Friday, October 24, 2014

Movies For Halloween

I Love Halloween. Probably because we always had my birthday parties on the 31st growing up or, at the very least, a Halloween themed party. Which is pretty comical when you realize that my mom held out on having me until the first as she was adamant she "wasn't having a Halloween baby"  I suppose it was an easy theme to throw together the older I got. And since I grew up on a best believe my parties entailed KILLER hayrides. 

But one of my favorite part of Halloween as I have gotten older is the movies. The mister and I have a pretty good system. We order in, enjoy some tasty beverages and watch movies while we wait on the trick or treaters. And Tony is the person who gets full candy bars. That is why I don't let him shop for candy very often. Full sized candy bars? Does he think we are the fun people? 

Anyways, I abhor scary movies so you will never find them on my list. Instead, these are my favorites. Some *may* be creepy, but there are no horror flicks that is for certain! 

Hocus Pocus! Hands down my favorite, I love this movie and as a matter of fact, girls night is tonight and a few ladies are coming over to watch this goodness with me!

Ghostbusters. Enough said. And we actually got to catch this last week for free while we were having dinner outside!

Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yes, it says horror in the title but it is totally campy and ridiulous. it shows at a theater here every year. 

Teen Witch. I loved this movie and more so the older I get. So horribly done, yet so fantastic.

and obviously because what kind of person would I be if I didn't include this, 

What are your favorite Halloween movies to watch? Are you a scary movie groupie or a fraidy cat like me?

linking up with Hey Friday, FF and Friday Favorites

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lucca, Italy

This spot was not one that was planned and I cannot even parlay how glad I am that the decision was made to make the trek here for the day. During our time in Tuscany, we stayed at the Inn my husband's family own in Grannola. It is about a half hour to forty five minute drive to Lucca and this particular day it was a light drizzle and we decided to pull out our umbrellas and head down the autostrada. 

Lucca is another medieval walled city and is very much a walking city and is quite easy to navigate your way around. Once again I was completely entranced by the enchantment of the alleyways and cobblestone streets. And I cannot mention enough how friendly everyone in this charming city was.

Now, I will just let my photos do the talking. If only they could do justice!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Festivus

This weekend went completely awry of our actual plans. We were originally going to head up to Richmond for a weekend getaway but the mister got sick and so we decided to stay closer to home. I am actually glad that we did because we had so much fun. There was an abundance of amazing fall filled activities in the triangle this weekend. 

Friday we ended up meeting for dinner at a sushi place about ten minutes up the road. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that they were playing an outdoor movie in the lawn on the big screen. and we were luckily able to snatch up the last patio seat and watch it while we ate! 

They were playing Ghostbusters, one of my all time favorites! Such a fun night and the weather was absolutely perfect...still a comfortable 65 at night. 

Saturday we just did so much I can barely even remember it! I do know it included food, food. oh. and did I mention that it included food?

First up we stop at a Raleigh Landmark which has been featured on multiple food and travel network shows.  The Roast Grill (hot wieners) about 8 people can fit in there at once and they only help a few people at a time. No fuss. and I loved every second of the experience. and watching Tony eat his hotdogs,

and then we headed over to a new brewery in town. It is really cool and they have a pour your own beer wall. Was really neat. But what was even better was their hot, homemade pretzels dipped in their beer cheese. Oh, my. Word! I die!

Then we headed over a street festival, Cook Street Festival and this thing is no joke. I love how awesome it is, this is an actual neighborhood that throws this gig. None of them can even leave their houses all day. There was over 25 food trucks, 5 breweries, so many local coffee shops. Tons of local artists and shops selling their goods and amazing entertainment. 

and there was food. In case you were worried. 

Then we stopped by wine authority for Tony to grab some olive oil and some wine. I didn't have any because I am on day 19 of 30 days of no alcohol. Please Halloween get here quick;)

Then we came home and watched the Florida State-ND game. I didn't like the ending. blah. 

and then yesterday we had our monthly supper club. This month our friends Cat & Josh hosted and I love it because he makes the most amazing Thai food. So good! Plus, they just finished their basement and it is ridiculous! 

I made these mini cannolis for dessert. Chocolate with a dark chocolate and red wine mousse and a maple Bourbon with pecan. Recipes coming soon!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Or relaxing? 

linking up with Meghan, Leeann and Ashley

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It Just May Be

Today's prompt is your greatest fear. I have a few things that scare me to death. I hate lightning. Heights are not my deal. Sharks make me prefer a pool to the ocean. And October always seems to remind me just how much I fear clowns. Thanks freaks in California for making it even worse this year;)

But those things aren't really what I fear. I think the thing I fear the most is almost an even tie, but right now one scares me just a little bit more.

The death of a loved one is a huge deal for me (as it is for anyone, obviously) but I tend to fear it unrealistically because it has happened so much in my life. I lost an aunt at 31 to heart arrhythmias. A best friend from high school to a drunk driver. A 24 year old cousin to cardiac arrest. My brother in laws 26 year old fiance died from a life long battle with diabetes. I would spend nights waking my husband every few hours just to make sure he was ok. To me...making it to 40 meant you were in the clear. 

But more so recently, that fear has been replaced by another one...the possibility that I may not actually ever be a mother. For pretty much my entire life, I have looked forward to that moment. To having a baby placed in my arms, to my husband being a father. For some people this is a snap of a finger...

In my case, I snapped my finger 11 years ago and still my arms are empty. I mentioned last year when I began the Infertility Prayer Project that we were on a time frame due to my medicine. It actually took almost a year to fully ween off of them and now we are at about 7 months in of no medication and 5 months post surgery. Still sans baby.

These next 5 months will be the most 'trying' for me. (pun aside;) The tick tock is so loud that I can barely hear anything else. If I do not become pregnant in these next 5 months...We are pretty much done. I will not be able to be off of the medicine for that much longer and maintain my health. And that is the most important part of pregnancy, being as mentally and physically healthy as I can be.

I have always said that I would gladly adopt, but after an 11 year journey of miscarriages and infertility, month after month of failed attempts...I honestly am not sure that I could embark on a new process that would possibly bring more heartache and pain. Even if the ending would bring the greatest joy I have ever known.

So, at this point, my greatest fear is that I will never be known by the one name I have so longed to be called....Mommy.

I believe that God has a hand and plan in my life, the question is how I will deal with it if His and mine don't match up.  I guess wine and frequent travel will help in the meantime, and Italy.

Helene in Between Blogtober

Friday, October 17, 2014

Candles Are Serious Business, So Is A Wine Bath

This week has been a blur. I am finally off the pain meds, and I am way less fuzzy. And just in time for my favorites of the week. The first I am sure you guys have seen floating around. The reenactment of the girl who rampaged at Bath & Body Works over candles. 

***Please note before you watch, this is full of some four letter words. 

I mean, in all fairness...I would probably do the same if it was over the pumpkin cupcake scent. Or even the Apple Crumble. I think I feel her pain. There are few things in life I love more than a bath and body works candle. and I mean seriously, I have twenty coupons too;)  The girl just wanted to get her scents on, don't judge a girl. (or you can be like me and judge her while simultaneously feeling her pain cause...candles.)

And then I read the article on Amar'e Stoudemire  taking wine baths and I was in awe of his genius. I am totally going to take a bath and dump gallons of wine in there. It makes your knees feel fantastic. Hello! Why drink it when you can just bathe in it. I am sure that if I just got the 2 buck chuck (that is now 3 buck chuck) from Trader Joes, I would only spend about $200 to fill my tub. and it's for my health y'all, so why wouldn't I? And I would just drink it till it was gone. ( I just shuddered) 

Wine baths leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. There are spas that offer this. All I need to know is that they best serve me an actual glass of vino and some delicious dark chocolate. 

and I had this texted to me because my nickname growing up was "pug" and my parents actually still call me this. And I actually immediately thought of Stephanie and her cuties!

Those are my favorites of the week. What were yours?