Monthly Archives: October 2012

Instant Happiness

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Isn’t it amazing how things from your childhood can make you instantly calm and happy? When I was a kid, my family had a tradition of having hot chocolate and powdered donuts after Friday night football games. I saw some donuts at the grocery store and decided to recreate that snack. Man was it awesome!

 

What childhood moments do you like to recreate?

Cool Cats

Reno weather is weird. Until a couple days ago, it was a little chilly but still summerish during the afternoons. Then all of the sudden it became winter. Boo hiss. Our apartment has vaulted ceilings, so we’ve been keeping the thermostat low to avoid spending tons of money on heat that will mostly end up where we can’t even feel it. Needless to say, everyone is a bit chilly. The kittehs are finding new, warmer places to hang out. As evidenced above, the fireplace is popular. So is getting all up in the people’s personal space.

 

Mr. W and Tig demonstrate:

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Halloween Movies for Reminiscing (and for wimps)

My taste in Halloween movies basically hasn’t changed since I was 8. I have an extremely overactive imagination, so I don’t watch anything scary. This is especially true since I spent a year having dreams about serial killers trying to murder me almost every night. It was a very sleep deprived year, and I still have no idea what caused it. Some mysteries will never be solved I suppose.

Anyway, on a cheerier note, here is a list of completely cheesy and fun movies that Tig and I think you should watch for Halloween:

1) Hocus Pocus

2) Double, Double Toil and Trouble

3) the whole Halloweentown series from Disney

4) The Worst Witch

5) Tower of Terror

What movies do you love at Halloween? Are they frightening or just fun?

 

25×25: This is why we can’t have nice things

I finished one of the items on my 25×25 list a few days ago. Here are some photos of Mr. W and I’s journey putting together a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle:

This is the puzzle we chose. It was cheap and not ugly and that was good enough for us.

Stage 1.

Lyla wanted to help.

So did Opie.

This should have been a picture of the finished puzzle. The kittehs decided to knock it off the table instead. This is why we can’t have nice things.

 

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25×25: A relaxed goals list

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Like a lot of people, I love lists and goals. When I was about to turn 20, I wrote a 30×30 list for fun and self improvement. It sucks. I didn’t account for a sluggish economic recovery. Every time I look at it, I get frustrated about how broke Mr. W and I are*. So, since I’m about to be 23 1/2, I decided to write a 25×25 list to distract myself.

Here are my easier, cheaper, more fun 25×25 goals:

1) Increase my typing speed to 75 wpm

2) Try every recipe in Miette

3) Teach Tig to play fetch

4) Finish knitting the blanket I started 2 years ago

5) Taking an accounting class (This is a little expensive, but it’s more justifiable than the things on the 30×30 list)

6) Post on this blog for 30 consecutive days

7) Run 5 miles

8) Do 20 push-ups (I’m not sure how to start this since I can’t do any right now…)

9) Start an herb garden

10) Play in the snow

11) Make a financial vision board

12) Make a souffle

13) Bake bread from scratch

14) Throw a fancy dinner party

15) Go to a beginner line dancing night

16) Put together a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

17) Carve a pumpkin

18) Send thank yous from my wedding that we should have sent a year ago

19) Learn to do something other than point and click with our camera

20) Buy a vase and fill it with flowers

21) Go horseback riding

22) Take a yoga class

23) Host a tea party with an actual teapot and finger sandwiches

24) Volunteer somewhere

25) Try sushi

 

*I did finally get a part time job at Macy’s for the holidays!

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10 Fun Fall Things

In the interest of full disclosure, this post was inspired by this Yes and Yes post. I seriously love that blog.

It’s starting to feel a little bit like fall here in Reno, although the afternoons are still TOO HOT. Fall is my favorite season (and the season my wardrobe is most designed for), so I’m a little bit pissed by the late onset. Alas, the sun gives no fucks about how I feel.

Here we have, in list form, 10 fun fall things to do:

1) Drink a pumpkin spice latte.

I know it’s cheesy, but they are JUST SO GOOD. One morning while I was in the shower, Mr. W went out and got me one. I think I’ll keep him.

 

2) Knit something.

I need to do this. I really enjoy knitting, and I have a blanket that I’ve been occasionally working on for about 2 years.

 

3) Make something homemade that you’ve never made before.

I’m thinking about trying to bake a loaf of bread from scratch. You could try pumpkin pie, spaghetti sauce, or cheese. I’m sure there are non-food options too, but I haven’t had enough coffee to think of any.

 

4) Carve a pumpkin.

I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years, and I am determined to change that. I even have a balcony where I can display it now!

 

5) Play a game or do a puzzle.

Summer is all about outdoor activities. Fall is a great time to enjoy something inside like an old game or a jigsaw puzzle.

 

6) Go for a hike.

On the flip side of 5, we are running out of nice days, so enjoy the fantastic fall weather too.

 

7) Start shopping for Xmas gifts.

It builds anticipation, and helps prevent a mid-December freak out.

 

8) Take some pictures.

Pumpkins are very good at holding a pose.

 

9) Go to a football game and drink hot chocolate.

Actually watching the game is not required. I personally enjoy it, but I know not everyone feels that way.

 

10) Try a seasonal beer.

Then let me know how it was!

 

Happy autumn! Hopefully winter doesn’t come too fast!

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel Time: San Francisco

I went to San Francisco for the first time last week. Mr. W’s grandparents invited us, Mr. W’s twin sister, and his cousin. They also paid for basically everything, which was extremely nice of them. I really don’t have much to say about the trip. It was cold and I definitely did not pack correctly (weather.com lied to me!). Mr. W and his sister argued quite a bit. It’s a good thing for the rest of us they usually reside in different states!  The trip was good, but it really was not super interesting. We mostly did touristy things and ate a ton of food. I highly recommend R&G Lounge and McCormick and Kuleto’s, but I’m meh about Cotogna (too rich, which is saying something for me) and The Slanted Door (no specific reason; it just wasn’t as good as the price indicated).

 

Anyway… enough chatter. Here are some pictures courtesy of Mr. W. Not very many, because we kept forgetting that we had the camera.

 

1. Palace of Fine Arts

2. Claude the albino alligator at the Academy of Sciences

3. A bridge you may have heard of once or twice

4. City Hall

5. Tig hiding behind a cushion

Tig wasn’t in SF; I just like that picture.

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