Cool Things


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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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Ireland/Italy [video snippets]

Ireland/Italy from Sarah on Vimeo.

Here’s some video snippets from Ireland and Italy this summer. Take me back! I got some good beach time in both places.

Oct 6 blog challenge – SIX PET PEEVES

Walking behind slow people.
Drivers who tailgate (fast walker/slow driver, ha!).
Riding in a car with no music.
Vermont’s lack of happy hours (WHY? It’s already so expensive here.).
An unmade bed.
Slow and/or lack of internet. (They try to trick me abroad, by saying they have wifi, but then I’d be unable to join the network. Oh how it tortured me! This is a picture of me trying to get on advertised “free” wifi in a pub in Ireland.)

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Happy Sunday from the top of Vermont!

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The same view as Friday, but on the flip side, and higher harder and much colder! I took the Long Trail up to the summit of Mt. Mansfield. I’ve climbed to the top of Mansfield multiple times, but never from the Stowe side. It’s gorgeous! But the drive – because the traffic getting to Stowe on a Sunday in the fall is heinous – and the hike all took longer than I expected, so I came down and could have eaten my hiking boots. I had only had an apple and a Cliff bar all day, so I stopped at Piecasso in Stowe for pizza on the way home and inhaled all of this in the car. I lugged my giant Nikon up the mountain, so better quality fall foliage pics coming soon.

Oooh and something fun this month. I read that Teri was doing this challenge, and I need some blogspiration lately, so I’m going to try to hop on board.

Oct. 5 – TOP FIVE FAVORITE MOVIES

Geez, this is hard! First five that come to me, in no particular order.

Lost in Translation. Sixteen Candles. Like Crazy. Love Actually. Goonies.

You?

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Happy Friday from Stowe Pinnacle.

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Popped up to the top of Stowe Pinnacle to see the colorful leaves today. It’s gorgeous x 1,000 in Vermont right now.

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