As we prepare ourselves for winter ( ya, it’s coming!! ) in the upper midwest, I can’t help but long for layers and blankets and candles and everything that is warm. For as long as I can remember, I’ve never truly looked forward to the cold temperatures + snowy nights. It was just one of those things that I became accustomed to here in Minnesota, year after year. But somehow, everything feels different this year. For example, one week BEFORE halloween, I found myself in the Christmas garland section in Michael’s and got all sorts of happy. It was weird. And early. But I’m ready. Hello sweaters and evenings by the fire. I’m fully prepared to wrap myself in endless blankets and eat all of the warm things in sight.