• Daily Life

    Life Lately

    I did a birthday hike with my mom at the beginning of September (pics on my Instagram here). The rain gave us a lovely fog over the river (the photos don’t do it justice). And it also gave me a lovely wipeout. So we stopped at Target for an outfit before heading out to eat. And then I had my first facial with dermaplaning and an eyebrow wax. Highly recommend!

    And that was the highlight, lol. My web development course rather took it out of me. And I didn’t study extra like I needed, so this semester looked glum. Then I decided to be stupid and get on dating apps. And then did some other “research” on my looks and such involved with that. All of which served to make me crazy (and tended to get the “men are pigs” sentiment going quite nicely). Then as I was winding that catastrophic experiment down, I got covid (the week of our huge company walking challenge, which  would have normally put me right in 4th or 5th place!). I got enough better according to the current policies to do training (downtown) most of this past week and half of next. All the while trying to get a seasonal weekend job.

    I’ve been exhausted, but I’m mostly relaxing this Sunday, and trying to plan for a fun fall. I want to enjoy my favorite season!

    I’m looking to see if I can get a spot in the next semester for web dev and spend this semester studying. I’ve got a part-time weekend job that should start this month. I’m almost done with training, which should give me about 2 hours a day back and make it easier to pick my exercising back up. I’ve got my race with my mom at the middle/end of this month (with hopefully a bit of exploring after), and then the last week I’ve got a staycation (hallelujah!). I think I’ll try and start that off with another facial!

    I’m hoping I can get some fall decor and goodies next paycheck since, you know, it’s actually still fall! Hopefully it isn’t sold out since every season and holiday starts about two months earlier lately!!!!!

    My mom dropped off apples, apple cider, and an apple cider doughnut this week, and my sister and I had our seemingly annual fall get-together with some childhood friends complete with plenty of pumpkin treats. I also managed to snag a couple jars of pumpkin (I still had plenty of molasses, it took me so long to find last year I made sure to grab several, but I think I might still grab some more this year). I’m also thinking of the cozy savory fall foods to have like saurkraut, potatoes, and sausages, yum!

    I’m going to plan some more stuff for fall today, so to sign off, a video from the Autumnal expert herself.

    Here’s to Autumn and all things Autumnal!!!!!!! 

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    My (Somewhat) Dramatic Autumn Thus Far

    October = Castlemania. This time I started from the beginning (so good) and watched into season 6 thinking that maybe I’d be able to watch the whole show. Then 7 happened, and there is the sour note (and I’ve plenty to saw, so prepared to be bored by a few more Castle posts coming up).

    I enjoyed the banter (the early seasons are especially good) and the relationships. I was getting SUPER jumpy and freaked out at night, plus didn’t want see some of the stuff (because it has a happen of flashing into my mind at night, awesome), so I started skipping the actual murders and murder scenes more aggressively.

    Also, I do not like Halloween. I’m not as terrified as a kid, but between Castle and a (mild to most people) spooky day Youtube video, I got the most graphic nightmare, still remember it.

    I actually started out watching Only Murders in the Building and then got caught up. So I tried Castle and like I said, Castlemania. I mean, I didn’t want to read or watch anything else.

    Some professional ATM robbers hit a bank near where I live (stealing my neighbor’s truck to do so), meaning they were in MY complex!). Then they hit one of my bank’s locations here in town. So that was interesting.

    Not going to lie, not sure that really scared me. I’m not sure how much it would have bothered me. Castle was SO in my head, that (plus every news story I’ve ever read) was what was making me paranoid.

    Then I called the police on someone for the first time ever. One morning after I’d literally just ordered some extra door jamming protection (!), I saw someone walking behind my apartment, in what is essentially like a private backyard for my line of buildings with a tree line separating us from the back of Kroger. It seemed that this person possibly may have slept a few yards from my bedroom (I’m second floor, but the ground sweeps up to a higher level). Um, that is going to be an absolute NO from me.

    Anyway, apparently they’d gotten calls before about this person. Someone at work said the cops wouldn’t do anything out here as they were all 70 years old. They aren’t. A really cute young policeman* came when my car was hit in my work parking lot while I was working. Yeah, that happened too.

    Oh, and I don’t think I mentioned, early one morning in September, I headed next door to Kroger, feeling productive . . . and busted my wheel on a curb, so that was I think $500 (I had some regular stuff done, so I don’t remember the exact breakdown). Awesome.

    The kid backed into my car on that side. Again, awesome. I don’t think he did any major damage, but you can tell it’s been hit well. So it matches the other side, when last year I ran over a curb (notice a pattern?) and messed up the bottom edge a bit. Still haven’t had that fixed since it wasn’t necessary to function and it wouldn’t be someone else’s insurance paying . . .

    Oh, and I tried to poison Bjorn. Apparently grapes are poisonous to dogs?! I knew in the back of my mind I should check before giving them to him, but I was lazy and didn’t. He had some potty issues, nothing major, I thought I’d been giving him too many treats, then when I was eating breakfast and he was begging for grapes, that got me to check. Yep, poisonous. Poor baby. He did get treats then because Mommy tried to kill him. So I’m going to be much more careful.

    Speaking of Bjornling, I got some photos of him in his bat wings which I shared on Instagram. Since he’s not a fan of being still, especially when I have treats and because I stupidly didn’t get a video you can’t see the full effect, but it was cute and hilarious.

    In less dramatic news, I sewed 4 skirts thus far (and put in all 4 zippers on the first try very well, yay me!), knitted most of a baby blanket, reorganized my craft stuff and apartment (huge project, not quite done and will always tweak), and tried another mystery author (Josephine Tey) that I enjoyed and another fluff romance author (Berta Ruck). I’ve also made several fall-ish soups, pumpkin bread, and butterscotch chip cookies. I also reread North and South.

    Oh, also as part of Darling Desi’s fall list, I read by candlelight a few times (the actual reading is great with a kindle with its own light, not so great with a normal book), which was so much fun and atmospheric and pretty (for proof, see pretty photo that I’m proud of on Instagram). I’m hoping to do a several more of her ideas this month as well.

     

     

    *He’s probably married, should have checked for a ring, I think I saw one. Guys around here even younger much less my age either are already married with kids or have several baby mamas.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

    Darling Desi has her fall decorating video up, and it is so inspiring. I was also inspired to find and share some smaller youtubers. The Darling Desi channel was small I think just last fall and is now huge, so that was fun to watch.

    Dark Academia Starter Pack

    Dark Academia Lookbook

    Dark Academia Room Makeover

    Romantic Academia Aesthetic

    I don’t know how much decor I will have, I’m not prioritizing decor right now in this apartment, but I am planning a romantic academia fall wardrobe. I’m pretty excited, I’ve got some dyeing and sewing projects planned and a Thredup haul.

    Also, fall baking! And I’d like to eventually get to Trader Joe’s for some of the treats mentioned in the Darling Desi video.

    Dark Academia DIY’s.

    I’ve dyed fabric with coffee, and I feel like I’ve probably done paper before too.

    I do have sealing wax, but I’ve not used it I don’t know how to use it well.

    And the above video also reminded me that I want to press some of the mums I bought. I need to get a good flower press, and then remember to use my pressed flowers well. I’ve struggled with doing that in the past when I pressed flowers.

     

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    Dark, Light, Romantic, Etc. Academia: Prepping for Fall, Autumn

    It will be a bit over 1.5 months until the actual Autumnal equinox and start of Autumn and yet another month after that before Autumn temperatures actually arrive where I’m at in the world. But I’ve seen some Dark Academia stuff and have been inspired to plan ahead.

     

    My Autumn Evernote is already the most filled out or tied with Christmas (should probably work on my other seasons ahead of time too). And now I have more even. I don’t love all the super dark and neutral Autumn colors, I prefer more color, so I’m trying to find softer browns, roses, sages, etc. I’m thinking of media, decor, food, drinks, tastes, smells, fibers, fabrics, styles, etc.!!!! All the senses! Here are some of my inspirations. I’ll probably pull more posts from my Evernote  during Autumn.

     

    Ruby Granger’s Autumn Summer Day. Not going to do this (don’t want to make myself sick of Autumn before it happens), but great ideas for Fall. Her explanatory video on all things Dark Academia.

     

    Darling Desi’s video on Dark Academia, mostly media. I can’t wait for what she has for this Fall. I found her channel through another blogger last fall and just loved all her Autumn cozy videos!

     

    Jack Edward’s Dark Academia.

     

    Rachel’s Video Thrifting Dark Academia. One of her friends listed several versions of the Academia aesthetic and Romantic Academia is one of them. I also like Fantasy Academia. I’ll never be anything classic because I can’t live without colors, neutrals have to be subsidiary for me.

     

    1. Art Academia
    2. Classic (Dark) Academia
    3. Fantasy Academia
    4. Light Academia
    5. Romantic Academia
    6. Theatre Academia

     

    I think I’m only interested in the Academia aspect for Autumn, maybe Spring and Summer are more Fantasy or Romantic Pastoral or Cottage (that “core” just makes me gag for some reason). Winter, just cozy? Or just Fantasy or Romantic?

     

     

     

    *I think Ruby Granger mentioned in a video how Britain doesn’t follow the actual equinoxes for seasons like here in the U.S. So then why don’t we actually call it Autumn? I try but I don’t always remember, also I like alliterations like “Fall Fun” and “Fall Festival.”

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    Fall Fun List Success

    • An autumn festival (already scheduled, just need to ask off) with my grandparents
    • Join in on our family Ladies Shopping Day; I have only been able to join on show-and-tell the last few times. We’ve tried to have 1-2 shopping days with the ladies in Mom’s extended family where we shop at antique stores and consignment shops with a break for lunch and an end of day after snack and show-and-tell showcasing our finds at the end. So much fun.
    • Spend lots of time with my niece and take lots of good photos. Since I’ve gotten a new phone, I’ve gotten some photos and videos, mostly videos. It’s more fun just to talk to her and watch her though.
    • Maybe a autumn hiking trip. No.
    • Buy all my planning stuff for next year. I bought some, not the fun stuff though and that after fall
    • Read tons moreParticipate in Classics Club dare and read 5 more from list. I did read a ton more, just not much from the Classics Club although I did start War and Peace.
    • Work on blog development a bit (Genesis, IP, spam, disclosure). No.
    • Make serious dent in my sewing stash. I haven’t sewn at all.
      • Finish second smocked baby dress ASAP
      • Two more business skirts
      • Fall dresses and skirts
      • Baby dresses for summer (as Christmas gifts)
      • Tons of baby bows and such
    • Make a serious dent in my knitting stash. No, but I’ve done a little at using up some odd balls and leftovers by making one bonnet for my niece as well as two more in different sizes and starting a fourth plus a bit for Christmas.
      • Knit at least one sweater and sweater dress for me
      • Baby sweaters, rompers, sweater dresses. I finished my niece’s shrug and just started her sweater dress, after Christmas
      • Socks for me
      • Baby socks
    • Dress up as Audrey Hepburn from How to Steal a Million for Halloween. Maybe next year.
    • Start working on regency outfit. No, I could have at least make some mock-ups, I have plenty of scraps/muslin for some of that, but I lacked the motivation.
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    Fall Fun List and To-Do’s

    I always love seasonal “bucket” lists, and enjoy reading Hamlette’s to-dos. I’m an inveterate list making . . . and list-ignorer. I’ll probably put up a final quarter to-do list once I’ve formulated it. It will be MUCH simpler than the ones I previously made myself.

    Fall Fun/Hobby To-Do List

    • An autumn festival (already scheduled, just need to ask off) with my grandparents
    • Join in on our family Ladies Shopping Day; I have only been able to join on show-and-tell the last few times. We’ve tried to have 1-2 shopping days with the ladies in Mom’s extended family where we shop at antique stores and consignment shops with a break for lunch and an end of day after snack and show-and-tell showcasing our finds at the end. So much fun.
    • Spend lots of time with my niece and take lots of good photos
    • Maybe a autumn hiking trip
    • Buy all my planning stuff for next year
    • Read tons more: Participate in Classics Club dare and read 5 more from list
    • Work on blog development a bit (Genesis, IP, spam, disclosure)
    • Make serious dent in my sewing stash
      • Finish second smocked baby dress ASAP
      • Two more business skirts
      • Fall dresses and skirts
      • Baby dresses for summer (as Christmas gifts)
      • Tons of baby bows and such
    • Make a serious den in my knitting stash
      • Knit at least one sweater and sweater dress for me
      • Baby sweaters, rompers, sweater dresses
      • Socks for me
      • Baby socks
    • Dress up as Audrey Hepburn from How to Steal a Million for Halloween
    • Start working on regency outfit
  • Culture and Entertainment

    Autumn Music and Mood

    I’m not that into music. I listen in the car to block out silence (and I almost NEVER here music on the radio that I like much less love), but I usually prefer silence otherwise. And I have a hard time finding music that I love. And sometimes I love some music sometimes and sometimes I don’t love it.

    I pulled out a flute/harp duet c.d (very Irish/Celtic sounding) because I thought of it and wanted to make sure I hadn’t misplaced it. That got me to thinking how seasonally appropriate it was. And then I thought about autumn music. And what I think fits fall. Contemplative, sentimental, spooky, sorrowful, haunting. I love the season of fall but a lot of what fits the autumn mood is a bit too depressing for me.* This c.d. is a not always what I need even though it is so beautiful. And scary books? Yeah, I’ll do Agatha Christie . . . and fall Hallmark.

    I’m more into pretty fall colors, the actual change of the season, bonfires, and yummy fall food involving pumpkin, molasses, and spices. But I still think I need a touch of the spooky for it to really fall. And I find it fun to dress up for Halloween (again, not scary, just dress-up).

    Anyway. I tried to think up some other good music that fits my description.
    “River Flows in You”
    Enya
    LOTR** soundtrack. Especially Rohan themes.
    Celtic
    Folk songs
    The Hanging Tree

    *I may have mentioned this before. I know a lot of people joke around about the U.S. term (and the Pinterest quotes are funny), but I have a Latin dictionary and also looked on Whitaker’s words, and “autumnus/i” means . . . wait for it . . . autumn. I even looked in my massive Webster’s dictionary for some hint as to a deeper etymology. Other than finding out the origin is possibly Etruscan, nothing. So its an old word for the season. Yeah. I love learning, but I despise pedantry and sophistry. Rant over.

    **I love the artistry of these movies, and I think the music is probably one of my favorite parts, but I have a hard time enjoying the story anymore. I’m really not into epics or really action movies (using that description quite broadly). And some parts in these movies are hysterical (where they aren’t supposed to be). I’m not the dramatic teenager anymore, and apparently, I’m the hardened skeptic who takes nothing seriously, lol.

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    Autumn Bucket List

     

    About a month ago, I saw a lovely idea for a bucket list here on The Enchanting Rose. I at first thought I “needed” to buy pretty patterned paper and jewels too, but realized that I could use stamps and paint to add detail to the paper we already had.
    I picked out this gorgeous sketchbook from my notebook and journal hoard (mostly from Half-Price); this will be my art journal for autumn and winter. I made my version fairly quickly for me although it has taken me awhile to post.
    I am so proud of this. I picked the colors to match the notebook cover.
    I kept my options rather general. I’m hoping to get a photo and art page out of a couple of these; I think that would be fun. What are y’all’s fall plans?