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Sunday, October 31, 2010


Once again I've been disappointed spending another Halloween in this city. If I had to judge my life here by Halloween alone, I'd be moving home.
I stumbled upon a Halloween party on Friday night, but it was almost too heartbreaking to be there not in costume. Saturday while all my La Crosse facebook friends talked of dressing up and hitting up the Halloween parties, I sat home and watched 48 Hours Mystery.
Today for Halloween I went out shopping during trick or treat hours so as to feel less horrible for not handing out candy. I did a lot of party prep for next weekend and finished the evening off with a little hallowine. Sad, sad, sad. I couldn't even find a halloweenish movie to watch in my collection. I wish I could think of an appropriate costume for a chili cookoff because I'd be all over that. Will I ever be able to dress up again? Sigh. I hope everyone else had a spooktacular time this Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Birthday Princess Zombie

I was treated to a boat load of "birthday princess" paraphernalia at work the Friday before my birthday. By the time Saturday rolled around and it was time to decide what a zombie would wear on her birthday, I decided if I was a birthday princess zombie, I should have a dress to match.

I headed down to my costume closet and began tearing up a bridesmaid dress (sorry Jen Mac). After tearing it up as much as I could, I took it out to the back yard to shove it into a planter. I was disappointed to learn the fabric was fairly stain resistant, but I did the best I could to scuff it up.

After hastily applying my makeup and getting ready to head out the door, I wiped the blood off my hands onto my skirt. It is quite liberating to know you are free to get your dress as dirty as possible. As a matter of fact, after I arrived at the pre-zombie walk staging area, we decided my dress still was not dirty enough. We headed out back to the garage and I got assaulted with dirty hands.  The effect was nice, though.

Our zombie mom took this picture on the porch before we headed out to the park for the event.

At the park we had plenty of time to see all the other zombies arriving and my zombie boss got this picture of me as I listened to two singing birthday greetings on my voicemail.
We had a pretty good time out at the park and an even better time out on the pub crawl afterwards. I have to admit it was one of the most interesting ways I've ever spent my birthday. It would have been nice to be home in Wisconsin with my family's celebration, though. If I had known I'd be stuck in Springfield without a visitor, I promise I would have made the trip! Maybe next year.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Birthday Shape Up

Well, so yeah...

No birthday visitor. Happy birthday to me. I've got some other interesting birthday plans shaping up.

In the meantime, I'm going to take a day or two of rest. After spending the last two evenings at going away parties and staying out a little too late, I'm ready for a night in. Peanut is probably all rested up from the weekend travel and looking for a little snuggle time. And let's be honest... I could use a little Peanut snuggles. I have a movie waiting for me at home that I think I will use to distract me from my crazy, messy house. There is no visitor coming, so I don't need to clean right?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I'm Back

I'm back in the game. Back to work. Back to work out. Back to the daily grind. Hopefully back to myself. Travel gives you a lot of time to think. I hope that I've turned a corner as far as my mental baggage goes.

Did I mention it is my birthday this week? Hopefully my annual analysis has already been taken care of for this year and I'll be able to enjoy a fantastic weekend with Blondy in Springfield. I got a birthday email from Bella Milano, so dinner night out just went back on the to-do list. I can hardly wait!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Here are some views of the rest and relaxation at the lake...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuna Rotini!

A co-worker was getting treated to Tuna Helper yesterday for dinner and I got jealous. I went right home and mixed up a tasty individual version for myself. Check it out in the Lonely Girl Recipes section at the right. I almost wish I had leftovers, but even if I did I might not share them (sorry Montana!).

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pumpkin Season

It was a beautiful fall day in Springfield with temperatures in the 80s! I hit up Psychic Saturday for a little reading and psychic guidance. Apparently I need to ask for help and rely on my spirit guides. Same old, same old. I may have to return for a birthday reading in a few weeks.

Then a co-worker and I participated in a little wine tasting at The Corkscrew. The German wines featured were mostly too sweet for me, but I did pick up a bottle of red to go with homemade pizza night, which was going to be last night.

I parted company with my co-worker, and went in search of fall decorations, which led me to the Apple Barn. I picked out three white pumpkins and vowed to go back each week to stock up for my fall party. As you can see from the picture, it is definitely pumpkin season at the Apple Barn! Now I just need to find some hay bales.

After a lovely walk in the park, I decided that I could go for a dinner out at Bella Milano, so I enlisted the company of my co-worker who had planted the seed in my brain earlier in the day. It was absolutely amazing! We had artichoke dip, I had a pepperloin steak with redskin mashed potatoes, and complimented with the most delicious salad and bread and red wine of course! If the waitress had been the least bit helpful or friendly, it would have been a perfect dining experience.

Today on the agenda: absolutely nothing. Except red wine and homemade pizza.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Photo Back Log

I finally got my most recent pics off the camera and onto Flickr. It has already been a few weeks since these babies were snapped.
 Grandpa reads to two of the pink ladies.
 Junior is digging the new hat.
Magoo got in on the camera action!
Junior is so cute. Comes from a long line of dorks, I think.

Last time I was up in Wisconsin, there was some serious flooding. This was taken in "the bottoms" on the La Crosse / Trempealeau county line.
The water is pretty much up to the bottom of the bridge there. I've never seen it so high. I want to say my mother told me it was cresting (on this day) about 20 feet over flood stage. Ca-razy!

It already seems like it has been so long since my last Wisconsin visit. I can't wait to get back!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

And I Did

I managed to get a lot done today in spite of a few hours in front of the tv.

I didn't cross all the usual cleaning tasks off my list, but I got a lot of them done in the process of doing other things. As I cleared away summer decorations I dusted and cleaned the window sills on the porch. I got out fall linens and had to do a little ironing. I swapped out summer sheets for winter sheets and managed to flip and rotate my mattress before changing the sheets.

In between all that I mowed the yard, cut down trees growing in my fence, planted some flowers, and ran some errands. After a day of making a mess in the house, I topped off my night with vacuuming and mopping.

And I would have been done at a reasonable hour had my mop not broken. I ended up on my hands and knees using the mop head to wash the floors by hand. It's official... I'm never mopping again!

I feel as though I deserve a reward. As the dryer buzzes me that the last load of laundry is done, my reward tonight will be to ignore it until tomorrow.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lazy Day

Peanut and I had a major lazy Saturday. I slept in late, did an hour of exercise, got showered, and slipped into some comfy lounge clothes.

Peanut and I took to the porch with my coffee and a new copy of Better Homes & Gardens. Peanut snuggled down next to me on the sofa as I paged through the magazine cover to cover.

By late afternoon I found a little motivation to do some paperwork, make some to-do lists, and even cross a few items off the list.

I was craving mini herbal cheese pies, so I hit the kitchen. With leftover filling I came up with a recipe to use it as a filler for a stuffed pork chop. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the sound of the timer so I can taste it. I just love experimenting in the kitchen.

What a perfectly lazy Saturday. I swear I'll get more done tomorrow.


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