2. Visit a cemetery. It’s spooky and free and can always get beautiful photos. – COMPLETED
  3. Complete corn maze. I have never been and to me corn mazes always scream peak fall. COMPLETED.
  4. Apple picking and then making a pie with the apples.Β  I expect I will have some kind of spooky experience like Sabrina on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
  5. Pumpkin carving. The last time I carved a pumpkin was nine years ago. – COMPLETED
  6. Horror Movie Night. Staple for Halloween.
  7. Haunted house. This one might be difficult because I am not a fan of random strangers touching me and it seems like a lot haunted houses in Denver do grab stares.
  8. Costumes. I didn’t dress up last year as I was a little too depressed. I want to do a couple this year to make up for the loss.
  9. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. A very basic one but I have never had a PSL and feel like I am missing out.
  10. Broncos Game. Again something kind of basic but I have never been to a NFL game. It never seems worth the money. I am not a fan of seeing people hit each other. This was my husband’s suggestion and he agreed to apple picking and PSLs so compromise.
  11. Escape Room. I did an escape room as a corporate team building once. I would like to do it with people I like.
  12. Volunteer for something. I used to volunteer in the kitchen at a homeless shelter. It felt very rewarding.
  13. Attend a church service. I have been interested in attending a Unitarian church service for almost a year. Something about the cold air makes me want to attend a service.

My biggest reason for creating the list was mental health. I have been feeling so burned out with and just life that I wanted to find a couple of things a week to enjoy and spend time with my family and friends. How do you destress in the fall?

Happy Fall!