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While I was eagerly awaiting the Fall Swap Box reveal over at Happy Pretty Sweet, I saw this link-up and just had to get in on the fun. Just a little more Fall love to go around. Also, I am feeling that Fall spirit this year, ya know? Here are the questions from TBB Asks: […] The post TBB Asks: Giving Thanks Edition appeared first on Ani...
While I was eagerly awaiting the Fall Swap Box reveal over at Happy Pretty Sweet, I saw this link-up and just had to get in on the fun. Just a little more Fall love to go around. Also, I am feeling that Fall spirit this year, ya know?
Here are the questions from TBB Asks: Giving Thanks Edition:
Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal? Yes or No?
Yes! I am currently doing so in my Happy Planner!
Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Yes or No?
Yes! I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner every year for the last six years, and it’s one of the happiest days of my year. <– Phew, three ‘years’ in that sentence!
Favorite Food from The Thanksgiving Meal?
OMG how to choose! I’d have to say the cranberry sauce, because I make it from scratch, and the potatoes cause potatoes are the food of the gods.
What one thing in Nature are you most grateful for?
I am grateful for so many things in nature, but today and this month, I am so very grateful for the changing leaves.
Traditional Cookbook: Yes or No?
Yes, and no. A lot of the recipes I use on Thanksgiving are from the interwebs. I lean on the greats like Ina Garten for the big holidays.
Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey?
So, we do Tofurkey at our house, and it is always oven baked. I wonder if I could deep fry it!
Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yes or No?
Yes! If all I could eat for the rest of the year was Thanksgiving leftovers I would be a happy woman. Also, I’d be about 400 pounds.
What is one household product you’re most grateful for?
My Kitchen-aid. I have loved it since the first time I used it. And it really shines during the holidays. Though not literally, it’s almost always covered in flour during the holidays.
Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals?
Home cooked all the way. I would eat every meal at home if I had the time, or the discipline to grocery shop when I need to!
What are you grateful for this year? Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I’m already daydreaming about it.
I did the Fall Sweet Progress Box last year (>>you can check it out here<<), and it was so much fun. THEN I did the Spring Sweet Progress Box, and I couldn’t resist doing the Fall one again this year! And man oh man, the box that Dean, from Mrs. AOK A Work In Progress, […] The post Fall Sweet Progress Box Unboxing! – It’s so Good! appeared first on Ani...
I did the Fall Sweet Progress Box last year (>>you can check it out here<<), and it was so much fun. THEN I did the Spring Sweet Progress Box, and I couldn’t resist doing the Fall one again this year! And man oh man, the box that Dean, from Mrs. AOK A Work In Progress, was amazing. Ah-may-zing!
I have pictures below, but first I actually did an unboxing video! This is my first YouTube video, and now I officially have a channel. I’m officially a YouTuber! Woot woot! So watch the video before you scroll to the pictures, cause the pictures are spoilers for the video. Unless you’re into spoilers, then go for it! I’m not here to tell you what to do.
This box made me so happy, y’all. I mean, I love subscription boxes in general, I’m currently subscribed to seven of them! But there is something so special about a box that was curated by another blogger, with the intention of sending you something you’d actually like.
And Dean was spot on with her box. I only hope that my box to her was as good as hers was to me. Here are some pics of the amazingness!
I brought my goodies outside so they could be in a Fall setting, cause they deserved to get a taste of their natural habitat.
I love this notebook because I literally have the same exact lettering and word on my welcome mat. How did she know?!
‘Keep Fall Magical’ Mug
My favorite mug this Fall has been a beautiful orange “It’s Fall Y’all” mug, but this one bumps it out of first place!
Pumpkin Spice Decaf Coffee
I know, I know, what is the point of drinking decaf coffee? I am coffee obsessed and have been since I was a youngin, but after I stopped drinking it when I was pregnant with my first kid, I realized that the caffeine was seriously contributing to my anxiety. So I’ve been drinking it decaf every since. But I have never been able to find decaf pumpkin spice!
Leaf Wood Decor
I hung this thing up as soon as I finished taking pictures of it. It’s so perfect with the rest of my Fall decor. Now that we have a house, I am on a mission to stock up on festive decor for each season. The key has been to buy festive things after the holidays, when they are super cheap. After Halloween we got a bunch of fall stuff for 70% off!
Pen Case, Pens, and Pencils, Oh My!
This case is amazing, I already used both the pencils and the pen, and the stickers are going into my planner collection. So very spot on.
Chocolates and Caramels
Pumpkin flavored chocolates and caramels….already eaten.
Have you ever done a swap box? If not, you need to get on it!
OK, you may know that I am Gilmore Girls obsessed. And I wrote, briefly, about last year’s Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, and how amazing it was. Well, if last year was pop tarts, this year was a mocha-crunch cream cake! The Goal and Backstory Last year a friend of mine forwarded me an email from Jennie Whitaker, the […] The post The Gilmore Girls Fan Fest was GilMORE than I Expected! See what I did there? appeared first on Ani...
OK, you may know that I am Gilmore Girls obsessed. And I wrote, briefly, about last year’s Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, and how amazing it was. Well, if last year was pop tarts, this year was a mocha-crunch cream cake!
Last year a friend of mine forwarded me an email from Jennie Whitaker, the Gilmore Girls Fan Festival-runner, asking for volunteers. I was living in New Jersey at the time and going into peak at work, and just didn’t have a lot of time to spare. So, I offered to help for one day. And seriously y’all, it was an amazing day. I got to meet Lane, Zack, Tom, Cesar, Mrs. Kim, Ms. Patty, Gypsy, Andrew, Collin, Finn, and a few more. I took pictures, and literally just went a bit insane with excitement all day.
At the end of the day, my friend was asked to attend an after party. He politely declined, saying how tired he was and how he really just wanted to get home and rest. I, of course, thought he was crazy! Who wouldn’t want to party with Lane and Zack? Lane and Mrs. Kim? 2 of the boys from the Life and Death Brigade?! So I said I would go to the after party. I asked one of the women who was heading that way, and she said, “Oh sorry, it’s just for the cast.” And I sulked back to my car. I drove two hours home, and made myself a promise: Next year, I would work my ass off, and I would get invited to that after party.
This year when my volunteer email came, I told Jennie that I would work as much and as often as she wanted. Can I drive to the airport to pick up the talent? Yup! Can I take the talent back to their hotels each night? Heck yes! Can I come in and set up chairs, and then set up the merch at the main tent, and then come back the next day and register people for the first few hours, then work in the merch stand? Where do I sign up?!
The orientation was on Tuesday, where I got my sweatshirt and a brief rundown of the weekend. That night I got my schedule. I needed to be at the event Thursday morning to set up chairs, then that night I was to go to JFK and pick up John Cabrera, his wife, and Eric Henry from the airport. In case you don’t remember who these folks are, John Cabrera played Brian from Hep Alien, and Eric Henry played the ‘White Walker’ who wrote the Stars Hollow Musical in the revival.
My first volunteer day lasted 17 hours, and I didn’t get home until 2:30am. I took another volunteer down to JFK with me, and we drove John, his wife, and Eric Henry to get pizza at 11:00pm in Queens! Such a surreal experience.
The next three days were a blur, and I didn’t take many pictures since I was so caught up in working! But here are the highlights:
You can tell it’s mine, cause I used it the last Thursday at an open mic:
I was lucky enough to drive John Cabrera, Eric Henry, Aris Alvarado (Caeser), Rini Bell (Lulu), Stan Zimmerman (Writer), and Sheila Lawrence (Writer) back and forth from their hotel, and with each car ride an awesome conversation ensued . We talked about acting, about what it’s like to be a part of this festival, writing for the shows, acting in the shows, and Connecticut. It was amazing. My favorite by far was Stan Zimmerman. Not only did Stan Zimmeran write for Gilmore Girls, he also wrote for The Golden Girls, AND the original Roseanne series.
I also had an awesome conversation with George Bell, who played Professor Bell, about what it meant to be a dialogue coach. He literally was the final say of each scene before they could move on to the next. He also had to coach the actors to talk faster!
Eric was there with me on Saturday and Sunday, and it was so much fun to experience this all with him. Also, it was really great to have him in the car with me because I’m awful at making small talk and was kind of dreading having folks in my car while I scrambled to say something remotely interesting.
I got to spend so much one-on-one time with the folks from the show, but there was something so special about the brunch on the last day.
I got some pretty sweet stuff this year, including mugs and books! Also, I got to meet the authors!
The Chilton Running Club was hosting a 5K and I got to stand next to this big hole and shout “Big Hole.” I also made Eric get a big stick, so we could shout “Big Stick.” In case you don’t remember that scene:
They also gave me a medal, I’m guessing for my amazing shouting, and I was nicknamed “Big Hole Girl” for the remainder of the weekend. Eric was nicknamed “Big Stick Guy.” He clearly got the more flattering name.
So remember how I said my goal was to be invited to the after party? Well, this year I was invited to both Friday night AND Saturday night. And the irony is that I didn’t go either day! The first night I was just too tired! I had been up the night before until 2:30am picking up Brian and Eric Henry, and then I worked another 13 hours the following day. And then the second day I got a migraine! I stayed until the end of the night, but I didn’t make it to the wedding reception or the after party.
I was pretty bummed that I didn’t get to go, but I felt a sense of accomplishment that I got invited. The experience was honestly better than any dinner could have been, and I cannot wait to do it again next year!
Remember how I said that I lived in New Milford CT, because it reminded me of Stars Hollow?
John Cabrera, who played Brian on the show, said that of all the towns he’d seen in Connecticut, New Milford was the one that was most like Star Hollow! Vindication!! Also, I accidentally bashed him in the head with the trunk door, but that’s a whole separate thing.
Are you a Gilmore Girls fan? Did you attend the Festival this year?
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You know when you see a movie with your kids, and they want to sing the soundtrack over, and over, and over, and over, and over again? We are currently in the Smallfoot version of this cycle. Have you seen Smallfoot yet? I have seen the movie twice; once with the whole family and once […] The post Smallfoot was Delightful, but the Soundtrack Makes Me Super Uncomfortable appeared first on Ani...
You know when you see a movie with your kids, and they want to sing the soundtrack over, and over, and over, and over, and over again? We are currently in the Smallfoot version of this cycle. Have you seen Smallfoot yet? I have seen the movie twice; once with the whole family and once with just my daughter. And as far as kids movies go, this movie was seriously delightful. Without spoiling too much, I’ll tell you why:
The first song on the soundtrack is sung by Channing Tatum. Have you seen Channing Tatum dance? I am a sucker for good dancing. I remember the moment I fell in love with my husband is when I saw him dance.
But he didn’t dance like Channing Tatum.
Channing MF Tatum!
And to me, the only thing sexier than a man who can dance, is a man who can sing. OK, also my husband’s voice as my Australian Siri, but that’s another story. Hearing Channing Tatum singing on this soundtrack makes me super uncomfortable because my kids are singing along. And while they’re singing, thinking of this Channing Tatum:
I am most certainly thinking of this Channing Tatum:
Is there anything Tatum can’t do? I mean, aside from act?
J/K Channing, you’re the best.
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Like most nights, last night I had a dream. In my dream, I was in a London office that I’d traveled to for work. I was standing in my manager’s doorway when a coworker walked up to me, eating frosted Cheerios out of a little Ziploc bag. I looked at him and said, “are you […] The post My Dreams Are Trying to Tell Me Something, and They’re Liars appeared first on Ani...
Like most nights, last night I had a dream. In my dream, I was in a London office that I’d traveled to for work. I was standing in my manager’s doorway when a coworker walked up to me, eating frosted Cheerios out of a little Ziploc bag.
I looked at him and said, “are you eating frosted Cheerios?”
He looked at me and answered, “yeah, they’re crunchy.”
“But the whole thing about Cheerios, is that they are healthy, why don’t you just eat Frosted Flakes?” I asked.
“I like these, they’re crunchy,” he said as he continued to nibble his frosted Cheerios.
The dream goes on, I end up on some cobblestone streets, and I’m trying desperately to get to Big Ben. At some point an important female muckity muck takes her gum out of her mouth and puts it on my dogs back. I tell her that that was a really pathetic thing to do. In my dream, this was a pretty fantastic zinger.
When I get back to my hotel, I take out a pen and paper and start writing down my Cheerios interaction. As I’m writing I’m thinking about how absolutely hilarious that interaction was. It was so funny, and clever in fact, that I could use it as the basis of a TV episode. I mean, this is Seinfeld level funny. I could be a real life Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!
Then I woke up.
And honestly the first thought in my head was, I should write that stuff down. Remember how funny it was? And as I replayed the dream, I was like, wait a minute. That’s not funny at all. That’s not even remotely clever! And I was a little disappointed.
In my dream I had it figured out. I was going to be a successful writer of a comedy show, written solely by me. What? It’s totally possible, right?
I am honestly not someone who believes that my dreams are telling me anything. Mostly because I studied science in college, and dreams have psychological explanations, and also because my dreams are super realistic. I read in them, I write in them, I have full conversations in them. They are literally like watching an episode of a TV show. I’ve always loved this about my dreams, but I’ve never felt like they were some sort of guidance or premonition.
Side Note: I read this article this week, and it’s really interesting, especially if you are a writer. I saw the referenced Batman episode when I was younger, and literally taught myself how to read in my dreams because of it.
Today though, my dream prompted me to take a good look at myself and really ask what it is that I want to do with my life. I am three years away from 40, and I honestly think it’s time to start thinking about what I want to be when I grow up.
Well, this madness has to stop. One of my goals for the year is to complete a novel. And as it happens, next month is NaNoWriMo, which is the perfect time to finish a novel. So I’m going to try it again this year. I did NaNoWriMo last year. Can you guess how it went? I’ll give you a hint, the name of the post I wrote about it was NaNoWriMo Notsomuch. But this year I will do it.
If I want to be a writer, I need to write. And if I want to make a living writing, I need to write something to make a living off of!
Also, I’ll tell you something that makes me very anxious to share. I have an article idea for the New York Times. An editorial-type piece. The kind that they publish in the Sunday magazine. And I think I could really do it. I think it’s a really good topic, and I have a really good story to tell. So, now that I’ve told you this, I am going to put a goal behind it. By this time next year, I will have an article published in the NYT. There, I said it.
This post was a bit all over the place, no? Kind of like a dream. It starts at a restaurant around the corner, and ends up in the mouth of a cartoon dragon with your hands full of key lime pie. Hopefully this post will inspire you as much as my dream did. You’ll finish it thinking about how great it was, until you replay it and realize it made absolutely no sense.
Do you have vivid dreams? Do you believe that your dreams are meaningful? No judgement if you do, I am always up for different points of view.
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Seriously, How the Heck Did I Miss My Blogiversary?! September 13th was my one year Blogiversary. Also, it was my four year wedding anniversary. Awkward. ALSO, it was almost a month ago and I totally missed it! But the important thing is that I am here now, to say Happy Blogiversary to Me! Is that […] The post How the Heck Did I Miss My One Year Blogiversary?! appeared first on Ani...
Seriously, How the Heck Did I Miss My Blogiversary?! September 13th was my one year Blogiversary. Also, it was my four year wedding anniversary. Awkward.
ALSO, it was almost a month ago and I totally missed it! But the important thing is that I am here now, to say Happy Blogiversary to Me! Is that weird?
When I started this blog it was called Momma Bear Life, and it was going to be about mom stuff. But then I realized that I didn’t want to be a mommy blogger and I changed it to this blog you see before you. I previously had a blog about being a working mom, and even though it was great and a lot of fun, it never quite felt like me.
I’ll admit though, I really do love the logo and tag line.
My first post, post-brand-name-change, was about Exercise, Nutrition, and Results:
This was during my weight loss journey, and I rocked it! I lost 16 pounds! It pains me to say that right now, I am back up to almost my starting weight and am trying desperately to get back down.
In the first year of my blog I wrote only 40 posts, which is an average of .1 a day. Pretty impressive, no? But as they say it’s quality not quantity, and some of the posts I’ve written in the last year are pretty special to me.
Out of the 40 posts that I wrote last year, six were about travel. And I know what you’re thinking, six is not that many. But when you’ve only written 40 posts, 6 is about 15%. OK so that’s not that much either, but I’ve been writing about it a lot lately. And honestly it’s just because I’ve traveled a lot this year! So far I have been to:
January: Atlanta, Dallas
March: Seattle, San Francisco
April: Dallas, Seattle
May: Indianapolis, Dallas
July: Vancouver, Richmond, Nashville
August: Prague, Ohio
September: Seattle, Baltimore
And I want to write about it all! Which reminds me, I am going to post a Baltimore post this week, and if you are a fan of Barnes and Noble, you’re going to want to check it out. This month, I am hopefully not traveling at all, though I may have to go to Mexico. All that being said, I am not a travel blogger. I just happen to be a blogger who travels a lot. Also, my high bar for travel blogs is The Everywhereist, and honestly I just can’t compare.
I have a handful of posts in the queue, and there is still so much I have to tell you! I haven’t even posted about my new house in CT yet! Also, I’m going to be volunteering again at the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest this year, and shhhhhhh I even get to pick up a few GG stars from the airport! Good god, I may just die.
Most importantly, if you are reading this, thank you. Honestly there is nothing better than having readers, especially when you comment (that is a not so subtle hint). I love writing, and I love sharing my experiences, but more than anything I love reading your comments, and I love knowing that you are reading. So thank you again, and I hope you stick with me for another year of posts! I promise I’ll do more than 40 this year
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