Sunday, October 19, 2014

Autumn, Birthdays, & Friendship

I apologize for the unexpected mini hiatus! I went to Vermont for the long weekend and didn't have Internet, so I wasn't able to work much on anything computer-wise. Vermont was nice and weird, but I'll tell more about that when I post the pictures. ;) The Sunday of the first weekend of October was spent doing all kinds of autumny things with a bunch of friends. It's always nice to do things as a group, especially when everyone in the group loves the season and has the same day off for once.

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We started off at a small farm that sells pumpkins and knick knacks that are all fall and Halloween themed. The stuff they have is really cute and nice, but kinda pricey. I just enjoy looking around and getting in the spirit of it all. I also just love being around pumpkins. I still have yet to get my own pumpkin, though.

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After the farm, we headed to the orchard to do some apple picking. At least, we thought we were going there to pick apples until we realized how insanely busy the orchard was. The line to pay for your apples probably would've taken an hour to wait in, so we just walked through the orchard trying different apples.

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Once we were done in the apple orchard, we decided to go through the corn maze. The corn maze always seems like a good idea beforehand, but then it can get sort of annoying once you're in it. You're supposed to find all the answers to the questions they hand you before you go in, so you have to find all the checkpoints within the maze. Of course, you always end up passing the same checkpoint at least 3 or 4 times before you figure out where you should be going next. At least we got stickers at the end.

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We went to the farm market afterwards so browse all the tasty things they sell there. I got some apple cider because there's nothing like cider from the orchard. I'd love to make my own some day, or try to make my own hard cider. That'd be a fun venture that would probably end up going horribly wrong somehow...haha.

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Well, another reason that I've been absent here lately is because I just celebrated my 25th birthday and I was doing fun birthday stuff this past weekend! Thursday night my parents had dinner and cake for me. My mom always makes my favorite dinner for me for my birthday (which always includes her amazing stuffed artichokes) and she made me a pumpkin spice cake! Chris and I ended up staying there for 2-3 hours after everything died down while my dad told us crazy stories from when he was growing up. It was actually really fun and nice.

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On Friday (my actual birthday), I only had to work one of my jobs, so I had the afternoon off. While I was at work, my boss surprised me with a mini party by inviting Chris and my parents and my niece to come in for cupcakes. I had no idea this was happening and it was so confusing at first, but it was really awesome. I got lots of chocolate too, so that's always a plus.

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Shirt: Thrifted//Tank Top: Forever 21//Jeans: Urban Outfitters//Boots: Payless//Hat: Forever 21//Sunglasses: H&M//Lipstick: Too Faced Cosmetics
That afternoon, Chris drove me around while we adventured. We went to a pumpkin patch that we soon realized is the best one around. Better than the other ones we always go to. They had SO many pumpkins, and they were all so perfect. I've never seen so many beautiful and perfect pumpkins. They also price them by size instead of by weight, which I think is convenient and cool. I hate when you have to wait until the pumpkin is weighed to find out how much it'll really be. We got cider and a pumpkin raisin cookie there, then headed to a nearby state park to hang out and explore. It was a really nice and relaxing afternoon and the weather was perfect.

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Later on, Chris took me to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner. They're my favorite because they make the best ribs ever. EVER. Anyway....dinner was nice and I felt like I was going to explode afterwards. We headed back to his house for a bit and watched some Harry Potter. It was Half Blood Prince, too, which is one of my favorites. Finally, he brought me back home and when I walked in, I was greeted by every single one of my friends screaming SURPRISE at me and holding a cake that was already lit. They all then proceeded to star singing Happy Birthday and that's when I started to cry...lol. I've always wanted a surprise party more than anything and it finally happened, and I just started crying out of joy.

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Chris and Ashley planned it and I can't believe that everyone was able to make it and be there. This was really the best birthday I've ever had. It was so amazing to see all my friends in one room celebrating my birthday and making my day special for me. They're all so amazing and I love them all very much. I'm really so grateful to have people in my life that care about me enough to want to make my day the best it can be. I know that some of them read this, so...hello, friends! I love you! You mean more to me than you could ever know. :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bibliophilia

Every year, one of the local libraries has a massive book fair on the town green and I always look forward to it. They always have a great selection and it can be a little intimidating to go through but if you have the time, it's fun to spend a couple of hours browsing all of the different subjects.

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This year I found myself more interested in looking through the young adult and children's books now that I've been working in the children's department and am currently taking a course in young adult literature. I ended up getting a bunch of stuff. A lot of the books are only 50 cents to $2, so it's really an amazing deal. I wanted to find a copy of Carrie, and I actually found one which is rare for me, but some of the pages were coming out, so I decided to just order a used copy online for about $4.

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Speaking of Carrie, Chris and I just re-watched the remake since it was just made available on Netflix. I think I like it better than the original. I think they did a great job in remaking it, as well as casting it. Just because it seemed so ridiculous, we decided to watch Carrie 2 afterwards, and it was definitely pure 90's cheesiness. It reminded me of the Michael Myers sequels, kind of. It was just bad, but in a funny way and we had fun drinking wine together and making fun of it.

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I love book sales because, like thrifting, you never know what you might find. It's fun to be surprised by what you might find. I also love the smell of all the books, especially old books. It's my favorite smell in the whole world. One of the many perks of working in a library is getting a whiff of some of the older books on the shelves...lol.

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My young adult literature class is going well. I started off strong being able to read the amount of books we had to each week, but then I started getting behind. It's hard to read 3 books a week with work, other classes, and all the other things in life.

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Dress: Coincidence & Chance via Urban Outfitters//Sweater: Delia's//Tights: Target//Scarf: Target//Shoes: Mudd//Belt: Forever 21//Lipstick: Too Faced Cosmetics
This weekend I'm going to Vermont and I CANNOT wait. I've been waiting a couple of months for this. A friend of mine has a house up there that he can go to whenever he feels like, so Chris and I are going up there to spend the long Columbus Day weekend surrounded in an autumnal paradise. I'm so excited to go exploring and see all the pretty foliage. It's a little overwhelming trying to figure out where the best foliage will be, but I'm sure we will see plenty. I plan to go to as many covered bridges and country stores as I can. It's going to be awesome! :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Quick Pics

September has been pretty great, weatherwise. It's been pretty fally with the exception of a freak heat wave last weekend. We've been having warmish days and cool nights, which I love. Chris and I went to see Jaws and Jurassic Park with a couple of our friends a few weeks ago, and it was great. While I'm not really a fan of Jaws, but I LOVE Jurassic Park so I tolerated Jaws until Jurassic Park came on. I just find Jaws sort of boring. Am I alone in this?

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Nadia and Jon came over for a day a couple of weekends ago and we visited the beach and lighthouse. We got to watch a really awesome sunset and eating yummy gelato. It was a nice send off to summer.

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I'm doing a Harry Potter themed program for the kids at the library I work at. I started making the ties already that I'm going to hand out when I "sort" them into their houses. I'm also going to have them make a potion and drink pumpkin juice. I think it's going to be a lot of fun!

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Chris and I went to a state park with our friends to climb down a waterfall before it got too cold out. It was still a little chilly, but when you're climbing down, you get pretty hot. It's kind of relaxing in a way to climb down because you have to focus on where your footing is and it's also kind of like a real-life strategy game. You have to figure out where to move next in order to continue down the falls. It's a little nerve-wracking at times, but it's still fun and the views are great.

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Sarah and I did a shoot together where she did some autumn-inspired makeup on me (as you probably saw a couple of posts back). We took pictures in an apple orchard, which was a lot of fun! I am glad to start autumn posts again!

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Lately, I've been watching home videos. It's so weird to watch yourself as a little baby and little kid. It's also weird to watch your parents be new parents. It's weird to see all of your relatives younger and it also kind of makes you sad that you couldn't know them longer than you already do. On a lighter note, there are a bunch of ones from me as a little kid in Florida and Disney World. The others are mostly my birthdays and Christmases. There's a couple with me and Ashley together, which is cute. I'm glad that we are cousins but also best friends who are now roommates. Our younger selves would probably be really excited to hear that. Speaking of Ashley, she went to North Carolina and brought me back this awesome Butterbeer cupcake. It was delicious. Also, I got an iced vanilla chai latte at a local coffee shop before heading over to a book sale and had the thought to add a shot of pumpkin into it. I'm glad I did because it was AMAZING.

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Hmm...what else have I done this month? I celebrated Banned Books Week at the library by wearing a pin my co-worker gave me. I went apple picking again and got a cider donut (which was delicious). And lastly, last Sunday Chris, Nadia, Jon, and I went to Medieval Times! It was so much fun and the food was good! I loved that there were no utensils and I got to eat half a chicken with my hands. That's my kind of place. We sat in the green section, and our knight won! We got really into it, and it was lots of fun.

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Now I'm ready for October and all the awesome autumny fun times it'll bring! :)

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