this too shall pass

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only 13

i was having a rough day. and then this picture appeared in my blog reader, courtesy of got a girl crush.

Tavibike

for those who don't know, this adorable peanut of a girl is tavi. she's a 13 year old fashion blogger who cause a bit of a ruckus last week at the dior couture show. she's pretty great not only for her wise beyond her years thoughts on fashion but for her willingness to still be a kid.

 

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presenting mr. & mrs. gnome

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serious research

Sneaky gnome

sneaky gnome by basement art creations

i'm spending some quality time with my friend google this evening, researching our halloween costumes. i'm visiting blogs like better gnomes and gardens and flickr. i've also spent some quality time flipping through a favorite book of my childhood, which i "borrowed" from mom's house not too long ago.

not since the year i was marge have i been this giddy. and unlike the year i was marge, there will be pictures.

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october is my favorite month

Tunner

the air is crisp. the leaves are starting to change. i get to pull out the knee socks and wear layers and layers and layers of clothing. i sleep fabulously. the pie apples are gorgeous. also, i get to continue my yearly tradition on watching 31 horror movies in 31 days, culminating in a viewing of my all time favorite horror movie, halloween.

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mystery squirrel

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i can only assume shawn took this picture. it was on my memory card and i don't remember taking it. it completely cracks me up though.

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my first (beer) love

Celiswhite
    when we lived in austin, this was my favorite beer. it was from a local brewery and it was the beer that taught me that beer could be better than old style or budweiser. you can smell the citrus when you open a bottle. its wheaty and has the faintest taste of cloves and coriander. its the perfect beer for a hot summer day or paired with a spicy hot meal. i fell in love with this beer.
    soon after we left austin, celis brewery was bought by a large beer manufacturer and shut down. oh, the heartbreak. we couldn't get it in chicago but i looked forward to drinking it on visits.
    when visiting austin a few weeks ago, we stopped at the whip-in for beer for the party caroline and greg were throwing for us. while browsing the cold cases i saw something i thought i'd never see again and let out a squeal. its entirely possible that i just stood pointing.
    there it was... a beautiful 6 pack of celis white. shawn pulled it out of the case and began to examine it. "bottled by michigan brewing co." i'd lost all hope. my dreams of celis white had long since faded. but there it was. and it was soon going to be in my belly.
    had we driven, we would have brought some back but i figured i'd just check with my friendly whole foods beer guy and he'd hook me up.
    um, no. beer guy told me today that he asked all his distributors and no one had heard of it. he looked like he wanted to give me a hug. i may have looked like i needed one.
    i'm not giving up hope though. also, shawn said it wouldn't be so crazy to drive to michigan for beer.
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i love to singa

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keep calm and whatever

i am fond of the ubiquitous keep calm and carry on poster. i think the sentiment is perfect and i often wish i had one at work. there are many, many parodies out there. keep calm and have a cupcake. freak out and throw stuff. keep calm... oh who are we kidding?

this one though, this one is my FAVE.

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by blackbeltjones on flickr

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