Friday Five

1. HALLOWEEN CANDY: I mean, is there really any explanation needed?! I spotted these in the checkout line at Michaels a few weeks ago while shopping for cross stitch supplies, and they basically jumped into my basket on their own. I’ve managed not to eat them thus far, but that’s not gonna be the case for much longer. I can’t wait to eat some brains and eyeballs!

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Friday Five

Happy Friday the 13th! I chose this week’s items before I realized I’d be posting this on the 13th…and the first two are totally on-theme. A happy accident!  🙂

1. My Favorite Murder: I’ve been on a major podcast kick lately—I know, I’m late to the party, as usual. I am pretty much going down the podcast rabbit hole because every podcast I listen to ends up mentioning other podcasts they like, so I check those out too. I actually can’t remember where I first heard about My Favorite Murder, but I am hooked! Each episode is literally just two true crime fans, Karen and Georgia, discussing a murder of interest to them. They’ve been at this for at least a year and there are now 80+ episodes for me to get through, starting from the beginning. Karen and Georgia have comedy backgrounds so they manage to make murder funny while also taking the gravity of the topic into account. And their signoff? “Stay sexy, don’t get murdered.” So, stay sexy and don’t get murdered by a machete-wielding maniac (or his mother) on this Friday the 13th!

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1. Maryland Renaissance Festival: last weekend my husband and I took a little day trip to the Ren Fest in Annapolis, Maryland! We arrived about a half hour after it opened and went straight to the costume rental shop. We had seen costume rentals at the Ren Faire we attended in upstate New York a couple years ago but didn’t bother partaking then. I chose this cute fair maiden outfit and John got outfitted as a knight, and we spent a few hours roaming the grounds and taking in the sights. It was more crowded than the NY one but it also seemed a little bigger. There’s a ton of stuff to do at this Renaissance Festival and I highly recommend it! The festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October.

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1. Haunted House Cookie Kit: I saw Jessica Chobot from Bizarre States post a pic of this completed “gingerbread” haunted house and immediately had to have one for myself! I tried to find it at Target in St. Louis but they didn’t have it; fortunately I was able to find it on Target.com for about $15.50 including shipping. My husband and I are going to build this little house together and I cannot wait!!

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Happy first day of my favorite season, everyone! This Friday Five is coming to you from St. Louis, where I’m visiting my family for a few days.  😀

1. Savannah Bee Mint Julep Lip Balm: Burts Bee’s classic lip balm is my go-to, but recently I decided to give this brand a try after browsing the selection at Whole Foods. I always feel like it’s a bit of a gamble when trying a different lip balm for the first time, but this one is pretty good. It’s not quite as long lasting as Burt’s Bees, but it still gets the job done.

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1. Atlas Obscura, The Book: I ordered this tome as a gift for my husband and myself. We like weird stuff, and when we travel we enjoy going on ghost tours as well as visiting oddity museums and the like, so I figured this book would be right up our alley. I’ve been aware of the Atlas Obscura website for some time now but hadn’t really looked at it much until last week, after I listened to an older Bizarre States episode that had Dylan Thuras, one of the website’s creators, on as a guest. Also, when I went to the terrarium workshop at The Apollo last week, the book was one of many displayed in the rental office area where the workshop took place. The book suddenly felt like it was calling to me, so I had to order a copy! This book is beautiful, and I can’t wait to dig in and read about “the world’s hidden wonders.”

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1. Defend DACA: I know not everyone wants to read about political stuff on a blog that’s rarely about politics, but I can’t go without saying something about the orange dickwad’s call this week to end DACA. 800,000 young people who were brought here illegally by their parents are now at risk of deportation from a country that’s all they’ve known. It’s wrong, pure and simple. Please call your representatives and urge them to support DACA! I used the excellent website 5calls.org, which gives you a script to read and provides the phone numbers for your local representatives.

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With the flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey over the past week, I don’t feel right doing a usual Friday Five post. Instead, I’m going to list five things you can do to help people affected by the hurricane.

1. Donate money to a food bank: Houston Food Bank, Galveston Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, and more will all need help.

2. Donate money to the Harvey relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at The Greater Houston Community Foundation.

3. Donate money or send diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank. Diapers can be dropped off at 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas, 78238…or you can order them through the organization’s Amazon wish list and have them shipped there.

4. Donate money to the SPCA of Texas to help the organization help pets that have been affected by the storm. My local animal shelter, Humane Rescue Alliance, is urging people to adopt animals so they can free up room to take in animals that have been displaced. HRA board member Erica May-Scherzer and Washington Nationals All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer are covering all adoption fees through September 3 to help clear space in the shelter! I imagine other shelters around the country are also trying to clear out room so they can help, so if you’ve been considering adopting a pet from a shelter, this might be the right time to do so.

5. Donate money to Global Giving, which has a goal of raising $2 million for Harvey relief. As of this post, they’ve already raised more than $1.8 million! Funds will be used for emergency supplies for immediate relief—food, water, hygiene products, etc.—and for long-term recovery efforts.

NPR and the New York Times have more information on these and other ways to help (and the NYT has tips on how to avoid scams)!

Friday Five

Weird—I thought I had scheduled this post to go up last Friday, but I just now noticed it wasn’t published! (It’s been a crazy week.) Sorry for the delay…here is my Friday Five for August 25.  🙂

I haven’t been out and about much lately because my feet have been really bothering me. I’ve been staying off them as much as possible…which is difficult, but it accounts for my lack of cool DC activities this week. I had some adjustments made to my orthotics yesterday and will rest my feet more, so hopefully I’ll be back in walking shape soon!

1. THIS SUNSET: last week we had a crazy evening thunderstorm, and then the sunset was out of this world.

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1. Hive: I’ve been wanting to check out this exhibit at the National Building Museum since it opened, and I finally made it there this week! The installation feels like it was constructed to be Instagrammable, but I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. We also checked out the Asylum exhibit (interesting for someone like myself with a background in psychology) and colored Frank Lloyd Wright designs on the wall with Dry Erase markers. Because the NBM isn’t a Smithsonian museum it’s not free, but the $16 adult ticket price is well worth it!

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