17 December 2013


1. Ben reading in Russian. 
2. Snowy mornings.
3. Fireworks outside our window. 
4. A tiny Christmas tree and cinnamon candles at the foot of our bed. 
5. A selfie.
6. Panade with Gruyere and Onion-Garlic Confit found here. So good.
7. Krispy Kremes found next to the Kremlin. 

Not Pictured
1. Re-watching Twin Peaks because nothing says creepy winter months than wondering what happened to Laura Palmer...
2. Reading Divergent finally. I know I'm late to the game and I'm sure everyone else has read it, but I really like it so far! If you've never heard of it, it's about a dystopian Chicago world in which society has been divided up into five factions each based on single core beliefs. Our narrator, however, does not seem to belong to any... which makes her... a divergent! But, for real, it's pretty interesting so far and there are definitely some storms brewing for the narrator who is like a half Katniss and a half Bella. Again, I don't feel like I need to explain it because it's a pretty popular book and there's a movie coming out in March, I believe. Have any of you read it? Did you like it? 
3. My grandmother gave me some money for my birthday so I splurged on this Chanel lipgloss. I've never owned such a dark (or expensive!) lipstick, so I'm still figuring out how to pull it off. I really like it though.
4. Ben is making us pancakes and were drinking Bailey's in our coffee. Life is good. 

A Quote for the Nighthawks

I just found that a couple of minutes ago, and I want to share it with as many people as I can. Isn't it so touching? Don't you feel so swallowed up in it? 

I feel like I am deeply in the question years. Any decision I make is hanging free in the air with no clues or hints--just dangling and waiting. I make choices that I do not always believe in, but they are the only choices and sometimes you just have to go with your gut. It is just my life right now and there is nothing I can do about it. I just have to sit and wonder and wait. 

Maybe it's my age, maybe it's my strange living situation, or maybe it's just me. But a few years ago, when I packed up my bags and moved to a small school to study writing, and only writing, and to sit outside with friends and smoke cigarettes and talk about books, and to fall in love with everyone who passed by, and to go to every concert, every movie, every party... those were the times of certainty. I questioned things, but not the way I question them now. And they were different questions, young girl questions. I don't think I realized how firm everything was for me back then. 

It feels good lost, though. Not all the time, but as a whole. Like a spinning, vibrant buzz that fills your ears and drips down your spine. 

Anyway. I used to listen to this album when I felt like I understood the life I was living and it would feel wrong if I didn't share it with you now. It's daydreaming music, but you probably wouldn't be here if you weren't a daydreamer too. 

Let me know what you think, if you like. 

13 December 2013

Watch: Fresh Off the Boat, Blackfish, Lisa Frank

I watched this three-part documentary the other day and, to be honest, I spent a lot of the time saying, "Um, what city are you in? Cuz, my city doesn't really look like that." 

They had to have gone in the four-week window during the summer where Moscow is all green and the pollution is drifting south and the streets are clean. It happened for a hot second. I was there. But it did kind of bug me that they didn't go in the winter to film a movie about Moscow because Russia is winter. It's not a summer country- it's a winter country. I think if you want to see Moscow in the way Moscow really is, you need to come over when there's some snow on the ground. It's just how Moscow is the majority of the time and it just struck me as odd that they picked such a nice-weathered time to go when that's just not the usual for this place. 

Other than that, there was a lot of stuff I really liked in this documentary. I thought it showed Moscow in a really nice light and they went to a lot of cool places around here. I did feel kind of bad that I've lived here for almost a year (what?) and I hadn't been to most of the places Eddie goes in a week. I tried to remind myself that he was a tourist on a mission and I live here and have a soul-sucking job, but I really want to challenge myself to get out there more. Ben and I are still in the works of trying to figure some stuff out so we can enjoy this city more and I'm sorry to be vague, but I don't know who reads this blog so I should really stay mum about it until everything is settled. But we want some changes in our life. 

We were talking last night on our porch about how much fun we had when we first moved here and everything was so new and exciting. I remember going to the grocery store and wandering around like I was in a magical fairy land. Everything was so foreign and exciting. Now it's just my grocery store. I'm sure this is a common feeling for all expats but it is an especially frustrating one when you see a documentary about someone else enjoying the place you live and you take a step back and think, "I really need to get back into that mindset."

Sorry for the little rant. Watch those clips though-they're really great and they do show Moscow's best sides. 

I must have posted this trailer on this blog somewhere before, because I've wanted to see it for ever, but I don't know where it must be. Anyway. Blackfish. Wow. It lived up to the hype. That's for sure. It is shocking and disturbing and... jesus. It's not really a cry-your-eyes-out documentary so much as it is a sinking-heart documentary. Highly recommend. 

What I took away the most from this film is the innocence and love these trainers had in regards to the animals. I never realized that the people who work with these orcas really have no qualifications to do so. They aren't marine biologists or zoologists or have degrees in animal behavior. They're kids who love whales and dolphins and can swim really well. You can really see how this massive, unethical corporation let so much information slip through the cracks and these trainers are the ones caught in the middle, and as you will see in the film, some of them are seriously hurt or killed. 

And speaking of creepy documentaries about twisted places (but this one in a slightly different way), watch this video Urban Outfitters made about the notorious recluse Lisa Frank's factory. 

It came out awhile ago when UO was trying to bank in on Lisa's now vintage stash of goodies, but y'all still need to see it. I forgot about it for the most part until this morning when I was eating cheese in bed and surfing Jezebel and I found this  fascinating article about the fall of Lisa Frank's empire.

And. It. Is. Scandalous

Really, I would never have that it was such a dark place (doesn't that documentary seem so eerie now that you know it's actually a horrific place to work?). Or that Lisa Frank was not the tripped-out hippie loving on girly things I would have thought her to be but... well, you should just read it. It's very well-written and certainly interesting to anyone who owned pieces from her collection when they were young. 

Alright, so those are my recommendations for now. Any of you got any scandalous stories or upsetting documentaries you want to share? Let me know because it's Friday the 13th and it just seems like a day for things like that.

08 December 2013

What I Got for My Birthday

Hey guys! I mentioned yesterday that I would post the pictures of what I got for my birthday and here they are! 

This is a tiny little purse from Zara that I had mentioned needing to Ben off-handily months ago. I have a pretty big Kelly bag from Zara that I love, but it's really inconvenient after like 5 o'clock. I was so excited when I opened this and am planning on filling it with lipgloss and breath mints for tonight.

Ben picked this Zara shirt out on his own and I just love it. I had been saying I really needed some more blouses because I felt like everything I owned was either for work or for going out and I was lacking in the jeans and t-shirt apartment. 

Goodness-this sweater. How darling is this? 
And how sad is it that it is totally made of wool and unbearable to wear? Unfortunately, this little baby is going back to the store, but it is so pretty. 

This dress! How fabulous is this! And Ben picked it out all on his own! I had told him awhile ago I wanted a really silly, sparkly, New Years Eve dress and had been looking around for them for some time now. I thought for sure he was going to get me this cupcake sparkle dress from TopShop I had been eyeballing, but instead he went out on a limb and picked up this glittery, 1920's flapper frock from Zara that I love.

It's so bouncy. I can't wait to wear this in Amsterdam!

Oh. And this. The dress to end all dresses. 
I have been searching for this forever and when I opened it--it was last--I threw off the NYE frock and dove into this. So. Beautiful. 

The details are unreal.

And a very generous gift card to The Body Shop! I am so excited to wiggle over there some time this week and go splurging. I told Ben for awhile I was OK with giftcards (there's kind of a stima attached, yeah?) because I just love to shop, so I was really glad he listened. Was totally not expecting this.

And here are the gifts I got Ben (we get the non-birthday-person gifts as well because opening presents is just about the funnest thing in the world): a red t-shirt from H&M (he's been wanting more t-shirts lately).

And this green corduroy opal button-up from H&M.

My parents also got me the deep pore cleaning Clarisonic Mia (which I literally cannot wait to get), some yummy body wash products, and some cash. And here's just a few photos of us opening gifts (though Ben did take 50, I cut it down considerably).

To be honest--and I'm not just saying this--the best present was this five page hand-written letter from Ben. Ben is talented at many things and writing letters to me is definitely one of them. His words are so beautiful and thoughtful and his letters read like poems, short stories. I love his love so much. I'm such a lucky girl.

So that's it folks! Thanks again for all the birthday love and I hope all of you are getting into the Christmas/Holiday spirit!

07 December 2013

My Birthday

I had such an amazing birthday. I feel so grateful and so loved--Thursday after work Ben and I came home and skyped with my mom and YiaYia (and my mom-in her usual pay-attention-to-all-adorable-details-threw a little party complete with wrapped gifts that she opened on camera and a cupcake with candle) and drank champagne. After we got off skype, we opened all the rest of my gifts (cuz' it was like, after midnight and everything...) and he was so generous. I took pictures of everything and I'll post everything he gave me tomorrow if you're interested, but my goodness. Spoiled. So spoiled. And I loved everything. Everything he got me was so thoughtful and the perfect mix of things I had said I wanted and total surprises that he picked out. 

For my actual birthday, Ben and I woke up kinda hungover from the champagne, so we went to the sushi restaurant across the street and drank milkshakes and ate "hamburgers". When I got to school, I was greeted with songs from my students and cake, which was all very sweet. After work, Ben and I headed out to some restaurant we had found online, but decided it looked creepy, so we found some tiny Italian place and had spaghetti dishes, bruschetta, and veal (oh wait-I didn't have veal-Ben scarfed it before I could even ask for a bite).

I guess all and all it was one of the more low-key birthdays, but I've never been much of a birthday person. I feel like birthdays carry a similar amount of pressure to NYE--this idea that it has to be the best night ever or you did it wrong or something. Good nights happen naturally and I like to just have a nice dinner and good conversations with close friends, which is exactly what I did. 

So thanks for all the birthday love in the previous post/email/facebook, etc. Thank you. And if you're interested to see what I got for my birthday (MOM), check back tomorrow.

03 December 2013

23 on 23

So, I will be 24-years-old on Friday. Just tipping out of my early twenties, I suppose (or maybe I am out of them, I'm not sure what the official position is on 24).

And 23! Jeez, what a year. I'm sure I'm stealing this from someone else's blog, but I wanted to try and make a list of 23 things I had learned and done this past year, as it was certainly a time of growth. So here we go...

  1. First and foremost, I worked a lot on this blog. And I forgot to mention in my thankful post (I wanted to go back and change it but it'd already been up for a day and that's too late...) that I'm really thankful for this blog. I've met so many great girls through it and I love getting your emails of encouragement and thoughts. Really, it makes me feel so good. Almost everyone on my sidebar is someone I have exchanged great emails with and love reading their content and seeing their beautiful pictures. Blogging has certainly been a great and fun outlet for me. 
  2. I graduated from college! Officially, officially. I did walk in May of 2012, but there was nothing in the diploma I received because I had transfered schools and lost a semester. So I was a supa-senior and finished taking all my classes and had a very unclimactic graduation that consisted of turning in my last papers and getting drunk at the campus bar. But I still did it!
  3. Learned to like some vegetables. Especially broccoli. 
  4. Decided to move to Russia.
  5. Fucking moved to Russia. In the middle of January. With only my L.L. Bean boots and my ski hat to protect me (don't worry, this year I've upgraded to heels with tracks on the bottom and a mink cap).
  6. Learned how to read cyrillic. 
  7. Braved grocery stores, mashrutkas (tiny buses all over the city that are terrifying to ride in), and metros by myself. 
  8.  Learned what I like to call "life words" in Russian. I know how to talk about the weather, my moods, ask for food at restaurants and at the store, count, ask about how much something is, etc. 
  9. Bought some cool new clothes! I guess this one is kinda silly, but I feel like since I started college I've been broke and I had to rely on thrift stores for like, everything. Which is fine and dandy-I love a good deal more than anyone (I have a terrible habit of telling people how much something costs after they compliment it) and used to work at Plato's Closet in high school and loved it, but I still envied everyone who could buy all the new styles. But now that I'm making my own money, I'm really grateful I've been able to indulge here and there--it's been quite refreshing. 
  10. And on that note, Ben and I also saved a significant amount of money and that's something I'm really proud of. It started off small-1000 rubles every paycheck ($33) and then we began to add more and more and now we're killing it. It feels so good to know our self-discipline can now be enjoyed in Amsterdam and we're almost finished paying for plane tickets to Italy! So for #10, I learned how to save money. 
  11. I learned to cook. I never made anything more than Ramen bowls and popcorn, but I have found that I really love to cook. I'd really like to take some cooking classes next time I'm in America, but for now YoutTube has been great. 
  12. Built some seriously strong relationships with my friends and family back home. Going abroad really shows you who you can count on and who your real friends are. 
  13. Realized that Americans are the most sugar-induced people in the universe and nobody eats like we do. For real-bread anywhere else in the world doesn't taste like it does in America. 
  14. On that note, people are surprised when you tell them you're an American and you're not fat. 
  15. Aaaaand on that note, I'd pay an obscene amount of money for a box of my favorite American candies right now.
  16. South Africans have my favorite accent ever. I don't know if that should be on this list, but they say "me-graines" instead of migraines and how can you not love that?
  17. I've learned to be more aware of what's happening in the world. Americans are criticized for being very internal and not studying other countries in school/not having a lot of knowledge about world history or events and I have to say that, unfortunately, for me personally, this is true. Since being an expat and spending time with people all over the world, I feel like I've learned so much. Obviously, I've learned a great deal about Russia, but I've also learned about Canada and the U.K. and South Africa and Ireland and so many other places. It's wonderful to be an expat and get to know people from everywhere. 
  18. This is should not be so far down on this list, but I have gotten so much closer to Ben. Really-our relationship has grown so much since moving abroad. I know that I can trust him with my life because in a lot of ways, I have. He has guided me through this experience and always been encouraging and supportive. He has also filled so many roles in my life while we've been isolated and I know that is not an easy task. I love him so much and am so grateful we have such a happy and healthy relationship.
  19. I remembered how fun it can be to just read a book and get nothing out of it all. Just enjoy it. 
  20. The best way to take a shot of vodka is this:
    1. Fill your stomach up with some bread and water (some)
    2. Pour shot
    3. Make grand toast
    4. Take shot
    5. Smell bread
    6. Eat some salami
  21. On that note, I am done with vodka. But for real this time. 
  22. American themed restaurants are just the best when you're abroad. 
  23. I am bigger than I thought I was. I am stronger than I thought I was. And that is a good thing to learn. 

28 November 2013


On the bus ride home from work, I sat looking out the window and thinking about what I was thankful for. I just kept coming back to love. I am so thankful for all the love I have in my life. My love for Ben, for my parents who always have my back, for my sweet brother who always surprises me with his thoughtfulness and maturity. I am thankful for the friends I have made here in Russia that I know will last me forever, and the friends that have continued to stay in my life--no matter how far, no matter how poorly pixilated on Skype, I'm so grateful for time with giggly girlfriends across the world. I am thankful for Ben's parents and our Sunday conversations. I am thankful for all the lessons I have learned this past year--no matter how difficult they were or how much they hurt to learn them. I am thankful for nights in and nights out. I am thankful for long talks and long walks.

For love. Even on my worst days, I just have so much love in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

25 November 2013


Hello Internet. 

This feels a bit awkward to be honest. I feel like I've been avoiding a friend or a commitment for some time now, but life felt too much to be writing about since Halloween. But things have calmed down a tad and I want to update this space about things that have been happening in my life. 

Well, well. Where to start. I guess most of my absence from this blog has to do with my job. Both Ben and I have felt very drained by our jobs and what used to excite and challenge us has become what stresses and worries us. My classes especially have been quite challenging. Last year my largest class was like... I don't know, five kids? They were very small classes and I was very close with all my students. But this year our school is packed. And I don't like it. I feel like I spend the majority of my time yelling at students and, with the exception of my adult Advanced class, feel like I don't ever get to sit back and enjoy my students company. It's just... exhausting.

For a couple weeks I felt very trapped in our work. Trapped in Russia. I couldn't just quit when my boss was rude to me and my students challenged me--I was stuck. Because this is real life now and you can't just quit your job and hide at your parents house until something new pops up. I'm across the world and everything I own, a portion of my future, is tied up into this work. It's a really frustrating feeling. 

Ben was as wonderful as a partner as can be--he reassured me that I wasn't stuck and we would find ways to make our days better. And we have. There are still many sticks in the fire, but I have certainly come to terms with the realities of my job and let go a lot of the stressors that were weighing me down. I'm sorry to be vague, but since nothing is set in stone, it'd be kind of silly to write about it. Ben and I are just saving our money (we finished saving for Amsterdam and are half way finished with our savings for Italy in the spring!) and looking forward to the Christmas holiday. 

And speaking of CHRISTMAS! It's so close! I wouldn't say I'm a total "Christmas" girl or anything (as in I don't drink Starbucks whatevers and watch ABC Family Christmas movies), but I do love buying presents for people and decorating and baking and watching the ground turn white and everyone get into a good mood...

but I'm not sure how it'll be in Russia. I know that America is like, king of overdoing everything, but when you grow up there you just can't help it! I want everything everywhere to be decked out. Ben and I were in the center over the weekend and I was so happy to see the beautiful streets covered in small blue lights and the trees outside of the red square wrapped in yellow twinkles. Even if the country of Russia is covered in red and green, I know Ben and I will have a nice Christmas (just the two of us!!! Weird...). We do have to work Dec 24th-25th because Russians don't celebrate Christmas on those days, but that's okay. We'll be going on holiday two days after, and I don't think the actual date matters as much as who you're with and how you celebrate. 

Yesterday Ben and I went to the mall and I went to IKEA to grab some candles (because god forbid any store besides IKEA sold candles???) and I ended up buying some things to make decorations for our apartment. Ben and I also did a bit of Christmas shopping (and he bought stuff for my birthday which is in about two weeks) which was also really fun. But I'm so bad at keeping secrets and not giving presents early! Ugh, but I'm going to try. I did see a beautiful leather messenger bag and bought it for Ben early because he's been in desperate need for one. He insisted it was an early Christmas gift, but I got it for him because I'd been in a bummer mood since things turned sour at work and I wanted to say thank you for being so wonderful and kind. He was really excited about it. 

Well, I guess that's it for now. I feel like I have sufficiently updated this blog and hopefully I won't let two weeks (er, three?) slip by again. I do like this space and I want to post some of the recipes Ben and I will be playing with for Christmas. 

But I'll leave you with some links to make up for the distance. I hope all my American readers have an awesome Thanksgiving and to everyone else I hope you're staying warm and enjoying the changing seasons! Cheers!

  • I've got this smell-bomb in my hair right now... LUSH Jasmine and Henna Fluff Ease. If you can handle the pungent smell you'll have some soft, soft hair. 
  • How amazing is Ja'mie: Private School Girl? Did anyone watch Summer Heights High on HBO? Well if you didn't, you must and revel in Chris Lilley's amazing characters. And Ja'mie! Oh my goodness. You will never be able to stop quoting her. 
  • I "liked" this page on Facebook recently and it's been a very positive thing for my news feed. It's nice to see Russia in the news for some positive stuff as well (not that the negatives should be ignored, but it's important to remember the good things too)
  • Ben and I blew an insane amount of money on peanut butter at the import store yesterday and made Over Fried Peanut Butter Panko Chicken and Coconut Noodles last night. SO GOOD.
  • And I made this simple, but tasty, little dish the other day for lunch: Penne with Marinated Tomatoes & Mozzarella 
  • Ben and I have been drooling over this list of the 13 Coolest Tattoo Artists (look before you freak, Mom!). I don't know if I'd ever get a sleeve or anything, I like my tiny tattoos, but who knows. So many of these are just art. Ben keeps telling me he wants a sleeve, but we'll see about that. 
  • And it turns out this place is in desperate need for English teachers... we've been googling and scheming... 

04 November 2013

Halloween in Russia

Happy Halloween, all!

Oh my goodness, Halloween week took  f o r e v e r, but it was so worth it. Because each class meets twice a week (and Friday is all the tiny ones so they only meet once a week), Halloween began on Wednesday and went all the way through Friday afternoon. Jeez. But everyone was so into it! I was kind of worried my excitement over the best holiday ever had not transfered over but it did! Everyone dressed up (except my teens... not that I was expecting much out of their angsty faces) and lots of kids brought treats and essays and stories. 

I had so much fun showing them movies and taking pictures and having our first little party of the year. 

I was really grateful for Halloween. I'd been feeling kind of like a teacher-failure for the first few months because some of my classes just weren't getting it. When Ben and I came last year, we were taking over classes in the middle of the year and I just got lucky by having really bright students who were, for the most part, very well-behaved. 

But this year... ugh. Some of the kids just make me want to go nuts. I don't even like being anything but fun and sweet, so I really resent them for forcing me into this disciplinarian role. But it's gotten better. So when Halloween rolled around and all the kids were so excited and happy, it made me feel like I was doing something right. So I feel good about school again, but I did lose my mind when our administrator told me Monday was Russian Independence Day (because they were dependent on...?) so NO SCHOOL!

Ben and I had our sweet friends Grigor and Granush over for dinner and Granush and I made pasta carbonara (I had promised Grigor I'd make it for him because it's his favorite dish), but I still feel like I can't nail this recipe. I don't know what it is! If any of you have a good recipe, please send it along, because I love this dish so much but I just can't replicate the way it tastes when I order it in a restaurant. So frustrating. 

Also, I forgot to mention in my last post that I finished reading/listening to Gone Girl and I HIGHLY recommend it! It was such a juicy read and kept me loads of company while Ben was back in the states.   Since Ben was abroad while I was reading it, every time we would skype I would fill him in on what was going on. For the first half of the book, I really thought one thing and then BAM! SIR-TWIST-A-LOT! Just really exciting and unpredictable and though I wasn't extraordinarily pleased with the ending (I thought it felt a tad rushed), overall I had a really great time reading it.

I was telling Ben's mom on Skype the other day that I've felt kind of lost in the world of books since I graduated from college--which is odd because what I primarily studied was literature. But because for the last four years I've read so many great things and so many collections (classes and semester devoted to just Hawthorne and Poe and Joyce and Didion and the transcendentalists and the women writers and the Steinbecks and the Eggers and blalallaahahahha) and while studying literature in such a deep way was so profoundly rewarding and excellent, I also stopped reading for like... fun. And I'd always read for fun. But college just gets to you at the end and when I graduated I just didn't know what to do with myself.

So I guess I'm in this new stage of reading--I can read whatever I want. I can read the books from the New York Times Bestsellers list. I can read the books that Cosmo recommends. Or my mom. Or Ben's mom. I guess this doesn't sound all that revolutionary now that I'm typing it out, but it felt revolutionary for me.

Anyway, so I'm going to end this entry now with some pics from school and I hope all of you had an awesome Halloween. Cheers!

30 October 2013


Hello Everyone!

I feel like a total blog loser because I have not had a "real" post in ages. I admire so many bloggers who come up with the most creative and thoughtful posts, practically every day, and I just never find the time or the energy to write anything cool.

Here's a sweet song to makeup for my lack of updates:

Anyway, so I feel like this fall has just been insane. I have felt so overwhelmed by work, but I know it will pay off. Ben and I have just been hitting the pavement like no other to save up for upcoming holidays and our summer of AMERICA! It's exhausting, but there's just too many opportunities here to not take advantage of. So, I'll sleep when I'm dead, I guess.

Hmmm... I dyed my hair the color of wine, but I'm kinda over it already. I used to really like dark, dark browns and reds, because I'm quite fair-skinned, but after my ombre-d summer, I think I prefer lighter colors. My plan is to wait a month and then go see my Armenian hair guy who gave me the best fucking hair cut of my life over the summer (really-I've never had a hair cut like this and it cost like, $15). Yup.

Oh! I do have kinda exciting news-Ben and I will be working with Smilebooth this weekend. Our friend in LA contacted us last night because he works for them and they are having a party in Moscow this weekend and need a translator. I don't know how much help I'll be, but gosh darnnit, I will tag along like my life depends on it (someone has to translate the hipster lingo for Ben, ya know). If we do actually get to go to any swanky parties, I'll try to bring my camera along and take some pics for y'all.

Also, today begins our Halloween celebrations at school that I will definitely take pictures of (I think I decorated my room very cutely with the help of my toddler babies). It makes me kind of sad that Russian children don't celebrate Halloween, which is probably a silly thing to feel sad about, but c'mon Halloween is the bomb. Ben and I made brownies for our kids and I'll be showing Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were Rabbit to the little ones and Hocus Pocus to my teens. And I'll dress as a witch or something.

Aaaaand, here are some pics from my most recent Halloweens because I think old Halloween pictures are fun to look through. There's not many times I miss both of my colleges, but Halloween always makes me nostalgic for the insane parties I went to during my university years. Sigh.

There was a guy in this picture too, but I cut him out because he was a creepy jerk. Oh, 18 year-old fairy Lisa-- you have so much to learn. 
This year I was too cool to care about Halloween, but I actually really liked this costume. It was really low maintenance, but I did attempt false eyelashes but accidentally removed all my real ones at the end of the night.  
Look at Ben staring at me! We had been hanging out for a couple weeks at this point and we were still trying to be sneaky. I think I was a Freudian slip this year because I had forgotten to think of a costume. 

Ooop- alien again. How gross is it that I drank mixed drinks from water bottles like that? For like, years. 
And then last year. My BFF Shane (right) and I bought blood capsules and that was pretty much as much effort as we put into our costumes. In my lack-of-creativity-defense, all three of us had gone to EOTO's Lotus Halloween show the night before and we had seriously gone all out for that show... but I do not have any pictures from it. Whoops.

Actually, funny store about those blood capsules: so they're just corn syrup dyed red and I was at my brother's apartment getting ready and I had just bitten a few of them (to get the blood dripping out your mouth effect) when his roommate came into the bathroom and totally freaked out. He kept asking if I was okay and what was happening and I was trying to explain "No, this a thing," and he was shouting, "What's a thing?! What's happening?!" It was pretty funny. 
So yeah, there's some Halloween flashbacks for ya. I know there a couple years missing in here, but it's probably for the best. I hope all of you have a super fun Halloween and don't get too sick from eating tons of candy! xoxo
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