Happy Halloween…

From the Troll Dolls!

Pre-Cleveland Museum of Natural History Halloween Gala this past Saturday.

Pre-Cleveland Museum of Natural History Halloween Gala this past Saturday. Mike is the green troll and I am the red star troll.

Please forgive the gentlemen….they were major troopers and wore women’s unitards which don’t offer the ….er…. support of men’s unitards.

Remember these things from childhood?

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I had quite the collection as a child. Jewel-bellies, costumed, miniature, you name it. I still haven’t forgiven my mom for donating them.

Anyway, dressing as an old childhood iconic toy was a hoot. We had such a blast and will make attending the Cleveland Museum of Natural History‘s Halloween Gala every year. For only $35, you get to enjoy the party, appetizers, 2 drink tickets, and a great live band!

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Earlier today, at my school, there was a big Halloween celebration. All of the kids dressed up….and so did the teachers. The kids were definitely cuter.  It was an exhausting, jovial day. Many of my students knew that I had dressed as a Troll doll last weekend and they couldn’t understand why I didn’t wear that costume again! Um…because it involved a nude leotard and toxic hairspray that took 7+ washings to remove. Patty (my co-teacher) and I went for something a bit more reserved that gave us an excuse to exercise some silence and dressed as mimes. Here is some evidence.

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Tonight we’re going to Nighttown to see our friend’s band, Honeybucket play a sold out show. It’s a night for celebrating– Honeybucket’s 2nd birthday and of course, Halloween!

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And before parting to celebrate, I’ll leave you with some ghosts of Halloweens past.

6th grade... that's me on the far left.

6th grade… that’s me on the far left.

A barnyard crew for 7th grade trick-or-treating! Oink-oink.

A barnyard crew for 7th grade trick-or-treating! Oink-oink.

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Happy Halloween, folks! Have a Spooktacular night!

Until next time.

~Steph

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Acts of Love

What is it that gets you through the week? What makes you smile? What is it that brightens a rough day? What is it that makes you look forward to tomorrow? What is it the makes life beautiful?

There can be many different answers to these questions, depending on the person or depending on the day. Sometimes it’s a favorite television show. Maybe it’s the promise of a weekend away. Perhaps it’s a blank canvas and a fresh set of paints. Falling into bed at night. Happy hour with friends. Your dog. Your cat. Dinner with your boyfriend. The next chapter in that novel you’re reading. Coffee. Cookies.

There are different things that carry me through life when I need it, and one of those things is love. Little acts of love.

The other week, I experienced 3 that were especially wonderful.

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I’m a Co-Guide/Assistant at a Montessori school. My supervising Guide (“Guide” is what we call “teachers” at Montessori schools)  left school for a few days to travel to Kona, where she watched her daughter participate in the IRONMAN World Championship (this is an amazing accomplishment!). This left me in charge of the class for a week! Though I was excited, I was nervous about it too. After my first day leading the class, I came home to a large box from a flower delivery company.

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Later in the week, we went to my dad and stepmom’s for dinner. I was greeted by my six and a half year old little half-sister, who had a fist full of tiny, vibrant wildflowers.

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She picked them herself and then wrapped them up in cellophane and tied them off with some yarn, just like a little florist. Then she adorned our chairs with pillows, building pseudo thrones for Mike and I to sit at during dinner. She also created little word searches for us to do before dinner, so we’d be entertained. I don’t know if she knew how sweet she was being, but it completely made my night.

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Recently, I went to Indianapolis to visit family. Upon arriving, my stepsister, Molly presented me with a housewarming gift. A 17-year-old giving a housewarming gift. How incredible is that?? The gift was more heartfelt than I could have imagined.

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Molly’s painting and Sam’s bouquet.

She did a watercolor painting of Denver as a puppy! And it was her first time using watercolor! And it seriously looks just like him.

This is the photo she worked from.

This is the photo she worked from.

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Like I said, there are so many things we can look to, to get us through the day… but these 3 acts of love take the cake for me.

Until next time.

~Steph

Movies To Watch In Autumn

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

We all need something to get us through the work week, and when it comes to fall, that usually means a hot date with some hot cider and a movie. But not just any old movie, oh no, sir. Only a movie brimming with the splendor of fall will do.

I’ve stolen this idea to post a fall movie list from my friend and fellow blogger, Dana Kane, of Thrifting Cleveland. Cute idea, right? So, if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of balancing your job, your house, your pets, your significant other, your bills, your cooking and cleaning, your errands, your appointments, your family and your friends, then take a deep breath, light a scented candle, and pop one of these flicks in and fall into autumn.

Beautiful Days Gone By Fall Movie List (in no particular order):

1. Rudy

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1993

2. When Harry Met Sally

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1989

3. Home for the Holidays

1995

1995

4.Hocus Pocus

1993

1993

5. Mona Lisa Smile

2003

2003

6. Practical Magic

1998

1998

7. Baby Boom

1987

1987

8. Hannah and Her Sisters

1986

1986

9. Dan in Real Life

2007

2007

10. Funny Farm

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1988

Any other movies that get you in the mood for chilly weather?

Until next time.

~Steph