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Photo by Cori Kindred
Is this you, Kristy? You look creepy....

Photos by The Cherry Blossom Girl

Happy Halloween

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
I just love this holiday.


Purple yarn and scarves, plus Halloween!

Here's the purple yarn I'm knitting into a scarf. Note the book in the background: "Never too old to knit: beautiful basics for baby boomers." This was the best into guide the library had on knitting. Great, huh? I especially love the pattern inside for a multicolored knitted tank top. Everyone is too old to be wearing that!These pics are from the Halloween party last Friday. Do I make a good Palin or what. Brentan is Joe Sixpack, if you can't tell.

Oh, SJOhle, you are so fun!

People in the Middle for Obama

My friend Julie worked on putting these videos together with the filmmaker that she is working for, and I thought they are super interesting, and well-made. To watch more, go to the site, www.peopleinthemiddleforobama.org

Too much sleep and caffeine

I can't sleep, can't sleep, can't sleep.


Weekend Fun

I took a break from the computer for the most part this weekend to do some tactical things.

First, I went to a Halloween party on Friday. I went as Sarah Palin. I was pretty gosh darn good at being her. Some people thought I was being serious. I did not like that so much. Other costume highlights: Angela and Dwight from the Office, a cool blue character from XMen, great, authentic lederhosen, and Britney a la Baby One More Time.

Second, I ate lunch outside on Sunday at the Other Side. It is the coolest place within a 3 block radius of my apt, and the most happening place for Sunday brunch on a beautiful fall day.

Third, I started knitting a scarf. I just decided to, went to the library to find a book on knitting, bought yarn, and started last night. I am about halfway done with a eggplant purple chunky knit scarf. Pictures to follow soon.


Maureen Dowd on Colin Powell on Barack Obama: Moved by a Crescent

I read this in a Maureen Dowd Op-Ed, Moved by a Crescent, this morning and it really moved me. Dowd writes about Colin Powell's decision to endorse Barack Obama. This passage explains a lot of what I've been feeling in this presidential race, and why I am not always proud of the people that live in this country with me, but proud of the people who stand up for racial, religious, and sexual prejudices:

"[Powell] told Tom Brokaw that he was troubled by what other Republicans, not McCain, had said: ' "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no. That’s not America. Is something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?'"


Official Launch: Style Idol

Pushing Daisies is on again tonight! Hooray! I am super excited, and every time I watch the show, I get more and more into it. I introduced two friends to it last night, with one of my favorite episodes: BitterSweets, where a rival sweet shop comes to town. Tonight's episode is Frescorts- the team tries to solve a murder at a rent-a-friend agency.

And that brings me to my new good news! I am officially launching a new blog, StyleIdol, and Chuck is my first subject. StyleIdol is all about finding inspiration and fantasy from atypical media sources and celebrities. Aka, there will be no Blair Waldorf/Gossip Girl posts on style. But plenty of free spirits, vintage ideas, color, and attitude. I thought I'd give the exclusive news to my loyal blog readers here. Please check it out, and feel free to leave me comments or suggestions on future Idols, or ways to improve the site!

Also a hint...next up on StyleIdol: A precocious six year old who rules the Plaza!


Pumpkin Pie and more visitors...

Lauren is coming to stay with me for a few days while she goes job hunting. Tonight we are going to make a pumpkin pie with Sarah! And have lasagna for dinner.
Tasty tasty evening!


Wonderful Weekend: Head of the Charles + 5k + out of town friends

It was another beautiful fall weekend here, and despite being slightly sick I managed to spend quite a bit of time outside. It was Head of the Charles, so Brentan and I walked down the Mass Ave. bridge all the way to Harvard, watching the crew boats go by. I had never been, despite living in Boston for over five years now. But it was cool, and relaxed, and very collegial, watching rowers pass by (and passing by three different universities, BU, MIT, and Harvard).
Boats waiting to be used....

Brentan by the Charles.

I also ran a 5k race on Sunday morning with Sarah. It was really cold, but we warmed up quick after running. I met my goal, which would be pretty pathetic to an actual runner, but for being sick, and staying out late the night before, it was great! Sarah and I really pushed it.
My face looks kinda smushed in this picture. I blame it on that icy wind off the ocean...
There was a BBQ after the race, which just consisted of the Sausage Guy's sausages. I liked their logo. Its a spacewoman pinup on a rocket. Get it? Right....

Design Hive

I think I want to go to the Design Hive in a couple of weeks when it opens. It is right around the corner where a bunch of my friends used to live. Too bad they aren't there anymore, but maybe we can reminisce, 21 Wendell...
So it basically is a hand made fair with:
* clothing (modern and vintage)
* handbags and accessories
* jewelry
* housewares
* ceramics, prints, and paper goods

So, that's pretty much what I have been into recently, and hopefully can score some cool things, or at least look at the pretty things that I don't need.

Also, I found these cute Boston pins on a blog I like to read sometimes, Paper Menagerie, and when I went to the etsy store, they weren't there! What other Boston fan could have bought them already?! Was it you!?


Pink, White, Chandelier

The pink chandelier is no longer pink! I forgot that my mom said that she would paint it white before she sent it. But now it is installed above the dining table and makes the grand living room in my apartment even grander. It also really blends in with the walls and curtains, which are gray and white.

Also, I'm feeling under the weather today, so came home early from work. I got a lot of stuff done though, which is great!

Also, I installed Google AdSense on my page. What do you think?


Fall, Pink Chandelier Update, and New Clothes

Oh, fall, how I love thee.
I think fall used to be my least favorite season. I don't really know why (because we "fall" into the despair of winter?), because it is so beautiful, and crisp. And I like wearing new clothes for fall. Like this dress in the picture, which may be my new favorite, kinda inspired by Chuck from Pushing Daisies (new episode tonight!), and also inspired by a friend who owns it too. Though, I really don't look like Chuck (wish I did!) The dress is not so fallish, but new from ebay, and I love it. I also got a new pair of kickass boots for fall, which I received a compliment on from my dentist this morning.

On another note: I got the pink chandelier in the mail today from my mom from the wedding! The project for tonight is to hang it up and watch it in all its splendor. I will post pictures soon, mostly because I will have internet when I get home today--Verizon came today to install it!

Also, this is what I am wearing today. I love how the proportions never look right on polyvore. Ha.


Fall in Vermont

I took a short weekend break to Vermont this past weekend, inspired by a friend's request for a ride. It was good inspiration, as the weather was beautiful and the tree color at its peak.

We went to TWO wineries and TWO breweries to taste lots of beer and wine! This is Brentan sitting outside the Shelburne Winery. They had really, really, ridiculously good ice wine. We were dumb and didn't buy any. We also went to Magic Hat brewery (which was essentially a grungy bar in a warehouse- fantastic!, Otter Creek brewery, and another winery I can't remember the name of)

Me among grape vines


Fire Hydrant FAIL!

Hiking up Mt. Indepence, the site across the lake from Fort Ticonderoga. Very important in the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War, for you history buffs!

This is right before I slipped and almost fell into Lake Champlain. I just got really muddy instead.

The view from Mt. Independence, overlooking Lake Champlain


Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Economy

Jezebel's Fine Lines column last week wrote about Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter, and it compares the Wilder family's hard winter to the current economic crisis. Interestingly, it is very appropriate. Oh, the economy.


Fall in MA

It is fall in New England, one of the prettiest times of year. Though I don't have any pictures of colorful trees, I do have a few pictures from the last few weeks of life.
The new Sel de la Terre kitchen in the new Mandarin Oriental hotel complex. The window opens up to a hallway that will have some pretty swanky shops in it eventually.

Classic Boston shot on the bridge in the public garden. Brentan doesn't look so happy, probably since we always make fun of people taking pictures here!
A wedding party moving from the Taj to the public garden, most likely to take some wedding pictures. I love how everyone is looking at the bride as if she is a celebrity. A bride should be a celebrity on her wedding day. I loved the bridesmaids dresses. They had these giant bows in the back.
I made cupcakes with Sarah the other night. They were so cute, and VERY delicious.


Topsfield Fair!

I went to the Topsfield Fair, the oldest fair in the US, this past weekend. And it sure was a fair. Fairs are just a celebration of American abundance (gluttony?), and this was no exception.

I saw:
  • Animals. Many. (Turkeys, bees, an elephant, pigs, roosters, birds of prey, sheep, cows, horses, and even a kangaroo)
  • Giant produce.
  • Miniature plants.
  • The midway.
  • Racing pigs.
  • Art.
  • Live infomercials.
I ate:
  • Cider donuts.
  • Hamburger.
  • Ice cream.
  • Pulled pork sandwich.
I should have had some kettle corn and cotton candy and a corn dog to really make it a fair.

Beautiful peppers!

Multitudes of corn!
The larges pumpkin in New England (over 1,400 pounds).
The midway!
Haunted house with equally creepy guy outside of it.

I should have taken a picture of the racing pigs, but forgot to. That was by far the worst, most uninteresting thing at the fair.

Liveblogging the Second Presidential Debate

As you can probably tell by the time stamp, I am not, in fact, LIVEblogging the presidential debate. I am, in fact, writing this the morning after the presidential debate because my internet continues to not work at home. I wanted to write this during the debate. Not to worry though! Brentan called Verizon and we are having our own internet installed next week. Hooray!

Back to the future president...
I have heard all that the candidates have to say. They are not saying anything new, and I don't need to listen until there is a big news event happening that they can comment on. Obviously, I know whom I am voting for.


The Great Schlep

The Times had an article yesterday about Sarah Silverman's "The Great Schlep", which I had originally heard about from my uncle. Now, I'm not a huge Sarah Silverman fan, mostly because she is too crude for me (that's the lady in me :o ), but this was great. The article describes the great schlep as a "mix of sarcasm and sincerity," which is a really good description.

The project basically encourages young Jews to tell their grandparents in Florida that they will not come and visit them unless they will vote for Obama. It describes all of the ways to convince grandparents that Obama is a great candidate, namely:
  • Obama hearts Israel and so do you!
  • His love for the United States is similar to that of the Jewish immigrants, who loved America for giving them an opportunity to succeed if they worked hard enough.
  • Obama opposes privitizing Social Security.

Presidential Debate

Presidential debate #2 tonight!
I'll be there. Will you?


Style Icon- Pushing Daisies

After watching the season premier of my FAVORITE show last night, Pushing Daisies, I decided the Chuck (aka Anna Friel) is my new style icon. I just want to be in the show, or be her, or both. Is that weird that I want to be fictional, and semi-dead?

Her style is so stylized, like the show. Last night, it was so cute, she was wearing a little bee pin that worked as a microphone so she could infiltrate a honey cosmetics company. Chuck also always wears these 50's silhouettes, full skirts, tight, tailored tops, and cardigans. Its so vintage and feminine.


(As Eloise would say)
Oooooooh, I just absolutely love her!
Can we just have some miniature tea parties wearing our pastel heels in a pink room full of bubblegum and pastries?

Plus, she's French.

(So instead of my own content, I'm just posting someone else's pictures. I'm adding to the conversation though! I promise!)
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