Sister Adventures: This is Halloween!

In a delightful continuation of a very sister filled October, Spazzmataz came to Springfield for a visit this weekend!  We had a good amount of exciting activities planned, so we got right to it when she arrived Friday afternoon.

Our first evening together involved the running of some necessary errands.  We got our 5k race packets, some tasty dinner, some Halloween candy, and most necessarily of all, some doughnuts.  Spazz decided we needed a dozen.  I did not disagree.


We spent the rest of the evening at home, avoiding the rain and watching a movie off our list called Funny Games.  More on that in another post.

We were up early on the day of Halloween for a most exciting run.  The Halloween Hustle was held to benefit Harmony House, which is an incredible Springfield organization that everyone should learn about and support.  It had a super sweet 3D theme (visible on shirts pictured below).  It was also our first run in the rain, but we did okay.  We succeeded in our primary goal of not falling while running over wet leaves.


I felt like I did horrible during the run.  I just never properly caught my breath.  So I was pleased to discover I did about the same as our last run.  I know I should be working on progressing, but with how poorly I felt I did, I was excited at the lack of regressing.  Spazzmataz and I finished about at the same time, with her finishing .6 seconds earlier.  That time was just speedy enough for her to win a most excellent second place medal!  She got the same place at last year’s Wizard Waddle Halloween run.  Go consistency.


We spent the rest of the day preparing for our most lovely evening.  This lead to some excellent animal cuteness about the house.  Pause for a kitten interlude.


Spazzmataz and I dressed up as witches to hand out Halloween candy to the many trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood.  Originally, the idea was that Gremlin/Winry would be our black cat, but she was not pleased by the experience and was properly returned indoors.


Candy went surprisingly quickly in the neighborhood.  It turns out two Sam’s Club bags are not enough.  We saw some awesome and adorable costumes though.  One family (group of friends?) had made almost a hayride out of the experience.  They sat chairs in the bed of their truck and the attached trailer.  They’d park at a corner and a group of about 20 parents and children would pile out and go to the houses in the area.  It was amazingly coordinated.

Afterwards we had another scary movie to watch for our list.  Spazzmataz set about to making a most scrumptious autumn soup that fit my vegetarian needs while I made us a comfy pillow pallet.  I think we were both very successful in our endeavors.

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Artemis got a pillow pallet, too.


After dinner we huddled in our blankets while watching the nonsense that is Scream.  We had the fire on, some tasty doughnuts, and Scrubs to keep us company afterwards.

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All together, it ended up being a most excellent holiday.  Now, for snow days.

– The Sisters Ravens


Super Koala: Summer Countdown Final Update 2

Hello Cap’t Spazzmataz, who is sitting two feet away from me.  Maybe three.  I’m terrible at distance.

Even though we are in each others presence, I am still going to do my weekly summer update.  As of today’s end, there are only seven days left!

1. Catch Up on My 2015 Reading Challenge – Sadly, I only read three books this week.  That means I am still seven books behind for my challenge.  Strength.

2. Do 1,000 squats and 1,000 sit ups – I have a remaining 670 squats and 630 sit ups.  Crunch time.  Bazinga.

3. Run 50 miles and do 50 total minutes of planks – 28.9 miles left.  I really don’t want to talk about the planks…

5. Cook three new meals – I cooked something!  I successfully cooked this Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta, the recipe for which can be found here.


As can be viewed by the picture, my finished product was not nearly as beautiful as seen on its blog of origin.  Also, it easily took me double the times provided to make the sauce.  But I got so many compliments on the finished product.  Sparhawk took it to work, and everyone wanted the recipe.  Two meals left.

8. Watch five things off my Netflix “List” – Thus far, I have finished Orange is the New Black.  I also watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (adorable) and Repo! The Genetic Opera (dark).  That means I have two left.

12. Finish Kingdom Hearts I – So. Much. To. Play.  I’m only at Wonderland.  Shame.

13. See four movies – This past week I finally took the time to see Spy.  It was so, so, so good.  I loved it, which is something I never thought I’d say about a Jason Statham movie.  Also, Jude Law looks like he’s had horrible plastic surgery on his mouth.  Sadness.  Two movies left!

14. Write 25 pages – Six pages down, nineteen to go.  Whaddup.

2014: A Haphazard Reflection

In the following post I, Super Koala, will attempt to reflect upon the year 2014.  I’ve never done a reflection type post like this, and I tend to forget relatively important details, so we’ll see how my portion of this works.  Captain Spazzmataz will be posting below me.

Super Koala’s 2014

January: I came to the very important and impacting realization that I was going to purchase a house.  January launched a month of house hunting, scouring areas of Springfield I didn’t even know existed, and important life conversations.  I also started my second semester teaching, a little smarter and wiser than I was at the beginning of the school year.

February: With the guidance of my rad parents, I closed on THE house, making me an almost official homeowner.  I road in a wheelbarrow at my job, and realized I needed to find more hobbies in the face of tremendous snow days.  Sparhawk bought me an infinity ring for Valentine’s Day, an adorable trinket I’d semi-secretly lusted after for easily a year.  It was a tremendous victory; I wear it nearly every day.

March: I experienced my first paid Spring Break, which we got to keep even with tremendous snow days.  Spazzmataz and I actually adventured outside during the break, and we officially began this excellent little blog.  I realized what it meant to put on a play, thus gaining tremendous respect for all who endeavor to do so professionally.  Seriously.  Go you.

April: During one very perfect weekend that included my sister and father in Springfield, my first 5k, and an AllTimeLow concert, I turned 23.  I fell in fascination with John and Hank Green, the most delightful siblings I can think of excluding the Spazz and myself.  Sparhawk performed his senior recital; I was so impressed.  I chopped off all my hair, received the keys to my house, ate a first meal of Sonic in the house with my Spirit Dog, and we officially completed the play.  It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  Secretly the best.

May: After months of anticipation, Sparhawk and I moved into the house.  I did terrible and wonderful things like pick out furniture.  I finished my first year of teaching and attended my first graduation as a teacher.  I understood why my job is so fantastic, and settled in for my first teacher summer.  PapaBird came to town for a week and a half and made my house essentially perfect while we went on many Springfield adventures.

June: I did not go to Hawaii.  This was obviously an utter tragedy.  However, I did spend a week in St. Louis with just my mother and my dog.  I unpacked my entire life’s worth of belongings.  At the end of the month, we adopted a new furry child.  Insanity and hilarity have ensued ever since.

July: Turns out, owning a house means lots of random people ring your doorbell and want things from you that you don’t want to give them.  In response, I semi-stopped opening the door.  Whoops.  The Spazzmataz’s monthly visit to Springfield came to a sad ending.  Not that anything sad happened, other than her departure.  Annabelle saved us from a potentially sketchy guest, making her the best puppy ever.  Baby Nyx decided to love me but to continue hating Sparhawk.  I risked my life Ziplining, but rollercoasters made me feel better.

August: The new school year started, and Sparhawk began his student teaching.  BooBoo joined Spazz and I at the wonderful YMCA bookfair where many books were purchased.  An excessive amount of used books was not enough.  Spazzmataz and I had to go to Barnes and Noble to find the materials that would launch our postcard and wrecking project.  5 o’clock in the morning became my regular acquaintance, causing many theoretical tears.

September: Settling into the swing of the new school year took some adjustment.  But my group of Spawn Boys, as I shall always remember them, quickly formed.  The weather was beautiful, hours were spent at the dogpark, and the pumpkin items that delight my soul came out to play.  Sparhawk and I spent the most perfect morning I can think of, at the farmer’s market with the pups followed by breakfast at the Aviary.  I remembered that it’s important to socialize, even if I just want to introvert it up on a daily basis.

October: By complete random happenstance, I saw a simultaneous blood moon and a lunar eclipse.  5 AM seemed a little less scary afterwards.  For some unknown reason, I got really into high school softball.  The craze has faded.  Spazz and I ran our third 5k, and got fancy medals for our performance.  I discovered the most exquisite of events, the Pets and Pumpkins Parade, and many very missed friends came back into town for Homecoming.

November: Time began to fly at school.  Everything that seemed hard to manage got easier.  I got to be a speech coach again, and my students did a really excellent job.  I got all nostalgic and got to reunite with a college friend/fellow coach.  I got back into writing but quickly fell out of it again.  Sadness.  Nyxie frolicked in the snow for the first time, and I began to covertly feed Izzie treats.  This makes me feel like I’m interacting with my neighbors, which doesn’t make any sense.

December: The last days of the semester flew by at an alarming rate, and rapidly closed another period of time in my crazy career.  I feel like I learned a lot in the fall semester, and I want to remember to apply all that I’ve learned in the spring.  I set goals for myself that I want to meet, if not exceed.  I spent some very excellent Silver Dollar City time with a very excellent boy, reminding me why I appreciate him so much.  I purchased tickets to see the love of my life (Bo Burnham) live.  Finally, the puppy girls and I headed forth to St. Louis, where we had much needed family time, landing me right here on the bed in the basement where I now type.

What up, 2015?

Captain Spazzmataz’s 2014

January: January marked the beginning of a second semester that started almost an entire week late because of massive amounts of snow. It was also the time that I decided that I was going to run a marathon by the time I graduated College, and thus began the great race of a lifetime.

February: I cannot remember a thing from February, so I guess it was a waste of a month.

March: The thing that is The Adventures of Super Koala And Captain Spazzmataz came to life. Also a very snowy Spring Break.

April: I turned 16 and got my drivers license, attended my first ever concert, and completed my first ever 5K.

May: I finally finished school on the last day of the month and got a major hair cut.

June: I took an amazing trip to Hawaii with the great Oakville Marching Band. It will probably be the band trip to beat from here on out. I also spent the first half of time with Super Koala in Springfield, and I had to  choke down parts of The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

July: My time with Super Koala ended, but over the course of it, she got a new dog, and we went on many adventures including a second 5K. Band camp started and I got awesomely horrible tan lines that are still visible in some place.

August: The new school year started and so did my grueling practice for All Suburban auditions (even though they weren’t until November).

September: The competitions for marching season began, and we really sucked, but we kept keppin on. This month also started my great semester of procrastination.

October: I completed my third 5K and visited my first possible college. The marching season came to an end with a fantastic win.

November: I made All Suburban band! Also, the school year started to come to a close, and I could feel the pressure to get all A’s. I also got my braces off!

December: The last days of school flew by, and I wasn’t even stressed by the time finals week rolled around. I finished the semester with all A’s, and I finished the year with my sister. It was the first time that I have ever made resolutions and drank sparkling grape juice.

I am terribly sorry that I don’t have more to reflect on, but it seems as though my memory is worse than Super Koala’s. Hopefully next year I will be able to remember more.

The Rules

Dearest Super Koala,

I am very sorry that I did not post on Thursday, but my week was very boring until you got here. Everything was very typical, so there really was nothing to report. However, I should have at least done my wrecking, but I didn’t, and I apologize.

For all of our readers, Super Koala and I have each constructed savings boxes. In our boxes, we will collect money based on a few rules. These are mine:

1. Place $1 in the box every time I get 10,000 steps in a day.

2. Place $1 in the box every time I finish a book.

3. Place $1 in the box every time I practice for at least 30 minutes.

4. Place $2 in the box every time I run three days in a week.

5. Place $3 in the box every time I babysit.

Our first goal is to save up for these really cute scrap-booking sets and our next run.

Here is what my box looks like after decorations.


We both started out with very similar boxes and decided to decorate them with stickers, paper, and anything else we saw fit.


My initial decorations left the box looking like this. We both got a fancy 3D Europe sticker because that is our ultimate goal. The front of my box was enhanced with really pretty swirly rhinestone stickers, and I attached a piece of paper to the top with photo corners.


the other side of my box looks like this. If you can’t read the saying it says, Our journey is bound for amazing adventure, fun memories, and scenic views. I used a variety of stickers to create it.


This is the completed top of my box. I plan on collecting things from future adventures to continue to decorate it with, but this is how it looks for now.

That is all for this week, and I promise to properly post this Thursday.

– Captain Spazzmataz

Wreck N’ Write

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

I thoroughly enjoyed your Halloween post.  Tanner as a wee little garden gnome is, quite possibly, one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.  I just can’t get over the beard.  Do you remember trick or treating with Winter when she was a little and a bumblebee?  Going around with her then was a lot of fun, so I imagine you also had a lovely Halloween.

My Halloween was also pretty fun.  Booboo and I dressed as Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World, respectively.  We passed out candy at the homebase until 8ish, when we went to Ebbet’s to see some of our friends play music.  We didn’t stay too long because Corbin and Lauren were coming to the house to watch creepy movies.  We ended up backing out of the creepy factor and watched the Adam’s Family and James and the Giant Peach.  We talked over the majority of both, but it was a lot of fun.  Corbin and Lauren are always such good hosts; they cook all this food and have fun things to do.  I wanted to also be a good host, so I went way overboard and bought way too much junk food to compensate for my lack of cooking skills.  Snacks for days.

NaNoWriMo is, in fact, the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month.  You can look up the website at, but to explain, it’s titled as “a month of literary abandon.”  The goal is to write a 50,000 word book in just a month.  Which is crazy.  You have to write 1700 words a day just take make it in time for the very last day of November.  I figure even if I don’t make it, the experience will be good for me.  I always get caught up in editing and psych myself out when I’m writing.  This isn’t so much about quality as it is about quantity with editing later.  This would at least give me something to work with.  After just two days, I’m on page 13 of the book reboot.

I am also excited about my visit.  Did you look at the pins?  Don’t forget to ask pops about pillows, blankets, and all that good stuff.  You’ll have to make sure I write while I’m in town.  Is there anything important we need to do beside hang out with Nonna and nom some Cheeburger Cheeburger?

I started over on the running program this week.  It’s been really awesome, actually.  I’m only on week one, so of course, that’s the easiest week.  But I remember how I felt doing week one way back at the beginning of this year when we started running, and the progress makes me really happy.  Now that it’s cold, I’m feeling a weird ankle pain thing when I run, though.  I’ll have to figure that one out.  Maybe Whitney can help.

For the wreckage!

I actually wrecked outside of the house today.  After he got off work, I met Sparhawk at Steak N’ Shake for a nice dinner time.  I decided that would be the sight of my glorious destruction of paper.

This week’s post card recipient will be Sparhawk’s younger brother, Josh.  Josh works with cars and is a very stereotypical boy.  I figured he wouldn’t mind a little mess, so I’m sending him this sucker.


Since this post card is all about making a mess, I decided to immediately use it as coaster for my sweaty water glass.


As time went on, Sparhawk got really involved in making the mess, smearing a little bit of every part of our dinner on the card.  You can’t quite see the mess in the picture below, but you sure can smell it.


I’m thinking I’m going to write some sort of message across the table cloth before I send this off.  So it might not be 100% finished.

Following the food theme, I chose this page for wreckage:


I originally started out just listing everything I saw, but Sparhawk wanted to get fancy with the phrasing.  Eventually it evolved into this masterpiece:


It might not be my prettiest wreckage, but it was a lot of fun.  I see Sparhawk a lot, so it also gave us something new and interesting to do while dining together.

I really liked your tye-dye idea.  It worked so well!  As an update, I sent Sparhawk’s momma that chain card, if you remember.  Well I got an update on it this weekend!  The card went from Rolla to a place called Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and now it’s going all the way to England.  I’m hoping people continue to send me updates on its progress.  I find it really exciting.

That’s all for me!  I hope you have a wonderful week at school, and I’m excited to see you at the end of it!  I’ll leave you with some sweater puppy pictures.  Because adorable.  You’re welcome.

– Super Koala

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P.S. Your post will be number 100!


Great Waddling Wizards!


This weekend was a most excellent occasion.  The Spazz and our intrepid father came down to Springfield for some adventurous bonding.  This initially began without me.  Captain and my father went for a tour at Missouri State University, my alma matter and a school Spazz is considering attending.  Once they explored the campus, we met up for a softball game, some delicious dinner, and the acquisition of our run materials.

The run is called Jack’s Wizard Waddle, and it benefits the local area Make-A-Wish foundation.  Everything was very cute and wizardly, and they gave us probably our most awesome 5k shirt to date.

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The run actually went through my old neighborhood, so that was quite fun.  Despite the temptation to take several short cuts, we ran the full course.  While we didn’t run the whole race, it was definitely the most running we’ve done so far.  We’re getting there.

At the end they gave out these excellent finisher medals, which I guess is a plus to running a timed, competitive race.  Further excitement ensued when the Spazz actually won an award for second place finisher in her age bracket, meaning she got an extra special medal.  I came in fourth for mine.


Afterwards we did the number one thing anyone should do when they’re in the Rountree neighborhood.  We went to Elle’s for some much deserved treats and went to Imo’s to give Sparhawk some coffee and get our picture taken.

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(Captain Spazzmataz speaking now)

After the run we set forth on the enormous task of bathing the puppies. Because it was warmer this weekend, we were able to do it outside in the kiddie pool. The whole experience is much more pleasant when we do it outside. Then we showered and decided to go to Pleasant Hope’s state softball game. In the first inning, the girls were doing great and scored two runs, but then everything went down hill. The final score wound up being 16-3 with the other team clobbering Pleasant Hope. After the game we went to the movies to see Guardians of the Galaxy. We have waited so long to see it because we wanted to see it together. It was totally worth it. It was a really great movie because it was humorous and it tied together a lot of the after credits scenes. Then we had a lovely treat of a dozen donuts from Hurts, and when we got home, we feasted. It was the perfect ending to a very fun filled day.


Wrecking Precisely on Time

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

My legs and feet are so tired that I just needed to start this post by telling you how happy I am to be laying down.  Post time to savor.  I’m happy I finally got to read your post for the week.  It was pretty adorable.  Send my congratulations to the USS Spazz.

This week has been a rough one, due in large part to my fevery illness.  All I did was sleep and occasionally watch How I Met Your Mother, but for the most part, I was really just sleeping through HIMYM.  I’m hoping this chain of illnesses stops soon.  It would be nice to have an entire week where I feel very normal indeed.  And I need to be running more to prep for our 5k, which is happening so soon.

This weekend my fever finally began to fade, but I still spent much of the time being lazy.  (For shame, because I should have been grading.)  All I really did of note was take the girls to the dog park and get my boyish haircut.  That being said, today was probably my most productive day in a long while.  I’m giving credit to the giant Pumpkin Spice Latte I started my day with.  It was oh so very delicious.  I’ve basically championed all my goals for the day, resulting in my very tired feet.  (Excluding the ones that have to do with grading.  SHAME!)

For my post card this week, I actually sent it off to Sparhawk’s momma.  Out of all the people I know that will be likely to send off the chain letter post card, she is number one.  I gave it a smidgen of decoration, but nothing too much.  I wanted to leave space for other people.  Also, I’m not going to post the official front for the same reasons you did not.


For my wreckage this week, I just so happened to turn the page to this challenge.


I instantly had a brain blast and new exactly how I wanted to infuse a scent.  Candle wax!  Being a crazy candle lady totally came in handy.


Now, the picture turned out kind of ugly, but it smells wonderful.  The red wax is cinnamon and the tan color is vanilla.  The combo is wonderful.  In doing this, I found out that the fanciness level of the candle totally matters to the success of the wax pour.  The red is a Yankee Candle, and the wax dripped really nicely.  It was also incredibly easy to clean up.  The vanilla candle came from Dillons and made a huge mess.  The wax is really creamy and thick, and took way too long to clean up the excess.  However, I like this idea nonetheless.  I feel like I really successfully wrecked this page.

Well, that is it for me.  I look forward to your next post!

– Super Koala