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If We Were Having Coffee… Scavenger Hunts and Halloween

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you about the scavenger hunt I did this week for Nerd In The Brain! As part of the Go Play Challenge, (It’s not too late to join the fun! Check it out!) I set out to find ten specific things — and really had fun with how they all came together.  So…. I’d want to tell you the story.

All my scavenger hunt finds, all in one place!
All my scavenger hunt finds, all in one place!

THE LIST:

  1. a skeleton with a top hat
  2. a ghost
  3. decomposition (There are lots of types of decomp in the world. You don’t need to take a picture of roadkill or anything…but I’m totally okay with it if you do.) 🙂
  4. a black bird
  5. a rat wearing at least one item of clothing
  6. a tombstone
  7. a dinosaur skeleton
  8. a masked man or woman
  9. a sugar skull
  10. a jack o lantern face carved into cheese (We did this…it was stupidly fun.) 🙂

A Skeleton With a Top Hat.

This was the easiest to find for me, and the first that reminded me one of the awesome things about living at my Mom’s house:

Me: “Mom, where are the Halloween Decorations?  I need to put a top-hat on a Skeleton.”

Mom: (not batting an eye) “I think they’re in the living room.”

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Now the Snazzy Skeleton hangs out behind my desk

A Ghost

I spent the week wondering why I hadn’t found a ghost yet.  Maybe because the Halloween decorations haven’t been put up yet most places.

Finally on Friday I had an epiphany!  My boss had decorated a bulletin board in one part of our office – I hadn’t been bringing my lunch this week so I hadn’t been back to the room with the bulletin board in it.

“Wait!” I thought, “I bet she put some sort of Halloween decorations on it!”

And, lo and behold, there were ghosts to be found!

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Ghosts in a tree!

 

Decomposition

I thought a long time on this, kept my eyes out — but finally figured to take the simple route out… I present you with Banana Peel and Coffee Grounds Waiting To Be Taken to the Compost.

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Compost me!

A Black Bird

This will be simple, I said. This is going to be a piece of cake, I thought. Every day I see tons of crows around the city.  Surely I would be able to catch a picture without any trouble.

So, of course, the only ones that I could see were flying very high. It wasn’t until Friday, as I picked up some final pieces I needed, that I spotted one – hanging out in the store perched atop a net. Thank you, Portland, for always putting a bird on things.

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Put a Bird on It.

A Rat Wearing at Least One Item of Clothing

The first one I tracked down was actually the last one that I got a picture of.  A friend of mine was happy to provide me with a rat wearing clothing! We weren’t able to get together until Friday night, so we went out, got drinks, caught up (quite a lot has happened in the time since we got together last!) and got a picture.

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Enjoying a Lemon-Drop 🙂

I do have to share what I had thought about doing for this, though.. I was seriously tempted to buy a rat skeleton – put a top-hat on it, and get the picture… so tempted…

A Tombstone

I actually found a number of tombstones! The first were done by an awesome artist I met in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Martha Hull does some very awesome artwork – I really enjoyed her stuff.  She had picture books, and prints, and other awesome things like that — including a “Be Right Back” Tombstone!

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But then I found another tombstone that was even more fun.  Grabbing some Ice Cream at Ben and Jerry’s, and a drizzly fall day, I spotted a tombstone decoration in the store!

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A Dinosaur Skeleton

This one made me smile. I was having a very hard time figuring out where to find one without going to a toy/hobby shop, or a picture in a book. Then, another idea…

Me: “Hey… Mom… do you have a dinosaur skeleton?”

Mom: *Eyes light up* “Wait just one minute!” *runs upstairs for a few minutes*

When she returned she pulled out two dinosaur skeleton models. Wooden models that were acquired who-knows-when and recently rediscovered during some re-arranging and cleaning.  So I gleefully took the models to my room and put one together!

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Look! Its a Dinosaur!!
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Dino and Skeleton had fun chilling out together.

A Masked Man or Woman

Yeah, easy one – I just happen to have a mask hanging out in my room that I got while I was at a conference in New Orleans!

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Then Dino, Skeleton, and I got to hang out together!

 

A Sugar Skull

I would have loved to get an authentic sugar-skull, but couldn’t quite figure where I’d find one, and it seems a bit early in the season.  I thought about taking a more creative way out — maybe pouring some sugar on a piece of dark paper and making it into a skull shape — or perhaps arranging a bunch of sugar packets into a skull!  But then I realized I have access to the ever-awesome Moonstruck Chocolates, who always have great Chocolates this time of year…

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Chocolate Skulls, frankensteins, mummies, demons… and pumpkins.
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They also had some ghosts!

A Jack-O-Lantern Face carved into cheese

I… kinda… sorta… thought I’d try this on string-cheese (it did NOT work…but I didn’t injure myself either so I call that a win).  So instead I tackled the remains of a block of Cheddar I had.

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Pumpkin-Faced Cheese!

 

I had so much fun with this! I’ve been having fun with the entire challenge!

This week I also got to have a few guest-posts.  On Monday I was over at Part-Time Monster talking about the Giant’s Wife in Into The Woods, and on Thursday I was again at Part-Time Monster, exploring Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels with Corina.   I’ll be back to Part-Time Monster later this month with another Halloween-themed post!

I also have been planning some things for my blog! The details are still in the works, and more will be announced next week, but I am going to be hosting a bit of a Halloween Party here on my blog!  I love this holiday and am enjoying the chance to get into the spirit!

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If We Were Having Coffee… Friends Time!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If We Were Having Coffee I would all sorts of things to tell you!

Last Sunday I went to a Gluten-Free Fest, and got to eat all sorts of yummy food (and got a ridiculous amount of swag!)

IMG_20150927_145630I’ve been lucky, since I had to go Gluten-Free I’ve lived in a number of places where there are good options – and Portland has been amazing for it.  Still, though, it can be hard (especially to find quick-grab options) so it was awesome to get to see some of the products that are out there.  What I’m most excited about is the fact that Cheerio’s is going Gluten-Free for five of their cereals (including Multi-Grain and Honey-Oat which are my two favorites)!

Sunday night I enjoyed the Lunar Eclipse. I love the sky at night, but usually exciting sky events are happening too late for me to be awake.  This time I was able to be awake and could see it without having to leave my neighborhood (light pollution makes it awfully hard to see a lot of the stars, but the moon shone bright enough)!

The work week went fine for me — I’ve been enjoying the Go Play, Go Learn activity that people have been doing for my History Challenge — and am looking forward to more potential collaboration with Nerd In The Brain on Go Play, Go Learn Challenges!

Friday, though, was my grand adventure.  A friend came into town (as she does about once a year) and so Friday night was the start of the Weekend fun.  Usually there’s a “Friendsgiving” when she’s here, but scattered gatherings throughout the weekend is what we’re able to swing this year.  So after work I headed out to our first meeting place — a McMennamin’s I’d never been to before called the White Eagle.

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The White Eagle is said to be highly haunted! I got some time to sit and write while I was waiting, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.  Then we all gathered together, enjoyed some drinks, and wandered a bit further up the street to get some food.

I don’t really get out in Portland much at night – public transit for the last leg of my trip home stops running at about 10pm – so it was fun to get to explore and enjoy a little.

We sat outside (with on and off light sprinkles) enjoying drinks and food, surrounded by people (and dogs) having a good time.

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Though we were stuffed, we then went to ice cream!  I didn’t get home till about 1 am (super late for me these days) and had a great time.  Today I’ve got a bunch of writing to do – excited about some guest-appearances I’ll be making over at Part-Time Monster this week, and then a Feminist Friday Post here! Tomorrow is Friendsgiving Part Two – some Powell’s time and wandering around Downtown.  I’m looking forward to it!

How are you doing?  Do you have any fun plans this weekend?

If We Were Having Coffee… Theater Time!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!

 

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m excited this week to be running the Go Play, Go Learn challenge for Nerd in the Brain!  It runs for another week, so check it out!  Today I did some work for my own work for it this weekend, I’ll be running that post next weekend!

Today was pretty cool.  In addition to getting some pictures and things lined up for my Go Play, Go Learn challenge, I got a number of pictures taken for the Go Play challenge and enjoyed wandering around town.  It’s been a long week and it was nice to spend the day just meandering downtown.

I ended the afternoon by going to see Pippin! I didn’t know anything about the show going into it — which is kind of unusual for me and musicals.  I really enjoyed the show, there were some really spectacular moments, and the choreography and music were stunning.

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I’m not too happy with the fact it’s now dark outside when I wake up, but I am appreciating the pretty sunrises!
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Saturday was a beautiful day to spend time downtown — I enjoyed some time by the river, and hanging out by one of the fountains.
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My seats for the show were way high up – which means I got a good stair-climb in on my way to the show.

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After the show I took advantage of a coupon I had to treat myself to a delicious meal!

 

How has your weekend been?

If We Were Having Coffee… Getting back into the swing of things

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’ve been struggling a bit to get back into the swing of things. Vacation was awesome – a full week of living off my own schedule, sleeping in and spending plenty of time doing nothing in a beautiful setting – and it has been hard to go back to working all day in an office, with my commute I’m out of the house for 12 hours a day.  I miss sitting by the water, relaxing and letting my mind wander without caring about what time it is.

I’ve been spending a lot of this week (when not working) zoning out.  Which means I haven’t gotten any of the writing done this week that I was supposed to do… or the reading.  So I’m setting a goal for the next week to get back into some better habits and patterns… hopefully I’ll be able to figure out a way to make it all work out and still make time for more zoning-out and relaxing time — vacation reminded me how very much I need to make sure I have time when I’m not doing anything.

I’d tell you I’ve been having fun with Nerd In The Brain‘s Go Play challenge — and I can’t think of a better motivator to get me out to enjoy some free-fun-play time.  This summer I’ve been realizing some things about how I’ve been approaching my writing, and how non-sustainable that approach is for me.  So getting out and playing some is very important!

How has your week gone? What are your plans as the seasons turn?

 

If We Were Having Coffee – Vacation Return!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d have so much I wanted to tell you, but I might have some trouble finding just the right words.  I just got back from a very wonderful camping trip at Waldo Lake.  Honestly my brain is a bit scattered at the moment, so probably I’d just show you some pictures for now.  With the promise to tell you much much much more soon.  I’ve been having fun with Nerd In The Brain’s Go Play Challenges – so will have some more posts soon!

For now, a few highlights:

Our campsite!
Our campsite!
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I was so happy to be there! Out on the lake, my favorite place in the world (it’s been nine years since I was able to make it out there).
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Night One sunset – I love the sunsets at Waldo Lake.
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The water level was very low – which meant I was able to wade out to this island – I spent a lot of time on this little island, writing, reading, and generally just relaxing.
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We took a day trip to Crater Lake – there are still fires in the area, this was a boundary burn – intentionally set to create a boundary for the fires in the area.
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We took a day trip to Crater Lake! Somehow I hadn’t managed to make it here before, even with living in Oregon for most of my life.
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Looking back at the shore from “my” island – it really became my favorite place for this visit, I always had it completely to myself!

 

I need to sort through my pictures, write some more things about all I did, and then I’ll post those!

How was your week?

 

If We Were Having Coffee… This Week – an Update!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I would tell you all about the trip up to Seattle that I just took to visit my sister. We had a nice walk in the morning, but then spent most of the time just hanging out visiting.
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It’s been awesome to just get the chance to visit!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that Monday I am heading out to my Favorite Place In The Whole Wide World (I’ve written about it before).  This means that I’m not going to have internet access for the WHOLE WEEK!

Not to worry (if you were worried, were you worried?) I’ve got the week’s posts all lined up, and hopefully things should run smoothly in my absence (Thanks to Diana for helping with that!) I won’t be responding to comments until I come back, but look forward to our next coffee when I can tell you all about it!

If We Were Having Coffee… Brief Visit

weekendcoffeeshare (1)Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d be excited to tell you that I got to meet Corina of Wasted Day and Wasted Nights! We got together last night for dinner and then a venture into the Portland Underground (more about that to come at another time!)

Otherwise it’s been a pretty normal week – work’s been a bit slower which has allowed me some time for a few projects, but I haven’t managed to get as much editing done as I need. That’s going to change soon though — I am determined.

This week enters my countdown to vacation!  I have exciting plans starting next Friday and am really looking forward to the chance to get away from my normal routine for a while.

If we were having coffee I wouldn’t be able to chat for long — I’m having a group of friends over tonight for a play reading and need to do some cleaning and food prep for it.  But I’ve got some time to hear about your week – how have things been for you?