This was a fun (but $$$$) Halloween party!

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(Oct. 23nd blog challenge –> favorite past Halloween costume)

It was 2007 in Burlington, VT. I was finishing up graduate school, and I had just moved into a new apartment. (Uh, and I think my ninth move in a year and a half, counting all of my random housesitting jobs that summer.) My new roommate was an artist and threw this fun fun fun Halloween party. Instead of my usual thrown together “witch” or “cowgirl” ensemble, I found an old wedding dress in a thrift store and went as a frizzy-haired, veilless Corpse Bride. Woo! Sadly, our party was so rockin’ that we got hit with a noise violation by the city police and fined $300.

P.S. This weekend I’m going to a Halloween party – I think I’m going as a cowgirl. It’s another lazy year!

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Silent Birthday Edition

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Oct. 22nd blog challenge –> WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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Cool Things


via Outside Magazine

Oct. 15th blog challenge – LINK LOVE

A student sent me an e-mail the other day with the subject line “Cool Things,” which I initially thought was total spam, but instead it had this GEM of an article. I want to find a 1988 G Wagon to take me on adventures… (Warning: my mom and I cried.)

Ebola, A Nurse’s Perspective <—I’m kind of freaked out about this whole thing.

Joanna’s Beauty Routine!!!!!

On making friends after 30. (Also found on A Cup of Jo, one of my very favorite blogs.)

My friend Laney sent me this article today about Birkin bags that are smelling like skunks.

Allison tipped me off about the 6 Secrets to an Irresistible Online Profile 

If you are obsessed with what people eat for breakfast – like me! – read THIS. The Japan ones are intense, I mean, some kids in the world get chocolate sprinkles and others get natto.

Lastly, I’m getting all of my peeps addicted to star charts. Here’s a free one, you just need to know your date, time, and place of birth. I’m obsessed with my Moon sign, which my friend who’s into Astrology (and the Internet) tells me is my emotional core. Uhhh I’m an Aquarius Moon, and it’s slogan is “Tethered to a distant galaxy…” Aqua moons are, in essence, eccentric loners emotionally. And we like other emotionally eccentric loners. It explains so so so so so so sosososososososo much.

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The making of Maggie’s award-winning apple pie…

Jen's Vermont Visit

My friend Jen was visiting this weekend from Seattle and we filled it with some of her Vermont favorites: brunch at Mirabelle’s, visit to Shelburne Farms, dinners with friends, drinks in Winooski (she got to see my favorite new wine spot, Oak45). Of course, the weekend went too fast, and there were many things that got left off our list: hiking, music @ Radio Bean, yoga, etc. And Saturday night a dinner with friends turned into a late late late random-but-epic bar hop around Winooski (which I equate to be the Brooklyn of Burlington), in which Jen and I crashed on couches at their house in our going-out clothes without washing our faces or teeth (which I always always always do), even though I spent the end of the night crunching on a baggie of Corn Nuts I found in their kitchen. Ha! Whew, not cute, but kind of awesome. Then on Sunday night our friend Maggie hosted a pie party, which was super cute. Her pie won this big contest at Shelburne Farms a couple of weeks ago, beating out 30 other pies. She’d entered it with her roommate for years and years and at long last they had their sweet victory.

Maggie made the crust before we arrived. Sneaky! The only tips I could glean from their tight lips were the following: crust is an adaptation from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe containing a mixture of butter/shortening (and, no, it doesn’t contain Vodka instead of ice water in the recipe), apple pie spice instead of a cinnamon/nutmeg combo, and four different kids of apples (the only two she told me were Granny Smith and Ginger Gold). Also, the pie baked at 425 for exactly 45 minutes with the edges of the crusts covered in foil.

Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
Jen's Vermont Visit
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Mmmm it was so delicious! I’m going to have to do some apple pie experimentation before another friend’s annual apple pie party in a couple of weeks. Last year, I got the feedback: too.much.lemon.

Oct. 14th blog challenge – WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?

Ah, nothing new at the moment….still a mixture of a bunch of random things, everything from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton to U2 to Avett Brothers to Talking Heads to Echosmith to Cat Power to The War on Drugs. But my sister Allison just e-mailed me last night with the subject line, “NEWEST MUSIC OBSESSION – SBTRKT” with about six YouTube links to their songs.

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Me & Dad, early 1980s-style

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Oct. 9th blog challenge – Throwback Thursday

My parents are coming up for my birthday next weekend and I’m stoked! No two people in the universe I’d rather hang out with on that day. Sharing these old pics I found of me & dad when I was home in July. Look! I was a total blondie as a baby. And I want all of dad’s clothes and accessories. Like, I’d wear all of those outfits now.

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October Weekend Around Stowe

Stowe, two days, two different views

Oct. 8th blog challenge – DAY IN THE LIFE

I actually had a really long day yesterday and not many pictures were taken, despite having my camera with me for most of the time! I went up Buck Mountain with some students for a full moon hike, but the moon was hidden behind a foggy layer of clouds and the weather was dark and the air quite windy and then it started to rain, so no good pictures were taken.

Here’s some promised pics from the weekend hiking around Stowe, Vermont. I spent Friday afternoon and all day Sunday hiking in the woods by myself.

Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views

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What’s up, fitness-wise?

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I’m so lackadaisical about my workout routine right now. As a recovering-marathon runner, I think this is good for me, hahaha! (Geez, that’s an obsessive sport.) I like walking, a lot. I attempt to swim. I try to do yoga. I’d like to do all of them more frequently, but that’s everyone’s wish, I bet.

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In Windsor a couple of weekends ago, I went to visit my favorite college friends Tom and Mindi. Tom used to swim in college, so we went open water swimming at the pond near their house. It was cold, so cold that I lost feeling in my extremities, but I can say I did a little open water workout before it got too too too frigid. Winter’s coming, ack!

I had to document the gorgeous lake, Tom, and the fact that I could stuff all of my hair under that cap.

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I’m also swimming a bit on campus, usually a couple of days a week. I’m actually retaking my swimming class because I never go on my own. It’s twice a week and in a perfect world, I’d go one extra day on my own. That’s happened once. Currently, gearing up for a TIMED 500 m this Thursday though, so I hit the pool this morning.

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I go for lots of walks around town, and a few weeks ago, I saw this smiley face on the sidewalk. So cute! I like to walk at a pretty brisk pace, put on my iPod and listen to music and just zone out. I often think, “I need a dog!” Music-wise, I’m currently loving anything by FKA twigs, Family of the Year, The War on Drugs, Lykke Li, Sylvan Esso, Dolly Parton, Rusted Root, Don Edwards, and Tina Turner.

I’m getting sad that our daylight is waning.

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A couple of weeks ago, I came up with the hair-brained idea to try to do yoga every single day until my birthday in October. I bought a 30-day pass to my absolute favorite yoga studio. I was gung-ho fitting a 60 or 90 min class into my day. And then that lasted for exactly seven days, haha! But for that seven days I was on an awesome yoga and green juice kick.

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And hiking! I’ve only been a handful of times, but hopefully will get out for more of it this fall. I went hiking with Marissa in the ADKs, a few times on my own around Stowe, and then about a month ago I went on a spontaneous first date adventure. There was a potential for rock climbing, which I hadn’t done in years. Of course, I worried about what to wear.

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I joked to friends that I had more outfits than Beyonce for this Vermont adventure. They also told me I was completely bonkers and to just meet up for coffee with this person. I did not listen. The weather was iffy, so no rock climbing. We ended up hiking then fishing then drinking beer. FASTEST HIKER EVER. He hiked the entire PCT at age 18, like the boy version of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. Our date lasted 8 hours, and was quite fun, but I have not seen him again. It’s for the best.

Oct. 7 blog challenge – SEVEN LIFE LESSONS

My hair looks better when I don’t comb it. Heinz is better than any homemade ketchup I’ve tried. NYT still has the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s okay to put yourself out there. Trust intuition. Darn Tough makes the best socks. Thank you notes and postcards are never over-rated (and I could always be better about sending more).

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