Wednesday, October 31, 2012

life lately: happy halloween!


On Saturday, K and I went on our annual trip to the pumpkin patch and corn maze. Of all the places we have gotten pumpkins so far, Whitcomb's definitely wins for fun factor, although we did sort of give up on the corn maze this year (with ONE checkpoint left to find!). Before heading over there, we had a leisurely birthday brunch with my family at Leunig's (and lots of mimosas).

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We picked up two pumpkins: a "dumb" pumpkin and his "smart" companion, which we will be carving tonight.  Time got away from us yesterday, what with laundry and paper-writing and all that jazz, so the kids might not get to see our jack-o-lanterns, but there is something festive about carving on Halloween.  We will also be watching scary movies and eating lots of candy!  Happy All Hallows Eve, everyone! :)



Pumpkins carved, candy eaten.  Success :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

in which i like cream in my coffee


Sooo... we didn't get a hurricane at my house.  Some people lost power (briefly) around the state, but we were totally untouched.  It hardly even rained!  Oh well, at least I got to leave work early because everyone was in a panic.

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(sweater: vintage; hat: urban outfitters; dress: c/o sugarlips; boots: seychelles)

For some reason this sweater always makes me think of cappucinos, or mochas, or other kinds of coffee drinks that involve steamed milk.

Anyway, blah blah blah.  I don't have much to say today.  Any fun Halloween plans?  I just realized that K and I were supposed to carve our pumpkins tonight but now I'm not sure we'll have time :(  But we must!  Last year we waited until Halloween and we couldn't even put our pumpkin out because so many costumed kids were swarming our front stoop...

Monday, October 29, 2012

27 by 28


(day-to-night, 10/28/12)

27 (Goals) for my 27(th Year)

1. Have book published
2. Knit a scarf
3. Swim in the Atlantic
4. Swim in the Pacific
5. Go snorkeling
6. See the wild horses at Assateague
7. Sleep under the stars
8. Tour Hearst Castle
9. Ride a trolley in San Francisco
10. Have a Hurricane on Bourbon Street
11. Meet Old Faithful
12. Visit Monterey Bay Aquarium
13. Drink from the Fountain of Youth
14. Eat from a taco truck
15. Play the violin
16. Tour Napa Valley
17. Go white-water rafting
18. Host a dinner party
19. Have breakfast at home each morning (not in the car)
20. Participate in a protest for women's reproductive freedom
21. Soak in natural hot springs
22. Read 25 books
23. Do a painting
24. Clean the apartment weekly
25. Have Ethiopian food with Shelley :)
26. Send cards
27. Take one photo a day (at least)

Who run the world? Girls.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

26 by 27: update

Well, that time has come, my friends! Last October I created a 26 before 27 list, and I have to say, I actually think I did pretty well!  Judge for yourself:

26 (Goals) for my 26(th year)

1. Finish a first draft of my novel!


2. Finish in-progress TV pilot
3. Finish in-progress screenplay
4. Exercise at least 3x/week
5. Take an extended road trip
6. Rediscover film


7. Try Ethiopian food
8. Design and sew a dress


9. Sing karaoke
10. Go camping


11. Apply for an MFA program OR teach abroad
12. Go to the dentist (ha!)
13. Read all major religious texts
14. Get a massage
15. Take a train
16. Go cross-country skiing
17. See live music outside


18. Visit Walden Pond
19. Sell some clothes


20. Go ice-skating
21. Have a picnic


22. See a Broadway show
23. Have my short film transferred to DVD
24. Go to a jazz club in Montreal
25. Reorganize my filing cabinet
26. Stop biting my damn nails.


I mean, considering how badly I've done at goals in the past... :)  I'm excited for my new list. 
Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

in which sunny days are chasing the clouds away


Oh, that trickster sunny-sun.  It was bright in my eyes today.

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(shorts/scarf/belt: thrifted; shirt: walmart; hat: etsy; shoes: seychelles)

Is it the weekend, now?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

life lately: autumn's glow

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1: keeping K company in the study
2: foliage and rainfall
3: coffee
4/5: lipstick on a paper cup/VTIFF
6: anniversary dinner

Monday, October 22, 2012

in which i like apples and bananas


Well, it's Monday again.  I thought I'd make it brighter with apples and polka dots (and banana-colored tights) :)

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(dress: tjmaxx; cardigan/fur collar: h&m; tights: hue; shoes: lulu*s)

This weekend, I:

1. went to the spa with my mom and
a) ellipticalled
b) took a pilates class
c) went in the hot tub
d) went in the waterfall mineral pool
e) drank peppermint tea in the sun
f) had a yummy lunch (soup, salad, veggie wrap, tofu cheesecake)
g) went in the steam room with cukes on my eyes
h) went back in the hot tub
i) got a massage
j) started to feel sick and took a nap on a lounge chair for 2 hours
k) had a ginger ale at the bar with mom & dad
l) picked up a few groceries for dinner
m) threw up (twice)
n) went to bed early

That's right, folks.  I had an incredibly lovely, relaxing spa day at Stoweflake... and it made me sick.  Apparently my body cannot handle that much rest and relaxation (and, I suspect, that much hot tubbing).  Next time we're going to take it easy with the heat.  (And I drank way more than my fair share of cucumber water, so I have no idea...)

2. saw my friend Elizabeth's short film "Last Days at Doughboys" at the Vermont International Film Festival (hooray) and

a) drank champagne and ate fruit with the girls before the screening
b) had sweet potato fries at the pub afterward

3. went to my first Fed Up meeting (a group that advocates for women's reproductive rights, which my brother has been involved in for the past few months)

It was busy, busy, busy!  Next weekend is shaping up to be even crazier (costume dance party/karaoke, birthday brunch, birthday celebrations...) and even the weekend after that is already booked up!  Too bad weeks aren't as cool as weekends.  Work, work, work, work, work (that's one work for every day of the week), doing the dishes, grocery shopping, laundry... all of those unpleasant things tend to need doing during my weekday evenings.  Blech.  Where can I fit in my Anna Karenina-reading, Alias-watching, and book-editing??  Time, you are a fickle friend.

Friday, October 19, 2012

in which raindrops keep falling on my head


Hooray Friday!  Just a simple outfit for a rainy day--I almost didn't post today because the outfit is pretty boring and it was practically pouring when I took these photos.  But here I am!  Last time the girls and I got together for Art Club, my friend Elizabeth pushed some of her old clothes on us, and I scored this gem of a dress.  It is so soft and comfortable, I can tell it will be my go-to on days when I just can't stand constriction.

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(dress: forever 21; scarf/shoes: thrifted; trench: h&m; bag: urban outfitters)

I'm excited for the weekend, and not just for the usual reason (no work = hallelujah).  Tomorrow, mom and I are off to Stowe for a spa day!  And then Sunday I'm getting together with the girls to see my friend Elizabeth's film play at the VTIFF (the very same friend who gave me this dress, in fact)!  Plus, I've been super productive on my novel lately, powering through the revision, fleshing out some sections and slashing others--I think I'm officially over my attachment complex and am willing to let go for the sake of getting the edits over with.

Other than that, not much is happening.  It is almost my birthday (crazy!).  The best thing about that is it means I get to force K to hang out with me instead of studying.  And I get to make my parents take me out to dinner.  Ha!  Double whammy.  Doesn't it seem like this month/year/life is going so fast?