Well, the robins are back. That’s a sure sign of Spring.

I’m experiencing my first Spring in Western New York.

Some of the first blooms to show up around our new house.

Some of the first blooms to show up around our new house.

More than being a lovely season, it’s been an honest time of “firsts” for me.  One such realization came not too long ago… Continue reading


Throwback Thursday: Halloween Weather Woes

Well pals, good news:  I’m acclimating to Western New York.  At least so far, I think I’m adapting to my new clime like a charm.

It’s been crisp lately, lovely, cool, and sometimes a crispy that borders almost on chilly – and I’ve been LOVING it.  I’m super in love with fall and all that it entails (more on that later, though).  Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment.  I noticed it was gray and rainy, so I threw on jeans and a thin long sleeve tee.  I ran to the car, and assumed the warmth I was feeling was running + rain.  As I started driving and realized the thermostat declared the outdoor air to be a balmy 67, I started laughing.  Legit LOLing, because to me – 67 degrees sounded warm.  I also sweat right through that long sleeve shirt and felt like a clammy whore in church.

Today, it’s downright hot.  Like, mid-80s, I-feel-like-I’m-melting-and-want-to-die kind of hot.  And because of this unseasonal burst of sunshine and sweat, I have a funny Fb status right now.  It reads:

“it’s in the 80s today… THE EIGHTIES!

the only thing this heat is doing is bringing false hope to all the Halloween sluts.”

First of all, admit it: that’s funny.

this morning’s sunrise was pretty glorious, right? amazeballs.

Secondly, I’m really not hating on Halloween sluts.  If I’m being honest (and what’s the point of a blog if you’re lying?), I probably toe the line of slutty way more often than not.  I love a nice short short, low cut tops are my friend.  I’m 29 now, so I gotta make the most out of getting away with it while I can, right?  And as far as slutty-Halloween costumes go – I went to college in the South.  So you tell me how you think that went.  Which brings us to today’s “throwback” story.

The Halloween of 2008 will forever and ever (AND EVER) go down as an infamous Halloween.  I was living in Neptune Beach with Sasha and Mike, and well… we were all clinically insane.   That year for Halloween I had arranged and planned on a super awesome (and dubiously slutty) “Malibu Barbie” costume.  Long blond wig, hot pink bikini (calm down Mattel enthusiasts, I know that original MB wore baby blue), and super high heels.  It was gonna be awesome.  I was all sexy and tanned and excited.

the bikini that was purchased solely for the malibu barbie costume

Then, can you guess what happened?

If you guessed “obscene freak cold front,” you’d win.  In Jacksonville, FL the high for Halloween was in the 30s.  That’s just basically unheard of.  But that is indeed what happened, and it was miserable.  (Now, I’m referring to the weather on the party night, so it may not have been the 31st, but it was the Friday or Saturday that was being used as the party night).   My plans had been to attend a few specific parties, including one hosted by my pal DeDe that was an indoor/outdoor soiree.  So at the last minute I had to adjust my plans and go as something that offered more coverage than a bikini.  I know the hardcore amongst you are balking now, but it was blustery, possibly going to rain, and I was a thin-blooded full-time Floridian at that point.  And in order to have the gall to wear a bikini as a costume, I wasn’t carrying much meat on my bones at that time.

Whatever did you do, Rose?

I went to Target and bought some winter-y crap from the kids section and went as the weirdest, lamest, and still somehow sluttiest “Alpine Barbie” I could pull off.  Behold:


me on the left as “alpine barbie” and dede on the right as a red crayon. and no, i have no idea how she wasn’t freezing in that!

I’m pretty sure it’s one of my least favorite costumes of all time, because it was lame and terrible and poorly executed.  But for all those reasons, it also tickles my funny bone immensely.  And well, it was a Halloween I won’t forget, right?

Moral of the story: Never ever trust the weather report, and when going super slutty on Halloween, keep in mind a good back up plan.  Especially considering a hurricane is barreling its way to the east coast, this is a more important year than ever to make sure to have some kind of inclement weather plan B.


Thanks for reading – XOXO, 


New Wrist Candy

Being at retreat earlier this month totally got me into a bracelet making mode and now I just can’t stop!  At women’s retreat I brought a big bag of embroidery floss with me and a bunch of us had fun tying new bracelets, yay!

Now, every night before bed I find myself working a little on one, it’s so relaxing.  And with all the crazy weather we’ve been having, I keep telling myself it’ll be a fun hobby to have on deck for when the power goes out again.

our backyard getting crazy in the high winds

the first hail i've seen in hawaii - it woke me up at five in the morning last week, pelting the house with a ton of fury!

Speaking of retreat, I am so aware that I’ve been a slacker in writing some more post-retreat blog posts.  I’m working on it – life these days is busy!  We’ve had terrible weather, work has been busy, I haven’t been feeling great, and we’re moving soon – lots and lots of excuses, I know, but legit all the same.

So back to bracelet talk – 

A few weeks ago I finally took off my usual friendship bracelets and went bare.  It had been a good long while since I’d made any new ones and the ones I’ve been rocking were old and well on their way to yucky.

Within like ten days, I’ve totally made myself a whole new arm of stringed fun!  Check it out:

my recent wrist

Isn’t that thick oranges and yellows number on the end awesome?  It took forevs but I’m so glad I went for it.  It’s 12 strings across, and since it’s the kind that goes string by string tying the knots, it was time-consuming!  I love it though, it’s super rad (despite that obvious one mess up in the middle, grr).

a fun, albeit time consuming, new bracelet to make!

The new threads look so great with my other newest piece of arm candy, the L.O.V.E. metal bracelet everyone at retreat was gifted:

this makes me so happy!