Talk to Us Tuesday-I Love Fall!

Lilith: Frasier, we need to have a discussion.
Frasier: oh no, don’t tell me you have a thing against Halloween too.
Lilith: I don’t have a thing against Halloween. I just don’t want my child panhandling door to door accepting non-nutritious snacks from strangers dressed in a silly costume.
Frasier: But darling, that is Halloween.
Lilith: Oh well, then I guess I do have a thing against it. –Fraiser

It’s October guys. Can you believe it? I feel like September was a complete whirlwind. I’m so excited for October because it means it’s finally fall. It also means I can officially decorate my house for Halloween without getting weird looks from the neighbors. Ok…I may have decorated on the 26th of September, but now I can show you guys without feeling embarrassed about it.

I already showed you all my mantle:

And now I’ve added the Halloween touches to the house. Here’s the other bookcase, as you walk into the house:

Yes, I do have every Friends episode on DVD, and yes my DVDs are alphabetized. I’m just a wee bit OCD. A few of these decorations are DIY. That framed picture I printed online, and then added the ribbon trim. The spider candle luminary is actually an old pasta jar I cleaned out and painted.

This my centerpiece on the dining table. The sign I bought at Michaels for 50 cents, and the leaves are leftover decorations from my wedding. The candles were given to me last year by my MIL, and the straw is actually from the packaging for the candles. Again, the luminary jar is an old pasta sauce jar that I painted with acrylic paint. It was super easy and a lot of fun to make. I think I’m hooked on painting mason jars now. I can’t wait to paint some for Christmas!

Here’s the front porch:

I found the trick or treat sign at Michael’s and had a coupon for 50% off. I absolutely love it. The wall sign I’ve had forever, the gourds are from Safeway, and my MIL gave us the spider a few years ago. It freaks me out sometimes when I forget it’s there and open the door from the other side!

The ironic part of all of this decorating is a. We have no one to share it with, since we rarely have people over (I’m thinking we need to have a couple’s dinner at the very least this month)and b. we are going to be out of town for Halloween night. We are heading up to Oregon and probably won’t even celebrate the holiday. But oh well, I still love decorating! Hopefully next year we’ll be in a house and we can have a Halloween costume party. I’d look into those make your own invitations free sites with a cute Halloween theme. I can see myself going overboard with parties once we have a place to host. Hmmm, maybe even a blogger party? Who’s in?

Have you done any fall or Halloween decorating yet? I’d love to see photos!


White Water Rafting Trip

Simon: Day Eight, white water rafting.
: Yee-haaa!
: This is a river, one tough bitch. A swirling, raging, thrashing, torrent of screaming water.Lindsey: Screamin’ water!
: And I choose my words carefully, because she’s upturned the boat of many a clown, who thought they could tame her. You must respect her, you must respect the river if you wanna come out of her alive…
[Simon turns to look at the river]
…you must respect her, understand her…

[Lindsey pushes Simon in the river]

Lindsey: Huhuhur, he’s in! That’s a tenner you owe me Baz! Hahahaha!-The Fast Show

Earlier this month, Match took me on a white water rafting trip for our first anniversary/birthday. We opted not to buy the photos because they were crazy expensive. But as luck would have it, the other couple from our raft bought them, and she emailed them to me a few days ago. Made my month! I offered to give her money but she insisted that it was a gift to us. How sweet are they? Now I feel kind of bad for complaining that they didn’t paddle. Well, they didn’t, but who cares because now we have fabulous, priceless photos of the trip!! Instead of sitting here gushing about them, I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Aren’t they badass? Oh, and Match and I are in the second row. You can tell it’s me because I have a ridiculous grin or open mouthed expression on almost every single picture.

Stopping for lunch along the river

We had such a fun trip! I cannot wait to go back.

Talk to Us Tuesday-Camp Stank

You stank. You stank to high heaven.-The Spirit of Truth

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

Yay, it’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Talk to Us Tuesday! I just got back from camping two nights ago and I need to catch up you all. So grab your favorite beverage and let’s chat shall we?

  • We just got back from the river on Sunday. I already miss it.

  • In another life, I would have been a river guide in my college summers off. A summer out in nature, getting great exercise and hanging out with fun co-eds? Sounds like a dream job to me.
  • Ladies, let me tell you, eye candy galore. I think it was a requirement that the guides all be extremely good looking. Male and female!
  • Match may have caught me starring at shirtless Rippling Muscles Aussie Guide, but then laughed when I caught him starring at Perky Blonde Guide wearing nothing but a swim top and cut offs. Whatever preheats the oven folks! Just as long as he’s still coming home with me. 😉
  • I made it down the river without falling out of the boat! Sadly can’t say the same for the other girl in our boat, but she was just fine. It was actually pretty funny.
  •  I’ll do a full write up soon, we are still waiting to get the pictures.
  • On the drive home, we ended up going house hunting and putting in an offer (#3!) on a home.

  • Fingers crossed because I’m so ready to move out of this town and set up some roots. I’m also sick of getting my hopes up and then being disappointed, so I’m trying very hard not to get too excited.
  • I may have been very conscious that we were all camp stank from our trip while we were hunting with the Realtor. Plus the AC stopped working in the Subi for part of the trip back. So we were all kinds of stinky.
  • I tried to stay downwind of our Realtor. He’s working hard for us let me tell you!

So what’s new with you? Catch me up!

My 27th Birthday…Round 2

Phoebe: (regarding Ross’ birthday gift to Rachel) I can’t believe he got you that! It must’ve cost him a fortune!

Chandler: Oh, come on. Ross? Remember back in college when he fell in love with Carol and got her that ridiculously expensive crystal duck?

Rachel: What did you just say?

Chandler: (realizing he’d just revealed Ross’ feelings, he stumbles) Crystal duck.

Rachel: No, no, the love part.Chandler: (hyperventilating) Flennen!

Rachel: Oh, my…!                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chandler: (rubbing his temples) Oh, no, no, no!

Joey: That’s good, just keep rubbing your head. That’ll turn back time. –Friends

First off thanks for the birthday wishes ladies! 🙂 I was feeling all sad on Tuesday night, but yesterday I woke up to beautiful flowers from my hubby.

Boy am I glad I took a chance on free online dating and met Match. That man is so so good to me! He wrote me a sweet card that was pretty funny. I don’t know if you can read it but it says, No I won’t touch your nuts, stop asking me! Heheheh.

The card on the left is from my Mama. She wrote me this lovely message and a nice little check for some fun birthday money. The card itself cracked me up because at the end of it she wrote, “I can’t believe how lucky I was to have you 27 years ago. Happy 27th birthday!” I called her cracking up as I said, “Thanks for the sweet card mom, but um…I’m 28.” There was a moment of silence, and then my mama, in typical sassy sarcasm that she does so well says, “Well, you know, technically you’re not 28 until around 830 or 9pm, because that’s when you were born.” Lol, love my Mama. I told her it must have been wishful thinking for both of us that it was my 27th birthday. 😉

I used my fun money from my Mama to treat myself to a haircut. The last time I got a trim was 7 months ago. Ladies, I’m such a slacker and I was looonnng overdue. I’m so glad I went in on my birthday because they pampered me, and even gave me a cute style for no extra charge. I love it and I’m definitely going back to her next time I need a trim. I think I’ll try to make it in a little sooner this time. 😉

After getting my hair did I headed over to the craft store and stocked up on Halloween and fall decorations. I can’t wait for fall ladies. Here’s a little sneak peek of my mantle. It’s not much, but I think it’s festive. Hopefully it will encourage the weather to cool down. Come on crisp fall days! I’m so ready.

Match took me out to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant. It’s a little hole in the wall but the food is delicious. I was so grateful that we got a few hours of quality time together before he had to go to work. I spent a lot of the evening catching up with friends who called, and of course I had some sweet comments from my lovely readers. All and all it was a great mellow birthday and I felt very loved. Now this year can go ahead and slowwww down because I’m definitely NOT ready for 29. Maybe I should take a note from my Mama and just say I’m turning 28 again. 😉

The Paper Anniversary

Lucas: Happy Anniversary!
Peyton: Go back out!
Lucas: Why? Is the mail man here again?
Peyton: No. He just put on his pants and jumped out the window, but he did leave you an anniversary gift and I haven’t wrapped it yet. Hi babe.
Lucas: Hey wifey! These are for you.
Peyton: Oh!! They’re beautiful! Thank you! How was your day?
Lucas: It was good. It is good. You know can’t believe it’s been a year.
Peyton: Time flies when you get what you wish for. –One Tree Hill

Last weekend was our first wedding anniversary. They say the first wedding anniversary is the paper anniversary. It was fitting then that Match and I exchanged homemade cards.

I got him a bluetooth headset so he could yell at his fellow Call of Duty gamers and in his card he wrote that his gift to me would be a trip for two white water rafting down the American river! I’m soooo excited for the trip.

He waited to book the trip to make sure I’d actually want to go, which I do. And together we looked at different sites and found the best one (aka the only rafting company that includes wine and beer as part of the dinner package). We’re going the weekend of the 16th, two days after my birthday. I can’t wait!

For our anniversary celebration we spend the day exploring our new town where we’re looking to buy a home. We drove around to a few homes we’d had on our list to visit and got to know the areas of town we really like. We are both so excited to move to this town. The overall feel of the town is safe, friendly, and fun. There are younger people around, and the night life looks more lively than where we live now.

After looking at homes we strolled downtown for a sandwich and some fuel.

They have this gorgeous downtown creek walk that I can’t wait to bring Monkey to. Isn’t it pretty?

After our day of exploring we drove home and then walked to dinner at our favorite sushi place. We worked up a nice sake buzz and then wobbled home. We went old school like when we were first dating and played a game of gin rummy.

The next day we went for a drive and found a new dog park for Monkey.

We got some quality time with our fur baby before couch potato-ing it for the afternoon.

After dinner we toasted with champagne and frozen yogurt. Mhhmmm.

Cheers! To our first year of marriage. It has been so busy, so full of change, and so memorable. I cannot wait for the next big adventure. As I wrote in my card to Match: I’m not afraid of anything that life has to throw at us, because I have him.