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Hey There!

Mmmmh, y’all. Can’t you just smell Halloween in the air?

My work actually already celebrated Halloween. We always have a big shindig with costume contests, skits, and food.

If you know me in real life, you may have noticed that I twitch my nose when I’m thinking. I do this so often that at work they tease me that I look like Samantha from Bewitched.

I figured that was as good a reason for my costume to be . . . a Pin-Up Witch!

The costume was easy enough. It was all things I had in my closet at home already, but I had a ton of fun customizing the basic witch’s hat I purchased from Target.

We also attended a Halloween party this past weekend which had some funny bits I wanted to share with you.

The hosts of the party created an awesome Carn-Evil-themed escape room in their garage. If you’ve never been in an escape room (which I had not), you solve a series of puzzles until you unlock the way out of the room.

In this case, you had to solve the final lock to retrieve your admission tickets to the carnival.

They truly did a fantastic job with the room and puzzles. It took us nearly a full half hour to solve everything and open that final door.

When we did get it opened, we were in for a fright! They had set up a human-size scary clown right inside the door!

Needless to say, I may’ve jumped just a bit.

Fast forward to later that night – The Fellow and I typically sleep on a camp cot at their place when we go up for parties as it’s a bit of a drive from the house. They set the cot up in the dining area which has a straight line of sight up the hallway to the bathroom door.

In the middle of the night, I heard another party guest (who’d had a biiit much to drink) get up to use the restroom but never heard him come back. When I opened my eyes, I could see him standing in the bathroom doorway, silhouetted in the moonlight, just staring into the bathroom mirror.

Concerned, I called out, “Hey, buddy, you ok?” To my confusion, from behind me on the couch, I was answered, “Yea, all good. Just went to the bathroom.” Well, if he’s right there, then who’s standing in the bathroom doorway . . . because The Fellow was asleep beside me?!

I panicked for a minute. My heart started racing; then I figured it out. IT.WAS.THE.CLOWN. Which didn’t exactly make me feel better about the situation.

In the middle of the night, The Fellow and our friend “K” had gone out to the garage/basement area and retrieved the creepy clown and had set it up at the end of the hallway directly opposite our host’s door so when they woke up and exited their bedroom, they’d be met face-to-face with the clown just like we’d been in the escape room!

I didn’t sleep too soundly after that point.

All of our Hallowen activities this year have been awesome. What awesome Halloween-themed things have you gotten to experience this year?



So Sleepy . . .

Hey There,

Woof. Y’all, I’m running on fumes.

I miss being able to stay up until the wee hours of the morning; then popping out of bed with maaaybe 5 hours of sleep and going on repeat.

Unfortunately, the coffee situation at work has somehow managed to get worse now that we’re in the new building.

I’ve kept myself at a 2-cup a day cap on my coffee, and they’re my favorite part of my morning, but it’s really rough if they aren’t good.

I’m thinking I may get a French press but that seems like a pain at the office, and K-Cups are expensive and bad for the environment.

What are your bad office coffee solutions? Let me know!



Hey There!

Y’all, it’s cold. It seems like all of the seasons have been so screwed up this year. It’s not looking like we’ll get much of a fall. I’ve decided that I’m not letting Mother Nature win though. I’m sticking to sweater weather and not bringing out my coat just yet. I will have fall, darn it!

As we’re heading into my least favorite time of year, I’ve prepared by stocking up on fleece-lined leggings and more fuzzy socks are in my immediate future.

I’m also taking some time away to just read and do crafts and little things that I’ve missed doing for a while now! I’m cutting myself a little slack on the housework that needs to be done and just doing things that I enjoy!

This week I’ve been working on my Halloween costume which I’ll be excited to share with you next week.

I won’t spoil the surprise, but let’s just say it’s going to be magical!

What are you planning on being for Halloween?




Another Year Older

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Have you ever met someone and forever after whenever you think of them the image ingrained in your mind never ages? No matter how long it’s been they are forever the same as when you first met?

I’m bad for doing that. There are people in my life who I’ve known for more than a decade and even though our relationship has spanned from AOL instant messenger to Myspace, then Facebook and on, when I think of them I still imagine them so much younger than we are now.

It seems that I do this with myself as well. I felt like I’d be 17 forever; then I hung on to 19 as long as I could, and in a few days I’m getting ready to say goodbye to 25, but I think I’m going to be feeling it for a long while yet.

We spend so much time when we are growing up wishing we were adults. Now, looking around at my “adult” friends, I don’t know what type of adults I thought we’d be. No one has it together like my mother always seemed to, but if different, we’re all doing pretty well.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this upcoming birthday. I wish I’d done more things in my early 20s, that I’d gone on more adventures before things were quite so serious with a full-time time career, a house, and husband when travel becomes ever so slightly more difficult. (What is it with the US and their 2 weeks of vacation time? Europe has 3 weeks y’all. Can we hop on that bandwagon?) But now I have my own cozy space to call home and someone waiting for me when I get there from my little adventures.

There are things that I still want to do and places to explore. I can’t wait to see what 26 brings!

Dream Larger Than Life

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Remember when you were a kid and people would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? No matter what you said, it was fine.

No one ever told you you’d probably fail or it wasn’t a stable income, what the statistics were or the salary. It didn’t matter how outlandish the job was; you were convinced that is what it would be, and everyone went along with it.

When did we stop believing we could do anything? At what age? What birthday with what number of candles?

I recently did something a little crazy. I won’t say what because it doesn’t really impact this post, but what does matter is that I went back to something I love that brings me joy, and I decided I was going to take a little leap. I pushed down the voices of everyone who had ever criticized me or told me I wasn’t good enough. I banished what I knew mainstream thought processes deem good enough, and I gave myself permission to say, “What if and why not?”

I reminded myself that if I don’t try, the answer will ALWAYS be “no” instead of just maybe the possible outcome I desire. I promised myself that if it didn’t work out (which it didn’t) I wouldn’t let the outcome steal my joy or love or damage how I think of myself.

Guess what? I grew.

What if WE applied those same thoughts to large things in our lives. What could we ALL accomplish if we loved ourselves and each other and helped to lift each other and seek to support from a place of grace and love instead of to corral and pinch everyone into the same mold?

I grew the tiniest amount this week, and I want to encourage every one of you to do something outside of your comfort zone too! Do one thing this week that the voice in the back of your mind says, “Oh, better not.” And no matter the outcome, love yourself that much more for committing and trying.

We have so much potential. Let’s reach for our dreams!


Halloween Mantle

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I’ve un-decorated for fall and finally decorated for Halloween and thought I’d share with you!

As you know, I love decorating my mantle for different seasons and holidays so I enjoyed being able to get two themes out of fall.

The pillar candles and their holders are leftover from our wedding, and I think they give just the right effect.

That big plastic skull is one of my favorite Halloween decorations. I’m always tempted to keep him out and not put him away at the end of the season.

Now that we’re all decorated, I’m all ready for spooky movies and warm, spicy beverages!

What is your favorite Halloween decoration?

A Bride No More: Our One-Year Anniversary

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Guys, can you believe it’s been a full year since Our Enchanted Wedding?

It seems hard to believe!

According to Miss Manners, in the 19th century, a woman was considered a bride for a year following her wedding during which time she was able to wear her wedding dress as an evening gown! I feel like I really missed out! I could’ve worn my dress to – so – many things.

I did actually get to wear it one more time as The Fellow and I finally got to take some “Wedding Photos” of just the two of us. I really wanted his grandmother to take them, but between the rain and our schedules we just never could seem to get together so a local friend helped us out.
Moonshine in a Teacup Wedding Photos

While I had some awesome candid shots from the wedding, we didn’t do any formal poses because it was hot and the group photos took so long, and we just wanted to join our friends and family at the reception. But it was making me just a bit sad that they’d be missing from our album. So, we got all dressed up again recently for a photo session.  They came out absolutely beautiful, and I’m incredibly glad we took them!

After a full year, I am still so incredibly grateful for all of the love, support, and help we received to help our day run so smoothly.

Between the SCA and 4-H, I have been blessed with so many wonderful people in my life who can accomplish absolutely anything.

So many people offered us their time, skills, and assistance to make it such such a beautiful day.

Our cake was made by a SCA Cooks Guild new friend – who’d only met me once at the time. She heard I had a need and immediately offered to fill it with the most magnificent three-tiered, tea-themed cake I could’ve asked for.

Other household members helped with the cake cutting and distribution.

We were offered the use of absolutely everything from homes and land to personal tents and belongings to fit our theme and needs, and we were met with nothing but grace as I changed and re-changed my mind on theme and location. Even my hair was done by my SCA family.

So many of our friends or friends of friends jumped in, and friends donated supplies and time, ensuring all of my daydreams and plans were brought to reality, and I was completely unaware if anything had gone wrong until we were all sharing stories around the campfire later.

The things I remember most about our wedding day (aside from being terrified I was going to put the ring on the wrong hand) was being kept calm, being cared for, and smiling so much that my face hurt.

It was a beautiful day of love and support and an absolutely awesome night at my favorite place to be – around a campfire. I was indulged and all of my favorite sad songs were sung.

I’m so glad that all of my 4-H, SCA friends, and our families surrounded us as we took our next step in our lives.

For our one-year anniversary, I’m reminded that I’m loved by a wonderful man, as he took me to a high tea! We sat and sipped and nibbled on dainty tea sandwiches (which is the best thing ever to see a man do). I’m starting a hashtag: #mendrinkingtea. Help me make it go viral!

Then on Sunday to be sure that he got to do something fun for our anniversary too, we went to Fogo De Chao with some of our wedding party.

Even Baltimore threw us a parade! (Well, maybe not, but I’m saying it was for our anniversary.)

I’m so blessed to have such amazing people in my life and to have had such an awesome year. Thank you for being a part of it!






Feelin’ Fall

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To quote my girl Anne with an e, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

I can finally sip my pumpkin spice coffee without shame and watch Hocus Pocus on repeat! (Shush, you know you do too.)

I decorated for fall in September, and am really thinking I’m going to undecorate, decorate for Halloween, then redecorate for November . . . that’s ok, right?

Any chance I get to get myself all Spooktacular, and I’m in! I’m planning a few low-key Halloween movie nights, and I’m already working on my Halloween costumes.

We took advantage of the break in the weather last weekend for a fall favorite – a hayride. My parents hosted a family gathering and after eating out, we all piled onto haybales on the back of the trailer and took a little drive through the beautiful mountains. The leaves aren’t quite in full color yet, but it was still a wonderful time.

I just need my apple cider and to carve a pumpkin, and I’ll be fully satisfied with my fall activity checklist, and it’s not even the first full week of the month yet!

What are the things you’re most looking forward to about fall? Share them with me!