The first extra-hot shower of fall makes me happy.
Alongside the gorgeous color palette, the crisp air, bright blue skies and the fact that my favorite apple of all time is ready in mid-late October, there is nothing quite like the feeling of the first true mirror-steaming shower of fall.
During the hot, humid summers, I take showers that are tepid at best. I just can't stand the feeling of hot water when I know I'm just going to continue that muggy, damp feeling when I leave the bathroom. But today? The temperature is forecast to be 70, but we haven't gotten much beyond 60. It's overcast, and there's a slight chill in the breeze coming in the window. And I've just emerged from the first extra-hot shower I've taken probably since March.
Even though I know it's not the greatest for the skin, I love the skin-tightening feeling a hot shower brings to my chilled-from-open-windows-and-no-heat arms, back and neck, and the degree of clean I feel on my face from having my pores well and truly steam-opened and cleaned.