fall is not so much in the air as it is the stores. (mine and everyone else's!) and by fall i mean: pumpkin. primarily manifesting itself in beverage form, though the perfect scented candle (a science not to be taken lightly), and a seasonal bagel have also been procured. and it's only mid-september! not like i invented pumpkin-loving or anything, but BACK IN MY DAY it took an entire evening of liquor store hopping to locate a six-pack of pumpkin beer, there certainly were not 60 varieties to choose from, and you didn't bother looking until october. it's so easy now that i'm totally overwhelmed! living in a new city means i get to unleash my pumpkin fanaticism on new friends, one of whom has never had a pumpkin spice latte. her day is coming.