I'm so excited to pass out candy at our new place! I'm hoping we have a good crowd tonight; seeing all the costumes is my absolute favorite part of Halloween. I've always counted Halloween as one of my favorite holidays. I wish Ryno and I dressed up for the kids, because I thought that was the best when I would trick-or-treat as a kid. Adults dressed up as witches and pirates made it feel like everyone was part of the magic. However, we're never on top of our game enough to have costumes. My mom suggested we wear our beekeeping suits, which I thought was brilliant. However, I don't want to smell like smoke all night... maybe we'll be ready next year. Are you dressing up? Do you have a favorite costume or theme? I heard Hunger Games is the group costume this year.
This weekend Ryno and I went with my family to the Texas Book Festival. Somehow it's the one thing we've managed to do every year. I really enjoyed this year though, because Penguin Books was promoting their brand with an exciting new book trailer. It's orange and has cute penguins all over it! I bought a couple of books and scored an adorable Penguin tote!
We also checked on the bees to see what progress they've made in the past few weeks. Ryno showed me a few of the screens that were entirely full of capped honey — the white section on the screen he's holding up is all capped honey. It's so exciting to see them thriving!
Today's song came from the film Pitch Perfect, which I thought was a fun film. However, my favorite thing to come out of the film is definitely this song. It plays on the radio in Austin, usually in the early mornings, and it absolutely brightens my day. I can't exactly put my finger on what I love about this song. I'm sure some of it is that I think Anna Kendrick is very witty, extremely bright and the best guest judge to appear on So You Think You Can Dance. However, I also just love the simple lyrics and cup playing. I hope you enjoy it too.
My day started with the KISS FM radio dj's discussing "small wins." The point they made was to look for the "small wins" in your day to have a greater appreciation for the good in the everyday. I decided it was just what my day was going to need, so I played the game all day. Here are a few of my wins for the day.
a friend sent me a sweet note
it's a gorgeous day... and driving with the windows down
Anna Kendrick's "When I'm Gone" played during my drive
the market had a beautiful flower selection, so I bought white flowers as an homage to summer
our freshly cut lawn makes me smile especially when Elton sleeps in it
What were your small wins today? I had a lot of fun playing, so I may try this again next month!
I spent a good amount of time on Pinterest this weekend. Ryno and I had anniversary shots done last year, and while we loved the results, I still manage to find tons of other images I would love to replicate. Here are a few of the favorites I've pinned recently.
Our weekend was fairly tame. The weather was gorgeous, so we opened up the windows and hung out at home. Ryno did squeeze in a bike ride while I stayed home for important things like TV marathons. On Sunday we checked out options for a local CSA. We spoke with a lady from Greengate Farms and decided their half bundle would probably be a good choice for us. It was fun to see all the variety at the farmers' market. Ryno pointed out the honey booth, and I was lured in by several cheese stands. Also, the park the market is held at is really beautiful. We're looking forward to our next trip.
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I wanted to share something from Blind Pilot, but then I got really excited about the Mackelmore song last week and it never happened. They have some videos of their music recorded while staying with a friend in New Orleans. I enjoy the casual setting combined with the lovely colors of New Orleans... orange wall, pink door across from a sea foam green house.. just beautiful. Hope you love it too! Have a great weekend!
I was doing some quick run in and out grocery shopping on my way home today. I ended up in line behind an older gentleman that somehow quickly befriended me, which I loved. My mom always tells me these stories about how I would run off whenever we went to a store and immediately befriend the grandpa-type, elderly man sitting on a bench. She says she would find me talking his ear off. Anyhow, since I was waiting for him to be rung up, I decided to peruse the magazine rack. The funny thing about the health grocery stores is that they don't carry gossip magazines; I respect the choice but find it far less entertaining. As I'm glancing past covers of food culture magazines I spot Domino, and decide it must be a mistake. Domino, like many other magazines during the recession, was forced to stop producing the print version of the magazine due to the expense. When I reached for the magazine and saw that the headline read "We're back!" I almost let out a cry of delight. I quickly contained my excitement and carefully placed it among my groceries. So that is my plan for the afternoon. I will be gingerly flipping through every page of Domino, and pinning away on their website. If you're a fan too, you should check out their online magazine as they have added a feature that allows you to directly shop the feature articles in the magazine.
Yesterday we attended First Sunday at the Texas State History Museum. It was the last day of the Ima Hogg furniture collection exhibit, which was really beautiful. My favorite part of the exhibit was a video they had playing on a loop of a man making a chair with tools from the late 1800's. Most of the tools he used were similar to the ones Ryno's brother got from a family friend.