The Fall of Pinterest + Cotton Candy Carnival Shoot By Katy O Photo + Bambino has a TWIN + Oh Look, I Killed Another Thing. (And Then You Say: “What’s new?”)

Ok, SO!  It’s late Tuesday, and working on a certain tv show recap all day has resulted in one of those weirdly out of control posts a lot of you may be familiar with.  It’s true; out of control posts have been few and far between here on the blog.  So…. like… here you go..?  You’re welcome..?  Just– just please don’t judge me.

I will start with the thing I fear most when it comes to my online world.   Particularly with regard to Pinterest.  

{via College Humor}

One of those IRL friends I have emailed me that vid, and I was like “HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA… HAAHAAA… HAA OHHHH MYYYY… YES.  YES, THIS.  THIS IS– OHH MYY GAAAH I WANNA CRY.”  Because that li’l video’s truthiness is beyond compare (comparison?).  What do you think?  Do you worry that Pinterest is inevitably bound for the town of Spamville, population: 20 million trolls with anger issues?  If so what a sad, sad fate to anticipate.  But alas, the force is strong in trolls, my friends.  Which is odd since trolls are weak little child grownups who sit at home alone and spend most of their time masturbating and/or leaving hateful comments meant to incite others.  Ahhhhhh…. the internet.

We just gotta accept one simple truth, I guess…

You said it best, white horse I found on the internet which linked back to tumblr, which linked back to another tumblr, which linked back to another tumblr, which linked back to ‘uploaded-by-user,’ which in essence is the worst thing about inspiration collection sites because there is always that person who doesn’t feel it’s necessary to bother to link back to those who originated the content.  So yeah if anyone knows who made that positively HILAR horse poster, do tell.  Thanks!  I would like to give them proper credit.  (The way I’m going to give proper credit to Katy of Katy O Photo , the talented young lady who sent in the fabulously fun carnival shoot you’re about to see once I’m through wasting your time being very, very ridiculous a little bit longer.  For example, this part coming up is about murder.)

update: thanks to a lovely reader named Shannon, we’ve found the artist!  It’s Aled Lewis, and his work has been featured on design work life.  yayYUH!  You rock, Shannon!  Believe it or not I totally google image searched that ish.  I am clearly not very thorough.

So, in other news, check it out–

 My mom gave me that beautiful peony last week!  I’m looking forward to swiftly killing it.

Oh look!  This happened while I was writing that.


Oh, hello everyone.  I didn’t see you there.  My name is Alison and I am a plant murderer.  I can’t keep them alive.  Seriously, I can’t keep them alive and it pains me beyond measure.  Can you?  It is a personal burden I carry.  One that makes me doubt my own ability to care for actual children.  Will I give my children too little water? too much? will I know to give my children enough sunlight? but not so much that they wither from overexposure?

Will I wrongly store them in mugs? limiting their room for growth?  Will I mock my children’s suffering on instagram, as above?

I feel like every child I babysat in my youth was LUCKY TO MAKE IT OUT ALIVE.  As you can imagine this is a sucky feeling.  Especially since I like to think of myself as rather maternal.

If you need more proof of my deathgrip– everybody knows about my succulent tragedies, of which there are many.  Par exaahhhmpluhh:

Help… me…

Ok that’s enough of that.  (<== you were probably thinking that five minutes ago, right)  Let’s get this show on the road!  As I mentioned, Katy O Photo submitted this shoot featuring the lovely Grace and Jeremy, and here’s what she said about the engagement shoot:

It’s of the sweetest couple, Grace & Jeremy who had their session at a carnival in Holland, Mi. They’re getting married in October, and having an “Old World Carnival” theme, complete with strong men and popcorn. I’m quite excited. I had a lot of fun with the session and thought they were just too cute not to share with the world. You’re the first blog I’m trying to submit to, because you’re my fave. Thought I’d shoot big. ;)

Hollaaa!  Enjoy… the message I took away from this shoot and this couple was simply to f**king have a good time.  Just have fun.  Get all dresses up in some fun duds, get your makeup and hair did, and just have some fun being yourselves.  Those are always my FAVORITE pictures.  Fantastic job, Katy O!  You rocked this shoot out :)


Like I said and am probably overkilling but I really, really mean it, I love how Grace and Jeremy along with their photographer all just had some straight up fun with that day.  This kind of approach not only resulted in great images they’ll cherish forever, but one hell of a great memory to accompany them whenever they flip through the photos!

Now, on a final note:

1. Meet Violet, the cream frenchie of one Jeanine Pepler, expert organizer of that press trip I had over the weekend (more to come about that trip by the way; in the form of a discount… I’ll let you guys know when I know more):

2. And you remember Bambino, right?

3.  Well……..

I guess we’ll never know.

Unless we compare paperwork but eh I’m a little apathetic about it.

Ok so thoughts?  You know, on anything.  Please… just talk to me.  This kind of post is what results from me getting peer pressured hard enough (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, SISTER WENCHES) into spending my day trying to labor through a recap of The Bachelorette.  THERE IS SIMPLY TOO MUCH MATERIAL TO MOCK and ok yup Bambino just farted super badly.  He just fart blasted what is essentially a line drive to my face.

Before I die from any ass-born pathogens, let it be known: Actually starting to recap Emily’s season of The Bachelorette is something I have been avoiding like Bambino avoids falling back on his poop hotdogs after he drops them centimeters from his body.

and that is with quiet desperation.

xoxo  - Alison

Photography: Katy O Photo

Label(s): Mr. McPuppyPants, {Engagement}

Love all of this...


  1. Lena on June 5, 2012

    I am a proud sister wench, and frankly, this post made my day. Pinterest trolls, Bambs’ long lost twin/new husband if we never get on the ball with Admiral Fitzwallace, watering succulents with Scotch–it’s all just so damn good. And then there’s cotton candy!

    • Alison on June 6, 2012

      Ohhh Lena, you just get me. ;)

  2. Shannon on June 5, 2012
    >>even more greatness!

    Just google image search! Anytime I find something I like one pinterest I want to repin, but it doesn’t have a great source (like tumblr or user upload) I always google image search first. In chrome all I have to do is right click an image and I can go right to the search.

    • Alison on June 5, 2012

      Shannon you’re awesome! Thanks so much for finding the source!

  3. Kristen on June 5, 2012

    I am SO there with you on plant death. My dad, he can grow anything. He literally took a stick from a neighbor’s trumpet tree, stuck the thing in the ground (everyone told him it wouldn’t grow, even the folks at the local plant nursery), and it grew…like a mofo. Twelve years later, it’s the biggest one on the block. As for me, I can’t grow a thing. My family says that when I walk by, plants scream. Mr. Greenthumb, aka my dad, without fail, each time I go visit and he picks me up from the airport, we pull up in to his driveway and he’ll tells me to stay away from the plants and then goes in to his rendition of SNL’s “Happy Funball” skit. “Kristen does not look at happy garden.” “If Kristen should look at happy garden, avert her gaze as instant plant death can occur.” Yeah, I love my dad. ;)

    • Alison on June 5, 2012

      Kristen – based on what you have written here, we need to become family friends. I just see it going so swimmingly.

      TOO funny.

  4. Alicia on June 5, 2012

    What I’d like to know is WHERE IS THE RECAP?! I mean I practically forgot how many times Ryan told us what a great catch he was, how Nate cried at the mere mention of his brother, and how Michael has not said ONE. SINGLE. WORD. all season.
    Love, A sister wench.

  5. Kelsey on June 5, 2012

    I, too, am a plant killer. I can’t help it. I do try to make them stay alive, it just doesn’t work.

    My rationale with being able to take care of children/pets is that usually, they make noise when they need attending to.

    Except fish. But I kept a fish alive for 2+ years in college! That counts for something, right?

    • Alison on June 5, 2012

      I am laughing out loud you are so funny!

  6. Grace on June 5, 2012

    We are so ecstatic to be featured on your blog. We were lucky to catch such a lovely photographer ( before she took the plunge and moved to Chicago. Hopefully our wedding will photograph half as well as our engagement shoot!

    My advice to future bride to be’s:
    1)Let your hair down and relax!


    • carol on June 6, 2012

      I doubted you needed tequila to have that much fun. You two are naturals:)

  7. Courtney on June 6, 2012

    1. where did you get the spreadsheet coffee mug!? my co-worker needs it. 2. i love that this is loaded with pictures. 3. i’m a succulent killer as well, don’t feel bad.

  8. Alison on June 6, 2012

    Courtney – 1. I believe it’s by a company called Paladone, and you can get it on Amazon! 2. me too 3. oh phew, always great to know I’m not alone in this :)

  9. Jenni on June 6, 2012

    I couldn’t keep anything alive, either — until I found cacti! I got a multi-pack of mini-cacti at IKEA one day, and like two years later, they are still going strong. I seriously haven’t watered them since November. My kind of plant!!!

    Kids are totally different, though. For one thing, if you let them die, you’re going to jail… so the stakes are quite a bit higher! :)

  10. That video is hilARious.

    Also, I always kill plants. But since you and I both manage to keep dogs alive, I don’t think that our future children are doomed. They both whine and jump around near you when you’ve ignored them for too long. ;)

  11. nora on June 8, 2012

    Google lets you reverse image search. I always freaking forget that. But I was too late!

  12. max on June 26, 2012

    Awesome blog. Just love each bit of it.

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