October 20, 2010

October Shenanigans!!!

It is really gorgeous here.  I know, I know, I know... I'm a broken record.  I just cannot GET OVER Fall.  In fact, I WON'T do it.  It just makes me so happy.  I feel like God pointed to me and personally delivered this seasonal soul-feeding and- oink, snort, oink- I am eating it up!!!

Some of my favorite things about it I've recently noticed:

  • The windows rattling slightly when it gets windy.
  • Sleeping in wearing my Halloween jammies (I bought the sexiest pair of Halloween pants at Old Navy for $5) and wrapping the blankets around me and hitting the snooze button repeatedly. (The epitome of sexy pants, I'm telling you).
  • Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!!!  I made my first pumpkin pie made with real roasted & pureed pumpkin at work the other day.  Some guy said it was the best pumpkin pie he ever had.  That makes me so happy I could barf fairies!!  Not even that it was the best pumpkin pie ever... but because somebody purchased something I made with my own two hands.  I take such pride in that!!
  • Halloween, the changing leaves... these are just givens so I won't waste my time telling you what you already know...  ;) 
  • Hot showers... V and I went to play tennis the other day & it got pretty chilly.  When I hopped in the shower my red nose and cold feet were sooo happy because the water was so warm!!!  :)
  • My birfday!!!  Speaking of... My boyfriend Sarah took me to Chicago Diner.  She gussied me up first, though.  I am Birthday Barbie!!!



As I told you before, my friends Dr. Beth & JT pimped my room but I can't show it to you.  I will soon when it's done.  They're awesome!!!  And I put Christmas lights up in my room... Something about those little white lights make me so peaceful.  I like my little safe haven.  I like sitting here, typing away on my bed, Christmas lights a-glow being surrounded by my things.  :)

When I woke up the next morning, Veronica had put up streamers and balloons. 



And this is the orchid that Dr. Beth & JT brought me when they pimped my room.  I'm going to do my best not to kill it as I do with most plants. It's sooo pretty!!!  :)


Veronica's been such a blessing. 
She's such a super positive goofball!



And I HAD to get a pumpkin to fill with candy!!
IT'S HALLOWEEN, I HAD TO!!! 
I HAAAAAD TO!!!

Did I mention I have Halloween sexytime pants?


I also went to the Country Music Festival in Millenium Park.  This picture looks like I am so far away but in all honesty, I was probably in row 8.  That's Gretchen Wilson! Now Gretchen?  She ain't never been the (Birthday) Barbie Doll type.  (Baaahahahahahha!!!  I kill me).


 And this is why I won't ever use the zoom on my phone's camera!


I am sooo hungry. 

This is everyone holding up their beers while Gretchen Wilson drinks about 150 shots worth of Jack Daniels.  "No training wheels, no shooters, no chasers..."

This was a REALLY fantastic night. Great music, great seats, greatly NOT expensive...
Everyone around me kept buying me beer!?
SUH-WEET!  :)


This is me & V before waiting for the train to get to a comedy show. We went to a theater called The Playground (I think?) to see one of her friends. 


It was amazing.  Not because it was the best show I'd ever seen but because I always find a piece of myself, a piece of home that's been missing.  I FORGET.

It's been soooo long since I've done improv or sketch and yet as soon as I see a show, my mind turns into a calculator of characters, phrases and memories where funny is the constant solution.

Comedy is attached to my bones, it just is. I was burned out in L.A. so I stopped performing. It's definitely time to reawaken that part of me again and surround myself with people that appreciate that about me. I've been performing since I was four. To not be performing is like taking a super soaker to the face of the gifts I've been given.  It's time to stop drowning those gifts.  Instead I'm going to set them on fire!!!  :)

When V's parents were in town they took us to this Italian place.  It was fantastic. 
 

This is a pesto gnocchi.
(aka:  green caterpiller bug bodies)

Mmmm...

And this was a thank you to Dr. Beth & JT for pimping my room:
A caramel apple pie.



And finally, I wanted to share two new things I've made at work.
Homemade English Muffins!

We make breakfast sandwiches with a basil (crushed caterillar bug body) pesto.
Homemade english muffins are delicious!


And I also made profiteroles.  Susina, the bakery in L.A. I used to work at, sold these but I've never actually made them before.  I was really, really excited...

But these kinds of things excite me.  :)

Anyway, woodchuck chuckers... I am so hungry I could eat my scrapbooks so I'm going to make a late night dinner and watching something goofy on tv. 

And what's this!?

UH OH!!

UH OH!!!!!!!

OOOOHHHH NOOOOOO!!!!!

BAM!!!


YOU CAN'T STOP THE SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)

Stay boo---tiful!!! 
The MC





4 comments:

Anonymous said...

So fun! Glad you're enjoying Chicago! It's SOOOOO gorgeous in the Fall. And you're really pretty. Even in spooky Halloween pants.

Tuscan foodie in America said...

I quote everything you say about Fall in Chicago. It is WONDERFUL.

MandiCrocker said...

Hey Tuscan Foodie, you kindred spirit... enjoy, my friend!! :)

Beth said...

Don't worry you probably won't kill the orchid. They are pretty hardy for being so pretty. I had one last for a year or two and everything I try to grow inside dies except JT's cactus, Horace. I think Horace lived through being left in storage while JT was deployed. Note to self, Horace probably needs some water. :) Enjoy the Fall dearie!