Fall ’15 Bucket List

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I guess I’m just a fall girl! Or it’s this time of year that makes me want to make lists, define some big projects and work on making life more homemade, more cozy and undertake self improvement projects as well. September is like another January in that sense. I did a fall bucket list last year (and boy, won’t it be great if I could manage to do one of these sucker each quarter?)

And hilariously, my list this year, very closely matches the one from last fall!

  • go apple picking & make apple chips
  • spend a day sewing (have several projects I need a deep dive on)
  • take a long motorcycle ride and enjoy the fall colors
  • start a freezer cooking club
  • get our new apartment cozy for the holidays (bedrooms + bathrooms in October, living, dining + kitchen in November)
  • go to the Renaissance Faire
  • sew a new costume for Halloween

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Sept 14 – 20

Thursday morning, I flew out to DC and worked from my friend’s apartment. When she got home, we cooked Hungarian chicken in and then headed to a local brewery, Denizen’s for a flight.


I worked a half day on Friday and then headed down to the Folger Shakespeare Library. While I would have loved to see the reading room, I had such a good time in the one exhibit. For everyone who attended my high school and had to practice our recitations from dogeared paperback Folger’s, it is a truly a sacred space. I then walked over to the National Museum of the American Indian. I really enjoyed it and thought it was incredibly well done. I did a little shopping in the gift shop as well. I then walked to down to the mall to meet C. We took in a free Turkish film at Freer Gallery and afterwards we headed over to Blue Jacket and got flights of their fruit beers with our dinner (salad + mac and cheese).

Saturday, we took the bus down to Rock Creek National Park and hiked about two miles. We then hiked about two miles back to the bus stop before cleaning up and heading over to one of her friends’ apartment for a cook out. It was a great afternoon and a much quieter than running around trying to squeeze in all the sights! Of course we needed dinner so we got sushi on the way home.

Sunday we took it pretty easy and then I headed down to Dupont Circle to have lunch with my mom’s cousins (in all honestly, they are much more like my aunt and uncle). It was so much catching up one on one after a much shorter conversatin at the family reunion. For dinner, we met a longtime Friend from the Internet, S, and her friends for dinner at Right Proper Brewing. The food was super yummy, even if their beer menu was a little hop dominant.

Monday 9/14 – burgers with grilled asparagus
Tuesday 9/15 – dutch baby with peaches
Wednesday 9/16 – fish with grilled vegetables
Thursday 9/17 – DC
Friday 9/18 – DC
Saturday 9/19 – DC
Sunday 9/20 – DC

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Sept 7-13

Friday night, I was really craving calzone we headed off to the Pizza House. They are a great locally owned family place and they are quickly becoming one of our favorites! M had ordered American Sniper from Netflix as we came home and watched that.

Saturday morning, I headed off the yoga and then spice store while M worked. I did a little work and then rode out with them to Plain City. Sunday, M was off so we headed to over to glasses store (which was the second store refused to look up our insurance, wth) and then to a local sports bar to watch the Packers / Bears game. It was super fun but as it started to get crowded, we headed home to watch the Bengals game.

More importantly, the weather this weekend finally felt like FALL. It’s here!!!

Monday 9/7 – ratatouille subs
Tuesday 9/8 – brinner (breakfast for dinner)
Wednesday 9/9 – Roaster’s w/my family while M worked
Thursday 9/10 – patatas bravas
Friday 9/11 – Pizza House
Saturday 9/12 – baked fish with hasselback potatoes and squash
Sunday 9/13 – homemade General Tso’s chicken



Eating / from the freezer and pantry pre-move
Drinking / black coffee and the last of M’s New Glarus haul
Practicing / yoga, again.
Mastering / ceramics
Learning / to go with the flow
Trying / my hand at horse back riding instruction, again
Playing / hiking in the metro parks
Finishing / packing, packing, packing
Reading / The Wet Nurse’s Tale
Remembering / the days are long but the years are short
Wearing / my work ‘uniform’
Cooking / not enough – looking forward to our new kitchen!
Working / hard
Traveling / DC and Chicago in the next two weeks

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Aug 31 – Sept 6

Labor Day weekend! I was able to take off early on Friday and M, my parents and I headed over to Indy for the NHRA US Nationals. We were to walk around and see all the pro cars as well as see lots of sportsman qualifying runs before it started raining. While it was too much for runs, we had a great time hanging out and getting to know my stepdad’s race family. We got up early on Saturday morning to see more runs before we had to head out for a friends wedding.

After a quick shower, we headed down to German Village for J and L’s wedding in Schiller Park. We had such a blast connecting with some of M’s coworkers and their spouses celebrating the happy couple.

Sunday we spent the morning doing some packing and then headed off to Easton to gather inspiration for our new apartment. We also saw a matinee of A Walk in the Woods, based on the book of the same name by Bill Bryson, and both really enjoyed it.

Labor Day itself saw more packing and an afternoon in the pool with my family. I am not happy summer is over – it feels like it was just beginning!
Monday 8/31 – ???
Tuesday 9/1 – veggie quesadilla
Wednesday 9/2 – pies and pints w/M’s coworkers
Thursday 9/3 – homemade pizza
Friday 9/4 – US Nationals
Saturday 9/5- friend’s wedding
Sunday 9/6 – grilled chicken and corn

What I Read: August ’15

The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey: This was a pretty fast read. While I don’t normally read this style of writing, it was interesting to read, even if it did end a little predictably.

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells: Another classic I’m crossing off the list! It really enjoyed it and was surprised by how short it was! Really inventive for the time and a great fundamental part of modern sci-fi.

The Child of Odin; The Book of Northern Myths: I downloaded this as I knew it would be a bunch of short stories and would be easy to read on the plane when my attention span was shorter. Really cool to read a bit about where some of the Avengers mythos comes from.

What I Watched: Home (this is such a good movie!), Kingsmen, St. Vincent, The Longest Ride, Tomorrowland, Far From the Madding Crowd,

China 2015: Lama Temple and Panda Brew

On my last weekend day in Beijing, I lounged around and then walked to the Lama Temple from my hotel. I took my time poking around all buildings and did a lot of people watching. The whole place smelled amazing! Then I walked back to the hotel because the website of Panda Brew said it opened at 10 but it really doesn’t open until 4 :) After a bit of shopping, I walked BACK over to Panda Brew for a flight. I had their Too Young Wheat, Too Naive Pale Ale, Pure Red Honey Ale and Brown Bear Brown Ale (which was my favorite).

Weekend Recap / What We Ate – Aug 24-30

Let’s see if I remember how to do this :)¬†

Friday night M grilled out and then had a double feature of Kingsman and St. Vincent.

Saturday, I met a relatively new girlfriend for a lunch at the Starliner Diner. It was so tasty and we had such a good time hanging out! I then headed to my parents pool and hung out with them and a neighbor. And then, I met another new friend (from the state fair). I was surprised by the amount of stuff we have in common, including the pie baking contest at the state fair.

But the creme de la creme was the Obetz Zucchinifest with my parents! Josh Turner played and was SO incredibly awesome. It was an awesome event – I had a blast!

Sunday was much more chill with more pool time. When M got off work we got a fancy beer and then came home and made pork loin on the grill with sweet corn.

Monday 8/24 – quesadillas
Tuesday 8/25 – rings n wings
Wednesday 8/26 – tan tan mien
Thursday 8/27 – potstickers
Friday 8/28 – fish with corn and zucchini
Saturday 8/29 – at Zucchini Festival
Sunday 8/30 – grilled pork loin with corn