Scared Silly

Haunted houses are always abundant this time of year and the perfect way to get a little scared. So this past weekend a friend and I went out with that very intent in mind. We started with Chinese food to end a craving. Then as soon as the sun started to set we headed for the scares.

Hanna Haunted Acres has five different attractions. We made it through three. After all it was just the two of us and we made easy targets. We got there right before it got busy and made it trough the first attraction in no time. 

The line for Outbreak wasn’t long but the screams and noises from inside were definitely fear inducing. My heart started racing before we even made it up to the ticket taker. We got grouped together with a man and his faughters, who we promptly let go first. As we wandered through the lab into the morgue zombies of all kinds popped out. Following us asking for brains. Getting right in my friend’s face asking if her brains were tasty. On we went through a destroyed ambulance all the way to a fork in the road. We went left and survived the outbreak and the thrills with a few screams here and there. 

    Next we decided to try Carnevil next. Which gives away what haunts this haunt. Clowns, moving walls, and blacklights gave this an altogether kooky and spooky vibe. Everything moved and you had wear glasses. Not to mention all the clowns that popped out and called out to you. My friend probably hated that one the most since she hates clowns.

    To end our night we went on the Haunted Hayride which is a favorite of mine. It’s not the scariest but it definitely has its moments. Not to mention your fellow riders help make it better or worse. This year was amazing. Not only were there parts where you couldn’t tell if it was a dummy or actor but the people riding with us were hilarious. I think the hayride is my favorite because they climb up on the wagon with you. Not to mention they get as close to you as possible without touching you. But the people we rode with were scared silly and talking back to the actors like crazy. After the one actor got up on the wagon with us he got as close to the girl next to my friend as physical possible without touching. She was screaming and practically laying down. Then after he got back off the wagon she yelled after him, “Yea that’s right. I’m gonna come back for you when you’re sleeping.” Which caused him to pop up again right behind her. And cue the screams. It was just so much fun.

I definitely can’t wait for next year. Especially the potential to be scared bigger and better.

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Halloween Time

This is my favorite time of year.

This is my favorite time of year. Hands down. Everything from candy corn and caramel apples to haunted houses and decorations. I love it all. Not to mention all the scary movies that you can watch are always on. If I could I’d celebrate it more than once a year. 

    Since I’ve got the next several days off I plan on decorating my house. I’m going a bit more all out this year. Bigger is better after all. Ordered more spiderwebs. Got more bones and tombstones to help flesh out our “graveyard”. Now I just need more spiders and goods to further make everything spooky. I am so ready to make my house haunted and spookified. 

     The next step is to make my costume in preparations for our annual Halloween “party”. I am actually pretty excited about this year’s costume. I’ve decided to be Mabel from Gravity Falls this year. In her light-up Mabel sweater. Last year’s costume was a bit time consuming so I figured this year’s should be a bit easier. I’m hoping that at least a few people get it. Not many people I know watch the show so I’m a bit worried about it. Otherwise I’m really looking forward to it.

    And I think my next favorite thing for this year is going to be baking. As soon as October hits I get the baking bug like no other. So I’m planning on making witch brew brownies, tombstone cupcakes, a cookie haunted house, and so much more. Everyone is going to be so tired of all my baking that they’ll never what a baked goo ever again. 

(Sorry this is a few days late.)

Nashville isn’t just in TennesseeĀ 

For as long as I can remember fall breaks have been spent going to Nashville, Indiana with my grandma and aunt. Now that I’m grown and my grandparents live in Florida it’s a bit different. Firstly, I’m not on a break of any kind it’s just fall and I have a day off work. Secondly, it’s just me and my aunt now. Which is just as fun but sometimes just not the same.

The drive is one I know well and greatly enjoy. Even if the trees are being stubborn and not quite changing yet. It’s all curving roads and peaks at trees upon trees upon trees. Although it’s gorgeous when the leaves start to change its still just as nice now. Then you get to Nashville and it’s all calm and quiet. Like you’ve stepped into a whole other time. There’s mums, pumpkins, and other fall things just littered around enhancing your surroundings.

There’s tons of small shops to wander through and fun stuff to buy. It’s like a giant art fair sometimes, or that’s the vibe it has. Some shops have a theme to them, like The Woodlands it was all carved wood and canned goods. Then there are even more shops that are just a mix of everything and anything. Those might just be my favorites, I love finding random things that don’t really seem to have a rhyme or reason they just are.

My favorite part of all is probably spending time with my aunt. I feel like since we live closer we’ve grown closer. Which is nice since I feel like when I was younger I just ignored her. So I stayed with her a couple of days and we watched crap tv, ate bad food, and made baking messes. We even attempted to make cookie dough waffles, that just did not work. So instead we made macaroons and ended up with sugar highs so bad I feel like it’ll last for days. All in all it was a great trip and days.

October Vibes

“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers…”

    October is always and will always be my favorite month. It is full of fresh starts, good vibes, and fun times all around. No shock that Halloween is my favorite holiday to boot. I may be a summer baby but my soul belongs to fall. Despite my hatred of cold weather I love brisk fall mornings where the sun starts to rise and shine through gorgeous colored leaves.

   That’s the good thing about living in Indiana. Whether you want to or not you get to experience all four seasons. And let me tell you fall is gorgeous. It’s not rainy and miserable like spring. Not cold, bitter, and biting like winter. Nor is it sweltering like summer. Fall is the absolute perfect mix of sunshine and cool wind. The trees, bushes, and all other foliage do wondrous things turning shades of crimson, gold, and amber. Everything about fall just makes things seem better. 

     The whole month is like one big, warm hug. Giving you healing vibes and sending you warm wishes. October  sees your pain and holds you tight washing it away in slow waves of change. The weather cooling reminds you to be level-headed. Changing colors tell you it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Everything just screams at you to take care of you. To take time off to explore the changing world and watch as it dies to reveal inner beauty. True beauty.

“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”-Anne of Green Gables 

Farmers Market trip

Waffles, waffles everywhere

I don’t have a new adventure to share with you today. And my mind can’t decide on sharing an old one or one that’s yet to happen. So it’s a toss up as to whether this will make sense or not (have any of my posts made sense?). 

So I think I’ll share an adventure from this summer. A girls day at the farmers market. Not exactly the most exciting of things but fun all the same. I enjoy simple things like this. Early mornings/afternoons spent with my friends just hanging out and being adults. We don’t always get time to do stuff like that so when a free weekend pops up its always nice to do something like this. It all started with breakfast. And what a feast it was. Waffles, waffles everywhere, I’m drooling now just thinking about it. Then a quick trip around downtown Indy and we reached Garfield park.

It was practically the middle of summer and talk about Indiana putting on a show. Hot, humid, and sunny. Which made it both amazing and miserable to be outdoors wandering around. We visited the various booths buying random goods. Fresh veggies, maple popcorn, tea, coffee, and all kinds of Indy grown/made products. The atmosphere was just friendly and inviting and there wasn’t a person you passed with out some sort of a greeting be offered your way. It was great. Plus the chance to spend time being “grown ups” was just too tempting to annoy. After we filled our bags and were done browsing the booths we made our way onto the gardens. Talk about gorgeous. Flowers in full bloom and amazing colors. Grass that was actually green despite the heat. It was gorgeous, the kind of place you can only dream of getting married. Fountains going and everything. Of course the “Don’t stand on grass” and “Don’t touch the fountain”signs tempting me to be rebellious. All in all it was a fun filled day from beginning to end and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend it.


I also vlogged some of it: https://youtu.be/dCjCsr1JXbY

Comfort Zone

But sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone feels like stepping off a cliff.

So my goals for this year have been all about stepping out of my comfort zone. Because frankly I am awkward, shy, and a bit rude until you know me better. Thus the process of social interaction isn’t always easy for me. So I made sure some of my bucket list items for the year were all about stepping out of that zone. Like cosplaying at a con. Going on a solo vacation. Do more solo activities. Embracing my singleness and not letting that stop me.

The first step in that was going to TATINOF. I reached out and made “friends” with people that were also going and that like Dan and Phil as much as I do. It was new, it was different, and I was way out of my comfort zone. It was my first solo show of any kind. And I’ll admit it now, but I was worried. I was nervous and so close to chicken in out. Yet now I’m so, so glad I went. It was an awesome show. I met some awesome people who had the same likes as me. Plus I got some awesome swag.

After that success I did end up taking a step back. I chickened out of cosplaying at Gen Con this year. There will be more chances at other cons but still I wish I would have just done it. But sometimes taking that step out of your comfort zone feels like stepping off a cliff and I’m not ready for that.

Now the goal I’m aiming for next and it’s a big one, is planning a solo vacation to somewhere I’ve never been. I’m thinking the Florida keys. Or maybe New Orleans. I just want to go somewhere I’ve never been. I want to explore and be a tourist. All without having to worry about someone else or sticking to an itinerary. Yet at the same time it worries me. Being a single female doesn’t always make traveling alone easy. There are worries and fears to take into consideration. So maybe I’ll invite along a friend. There’s still time between now and the end of 2017 when I’m thinking of going. I’m just excited to get to wandering.

Any travel sugguestions?-Jel

Apple Orchard Exploring

Good way to spend a good fall day.

Yesterday, my friend, her baby, and I went on a fall flavored adventure. We went and explored around the Apple Works here in Indiana.


     Amazingly the current rainy, wet, icky fall weather Indy is experiencing held out and we got to take our time. We explored the grounds and got to see some lovely changing scenery. Everything is still in that transition phase. There’s still glimpses of summer peeking out through what will soon become gorgeous fall colors. The whole place just seemed serene even with hoardes of field tripping children around.

  

    Something that makes the Apple Works feel different to me is the fact that they have a petting zoo area. There were several cute goats, who were all about walking across the bridges. Chickens galore and even a few fresh hatched chicks. An alpaca or two. Or maybe they were llamas. How do you tell the difference? We wandered around petting and talking to animals. Listening to my friend’s baby coo and call out to them. Plus seeing all of the kids reaction to the animals was priceless. Not to mention they had the most amazing signs around over there. And the enclosures were adorable as well.

To wrap up our trip we wandered down to the lake and explored the gazebo. Looked into the murky brown water in search of fish and when that failed we made our way through departing groups of field trippers to the shop/bakery. Which alone was well worth the trip. One it smelled amazing, like if you had bottled fall and released it in a building. It was filled with the normal apple goods and old time candy. But it also had tons of adorable kitchy goods. Like wooden signs with witty sayings. Pumpkin people that were to die for. And tons more, if I had the means I would have bought them out. Instead I got some apple butter, apple cider, and three fantastic caramel apples.

After spoozing for a bit we had the baby pick out a tiny pumpkin all her own. It was too cute to resist. Plus even though she was sick she put up with us taking tons of pictures of her. Even letting us stick her head into a giant cartoon apple to take pictures. She puts up with a lot from her mother and aunt. All n all it was a good way to spend a good fall day.