How have I never heard this poem before? My brother and my aunt have their birthday on the Fifth of November, so it’s a day that has been celebrated in my household as long as I have been around. So how have I never heard this poem until this year? One of the benefits of the internet? Is it because I’m not English that I’ve never heard it before? Is it because I now follow a lot of British folk on Twitter that I heard it finally this year?
Anyway, its in reference to Guy Fawkes, a traitor who was publicly and horrifically executed for his treason in 1605. Yearly they burn effigies of him to remember the biggest traitor in their history. I’ve heard of Guy Fawkes day and now I will forever put the two together.
The version as reproduced from the Tower of London archive
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
’twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah!
The feeling of a weekend from the “olden days.” Not sure what I mean by that, except that since I’ve started a crazy work schedule, real weekends are rare and haven’t included much baking or cleaning or just relaxing in front of the TV. Last Thursday and Friday I had a “weekend” just like that!
Relaxing and hanging out with friends and family Thursday night while the Vikings game was playing in the background – good food and wine included!
The movie “Argo” was quite a flick! Very suspenseful with good humor and the hottie 1970s Ben Affleck.
A big MAYO FB win over John Marshall! I worked til just after game time and hustled to the field – the wrong field! – so by the time I arrived at the game it was 22-0 in the 2nd quarter! Yay Mayo for the decisive win! Excited to be able to go to the game in Owatonna on Friday!
The delicious Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake I made on Friday is going to continue to make me happy throughout this coming week! I doubled the recipe and have shared it with family and friends, but there’s still some left for breakfasts this week and the flavor hasn’t changed day by day! Yummy!
The Lighthouse Blend coffee I bought at Door County is truly delicious!
Looking forward to:
Choir tonight! Yay! Singing is Good…
Working overnights this week… not sure I “look forward” to it, but it means I will be able to make the Section Championship Football Game Friday night! Working overnights also means that I have an attitude of extreme self-care. I ordered Seattle Sutton meals so I don’t have to think about what to eat, I will sleep as much as I can and watch a lot of TV and read in bed when I’m not sleeping. Some of you may think that doesn’t sound atypical for me!
Marissa inspired me to start this week’s list by sending me a link that is making her happy lately: Emergency Compliment gives you a quick boost if you need it!
Which reminded me of something cool we found shopping in Door County: Song lyrics on canvas! Lyricology is a new brand from Demdaco and for sale in stores that sell cute things. Jennifer bought one and it was hard to choose! I kind of want a bunch!
Candy corn and peanuts mixture also making me very very happy this week! Yummy!
So that’s a list of things that make me happy – from last week, for the week ahead, and in general!
These last two days have been relaxing and semi-productive – a nice mixture! I haven’t had a “weekend” at home in a long time, and I haven’t had two days off in a row where I haven’t over-scheduled myself.
Ah… This has been nice! Except it makes me sad that it’s coming to a close. I had a nice mixture of relaxing (reading, blogging, lounging), socializing (impromptu football-watching gathering, cross-country and coffee at Caribou, coffee and coffee cake), and cleaning (just my room – not my bathroom yet!).
This morning I made a coffee cake that I read about this week – Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Streusel. I did what I usually do, which is to jump into a recipe without reading beyond the ingredients, so next time it will look different but I don’t think my goof affected the deliciousness of it! Yummola! Thanks Entertaining By the Bay (Troy’s friend, Maryanne) for the inspiration! I doubled the recipe so that I can have it for breakfast all weekend long and have some “hospitality” for my parents who will be sleeping here Saturday night! Good stuff.
Now I’d better run to get the salt for my softener… my only goal for today. I’m hoping for a movie tonight (Argo!), so I’d better get it done! It’s a working weekend for me, but I will be able to get to a tournament football game Saturday night! Go Mayo! Go Gunnar!
You may remember that last November Kristine and I (along with two strangers who became friends) won grand prize at Irish Table Trivia! We won a bunch of cheese that we shared between the 4 of us and then we divvied up the rest of the prizes, with Kristine and I graciously accepting the two night stay at the haunted Kewaunee Inn!
Well, sadly Kristine was not able to go on our reserved weekend because of a death in her family and luckily someone else was able to step in and help make the trip happen. I worked overnights Tuesday through Friday morning so I knew I was in no shape to drive to Door County area alone, so thankfully Jennifer was up for the adventure.
Jennifer swooped me up Friday morning and I attempted some car-sleep. Maybe I got a few hours between the pitstops for potty breaks and lunch and navigating the final miles into Kewaunee. We were very thankful for Navigator Nanette in my phone, although who knows what routes she directed us! It was different than the Mapquest directions and different than the route we took home.
Friday night was a cold and dreary night. Perfect for a quick walk followed by a drink or two at the Cork, an Irish pub down the street. We chatted with the bartender (who makes a mean Irish coffee!) and he informed us that there was going to be comedy at Diggins Cafe & Fine Rocks that night – starting at 9PM. We couldn’t pass that up, so that was our Friday night plan!
We went (fashionably) early in order to have some pizza and check out the scene. It was a weird scene. We were the only ones there aside from a few at the bar and those who work there. We ordered a Gyro Pizza and waited a long time – and then they asked if we wanted to order a pizza. We informed them that we had but the kid who took our order left without telling anyone our order. So. We waited some more. They gave us a delicious but monstrous pizza and charged us little. But anything is better with tzatziki sauce, right?
They informed us comedy was going to start later than planned – because no one was there to listen, except us! I was fading fast, so we checked out the Fine Rocks and took them up on their offer for next-to-nothing prices. So now I have a Fine Rock from Diggins. Photo to be posted later. Ha!
Saturday morning was beautiful and so we began leisurely cruising up the lakeside coast, stopping to gawk, shop, walk along the water, eat, taste wine, or whatever we felt like! We didn’t use Navigator Nanette and so we missed a turn and got a little lost going home, but the day was so beautiful we didn’t mind.
Saturday night we went back to the Cork for some live music, more chatting with the bartender, and talks about the 11 things in 4 seasons plans. I’ll update that later, as I have some ideas for Winter Spring and Summer, as well as an 11 thing for Fall. Good stuff.
We also hung out in our Haunted Kewaunee Inn lobby with some fun women from Sheboygan – and watched the Paranormal Investigators set up for their evening of wandering the hallways looking for activity! I don’t know if they saw anything, but I know that I heard them walking around all night!
I took a lot of pictures and some of them turned out pretty good. I won’t bore you with many here, but check out my Facebook photo albums! October 2012 is filled with wonderful photos from all of my autumn adventures!
When I moved into my town home I told myself that I would try to choose neutral colored furnishings because I used to have a purple couch and a bold colored chair in my living room and a red couch and beautiful yellow walls in my new addition and poppy colored walls in my bedroom and orange walls in my bathroom and purple painted cupboards with grapes for handles and sage green walls in my kitchen.
It was a riot of color. And I loved it!
So why did I think suddenly I would be attracted to neutrals.
I tried. Really.
I found a dark brown and stone colored sofa that I could have lived with.
But then I found this:
Who can resist this soft and comfy pink striped couch? Not me! I had to have it.
And then I found this roasted pepper color, which matched the pillows on the couch. Trust me. It’s perfect.
And then I loved this Cheery Cherry color for my upstairs “library” and my family adored me for choosing such a fun and cheery color to paint on my big tall stairway! It took a few coats to cover, thanks to the (wrong) advice given to me by the Lowe’s guy regarding priming the white walls. Oh well. It looks great now.
Can you see the pink and green clock in the above pic? Love it.
And I had such fun shopping for lamps at Kismet and Refurnish – no matching sets for this girl! Just good pink and gold fun!
And then when in NYC I picked out this lovely Coach bag – no neutral color for me! Go Big and Bold or Go Home! May become my new motto.
I just can’t do neutrals.
I am going to repaint my upstairs bathroom, because it has a pale yellow color on the walls and it really drives me nuts. Just not bold enough. So I’m looking for a good pigment. It will be a fun winter project.
One week ago today I had a birthday – my 44th! It’s a great number and I’m certain it’s going to be a great year. I’ll write about my birthday festivities later, but wanted to let you know what I’m thinking of doing to celebrate these 44 years.
I also learned that it’s the retired number for Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson, so it’s known as the “hitter’s number.” 44 is the international calling code for Great Britain, Wyoming is the 44th state and Obama is the 44th president. Victor French played Agent 44 on Get Smart and +44 used to be a band.
I already did a “40 things to do before turning 40 list” and doing one for 50 sounds daunting (and it’s too early to be thinking about 50!), so I decided that I am going to make a list of 11 things to do or look forward to in the 4 seasons of my 44th year! One year I had a party for each season of the year and that was a lot of fun, and celebrating smaller chunks of the year sounds like a great idea to me! Here’s my start. Maybe I’ll incorporate some of the above interesting facts into my lists!
11 Things to Do or Look Forward to in the Fall (October November December)
Celebrate my birthday in NYC – check!
Go to 4 Daughters Winery
Go to Door County to celebrate birthdays and trivia wins!
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
In looking for the quote reference I found a TON of great quotes from the book. I listened to it on audio years ago – probably the very first audiobook I listened to – and I should read it with my eyes sometime! Great positive quotes!
Adventures begin Saturday with Kieran’s Irish Pub and First Ave for Glen Hansard! I’m excited to see him in concert for the second time! Someone was tweeting during a concert in Washington DC last week and they were amazed so I am prepared to be amazed.
Thankfully I am packing slightly lighter than this – but only slightly! 🙂 How many clothes does one need for four days and nights in NYC?? And how many pairs of shoes to go with those clothes? And how many purses to wear with those outfits?
I know that I overpacked, I always do, but I will have choices. I haven’t even checked the 10 day forecast yet, so I packed for most eventualities. Most. I am not ready for cold or snow. That won’t happen this week, although they are talking about some of that crazy weather for MN next weekend!
Things on the agenda for this NYC trip:
The movie “Pitch Perfect” – looks like a fun movie for music-loving people!
Depending on the weather, maybe a trip to the top of the Empire State Building (I haven’t been during the day) or a walk over the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge!
Ah. A great break from work has almost come to an end, but I really like the shift that I am working this week (2:30pm – 11:00pm) so I still get to stay up a little later and sleep in a little bit, so it fits my natural cycle. I have a suitcase out and started filling it with a few things, and have a list going of other things I need to think about and plan before next weekend!
Halftime @ Mayo vs. Winona – Friday Night Lights
But this weekend was awesome…
Book club and Mexican food and catch-up time with the FC gals Thursday night
Pampering with free gifts at the Estee Lauder counter Friday morning
Mayo Football at Winona Friday night – their Homecoming game, but Mayo won the exciting game
Trajan’s football game Saturday morning – a perfect fall morning for football!
A singing “gig” in Winona Saturday afternoon
Pizza and a DVD (OT: Our Town) at Judy’s in Winona Saturday afternoon
Dancing to Hitchville at the Wicked Moose for Kristine’s birthday Saturday (until the wee hours of Sunday morning!)
A great sleep-in and matinee of “Trouble with the Curve” on Sunday afternoon
Girls’ Night In hair coloring party at Angie’s Sunday night
and now… muffin baking and blogging before heading to Rushford for choir and the How I Met Your Mother season premiere!
I just re-watched the double season finale of How I Met Your Mother this morning so I’m ready for this season – is it 8? The final musical selection got me searching the internet to see what it was and I’m delighted to say that I have it in my iTunes! It ends with “The Wind” by Cat Stevens. Such good music in that great show – and several Spotify playlists to prove it!
Back to work tomorrow, but I’m armed with a list of things to do and think about and plan for. Maybe I’ll have time to blog my itinerary for the fun that begins on Saturday! It’s all so self-indulgent! I love it!
I also have a birthday coming up next week (hence the fun schedule to come!) and it’s kind of a cool number, I think. I’m kicking around some inspiration for lists – nothing as grand as the 40 things to do before turning 40. But maybe 4 lists of 11 things? I will see. I also read somewhere someone was putting together a list for 10/10 – like 10 things to say YES to and 10 things to say NO to. That’s do-able, too.
I subscribe to a Timehop email and daily I get a re-cap of my Twitter and Facebook posts from one year ago. It’s been fun to look back at that time and see what goodness was going on.
I read a few old blog posts of mine. I have blogged 225 posts since February 2010. Crazy, eh? 225 isn’t a lot when you think that I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years (yikes!) but I guess that’s more than a blog a week. I blogged a lot and was kind of clever when I was unemployed! For example, I did 40 days of blogs with another blogger who was celebrating her 40th birthday. I also blogged daily using the Satellite Sisters Uncommon Senses as a theme. I liked that. Maybe I’ll reprise it monthly or something.
I don’t get any (or many) comments on my blog. I don’t know why that is. Probably because the people who really read it get it via email and it’s not as easy as commenting when you’re on the website. If you do read it via email, I hope that you clicked that dance video that I posted after I saw The Intouchables. What fun it is!!!
Well, enough for today! Must get ready and get myself to Rushford! It’s a beautiful sunshiney Monday! Enjoy!