{Sunday Scene Social} Rainy Fall Picnic

posted on: Thursday, October 30, 2014


Last month I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do this fall. Having a picnic was one of them. Unfortunately, mother nature decided she wanted to join in on the fun too and rain on our parade. I had it all planned out; I would go out to a nice quiet area with some friends, lay out some blankets and just relax. The date was already set and invitations were sent out. After the rain and stress I thought my first fall picnic was going to be a complete disaster. I quickly looked for contingency sites, however, my building already had the club room booked as well as my photographer's place. I had even considered still being outside but in a sheltered picnic area. That was until we determined it may be colder out than we thought.

Luckily for us, our friend Alex saved the day. She had a penthouse/rooftop club room that we could use that had an indoor and outdoor facility--thus prompted our indoor picnic. Tyler got to run around with his dog friends while we all ate, played games like Cards Against Humanity (which Alex rocked at) and then some of us were glued to the TV watching the Orioles game. By some of us, I mean one. We couldn't pull him away unless it was to bring him food.


 
Since our little picnic was just an excuse to hang out any play games, I opted for a simple menu. A lot of the food that was served was gluten free which was great because my friend's girlfriend has a gluten allergy. We had multigrain, sweet potato and olive chips from Food Should Taste Good™. I made the chocolate silk pie which happened to be a hit. I still haven't entirely figured out the crust situation but otherwise it was pretty good. The main entree I brought were sandwiches! Completely  mobile and packed full of flavor. You can't go wrong with roasted garlic, salami, mozzarella and basil. I got the idea from say yes.



A little decoration and variety can go a long way. Since we were indoors and not at a public park, everyone brought beers while I provided sparkling water and elderflower and rose lemonade. So, even it you run into inclement weather, you can still enjoy the feeling of being outdoors--inside. Or you can always hang out with people who don't care about getting a little rained on and have a picnic outside anyway.

[All photos credited to Jungfroid]

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you in partnership with Food Should Taste Good®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{Love Notes} To birth or not to birth

posted on: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You're sick of seeing your Facebook feeds aren't you? Everyone is having babies while you're still trying to figure out if you want sugar with your coffee. Let me be perfectly honest with you, I've never been a kid-friendly person. By that, I mean I've never had baby rabies. If you don't know what that means check out the definition from Urban Dictionary:
[source: funsterz]
(n) the name given to the lapse of sanity in which a person feels that s/he absolutely MUST have a baby in the very near future, and will often go to great lengths to get pregnant and will bitch constantly about wanting a baby in the meantime. Usually happens in women, but men get it occasionally, as well.
I've never been the woman that wanted to touch another woman's pregnant belly, hold a baby or even be in the same room as a baby. I've always feared I'd drop the baby or something bad would happen and the parent would hate me. I guess I'm a little weird when it comes to the subject. I will straight up object to you making me hold your baby. Maybe I just don't have a natural motherly bone in me.

I've spoken to a few women at different points in my life regarding kids and I still can't seem to wrap my head around the concept. Am I feeling pressured by society? By faith? By fear? Back in June of this year, Pope Francis even urged married couples to procreate rather than raising four-legged friends because it could lead to old age in solitude with the bitterness of loneliness. Deep, right?

I have been teetering for years on whether or not to have kids. I know that I am not ready and I'm not getting any younger. This year I'm going to be 30. Thirty. I am going to be leaving my roaring 20's behind and saying hello to..well, thirty. When I was 24, my then gynecologist told me I should find a nice man, settle down and have kids before I'm 30. That same gynecologist is the one that had discovered my thyroid issue. That's another story in and of itself but does provide some minor complications if I did ever decide to have kids.

I have some friends that are just over the moon with their pregnancy or their child. Trust me, I have the Facebook feeds to prove it. Often times I wonder, will I ever be ready? Is my biological clock broken? Or maybe it is working since I'm thinking about kids. I didn't come from a big family, for the longest time it was just me, my brother and my dad. My dad remarried and I gained 3 step-sisters. Even though my family got bigger, it wasn't as close of a family bond as I had hoped. Maybe I've watched one too many movies and have this idealistic view of what family should be like. I didn't exactly grow up with a solid nuclear family and there's no one to blame but that's just what life tossed our way. Some people come from loving normal families and some come from loving dysfunctional families. It's life, you work with what's been given to you.

When I decided, maybe I want kids; I wanted to be able to raise a little one and bring something new and different into the world. Raising a child to make a difference, a change. Sharing holiday gatherings and a close-knit family bond that I had always wanted. I'm rather close to my brother and since I've gotten a little older it's easier for me to relate to my father. Still, all those desires still can't get me past how to get to that point. The whole pregnancy and birthing thing frankly scares me. I won't even go into detail about that or even how I imagine having a baby inside me reminds me of the diner scene from Spaceballs.

[source: carlos tanseco]
There comes a time in life when you have to make big decisions. Having a baby is one of them. I know the consequences, the burden, the beauty and the love that can come out of bringing a child into this world but I just don't know. I just read this great article which made me realize, I still have a lot of soul-searching I still need to do.

Horror Films Marathon

posted on: Monday, October 27, 2014

S and I are having a horror film marathon in honor of Halloween Week! I love horror films. I used to sneak around and watch them when I was younger. Tales from the Crypt, anyone?

Growing up, my family was always watching movies, it was our bonding time. My dad would go rent some movies and we'd have a marathon all weekend or he would take us to the theaters for newer films. But, you must be wondering where I get my love of horror films from? Well, it's not my dad. I can honestly say I think his favorite movies are action films and he loved Al Pacino. One film he will never watch is Poltergeist. I never really understood his fear of it but then again I've never actually sat through and watched it either--not out of fear or anything. I just never really had a chance.

I really liked the Masters of Horror series. I've seen gruesome and disturbing movies like Ichi the Killer and ones that just really scared me like Darkness Falls. Nevermind the tooth fairy, after seeing that movie I had to go out and get a nightlight. What really got to me was that I've always imagined something lurking in the shadows. I have a wild imagination and I guess I should confess that I already have a mild fear of the dark. We used to play hide-and-seek in the dark and if the it person took too long to find me (ie. one minute) I'd just come out from my hiding spot laughing out of nervousness. I like a good scare every once in a while but I try not to push my luck.

Some of the movies I picked out are some the I'm curious about and haven't seen. If you haven't noticed, I'm kind of into more indie horror films. I was never really into the whole Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street franchise but if it was on TV then I'd watch, sometimes. Here are some of my picks; some new, some old but most I've never seen with exception to Evil Dead 2, that's just a classic:

1. The Cabin in the Woods (available on Netflix)


2. Antichrist (available on Hulu and Netflix)


3. Evil Dead 2 (available on Netflix)


4. Contracted (available on Netflix)


5. You're Next (available on Netflix)



Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park

posted on: Monday, October 20, 2014

We decided to spend our Sunday Funday with a fun outdoorsy couple. They took us to the spot where they celebrated their 20+ year anniversary. The afternoon was spent driving along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit during the fall to see all the foliage.

It was also one of my mom's favorite places to go in autumn. She used to go cruising with her boyfriend and they would stop at various points to take pictures. S and I didn't get out of the car as often as we would have liked due to my intolerance of the cold. We were also both wearing long sleeve shirts and puffy vests. It was not enough. I even saw folks walking around in winter coats. It was that cold.

We didn't expect it to be so cold but you also have to take into account that you're going to a higher elevation where it gets much much colder. When we finally descended, the temperature easily rose up about 20 degrees. Crazy, right? It it were a tad bit warmer and wasn't windy, I would have loved to have a picnic. I really wanted Tyler to come along but before we set out we met the couple for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Their little store is cute and really nice to peruse as you're waiting for your table. S isn't a big fan of CB but at least it filled us up and provided some warmth. Besides, I had been craving pancakes for a while so it was really nice to finally get some with warm maple syrup.

I am, however, so very glad I decided to bring my trusty little vintage Pendleton throw along for the ride. It's such a versatile item and perfect for fall to have for when it gets cold at games or any outdoor events and even picnics. I think they're a must have if you live in a colder region. You can find newer ones on their site or Macy's that go for about $100 and they even come with cute little leather carriers. If you're looking for a "sale" price though I'd stick with Macy's and wait for one of their nice sales to come along.

Overall our Sunday was relaxing even though S did all the driving. At least I let him nap when we got home while I was doing my nails and catching up on my TV shows. :)




I haven't used a proper camera in a really long time so I've been taking most of my photos with my trusty little iPhone 5. Yes, it's been a while since I've updated. I've been walking around with that and a Samsung S4. It's gotten to be a bit much. I think I'm finally ready to let go of a platform and stick to one phone and upgrade soon. What wireless carrier are you with and what phone are you using?

{Style Files} Wide Calf Boots for Fall

posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

fall boots - wide calf


I love boots, they're comfortable and stylish. They can really complete an outfit. My issue with boots though is that I have wide calves. Really wide. I'm short and somewhat athletic so it's muscle that I just can't seem to shave away. I was discouraged from boots because the ones intended for wide calves looked really, well, unattractive. I've recently found some that actually are rather cute. I cringe at spending over $200 for boots but I do also look at it as an investment. So, if you're like me, there's still hope. Here are some that range from $125-$388.

{Friday Favorites}

posted on: Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy rainy Friday! I don't always like rain but today, it's actually not getting on my nerves despite all the errands I have to run after work. Stay dry and enjoy your three day weekend you federal government workers, you! :)

Favorite Blog: Classy Girls Wear Pearls - Sarah Vicker's blog. I like her style because it looks so comfortable yet still put together.

Favorite Pinterest: Some cute costume makeup ideas for Halloween. It is October after all.


Favorite Smile: This was recently shared on social media and I just found it so amusing. I love how chill the guy is during the situation. I mean, he definitely got heated..but he was reasonable.


Favorite Space: I love how open and airy this dining room is. I also love all the textures.

[source: fashion toast]

Favorite Find: Raw emerald ring - Green is one of my favorite colors so I've been keeping my eye out for a nice green ring.

[source: byangeline]


{Motivational Monday}

posted on: Monday, October 6, 2014

[source: tumblr-verse]

All those ups and downs that you go through, it's called life. The difference is just how you look at it. No one is perfect so you'll never really have those perfect moments. Everything is an experience, a lesson..so learn from it and move on. Also, just try smiling. Smiling makes me happy.

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