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October 2011

1. The Great Pumpkin Wonderful illustrative style by Tom Whalen. 2. Apple's Apples Stickers applied to apples a month before harvest doesn't allow pigmentation to complete leaving marks in the shape of the sticker like a tattoo! So awesome! Read more about it here. 3. Plan Tea by Make and Matter Really loving Make and Matter's website designs, clean and modern but full of details without mucking up the underlying design. I think I have a new design crush! 4. DKNG Introduces Jeff Ratto This design is taking infographics to another level

Time to get real people! I have been suffering from wicked headaches for the last few years. Each one is different from the last. Each one is triggered by something else. Sometimes its manageable and I can at least get through the day. Then there's the extreme, sick to my stomach, cannot move, cannot open my eyes, cannot stand up, migraine. And those are scary. This week I have had a headache everyday! It's been terrible. They put me in such a funky mood. I just get so depressed, feel so alone, and I get scared. Scared that there is something more wrong with me physically. Which just makes the depression deepen. I have never really talked about this before, especially not on my blog, but now is as good of a time as any other. To make it even a worse situation, I haven't been to church since early September since it seems like every Sunday I have a headache. What is up with that? I am really starting to think that Satan is trying to use these headaches as a way to attack me and I just can't stand it anymore! I finally spoke these feelings out loud to

1. Autumn I know it's technically autumn but it only feels like it for a few days at a time! Luckily, the decorative Disney pumpkin we've had out for two years is finally appropriate for the season again! As that's our only fall decoration, I am needing inspiration for some more! Found via Pinterest. 2. Dream Dining Room I want everything from this image from the ladder hanging lanterns to the french doors to the cabinet against the wall. Swoon! Found via Pinterest. 3. Dream Entry Way Oh how I love everything about this entry way! From the large jars to the chest under the table. And even the floors. Found via Pinterest. 4. Living [Room] Tree Let's forget the fact that I can not keep plants alive

Have you ever been to a hotluck? Have you ever heard of one? 3 years ago, Andy was watching the Food Network and heard about hotlucks on the show Unwrapped. It was just three weeks before our birthdays and he told me right away we needed to have a hotluck birthday party. Basically, it's a potluck but everyone only brings spicy food, which is my favorite food. It's really fun to see the range of spiciness too! I was rating all of them, but mostly everyone got 1 or 2 out of 5, basically, I wasn't the best judge as my spicy levels are very different from my friends and family! We also play a game, we call it spicy roulette. Everyone is dealt a cup of some type of food (this year was chili, last year was jambalaya). Only 1 cup has an extra kick of heat. Andy started with increasing drops of Dave's Gourmet Insanity hot sauce then brought out the big guns with Dave's Ghost Pepper sauce. The player gets the choice of staying in or bailing on the heat. I only lasted to the final three and got out of there after my first deal of

As with all good birthdays, there was food. This post is actually less about my birthday but more about what I ate on my birthday. But that's okay with me! Did you read my 25 Wishes post a couple weeks ago? Well, here I mark off two wishes! seafood dinner chocolate chip cookies Thanks to my husband and Kathleen for checking those goodies off! Andy made me, our friends, and my family shrimp and shredded beef tacos. He didn't want to be photographed even touching the shrimp so you'll see I had to get creative on that shot! He also made a jalapeno white sauce that they serve at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Miguel's Cocina, on Coronado Island. Yum yum yum! Then Kathleen made me cookies!! She makes the BEST cookies! So delicious

Have you ever attended a hotluck? It's like a potluck, but only with hot and spicy food! We celebrated Andy's and my joint birthdays yesterday with our third annual hotluck. But before that we celebrated with a morning of french toast and then some German chocolate cake baking! Basically, we spent the whole day of Andy's actual 29th birthday eating food! Here's just a sneak preview of the night, including our game of the night: spicy roulette. I'll be posting more photos later this week, so stay tuned!! This video was made using my new iPhone 4S and iMovie to edit. Song: Big Wave by Jenny and Johnny