Autumn Update

Due to recent developments in the life of Steph, i may have to come up with a new theme for this blog. I’m more like 50% Disaster and 50% Dreamer now. I’ve been laid off from my position as a web designer, and that’s three strikes. I don’t plan to return to design again; from here on out i’m either a web developer or studying to become a programmer, depending on what happens in the next few weeks.

In the personal realm of life, Nathan and i have been enjoying the season together quite a bit, despite having opted for Thai food and a zombie movie at home rather than a party on Beggars’ Night. We made a trek to Iowa City a few weekends ago and visited an orchard, picked up some seasonal microbrews, had dinner with Nina & Karl and went to a hookah bar after discovering that the band we had traveled to see had cancelled the show due to van troubles. At the orchard we picked a couple of ill-fated little pumpkins and enough apples for Nathan to double our current stockpile of delicious homemade pies.



The treasure was a small decorative gourd.

Day 2

Day 4

Fucking figures.
Day 6

Evidently the squirrels around here have a taste for pumpkin.

More recently, i walked the Race for the Cure with my mom, a thirteen-year cancer survivor. It was quite a sight to see a river of pink filling the streets of Des Moines and all the names written on their backs of survivors and victims alike. It wasn’t quite the feeling of accomplishment that i got two years ago when i ran/walked it, but it was definitely more of a sense of sisterhood. This time it was about relationships rather than endurance.

Autumn has been pretty kind to us this year; we haven’t seen a snowflake yet, but it is getting chillier as the days pass. Most of the leaves have fallen now. It’s time to pick up the pieces.


Our tree


6 thoughts on “Autumn Update

  1. I like Dustin’s comment. That’s exactly right. I see we’re all up in the middle of the night- the jobless, haa. Anywho, we had a lot of fun with you two and that pie was sooooooo yummy! Especially with butter brittle ice cream. mmm….pie. Thanks!


  2. i love your autumn photos and the eaten pumpkin! ha, silly squirrels and critters.

    i’m sorry to hear about your job. it’s all going to work out. i’ll be sending good vibes your way.

    take more photos!
    yes, do it!



  3. how about adding 33% awesome to the mix? 🙂

    I think that this is a great opportunity for you to realize what you want — I don’t think you were happy there and now you can seize the moment and use this time for something good.

    Also — I’m glad I didn’t waste time carving a pumpkin. We have a lot of squirrels.


  4. Thanks for your support, ladies. I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life. Who knows? –Maybe i’ll end up with a new job right away and a bigger paycheck because of this. Wouldn’t that be nice? 😉

    Nina – we had a lot of fun visiting, too! I’m glad you two enjoyed Nathan’s pie. He’s pretty awesome at that. And Kim – you’re right, i should take more photos. Maybe i’ll start doing self-portraits again now that i’m home alone all day and, as always, too shy to hire models.


  5. Also: YES more photos. I miss your photos.

    Anyway, I think that you’ll be back on track in no time, and it sounds like you know what you want to do, which is more than I would do, which would be to wear my pajamas for a week straight and probably not leave my bed and fall into a full-fledged existential crisis.

    Then again, I might just be being dramatic.

    That sentence didn’t sound right.


    Anyway… i’m sorry about your pumpkin. Those little bastards.

    Also I’m really jealous of how adorable you and Nathan are. LIKE USUAL.


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