Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween!  Though, its not quite the same as when I was younger, Halloween still brings back great memories!  My mom used to decorate for every holiday, so our house was always festive with orange and black decorations, pumpkins and sweet treats.  Now I would prefer a good carmel apple and non-scary Halloween movie, to getting dressed up and trick-or-treating.  Tonight though, R and I will be spending the evening having dinner with friends and not in costume

In the Halloween spirit, I was also reminded of a poem that I had memorized when I was in elementary school (and read aloud to the class...scary!).  I grew up loving reading, and had a good family friend to really encourage it, along with memorization.  I only remembered bits and pieces of it, but I was overjoyed to find it on google and reread it!

So a little Halloween poetry, along with our costumes from this weekend.

ITTLE Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you

Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you

An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you

An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
-James Whitcomb Riley, "Little Orphant Annie" 

R as Smacks Frog and me as Toucan Sam

Moz as the Kellogs Corn Flakes Rooster.  Him wearing this costume lasted only long enough to take this picture.

California Adventure-pumpkin patch

After a tough week, I was very excited to have the weekend finally arrive.  We had spent the weekend before traveling to Kansas and visiting family and friends.  It was an amazing weekend, but like most trips, was happy to be home (though I admit I was already missing everyone before I left KC).

So this past weekend, R and I decided to take it very easy.  We had a Halloween party on Saturday night, but spent most of the weekend enjoying the unseasonably warm weather.  Oh, and watching the Giants make their way to win the World Series!

On Sunday, we ventured down south to Half Moon Bay to enjoy the sunshine on the coast.  It was the perfect day for flannel, boots, shorts and pumpkins!  I love pumpkin patches, and choosing fun shapes, colors and sizes to decorate the apartment.  We chose one, to fulfill my fall goal of carving a pumpkin.

So Monday evening, R and I enjoyed carving our "hipster" pumpkin, drinking hot cider and watching a movie.

Moz and I with our pumpkin loot

Carved pumpkin and display in the apartment

Half Moon Bay-enjoyed some salt water taffy for the drive home

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lady-Like Love

Today I opened up my inbox to 2 amazing e-mails from Piperlime and BHLDN.   Both of course drew me in instantly with their incredible "lady-like" looks.  With fall fashion, I am usually much more drawn to cozy knits, fun tights, riding boots and warm scarves.  However, today, I felt completely enamored by the incredible feminine dresses that were featured.  So I decided to pull together a bit of a wish list of all my girly loves!!

It would not be complete without polka dots, lace and sparkle!

I recently bought a lace dress from a local vintage shop here in SF.  I adore it, but I love the look of color-block mixed with lace.

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The dress is under BHLDN's "bridesmaids" section, but I can't resist the idea of wearing this to some holiday parties (or toning it down with some black tights and cardigan for work)!  I will also be dreaming about the Kate Spade "book clutch" as a perfect match between bookworms and fashion.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

California Adventure-Exploring Nevada

This weekend was R's birthday, so we decided to take a mini-roadtrip to Reno, Nevada.  With an additional million people in the city this weekend, too, it was a good time to take off.  The purpose of the trip was not to actually spend time in Reno--but to journey east onto the Blackrock Desert Playa to a remote hot springs.  Trego Hot Springs is located 2 1/2 hours outside of Reno and near where Burning Man is hosted every year.  Its small and relatively shallow, but the water comes out of the ground at 190 degrees, so a little ways from the source is the perfect temperature.      

Afterwards, we drove onto the playa in search of another springs, with the general instructions to head North towards black rock...needless to say, we did not find it.  However, it was very fascinating to drive along a dry lake bed at 65 miles an hour with nothing to follow except for some tire tracks.  Along with Burning Man, this is also where they host all of the world's fastest land races.  R knew that I would be completely fascinated by this random fact!

Trego Hot Spring-Nevada

Black Rock Desert Playa
 On Sunday, we headed back west to Lake Tahoe.  I hadn't been there all summer (or winter for that matter), so it was an incredible to day to spend hiking and wandering about.  I even went swimming...in October!!  Tahoe was nearly deserted, so it was great to have some amazing "secret" beaches all to ourselves!

My hiking shoes

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

fall times

The first day of fall was a couple weeks ago, so I realize I am a little late on this!  I have been enjoying a few pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks so it feels more like the season.  I decided that this year, I wanted R and I to have a few "goals" to help us make the most of this amazing time of year!  I had been seeing fall "to-do" lists on a few blogs, so figured I would make one of my own.

1. Carve a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch
2. Visit an apple orchard and make apple cider
3. Cook our way through "Fall" section of this cookbook
4. Read Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" series
5. Go oyster shucking at Point Reyes
6. Find the perfect fall scarf

I love going to pumpkin patches during this time of year, but I am putting it as a goal to actually carve one of my pumpkins that I get!  As for "Little House on the Prairie", I received the whole series as a kid, but never actually read through all of them.  Its been on my "to-do" list for a while and I am excited to experience them as an adult!

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