Saturday, September 29, 2012

10 Things

Here is a short list of things I've been thinking about and wondering:

1. Who dog sits for Will and Kate's dog when they go on vacation? Obviously this is the most pressing concern I've had all week. I'd love that job.

2. Why can't we American's watch Downton Abbey like the British? And by that I mean, why can't  watch it right this very instant? Moving to London to dog sit and watch Downton is becoming more and more appealing. I am literally looking forward to the wedding of Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley more than my I looked forward to my own wedding.

3. Once Downton does come out, where oh where will I watch it? As I've mentioned before I don't have a TV, cable, friends, or any other necessary items needed to watch the show. I think it would get suspicious if I called out sick every Monday from January until the end of the season because I was at my Dad's house watching the show and couldn't make it back home in time for work on Monday.

4.  You can just watch the trailer multiple times, just as I have. I just hope it's online at I will actually pledge money if they play it online.

5. Picture day at the middle school is on Tuesday. Then in a few weeks there is picture day at the elementary school. If history repeats itself I'll get at least 24 wallet sized photos of myself, and if I plan it correctly I might even get two sets, one Middle and one Elementary set. Get ready for that explosion of Lauren in your Christmas card family members!

6. Speaking of cards. I realized the other day that I have saved literally every card anyone has sent to me in the last 2.4 years. I read all of them one night and cried for at least an hour. For some reason all of the cards I got when my grandfather passed away were right next to the one from my friend telling me she couldn't come to our wedding. I don't know why I felt it was necessary to re-live that, but then I just packed them all up to read again in another 2 years with two more years worth of cards on top I'm sure.

7. I really want to get my hair cut. It's long and heavy and resides mostly in a pony tail right now. I need some style. I always put more effort into my hair after it has been cut. I live right above a hair dresser but whenever I go in there and say "Cut my hair right this second" they ask if I have an appointment and tell me to come back in 2 days. Maybe they don't understand, when the urge to cut my hair comes on I cannot make an appointment, I must get it cut then! Usually I just come back upstairs, think about making an appointment and get distracted.

8. Have you seen "The Mindy Project"? It was pretty funny. I liked it, which means it's awesome. Unless you ask my dad, but he doesn't like Downton, and prefers to watch Tosh.O, so I guess you can figure out that his taste level is dismal. Anyways, the pilot was funny, let's hope it continues.

9. Speaking of awesome things to watch. I read in The Week that "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" got 4 out of 4 stars. I have been excited about this moving coming out since I heard about it in January. Much to my dismay however, it is not playing in New Hampshire. WTHeck? I'd have to drive to Cambridge, MA to see it, which is the closest theater playing it. NEWS: A more through google search revealed that the movie has been released as of September 28th, and will be "everywhere" October 5th. I think the term "everywhere" is used lightly here, considering I'll still have to drive 25+ minutes to see it.

10. I feel dumb saying this but for at least 2 weeks I thought my camera was broken because it wouldn't focus on anything. I finally decided to take it to a camera shop and pay to get it fixed. I had tried different lens' and nothing worked so I figured it must have been something with the camera body, probably due to my dropping it a few times, and I also figured it would cost me a bagilion dollars to fix. I walked into the camera store and a very nice man let me explain my issue with the most dumbed down photography terms ever. He didn't even look at me like I was an idiot. Then he pressed 4 buttons and fixed it. What a relief. I've made two decisions based on this. First, Learn to use my camera, and learn the correct terms for using camera. Second, keep my camera in the case, protected, out of harms way, off of tall things it could fall off of, etc. Same goes for my new computer. If theres anything I hate it's when I break something because I'm an irresponsible 26 year old twerp.

Enough rambling for tonight.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Obsessed With Vertical Pictures Apparently

Here are some vertical pictures from my walk with Penny today. I'm trying very hard to embrace fall. You can't tell from the pictures but it was crisp outside, I even had to button my cardigan. 

This flower looked like a starfish to me.

It rained so much yesterday. Penny usually likes to swim/wade in the river on this trail but she took one look at the rushing water and decided to eat horse poop instead.

That's all. I want to get into a routine of posting more photos, and therefore taking more photos. Hope you like pictures of dogs and trees as much as I do!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Weekend Rundown

This weekend there was:

Lots of dogs having a rumpus time.

A trip to one of my favorite stores. Edmunds Hardware. Can't think of many hardware stores with this big of an embroidery thread selection. I always try to stock up on sewing machine belts when I go to Edmunds. 
  A delicious homemade donut covered in cinnamon. Some ornament stitching; it's never to early to start right? And a parade with a bagpiper. I've probably mentioned this 100 million times but I love the bagpipes.

A final trip to the lake. Unfortunately, I did not swim or go off the rope swing, it was much too cold. We did take Penny for a boat ride during which she jumped out of the boat onto land twice while we tried to motor away. 

More dogs at the lake. 

And! A 14 mile race. My fuel belt is on its last leg. I'm planning to throw it away tomorrow at the dump. But being the cheap person that I am I just held it together with wire for 14.2 miles. Then after I finished I wore it around some more because my fingers were too swollen to untie the huge knots I had tied in the wire. Do you fingers get bloated after a long run?

Here is my before and after. I consider the race a success. I didn't fall, even though it was a trail race. I did stumble a few times. I made a running friend who I stuck with for most of the race and chatted with. I also accidentally asked a woman where her husband was only to hear a sob story about how he left her and moved to North Carolina with another woman, that wasn't successful I guess. I didn't puke, gag, poop in my pants (always a fear) or even cry. Total success.
Charlie's before and after shot. He looks P.O.ed in the after because I made him put his shirt back on to cover his chaffed nips. Nobody wants to see that...or probably hear about it but oh well.
That was our weekend! I promise I'll be back sometime soon to show off some sewing projects.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekending: Hike

This morning we hiked to the top of Ragged Mountain in Danbury. We've been trying to decide if we should buy season passes to ski there this winter. The only time I've ever been was during a huge snow storm so I wanted to get a better feel for the mountain, and Penny of course joined us. 

Penny even found a large mud puddle to roll in.

What a great view for a mud puddle.

Every hike should be followed by a swim. 

More soon with what I've been sewing. If you really can't wait until then you can find cryptic pictures of my projects HERE, since I finally figured out how to link to my instagram photos. Warning, there are even more pictures of Penny than there are on this blog.


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