Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and other Festive Goodness

Have you guys noticed that it’s fall? I mean, we’re already a month in and I haven’t made 200 posts about my favorite season yet. Obviously I’m falling behind!

That being said, everything I was going to post about, I’ve pretty much already posted about last year. So without making this a cop-out post, I’ll write about the last scary movie I saw.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

I’m a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s work (Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage) so when I saw there was a new moving coming out that Del Toro wrote the screen play for (and also produced) I knew I had to see it right away. Unfortunately, it took me until this past weekend to see it, long after the movie was out of most theaters.

Sally has been sent to live with her father in Rhode Island in a house he’s remodeling with his interior design girlfriend. Sally thinks she’s just there for a visit, and when she learns she’s there to live, she becomes even more upset. She begins to feel she is unwanted. And then she starts to hear whispering of her name. The whispers tell her they want her to play with them. They lure her into the basement so she can free them.

Once Sally tries to befriend the source of the whispers she soon realizes their intentions aren’t pure.

I’m terrible at summarizing so I’m going to stop there. I enjoyed this movie. It wasn’t terribly scary (to me at least) but it was haunting and enchanting and it definitely pulled me in. It’s something to watch that’s festive but not just a cheap thrills murder story.

Moving on, my greatest complaint about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is the creatures they used. I hoped the movie would be more ghost/spirit based (though by the end of the movie I had less complaints about that factor because it does rework itself so that the creatures aren’t really random).

If you’re looking for suggestions for other Halloween movies (though none of them are really horror stories) here are the ones I can’t do without.

If you’re looking for more fall reading, be sure to check out last years posts:

Easiest Pumpkin Cupcakes Ever
An Open Letter to Daylight Savings
Fall in Massachusetts Part 1
Fall in Massachusetts Part 2


Shake It Up


Oh my god, guys, we’re already halfway through October! Where did the beginning of fall go? How did my time to write posts and schedule them and take pictures and upload songs etc. all go by too fast for me to take any action? Don’t you feel like sometimes the days just blur together. Like today is almost the exact same as yesterday or Wednesday of last week.

Here are some little things you can do to shake up your routine a little bit and make it so not every day is just like the day before it:

Set your alarm so you wake up to one specific song on Wednesdays. Or your favorite song on Mondays. I’m so much more willing to wake up when good music is playing, and how you wake up sets the mood for your entire day.

Eat a sandwich for breakfast. Peanut butter and banana? Egg and cheese? Turkey and mustard? Why not? The protein will keep you full longer and you might just find a new favorite breakfast.

Take a walk during your lunch/break. Go outside if you can and enjoy the weather before winter takes over. You could probably use the vitamin D.

Visit your local library and check out a book on something you’d like to learn about, or take out language CDs and learn a new language. Make that what you listen to on your commute or at the gym or while you’re doing housework.

Take an entire day away from the Internet. Turn off your phone and set out into the world with just yourself (and the rest of the world) as entertainment. Use this “new” free time to clean your car or go for a hike.

Do something festive. It’s fall! It’s almost Halloween. Go to a haunted house, carve a pumpkin.

Go to (or Google) and look up a concert or a show or just something different to spend your Sunday day.

Make soup in the crock pot for an easy lunch to last you all week long.

Buy a new shirt in a different color than you usually wear. (I tend to wear black/ grays/ blues/ purples/ teals all the time).

Drink pumpkin coffee instead of regular. Or try hazelnut. Or see if your local coffee shop will let you blend flavors with like mocha hazelnut (it would be like a Nutella coffee!) or mocha coconut almond, or cinnamon. All of these options sound delicious. I think I might have to give the mocha hazelnut one a try.

Easiest Pumpkin Cupcakes Ever

My garden gnome thinks he made these...

So today I started out by trying to make pumpkin muffins. This failed first because I couldn’t find our cupcake pans. Then I couldn’t find any baking powder so I had to substitute. Then I was convinced we were out of eggs. Amazingly they were in a carton on their own just above eye level in the fridge. I ended up substituting with flax seeds and water. We have no nutmeg. When I mentioned it later to my mom, she replied, “Hmmm, nutmeg, that sounds familiar…”

I made the “bread” anyway, and an hour and twenty minutes later, it still hadn’t all turned solid or bread-like. So I proposed a new plan. Pumpkin cupcakes the easiest way ever. My mom insisted that we had spice cake mix (she was mistaken, though I’m not quite sure where said mix would have gone… we don’t do a lot of baking in my house). So I used white cake mix.

Seriously guys, this is the ingredient list for the cupcakes I made:
one can of pureed pumpkin
box of cake mix
spices pretty much to your liking. i used cinnimon/ginger/cloves/all spice

Direction: mix together and took according to directions on the back of the box.

Optional: smear cream cheese, or Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter (or both!) on top/ middle.

Results? Amazing.

Autumn Equinox


The leaves look like they’ve caught on fire, the air smells burnt and crisp, apple crisp is the flavour du jour and everywhere you look there are cranberry bogs in harvest. At least, that’s what it looks like in the town where I live in Massachusetts. The bogs they use for cranberry juice are flooded and suddenly the most brilliant shade of cranberry dots sides of the road. The farmers market is full of vendors selling off their vegetables and fruits, pumpkins begin to pile on doorsteps and customers start to wish they were apple picking. I absolutely adore fall. I love the colours, the scents and the temperature. I love the Holidays and the Holiday season leading up to Christmas. I love wearing sweatshirts and not being cold. I love drinking tea in the morning and watching the sun set quickly behind trees.

If I wanted, I could fill this entire blog with entries every day pertaining to Autumn. I could list every single movie I love to watch, food I love to eat and activity I love to do. And maybe I will do that, though not every day. When you love something you want to share it. And I want to share my love of Autumn. I feel like sometimes it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves; not many people get to experience the fall that I do where the leaves are so brilliant for a few weeks that it’s as if we’re illuminated in a different world.