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A BEWITCHING TIME!

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I always buy tiny hats, so I picked up a couple in Salem!

Erin and I decided last month that we should figure out a time to go to Salem. I haven’t been in years, and she hasn’t gone EVER! So we got there a bit early, traffic was terrible trying to get to the parking garage. It was also raining while we were trying to find our sci-fi themed pizza place we scoped out a few weeks back. The pizza was decent. Thankfully it stopped raining by the time we got out of lunch. Also, it didn’t rain for the rest of the day, hooray!

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After the pizza, we made our way to the Peabody-Essex museum to check out the “It’s Alive!” exhibit, it was awesome! I may have had a tad too much fun using Snapchat filters on the scary faces.

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After the museum, we visited the House of Seven Gables. It was very interesting! We visited the house and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s childhood home. It was also very crowded, but we managed to get ourselves onto a tour of the home. Basically everyone visits Salem in October, so crowds were to be expected. I think we lucked out going on a Sunday though. 

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After the museum, we did some shopping. We also stopped by the Salem Witch Trials museum to nab a time slot for later on that day. It’s good that we did, as the museum sold out later that day. We had dinner at Bonchon, and got ourselves some fried dough for dessert. I also may have purchased two tiny witch hats. The one in the picture is larger, the other is only 3″ tall. So cute!

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The Witch Trials museum is the same from what I remembered. I haven’t been there since our 7th grade trip to Salem, haha. All in all, a very fun day! I can’t wait to go back next year. 

 

 

 

 

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IT’S LIKE WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, BUT WITH ACTUAL BEARS

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We encountered a real bear on Saturday morning, as he ran into the woods!

This post is about my awesome bachelorette party weekend. There were tons of penis decorations, which I was fine with. I just didn’t want a REAL stripper, and thankfully there wasn’t one! The house we rented in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was awesome! It has 5 bedrooms and fire pit area outside. We did a lot of fun things. One of my favorites was decorating our sashes for a night in the town. 

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We spent the first day by the pool and did some light shopping. After I got back, my friends decorated the house and it looked awesome! We stayed by the fire that night, and we named our inflatable man Bernie. Thus began weekend at Bernie’s! 

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On Saturday, we were supposed to go do the ropes course and zip-lining. But a lot of us were feeling a bit under the weather, so we decorated our sashes and decided to the sky gondola ride at the ski resort. The ride involved getting into these pods that brought us up the mountain. Once we got to the top, there were a bunch of things to check out. Apparently there was a wedding happening at the ampitheater area, which looked seriously awesome! The only draw back to getting married up there, is your guests would need to take a 15 minute gondola ride up each way. My relatives would freak out. Anyway, the only thing I didn’t like was the caves. They looked more like rock formations, not caves. Also, too many freaking stairs. No thanks!

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That night, we went out to dinner and annoyed the guests at a local Mexican restaurant. We got all decked out in our bachelorette swag and hit the mountain town. We brought Bernie along to the restaurant. He was a hoot! A kid at a neighboring table was fascinated with Bern-Man, they were the same height. When we told his parents his name is Bernie, they definitely picked up on the movie reference. SCORE! 

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After scaring away all the patrons at the restaurant, we went to a brewery/inn/bar. It was a happening place with an 80s cover band and good brews. I made some friends, and I may need a restraining order from this woman that was fine at first, but then wouldn’t leave me alone. But that’s a tale for another time. It was such a great weekend, and I love my friends for making this the best weekend ever. Now I’m aboard the struggle bus from being tired. 

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BEARIZONA, HERE I COME!

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I figure I should probably blog about my fun trip to Arizona, before I forget what I did. Anyway, we mostly stayed in Flagstaff and Phoenix. These cities have vastly different temperatures. When we arrived in Phoenix, I was boiling to death. Flagstaff was about 30 degrees cooler. But I still wore shorts or dresses during the day. The cold didn’t really get to me until the night hours, where things drastically cool down in the mountains. Flagstaff was gorgeous, I also liked the hotel we stayed in. The rooms were a bit retro, but HUGE. So I wasn’t complaining. The hotel itself is very nice. They have beautiful grounds, attached hiking trails, and a nice pool area. 

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We did end up spending a day in Sedona. We mostly wandered around and enjoyed the rock formation views. I did a vortex Jeep tour, but didn’t feel any of the “healing” vibes you are supposed to when you visit each site. No matter, the views were fantastic and glad we got to see the vortex areas. The food was good as well. While we didn’t eat at the only McDonald’s to have turquoise arches, but we did get a nice steak from a restaurant that boasts great views. 

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The whole reason for the trip was to go to a friends wedding. The wedding was at the hotel we were staying at, and it was awesome. I was so happy to see my friends get married. It also made me excited for my wedding next year. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was so fun. I also cactused the crap out of myself. I wore a cactus dress, cactus necklace, and had cactus Jamberry wraps on my nails. 

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Another day, we went to Bearizona. It’s a drive-thru wildlife park. That was a cool experience, as I’ve never done a drive-thru park before. We saw wolves, bears (duh), donkeys, buffalo, goats, and all sorts of critters. The park also has a walk-around area, that is basically like a zoo. That was fun to walk through as well. I made friends with a peacock, who was jonesin’ for some French fries. All in all, a fun time!

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By the time we headed back to Phoenix, we were pretty tired. We didn’t do much aside from hanging by the pool, and going out for food and drinks. As fun as the trip was, I’m happy to be back home. Arizona was way to dry for me, I woke up everyday feeling like I swallowed a bucket of sand. Normally the desert doesn’t bother me that much. I go to Vegas around once a year, and the air didn’t bother me quite as much as it does in Arizona. 

I’m so happy it’s Friday. Tonight I’m going to a friends birthday party. But tomorrow I’m going to a comic con, and I’m super excited about it. My friend and I have been talking about it non-stop. 

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DEAD SONGS, COSTUMES, AND VACATION

Guys, I’ve officially had to resign the idea of finding the song from my last blog post. I could record myself humming the tune and post it to a music forum I found, but I think it best to give up my search. I checked my computer again last night and it yielded no results. Maybe someday I will find it, if I happen to be listening to an early to mid 00’s alt-rock station, but I think I have better odds of winning the jackpot.

No matter, I have to switch into Halloween mode anyway. This year I’m starting a bit earlier than normal. It’s because my friends have decided to start sending out invites to parties NOW. Plus, I’m going on vacation soon and will be gone 8 days. This will inhibit my time to work on the rather ambitious costume idea I have in mind. I almost shot myself in the foot last year. I had a costume picked out, then I was hit with sudden inspiration a day before my friends party. So I made a trip to the craft store, and express shipped a giant beach ball to myself, and had a Tim Gunn “make it work” moment.

Anyway, while I could pull off making this costume all by myself, I’m enlisting the help of Andy. Despite the fact he HATES dressing up for Halloween, he loves to build things. So he is more than happy to assist with engineering my Halloween costume. I’m not revealing what my costume is, but it’s going to make the one I made last year look like child’s play. 

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Last years Deathstar costume, it actually only took me a half day to make.

I’m glad he is helping me, otherwise this costume would take me FOREVER to construct on my own. Plus, I shouldn’t be trusted with power tools and electricity. So he will be handling the heavy duty cutting, and electrical work. The rest is basically up to painting, assembly, and praying it works! The only part I’m nervous about is the fitting, I’m worried it will not fit the way I want. But I think as long as we don’t make it too small, it can be adjusted. He is confident my idea can be pulled off. I’ve already selected materials and design. Andy is drafting construction and measurement ideas (I can’t be trusted with math either, haha). Wish me luck! If we pull this off, I’m definitely entering it in some kind of costume contest.I have a backup plan, if this idea falls through. But I am quite confident in Andy’s construction abilities. 

I won’t be blogging the rest of the week. I have a girls trip planned with my friend. I’ll cheers you from the beach, with my drank in hand. 

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RAGRETS: I HAVE ONE

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I came across this wonderful photo of myself, and started laughing. It got me thinking about a time I got my make up done. As much as I love cosmetics, I always opt to do my own makeup. But I decided to have a “treat yo self” moment, and got it done while on vacation. This was a mistake, I wish I had saved my money! 

I got it done because I was in Vegas, and we had a party that night. I wanted to look good, and always wanted try it. I guess my mistake was having this done in Vegas. I think when you get your makeup done in Vegas, they will typically go heavy, instead of just regular glam. I didn’t know that I had to specify not to go too heavy with it, but I didn’t. At the end of it, I felt like Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor. Except Denis O’Hare pulled that look off 100x better than I ever could. 

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So, what did I do? I pretended for the makeup artists sake that I loved it. But in actuality, I had to stifle a gasp. I looked like a child prostitute! Maybe this look would have been fine on another person, but it didn’t look good on me.

The moment I left, I was wandering the halls of my hotel with my sunglasses on. Thankfully nobody questions you about wearing sunglasses indoors in Vegas. People just assume you’re hung over, or drunk. I quickly walked back to my room to do damage control. I ripped off the fake lashes, threw on mascara instead. Used my supply of Q-Tips to thin the eyeliner, and touched up the parts I took off. I didn’t let anyone see me with my full-makeup look before I had to fix it, by taking most of it off. I mean, maybe I didn’t actually look as garish as I thought. It could just be I wasn’t used to seeing myself with quite this much on. I’m by no means a stranger to makeup (HELLO, COME SEE MY EYE SHADOW STASH. IT’S NUTS!). But I try not to go crazy with it, unless it’s Halloween. Next time, I will be blatant tell the make up artist not to use excessive liner and shadow on me. YIKES

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WHITE MOUNTAINS > CATSKILLS

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I was supposed to head up to the Catskills this weekend. Our friend from upstate NY booked a huge house for a ski trip. I went on the same trip last year. Like last year, the house was double booked. The difference, the people that also booked it, showed up before us. I guess it’s a common practice in the area to double book. I think it’s bull shit! At least we didn’t drive all the up there to find the bad news.

Andy and I agreed never to go to the Catskills again. We weren’t really impressed with the area last year anyway. They said their adventure park where XC skiing is, was open. We showed up and it was like a ghost town. I mean, we found ways to occupy our time. But it would have been helpful if they updated their website to show when they were closing the adventure park for the season.

Anyway, rather than stay home all weekend, we found another place to stay. This time, we booked ourselves a stay in the White Mountains (NH). New Hampshire is much more organized with their skiing, and also has better mountains. I have to admit, I wasn’t really that mad when I found out. I prefer the White Mountains to the Catskills any day. The only issue is it was school vacation week, so we had to be careful what we did as to avoid zombie hoards of children. 2016-02-22 13.04.07

We stayed at a historic hotel called Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club. It reminded me a little of the Stanley Hotel, and supposedly haunted. It was a nice place, despite the uncomfortable beds. The only thing that pissed me off, happened Friday night. Some negligent parents let their kids stomp up and down the stairs to play tag or some shit for hours. They eventually stopped, but I should have complained. My idea was to tell them to shut the Eff up, or the ghosts will haunt them. But I’m not in the business of traumatizing small children. I think they checked out the next morning, didn’t hear them on Saturday night.

I wanted to check out the ice castles, which were an hour away in Lincoln. If this trip wasn’t so last-minute, I would have purchased tickets well in advance. But they were all sold out for the weekend. I did try to get tickets, via Craigslist and the FB page for the castles. But I guess it was for the best.

We saw them a couple years ago, and the line to get in was my private hell. I should re-read my blog post from that trip, and remind myself just how awful the ice castle line experience was. Even once we were in, it was difficult to move around and get pictures. There were just so many kids EVERYWHERE, running around like they just snorted a kilo of Pixie Sticks! I can’t imagine I really missed much, it was the same people that built the castle. Once you’ve seen one ice castle, you’ve seen them all!

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HOT POT TIME!

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Jamie and I went to have some hot pot during the crappy weather yesterday. We exchanged Christmas gifts! We ice-skated to the hot pot place, basically. But the beauty of all the jerk-college kids being back home in Idaho, is that we didn’t have to wait for a table to be open. We stuffed ourselves with delicious food. After, we went to Wonder Bar for a couple of drinks. I hadn’t been there since I was in my early twenties, and I drank too many Long Island Ice Tea’s and shit went down. hahaha! 

Once we were done with Wonder Bar, we met up with Andy and some friends at The Drop. There we had our personal space invaded by a group of people. The bar wasn’t crowded at all, so not sure why they felt the need to be all up in our business. I blame it on the fact we are awesome, and these people were clearly drawn to it. But as my own personal form of revenge, I took stealth selfies with them and turned them into Cousin It and a Cowboy-Business-Beaver. I think I will make this a regular thing, haha! 

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