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Remembering October

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Would it even actually be Fall if you don’t go on a Fall themed adventure? Of course not, and this year I actually got with the program and went on one. My roommate and I decided to spend one of the rare sunny Ohio days out and about. So we left campus and drove 40 minutes to an apple farms kids fall fest. Did we then pay 8 dollars to get into said fun fest? Yes. Was it totally worth it? Yes, yes it was. 

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The fest had a corn maze and it was everything we could have wanted. We ran through some corn, took a ton of photos because how could we not, and then we waited in a giant line to eat some fried apple rings. Which again, totally worth it. The fest was so cut and had a treehouse and DIY slides and a ton of fun things for kids, and it really made me want to be little again to go on it. 

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This is totally something I want to do again next year. Maybe find a different fall fest or fall-themed adventures. The end of the month brought around Halloween as it always does and for me this year it meant the opening of a show I was working on all centered around Edgar Allen Poe which was cool. I was Spinelli from Recess (who remembers this show!) and I was glad that some people actually stopped me in the halls because they liked my costume.

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 Let me know down below what your favorite fall activities are! Fall is quickly fading into winter and my heavy coat is going to have to come out of the woodworks *cry* but in the meantime, I’m enjoying the fall.

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19 Halloween Movies To Watch

This time of the year is always fun because it is the best movie-watching time. Since the weather usually begins to get suckish (I’m looking at you Ohio) there is no better way to spend your time than to curl up in your cozy clothes, grab a warm drink and snack, and watch some movies. Plus the ‘spooky’ season of October has some great movies and having a movie night in really is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening. Here is a list of 19 Halloween time movies that I recommend. 

Disclaimer: I am not a horror movie fan so don’t expect to see those on here, but my movies choices are just as fun! 

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One of my favorite Halloween movies Hocus Pocus is a must-watch movie this time of the year.  Albeit it totally scared me for the longest time.

2. Corpse Bride

 

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I didn’t watch the Corpse Bride until maybe junior year of high school and I can’t believe it took me that long. From Tim Burton, this movie is a STOP MOTION picture and visually I think it is stunning. While you may be more familiar with The Nightmare Before Christmas I think I enjoy this one more. So if you have not watched it do so asap. 

3. Nightmare Before Christmas

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If you love this time of year but are ready for Christmas to be here this movie is perfect. A mix of Halloween spook and Christmas you can’t find a better movie to add to your Halloween list. 

4. Coraline

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For all you folks who enjoy creepy movies this one is for you. Masquerading as a children’s film Coraline takes the cake for spookiest on my list. Ask my brother we wouldn’t even sit through the whole thing when we tried to watch it. I mean, showing buttons into eye sockets, COME ON! I finally stopped being a chicken and watched the whole thing freshman year of college. Totally still creepy but I surprisingly enjoyed it.

5. Twitches

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The first of the Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOM’s) on my list Twitches is great. With young Tia and Tamera Mowry playing a set of twins who didn’t know they had a twin and on top of that finding out they come from a magical realm. Marks all my boxes. Not for everyone but I do love to rewatch it every year.

6. Twitches Too

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You can’t have the first one without the second one. The Twitches are back and debatably better. Same as before totally cheesy but oh so fun.

7. Halloweentown

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Marking the first of the four three films (I refuse to acknowledge the existence of the fourth movie, it didn’t happen, move on already) Halloweentown is fabulous. Another classic DCOM about a family of witches/warlocks who didn’t know they were anything but mortal. Don’t you just love this recurring plot? You know you do. Debbie Reynolds plays eccentric grandma Aggie Cromwell who just wants to spill to the kids who they really are. Much to their mom’s disapproval.  Classic cheese. Which, is the best kind.

8. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge 

 The Cromwells are back in another adventure to save Halloweentown and this time the mortal realm too! Another one of the movies that scared me when I was little. But how could I not be scared when the mom gets turned into the stereotypical terrifying witch??

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9. Halloweentown High

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To finish off the DCOM’s we have the 3rd installment of Halloween town. This might be my favorite just because it combines my love of this movie with actors from High School Musical. You can’t go wrong with Kelsi (Olesya Rulin) and Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) showing up alongside the Cromwells to help open the door to both realms.

10. The Addams Family

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A Halloween classic. I’m sure the Addams Family is on most people’s radars. It’s fun to watch and we can’t forget the fact that my roommate and I got our costume ideas from it last year.

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11. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brownunnamed-22

I. Love. Charlie. Brown. The Peanuts Gang is something I have loved my entire life and I think this one is my favorite of all of them. Linus is in search of the Great Pumpkin and is followed of course by Sally Brown who loves her sweet baboo. Charlie Brown keeps getting rocks. Lucy is standard Lucy and Schroder just wants to play his music. The cherry on top is, of course, Snoopy as the flying ace. 11/10 I can’t recommend enough.

12. Casper Meets Wendy

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I hear what you are saying why not the original Casper with Christina Ricci from Addams Family. Cuz I just like this one better okay. I watched it first because it’s scary but less scary and has Hillary Duff from Lizzie McGuire. My copy is on VHS so if that doesn’t tell you all you need to know I don’t know what will.

13. Edward Scissorhands

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Last Halloween time my roommate and I watched this and we were pleasantly surprised. Young Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. It is kind of strange but we were entertained so I’m adding it to the list.

14. Harry Potter

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If you want a whole day to cozy up on the couch and watch movies Harry Potter should be your go-to. There are 7 movies to fill an entire day or two. Although I guess they can be a tad confusing since my mom still can’t figure out who any of the characters are.

15. The Black Cauldron

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I forget about this movie because I have only seen it maybe twice but I know I like it. It is the perfect amount of scariness for me when I was little (okay I’m lying I was TOTALLY freaked out the first time I watched it but I digress). If you can find this movie watch it. 

16. Hotel Transylvania

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Hotel Transylvania is so dorky but I have a good time every time I watch it. If you want some fun movie time for the whole family watch this.

17. The Haunted Mansion

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A recurring theme this movie scared me a bit when I first saw it. But now I just see it as another dorky Halloween movie. Something fun to watch when you have no idea what to watch. The movie is inspired by the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland so you can almost pretend you are there instead of at your house. 

18. Monster’s Inc

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MIKE WAZOWSI! One of my childhood favorites, a movie about the monster’s powering their world by collecting kid’s screams is a perfect addition to the movie list. I also may or may not have won a costume contest by being Boo when I was little and got a Razor scooter as a prize. 

19. ET

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To round off the list we have yet another movie that little me refused to watch. ET. My mom was excited to show me, and I was terrified. Especially during (SPOILERS but really you should have seen it by now) the part when the government agents and scientists come and quarantine the house. I like it a lot more now that I am older. It is an 80s classic so really a must-see.

And that closes out my list. What Halloween movies do you like to watch, leave me some recommendations in the comments!

 

 

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At War with the Squirrels

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It seems that there is a theme among college campuses where the squirrels there are just weird. Here in Ohio, we have a TON of squirrels on campus and they can really be strange. Such as being seen eating Takis out of the trash or jumping on your window.

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(actual photo of the squirrel that jumped on my window)

I now have begun a war with them. But not in the way you would have thought.

The squirrels’ problem with me is as follows… I have been taking all of their acorns. I know a very strange sentence for someone to be uttering but there is a story behind it. 

My mom likes to decorate the household for all and any event. Fourth of July? Red white and blue everywhere. Halloween? There will be photos of Halloween’s past covering the mantel and pumpkins on the dining room table. So for fall, there is obviously also some sort of decor going up. Craft store leaves and candle holders and this year… she wants acorns. 

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And since there are not readily available acorns falling from the sky in southern California I have been tasked with shipping them back from Ohio.

The actual conversation went more like… 

Mom: “It is too early for fall decor even though it is 100degrees here? I’ve gotta find acorns and pinecones”

Me: “There are a million on the ground in the OHIO”

Mom: “Send them to me I’m on a budget”

Me: “I’ll have to fight the squirrels”

Mom: *ignoring the fighting with the squirrels* “I need a gallon size bag full please!”

And there the war was initiated. Thanks to my mom. I am now the girl who randomly has acorns filling the inside pocket of her backpack. The one taking the time to grab handfuls from the ground. The one who the squirrels stare at with their acorns in their mouths and are not at all happy that some are being stolen. 

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While I did not fill the gallon bag what I have better be good enough. Now both my homes will be ready for fall. Though I am beginning to be doubtful that either one will actually experience fall. (Come on Ohio don’t skip straight to winter again I can’t take it!)

Does anyone else decorate their homes for fall? Have you thought to use acorns? 

 

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Trying Escargot

I’m not one to shy away from trying most foods, but something I never thought sounded very appetizing was escargot.

For anyone who doesn’t know escargot is a snail. 

Despite my “I’m not going to eat snail” way of life the weekend before school started, things changed. 

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The fall of my freshman year my mom and uncle came to visit and we had wanted to go to a french place in Cleveland for brunch, but the line was too long. So after 2 years of waiting, we finally went.

Le Petit Triangle Cafe is a french restaurant located in the Ohio City neighborhood outside of Cleveland. It is very popular and always busy for brunch.

For an appetizer, my uncle ordered us the Escargot. They were covered in a parsley and garlic butter sauce with some baguette on the side.

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The best way to eat it is to first dip the bread in the sauce and then put the snail on top. To me, it tastes a little bit like mushrooms.

I was pleasantly surprised. I would for sure eat it again. 

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As my entree, I ordered the ratatouille crepe and added ham. 

Anytime I think of ratatouille I think of the Disney movie and how I always had thought ratatouille was thinly sliced meats like salami. Until I realized it was actually vegetables.

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It includes béchamel sauce which I had never had but found to be delicious.

The vegetables were the best part of this crepe and kind of wish that I hadn’t added ham to it. I assumed it would be a few cut up pieces of ham but instead, there was more ham in the crepe than anything else which made it overpowering.

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All in all, brunch at Le Petit Triangle was yummy and I would go there again, Even if just to order some more escargot.

Have you ever had escargot? What are your thoughts?

 

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An Ode to Summer

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By the time this is up I’ll be 10,000 ft in the air on my way back to Ohio for the next few months. Which means school back to the land of reality and homework and the impending doom of winter. 

I had a good summer and a MUCH needed break from school and work. 

My roommate visited for a week and I showed her some sites of SoCal like Disneyland and Balboa Park. 

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I got to see The Lightning Thief Musical when it toured in San Jose. Now the musical is headed to Broadway next month with the entire original touring cast! Read my spoiler-free review HERE.

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Much to the surprise of everyone I went golfing at 6am but could have used a Troy Bolton there to teach me how to not suck at it.

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Foodie Adventures happened which is always one of my favorite days. I could really go for an octopus taco right about now…

The music released these past few months have been totally great and perfect Summer Sounds for all of my summer music needs. 

With all the downtime I had, I was able to catch up on books from my reading list like Alice in Wonderland and Bridge of Clay.  Just to name a few.

But summer as I know it is officially over and I will just have to hold tight to the last few moments of Ohio sun while it lasts. Though every time I close my eyes I’ll be dreaming of the seemingly never-ending California sunshine and missing the smell of ocean breeze more than I ever do the rest of the year. 

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While it never feels long enough it wouldn’t be as special if it never-ending. As it goes with all good things.

The summer dresses and shorts will begin to be put away and the coats will be put in their place. And the temperatures will start to cool but we will always have that fleeting memory of summer.

So here’s to the summer breezes, the beach days, the pool floaties, and all the refreshing foods and drinks.

Here’s to sleeping in and those days when you can bum around by the pool all day because you have no responsibilities. 

Summer always feels fleeting and once it’s gone you can only dream about the next year. 

Thank you summer for the memories. See you next year. 

 

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