Oct 20, 2014

Currently: October

Waiting for Taylor Swift's new album to come out! #fangirl #tswizzy #7days

Listening to
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet? In the clear yet, GOOD.

Finishing Lena Dunham's book. I used to think I didn't like her but I think I just expected not to so I ran with it but now it's been decided. I like her. I do. 

Wearing a coat! Write this date down so next summer while lying in a pool of my own sweat I can murmur "October 20th...it'll be cool again by October 20th..."

Making souuuuuup. All the soup. Okay, just three soups (so far!): chili, vegetable, and roasted tomato. 

Sharing is caring. Now give me your wallet.

Going to a crafty meet-up in my hood this week. So that's exciting. 

Becoming a bit of a snob where coffee is concerned. 

Deciding whether to pay for a gym membership (that shit is crazy expensive in the city) or just buy more free weights for the home gym set-up.

Heading to San Diego for Halloweeeeeeen! 

Appreciating that the ankle injury I sustained on Friday is mild and already feels much better because when it happened I was sure I snapped all of the important pieces in there. 

Enjoying the cool, crisp days before they become freezing, bone-chattering days.

Feeling like things are working and clicking and jiving in my head where weight loss is concerned.  

Loving life in DC. 

Knowing that life in DC is going to get dark and dour in the cold months and I need a hobby to sustain me. Or cable. 

Laughing at the people on the train this morning in hats and gloves. It was, like, 45 degrees. 

Thinking about this week's meal plan. I want to make either potato soup or lasagna soup. Or taco soup. I'll just let Sam decide. 

Fighting a bread addiction. Bringing home fresh loaves from the farmer's market doesn't help. Luckily we polished off that situation in roughly 24 hours and now I'm going cold turkey.

Saying I swear I'm going to post more! My laptop is dead in the keys (but her guts work just fine) so I ordered a wireless set-up and should be up and running again in no time (actually two days because Amazon Prime). 

Feeling good. And a little bit sleepy. Afternoon coffee it is, then. 

Oct 7, 2014

October 7, 2014

Let it be known that today there was a pumpkin pie the size of Rhode Island in my office and I did not eat any of it.

Instead I took myself on a quick one mile walk.

That is all.

Oct 6, 2014

Shame on Repeat

Today I was reading through old blog posts, as I sometimes do, and I realized that at roughly this time last year I also trying to lose a certain amount of weight by my birthday and it also was not going well. I had completely forgotten about my 30 by 30 goal and my "I can do it, I know I can!" attitude.

The sad part is that I was 10 lbs lighter than I am now when I made that declaration. I obviously did not succeed and that's why this year's round of "lose this much by this date" is 40 by 31. Will next year be 50 by 32? I really fucking hope not, but I'm not willing to place anymore bets in this space. It's downright embarrassing.

Oct 2, 2014

A Look Back at Those Pesky September Goals

I made a few goals at the beginning of September. Spoiler alert: most didn't come to fruition. But a few did, so let's discuss! 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
1. Go apple picking.
Nope. Didn't do that. But I have a pumpkin picking outing scheduled for October!

2. Follow the POP Pilates 30 day beginner calendar and videos. 
This lasted one week and I'm pretty mad at myself about it. So I'm going to call a redo for October. I'm already behind because I was sick yesterday, but I can make it up. 

3. Finish 4 books.
I DID finish 4 books!... but they weren't the 4 books I had already started. I also joined a book club, so I now have a reason to start even more books. It's a good problem to have, really.

4. Make an apple pie from scratch.
No, but I did eat an apple dumpling at the fair...and then 1.5 more at home. And I drank about a gallon of cider. So we're all set on the apple front.

5. Blog more!
I did! A little bit? 

6. Set up and follow a budget.
I set one up but I haven't followed it (or even looked at it), so no, not really.

7. Start Christmas shopping. 
Gold star! I got a few things this past weekend. 

8. Do yoga 3x a week.
Not. Even. Once. And I love yoga! What is wrong with me? 

9. Buy an alarm clock (with battery backup, of course).

10. Lose 7 lbs. 
Welllll, I lost 3 lbs and then I went to the fair and since then I've been afraid to weight myself. Check back at the end of October, 'kay?

Sooo, 2 outta 10 ain't bad? No, yeah, you're right. That's pretty bad. 

Sep 30, 2014

Currently: September

Oooh, just under the wire! Tomorrow is OCTOBER! I love October! But this is about September. 

Sunset at the Bloomsburg Fair

Current books: I joined a book club! This month's book is The Mermaids Singing which I've heard is gruesome so I'm not exactly looking forward to it.

Current music: Every year around this time I get the desire to listen to Dashboard Confessional's 2003 album A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. It's the perfect soundtrack for fall. Trust me on this one.

Current guilty pleasure: The sheer excitement I feel about Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix tomorrow! OCTOBER IS THE BEST!!!

Current nail color: They're currently naked, but I intend to paint them this evening.

Current drink: If you could get drunk on apple cider I'd be 7 days into a serious bender.

Current food: I just made this:

Current favourite show: Parenthood! And also Friends because I found the whole series at Big Lots for $8 per season and bought the first three (yes, I'll be purchasing the rest).

Current wish list: A new couch. SO BAD. I want it.

Current needs: A new couch. SO BAD. I need it. Also, a goat.


Current triumphs: I got to work on time 2 days in a row!

Current bane of my existence: The futon that we've been using as a couch. I HATE it.

Current celebrity crush: Sarah Jessica Parker

Current indulgences: I'm not indulging currently thanks to this:

and more...

Current blessings: A functioning body after all that!

Current outfit: Blue sweatpants and a ratty pink t-shirt...sex on a stick, basically.

Current mood: Aight

Current link: http://video.vogue.com/series/73-questions

BONUS: More fair pictures!

Seriously, I fucking love goats.

Perfect fit almost.

Sam's favorite fair food. No, really.
What are the CHANCES?!


Sep 19, 2014


This makes me want to sell all of our shit (ok, most of it) and hop a flight to anywhere with my woman at my side. This one, too: 
14th (current) Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso on what surprises him most about humanity:  “Man.
 Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
 Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
 And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
 the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
 he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” 
Alas, I am stuck at my desk, so for now I'll settle on buying a world map (more shit...but it was Sam's idea!) to mark our travels and plan some new ones.

Sep 17, 2014

Huzzah! A Trip to the Renaissance Festival

A few weekends ago I found myself at the Maryland Renaissance Festival with my friend, Melinda. I'd never been and she hadn't been in years, so we planned a Sunday trip and set off (Sam was working, I didn't just leave her at home).

Whatchu lookin at?

Before we even got out of the parking lot I saw some pret-ty interesting (read: no one should wear that, ever) costumes and knew that I was in for a treat of a day. Standing in line for tickets I spotted the piratiest pirate and had to get my picture taken with him. He mumbled something about "I can't even get in the door this year" meaning before someone asks for his picture and I said "well, you have the best costume" and he said something along the lines of "yup, every year, I'm a conceited old pirate" and then he told me I had to grope him if I wanted a picture. And I got the picture. So. Bucklist: Grope a dirty old pirate. Check.

Just kidding, I didn't grope a pirate. I did laugh nervously, though. 

The festival is set back in the woods and is a lot bigger and far more impressive than I was expecting. From their website:
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a recreation of a 16th century English village. Our village is named Revel Grove, and is set on a beautiful 25-acre wooded site with 85 acres of free parking. The village consists of craft and food booths, five pubs, ten major stages, a Jousting Arena and lots of games.
Every day is a Festival Day in Revel Grove, in honor of a visit by Henry VIII and his Royal Court. As such, the village will have entertainment, crafts, food, and frivolity fit for a king!

We watched a short comedy skit on one of the many free stages (the ticket to get in was $17) and then walked around Revel Grove taking in the sights. And, boy, were there sights. 

We'll call her the Chicken & Hot Chips fairy.

Her stilts have tiny boots that for some reason really creep me out. 

For lunch I had two seemingly handmade stuffed jalapenos (SO much better than the frozen variety, so they had to be, right?) followed by this amazing falafel sandwich.

The weather was gorgeous in the morning, but by the afternoon it was blazing hot in the sun and I felt like my skin was on fire (I was wearing sunblock, of course) while we watched some jousting. I drowned my white girl woes in a cup or two of hard cider. 

And I wasn't the only one. 

If you haven't been, Renn Fest is definitely worth the visit. The cosplay was, as you can imagine, insane. There were knights and ladies and wenches, so many wenches! Young ladies will find any reason to put the gourds on display. Unfortunately, so will older ladies. Get ready to avert your eyes, kids. Some things can't be unseen. In addition to the tatas there were pirates everywhere, monks, too, and there were even a few Vikings, though I'm not sure how they fit into the Renaissance. Some jesters, some maidens, even a couple of unicorns, I shit you not. It was a fun day and I'd love to return, if only for the people watching. And those jalapenos.