Sunday, October 31

happy halloween, y'all

stop by for some candy — we have plenty left over (foot traffic in our neighborhood varies wildly from year to year). tomorrow night we'll toast pumpkin seeds, and fall will have officially begun.

but seriously. feel free to drop by for candy.

... or send your address, and I'll box up some banana laffytaffy for you.

Friday, October 15

the waiting is the hardest part

many event arrangements, work and wedding-related, have been set in motion and released from my control. preferred bbq guy contacted for an estimate. savethedate design ordered and paper purchased. vintage dress pattern(s) researched and bought.

at least on the personal front it's mostly ephemera at this point. we have much of the hard details — at least the date and venue — figured out. but among other things, a vintage dress pattern is held up somewhere in canadian customs, and I can't help but feel like 9/11 shouldn't have changed everything. minor event-related anxiety, sure, but it would be one more thing checked off the list, with only six months left to the d-i-y style affair.

for now, all I can do is twiddle my thumbs and notice my first gray hair (seriously people. shoulder-length. how did it escape view *that* long?).

and dodge enormous black walnuts falling in the backyard.

... speaking of enormous, we've recently discovered gargantuan ladybugs invading the garden. maybe they're eating the mutant walnuts.

second cousin to mothra


Tuesday, October 12

weekend piccys - indy

these pics are so, so late. but so was my belated visit to one of my oldest friends, now settled in indy. a few years ago, one of the first trips b & I took together was up to see her marry a man whose young niece and nephew named him "uncle fun." there's really no better way to put it — he's just a wonderful, genuine person and a fun guy to be around. he's a perfect match for one of the kindest, funniest friends I've ever known.

the two of them have since started down the road to building a family, with their first little girl. and so, belatedly (still before her first birthday!) I headed north for a long weekend, to see the adorable little creature for myself.

a new airport made the hardest part quite a bit easier.

as did the warm kitty who made himself right at home on my lap on a rainy fall day.

colors were just beginning to turn

but other evidence of the season was everywhere ~ broad ripple farmers market

though the sense was summer wasn't going without a fight.

when the weather flipped back to "gorgeous" mode, we did get out and about

the dolphin tank at the indy zoo brings people right into their realm (quiet between shows) ~ at one point, casey's mom looked back at the two of walking silently together and wondered aloud what trouble we were into (we evidently had the same mischievous look about us as we routinely had in high school).

but that was not half as amazing as the time spent with little anya ~ "no mushrooms, please"

yep. change is good.

especially when experienced with someone new (yes, I may have managed to teach her a little longhorn spirit in a few short days. heh.).


Sunday, October 3

weekend piccys — back in the saddle

well, alrighty! so it seems blogger may be accepting photos again, in which case I'm back to work. I mean ... "work." ::wink:: not that keeping up with blogging is the hardest thing on the planet, it's just that sometimes living life is as important as documenting it, and that's the spot I've been occupying.

I've ... err ... we've also been planning a non-wedding wedding! which has meant a ton of running around, searching (and searching and searching) for the right venue. this one was not it.

neither was this venue — it would have been much too large. for a wedding, that is.

it was just perfect for the pixies show we caught (which, incidentally, was awesome). for an old gang of punks, they still brought it, and on a schoolnight no less.

a housewarming package finally made it into the mail.

and, though our favored team sucked the proverbial big one, tacodeli brightened the day.

as did some girltime with a few of my sassiest friends (especially little lulu), on a gorgeous afternoon.

a few almond joy cookies later, it was a fine weekend.

I don't really know what this fine specimen is, but he hung out on our porch all weekend.

he must have come in on the first fall coldfront — which means it's about time for collecting pecans.

— which also means I need to get as much wear as possible out of my favorite sandals before it's too late. ::grin::