Happy Halloween, y’all.

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(Oct. 31st blog challenge –> SHARE YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUME)

I dressed up in all my old western gear from my summer job at a ranch in New Mexico at work for Halloween today. In all honesty, I could dress like this everyday: bring on the chunky turquoise, tooled leather belts, plaid, and cowboy hats. I’m craving some high-desert these days.

I’ve been into reading spooky stories this week too, which is totally NOT my thing. Currently reading the 1995 non-fiction book called The Hot Zone which chronicles the Ebola virus. It makes me never want to fly again! And here’s some scary mini-stories via Jezebel. None of them beat my mom’s childhood nightcreeper story though, which I’ll save for another day. Happy Halloween, y’all.

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My pre-concert beverage: Spinach – Apple – Carrot – Lemon Juice!

Juice!
Juice!
Juice!

(Oct. 29th blog challenge –> A DAY IN THE LIFE)

I worked and then went to see Echosmith at Higher Ground tonight. Just a ‘meh’ show – I only knew the Cool Kids song – but my pre-concert beverage was delicious! My parents brought me up a juicer for my birthday and this is the first go-around I’ve had with it. It’s an assortment of things that I already had in the fridge. The spinach didn’t get juiced too well…..but I loved the carrot/apple/lemon flavors.

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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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