We Pretend It's Fall in Arizona

We Pretend It's Fall in Arizona

I hear it's September. In Arizona September is kind of a trick because everything around us, in stores, news reports, pictures on Facebook from friends who live across the country, is talking about fall while we're still sitting here with our cranked up air conditioning. I see pictures of fall colors starting to emerge, temperature screenshots boasting sixty and seventy degree temperatures, people in weird fluffy things called sweaters. What's all that like?

September for Arizonans is just a continuation of summer. We are still hitting ninety and one hundred degree temperatures. But we like to pretend it's fall is here. Even though we won't see cool temps until late October. Probably not even until Thanksgiving.

Oh, but we like to pretend. We don't want to be left out! A hundred degrees? Pffft! It's September! It says it's going to be fall on the calendar. Dammit, we're going to act like it.

THE MORNINGS

Get ready. If you have Facebook and Twitter friends from Arizona, your feed will be cluttered with brag posts about how gorgeous our mornings are. That's because before, say, nine o'clock in the morning we actually do get a temperature drop. During the summer by nine o'clock it's already pushing ninety-five. But when fall comes the first sign can be found in the morning when it's absolutely beautiful. Who cares if in an hour it will be summer again! We have our mornings!

FALL FOOD

As far as I'm concerned, when fall is around the corner it's time to cook fall food. We bake pumpkin flavored things. We throw stuff in crock pots and let them smell up the house. Meals are served in bowls. It's glorious. Hey, guess what...it was like eighty-five degrees outside last Tuesday but I pretended it wasn't and made crock pot chicken and dumplings from my favorite and easiest recipe ever from Bubble Crumb. I bookmarked this recipe before Pinterest was even born and it gets rave reviews.


I make it when I want to pretend it's cool outside.

THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE 

Okay, so this isn't just for Arizona. I think we can all agree that the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, or the "PSL," means fall is a comin'.

My friend had this genius idea to go around our city's coffee shops taste testing for the best PSL. At first I was like, "Yeah. Sure." But then I heard Dunkin Donuts had a Pumpkin Mocha Latte and I was all, "Put it on the list."

Stay tuned. This is whole plan just might happen.

WE STILL WEAR BOOTS AND SCARVES

It's a sad, sad torture we Arizona women do to ourselves. I see you, Arizona ladies. I see you with your sassy scarves and your cute, new boots. I see you sweating, too. Because it's still ninety degrees. I feel for you, sister. You do look really fall fashion forward. I want to look like that, too! But it's still really hot. I promise I'll join you in boots and scarves, as I am a scarf and boot lover myself. I promise that the first day it hits seventy-nine, I'm pulling out the scarf! But for now, I'm admiring your fashion sense and your willingness to put your comfort and body temperature on the line in order to be in style. Rock on, sister.

WE LIKE SKELETONS

And not just because of Halloween.

Our region celebrates Dia De Los Muertos and for the past few years I feel like the celebration has gotten bigger and more enthusiastic, which I love. There are parades, there are decorations, it's becoming kind of a big deal.

It even hit Walgreens.


I seriously almost bought these nutcrackers. Because it's fall. And I'm festive like that. But not $10.00 each festive. I'll wait until they're on sale. Cheap trumps festive.

No joke, the weather lady on the news just said, "It's kind of hard to pick pumpkins when it's hot outside."

Welcome to fall in Arizona, y'all!


19 comments:

  1. I love this! If I moved to a warmer climate, I would still be getting my Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Warm Cider! And that soup you made looks so yummy! Fall is almost here no matter where you are, why not celebrate the season! Bring on the pumpkin everything!
    Karen @ Karen's Soiree

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    1. Exactly! That's what I say! Even it does mean that maybe I'm sweating my ass off wearing a scarf. At least I'm fall fashion forward!

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  2. I was cracking up reading your post! I have lived here in Phoenix for 5 years now and I still am not used to the lack of Fall weather (being a San Diegan)..
    I would SO do the PSL test with you. I had the Dunkin one last year.. and let me say.... YUM.

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    1. Hello, fellow Arizonan! We do have a fall it just doesn't come until much, MUCH later. I'm excited for the PSL sampling. But it has to happen before my very favorite Caramel Brule Frap comes back. Because then all bets are off and nothing else matters.

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  3. I loved this, but partly because it is so foreign to me! I live in Michigan, where we can have all four season IN. THE. SAME. DAY. Earlier this week, there were heat index warnings because it would be mid-nineties and hellish humidity. Tonight? Frost warnings. Yep - heat index to frost in the same week. So we just roll with whatever in these parts. Hot day? Pumpkin Spice on ice. Cold day? Hot latte and crock pot dinner! :) Enjoy your Arizona "pretend fall"!!

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    1. OMG, I can't deal with that. I need consistency. At least in Arizona we know exactly what to expect. I can't deal with changing weather on a daily basis. It's the same in Colorado. I'm a creature of habit!

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  4. As you know I had an art reception to go to tonight at Tohono Chul Park. I got all dressed in jeans and a black long sleeve T, planning to wear a knitted gold wrap....well, it was close to 90 before I left the house. It wasn't happening. I put something light on and I was still hot. Very disappointed I didn't get to dress fallish.

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  5. What a great post!! I live in Las Vegas and can completely relate. A smiled and giggled so much.

    Visiting from SITS.
    Heather @ Exalted Peacock

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  6. I would never survive! My thyroid is broken and I am always warmer than everyone around me. When my body heats up, it just can't cool down like most. But we have had rain storms all week in my area of Utah. And it's cool (61 degrees right now at midnight). For real. I had my windows open all day to enjoy the storm and tonight my room is cold enough for me to wear a sweatshirt to bed. It's awesome! I wish I could share. I also wish I could share some of that soup. It looks amazing! I'm definitely going to check it out.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you get some cool days soon.

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  7. Lisa and I (Grown and Flown) grew up in California and Texas so we can totally relate!
    Over from SITS

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  8. Well, it just wouldn't be fair if you missed out on fall--100 degrees or not. Fall is the best! This makes me laugh, because my Mesa friends always start cooking the soup come September, regardless of the temp! Visiting from SITS!

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  9. I love fall! It's starting to get chilly here in IL, the leaves aren't changing yet. My craving for the PSL just about kicked in!

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  10. Hysterical! I live in a beach town in Southern California and here we have to pretend it's Fall, and Winter! I was just commenting to someone while on a business trip in Georgia, that it will soon be time to put the fake fall leaves around the front pillars and the fake (to keep them from rotting in the sun) pumpkins on hay bales on the front porch. Fake it 'till you make it is my motto. Works for me every time. And nothing says fall like that Pumpkin Spice Latte, even if you have to drink it in your wet suit. Love your blog - found you on SITS this morning.

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  11. Awww dangit! I was hoping you had the Name/URL option for commenting. Oh well. Haha. I'm stopping by via SITS Sharefest.

    I live in Vegas and man, I can relate. Calendar says fall is approaching but that damn thermostat still reads 95 and my air conditioning is blasted. Us desert folk are blessed during the winter with mild weather but we pay for it from May through October. Love living in the desert but it is hard to accept that it's fall when my Weather Channel app tells me it's 95 degrees at 3 p.m. on a lazy afternoon.

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  13. I feel you. I live in Texas and we're still sweltering in 100 degree weather. The store are full of fall decorations but it's hard to feel like hanging a fall wreath on your front door while wearing a tank top and flip flops.

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  14. The good news is, while we're all freezing our butts off here in the northeast from December to April, your weather will be perfection. And to be fair, our summer was sweltering this year (thanks to the humidity) so it's time for a short reprieve.

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  15. love those Dia de los Muertos nutcrackers. so cute.

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  16. I have searched at five different Walgreens looking for one of these nutcracker pieces. They are no longer in my area, and I have contacted corporate, but no answer. How can I find the one in your area? Any help?

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