Monthly Archives: September 2012

well ain’t that the truth

There’s a few things I know for sure at the end of this week.

:: I’ve spent more days this week hungover than not.

:: I haven’t left the house at night without my red lipstick on, and I’m falling back in love with red lips.

:: I don’t know anyone that encounters as many awkward moments in their day to day lives as I do.

:: Fudge swirl ice cream makes a bad day better.

:: At home spa treatments can turn dangerous when fire is involved. The giant burn on my boob is proof of that.

:: People can be crazy.

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It’s been raining all day. I counted down the minutes until work was finally over with. I’ve jumped into Kh’s seasonally inappropriate pajamas (candy canes!), put on my knee high socks, and I’ve had a night of doing nothing. I was so social this week (hence the never ending hangover) that I can’t wait to just veg out and not move from this couch all night.

I’ll be indulging in a marathon of horror movies to get me in the right mindset for October, and maybe a bowl or two of ice cream. I’m already on bowl #1.

A lazy night of perfection. What do you have going on this weekend? Pilates is canceled tomorrow morning, and we’re debating going to a carnival. We didn’t get to go to the one farther away, but there’s one only 30 mins away this weekend. We also have a friends housewarming party to go to. This all is of course going down after I get to sleep in and make chocolate chip pancakes.

Yay weekend!

xo

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fall food love – a roundup of recipes

Have you heard? It’s fall. I’ve said it at least a dozen times, and I’m quite sure so has every other person I’ve come into contact with recently. There’s so many things I love about fall. Sweaters, boots, apple cider.. Halloween.. and all the good food I can start cooking. When it gets colder out all I want to do is bake, and try out new recipes. I’m still having a bit of a lull in my cooking creativity, and I hope I can knock myself out of it soon.

A few of the recipes that have really caught my eye lately are mostly desserts (opps!). I don’t eat meat (or rather very rarely eat meat), so I found some great meat-free hearty recipes to try out.

This is my absolute must try recipe. Vegetarian shepard’s pie, I mean, cmon! Delicious.


I’ve never tried this either, but mushroom stroganoff looks and sounds pretty amazing.


Spiced squash, chickpea and potato stew. YUM!


Can’t I just eat these hasselback potatoes and nothing else?


Ok so I’ve got a thing for potatoes.

I know I said I was focusing on some hearty recipes, but look at these little dessert treats. It would be dangerous to have these in the house, I’d probably eat them all in one night. Chocolate and peanut butter is the deadliest combination ever for me. Yum..


Peanut butter and chocolate oat bars.. I mean for real?

I could probably spend hours looking at recipes and make a million “to make” lists. I think I’ll start by making the Shepard’s pie this weekend. Potatoes, potatoes!! Are you looking forward to baking/cooking this fall? Got any recipes you are dying to make?

xo

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september birchbox – my last month

I did it. I made the plunge I had been hesitantly weighing in on since I started getting my birchbox in the mail.. I canceled my subscription. I loved getting the products in the mail, but overall I wasn’t completely satisfied with the variety from each month. I got a lot of hair elastics (hi, short haired gal here), perfume samples, and generally things that didn’t interest me. I found myself saying “eh this month kind of sucked” a little too often. When you first sign up for your birchbox, you take a survey letting them know what types of products you’d be interested in receiving. Great right? Maybe I just goofed on my survey.

Anyways! Here is the last bit of products I received in my birchbox.

 

1:: Birchbox and Color Cube Custom Collection: Put a Pin In It
I actually loved the color I got. It was a pink metallicy shade, and I got a lot of compliments on it. The only downfall? It chipped so easily. The same day I put it on, it was chipping away. Boo! I loved getting the nailpolish samples in the mail. I have a lot of polish colors and like to get samples of colors I’d usually never choose.

2:: BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir
“.. think Grace Kelly on a starlit evening.” – Sounds nice right? For $83 a bottle it should be. I’m sure it’s real nice if you like perfume scents. I do not. (Sounds bratty right?)

3:: The Brush Guard Variety Pack
Great idea! The only issue (collective gasp here) I don’t own any brushes. I’m not much for eyeshadow, and I don’t use a brush to apply lipstick or eyeliner.

4:: Twistband Lace up for Fall
I used to sell these at the boutique I managed, and everyone loved them. I’m told they don’t pull your hair, but they do get a little loose I’m told if you have thinner hair. I can see the appeal, sadly, short hair gal here, remember?

5:: Vasanti BrightUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
“This powerful exfoliator mimics the results of professional microdermabrasion, minus the potential for redness and sensitivity.” – I haven’t tried this yet, but it is certainly the only thing thus far in the box I loved. Especially with winter fastly approaching (ekk I said it..).

6:: WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit: Real Clean and Ideal Skin
A little to go pack of cleanser and tinted moisturizer for when you’re on the go. Cute idea! I’m always hesitant to use a cleanser or tinted moisturizer that I haven’t thoroughly tested. Sensitive skin can be real testy at times. The wrong cleanser and I’ve got blemishes for days.

They also included a little fall look book, which was a nice touch. It has fall fashion and tips for my absolute favorite season.

And! That’s not it. A coupon for Madewell. They did quite well with the extras this month, but I still had to say so long.

In it’s place I’ve decided to get a year subscription to Bust Magazine. I’ve always been a huge Bust fan, but I’m not one to go buy a magazine. This way, it’ll come right to my house! Yay!

xo

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Random moment of the day v1.5

Ok, so this didn’t actually happen today. It happened on Monday, don’t hold that against me.

I have a client that lives in Charlestown, which just so happens to be littered with film crew trucks at the moment. I haven’t quite looked into what is being filmed, but it’s putting a tad bit of excitement into my usual boring route I walk him on. We’re walking down the street, minding our own business, dodging film trucks, my head phones blaring some NPR episode when I realize there’s a man walking rather fast behind me. I pause my headphones and turn around to see what his deal is. I generally don’t talk to people, because more often than not they turn out to be creepers (and lets face it, I watch too much SVU, Disappeared, and disaster television). This guy turns out to be a reporter with The Boston Globe doing a follow up report on a landscaper that has been charged in the area with leaving anti-freeze soaked hot dogs out where dogs can eat them. Why? To keep them off a lawn! I hadn’t heard of this story yet, and was slightly outraged. Especially since it was happening right in an area I walk a few dogs. The reporter got my opinion and even included it in his article. You can read it here.

The best part of this incident surrounding a terrible crime? The lab I was walking isn’t usually the most welcoming to strangers, but he sat staring at this man. When I finally realized what he was doing, I couldn’t help but laugh. He thought the mans tape recorder was a treat, and he was sitting begging for it.

It’s the little moments that make my days.

xo

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Instalife: it’s Fall!

1. Weekend activities! We went to see a horror burlesque show despite our hangover from the night before.
2. Gin/tonics and Halloween crafts from said night before. Oy!
3. And even before that we got sushi and beer.
4. FALL!


5. I found these Halloween ribbons at the craft store and HAD to have them.
6. I gave in and bought some flameless candles. I couldn’t help myself, how great are these?


7. Polaroid from a photoshoot I did recently. I love Polaroids. and being half naked.
8. I’m falling back in love with red lips.
9. Kh brought me home a raspberry poptart from Flour. OMG. Love. That’s right, I eat baked goods and get scantily clad for the camera.


10. Kh’s friend took Lucy for the weekend, so we just had one dog. Going from 4 to one was amazing. She got to ride in the car.
11. and lay in my lap.


12 & 13. The sky over where I live. Well technically the parking lot of the craft store near my house. No filter, it was so gorgeous!

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Yayyy it’s Fall! I’ve said it a half dozen times and I’ll say it again. I’m so excited! This weekend we’re planning a trip to the Topsfield Fair. I’m going to play some fair games like nobodies business! Oh, and pet some bunnies too.

I have a bunch of Halloween crafts to finish up and take some photos of. I’m also working on my September birchbox post.

Did I mention it’s fall and I’m damn excited?

xo

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My reading list (aka my book hoarding addiction)

I’ve got the tiniest bit of a book hoarding addiction. It’s nothing so severe you have to call the makers of Hoarders and have all of my things shipped away to various dumps and goodwills, but it is a little silly. I can’t help but want to own any book I’m going to read. Or at least be able to physically hold it.

I got Kh a replacement kindle a few months ago when hers died, and it went unused for quite some time. Finally I picked it up one day, learned how to use it and bought my very first book on it. Kh caught me more than once holding it like a book, and she even was witness to me trying to turn the pages..

So I gave up on the kindle and went on a book spending spree. This past weekend Kh and I went to my favorite used bookstore up in Salem. I never go prepared and end up just wandering the aisles until I remember authors or book titles I wanted to look in to.

I had so many books in my hand I had to enlist Kh’s arms to hold some of them while I kept looking. I probably could have gotten an entire basket full..But in the end I settled on these.

1. Thinner by Stephen King :: “When an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, six weeks later he’s ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble…that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.” I mean, how can you really say no to that for $2? I used to love Stephen King. The Green Mile had me in tears when I first read it.
2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides :: “In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls’ school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond clasmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them–along with Callie’s failure to develop–leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.” I have a deep seated interest in sexuality, and how it relates (and doesn’t relate) to gender and all the intricate and delicate situations that arise from it. I have a feeling I’ll love this one.
3. Little Bee by Chris Cleave :: I know next to nothing about this book. There isn’t even really a description on Amazon for it. I’ve heard good things, and have been forewarned that I’ll cry. Bring it on! I love a tear jerking surprise.
4 & 5. Of Love and Other Demons and The General in His Labyrinth  by Gabriel Garcia Marquez :: One of my favorite authors of all time, I couldn’t help but get the only two books there I don’t own of his. I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude and was so hooked I soon read many of his other works.
6. Out by Natsuo Kirino :: “This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot’s ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.” Japanese culture and murder, I’m all over this one.
7. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino :: Prostitutes, Japanese culture, murder, oh my! Yeah, I have a feeling I’m going to love this one too.

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If that wasn’t enough, my amazon wish list is just bursting with books and made it all too tempting.. I couldn’t just leave them there could I? I got my first package in the mail last week. (Why is it so much fun to get things in the mail?)

1. Down Among the Dead Men by Michelle Williams
2. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
3. Spook by Mary Roach
4. The 2-Hour Tarot Tutor – I’ve always wanted to learn how to read tarot cards, so why not start?

I’ve already started The Devil in the White City, it has a slow beginning but I’m pretty excited to get in farther. I have a bit of a macabre taste in most things, especially books. Murder mysteries, mortuary science, and tales of defining sexuality always grab my attention. After this overload of books I think I’ll be busy for quite some time. I’ve heard great things about all the books I’ve acquired, and it really makes me giddy to read all them. Does that make me a geeky bookworm? I sure hope so.

Have any book suggestions for me to check out? Or a book you’re just crazy about right now? Tell me! 🙂

xo

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Instalife: oh hey I’m behind in September


1. Kh and I went to another Roller Derby bout. More beers more cheering! It’s inspiring me to pick up some skates..
2. The next day after said bout we were pretty hungover so we did what normal individuals in our situation would do. Got Spike’s hotdogs. So gross and delicious. They gave me chili cheese fries on accident. Um don’t mind if I do.
3. Cucumber mint gin and tonic and gluten free pizza at Flatbreads. Oh hi.
4. Skyping with my mom a lot lately.


5. My Gram came to visit me in Boston for the very first time. We took her out to eat in Cambridge, gave her the grand tour of Somerville, and generally avoided tourist traps downtown.
6. They wouldn’t let me ride the carousel. boo.


7. Coffee that’s equivalent to crack from one of my fav places in Harvard Sq.
8. Lucy begging for a piece of my brioche. All mine!


9. I’m trying to get caught up on movies I’ve missed. Red Box is amazing, but I got this TERRIBLE movie from it.
10. My receipt from the movie store “Serpent and the Poo.”

11. The weathers been perfect so we did just this at our fav spot in Salem.
12. Just looking at the cheese and beer I want to go back and get more.. mmmm.. mustard ale cheese..

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I fell behind in September with updates. I admit, I got sucked into real life happenings and this fall weather. I also started running real low on creative energy and found it hard to type out just about anything. I started a secondary blog where I can just let my brain pour out through my fingertips and not have to worry about making sense or catering to any specific category. It’s helping. I’m hoping to start incorporating more of my thoughts, views and feelings in this blog. I even have some new ideas for DIY’s, and recipes. Halloween is coming and it’s my favorite time of the year. What better thing to inspire me with, amiright?

This weekend we’re going to The Big E. Kh is so excited, she just about popped when I told her I was taking her there. She plans on winning me a stuffed animal, I plan on trying not to throw up on one of the rides. I think we’re evenly matched.

Other than that. I’ve got a million books to read, crafts to get done, and general happiness to enjoy.

xo

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