On My Mind: October Edition

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1. If you don’t mind an essay filled with expletives, you HAVE to read McSweeney’s “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.” I. AM. DYING.  Though I’m totally guilty of loving an ugly gourd or two myself.

2. Sticking with the season, someone wrote into Dear Prudence complaining about having to buy candy for less fortunate children that don’t even live in her super wealthy neighborhood… REALLY?! Prudence totally verbally slapped this person: “Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.” Touché, Prudence. Touché.

3. Have you seen IKEA’s hilarious ad for it’s low-tech catalog? “Introducing the new 2015 IKEA catalog. It’s not a digital book. Or an e-book. It’s a book book.” lol. Check it out.

4. Tory Burch has a new line of watches, and I’m totally crushing on the small gold one. But $800 for a basic watch?! I guess that’s her thing though, which I fell for with the basic black flats… But three years later, they’re still going strong so I think it’s worth the $200 price tag. Quality over quantity!

5. And finally, I’m Kansas City-bound tonight and I’ve never been, so if you have suggestions on things to do, bartenders to visit or BBQ to eat, let me know! xoxo



Weekend Rewind: Fall Fun

It’s pretty amazing what you can accomplish in a weekend when you don’t have to fit in a 15-mile or so run—and all the preparations that go into that. I’m still adjusting to life post-marathon, but I did go for my first jog and caught a beautiful fall sunrise over Montrose Harbor. IMG_2851

I’m REALLY liking that I have more time for projects around the apartment. Much more on this later, but here’s a sneak peek…

Once I’d scrubbed all the stray paint off (I somehow managed to get it on the strangest things, like my work bag in the next room!), I had to quickly get ready for my first Halloween party of the season at a friend’s apartment. He’s a great host, so the party was a blast! I can only hope my Friendsgiving in a couple weeks is as successful. (Speaking of, it’ll be my first dinner party so I welcome all tips and tricks! Send ’em over!)

And that still wasn’t the end. We decided to go for a scenic drive… and ended up in Milwaukee. Whoops!  We picked up some cheese and meats and enjoyed a nice view from the lakefront near the art musuem. It was very Wisconsin.

I hope everyone is getting out there and enjoying these beautiful fall days!

Weekend Rewind: There’s a Snake in my Boots

Is there an age when you’re just too old for Halloween? Trick-or-treating is one thing (and one thing I probably did do too long…), but what about dressing up in costume? Well, if there is an age limit, hopefully I’m not over that hill. I went to a Halloween party this weekend, and honestly, it was a blast! It was at a crappy little bowling alley down the street from my apartment—and by crappy, I mean exactly the way bowling alleys should be. $3 beers? Hello, new hangout!

But I digress. My friend Rebecca and I went as Buzz and Woody from Toy Story.

photoI only knew a couple people at the party, but there were a lot of familiar faces, if you will: all four of The Golden Girls; Jules, Vincent and Mia from Pulp Fiction; Mario and Luigi; an elaborate—and sweaty—Burt and Ernie. I was especially fond of the Brawny man. I tend to be drawn to the creative costumes that cost next to nothing to make. Mine was $12: $10 for the hat, $2 for a thrift store vest. (I had planned on gluing felt “spots” to it to make it look more cow-like, but the craft store was all out of white.)

Age appropriate or not, I am happy to be out of the slutty-fill-in-the-blank costume phase…