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springy love

After my first winter in the Midwest, it’s so amazing to see everything outside suddenly coming back to life.  Little green plants are popping up everywhere, and it really feels like the change happened overnight.  I can’t believe that tomorrow is the first day of Spring already!  I’m loving opening all of the windows in the house and letting the fresh air flow through.

This past week has been Purdue’s spring break, so I’ve gotten a bit of a chance to relax and enjoy it, too!  I took the first 3 days of the week off while my parents visited (fun!), and I’ve primarily spent today and yesterday reading articles at home.

It’s so nice to have a break from class.  Somehow, between spending time with mom & dad, doing yardwork, and shopping, I even found a few minutes to crochet some more afghan squares.  It still seems like it will never be done, but at least I can see the progress!  I’m twelve in.

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what november is all about

After being spoiled by all of the quirky, well-priced groceries at Trader Joe’s for the past 3 years or so, I am seriously hurting without it.  I know it’s only a grocery store, but there were a lot of things that I purchased regularly there that I can’t get at the “normal” grocery stores.  I doubt they’ll be opening one up in Lafayette anytime soon, so for now I just do what I can.

This time last year, I really enjoyed buying TJ’s marshmallows and putting them in my coffee in the mornings.  This year I’m improvising.  I made my own!

They were actually pretty easy to make, and I guess they weren’t that bad to clean up after, either.  The only thing that was kind of a pain was having to use two separate mixers.  If I made them again, I’d beat the egg whites with the hand mixer, and do the rest in the stand.  They are definitely delicious!!  The recipe’s on the Food Network site here.

Despite the chilly rain and wind, this morning was so nice with two marshmallows in my favorite coffee!  :o)

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fall workout plan

Do you know why they call it fall?  It’s because the leaves FALL all over your damn yard, and then you have to rake them into the street until you feel like your arms are going to FALL off.  Maybe you even FALL down from exhaustion because you eat later now that daylight savings time ended.

My front yard is pristine.  Alright..it’s close.  At least Proud Paul Poplar (of course I name my trees..don’t you?) is bare naked now, so tonight’s front raking was probably it for the season.  The back, however, can speak for itself.

Those aren’t even from my tree!!  Look at Snake sitting there thinking “uh..lady, are you going to pick those up?”

I have never in my entire life had to rake leaves until now.  And you know what?  IT’S HARD!!  So you healthy athletic folk can (first laugh at me for being sore) stop judging me for not going to the gym.  ..because by the end of the fall, I am going to have killer guns and rockin abs.  Majestic Mabel the Maple hasn’t even started to drop leaves yet.

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fall perfection

Yesterday was gorgeous!  Beautiful weather, relaxation, productivity..  Basically everything I could want of mid-October.  I even finished something important on Friday, so I could go about ignoring schoolwork relatively guilt-free!

Ah, knitting!  I used to do that all the time..remember?

I went a little crazy and raked the entire front yard.  Trust me, that pile of leaves is bigger than it looks in the picture!!

And though my main motivation was (I HAVE BEEN REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE IDEA OF THIS SINCE MOVING IN) those pumpkin leaf bags, the finished product is pretty damn rewarding. I only regret not taking a “before” picture.

Yes, that is indeed my trunk filled with pumpkins.  Yes, there are more pumpkins in the backseat.  And yes, I may be a bit squash-happy.

One of the professors in my department sent out an email Friday saying that he had an excess of pumpkins at his farm..he wanted to share the rest with all of us in exchange for some feedback on potentially opening up a you-pick next season.  Imagine previous years of pumpkin-picking in Willcox..only the pumpkins are free (and more or less perfect), and you are told to “fill your vehicle.”  I brought the neighbors with me, and we did just that!  Of course, we shared with others in the neighborhood..no one needs that many pumpkins.  It was so much fun!!

Add to all of that a crockpot simmering with a green chile pork loin.  WIN.

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kickin’ it old school

Last weekend, Dave came up to visit!!  We had such an awesome time just hanging out and relaxing and being sweeties.  After four months apart, it was something I really needed.  It’s easy to forget exactly what it feels like to be so happy with someone you love.  I can’t wait until December!

Sappiness aside, we had a really fun time checking out the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, an annual event that recreates life in mid-1700s Indiana.

It was neat to see so many displays!  The smoky smell everywhere might have been the best part, but the food was pretty decent, too.

Dave said he liked the blacksmiths the best, but this lady was my personal favorite.  And those colorful skeins of yarn!  Absolutely gorgeous..and each one was tagged with the type of dye that was used to produce the color.  I’m honestly a little surprised that natural dyes can produce such an array!

Overall, the Feast was a great time, and I would definitely go back!  The line to get on the shuttle bus to go home, however..well, I’ll just say it was a bit longer than anticipated.  And as fascinating as the costumes were, it’s very unlikely that we’d attend in 1700s clothing!  ;o)

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Helloooo Indiana!

Oh, my poor blog needs a little bit of attention, now doesn’t it? The past month has been a whirlwind rush of craziness. Between starting (and ending) a new job, getting sick, going on vacation (sick!), moving my life cross-country, finding a place to live, and looking for a house, I just haven’t had time to write! (And to be honest, I haven’t had much time to knit either.)

So..I’m in Indiana now. I’ve got a small apartment for now, and then (if all goes smoothly from here) I’m going to move into a house. MY house. It’s an unbelievable next step for me and Dave (and Snake!). I am so excited!! Closing is set for July 17th, and that’s mostly pending the inspection this week. I can’t wait to share the whole process of decorating and making it ours! Keep your fingers crossed that all continues to go well?

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