once a year, in the fall, i dye my hair black. no one ever notices. it's close to my natural color, i don't get roots, but it calms down the red bits from the summer, and covers my greys up for a little while.
other things i do in the fall; switch to dark nail polishes (damn i love a purple so dark it looks black at first), have pumpkin lattes, buy more pencils than i will ever use (they go on sale and i love a new pack of perfect pencils), stock up on ridiculous halloween supplies, and spend more time baking and in the kitchen. the thing about the pacific northwest is that summer comes late, and when it does, making the kitchen hotter with any kind of cooking is the worst. we are just ill-equipped with being too hot. i like finally getting back in there after being kicked out by the weather for a while.
fall will always feel more like the "new year" to me than any other time of the year.