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Tree crushes

Is it just me, is it just Iowa, or are the autumn trees especially vibrant this year?


I’ve been walking around in love with the colors. And, I’ll admit, developing more than a few tree crushes. Is that weird? Probably.


I work on the Drake University campus, which was actually named a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. (On Arbor Day, many of the trees sport a big nametag identifying it and celebrating a fun fact about that species. Species? Is that right?) The leaves in our yard are now mostly fallen.

We took an unexpected trip down to the Cash farm in south-central Iowa on Saturday and spent the day traipsing around the property, watching Wilbur run wild and reading Anne of Green Gables. I finished it, which means I get to cross something off my “Before 30” list.

The PBS movie stays very true to the book, so much so that I found myself quoting passages aloud from memory, as I read them. Joe was amused by that, and the fact that I still sobbed when Matthew dies, even though I knew it was coming. There’s an earnestness, a sense of wonder and a celebration of imagination that Anne possesses that reminds me to set aside my sometimes cynical, sarcastic attitude and just gush about how magical simple things like the way the sun plays against the wall can be if framed in a positive mindset. The days I embrace that Anne spirit are always happier days.



Speaking of mindfulness, I attended a sit at the Des Moines Zen Center this morning, for a Des Moines Register story I’m working on. Sitting still and silent for 40 minutes was challenging, but the fellowship time afterward was lovely — lots of warm, welcoming people.

I just downloaded the (free) Fuel/Friends autumn mix “Amen,” we’re off to brew with family and there’s a delicious smell of fresh spent grain bread filling my house.

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Angry Birds bar crawl

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the personality of Des Moinesians since moving here, it’s that the inhabitants of this fine city love a good costumed pub crawl. Who could forget the Snuggie pub crawl:

Photo via DesMoines.Metromix.com

The annual Santa Pub Crawl:

and obvious Halloween Pub Crawl, among many others.

At the Des Moines Social Club‘s dance party last night (before the DMSC packs up and moves to its temporary new digs in the Kirkwood), I saw the greatest pub crawl get-up of recent memory. A giant group dressed as the characters of the ever-so-addictive touch screen game, Angry Birds:

Obviously, this idea could not wait until Halloween. (Remind me to use my real camera and not my cell phone once and awhile so I don’t have to post these crummy, blurry shots.)

Oh, look! Apparently my friend Julia was in this group. (Thanks, facebook!)

Pure genius.

For those of you late to Angry Birds love, borrow someone’s smart phone, STAT. It’s a must-download.

Oh! And do please check out the RAYGUN blog on Tuesday, because I’ll have a post there about another funny quirk of living in Des Moines.

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