I ‘m addicted to summer. I love the sunshine, the warmth, leaving my windows open, and wearing sandals. I am all about iced tea and froyo, and I love hanging out on my balcony with music blasting from my bedroom.

Naturally, I’m one of “those people” who absolutely despises fall. It’s cold, it’s dark and everything’s dying. Gross.

But, in the spirit of goodwill — and really just trying not to be so grumpy all the time — I’m working on embracing the coming months. I’ve dug out my sweaters, stocked up on hot cocoa… who knows? I may even buy a pumpkin.

Through my spirited efforts I’ve compiled quite the list of autumn activities, so I’ve decided to share the wealth. Here are some nerdy ways to welcome in this brutal — I mean, cozy — season.

Go tree-watching

With the leaves changing, the mountains are undergoing an explosion of color. Drive up to Estes Park (pretty much a straight shot once you start heading west on U.S. 36) and take a stroll while checking out the leaves. If nature’s your nerdy niche, bring a tree species guidebook with you and check off the ones you recognize as you go.

Get scurred

From Hitchcock to Dracula, creepy and scary things are high on the list of nerdy awesomeness.

While you’re still in Estes Park, head over to the Stanley Hotel, where they filmed 1980’s “The Shining” (it also makes an appearance in 1994’s “Dumb and Dumber,” but that’s less spooky). You can then check out “The Shining” at the International Film Series on October 24th.

Curl up

While the idea of “reading for fun” is a complete fantasy in our midterm-addled brains, fall weather is perfect for curling up with a good book. If you absolutely can’t sacrifice the time to read “Anna Karenina,” you should at least grab your favorite nerdy magazine (mine’s Wired), a blanket and some hot apple cider. Rumor has it snow’s a-comin’, and reading is a great way to enjoy the weather.

Cosplay, cosplay, cosplay

It’s no secret nerds like to cosplay — from picking out a certain pair of glasses because they are nerdy (guilty) to going the full Weeping Angel at a con (not guilty). Autumn is all about Halloween, so you have multiple opportunities to break out that Harley Quinn costume.

Swinging by Goodwill or The Ritz is a great first step to grabbing some supplies for your costume, but stay away from the seemingly ubiquitous Halloween megastores — every nerd knows the best costumes are homemade.

Even though autumn makes me grouchier than a werewolf, there are still ways to make the best of the season. These tips are sure to make even me feel better about autumn’s arrival.

Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU Boulder. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @jessicalryan

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