So, this weekend started a little early. Well, we had friends over for dinner on Thursday and carved pumpkins, so I'd say that was a pretty weekend-ish thing to do. Fun fact: I am really bad at carving pumpkins. I just never have gotten the hang of it. But, I make some killer roasted pumpkin seeds. The secret: cayenne pepper and a not-so-healthy handful of salt. The two couples that came are always fun (even if they're exhausted from their 9-5 that are more like 6:00AM-7:30PMs) Of course, the chihuahua stole hearts and sat in laps.

Dakota's pumpkin modeled after Jack from Nightmare Before Chirstmas

Dakota's pumpkin modeled after Jack from Nightmare Before Chirstmas

Yummy pumpkin seeds! 

Yummy pumpkin seeds! 

Friday, we tried a new restaurant with my parents in a day-belated birthday celebration for my dad. He was a trooper for trying something new considering he doesn't really like trying anything new. Fortunately, the stuffed cabbage that our kind waitress recommended to him went over well.

Saturday, I had work at my day job. It was a halloween event for children and their families. So, naturally, I dressed as a unicorn. My horn even lit up and it was super awesome. Favorite costume that I saw: fairy princess with an ironman mask.

I think the highlight of my weekend was definitely Sunday. My wonderful friend Josie came over to visit the Chrysler Museum with me and we had a great time. I mistakenly thought that the exhibit was mostly byzantine art, but it actually was Russian Icons in the Byzantine style. We still had an excellent time examining the art and I learned so much from her as we talked about the differences in styles from Russia to the Mediterranean work she is more familiar with.

Josie is the best kind of person to go to a museum with. She loves art and is very knowledgeable about it. You can have a discussion with her about why mountains are depicted a certain way or how the depiction of dragons changed over time. But, you can also laugh about how all the baby Jesus-s look like baby-sized old men (complete with bags under their eyes and scrawny ankles). She is also so patient; we spent a long time in the exhibit with magnifying glasses, looking carefully at the intricate paintings and metal work.

I finished the weekend with Dakota, watching a movie and enjoying home made mac and cheese. A few months ago, a weekend like this didn't seem possible. We had a lot of turmoil and sadness in our lives. And I am so grateful that this time in our lives allows for simple pleasures.

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