Fall Bucket List



We totally blew summer.  And not in a good way. Between the wet, chilly weather that seemed to intentionally time itself to occur on my weekends off, and general laziness, we just did not get in an approved amount of adventures. You know what? It wasn’t laziness, it was chaos. Our house was in disarray for months with Jessi and all her stuff preparing for her big move to Portland, Lonnie’s daily exhaustion doing the work of 10 men every day, grad school stuff, general life stuff. I just let it all clutter my mind and I think I felt like I couldn’t do fun stuff while so much needed to be done… yet I didn’t do the other stuff either, so ended up doing nothing. Super productive. Way to go, Colleen.


This is not to say we did NOTHING… I mean we camped one night, got some kayaking in, took at trip to Boston… ok now I sound stupid whining that we blew summer, but we really did.


Jessi is happily living in an apartment complex (that looks like it should be hosting Medieval Times dinner shows, lol) in South Portland. Sean is back to school. I am taking a break from grad school and attempting to transfer to UMaine. They hired another guy to take some of the load of Lonnie’s shoulders. My house is CLEAN. Gonna say that one more time. MY. HOUSE. IS. CLEAN!

IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!! We are going to make up for any HINT of a wasted summer with an EPIC AUTUMN OF AWESOMENESS!!!!!

We even got a head start this past weekend by checking “climb a mountain” off the fall bucket list. Sean really wants to climb Mt Katahdin, but after doing Mt Megunticook this weekend, we had to break it to him that we are NOT EVEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD of being in physical condition for Katahdin. Hopefully next year we can make it happen for him! I shouldn’t say “hopefully.” NEXT YEAR WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR HIM!


All in a month….

20161026_212836This past month has been CAAAA-RAAAAZY!  Jessi has come home from Richmond, for what was going to be just a visit, but ended up being a stay for some regrouping and replanning for her next adventure.  I am so proud of her for getting out there and giving it a shot, but I am also proud of her for being able to accept defeat in a healthy way!  Richmond, Virginia is not what we thought it was.  The crime is real.  The public transportation is not. One of the straws that broke the camel’s back (And there were already a whole lotta straws on that guy!) in my mind was when her coworker was carjacked at gunpoint.  ONE TICKET TO BANGOR COMING RIGHT UP!  Having her home has been an adjustment for sure, but since it’s 6:58 AM and I am up blogging to the music of the dishwasher, I think I am getting back on track after a couple weeks of sleeping late, eating crap, and feeling overwhelmed.

Part of the reason I haven’t blogged is because I have been so upset about the whole Trump thing,  and knew that any blog post would turn into yet another rant about racism, sexism, ismism…..  Which is pointless, and honestly, making me feel angry and helpless all the time.  And now he’s been voted President by our archaic electoral college system. I am trying to just avoid thinking about it, so…..  moving on…..

School,  School, School!!  Sean is doing much better, but still needs a LOT of “encouragement!”  Piper just finished puppy school!  Lonnie and Jessi are applying to nursing school, and I just finished up 2 more grad school classes!  I am thinking about where I want to do my field experience in February and am leaning toward…. hell…. I am not really leaning toward anything yet I guess. I am dreading the whole thing, and still not sure how I intend to make it all happen….

But for NOW!!  I have 2 weeks off from school and it’s my FAVORITE time of year for projects and stuff, so I am LOVING LiFE!!  We have tried some new recipes. We made bath bombs.  We have Alton Brown’s Aged Eggnog aging in the fridge.  Lonnie is going to make a batch of beer this weekend. We made Lonnie a new website for his D&D stuff coughcoughnerdcoughcough.  It’s almost time to decorate for Christmas.  Black Friday!!! The new Gilmore Girls is coming out ON Black Friday!!  SO. MANY. FUNS!

I think it’s time to head over to Pinterest!



Shifting Focus

My jaw has been sore for about a week because I am clenching my teeth at night.  This election is getting to me more than it should.  I think it’s because I have to write 6-10 papers a week for grad school focusing on social justice, oppression, and inequality, then I go on facebook and read people’s posts in defense of Trump and it just sets my teeth on edge.  I find women’s posts especially disappointing. The picture of that woman circulating around wearing that t-shirt that says, “Trump can grab my…..” with the arrow pointing to her crotch just made me sad for humanity. Do you know the comments Trump would make about her imperfect body? I would bet money that she also has ranted about the queers going in the Target bathroom and kids having to see that… and then wears that shirt for kids to see. I wouldn’t want my daughter, or my son,  left alone in a room with Trump.  That right there should be enough to tell you that he is not PRESIDENTIAL! ::::sigh::::

I need to shift my focus away from facebook and election stuff, or I am going to need dentures  and a new jaw by next Tuesday.  I deleted the facebook app off my phone.  I turned off automatic sharing of my blog posts to facebook too.  I have awesome things to focus on that DON’T piss me off and add to my stress levels.  IT’S AWESOME IN NEW ENGLAND!!  I have an adorable puppy! My daughter is coming home soon!  I do fun stuff! Honestly one of the few things I will miss seeing on Facebook is the “I Require Art” page because I love their posts!



Autumn in Maine
Awesome football game with friends, who afterward joked about me being on my phone the whole time, and they are RIGHT!


I require art!


Fashionista …or no?

My daughter recently said, “Your style is totally boho.  You just haven’t embraced it.”

I have no idea what she is talking about, despite her sending me 42 Pins illustrating “boho” and “boho chic”style.  The next morning, I snapped her the pic above.

Me: “Is this Boho?”

Jessi: “Sorta, but not really, no.  It’s more hipster.”

Me:  “Well I am a hipster then.”

Jessi: “No. You’re not.”


Fall always gets me thinking about dressing fancier, better, lookin’ cute.  I love scarves and boots and sweaters and socks and layers. I love putting makeup on and not sweating it all off in 5 minutes. I love purses and bags that I can’t be bothered with carrying around in the summertime. I love orange and red and gold and brown.


So while I would like to “embrace my boho,” as instructed, and have some sort of fashion direction to help me navigate a world that is a bit unfamiliar to me, I am still not sure “Boho” is who I am.  But spending time playing with clothes and makeup and Pinterest has been a very welcome distraction from grad school and work!

On an only slightly related note… This morning I tried a sample of Urban Decay foundation that Jessi left behind when she moved and it may have been life changing.  Which sucks because that shit ain’t cheap…..