Friday, November 21, 2014

Golden Hill

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I had honestly thought that the last of the #FallShit was behind us, then we drove past this hill covered in yellow leaves last weekend. Oak Park was holding out on us! Right now however, there is about 1-2 inches of snow on the ground, but then it is supposed to get back up to the 50's on Monday, so I have no idea what is happening anymore. 

First official outfit with my new hat! I was so excited to hit my first fitness goal, and since then I have hit a second one. I haven't gotten my "reward" for the second one yet, but I will soon. I love having little goals, it makes working out more motivating for me. My friend Dan also gifted me an amazing hat that I cannot wait to show off! I think for winter I will be wearing a lot of black, grey, and bright accessories. I am all about blue lately. 

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I swear, we turn into five-year-olds when we are out in public. Running up and down the hill, making moose-call noises, kicking leaves at each other. 

"Take a picture of me kicking the leaves!"
"Did you get a picture of this? It is fall as shit!"

This park is in a residential area too, so I know someone was looking out their window going: "What the fuck are these idiots doing?" 

Adulthood, we got this. 

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I guess this is it until we are back from vacation! As I mention, we are not going anywhere, but Kyle still has school, and I have a few projects that I want to tackle. I am planning on getting some outfit pics in, hopefully a house post that I have been meaning to get to for ages, probably some Mitten Eats posts if we can sneak out of the house, and of course there is Thanksgiving! Hopefully we can pack it all in, and yet still make time to rest. Sleep is my friend!

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Jacket-Thrifted
Cardigan, Boots, & T-Shirt-Target
Jeans-American Eagle Outfitters
Necklace-Gift
Hat-Modcloth
Glasses-Warby Parker 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mitten Eats: Coolidge Cafe

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I know it looks like all we go out to eat for is breakfast, but I swear we eat other meals. Breakfast food just becomes our favorite comfort food once it gets cold out. Last Friday night we we went out drinking, and decided on Coolidge Cafe for Saturday morning. 

Coolidge Cafe might not be as cute as some of the other cafes in the area, but this is the place to go for hangover breakfast, or if you are just starving in general. Their prices are basically standard diner prices, but you get twice the amount of food that you would normally get anywhere else. No matter what you order, you are taking part of it home. Or you could easily split any of the meals between two people, and there would be plenty! We typically go for breakfast, but Kyle and I have ventured in for lunch on occasion. Everything is pretty good! The best part? They are located in Oak Park, less than a mile from our house. Can't beat that!

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Onto the food! Coolidge Cafe has an extensive list of omelets, like, two full pages worth. It makes choosing difficult at times, but it is awesome to have so many options. My omelet was the first one pictured, Lee's favorite. It has gyro meat, onions, tomato, cheese, and sour cream. You have the choice between hash browns, or grits and since I despise grits (Midwesterner much?) I always get the hash browns. Kyle got one of the breakfast combinations,  and it came with blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, toast, and sausage. Dan got a sausage and gravy omelet (I wanna say it was the country omelet? I know, I suck at writing things down), and it looked incredible. 

Oh and if all of that food looks a bit heavy, they offer egg-white omelets for a healthier option.

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It was hard to take pics of the interior because it was packed as usual, and despite the fact that it hasn't had an update in years (other than the new shades!), this place has a great sense of community. I feel like whenever we come in here, everyone knows everyone, and depending on which server you get, they might just start a great conversation with you. We have gone in there so many times completely giddy from the night before, being the loud assholes that we are, and they don't care. 

Oak Park may be one of the most boring cities in Michigan, but there are plenty of places to eat! I am going to try to make it a point to feature more Oak Park Eats on this blog in the future. 

For more info on Coolidge Cafe, check out their Facebook page!

*This is not a sponsored post, I just like food. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Eats: Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting

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More fall eats! This frosting recipe is super easy, and I feel really lazy for posting this, because it is honestly just this recipe with cinnamon added to it. I like this one more because I am a cinnamon fiend. 

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3 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract 
2-3 tsp whipping cream 
1-2 tsp cinnamon (to taste)

Mix together butter and sugar, then the rest of the ingredients. Mix well for about three minutes, or until everything is smooth. 

I made this twice in the past two months for two different birthday parties. The first time I made fall-themed confetti cake, and in these pictures I made it with pumpkin cake. I liked both, and all of the cupcakes were eaten both times, so I think it is safe to say that people liked the frosting. Mmm, frosting. 

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That is all I have for today, but I am going to try to squeeze out one or two more posts before my vacation week, so stay tuned!

The Truth Is Out There

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In junior high, I really loved The X-Files. In junior high, kids were mean, and teased me for loving The X-Files. Not all of the kids, most of them didn't really care, but there were a few that would snicker, and mock the awesome T-shirt my parents bought me for Christmas one year. It hurt, a lot more than it should have, because I am was an overemotional person. It wasn't just my taste in science fiction TV shows, I was soft-spoken around most people, unless I was with my friends, then I was a loud asshole. I had socially-awkward down to a T! 

Eventually, we all made it to high school, where nobody gave a shit what you liked/what you wore/what you did, etc. I was still pretty awkward, and there were a few instances of teasing, but it got better. It got better because I made it better. Somewhere along the way, I developed a defense mechanism, and it is called self-deprecation. I found that by beating people to the punch by lightly making fun of myself first,  threw people off guard. For instance: I remember walking up to a friend as they were talking to a group of people I did not know well. They were discussing The Beatles (like most 9th graders do) and I, I was wearing a black shirt with the members of BSB-more fondly known as The Backstreet Boys-plastered all over the front of it. I remember one girl turning her nose up at my shirt as I joined the group. The first thing I did was mention my shitty taste in pop music, and of course one or two people went "ugh! I HATE that band!", but a few admitted to liking them, and asked what else I liked-The Beatles! Go figure.  I felt like acknowledging the obvious worked for me, and to this day, I still do it. 

It isn't that I am trying to "fish for a compliment", it is usually when I know that something is obvious (at least to me), so I just go ahead and point it out. If I have a giant soup stain on my shirt at work from spilling my lunch? Before my co-worker even asks, I am already explaining how I eat like a toddler. I usually apologize for my shitty voice at karaoke before the song even begins to play. Is this healthy? I have no idea. But I honestly feel like it becomes less of a big deal, if I let every know that I don't think that it is a big deal. 

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So what is the point of all of my rambling? The truth (see what I did there?). The truth is, we are not perfect. We all do weird things to get through the day, the week, the rest of our lives, or whatever. The truth is that we all have issues to deal with in our lives, but sometimes social media, and even blogging, make it appear that we live these perfect lives. Do I occasionally go on rants on Facebook and Twitter? Yes. The thing is, we all choose how we want to share our issues. Some people are very straight forward with their problems, others never post anything negative, and then there are people like me who turn most things into a joke. Instead of complaining on twitter that I haven't lost weight, I joke about the pie I had for breakfast. Instead of letting everyone know that not having a dryer is a big, pain in the ass, I tell an anecdote about trying to dry my underwear in the oven (don't do that). 

All I am saying is that although I don't always directly say it, my life is far from perfect. I don't ever want this blog to portray me as having all of my shit together all of the time. Yeah, there are days when everything is groovy, and I have everything on my list done, and I feel awesome possum, but there are days when I feel like giving up because things go wrong/I am tired/I am sad/ I hate everything/ Taco bell put beef in my taco salad instead of chicken and I was pissed as hell but too nice to complain so I made Kyle take it back. It also comes down to what we feel like sharing. Some people share everything, where others, not so much, and it often leads to that "perfect" image that we know isn't true. Does it make people 'fake' for only sharing the positive things in their lives? It might come off that way, but I don't think it does. People have a right to pick and chose who they share personal information with is all. 

In the end, we all have problems. Just some of us have back-asswards ways of showing it. 

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Cardigan & Necklace-Forever 21
Shirt, Boots, & Hat-Target
Skirt-Thrifted
Tights-Leggs
Glasses-Warby Parker

Monday, November 17, 2014

Little Bits: Mighty Fine


One more weekend gone, but one more week until our staycation! Sorry, but not really. This past weekend turned out to be a lot more relaxing than I thought it would, cancelled plans do that, but I am more than fine with a lazy weekend. 

Friday night we went to our friend Brian's birthday party, met some awesome people, and had some great food. We then stopped by Ferndale to catch up with some other friends, and to have a few more drinks. We ended up at home pretty late, but it was a good start to the weekend after such a busy week. 

Saturday, Kyle, Dan, and I headed out for breakfast at Coolidge Cafe in Oak Park. After a quick coffee run, Dan went home, and Kyle and I decided a nap was in order, before we sat on our butts and watched TV for the rest of the night (productive much?). We are watching so many shows right now, Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Red Band Society, and New Girl.  I think we have a problem. 

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Sunday we went our for brunch again, this time with Kyle's family. After, Kyle, Brian and I headed over to the Rustbelt Market in Ferndale for a bit. I already picked out a few things that I want to come back for on small business Saturday, Christmas gifts, yo! We also hit up both Value Worlds in our area (the only thrift store open on Sunday), and we ended up with some really awesome stuff. Kyle and I both got some thick sweaters for $2-$4 a piece, you can't beat that! I also bought two vintage dresses for cheap, and some awesome decor for the house. I told Kyle that our house had a "touch of 70's" to it, and he looked at me and said "It looks like the 1970's barfed all over our house." Whatever Kyle! It is going to be a little while before the living room is done, but I seriously cannot wait! It will definitely have some 1970's touches, including the giant wooden clock that Kyle picked up (yep, he is responsible as well). 

I have a really busy week, at home and at work, but I think I should be able to squeeze in a few posts. EXCITE. Though, it is supposed to be cold as balls tomorrow, so I might just hibernate instead. 

1) Louie, sitting pretty. 
2) Stumptown coffee bottles at Red Hook in Ferndale.
3) Snowy leaves.
4) My loves, Louie & Joseph. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It Was All Yellow

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I think these might just be the last "fall" outfit photos for this year! It has been snowing off-and-on the past two days, flurries mostly, but still. It is kind of awesome seeing the leaves half covered with snow though. I have been sure to instagram all of the #SnowShit, this far. See how clever I am? Just swapping out "fall" for "snow" and I've got an entire new, seasonal hashtag! Yeah, I want to punch myself in the face too. 

Anywho, I made a list this week of all of the people we need to get Christmas presents for, and so far I have bought three things. Two which have not even shipped yet, so I am not sure if they count. I do really love getting all of my friends and loved ones little gifts this time of year, even if it mostly feeds into our consumerist society. Seriously though! You see some cat socks, you know that your friend really does not need them, but you know, that s(he) knows that you thought of them when they were bought. I think that is going to be the plan this year: everyone gets cat socks. Done. 

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I am totally channeling my inner Fourth Doctor in that picture bellow. What am I thinking of? Jelly Babies, perhaps?

I am really looking forward to this weekend, a birthday party, grabbing a meal with Kyle's family, chores to do, hopefully see one of my friends for a little bit, and of course, lots of blogging stuff. I have a busy week ahead of me next week, as I have to get as much done as possible before my vacation week, aka: figure out what I can pawn off on the interns. 

Happy Friday!

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Coat-Forever 21
Skirt, belt, & Tunic-Modcloth
Hat-Target
Boots-Payless
Shawl- El Dorado 
Glasses-Warby Parker