It’s officially fall. The temperature’s dropping, pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks, and I’ve gotten used to the routine of a new semester. Life has been so busy and fast-paced lately that I haven’t had time to step back and enjoy my favorite season. Today I was finally able to carve out a few hours for myself and get off campus, take my mind off school, and treat myself.
After class, my friend and I took the Blue Jay shuttle to the Rotunda, a shopping center/apartment complex in Hampden. Today happened to be the day of Trucktoberfest, where dozens of food trucks and vendors were set up in the Rotunda parking lot.
There were so many trucks to choose from–Caribbean food, gourmet cupcakes, Korean burritos. We walked around for a while, perusing all the different options before inevitably stopping at the taco truck. I got blackened shrimp tacos with corn, red onions, tomatoes, and sour cream, which were delicious and super filling. We sat and talked and ate, serenaded by a live band.
Afterwards we went to Mom’s, an organic and eco-friendly grocery store in the Rotunda. Definitely on the pricier side, but just stepping through the front door makes me feel healthier.
Along with some staple fruits and veggies, I got maple syrup, one of my favorite fall treats and the perfect topping for all the mug pancakes and bowls of yogurt I’ve been eating. The cashier also gave me a free Mom’s reusable bag, and now whenever I go back there and use the bag I’ll get a whole 10 cents off my purchase.
It’s been a stressful week, but the few hours I spent off campus tonight has left me feeling refreshed, motivated, and beyond excited to see what else this fall has in store for me.