Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekendlies: Puppies & Pumpkins

1. Sugar pumpkins in my tea.
2. Gingerbread >Mint Mojito. At least in terms of iced coffee.
3. She needs to get out more.
4.  Seasonal stump.
5.  Leafy paradise.
6. A still moment.
7. Sup, Sunday.
8. Lap dogs.
9. Puppy infestation.

Linking up with Carissa!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Magical Weekending!

How is everyone?
It's already Wednesday Saturday, and I haven't been able to recap my latest weekending. However, the good news is my weekend ended yesterday Tuesday. The bad news is my weekend ended yesterday Tuesday. (Edit: I started this blog on Wednesday, and am finishing it on Saturday, oops!)

Let's just start off by saying, I'd been looking forward to this past weekend for MONTHS.
A while back Katy invited me to come visit, and that visit parlayed into a quick trip down to the land of all things Mickey and Mouse.

I'd been looking forward to it so much, I had a countdown rolling on an app on my phone.

Sometimes when I look forward to things so much, I come back disappointed.
With my visit with Katy, this was not the case. Not even close.

Instead, I wish I was still rolling shotgun by her side. Holding her sweet kiddo's squishy hands and watching some Curious George with a cup of coffee and a pumpkin muffin loaded with pumpkin butter.

Doing life. That's what Katy and I did.
Well, except for the quick visit to Sleeping Beauty's castle.
Still doing life, just the really magical kind. 

I left town early on Saturday AM, surprisingly containing my packing to one suitcase and one backpack.
I grabbed a grande Blonde Roast, 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla, and started cruising down to the middle of the Golden State.

Ahead of time, Katy had sent me the most awesome infinity scarf from our cute friend Cory's awesome shop. Temps were scheduled to be in the 80's all weekend, so it was now or never to keep my neck warm.
(Thankfully, back at home things are nice and cool, and that scarf will be reappearing soon).

About a half hour into my ride, I rolled up next to this orange blob. Which, to an untrained eye, would just be an orange blob. But, it actually was one of the contenders from last week's World Pumpkin Championship! A lot of the pumps come from Gilroy, so I have a feeling that is where he was headed. To be pulverized and deseeded (I'm making that word up) to become a happy pumpkin dad to maybe the 2014 pumpkin champion.

A few repeats of The Civil Wars, The Rend Collective, and a really awesome sermon later, I arrived at katygirl's kingdom. There were some excited squeals from young and old, and before I knew it we were back out the door on our way to the Diz.

But not without a quick stop into Oh, Hello Friend.
So cute.

I got a couple of things I had been wanting, and happened upon the most awesome Give Thanks sign - which just so happened to be made by a friend of mine! (I didn't even know until I turned it over).

After that, we were on our way.
Katygirl found us a sweet little place to stay, complete with a Starbucks on site.
Well done, Katygirl, well done.

We checked in and headed out to D-town Diz.

The sights, sounds, and smells. All magical.
We grabbed dinner and a drink. And ate some magical chips and salsa.

Walked around for a bit. I probably stood in front of the caramel apple window for a bit too long.
I am obsessed with how they are made. They are just so cute. I just want to bite a marshmallow ear off of a Minnie apple and run away.

And we perused the shops. And navigated the Saturday night crowds.
Then headed back to our kingdom for the night and slept under the watchful eye of this carousel horse.

First thing in the morning we were bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready for a full day of mousing around.

And mouse around, we did.

 Haunted Mansion, Pirates, Indy.

Matterhorn, Alice, Buzz, Space Mountain.

Katy takes Buzz pretty seriously.
I, on the other hand, look like I saw an alien.

We explored the Halloween Tree (which is the coolest, BTW), and checked out the day of the dead exhibit.

And grabbed lunch while some one shot some commercial or music video in front of us.
No clue who though.

And after that we decided to Adventure. California Style.

We swung, we screamed, we soared, we were terrified.
And not the way you'd think.

I dragged Katy on Mickey's Adventure Wheel, where she was terrified.

And then we went on the Symphony Swings, where I thought I was going to die for a full 30 seconds.

And after we adventured our heart out, we returned to the land of Diz. 
Where we dined solely on Mickey shaped cuisine.

And as the Diz transitioned from day to night, the castle glowed in the background.

And we returned to the ever awesome Halloween Tree.
Where jack-o-lanterns grow, and twinkle lights glow.

And ate the ears off our Mickey ice creams. First.
Because that's how it's done.

And reflected on a beautiful day hanging out with one of my favorite people at the Magic Kingdom.

That night, we drove back to the katykingdom, and I got to sleep in this beaut of a bed.

And woke up to this beaut of a babe.

And enjoyed coffee with the sweetest critters in all the land.

And got to see a little behind the scenes of @katykristin's #mondaychalks

A few errands.
Katy, you are my hero.

And a little more behind the scenes of katygirl designs.
Where often times, I'm on the otherside of that computer screen, this time, I got to be right there in the flesh.

And after naps, Katy and I, and the critters headed to the park.
And this neighborhood creature of death came to meet and greet me.

And then the kiddos got baths.
And I got a little evening snuggle in with my good buddy Miles.
One of my favorite moments of the day.

And who needs bed head when you have bath head.
OMG. Right?

And soon it was bedtime, and Katy and I enjoyed a little bit of Catfish.
Okay, a lot bit of Catfish.

I woke up to news of Kimye's engagement, and pumpkin muffins. And coffee.

And a quick hug and hello to Lorieloo & two of her three littles.

Followed by some errands/entertaining Cammie.

And then soon, way, way too soon, it was time to say goodbye.
Thank goodness for rearview mirrors and big waving hands.
And a heart full of love and sunshine.

Thank you Katygirl (& Scottyboy too), you are truly the hostess with the mostess.
Thank you for the incredible day at the Diz, and the even more special days with you and your posse.
You are a rockstar mom, and I admire your love for your husband and kidlets, and the passion you have for all you do. You are gentle, and patient and kind. You are thoughtful.  You love big.
And most importantly, you live out the gospel daily, in so, so many ways.

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Few things on Friday.

Sup, Friday. Where have you been all my life?

Just a few things on my mind, ready?

1. Have you seen the new Civil Wars Dust to Dust video? No they aren't back together - this footage is from last year when they were in Europe - pre-break up. Can you sense the tension like I can? So good. (Post break-up/hiatus interview here.)
It also makes me want to go to Paris.

2. These are two HILARIOUS dog videos I cannot get enough of.

3. My Friend Katy blogged some mom texts. I'm a fan of all things mom texts. As you probably already know.
4. Speaking of Mom Texts, my friend Tegan knew I was such a fan, she sent me this hilarious video:

5. Things I am currently obsessed with: Kanye and his strange behavior, Catfish the TV Show, Homeland, New Girl, and the Mindy Project.

6. A trip to Ikea last weekend garnered me some new sheets, and two wall mounted lamps.  I may go straight home from work everyday and turn them on as soon as I walk in. I love them. And I no longer am knocking the lamp off my nightstand while I thrash sleep every night. Aren't they amazing? All I need are those dohickeys that nail cords to the wall so they don't look all snaggly.

7. I'm cooking Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Start to finish. You know, like with a turkey. With my dad. It's time to learn how he makes his crazy delicious stuffing so I can recreate it for years to come (and hopefully share the recipe). I observed him making it last year there was a lot of butter involved. It's gonna be great.

8. Happy Friday, fools. May you all have a happy weekend full of weekendly weekending to your heart's delight!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Day By The Ocean Blue

My good friend Margaret has returned from the Emerald Isle and it just so happened to coincide with my celebration of Mr Columbus getting very, very lost. So we decided to catch up over a Coastal Adventure. Which usually is our go-to catch up adventure when she returns to the bay.

I loaded my green machine sweet bike into the back of my Rav4 (you may call it nerdy but I call it the absolute perfect car for me) and rolled over to Marge's where we loaded her ruby red Schwinn into the back as well. And we were coast bound.

We made the traditional stop at the HMB Coffee Company (and later decided we have never NOT stopped there first. We like tradition).  And cruised down Main St just in time for the announcement of the winners of the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off! 

I'm inclined to believe the best things really do grow in Napa as that's where this 1985 pounds of pumpkiny goodness hailed from. I wonder if they water him with wine?! 

After trying to get a few pics of the newest local pumpkin celebrity we had to escape the amateur paparazzi. Kanye would have NOT liked this scene. People were all up in this pump's biz. 

We went back to the car and unloaded our sweet rides and did a little warm up. 

More like Marge warmed up and I snuck a few shots of it.  And we were off. The best way to get your adrenaline pumping is definitely to cross Highway 1 on a bicycle. I'm adventurous when it comes to crossing streets - if the countdown is more than 3 seconds I like to go for it.
Facing a state highway while on a bike? Challenge accepted. 

We crossed and survived and were well on our way to the coastal trail. The same trail my family went to on Father's Day. 

On one side we have the gorgeous hills that separate us from the foggy-ten-months-out-of-the-year coast and on the other side we have the clear-blue-crisp-only-two-months-a-year Pacific Ocean.

Even the ice plant seemed to be changing it's wardrobe for fall. 

Eventually, 5.5 miles later we reached our destination.  And reward: Pumpkin Ale.

We sat outside under the hot October sun, and caught up on all things US and all things Ireland. 

Over fish & chips - the cuisine of the motherland as well as beer & cheese platter - the cuisine of the homeland:

Good news we biked the 5.5 miles back safely. Crossed the highway again safely. A little exhausted, a bit sunburned, and very sweaty. 

We couldn't end a day in Half Moon Bay in October coming home empty handed. 
So we each snagged the biggest pumpkin we could carry. (I think I pulled a muscle) And learned those wheelbarrows and wagons are there for a reason.

Coastal adventure complete!!!

One jack-o-lantern coming right up!