It’s Friday, Friday

So, somewhere in the blur that was yesterday, I remember getting a really good idea for today’s post. Of course, after my MIND WAS BLOWN by yesterday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (which I got to watch nearly live for once thanks to a well-timed family dinner and my parents’ DVR), I can’t actually remember WHAT that idea was. Fail. Amazing, heart-stoppingly intense fail.

I’m sure that said brilliant idea will come to me eventually, but in the meantime please enjoy the fact that you probably now have Rebecca Black’s “Friday” stuck in your head after reading the title of this post, bwahaha. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if for any reason you might have forgotten that yesterday was Thursday, tomorrow is Saturday, or that Sunday comes afterwards.

We so excited

Haaaaahahahaha. Okay, sorry for that. To make it up to you, here’s an incredibly embarrassing picture of me from dinner last night. We had burritos.

Can you tell I’m having a little too much fun playing with layout templates?

Urrrrk. I think we’re even.

More of me telling you things I like, under the assumption that you actually care.

1. Vlogging

Still hate the word itself, but I am really digging turning on the video charm (HA!) for you guys. Be sure to let me know if the videos are too much or whatever, but they’re fun for me to make so I’m going to assume they’re fun for at least some of you to watch. Consider this your warning that more will be coming, hahaha.

2. 90s Television

If you are 21 or younger, you might not remember the amazing programming that was available for our impressionable minds to absorb. Boy Meets World, Clarissa Explains It All, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Hey Arnold!, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Pinky & the Brain… the list goes on. When Nickelodeon announced they were bringing back some of my favorite childhood shows, I immediately went to seek them out for myself since we don’t have TV anymore (SOB.) Thank goodness for Netflix and the interwebs!

Butternut Squash

3. Autumn Vegetables

After yesterday’s post, you are probably well-aware of my current obsession with spaghetti squash, but the truth is that I’m excited for all the autumn vegetables that are hitting the Farmer’s Market! Brussels sprouts on the stalk, butternut squash, carrots, beets… I have all sorts of recipe ideas stirring. I’m trying to put more of an emphasis on seasonal eating, so hopefully this excitement about colder-weather veggies will last through the winter, too!


4. Canada

Ottawa, specifically! I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’m taking a trip up there soon. Well, by this time next week, I’ll be back in the Great White North (where I graduated from high school). I’m so excited to hit up all my old stomping grounds!

5. Kidney Stones

PSYCH! (Another 90s throwback for you with that particular word, haha.) This week’s kidney stone episode was NOT a pleasant part of my week. Luckily, they passed without issue (y’know, other than the blinding pain and whatnot), and things have turned around quickly since then. I even managed to pound out two excruciatingly slow miles on the tready yesterday! Be proud. Be very proud.

Anything new you’ve been digging on this week? Colder weather sweeping in? Scarves, hats, and boots taking back the streets? Gaddafi’s death? Oh yeah, we just got all political up in hurr. Sidenote: I was going to make Vampire Diaries part of the original list, but then figured it doesn’t really require a mention. I’m pretty sure my obsession there has been made abundantly clear, hahaha.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I used to love Clarissa Explains it All and Salute Your Shorts. I didn’t know they were back on!

  2. suzisays:

    Mom is here as I recover from nose surgery. I am a little fuzzy after highend painkillers and mom is NOT a morning person. But I loved this post.

    NO TV???? I would die. I don’t have cable (I would never leave the house) but I rely on it for a daily dose of un-reality. Plus, my laptop sucks for glare, so watching episodes on it would not be ideal.

    Happy Friday!! And I’m so jealous of your Ottowa trip. Why didn’t my folks get stationed anywhere that is nearby? I’m (hoping to be) planning a Poland trip for my (clears throat, yes, I am old) 45th birthday (which is 5 years away.) How old were you when you all were in Poland?

    • A Poland trip sounds amazing! I was 5 – 8 when we lived there so there’s so much I don’t remember/didn’t appreciate back then. I’d love to go back someday.

      • suzisays:

        5-8 for me was Bonn, Germany. A town that is no longer the capitol, you know, because Berlin is. I think I remember hearing that you lived on the compound in WSW?

  3. Yeah you’re digging Canada 😉 I’m digging scarf + warm snuggly boot weather, and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, which I just started reading. Oh, and dogs! I have super dog-envy for everybody’s cute puppies that makes me want to run out and get my own.

    • I haven’t read The Lost Symbol, but it’s been on my to-read list FOREVER. I guess it’s just easier for me to reread all 7 Harry Potters again, hahahaha.

  4. Katesays:

    I am definitely digging the excitement in the streets of DC. Heading back there Saturday for more marching of the streets. The protests make for amazing shots for this “photographer.”

  5. We didn’t have cable as a kid, so I never got to watch Nickelodeon. Sad face.
    Things I am digging right now AT THIS VERY MOMENT:

    • The “60s Oldies” Genre station on Pandora
    • The fact that it is going to be mostly sunny today after 4 days of rain
    • Sparkly nail polish

    Happy Friday! 😀

    • I just shed a tear for 10-year-old Cassie. But yay for sparkly nail polish! I need a manicure… 😀

  6. Mariasays:

    #1, Have fun up in Canadia! Those gloves are cute! Is Tim Horton’s in your future?
    #2 I LOVE fall produce: squashes and apples and cinnamon spiced things galore!
    #3 You’re my running twin! After a terrible week of conferences and feeling tired and run down (yay for mass meetings with people with tons of colds) I also barely squeezed out two miles. We got this!

  7. Love your vlogs! Watched your Glee entry, girl you got some talent! I’m definitely loving the cooler weather (finally) and loving the Texas Rangers in the World Series. I am also obsessed with all things pumpkin. ‘Tis the season, and all that. Have a fab time in Canada!

    • Oh you flatterer. And YES! Pumpkin! I left it out of the list above ’cause I pretty much figured it was a given, hehe.

  8. Rikkisays:

    Loved Nick in the 90s and recently watched Clarissa Explains It All and Doug. I used to really love Rugrats, Salute Your Shorts, and was obsessed with Pete and Pete! At the moment, I’m digging Diamond Nut Thin Almond Chips (if i’m jonesing for something snacklish and processed!), also new tv shows 2 Broke Girls, and The New Girl (both available online at CBS.COM and respectively. In other news, I attended an outside under the stars screening of the documuentary “forks over knives” at my local Whole Foods Market last night. The documentary was amazing! The big idea behind it is that by eating a whole food plant based diet you can avoid disease and/or reverse disease like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc. Remarkable. Also, Whole Foods was awesome! They set up a giant inflatable movie screen in their parking lot, we brought chairs and they provided heaters and whole food plant based refreshments! Enjoy your kidney stone free weekend and your trip to Canadia… do not hesitate to have a few ketchup chips for me. Yum !!!!!!

  9. I’m so glad I’m not the only person who thinks of Rebecca Black most Fridays. That song comes in my head every time I start my Friday morning blog post. Cracks me up.

    Can I stowaway in your suitcase? I could use a vacation. I promise not to bring too many pairs of shoes with me.

  10. Just finished Vampire Diaries…holy shizz!!!! Do you watch The Secret Circle? I’m watching it right now and I’m on the edge of my seat!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

    • OH. MY. GEE. THAT SHOW. I had a full-on, audible FREAKOUT with the twist at the end! And no, I haven’t watched Secret Circle, I can only handle devote myself to one supernatural drama at a time, hahaha. I’m sure it’ll make its way to my queue though. 🙂

  11. Jen Robinsonsays:

    Let’s go for a run Sunday when i’m in town! 🙂

  12. I can’t believe you got Rebecca Black in my head. It’s on, Gretchen!

  13. Hey Arnold, Rugrats, Doug, Reboot, Bump In the Night, Student Bodies, Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain… the list really does go on! I’m so glad I was a child during such a wonderful age of kids’ programming (especially the animated stuff). Although I do somewhat wish that I was also older since I think my shows are better suited for that time instead of today.

    Most of today’s cartoons suck. Johnny Test? WTF?

    I like that evening in winter where you realize it’s too cold to sleep in your summer bed and it’s time for an extra blanket. I love being all bundled up in blankets.

  14. Friday may be my favorite badtastic song of all time. Have you seen the parody Tuesday? So funny. 90’s tv is one of my favorite things in life! I wish they would bring back Salute Your Shorts!!! I tivoed Clarissa and Doug for a while then never had time to watch them.
    PS: I bought a spaghetti squash at the store yesterday! So excited to try it!

  15. I have a sudden urge to watch Legends of the Hidden Temple and Salute Your Shorts lol. I miss 90s TV!

  16. I love me some 90s Nick shows…now if they would only bring back ghostwriter and that creepy eye thing.

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