[photo] new specs from Firmoo

After spending most of my childhood and teenage years blindly walking around the hallways, refusing to wear glasses, I had to succumb to them in college. I had trouble seeing the projectors from the back of the class and my vision had gotten a little worse over the years. I mean, my vision isn’t that bad, but I do need to wear glasses full-time now. I’ll wear contacts once in a while, but I actually kinda like wearing glasses now. It’s like an accessory to me!

I discovered Firmoo.com during one of the #BiSC trips and I love how I can get good quality prescription lenses on the cheap. Since I have cheap glasses available to me now, I don’t think I’ll ever get laser corrective surgery. I don’t want to be one of those people that wears glasses without lenses. I feel like it’s cheating or some shit!


I was not compensated for this post. I purchased the glasses on my own, and all opinions are my own.

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We got Zorro a Bantha costume and it was hilarious to watch Andy attempt to get it on him. Since the costume is like a harness, he immediately thought he was being taken for a walk. [When I walk him, he starts to freak out the millisecond I get the harness out from the container.] But it sounds like he is really talking to us, saying “no” to being a Bantha. What a brat!


I told him I’d get a Princess Leia costume instead, he didn’t like this idea either. It turns out the horn part of the costume is meant for a smaller dog, so the straps were too short. I’m going to sew some cord on the ends to extend them. Zorro isn’t safe for very long! He is going to be a Bantha for five minutes even if he hates it. Sorry buddy, we wasted money on this costume, so you’re gonna wear it for the one trick-or-treater we get this year! Too bad I can’t take him to the costume party at the bar near me this weekend. He would be a hit! Maybe I can tell people he is my desert guide dog?  


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[photo] after a shipping mix-up and no stock, I finally got my new rain boots

Can I just say how happy I am this Mercury Retrograde crap is over?! I finally got a refund for the sofa cover I’m never getting, and my new rain boots finally arrived! Now I have to order the sofa cover from Ikea, because I’m done trying to get it from eBay after my last experience. I’m also glad that after the last pair of clear glitter rain boots in my size were sent to the wrong person, I got them in the post Saturday.

I’m tempted to get another pair in either black or gold. All the rain boots I currently own have tall shaft lengths. So it’s nice to have a shorter combat boot style. Go figure though, the nor’easter rain storm we got last week is over. Now it probably won’t rain for a while since I got new boots. Oh well, I’ll still wear them anyway with some brightly colored socks. 

[Edit] I may not be fully out of the woods yet. The floor fan in Zorro’s area stopped working last week, the fan in our bathroom died yesterday, the lights in our row at work stopped working (working in the dark was “fun” yesterday, and my FitBit is being a little spazzy. Yikes! I’d hate to be an electronic device near me right now! [/Edit]

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Andy surprised me the other day when he said he wanted to check out the Sowa Vintage Market. The market is open on Sunday’s and offers a variety of things. One part has a bunch of food trucks, another is a farmer’s market, and the other is filled with local vendors selling home goods, clothing, and accessories.  Most of the market is outdoors. But there is a large vintage flea market indoors that has lots of cool things like furniture, jewelry, housewares, and clothes. I spent much more money than I should have, but at least I’m supporting local business. These are things I tell myself to justify my purchases. Please enjoy the bajillion photo collages I made. It should come as no surprise I went photo-crazy. 


We had to drive around for about 15 minutes to find parking because we got a late start. Next time we’ll definitely make an effort to go when they first open. I started with the food truck section. Andy went to the hotdog place and I went to the crepe truck. I got an awesome smoked salmon crepe. After the lunch, the next stop was the farmers market. I wish I got Zorro some homemade dog treats, guess I will have to get some another time. 


Halloween activities and parts of the vendor tents and indoor vintage market

The vendor section was really cool! They played Halloween music and had some Halloween-themed entertainment. I noticed a lot of people brought dogs. I would love to bring Zorro except he thinks that all dogs and people want to be his friend, so I wouldn’t get any shopping done. Plus he would dislocate my shoulder yanking me around like I’m on a sled in the middle of Alaska.


We couldn’t resist the Cookie Monstah truck, I got some snickerdoodles

I ended up getting some cool shirts from a local company and plan to order a couple more online. A lot of stuff is a bit pricey because it’s crafted by local artisans. I don’t mind spending a little extra it since it supports local businesses. Now I don’t have to do as much laundry this week too, haha! I also got a nerd discount on an R2D2 painting. I showed the artist my socks and he decided to give me a nerd discount. Score! 


Lots of creepy things happening in this collage

Once we visited the vendor tents, we went inside to the vintage market. There were load of cool antiques everywhere! Some of the stuff was a bit creepy though, like the scattered doll parts. But I like how each vendor set up their sections, it looked really nice and artsy. I was tempted to get an old map from the map guy, but I already spent too much money already. I hope to go back soon, I could get a lot of Christmas shopping done there!



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I’m going to split up my weekend activities into two posts, I did a lot of stuff and took four million pictures too. So, starting with Saturday I decided to carve my pumpkin for the contest we are having at work. They gave out the pumpkins last week and we have about a week to carve them for the competition. We did this last year and it was great! This year I’m actually carving and painting a pumpkin. Last year I got lazy and painted a pumpkin like R2D2. My pumpkin actually came out pretty good! But I lost points because I didn’t actually carve anything. I’m not revealing my pumpkin design this time until it’s finished. I’m waiting for the paint I ordered to come in. I’m glad I could finally use the Star Wars pumpkin carving kit I got last year though. I also roasted my own pumpkin seeds with a recipe I found online too. The recipe yields salty seeds, so I added some cinnamon and sugar. They came out really yummy! I keep eating some every time I go into the kitchen, this is a dangerous habit. 


{photo} Pumpkin, Star Wars carving set, and roasting pumpkin seeds

That night I went to my 4th costume party of the month. This is getting a bit ridiculous. I’m seriously debating not heading out to the bar on Halloween in costume.This time we went to our friend’s family Halloween party. They have it every year and we try to go. It’s really a lot of fun!



They go all out and decorate the hall, hire a DJ, cater some food, and have a bartender. The results are pretty fantastic, as are the costumes! Some of my favorite costumes were the American Eagle and 90s’ School Portrait. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with those.



I continued to be R2D2 and Andy was a pirate. We weren’t selected for the costume contest because Matt didn’t tell us there was a theme of idioms this year. Oh well, the prizes were scratch tickets and I doubt I would have won any moneyz anyhow. haha!

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Thanks to BrandBacker, I was selected to try scented soy wax candles by Old Factory. The candles are made in the USA with natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks. They are packaged in a gift pack comes with 3 fragrance-themed candles. You can choose from twelve different scent packages [see picture below]. Each candle burns clean for over 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house.Old Factory guarantees each purchase. So if you are not totally thrilled with your purchase, you can send them back (at their expense) for a full refund. I mean, what do you have to lose? Except the smell of yesterdays cooking experiment in your kitchen?! Candles

I opted for the Fresh and Clean gift set which has lemon grass, olive blossom, and (my fav) clean linen. I recently became a candle person, so this gift set is great! I’m doing a give-away as well, so stay tuned. You might be a lucky winner!


[PHOTO] My “Fresh & Clean” candle set!




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We got another set of three meals from HelloFresh this week. For those that don’t know, HelloFresh is a dinner box service. Each week they create new recipes to pick from and they send the recipes and ingredients right to your door. So you can cook your own meals without having to make a trip to the grocery store. You can skip weeks if you like too! I find the recipes are really easy to follow, but definitely involve some prep time. But it’s great way to get more comfortable in the kitchen and get cooking! If you’re interested in checking them out, use my referral code at the bottom of this post to save $20 off your first order. Don’t worry, they have options for vegetarians as well! Anyway, we made Seared Steak with Peppercorn Sauce and Grilled Swordfish with Pepperonata and Garlicky Cannellini Beans. 

I had no part in the cooking of the swordfish. Andy did that all on his own, which was nice! I like coming home to dinner already made. haha! But he said there wasn’t much to do prep-wise so from start to finish it took him about an hour.


[photo] Swordfish

I decided to make the seared steak all on my own last night because I was very hungry and Andy decided to take a nap. So, it took me a little over an hour to make this dish, and that was mostly because the steak took much longer to cook than the directions stated. I ended up over-cooking it a little. I actually prefer my steak on the medium-rare side, but it wasn’t bad being cooked well-done. The roast potatoes and broccoli were a cinch to make at least! Zorro kept trying to steal the pan of roast potatoes and broccoli though. He loves veggies for some reason, my dog is a weirdo.




I purchased the HelloFresh dinner kit on my own. All opinions are my own. To help me get referral points, please use my code! Save 20$ on your first order with my code QFJ5CE at www.hellofresh.com

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