Let’s pretend it’s the 1st…

Even though we’re almost a quarter of the way finished (what!?), here’s what I’m determined to do in October!

>>> Take a road trip to the mountains // I’ve gotten to go three times this semester, but I would love to see the leaves change and get in a solid hike before it gets too cold. Also, I am constantly going through jars of apple butter, so a stop by the apple orchard would be a priority.

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>>> Make a pot of chili // Hooray for cool, fall weather and a reason to use the crockpot. Instead of regular chili, I’ll probably go for this white chicken chili. It’s seriously the best and easiest recipe, and I can already imagine sitting on the porch in pj pants with a bowl of this goodness.

>>> Play soccer // Step one: get a soccer ball. I am dying to be outside in the evenings because the weather is amazing, and I really miss competitive team sports. Hopefully this can at least happen once.

>>> Try a new restaurant in Athens // Some friends and I have made a list of local places we must eat at before graduating, and it’s time to mark another one off. It’s so much more fun to pick a new place and order something I can’t make at home. Along with several others, a few that made our list are Heirloom, Home.Made, and Ted’s Most Best. Let me know if you’ve tried one of these or have another favorite Athens place we should try!

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(If I could only eat at one restaurant forever, it would most likely be Marti’s at Midday. You have my recommendation!)

>>> Go to a pumpkin patch // Obviously this has to be included. I’m making it a point to carve a pumpkin and roast some seeds because it just isn’t October without one.

>>> Bike the Silver Comet Trail and/or to Social Circle, GA // Silver Comet Trail goes from Smyrna, Georgia to the Alabama state line, and it’s around 61 miles long. Best part: no cars! Social Circle is around 40 miles from Athens, and you might know it as home of Blue Willow Inn (primary reason I want to go). Yes to fried chicken; yes to bike rides. Disclaimer: It’s highly probable that this will not happen in October, but if I write it down, I’ll remember it. Don’t hold me to it.

Cheers to a happy and active October! Hope you have a great one!

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What are some goals you have this month? I’d love ideas! 🙂