Wednesday, October 03, 2007

October, have I told you lately how lovely you are?

You really are the best month (but don't tell the other months), even though you make me want to spout cliches about leaves and apples and woodsmoke. But when I think of all the awesomeness you hold, I get all giddy - things like the aforementioned changing leaves, things like pumpkins and the cool things you can make them do, things like that pot of beef barley stew simmering away on the stove and the whiff of that apple pie I just pulled out of the oven.
I feel like cooking again in October, and I always feel sorry for my American friends who have to wait until November for that big-assed Thanksgiving roast turkey.

The long-suffering hubby and I celebrate our anniversary in October and I have my birthday (as does 3/4 of the world, I am firmly convinced). So I come away a little fatter, a little older, and a little more married every October, but it's all good. We'll work off all that hearty cooking and aging and married complacency by dancing our fool heads off at the overabundance of concerts that herald Rocktober.

And if that isn't enough of an embarassment of riches, then along comes Hallowe'en. The best holiday of the year, and I will challenge any detractors to a pumpkin guts fight!

To celebrate the arrival of October, I will be offering up the Zombie files (a blatant rip-off of Splotchy's Can't Wait for Hallowe'en Green Monkey Music Project). Since I couldn't fit all of them into my portion of Splotchy's list, the Zombie files will feature for your listening pleasure two of my favourite Hallowe'en-related songs every week until The Blessed Day.

Because I too can't wait for Hallowe'en.

Leslie Ann Levine - the Decemberists
(check yesterday's post for the lyrics and a discussion - okay, not discussion, more of an unfair criticism. But it really is a lovely song.)

Ghost - Neutral Milk Hotel
(surprisingly not about Anne Frank, frontman Jeff Mangum's perpetually favourite spirit, but rather about the ghost which supposedly haunted the bathroom in his apartment.)

What's your favourite month?


BeckEye said...

I love October too. But it hasn't been very autumnal lately. :(

Dale said...

I think I like October better as the newly Zombified 'Rocktober'. It's been nice and warm so far this month.

Thanks for the Decemberists tune as well, I hadn't heard it but was curious from your previous post on the creepiness of some of the elements. Sounds great.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I think it's sooooo cool that all my favorite bloggers like you and Splotchy and Bubs love Halloween as much as I do. And I love how ya'll celebrate Thanksgiving in October, I know it's because of the earlier harvests thatyou have but it's still way cool.

mellowlee said...

I think October is the best month too! Mm now I want apple pie!!!! :O)

justrun said...

Oh I do love me some October, that's for sure.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You should come here,Beckeye, it's as autumnal as a sonofabitch. Frost and everything.

It's a lovely song, innit, Dale? I loves me some Decemberists. Now if only they would come here for Rocktober. Did you hear that Allison is going to see them in the UK? I could scratch her eyes out, I'm so jealous.

If it were up to me, Dr M, I'd have Canadian Thanksgiving and then come down to visit for the American one. I love how you guys have it on a Thursday, ensuring a 57-day weekend. Nice move.
We should all get together for a Hallowe'en celebration! Even if only online.

I want apple pie too, Mel, because I just made up that part about pulling one out of the oven. Wishful thinking. Although I will bake a pie this weekend.

I'll bet running outside in October is glorious, Justrun. And if you get tired, there are all those lovely leaf piles just calling to you to lie down for a while.

Zed said...

October's my favorite month as well. The changing leaf colors are magnificent, and the weather's not too hot and not too cold. Great stuff.

Downside is I'm always hungry and seem to be storing up food supplies for winter, even though I don't go into hibernation. My body's confused! Make it stop! :)

Splotchy said...

October is my favorite month as well, and I commend you on your Zombie Files!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think we were meant to go into hibernation, Zed. At least that's the approach I plan to use with my boss: "I need to stay home for a couple of months to eat, and then sleep till May."

Why thank you, Splotchy sir. I'm really glad I stole your idea.
October is the shizznit. Do people still say that? Did they ever say that?

Allison said...

October is a pretty fine month, it would rank in my top three. September is my favourite, then May...then October.

I'm extremely happy to find out the Hallowe'en is HUGE here. I don't know why I heard otherwise before, but I'm looking forward to it, and there is a Canadian Thanksgiving fest happening this weekend too. Huzzah!

Looking forward to more of the Zombie Files :)

justacoolcat said...

pumpkin guts greasy grimey pumpkin guts

I love Halloween and the fall. I was almost born in October(early Nov.) so that has to count for something.

Am I wrong for hoping someone is a detractor so I can see a pumpkin gut fight?


Jumpin' on the October/Halloween bandwagon (haywagon). Also think it's crazy to have Thanksgiving a month before Christmas. How much turkey and family can a person take in less than 60 days? No wonder Americans are all so stressed. I think you should make it a national project to have Thanksgiving changed to the first Monday in October -- get the whole damn country working together on something positive.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It must be a fairly recent phemomenon for Hallowe'en to be a big deal in the UK, Al. I'm pretty sure it hasn't always been the case. Damned global village.
Although of course I am really excited for you and even more excited about the Thanksgiving dinner, even though the turkey will be wasted on you.

It's weird, Just A, Hallowe'en is being universally embraced as the Best. Holiday. Ever. I have a feeling that 99% of the blogging community has never really grown up.

Personally, I could handle turkey every couple of weeks, Urban Pedestrian, but not so much all the trappings that go along with it. I think we should keep both Thanksgivings, but we Canadians who really really like turkey should be allowed to celebrate both.

Bubs said...

Mmmmm...pumpkin. Yes, October is a good month.

I have to ask my eldest about that Decembrists tune. See, the thing with relationships with ghosts, is the regular rules don't apply.

mellowlee said...

I had a McDonald's apple pie today. It wasn't that good :O( On the brighter side, I posted some LOL Kitties for you :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's true, Bubs, ghosts have no sense of decorum whatsoever. They're just rude that way.
I'd be interested to hear your daughter's take on Leslie Ann Levine.

Mel! That's not pie, that's food sustitute. I'd love to see your kitty pics! Coming right over. You should come here this weekend, I'm baking pumpkin pie.

phlegmfatale said...

My day is Oct 8, and since so many fabulous people were born in Rocktober, we all have to throw one big final party at the end of the month to wrap all that pithy, gooey goodness!

Hawt damn! I love it, too!

Deb said...

I'm with you completely on the best month thing.

I LOVE it too...I love the full, harvest moon (that's what it's called, right?). I love the RED leaves that I saw today. I love turkey. I love my birthday. And yours (what is the exact date again?). But, most of all

H-O-C-K-E-Y season.

October rules.

Deb said...

oh and kudos to the Zombie files.

and I forget to mention that cooking is contagious in October, just like the back to school cold & flu. I love cooking again in October. Everything in one pot - yea!

Maybe we should revive Food Porn in October...make it a "seasonal" thing?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

See, I knew that pretty much EVERYBODY has an October birthday!

I'm going to be tipping a glass or two in your honour on the 8th, Phlegmfatale, which is a holiday here! I love the idea of Hallowe'en being a big old wrap up celebration to birthday month.

Mine's the 10th, Deb, when's yours again? Right, I forgot that hockey starts up again in October, although I'm not sure how, as Jer is pretty glued to the tv.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That is a great plan, Deb! Because I am a somewhat seasonal cook as well. I'll post something this weekend. Yes, great plan!

mellowlee said...

oooooooooooh pumpkin pie YUM! My grama bought me this pumpkin pie scented hand lotion once, and I almost wanted to like it off my hands.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha I was the same with some grapefruit hand lotion I had, Mel.