Anyone else just NOT feeling Halloween this year?

Red and the Huntsman Halloween 2009
Red and the Huntsman, post killing the wolf, 2009

It is late October, almost NOVEMBER. And yet… I’m just not feeling Halloween this year. Neither is Matt.

We LOVE Halloween. Every year we come up with an amazing couples costume and photograph ourselves somewhere appropriate. We have a pre-ordained list of Halloween movies (mostly non-scary) that we watch every year and Matt carves at least 3 pumpkins (usually on Halloween day). Sometimes there are even parties we go to.

This year we came up with our costume idea early, and even have 80% of them ready to go. Maybe it’s the unseasonably warm weather, or the fact that we don’t have a party to attend this year; but we’ve only watched TWO Halloween movies this month and just don’t have the desire to complete our costumes. And I feel guilty.

There’s not reason for me to feel guilty, but I do. I feel guilty that it feels like we aren’t celebrating our favorite holiday this year. But the last thing anyone needs is unnecessary stress, so it’s time for me to “write” this out of my system, find a solution and move on. But not to Christmas, it’s still too early for that nonsense.

Maybe the solution is to give in. Watch a few more movies on our list and enjoy the (finally) chilly weather a bit more with a hike in the woods. Scrap our costumes and save them for next year and just do what we can. Maybe this year, Halloween is a bit more mellow than usual. Make a new tradition for the years we aren’t feeling it.

Do you ever feel guilty for not celebrating a favorite holiday or occasion? What are your solutions?

On Reading, Re-Reading, Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman

Reading and Re-Reading with Side Route Studio

 

Some people never re-read books. They read them once, hoard them on a bookshelf, and move on to the next unread book. Some people are casual re-readers and only do it once in a while, with the books they truly love. And some, like Matt and I, re-read on a regular basis all the while adding new books to their already large mountain.

I love re-reading. Books are comfort for me and there are certain books I re-read at certain times of year. Others I pick up to re-read when a new book in the series is coming out, or when I just feel like going back to that particular world. This past week, Matt and I were both re-reading.

Matt is taking a break from his re-read of The Dark Tower by Stephen King and picked up a childhood favorite of his: The BFG by Roald Dahl. He is really excited for the movie and I have yet to even read the book. I’ve read The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but never seemed to get around to The BFG. I’m going to read it soon, I hope. And we will probably try to see the movie this week or next.

As for myself, I re-read two books in the past week and a half. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. My favorite of his books is Stardust. When I was in college I read American Gods. I liked it okay, but it wasn’t my favorite, or even second favorite, of his amazing books at that time. Having just re-read it, I liked it much more this time around. Maybe it’s that I’m reading it at the right time in my life, or that I wasn’t paying that much attention the first time around. The thing I admire the most about Neil Gaiman’s writing, and this book in particular, is how he ties everything so incredibly neatly together at the end.

Every casting announcement made for the TV show has me so so excited. I’m hoping that they take their time, stretch the book into multiple seasons, and enjoy every beautiful detail. I’ve heard that they have permission to go past the book if the show does well enough. And that brings me to my second re-read – Anansi Boys.

I remembered liking this one more than American Gods the first time around. The second time around I’m not as sure. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book too. But I’m torn as to which one I like more right now. They, honestly, have such different pacing that they may not even be comparable, really. Gods is a slow burn more about the characters than the plot. Boys is much more of a “wow things escalated quickly here” type of book with lots of things happening to push character development and plot along.

Let’s just leave it at – if they decide to push past American Gods, I would also be thrilled to see Anansi Boys as the next chapter in the story.

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Next on our reading list: Matt is reading a classic neither of us have read before – Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I’m not sure where I’m headed next. I have a non-fiction book on my night table, so maybe I’ll read that next before I pick a new fiction title to read.

 

What are your feelings on re-reading? And what are you currently reading? 

What We’re Watching: Finding Dory (and a Trip to the Drive-In)

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Along with all of the other nerdy and geeky things we love, Matt and I are also big fans of Disney and Pixar. We knew we would see Finding Dory eventually, but when Friday night arrived and the weather was perfect we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the Mansfield Drive-In to see the newest Pixar film (and hopefully stay awake for Alice Through the Looking Glass as well).

I will never claim to be a reviewer. I will, however, blog about things I love. And I (we) LOVED Finding Dory. Pixar has done it once again with this amazing film about adapting to your mental illness and still being able to do whatever you put your mind to despite it. Every single character in this movie had something to overcome and they were all given just enough time to do so. I love love love how much familial support was in this movie and how many positive messages filled it from beginning to end. Please go see this movie, it is fun AND important.

The only thing that took me out of the movie a bit was that the characters were jumping a little too much between salt and fresh water situations… but other than that the movie was near perfect.

Alice, on the other hand was not. The good news is that we both somehow managed to stay awake for the 11 pm screening of Alice that showed after Dory. The bad news is … it wasn’t really all that worth it. I really enjoyed the first Tim Burton Alice movie. I accepted that it wasn’t going to be the book and I loved all the stylistic choices. I thought it didn’t go too far where it could have and I had a good time watching it. Looking Glass doesn’t even come close. I can’t even really say what was wrong with it, it just wasn’t fun.

As for the venue, we love the Mansfield Drive-In. We try to get there once or twice a Summer. If you live in Connecticut, it’s worth the trip whether you are going for a double feature at night or the flea market they have every Sunday morning!

Why I Love: My Bullet Journal

A little over two years ago I discovered an organization technique called The Bullet Journal. It’s an analog rapid logging system that is completely adaptable to your personal needs and it changed my life. Watch the video below to see the basics of the system:

Before I started using my bullet journal, I had little tiny scraps of papers with notes on them all over the place. Often times I had two or three notes with the same message on them, sometimes they got lost and sometimes I would just ignore them if I didn’t have time to do whatever it was the note was telling me to do.

This system changed all of that. I am more productive and more organized with this system and I recommend it to everyone. I know I’m starting to sound a little like a commercial so let’s get into WHY I love this system so much.

  1. It’s adaptable. My newest bullet journal looks completely different from my first journal 2 years ago. I add methods in, take them out, research new adaptations and change things around pretty much monthly.
  2. It doesn’t have to get used every day. I used to buy engagement calendars every year and I would use them maybe a third of the year and get frustrated that there were so many blank pages. Because the bullet journal isn’t in any particular notebook, you can skip days, weeks, even months if you want or need to.
  3. There is a budding community that has really grown in the past year or so. The community makes it fun and easy to find new ways to keep yourself organized within your journal. I have an entire board of pins devoted to this topic. Some of them get really involved and creative, but the wonderful thing is that there are also a lot of minimalist bullet journals to get inspiration from.

Some details about what I don’t do in my bullet journal:

  1. I don’t actually journal in it. In fact, I don’t keep my journals after I fill them. They are strictly for day, week and monthly planning and once they are full they get thrown away. I have a second book that holds my “collections” and other lists that I want to keep long term.
  2. I also have a third book that I use for projects and our side businesses. It is set up completey differently from my daily journal.
  3. I rarely use color or decorative effects. I tried, but I can’t really get into it so mine is more minimalistic and I’m totally fine with that.

Do you bullet journal? If you have never heard of it are you interested in it?

A Little Introduction

Hello! My name is Lindsey and I work with my husband Matt creating logos, invitations and other pieces of art to help you get your message across. We often work together creating two different pieces which then combine into the perfect logo or invitation. We’d love to work with you, let us know what you need here.

But that’s not really what this blog post is about. What you may not know about us is that we have another company, fallenpeach, where I’ve been blogging off and on for several years. In the process of getting Side Route Studio off the ground, I decided that the blog would feel much more at home here than at fallenpeach.

All of the travel blog posts I have done in the past will slowly be posted here and I’ll be adding new content weekly as well. If you haven’t read our other blog, don’t worry, I’m starting fresh with this one for the most part. Matt and I are proud of our geeky sides and can’t wait to have a place to express our love of pop culture, books, movies, television shows, cosplay and more. Scattered in we will be showing off our graphic design projects and maybe even some cute illustrations from fallenpeach.

We hope you’ll join us on twitter, instagram and pinterest and that you’ll enjoy the content we create for this blog.

Until the next post,

Lindsey & Matt