Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter Tea Party

birthday selfieIn August, I turned 30. I’ve known a lot of people who had/have a problem with this milestone. I am not one of those. I do feel the passage of time, and I do examine my dreams and aspirations, revise my goals, and question my decisions, but I’ve been doing that for years and will never stop, so turning another year older, even 30, wasn’t something I was too freaked out about. Instead, I decided to use my 30th birthday as an excuse to throw a themed costume party. An Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter Tea Party, to be exact.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of my all-time favorite children’s classics. The other is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Oh, I also like Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men and and Eight Cousins and Gene Stratton Porter’s A Girl of the Limberlost and Her Father’s Daughter, along with countless others, but those two hold special places in my heart because of their mix of the real and the fantastic. I love what a source of creative inspiration those two particular books are for art mediums of all kinds. I love how they blend the lines between daydreams and every day life. I love how wise and silly they are. And I like to think that I’m trying to shape my own life to reflect what I love about those two books in particular. So, for this year’s party, it was Alice. Maybe at a future date, it will be Peter.

This way.

A not-so-hidden fact about me (if you know me IRL) is that I love planning parties. A friend and I recently planned another good friend’s baby shower (Woodland Creature theme), I’ve hosted countless themed dinner parties over the years, and someday I hope to start a yearly Midsummer Night’s Dream party (once I’ve settled somewhere). Planning my own 30th birthday party began as all those others did – with a Pinterest board.

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Luckily for me, I also have talented family and friends, so though we had limited time (about 3 days) in which to pull this off, with the help of my parents and my BFF, we were able to host a party where we made most of the food, all of the decorations, and entertained 20-30 people over the course of an afternoon. My mother painted the gorgeous Cheshire Cats on the cornhole boards, while my BFF made the signs directing people to the house. My father created the flower arrangements, the decorations, put the signs together, and dug holes in dirt and gravel to place them along the roadway. I live on a long, curving, forested country road, and so we had three of these signs along the way at points where people tend to get lost.

Knock, Knock, Motherf*cker.

Knock, Knock, Motherf*cker.

Those flamingos are a gift to myself that keeps on giving, btw, as I’ve already used them to prank friends twice since the party.

Enjoy the party photos, and a HUGE thank you to all of my friends and family who made the day so special!

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On WildlyTraveled: GoFundMe Campaign!

GoFundMeIf you want to continue to hear about my adventures, and not the ones where I’m destitute on the side of the road, please consider donating to my GoFundMe campaign! You can read about my adventures on WildlyTraveled. I leave for New Zealand in just a few months and every little penny helps. Thank you!

On WildlyRead: Book Review: Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst (and a new release!)

lulu's mysterious missionSometimes I have the opportunity to read books at work. It’s the most amazing thing, to not be actively managing a bookstore or department of a bookstore and yet still work in a bookstore. It means I get to do fun things like manage the store’s Facebook account and review books while on the sales floor without the added pressure of  a million other tasks required to be done at the same time. That was the excitement for today – discovering and reading the third book in Judith Viorst’s Lulu series, Lulu’s Mysterious Mission. For a full review and a recommendation for a new release coming out tomorrow, check out the full post on WildlyRead.

On WildlyRead: June New Releases

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest independent bookstore (or call them up, or check out their website) to preorder these new June releases that I can hardly wait to read.

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the mask.taylor stevens

For more information on both of these titles, check out my post on WildlyRead.

New Zealand, Post the Second

Moving to New Zealand, Step 2

My visa was approved! New Zealand or bust, baby!

Head on over to WildlyTraveled to read all about the logistics that have consumed me for the past two weeks. More fun posts, now that the real planning can begin, soon to follow!

New Zealand, Post the First

Moving to New Zealand, Step 1
Hear ye, hear ye! Visa-depending, I will be moving to New Zealand later this year! Read all about how I came to that decision over on WildlyTraveled.

March 17 on WildyRead & WildlyTraveled

I’m bringing back blogging with a bang on my WildlyLived websites with THREE new posts today!

First, on WildlyTraveled, you can read my mother’s story on Pink Pangea about that time she was treated to an unexpected Bororo delicacy in Brazil.

Then on WildlyRead, you can read about a book releasing today: Prudence, the first book in Gail Carriger’s new series!

Lastly, enjoy my #booknerd tendencies in my choice of St. Patrick’s Day attire for today. Happy luck o’ the Irish to you all, today, Irish or not!

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On WildlyTraveled: Not Your Momma’s Travel App…

Take note, women who travel! There’s a new app in town, built just for you and everyone else who should be interested in women’s history.

Field Trip

Head on over to WildlyTraveled to read the full story about Field Trip.

On WildlyTraveled: How to Pack According to BuzzFeed

If you’ve ever needed, for some incomprehensible reason, to shove a ton of clothing into a very small suitcase and not bring your toiletries, BuzzFeed has the answer for you.

BuzzFeed Packing Wrong

Watch the video over on WildlyTraveled.

On WildlyTraveled: Family Writing: On Pink Pangea: Gaining Passage to India

I am beyond thrilled to announce my mother, S.B. Fabian’s, first online published piece of travel writing!

Passage to India

“The siren began its long, mournful wail that grew in intensity over the course of several seconds. It continued at a high pitch for half a minute, only to fade away and begin again. Hearing the call, my heart seized in panic as my eyes flew to the window in search of what might be coming. Planes? Helicopters?  I jumped off my seat and scrambled under the desk, hands clasped across the back of my neck as I faced the floor and silently prayed that no planes would appear, no bombs would drop, nothing would explode, nothing would hit me.”

To read more, click on the image above, or head over to WildlyTraveled.