Monday, October 20, 2014

Little Bits: 29



Happy Monday everyone! I am going to try to keep this post short, as I have a busy day today, even though it is my birthday. Yep, I am 29 today. My last year of my roaring twenties! Don't worry, I promise to stay mentally twelve way into my 30's. 

Here are some little bits from over the weekend! Friday after work, Kyle and I rushed out to my cousin Heather's wedding, and somehow we made it on time (it was at 5:30 pm), despite the rush hour traffic. We had a lot of fun, but left around 10 to catch up with my brothers, as my brother David. and his wife Shannon are in town. We had some drinks, and it was a lot of fun. 

Saturday was jam-packed! We  headed out with our friends Nicole, Stephen, and Dan, as well as my brothers David, & Liam,  and also Shannon, to a few cider mills. We go cider mill hopping every year, and this year we hit up three of them. We had hard cider at Blake's, and went on a hayride at Miller's Big Red. We also picked pumpkins, bought loads of apples, doughnuts, cider, and hard cider to take home. The best part was the corn maze, which quickly escalated to us throwing ears of corn at each other, like grown adults do. We also all got to go in the petting zoo, because Liam was with us.

Later that evening, we used more birthday coupons at the Royal Oak Brewery, before heading to Sneakers karaoke. It was a fun night!

Sunday, Kyle and I were exhausted, and hungover, so we slept in. We then headed out for bagels, picked up the dogs from my parent's house, and to take some outfit photos. We spent the rest of the day catching up on our TV shows, and watching "This is The End", and "The Great Pumpkin". It was a perfect Sunday. 

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Today I have to work, then get my last two fillings after (barf). I also have to run down to the Sectary of State this week to get my tabs, because I totally forgot. Our house also looks like a bomb went off, because we were in-and-out all weekend, and I think I am going to have to suck it up and plan a trip to the laundry mat this week. Am I winning at this birthday thing yet? 

1) Pretty house in Ferndale.
2) Giant Pumpkins at Blake's.
3) Miller's Big Red.
4) Pumpkin patch. 
5) Feet & leaves pic, like you do. 
6) Foliage. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Story Of Us

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10-7-2014 "Everything Will Be Alright In The End"  

This isn't the story of "Boy meets Girl", this is a Love story. 

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Sarnia Bayfest, my first Weezer concert (I bought an enhanced ID just to go to Canada to see them)

I was young when Weezer broke out into the music scene, really young. I was 7 years old when Weezer formed in 1992, and 9 years old when The Blue Album became successful. I grew up in a household where the only music my parents listened to were oldies and/or country music (which is why to this day I cannot stand country music), so I really cannot say when I first heard "Undone-the sweater song", or "Buddy Holly". I had friends with older siblings who were always playing interesting music, so I assume I heard Weezer that way. 

However, the very first time that I heard a Weezer song, and immediately knew who they were has always stuck with me. Kyle and I were bowling with our friend Dan in Royal Oak (the bowling alley isn't even there anymore), I was in 11th grade, and "Photograph" came on over the speakers. There was a girl dressed in all black, with brightly colored hair, and she turned around to face the guy she was with and started singing along. I remember just sitting there and taking the song in, and really enjoying how I felt as I listened to it. I remember saying something to Kyle along the lines of "This is Weezer, I like them". A month or so later I bought a used copy of The Green Album from a record store on 9 mile in Ferndale, it was my first Weezer album.

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1) Scott Shriner & myself/Weezer Cruise 2) Rivers Cuomo/Weezer Cruise 3) Brian Bell/Weezer Cruise 4) My friend Vera, Rivers, and I/Weezer Cruise

I slowly started accumulating more of their music over time, and I always would play one of their CD's whenever I felt down, because Weezer had this magical way of making me feel better. It wasn't that their music was always super uplifting, but just belting it out along with Rivers & co. was therapeutic.  However in 2008 when The Red Album was released, that was when the obsession began. I played that album to death, I am pretty sure Kyle was borderline hating Weezer at that point.  2008 was a rough year for me, I had a "real" full time job at that point, but I had also wanted to finish school, so I was going full time as well. I have always thrived on being busy, especially when studying something I was passionate about, but at the same time I felt very lonely and disconnected from the ones that I loved. It was the start of many changes in my life; I was finally going to get out of the community college that I had been drifting around in for years, Kyle and I were engaged at that point, and it felt like all of adulthood was crashing down on me at once. I spent a lot of time driving around blasting The Red Album, and I think because it was the first album to feature each member of the band on vocals on separate songs, I started to notice how much I appreciated each member of the band. 

No matter the content of the song, Rivers has this angst, this desperation in his voice that is just so convincing to me. Brian has a way of hugging the lyrics with that guitar, and giving them the extra push to make them true. Pat and Scott hammer everything together, sealing the song up in a complete package. 

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Weezer at Caesars Windsor, 2013 

Of course, not everyone agrees with me, and I don't expect them to. To me however, this band is everything. I have never received a letter from a young girl in Japan, and fallen in love with her. How could I possibly relate to "Pink Triangle", "Perfect situation",  or "In the garage" (other than being a fellow dork) for that matter? I can't. I can relate to the complete sincerity that is delivered with each song, the ability to capture experience, a moment, or even just acknowledging an emotion. Weezer represents the underdog, the beta male. That is how I fell in love with an entire band. 

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My first tattoo 

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1) Weezer Cover band 2) Kyle, myself, and Pat/Weezer Cruise

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We met my heros, and gave them bunny ears

How do you express a love for a band that has gotten you through some really shitty times? How do you explain that an album, Pinkerton, gave you a sympathetic hug, while simultaneously tugging at your heart strings? 

You can start by terrorizing your husband non-stop for years on end. Every time Kyle walked into the door after working a long day he was greeted with "I am the greatest man that ever lived" blaring in his ears, he would scream "NO YOU'RE NOT, RIVERS!" and slam the door. Each time we got in the car and I would casually ask if Kyle wanted to listen to music, Kyle would say yes, only to frantically hide my Ipod before I could plug it in and play Weezer. He had to endure two years of me crying hysterically wistfully talking about how amazing it would have been to go on that first Weezer cruise, knowing damn well we could never afford to go. The things we do for love, correct?

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Weezer cruise

Although I can't bring myself to give a review of their latest album, only because I love it too much and will have a biased opinion, I can say that it really is everything a Weezer could have asked for in an album since the 90's. Personally, I love all of their albums, but EWBAITE is an album about music. They are acknowledging past mistakes with music, not that they regret any of it (and they really shouldn't), and are proving that they are just here to rock out and have fun, and this album is saturated in that sentiment. 

I know at this point most of you guys are rolling your eyes, or scratching your heads in confusion. I know, this primarily a personal style blog, but it it is also a life blog, and Weezer is a big part of my life. I just love it when I see someone so passionate about something, that they cannot even find words to express their excitement, or they are talking so fast, or screaming so loud, that you have no idea what they are talking about. They have let something become such a huge, passionate part of them, and it is apparent. That is how I feel about Weezer, it is simply, love. 

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Weezer Cruise

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fallish

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I swear this is a cute outfit, but I have no idea why I can never manage to get good shots of these shorts before they get all wrinkly, le sigh. I guess this is honest blogging. Whatever. 

I bought some necklaces the other week, because Forever 21 had them buy one, get one free, and you can't beat that! I almost never buy jewelry because I lose it (I once lost my wedding/engagement rings for over ten days and was freaking out! Kyle found them. In my jewelry box), but costume-type jewelry is cheap and always looks cooler than the fancy stuff, in my opinion. 

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We have yet another jam-packed weekend ahead of us, and I am super excited, but also looking forward to some down time come November. I want to spend a weekend with Kyle, just watching movies, or walking the pups to get coffee. Maybe we will even get around to finishing the living room that has been torn apart for a month. Who knows! We also have plans to catch up with some of our other friends who we haven't seen in awhile either, but all of this socialization is pushing my introverted limits. I may just hibernate for a month, that's cool right?

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Cardigan & Purse-Target
Necklace & Shorts-Forever 21
Tights-Leggs
Leotard-Amazon
Boots-Payless
Glasses-Warby Parker

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eats: Potato Leek Soup

It is officially soup season, and I am stoked! I fucking love soup. Even lame ones like split pea, if it is even slightly chilly outside, I will scarf it down. 

On our last trip to Eastern Market, Kyle and I bought some potatoes, and then picked up some leaks to make potato leak soup. Well, I didn't realize until we got home that I had bought the wrong kind of potatoes (redskin), so we bought a bag at Costco the next day. WELL. I made four batches of this stuff, and we still have a half a bag of potatoes left. So just a heads up, there will probs be another potato soup creepin' up on this blog in the future. I regret nothing. 

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I basically used this recipe, it is pretty simple. 

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8 cups chicken stock
6 russet potatoes, peeled & cut into large pieces
4 leeks (whites only), washed and sliced
3 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme (I used dried)
Salt and pepper
1 cup heavy cream

Put the stock, potatoes, bay leaf, leeks, celery, and thyme in a large pot, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Boil until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, and working in batches, put the mix into a blender, blending until smooth. Be sure to put a rag on the top of the blender when it is mixing, to help prevent the hot liquid from squirting out of the top. Return to the pot, add the cream and let simmer until the soup has thickened, about 20 minutes. 

There you have it, and it is YUM. You meat lovers could probably add some bacon to this, I am sure it would be lovely! Either way, soup!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Green

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I think that these are my favorite outfit photos so far this year, and it is mostly because Kyle did a great job capturing autumn in Michigan in these photos. This outfit felt more "Spring" at first, but I think the mustard cardigan (that I have been wearing non-stop), and the scarf help make it look more "fall". So maybe green is a fall color! Am I setting a trend yet? Eh? *wink wink* *nudge nudge* 

These photos were taken in my little suburb of Oak Park! Oak Park is always listed as one of the most boring cities in Michigan, probably because it is a dry city, there are no bars, but LOADS of liquor stores, and there is no downtown area. There are plenty of places to eat though, and of course lots of cute, little parks! This one is David Shepard Park, but I refer to it as "The Choo-Choo Train Park", and have ever since I was a little kid. My dad used to take us sledding here when were were young, because there is a giant hill. There is a little nature walk too, and two tennis courts, as well as being close to the library. Also, there is a giant wooden train! It is so cheesy, but it really is the coolest thing, we loved it when we were kids. Kyle and I took photos a few years ago on it. 

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Look at all of the beautiful leaves! Seriously, I always want to press them, or make something cool with them, but I never do. Any suggestions? I guess that is what Pinterest is for, but still.  Kyle and I always want to take a trip in the fall to look at the foliage, but it is kind of hard to time it correctly. We of course love any chance to visit the UP, but they would have had their peak colors about 2-3 weeks go. However, Mackinaw is probably looking pretty nice right about now. I also found out that Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls, is based off a real town! Washington Depot, CN. I told Kyle this, and now he thinks a road trip to Connecticut next year is in store. I agree a million percent.  

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As far as the rest of this month goes, I am hoping to fit in a hayride, a trip to the cider mill, doughnuts, my cousin Heather's wedding, a corn maze, a bonfire (that one seems to keep not working out, balls!), watch Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Hocus Pocus, and of course The Great Pumpkin, and last but not least: Halloween! We are probably just going to pass out candy, eat pizza, then head out to our favorite dive bar with our friends, but I am totally dressing up as something, and hopefully it turns out as awesome as I hope it does (it won't, but lets be optimistic here. Or whatever). 

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Scarf, Tights, Belt, & Cardigan-Target
Boots-Payless
Bag-Thrifted
Glasses-Warby Parker

Monday, October 13, 2014

Little Bits: Mid-October Bliss

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Another weekend that has flown by! I can't believe how fast we are plowing through October already! I am still trying to take as much advantage of my favorite month as I can, the whole rest of this month is packed! 

I knocked a few things off my October list though this weekend, and was an absolute blast. Friday night I finally got the chance to meet up with an awesome person who I have been online friends with for quite sometime now! When I worked as a cashier at Best Buy back in 2007, I became friends with a girl named Stacie, who was really cool. This was back in the Myspace days, and we of course added each other. Back then, I would totally accept friend requests from/send requests to people who I didn't know, as long as they seemed not-creepy. That is how I became friends with Ashley! Myspace turned into Facebook, and then Instagram came along,  and after following each other we soon realized that we had quite a few things in common. This Friday, we met up at my house, got some coffee from Biggby, and drove out to Exit 13, a haunted house near Flint, MI. 

I LOVE haunted houses, but they can get pricey sometimes, so a lot of our friends are never interested in going. Ashley loves Halloween and October as much, if not more than I do, so It was awesome having someone to go with. Even Kyle had fun! To be honest, he probably wouldn't have gone with just me, but he really did end up having a good time. The place we went to was an hour away from where we live, but it was great because we all got the chance to chat on the way. The haunt was cool as hell! Not *super* scary, but I did jump a few times, but it was really, really fun! The actors were hilarious (they reallllly loved Kyle), and I would totally recommend it to any Michiganders out there that like haunted houses. 

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Kyle and I stayed up Friday night to catch up on Sleepy Hollow, then finally went to bed. I am not sure if my body was trying to recover from the lack of sleep during the week or what, but I slept in until almost noon! Barf. Normally when I sleep in, it is just until about 9 am, but whatever, I must have needed it. I did somehow manage to get both of my dogs to stay in bed, cuddling with me the whole time, so that was a plus (they never do that for Kyle, muwhahahaha!). 

I finally got up, cleaned up a bit, farted around on the internet, and then headed to the gym. When Kyle got out of work, we decided to go to Mongolian Barbecue for dinner, because I LOVE that place, and because Kyle had a free birthday coupon. We decided to go to the one in Rochester, because Kyle had to drop off some books at Oakland University (about 40 minutes away). It worked out well, because then I finally had the chance to get Kyle to listen to the new Weezer album all the way through! 

His reaction:

*As the intro to 'Ain't Got Nobody' came on* Kyle: "Is this Weezer-tallica?"

*'Back To The Shack' comes on* Kyle: "I've already heard this one...but we are going to listen to it anyway, aren't we?"

*'I've Had It Up To Here' comes on*  Kyle: "Rivers sounds like Freddy Mercury."
 Me: "Your brother said that earlier." 
Kyle: "That is because Rivers sounds like Freddy Mercury." 

*Halfway through 'The British Are Coming'* Kyle"Punk Ass Redcoats. That is not historically correct, but now I really want to use part of this song in one of my papers this semester."

*After listening to 'Da Vinci''* Kyle: "Yeah, this will probably be the next single."

*During 'Go Away'* Kyle: "Is this the chic from Best Coast?" 
Me: "Yes."
Kyle: "I like her."
Me: "They kinda sound like Muppets, but in a good way."
Kyle: "What."

*After 'Cleopatra'* Kyle: "I can see why you really like that one."

*After 'Return to Ithaca' Kyle: "Wait. It's done already?" 
Me: "Yes." 
Kyle: "I like it."

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Saturday night we watched Doctor Who (probably one of my favorite episodes this series so far. Also, Clara's dress, swoon!)  and then caught up on Gotham, which I am liking more than I thought I would. 

Sunday, after getting some pumpkin spice lattes, I headed to Maumee, Ohio with Jen to meet up with Lauren! I hadn't seen Lauren since she visited last November, almost a year ago now. We went to an antique mall, drove around downtown Maumee, which was super cute, and then finally got some lunch. It was really awesome to have a girly day, as I never get to really have those anymore since all of my friends and I tend to have different schedules, or live far away from each other.

I got to see Jen's new house when I dropped her off, and it was super cute! Totally made me want to work on our house some more. After, Kyle and I grabbed a light dinner, and then I basically washed up, and went to bed early as I was exhausted. 

I have a lot going on this week, but I am hoping to get to all of my posts that I have prepping for you guys. I have a few outfit photos, a foodie post, another guest post in the works, and some other fun stuff. So stay tuned!

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1) Group Selfie!
2) Fuck Yeah Gourds!
3) One of the coolest coffee mugs I own, c/o my friend Dan 
4) It's Beanie Season, yo.