Friday, October 31, 2014

What Are You Doing Tonight?

earrings // dress // bag // boots // coat

Happy Halloween! I'm really excited to see all the cute costumes my students will be wearing. Last year there were at least ten Queen Elsas, which I thought was really funny when they came into the studio with this look of, "I can't believe she's wearing the same dress!"

After teaching I'll be heading over to a friend's house where a bunch of us will be meeting for dinner and passing out eating candy. I wish I was dressing up, or at least wearing an outfit as cute as this, but I think it'll just be jeans, a tee, and boots, aka my Fall staple. Oh, and a pea coat. Always a pea coat. 

On a somewhat related Halloween note, if you haven't seen The Book of Life, I highly recommend it. It's just a beautifully done movie with incredible visuals. I can't explain it, but you will appreciate those earrings ten times more once you see it. 

Have a wonderful Halloween! 
What are your plans?
Be safe!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Virginia Forest (unfiltered)

Last week we went to my favorite forest, you know the one I used to run through and feel like Jo March. The one that centered me when I missed my mom and made me jump for joy when I first saw the leaves change to magnificent reds and oranges last fall.

We walked through, my heart racing as the sun set and the leaves glowed in the most shocking ways. It was halfway through it occurred to me, "I have to go to the bathroom."

"I have to go to the bathroom!" I exclaimed. We then rushed through the rest of the forest, the need slowly killing me.

"Hurry," I said as I looked around nervously for thick enough bushes for a last resort discretion. Of course I wouldn't do it. Would I?

We passed through arches of my favorite yellow trees, me snapping my camera in the quickest fashion. Finally, we crossed the last bridge (literally) and headed toward the car when the most magnificent sight occurred:

Deer. Lots of deer. Time stopped. We stopped. I crept closer, bladder explosions suddenly forgotten. I was afraid they'd run if we got too close, so I knelt on the ground and half-crawled so I could get close enough to photograph them.

The light was nearly gone by that point, so I upped my ISO to 36000 and tried my best to steady my shooting finger. One even walked toward me. I tried to keep my giddiness under control. We were there for a good five minutes until the one in charge whistled and they were gone in a flash, causing a smooth rustle in the forest.

We then drove to the closest grocery store before I peed my pants.

The end.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall with Friends on Cox Friends

It's clear Cox Farms is for children. With playful cutouts of nursery rhyme characters and slides resembling a dinosaur, I'm sure it's a perfect kid's playground. Turns out, it's also a fabulous place for four young, vibrant women to spend a Monday afternoon laughing and having the times of their lives.

The Animals
There are tons of animals to pet and act like you own them. They're quite friendly, although warning sings are posted all around that animals might bite. We were only scared of one biter, and it was obvious he had mental issues. The others were quite nice and docile.

There's an actual goat petting zoo where you can feed goats and put sunglasses on them.

You guys.... I almost took one home.
The one with mental issues. He looks crazy, right?
Sarah and her new friends.

Rides, etc.
When in your life can you ever go through a life-sized house of cards? Or go down a giant slide with four of your friends while taking selfies? Or go through a corn maze with aliens, pirates, and random Egyptian sculptures? I call it "Disneyland but not as good."

I was told there was free cider, and it was the most delicious cider I've ever had. They also sold some hot in a cup and cold in gallon containers. But the four of us basically hung out at the cider barn like it was a beer keg, pushing young children aside who obviously didn't appreciate it enough.

Other food highlights include boardwalk fries, hot apple cider donuts, and milk and cookies. Don't laugh, but I bought a grilled cheese sandwich and it was just as I remembered as a child.

THE Hayride
And then there's the best part of Cox Farms: The Hayride and the trip through The Red Barn. I can't talk about The Red Barn, for I want it to be a surprise for you, but the hayride is perfect and the most ridiculous thing I've ever done. I compared it to Disneyland's Jungle Cruise but ten times more cheesy and fifty times more fun. 

I am half-ashamed and half in love with this photo of Sarah and me.
Beautiful Leah and Cydney.
A  cutout of Strawberry Shortcake, which was by far the least random thing on that hayride.
We also saw Sponge Bob. And Patrick.

The Free Pumpkin
Okay, this part is just beautiful. At the end, you get to choose a free mini pumpkin to take home. How sweet is that? The best day ever and a party favor to take home.

Sometimes it's a beautiful thing to embrace Fall with friends in a child's playground. 

I really hope that doesn't come off as creepy.