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{infatuation friday}


  1. White Zinfandel. Last weekend, poor Josh got to see my redneck side (though I don’t think that was the first time). Since we both had the night off, we wanted to chill at home and drink a little while watching Breaking Bad. I, of course, just had to buy a giant bottle of White Zinfandel. In case you’re unaware, Wal-Mart does not sell cold wine (a good reason to buy wine from Target, I say). So I needed to chill said giant bottle of wine. I guess my ice bucket got lost in the move this summer, so I needed another way to ice it. What better way to chill a giant bottle of wine than with the giant bucket I happened to have in our outdoor storage closet? I dumped all of our ice in the bucket, added a cup of salt (learned this trick here) and filled the bucket with cool water using our sink sprayer. Josh stared at me in disbelief. But it was worth it. Within 20 minutes, I had a glass of chilled wine.
  2. Halloween. For my last-minute Halloween costume, I dressed as a moose. Sort of. I just threw on some felt moose antlers and wore a sweater and jeans. Whatever. A costume wasn’t necessary anyway, since our only plans were to spend the evening watching Halloween movies.
  3. CMAs. I listened to the second half of the CMAs last night (thank goodness for iHeartRadio because I don’t have cable to watch these sorts of things). I actually forgot they would be on until I heard the program on the radio while driving home. Anyway, I was stoked when Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year. Her acceptance speech was so humble (you can read a little about it in the third paragraph of this LA Times article).
  4. Gloves. Earlier this week, I had to throw away the gloves I use to wash dishes. They were too big anyway, but I was still disappointed because I hate washing dishes with naked hands (my skin gets so dry after an extended period of time under hot water). The last pair was a set of large gloves (way too big for my tiny hands!), so I was pretty excited about finally buying a pair that fit. Maybe these won’t try to fall off my hands while I’m scrubbing away.
  5. Apple Cider. A week or two ago, Hilary gave me s bottle of Crispin Hard Apple Cider. If you like apple juice, I suggest it (no sarcasm, for real). It tastes like apple juice with a hint of booze. I told Josh I was drinking grown up apple juice.
  6. No Shave November. It’s that time of year again. I don’t know if Josh will participate this year (I doubt it). Last year, I was diggin’ his scruffy beard for about a week or two. Then he started looking like a hobo. He was so ready to shave by the end of the month! So, yeah, I really don’t think he’ll go through with that again.
  7. Sandy photos. I’ve been seeing a lot of crazy photos of this week’s superstorm & its aftermath. Some of these photos seem legit, while others… let’s just say I’ve seen them circle the Interwebs before. You can read a few interesting real vs. fake analyses hereherehere and here.
  8. Spinach. I like spinach a lot. But I know a lot of people don’t. I’ll admit it is a little bland. However, I found a recipe a while back for Garlic Sauteed Spinach. (I always call it something different; right now, it’s “Garlic & Butter Spinach. I don’t know.) I tried it and–no surprise here–liked it. Since then, I’ve tweaked the recipe to make it easier to eyeball all the measurements and so it only yields two servings. Josh liked it. (He even requested I make it again!) I’m a happy camper.
  9. Grilled Chicken Patties. I usually prefer to cook things from scratch, but with Josh’s and my crazy, clashing schedules, sometimes (often, as of late) that’s just not possible. So for a quick, healthy alternative we decided to try some pre-made grilled chicken patties from Great Value. (Who would’ve guessed?) They were tender and juicy and not too salty (I wasn’t too happy about the sodium content, but it was better than breaded chicken patties). We’ll probably buy them again. (See the photo here, on my Followgram.)
  10. Oven Reds. To go with the chicken patties, Josh bought some Alexia Oven Reds. They’re seasoned with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan  They’re pretty good, and a decent healthy choice for a quick fix. I’d love to make these myself, though. If I do, you’ll be the first to know. (Again, see the photo of these with the chicken patties here.)

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This is Halloween (Halloween! Halloween!)

I woke up this morning with some Taylor Swift in my head. But then I realized it’s Halloween, and “This is Halloween” from Nightmare Before Christmas has replaced Swifty’s song.

Anyway, I’m a lot more excited about today than I thought I’d be. There’s a lot of great stuff going on.

Today, there is a Halloween costume contest at my work. I generally don’t dress up, but Josh kind of hinted that I was being a grouch about the contest (I think I initially used the word “tacky” to describe wearing a costume to work), so I told him I’d take some cat ears or something for a little Halloween spirit. I ended up packing my felt moose antlers instead. Hey, whatever works, right?

I did get a little more spirit this morning when I put on my Halloween socks (I got them in a Halloween package with a card and some other cool holiday treats from my dad a few years back) and my special Halloween bracelet from Josh’s niece. Actually–I’ll be honest here–I was really excited to wear them.

(Side story: When I was in seventh grade, I had Halloween toe socks. They were striped with black, purple, white and orange, and each big toe had a little white ghost glued to it. I thought they were coolest pair of socks ever, and I wore them every Halloween for several years until, one day, my toe poked through beneath the ghost. I wasn’t too happy about throwing those socks away.)

Probably the best part of my day was when I got a text from my best friend. She sent a cute photo she made in Bubble Frame with a note that said “Happy Halloversary!!!” (We met on Halloween 12 years ago and have been best friends ever since.)

Tonight, Josh and I are going to see her and my sister. We’re going to watch Halloween movies and eat s’mores. I’m bringing a peach cobbler. (Hilary requested it–something about how I owe her a treat for our anniversary.)

So, today seems pretty good, especially considering I’m not much of a Halloween person.

Anyway, this was my long-winded way of saying…

Happy Halloween!

{infatuation friday} Halloween 2012


  1. Franken-weenie(Movie) I kind of really want to see this movie. I really liked the original, and I love the twisted child-like feel of the newer version (sort of like Coraline–though that movie actually freaked me out a little). I’ll wait until it finally makes its way to Netflix before I watch it though. (Watch the trailer here.)
  2. The Mirror. ($0.99) This app seems interesting enough, but I doubt I’d actually pay for it. You use your forward-facing camera to look in the mirror, which transforms your face into something scary/creepy. The app description says this about sharing the app with friends: “Make sure you volume is turned up and watch THEM scream!” So I guess there are spooky sounds to accompany the distorted reflections. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  3. Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween(Book) I like history. Like, a lot. So I might have squealed a little when I found this book on Goodreads. It looks at the history of Halloween (which is super-fascinating to me anyway) and mixes it with personal anecdotes as well as a social analysis. I’d love to have the chance to read it.
  4. Pumpkin Masters Official Carving App(Free) This adorable app can be fun for both kids and adults. You choose your pumpkin from seven shapes and pick a carving pattern. After watching a few-second-long cartoon clip of a the pumpkin’s lid being cut and its filling removed, you get to “carve” the pumpkin by swiping your finger over the design. Once the design is complete, you choose from four types of lighting. When you’re finished you have the option to save, start over or share the app on Facebook. I must say, this is a pretty spectacular (spooktacular?) free app. Available only for the iPad.
  5. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror. ($9.99 per collection) This was the Starbucks Pick of the Week last week, so I downloaded it for free. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’m pretty excited. Now, the free app was only the first episode (which I still like). You can purchase individual episodes in iTunes for $1.99 each (linked above).
  6. Halloween Sounds Pro. (Free) For a free app, it’s not too bad, though I’m not a huge fan. I think, if used very creatively, it could be good for a Halloween party or a haunted house. Or kids might enjoy the spooky sounds (and aggravating their parents). Beyond that, I don’t see much use for it. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  7. Disney Scary Storybook Collection(Book) I found this in Target last night and thumbed through it for a few minutes. It’s super cute. It seems to be the original Disney stories recreated for Halloween. There are 15 tales in this hardcover book. Target’s in-store price was $15.99 (though the online price appears to be $2 cheaper). Of course, it’s available online and in stores elsewhere as well.
  8. Costume-Decider(Free) This app allows you to spin two wheels to decide what costume to wear. The costumes are often goofy selections such as “disco devil” or “werewolf nurse.” There are also sound clips to match each costume idea. Honestly, this might help me overcome my annual horrible costume curse. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (linked above).
  9. Paranorman(Movie) This movie looks absolutely, adorably creepy. The main character is a kid who can talk to ghosts. I don’t know much else, but I’m okay with that. I still want to see it. (Watch the trailer here.)
  10. 200+ Scary Stories, Sounds, and Pranks($0.99) I haven’t downloaded this, but it looks like it’s worth the money. This app feature more than 200 horror and ghost stories in an in-app e-book format, more than 40 haunting sounds and several pranks and games. The app gives you the option to set haunting sounds to play at random moments, which the app’s description says will “give your friends a good scare” and is “perfect for scaring yourself while you read.” Available for iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad version–100 Horror Stories, Sounds, and Scares for iPad–also available in the iTunes store.

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