October Round-up: Halloween Costumes

Grand Budapest costumes - Sugar and Cloth

Agatha and the Baker from The Grand Budapest Hotel: Sugar & Cloth


Are you guys excited for Halloween? Teddy and I are going to a costume party this weekend, but there’s a costume contest, so we’re keeping our costumes top secret. I’m not sure if we’ll win, but I’m excited that everyone will (hopefully) be able to tell what I am this year. Usually I pick a really random costume idea, and it’s hard to tell what I’m dressed as. This year I decided to do some costume research ahead of time. If you’re looking for some last minute inspiration, here are some of my favorite costume ideas:

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Weekend Thoughts / 37

Thursday's Sunset

Sunset photos are back!


Hey guys, how is your weekend going? It’s definitely gloomy and dreary here, which I actually don’t mind too much. (As long as it doesn’t flood — crossing my fingers!) It’s been kind of quiet here this week since Teddy was out of town for 3 days. Still jealous that he got to go to Denver, since I’ve never been, but he brought me back a squirrel mug, so that helped.


Here are some of my favorite reads from around the web this week:

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Coffee Talk: Roadblocks




If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that it’s been just over a month since I finished the first draft of my big novel project, and I am stuck.


I thought I might start working on a new novel project, but I couldn’t seem to make the story and characters come together. I thought maybe they just needed more time on the backburner, so I shelved that project and started to work on a second draft of my original project. There were some backstory elements that needed work, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the pieces to fit. Nothing I was doing seemed to be working, and soon I was beyond frustrated and mentally exhausted. It felt like I was trying to punch through a brick wall with my bare hands.

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The Texas State Fair + My New Dream Job

Big Tex


When they say everything’s bigger in Texas, they really mean it. This fair is MASSIVE! It would take at least two days to see everything, but it was still a really fun Saturday.


The first thing we did when we got there was pick up a Fletcher’s corn dog. I almost never eat corn dogs, but it was so good! I think it might be the best thing I ate all day. We were standing underneath Big Tex, and I almost had a heart attack when I realized that its mouth was moving as it said, “Howdy, I’m Big Tex!” Then it turned its head and waved at me. Talk about nightmare-inducing!


But there were lots of fun things to see besides Big Tex. They had a “Food and Fiber” display where they showed the winners for the different craft contests. There was a massive butter sculpture, but all my photos ended up kind of… creepy. So I decided not to post those. There was also a whole wall of pickles and jam, and all sorts of needlework projects. My favorite was the needlework pastries. I couldn’t get over the cannoli!


Wall o' Pickles

In case you thought I was kidding about the wall of jam and pickles.


Needle point

Look at those needlepoint pastries! Brenda Flasowski has mad skills!


The Food and Fiber building was definitely fun, but my favorite part of the fair was the livestock barn. We happened to visit during feeding time, and we saw a bunch of miniature zebus who were waiting for their big show the next day. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a mini zebu, but they were so cute! I think my new imaginary dream job is to raise and show mini zebus. I mean, look at these faces and tell me they’re not adorable!


Mini Zebu

The younger zebus had teeny-tiny humps, and the older ones had big saggy humps. I think this one is a year or two old.



They were very polite, even though we interrupted their dinner. Rude!


Baby Zebu

I mean, look at this baby! I can’t get over it!


I also met these cute ladies named Cash Money and Miss Valentine. I knew that racehorses were given kooky names, but apparently dairy cows are fair game. Who knew?


Cash Money and Miss Valentine


After saying hi to the animals we walked over to the rides so we could g on the Ferris Wheel. Unfortunately the line was really long, so we went up to the observation tower instead. I was bummed about missing the Ferris Wheel, but that just means I have to go back next year, right?


Ferris Wheel


What about you? What’s your favorite part of the State Fair?

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Weekend Thoughts / 36

Sometimes you just need to read an old favorite.
Sometimes you just need to read an old favorite.


Hey everyone, what are you up to this weekend? I’m crossing off an item on my fall to-do list and going to the Texas State Fair. I’m probably munching on something fried while I wait in line for the Ferris Wheel. So much fun!


Here are my favorite links for the week:

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