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Politically, Goats Lean Left

Hello blog-readers! Bleaders? Readogs? I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

The past few weeks have begun to be more relaxing as the frenzy of gatherings and graduations and weddings has died down a little. We went to the wedding of my awesome college friend Kate and her awesome husband Rob at the New England Carousel museum. She looked gorgeous, the food was great, the venue was cool, and the company was superb.

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Little known fact, the museum also houses the Museum of Fire History and the Museum of Greek Art and History. I know what you’re thinking. Carousels, Greeks and fire shouldn’t mix. Oh but they do, they gloriously do. Don’t believe me? Believe him:

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Last weekend we went to The Old Cider Mill. According to the town of Glastonbury website, it’s the oldest continuously operating Cider Mill in the United States. That’s pretty cool. But more importantly, they have a petting zoo. WITH PIGGIES.

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I’m really looking forward to going back in a few weeks when they have cider and apples and all of the other fall-y things I love so dearly. This is truly my favorite time of year.

Until next time, here’s Andrew discussing his idea for a flat tax with a goat. It didn’t take.

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This is the kind of gold I get to deal with a couple times a day.

Needless to say, it is not a dull life I lead. Andy and I have been getting ready for the weddings we are attending this fall in the ways most do – buying presents, dresses (me, not Andy) and cards. It seems as though once you’ve reached age 25, you get invited to a couple weddings each year, minimum.  It’s a reason to get gussied up, which I’m not one to do very often. We’re attending a wedding this weekend at the New England Carousel Museum, and then I will be the Maid of Honor at my cousin’s wedding in October. Both should be lovely, and they make us (me) that much more excited for when we can begin to plan a wedding of our own.

I took a staycation last week while one of my oldest and dearest friends, Marsha, visited from Louisiana. We spent most of the week doing the things we usually do together – talking, eating, crocheting, swimming and watching movies. We did take an epic trip to the Book Barn, all three locations I might add, that resulted in each of us owning at least 10 more books than before. This place is incredible – I can’t stress that enough. They have over half a million books to browse through, both really new and really old, and more coming in every day. After we experienced book heaven, Mars & I had lunch near the Niantic Boardwalk and enjoyed the sights of the downtown.

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I really like the concept of a staycation because I was still able to get important things done, like laundry, and do silly relaxing things, like read a book and flop around in the pool. I do hope my next vacation takes me somewhere a little further away than Connecticut, but this particular week was just fine by me.

I would like to note that thanks to Andrew, the Book Barn and the fact that the weather has been gorgeous, I’ve been getting into reading like I’d always wished I could. I’m working on my 15th book this year – this from a girl who used to take a couple years to read one. Right now I’m speeding through Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and with each page I’m itching to read the next. She knows how to build an incredible, clever, witty thriller, that’s for damn sure.

That’s all for now, folks. Have a book recommendation? Find me on Goodreads or leave a comment.
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Holy Hiatus Batman!

My dear friends, it has been an inexcusable amount of time since I’ve updated the blog. For that, I apologize. I can assure you my time has been well spent outside of the blogosphere, though, and I’ve got plenty to report.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Andy and I started Weight Watchers in January. We’ve had a lot of successes with the program, having lost a collective 70lbs just by consciously trying to move more and eat better. And now that summer is here again and there’s no threat of face-planting on a patch of ice, we’ve started walking around the grounds of the complex we live in. Lucky for us, it’s actually appealing to walk around since the area is gorgeous, quiet and full of critters.

And in April, as most of you know by now, we got engaged! Andy’s Mom had bought us a Groupon for the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Rhode Island, so we set off to celebrate with a night of wandering around a seriously cool old hotel and exploring the city. The place is amazing and worth a visit. I admit I spent most of the time looking down at my left hand and giggling. (It’s SO shiny!) Needless to say, we’re very, very happy. No plans to set a date just yet – hoping to buy a house before we officially tie the knot. Andy keeps insisting that we Kickstart the wedding, and I keep responding with what kind of party we’d have to throw if we only ended up raising like $150. I’m guessing this kind:
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But where would we even get hats that cool?!

On Mother’s Day I took a surprise trip back home. Lucky for me, my Mom is very easy to surprise. She told me even though I drove up in my (fairly uncommon) car with Connecticut plates, and entered through the ‘family only’ door in the garage, she still assumed I was somebody else with poor manners entering her house. I had a wonderful time with my family and I even got to see a whole gaggle of my favorite people out in Clinton. You all make the nine hours I spend travelling worthwhile. *sniff sniff*

In late May, my brother Phil came to visit on his way to Maine from Virginia. We estimated that we hadn’t seen each other since 2007, so we had a lot of catching up to do. We went out for a burger and a beer at Plan B and then we took Phil and Lesley to Cabela’s for the first time. I didn’t think I would enjoy it in all honesty, but the place had a mini aquarium AND museum inside! It was HUGE! Granted, it’s no L.L. Bean, but it was still pretty cool. And of course, always great to see family.

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And that brings us to this past weekend, where Andy and I took a trip down to Bel Air, Maryland to see our friend Abby get hitched at the Lirioodendron Mansion. Our adventure begin at 11AM on Friday when we left Glastonbury. Due to New York and New Jersey being, well, New York and New Jersey, we didn’t arrive at our hotel in Maryland until 7PM that evening. We collapsed in a pizza and Food Network coma, but woke up early enough next morning to catch breakfast at the Cracker Barrel two seconds down the road. Andy says it was second only to Bob Evans (whatever that means), but the jury is still out for me on that one. In the evening we gussied up and headed to the Mansion, which felt like we were entering a private country club from the early 1900s. The wedding was in the backyard, Abby and Mike were hilarious and lovely to watch and the food was really delicious (Salmon and Chicken topped with Crab). And to top off the weekend, we made it home in the amount of time it SHOULD take someone to get from CT to MD. Ohthankgod.

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Keep your eyes peeled for my next exciting post, Mug Cakes 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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Making Blizzards Fun, Yeti Style

For those of you on the eastern seaboard that aren’t rock dwellers, you know that last night  Winter Storm Nemo took its toll. Some places got over 30” of snow in total. In same places, like here, it’s still falling.

After a huge weather event (and often after a minuscule one), social media crawls with a mixture of joy, fear, cynicism and photographic proof of the terror outdoors. I took pictures, too, but I thought it would be a good idea to create some good out of the waist-high snow. And so I give you…

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The above was taken Friday around 2PM.

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And this was out the same window at 9 AM this morning.

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Out the entrance to our building, heading toward where my car once was.

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The first closest lump to the left of the fenced in dumpster is my car.

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One of those lumps is Andy’s car.

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Be good… Bandit’s watching.

Hello my friends. It’s been a while – longer than I’d planned, but I’m happy to return. Since we last talked, a lot has happened. The holidays came and went, winter is in full swing and I got to go home to Vacationland to see my family and friends. While it was a bittersweet trip knowing it wouldn’t last, I enjoyed it very much. I got to see a lot of faces I missed dearly, and I got to congratulate a few friends on their engagements in person. Six of my friends have gotten engaged in the last few months. SIX! ‘Tis the season. Love is in the air…. cue Barry White!

This week we’re house-sitting for Andy’s parents. It’s been fun living in their beautiful home and getting to hang out with Andy’s sister more is always fun. And Bandit the cat has been ever present and keeping us in line. He’s the man of the house while the adults are away.

I admit I’m excited to get back home, though. I’ve really in love with our place – strange neighbors, Chinese urn curtains and all. Back in November, I got to share my home with some of my favorite people for a very merry Friendsgiving! We made hand turkeys:

We posed for awkward family photos:

And we had an amazing meal at Asian Café Fusion!

I loved having visitors, and if any of you out there are interested in joining the ranks of those that have visited me, I would love to have you. Connecticut has some beautiful parks, waterfronts and a couple seriously fun casinos, in case you needed any convincing.

It’s time for me to go – season three of Downton Abbey is on, and as much as I love you guys… well, you either get it or you don’t.

TTFN!

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Sunday Sixah with Pizazz!

Things might look a little different. I know what you’re thinking – am I in the right place? What was I smoking to find this nonsense?! I assure you, ladies and gents, you’ve arrived at the new and improved Leaving Lobster. I decided to actually put that domain name I’ve been paying for to good use and start up with a little web design action. It’s been a few years, and I’m a tad rusty, but stick with me, kids. Check out my handy work at aerinelisabeth.com.

So Hurricane Sandy, huh? Let me tell you, Connecticut is a flutter. Andy and I went to Wal*Mart yesterday to buy a fan (turns out they don’t stock them after summer – weird) and it was a terrible experience – there were people everywhere and shelves were absolutely bare. That’s the media for you. And what gets me most is that you can go to various local news websites, radio station websites, weather.com, accuweather and the actual National Weather Service website and they all have different stories. But aren’t these sites getting their information from the NWS? Why is it all so varied? Did I really need to buy that many Goldfish Crackers? (Yes. Yes I did.)

In other news, it’s almost Halloween. Since I’m really too old to be trick-or-treating (damn adulthood), Andy and I have decided to check out the local folks that go all out with decorations, and then watch a horror movie. We haven’t decided which one yet, but here’s hoping it’ll be a good one. We’ve actually been doing that all month long – so far we’ve seen Thirteen Ghosts, Troll 2 & Best Worst Movie (documentary about Troll 2), Cabin in the Woods, Zombieland, Gamebox 1.0 (with Topanga from Boy Meets World and Harvey from Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Paranorman, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Twilight Rifftrax, and another Rifftrax Live: Birdemic. I will say again, if you ever get a chance to experience a Rifftrax Live, I highly recommend it. I rarely laugh that hard on a weeknight.

Next month is Sci-Fi month. Any suggestions? We’re looking for honestly good as well as campy and terrible.

 

And now on to the latest Sunday Sixah! No theme on this one, just cool stuff I found. Brought to you buy the Dunkin Donuts Peppermint Mocha coffee in my system. *twitch twitch*

1) Bonsai Trees. This is a teenage band out of Glastonbury, CT. I’m absolutely shocked at the quality and goodness of this track. I hope they make it.

2) Diane Millsap. Her New Orleans prints are amazing – incredibly colorful and accurate. The way she gets the paint to look painted and realistic on the wet streets of the French Quarter makes me stare for way too long at these. Gonna get a few some day.

3) GiftRocket. A really cool way to give gift cards. The site is really well designed, too.

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4) Stereomood. A great music discover site where you can hear playlists based on how you’re feeling. It doesn’t have to be as simple as “happy” or “sad” either – they also have “asleep on my feet,” “stargazing,” “just woke up” and more.

5) Dog-Shaming.com. This hilarious site depicts dogs with their deepest, darkest shames. For example:

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6) My neighbor for being super creepy at the right time. This bastard scares me on my way to my apartment and on my way from my apartment. And even today, doing laundry, I forget he’s there and rather than avoiding him, I walk right into the buttface. Gah!

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Look for a new recipe or two in the coming weeks – easy, quick and flippin’ delicious.

Happy almost Halloween! Leave some comment love.

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Sunday Sixah: Pitch-Off

For a few years in college, I worked for WMEB 91.9 FM. I started out on Sunday evenings with a show called Staring At Sound (a Flaming Lips reference) and an intermittent cohost. When he stopped joining me in the studio, I had to face my on-air fears and evolve into a one-woman show.

I switched to Tuesdays and changed my show name to Aerin in the Afternoon. Every Tuesday I brought listeners an eclectic mix of current and not-so-current music from the bins and beyond. This is where I really began to discover how much awesome music existed, and I may have over done it. I spent hours in the WMEB CD library and on my computer at home researching and listening to all the bands that sounded interesting. My music library grew to an obscene size. Loved. Every. Minute. Of. It.

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After graduating and thus losing my easy access to days and days of music I’d never heard of, I sort of lost touch with the music scene. I listened to the same music over and over, and though there was a lot of it, it wasn’t the same. Every once in a while I’d surf a music blog or go to Bull Moose to pick up a new CD or two, but at the end of the day, I’d lost my musical mojo. It was like that for a long, long time.

Enter Spotify! Somehow it feels like I’m back in the game. I’ve discovered a lot of great music through this nifty little application in the last year or so, and I’ll share some of it with you now. Enjoy!

1) By now you’ve probably heard Gangnam Style by PSY. He’s an enthusiastic South Korean pop star that dances like nobody I’ve ever seen. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out the video. It’s silly-awesome.

Thanks to Andy, I discovered an incredible deviation from the original: Oppa Spacejam Style. That’s right, Space Jam.

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2) Miike Snow. Here’s a band worth knowing about. They’re like Fun. if Fun. was less poppy and more electronic. I can’t get him out of my head most days, and I’d love to share some of his songs with you. Please check out the below (my favorite) as well as Paddling Out, Pretender, The Wave and Mark Ronson’s awesome cover of Animal.

3) Mayer Hawthorne. If we’ve talked in the last 6 months about music, I’ve probably mentioned this guy. Nerdy white dude from Michigan with the soul of a Motown singer. He swears a little more than most Motown legends do, but he’s got the genre down pretty well. Here are two of my favorites (one even feat. Snoop Dogg Lion).

4) Jake Bugg // Trouble Town. Here’s a song that reminds me of the old west or perhaps a modern day Tarantino soundtrack. Knee slappin’ good.

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5) Gotye. I’m sure I don’t need to post his most famous song, especially since I’ve already kinda gushed about him on my blog once. (Three days until the concert!) But I did discover him back in February thanks to Spotify. So, here’s one of his lesser known tunes that I really love. The whole album is worth listening to, though.

6) Since I mentioned Gotye, I’ve got to mention Kimbra. She’s the bombshell that’s featured and standing next to painted Gotye on Somebody That I Used To Know. I happened to get a sweet deal on her EP during Record Store Day this year, and I fell in love. Her album finally came out in August, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Here’s Something in the Way You Are.

Happy listening! Leave comments if you got ‘em!

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Sunday Sixah + Slackin’

Long time, no blog! Sorry about that. I came down with a nasty cold thing last weekend that’s still poking me in the ribs as I post, and the weekend before that, I honestly don’t remember. Life happened, probably.

Andy and I have done a couple things of note since my last blog – we went to see a live Rifftrax (creators of MST3K) simulcast of Manos: Hands of Fate at the local movie theater. If you ever get a chance to do something like this, I highly recommend it. I haven’t laughed that hard in a very long time. Here’s a little taste of what we saw:

We also got to check out some jazz at the Wadsworth Athenium. They had an interesting modern art exhibit of which I only enjoyed a couple pieces. The only really striking one was this cube of toothpicks using no adhesive. Whoa.

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Last and most notably, we went to this place in Niantic called The Book Barn. They house over 500,000 used books under the many barn roofs on the property, each housing a different genre of used books. Most of them are $1. And on top of the cheeky, awesome atmosphere of the place, they also have gardens, cats and goats. Needless to say, I will be returning in the near future.

And now it’s time for another Sunday Sixah! You lucky dog, you.

1) Impress a Penguin.

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The penguin publishing group is looking for a new and impressive member of their team in London to cheer up this here penguin. Had I the skills for the job and the drive to move across the pond, I’d be applying for the sheer creative awesome that is this website.

2) If you’ve ever owned a pet, this is a game you’ve probably played.

3) Baby Gap Maine Collection.

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I don’t have baby fever yet, but if I did, I’d be going goo-goo-ga-ga over this seriously cute set of tiny human clothes.

4) When I die, I want to become a tree.

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No, this isn’t hippie nonsense I’m spouting. I’ve honestly always thought I’d like to be buried at the foot of a tree (way cooler than a headstone) with a bench near by for my future kids and grandkids and great grandkids to sit and ponder on. But as it turns out, you can become a tree instead. Your ashes can help it grow. Can I be a ficus?

5) Bad Lip Reading of Twilight.

I realize this fad is probably long over with, and I don’t really have a leg to stand on having never read or season anything regarding Twilight, but still – watch and giggle.

6) Gotye Youtube Orchestra

I realize that for many of you, Somebody That I Used To Know is a long over played tune that you might not jump at the chance to hear again. But I urge you, if you enjoyed the song at all from the start, this video is worth watching.

Also, I’m going to see Gotye in two weeks with Marsha Bard!! Can’t wait.

Tune in next time – same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

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