How Life Got in the Way…

by Irvin on October 29, 2012 · 8 comments

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I had a really awesome Halloween post to write about. I was super excited and had planned out my week schedule to work on it this past weekend. The post, not to hype it up, was brilliant, near genius even. But, like most things that seemed to be happening lately, life got in the way. See here the thing, I love this blog. I love working on it and baking and cooking and photographing and writing and pretty much everything about making this blog. BUT life sometimes gets in the way. And when I say life, I really mean things that I need to make money to pay bills. Not fun life stuff. Not hiking to Yosemite to spend some quality time with my partner (and thankfully avoiding the hantavirus). Not going down to central California to support my partner AJ in riding 200 miles in 14 hours. No, this time it was really boring life – work. That’s the price you have to pay for being a freelancer. Sometimes you have weeks of spare time to work on your true love (baking, photography, writing, recipe developing) and sometimes you get slammed with a million projects that you had to do to make money. And sometimes, just sometimes there’s overlap. The projects you get to work on are actually projects that coincide with baking, with photography or with writing and recipe developing. Those are the good days. The great days even. Make money at what you love doing? Yes please. Isn’t that the dream? But sometimes that dream also means you have to let go a little. Which is why I don’t have a recipe for you this Monday.

Halloween Milk Carton Costumes by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

I’ll be back later this week, with another one of my Photo Essays, probably something less creepy than the Brown Hotel one. If you’re a long time reader, you undoubtedly noticed that I used to post twice a week, and then went down to once a week. That was because of the whole “life” thing. Now I’m back with twice a week, but the Thursday posts are simpler; not necessarily my massive blog posts, with a crazy recipe attached. I have a backlog of photos projects and I figure I’d share them with you all. So most Thursday I’ll be posting a Photo Essay, and hopefully you’ll like them. If you don’t, well just bounce back here on Mondays and I’ll (usually) have a post with a recipe, my ramblings, and some sort of series of photos to accompany them. In the meanwhile, if you really feel like you need a Halloween post, why not check out my post from last year? It’s a Wordless Recipe: Halloween edition for my Haunted Honey Caramel Popcorn.

Eat the Love presents: WORDLESS RECIPES #2 Halloween Edition - Haunted Honey Caramel Popcorn

Oh, and that crazy genius blog post that I mentioned in the beginning of this post? Well I’ll probably have to save it for another time….in the meanwhile leave me a comment and tell me what your doing for Halloween and what your dressing up as. I want to live vicariously through you!

Halloween Milk Carton Costumes by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

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Belinda @zomppa October 29, 2012 at 5:29 am

OMG, I LOVE LOVE these costumes – that photo is precious. I hear what you mean! BTW – I actually STAYED at that very camp in Yosemite a month prior to the breakout….


The Suzzzz October 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

#1 – I know what you mean about life getting in the way, these days it seems like jobs and responsibilities take over everything, can I go back to be 25 and carefree? #2 – LOVE the costumes, did you make them? #3 – The one and only time I went to Yosemite my friend tripped, fell, and broke her arm so we ended up spending our day in a hospital in Modesto, instead of hiking the park. That has been almost 10 years ago, I really need to make it back. #4 – I’m being a party pooper and not dressing up. The day job won’t allow costumes and by the time I get home, take care of the dog, and get candy out for the trick or treaters I lose all costume ambition and end up in frump girl sweats.


Linda | The Urban Mrs October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

OMG – those costumes are stunning! Love love love. Can’t wait to read more of your stories – always entertaining.


Brian @ A Thought For Food October 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

This is awesome, Irvin! If E and I wore them, I think he’d have to be the lactose-free one. 😉


Kris @kmulkey007 November 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hey Irvin – Thanks for working on the BevMo! shoot. The cocktail brochure is going to look great!


merri November 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Great costumes!! This year i was a clown, which was kind of creepy. I went to colossus/alyson calagna on sat nite and then on wed dressed up for work, stopped off at lookout for couple drinks (which i never drink but i did) with friends and went home early cuz i was disapointed in castro halloween. too many ppl were gone on that cruise!!! and that was my halloween. happy halloween, belatedly!


Marie @ Substance of Living June 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm


Hi! These costumes are amazing! If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to feature them in an upcoming (September or October 2013) post.



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