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Where I’ve Been

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last week, you’ve no doubt heard a little something about Hurricane Michael and the havoc it wrecked on the Florida Panhandle. On Monday as the intensity of the storm quickly escalated and the certainty of its path solidified, Andy and I both received notice from our respective offices that given the danger at hand, they would be closed for the rest of the week and that we should consider leaving town if we could. After some discussion and weighing the likelihood that we would loose power for several days, we decided to pack up the cats and get out while we could. With two diabetic cats, we have to have a way to keep their insulin cold, and frankly, I wanted to keep my family as safe as possible. We quickly packed up everything we’d need, grabbed a few hours sleep, and got on the road at 2am to avoid traffic and to get to North Carolina quickly. I was super lucky to have family there, and my mom offered to host the cats and my Aunt and Uncle offered up their guest room to Andy and I.

It was an odd trip; on the one hand, it was wonderful getting to spend this unexpected time with my family. I only get to see them once or twice a year, and after growing up with them a mere hour and a half away, it’s difficult at times. On the other hand, there was a constant low level thrum of anxiety. Worried about our home, our friends, our city, we were constantly checking our phones for updates and texting those who decided to stay behind. Friday we found out that we’d likely have power by the end of the weekend, so we stocked up on supplies, packed up the furbabies, and headed back to Tallahassee. We got held up a mere 10 minutes from home by the power company trucks that were reconnecting the lines into our neighborhood and, after about 45 minutes, they finished. We pulled up to the house almost exactly as the electricity was turned back on. Andy and I got the cats unloaded and set about cleaning some of the debris from our front yard. We still have more work to do, but our home is fine and we are getting things ready to get back into our routines as quickly as we can.

Halloween Mood Board

The spookiness is building. I’ve decorated my work office and started putting together a work appropriate Halloween inspired ensemble, but it isn’t enough. I’ve been trying to distract myself by expanding my Halloween board on Pinterest.

I don’t think I’ll be doing a smoking pumpkin this year, but it is definitely something I’d like to try at some point, at least for the photos. I am probably going to make some holiday inspired treats. Maybe some cobweb cupcakes… witches finger cookies… white chocolate mummies… who knows, there are A LOT of tutorials out there. This plaster cast centerpiece is really incredible; gotta love Martha Stewart, right? I wonder how many tries it would take for me to get it right… probably should buy a few extra molding kits, right?And of course these precious macaroons, I can’t even imagine the delicate touch you’d need to pipe those teeny, tiny details. Oh well, back to it, things to see, stuff to pin!


Images from here.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

There I was, innocently flipping through my inbox, and then I see it. A notice from  Urban Decay letting me know that they have a brand new palette in the Naked Collection. Naked Cherry.

When the Naked 3 Palette came out, I thought this is the pallet for me. It worked great with my coloring, what more could I want? I settled way too easily; clearly there was something better out there, I just had to wait for it to find me.

Oh yeah, and it isn’t just eye shadow – there is lipstick, blush, eyeliner and setting spray.So far, I have refrained from impulse buying everything, but it has been a daily struggle.

All images from here

Autumn Bucket List

So I am about a month late getting into all of the Autumn/Fall stuff, but I am finally getting all caught up. I’ve been thinking about things, and I made a list. A Bucket List to be more specific. Here is what I came up with:

  • Stomp on piles of crunchy leaves
  • Drink Apple Cider
  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Make the house smell like Fall
  • Roast the special vegan marshmallows
  • Eat apple pie
  • DIY Fall Craft
  • Make soup in the crockpot

  • Come a non-costume holiday outfit for the office
  • Bake some fall treats
  • Take a Fall trip
  • Use the fireplace
  • Wear a cozy sweater
  • Buy new throw for the couch
  • Put up some fall decor around the house
  • Go antiquing/thrift shopping

  • Put up some Halloween decor in my office cube
  • Watch some Halloween themed movies
  • Visit a corn maze
  • Avoid all things Pumpkin Spice *shudder*
  • Go to the Farmers Market
  • Send a Fall care package
  • Host a Friends-giving
  • Drink a Chai Latte
  • Make a wreath for the front door
  • Wear a fluffy scarf
  • Buy lots of Halloween candy

What’s on your bucket list this season?

Halloween Wish List

“Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange. Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween…”

I seem to have caught the Halloween bug this year. In years past I haven’t had much of an interest, but this year, this year things are different. As the Halloween decor has started trickling into the stores, I’ve found myself looking a little longer and pausing as I walk past. I have it in my mind to purchase a few things for my office cube, and here are some of the things I think would look great.

  1. Go to Extremities Jewelry StandModcloth
  2. Jeweled SpidersPier 1
  3. Bewitching Bejeweled SkullPier 1
  4. Iridescent Skull Mug SetWorld Market
  5. Avian Footed TrayAnthropologie
  6. Glass Pumpkin ClochePottery Barn
  7. DIY Halloween WreathModcloth
  8. Ouija BoardBlvckfly
  9. Skeleton GlassPottery Barn

So far my only purchases have been from the Target Dollar Spot, but I have plans. Andy just rolls his eyes and tells me to keep things reasonable 🙂