31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!!

This year, I went as [a very very very loose interpretation of] Botticelli's Primavera.  Paigey was in town, and played up her broken ankle as being "Pegleg Pirate Paige."  I made my crown myself!! Stephanie would be/is so proud of my craftiness!

Pegleg Pirate Paige and Primavera
Primavera rocking the SLINKY

2010//Poker Face

30 October 2012

Roo Panes

Lots of updates; in the meantime, enjoy this song by Roo Panes.

Oh, and he's also a Burberry model.

28 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy

My house is currently accepting applications for cuddle buddies for when the power inevitably goes out.

I've had a lot of fun this weekend in preparation of what sounds like our inevitable doom.

I'll post about it when I'm floating down the streets this week.

in the meantime, stay safe erryone!

26 October 2012


My week has been jam packed.  I've been home before 10pm just one night this week, and I used that night to make pumpkin cupcakes from scratch.  Be impressed, and forget the fact that I started making them two or three weeks ago (just the dry ingredients!).

Yandary's orthodontist is approximately half a block away from my office, so this week we met up and had a  picnic lunch at Rock Creek Park!  I know I told her I was excited for a picnic because I am PB&J's biggest fan and then only ate apples (an apple that I picked and then applesauce I made myself!), but I still stand by that statement.  I love PB&J!! (Picture below is hers :) )
Lunch with Yandary via Yandary

I went to a super rad hipster concert last night with Beth.  Her friend Spencer (who used to perform with Fictionist before he married his unfairly awesome wife) put on a concert, and I loved it so much that I died.  How do I find these people in my ward boundaries???  Anyway, the name of Spencer and Libbie's band is Mideau, and they are working on getting up on the internet, so I'll link when that happens because they are the best.
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Beth and I drove by this house near her ward building that has all sorts of decorations up for Halloween.  I was excited to see purple lights on display, because it proved me right to the Boys Next Door that purple is indeed a Halloween colour.  

AND THE BEST THING HAPPENED YESTERDAY!! Summed up, I helped two Muslim women figure out if there was anything they could eat at a restaurant because they follow Halal (are Halal? do Halal? eat Halal? What is the correct verb here, people?)....entirely in FRENCH!! I took 10 years of French, but it's been a few years, and I never was comfortable speaking with native speakers (oh the judgement!! haha).  And this whole experience was totally unrehearsed and awesome and I felt so EMPOWERED!!! And then the restaurant people gave me 50% off for helping!  And then I called my dad and gushed about how ALIVE I felt!!

This weekend is going to rule! Paigey will be back in D.C.!!! Let's hope no more bones break...

24 October 2012

Odd Compliment

This is more than kind of perfect.

{Thanks to Nif for sharing!}

23 October 2012

Hometown Halloween

Media this weekend was just so super! Really!

We survived the rain on Friday's drive... the commute took an extra hour, but we arrived alive, so I'd say we won.

My friend Chase has a lot of great photos, but since I have yet to steal  get them from him, those ones will have to wait (which just means there will be another post!)

Saturday was perfectly perfectly perfect and autumnal!!

We picked pumpkins at Linvilla's Pumpkinland (DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE BLUE PUMPKINS???!!!)
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blue pumpkin photobomb
siamese pumpkin

We did a little exploring in the garden section AKA turned into witches :)  Still can't believe I didn't buy a venus fly trap when I had the chance!
moss shake
c witch
paige witch
gourd witch

We became regular ol' Johnny Appleseeds!  Has anyone else ever heard of Mutsu apples? I kept saying, "Where are the Matisyahu apples?"  And bee-tea-dubs, we made some killer apple crisp and apple sauce (!!!) after :)
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heather and apples
Apple Picking boys

A picnic and a stroll and photobombing family photos at Ridley Creek State Park are the best way to spend lunch. Or breakfast or dinner or brunch or linner or dessert or elevensies or second breakfast or midnight snack.
Steph RCSP
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There was also a trip to ARASAPHA for a HAUNTED MAZE (I got axed in the face, no joke) and a HAUNTED HAYRIDE!!  Those pictures will be up once I have them!!

Such a lovely weekend!

/thanks to Stephanie for the last 3 photos!/

22 October 2012

Polaroids From Everybody's Hometown

A few polaroids from this weekend:

Heather and Chase

Endearing Things About Me /A Picture Of Me&BF From My Weekend Home

I learned this weekend that I laugh and eat in my sleep.*  That's cute right?

My new boyfriend thinks so:

That Tin Man should have a heart now :)

MANY more photos to come!!

*not even surprised in the least.

19 October 2012

Media Weekend

I'm off to my hometown for a little Hometown Halloween adventure with some friends this weekend! As I told my friends via my fabulously entertaining email invite, it's going to be both autumnal and spooky!!

On the agenda:
bonfire/s'mores (or as I like to call them, "s'mon't you dare stop me from eating any more of these delicious confections")
apple/pumpkin picking
haunted hayrides
family time
probably some random singing and dancing

Some  photos from a visit in April (courtesy of Alicia)

17 October 2012

Another One From My Personal Emails

Gee, I sure hope that my friends don't mind that I do this, but I feel like once we get to this point in our friendship where you are sending me cool stuff via electronic mail messages, then you probably know it's a possibility. 

I just got an email from dear Jourdan:

Subject: Friends!


You know, because of my AWESOME NEW PANTS!!!

16 October 2012

I Heart Your Heart

Sometimes, it's the shortest, sweetest little emails from a friend that really brighten your day!

I Heart Your Heart

< 3

15 October 2012

RS Retreat Featuring Danny & Mara Kofoed Of A Blog About Love

So as I was writing the title for this post, I accidentally wrote Dara...celebrity name!! I come up with the best stuff in my "just woke up from a nap" stupor.

I cannot do justice to HOW AMAZING the Retreat was!!!  A lot of preparation has been put into this over the last several months, and it was so rewarding to see everything come to fruition!! (Can I just pause and say I'm sooo happy that the rides came together, so thank you to all my drivers!!)

Our speakers were Mara and Danny Kofoed of A Blog About Love (!!!!). If you aren't familiar with their blog, stop what you are doing, check it out, read a few posts, and fall in love with them and feel so good about yourself and life!!  They were incredible!  The Kofoeds spoke to us both Friday night and Saturday.  They took the time to speak with many sisters individually, which was so touching for me to witness.  Aaaahh so much haaaappiness and looove!! I'm feeling it, people! And so can you!!

Thanks to April F. for all of these photos!! (If you are in the ward/were at the retreat, I can give you access to these and many more photos! Just email me!)

Friday night:
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Back story to the next photos: When the Elders Quorum had their EQ Retreat/campout, our RS Presidency heart attacked their cars.  When we woke up this morning, we found that our cars had been enhanced with streamers, candy, and balloons (which included notes inside of them!)  How great is that?? They had to have come sooo late! THANK YOU!!
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We had lots of delicious food to eat!  A GIANT THANK YOU to everyone who assisted with that and made my job a little bit easier!!  (Thanks to Jacqueline for making me a $ shaped pancake!)
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The whole morning was quite cozy!
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Danny & Mara led a workshop on Saturday morning/afternoon.  What a fabulous discussion!! I wish we had filmed Friday and Saturday so I could watch it over and over!
Afterwords, we took lots of photos (and took down the chairs!).  Everyone is sooo good looking!! To quote my little sister Paigey, "Best looking ward ever."
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Again, THANK YOU Mara and Danny for coming down to teach us!! We love you!