Friday, September 26, 2014

Touches of Autumn



If you've hung around with me for a while - and thank you if you have - you might remember that fall is my absolute favorite season.  The weather is a tough thing to deal with in Minnesota, but one thing that the state usually does really well is fall.  Crisp weather, beautiful changing leaves, and lots of yummies like apple cider.  

And going for walks is made even more awesome by all the pretty thing to see:


Also, Halloween!  Check out this Halloween pasta I found:


Do you know how hard it is to find black pasta that isn't colored with squid ink?  Hard!  I was so excited when I found this at Cost Plus.  

What are some of your favorite things about autumn? 

-kala


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sips

Sorry I haven't written in a while!  School is what it is, but I do miss the connection I have with you guys - your comments are a lot of fun for me to read - so I need to make more of an effort to blog.  

In "Kala finally embraces fancy phone news" - I finally got a smart phone!  As my friends like to tease me, my old phone was as dumb as it gets.  And since I have a class that actually requires us to use mobile devices, I thought I'd better get with the program.  So far, what I like best is being able to look stuff up on the go (hours, schedules, etc.).  I'm also enjoying using Instagram quite a bit (I'm Kalahotak over there) - the little sips of communication are nice for taking breaks from school work.  Plus, cat pictures!  

But gulps are important too, so I've been making it a point to spend time with friends.  I've also made a point of visiting the farmers market almost every weekend, yay!  It's possible that I have a problem with buying more produce than I can handle:


Possibly.  But jalapeƱos are so good!

So what have you guys been up to this month?

-kala

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crop Art in Minnesota

Because Tesla:



Do you guys know about crop art?  It's the bizarre, cool, and strangely compelling art of composing pictures using grains.  Grains!  It's super popular at the Minnesota State Fair, and there are always some interesting pieces.  Here are some that caught my eye this past weekend:





Awesome, right?

-kala

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Ferry Building, San Francisco



More vacation sharing!  On our last day (yeah, I'm not sharing in chronological order) we needed something to do that was fairly quick and wouldn't set me up for feeling sick on the plane.  So a bay cruise was out even though it would have been awesome.  I decided we should check out the Ferry Building - a collection of restaurants and shops right on the bay.  It was a really cool space, and I want to visit again on a less hectic day.  I saw one shop that specialized in mushrooms:



And we finally got to try Pepple's Donuts:




Honestly, this donut was only ok.  Maybe that's because Glam Doll's vegan donuts are so amazing, but I just wasn't wowed.  

And of course, the view was stunning:



What are some of your favorite places in San Francisco?  

-kala

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Vacation: Mendocino

Hi guys!  I just got back from a week long or so vacation and am wallowing a little in the "getting back to normal life blues"  - especially since school starts up next week!  But I had an awesome time on vacation and want to share some of my adventures.  I thought I'd start with Mendocino because it was such a cute little town along the coast.  And there was a ton of yarn bombing!  





TARDIS!



And there was a very nice yarn shop, though I didn't see too much that we can't get here in the land of yarn shops aplenty.  

Also, tons of beautiful flowers:





And me on a throne of driftwood!




Have you been to Mendocino before?  What are some of your favorite coastal towns you've visited?

-kala

Friday, August 08, 2014

Jewelry storage tip

I always have trouble figuring out how to store jewelry.  I hang some of my necklaces in my bathroom organization rack thing, but that is not always ideal, especially for small pieces.  After watching various youtube videos and looking at organization ideas on Pinterest, I got the idea to use a notions case:



It works really well!  The tiny compartments would be great for earrings too, for those who can wear earrings (grumble grumble, stupid allergies!) I'm pretty amped that my shawl pin even fits inside - I am constantly losing that little guy. This would be great for travel too.

How do you like to store your jewelry?  

-kala

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Clothing Swap - do it!

You know what's super fun?  Getting cute new clothes and giving old clothes new homes with your friends!  Last weekend, a couple of my lady pals and I decided to dig through our closets to find stuff we were tired of, stuff that no longer fit, and stuff that just needed to find a new home.  Here's a less than great pic of some of the awesomeness I ended up with after the swap:



You guys, I got 9 pairs of jeans!  I have never owned nine pairs of nice fitting jeans in my life, this is magical.  I'm so excited that I won't need to buy new jeans for this fall and winter, wheeee!  I also got some basic tanks which is great because I'm never good at picking up basic items when I'm shopping, and some other cute tops to add to my wardrobe.  

We also encountered a pair of cursed, haunted pants that managed to be ill-fitting on all of us, in different ways.  Bad pants!  

Have you ever done a clothes swap before?  If not, you should, it's a lot of fun!  

-kala
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