Monday, April 25, 2016

Picture This: Week 17, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 


April 18, 2016

After a run, I iced and ate ice cream while they begged.


April 19, 2016

I have a solid collection of screenshots suggesting workouts.


April 20, 2016

Late night planting under the porch light.


April 21, 2016

Mum found a book detailing our lineage in an Ohio library.  Things are getting curiouser and curiouser.


April 22, 2016

Copper, asleep in Zach's arms.


April 23, 2016

Copper, creeping and waiting for me to leave the bathroom.  It quickly became a week about Copper, mostly because he's been needy since his abscess healed.


April 24, 2016

There were so many good things on Sunday: brunch, a beautiful day cleaning out the flower beds, ice cream at Handel's - and I forgot to take a picture of any of it.  So instead, this is our reality as we continue without a dishwasher.  We hope the last part will be in soon, and in the last month, we have not been able to pin down how we sue so many dishes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Picture This: Week 16, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 

April 11, 2016

It was Copper's turn to learn to live in the cone.


April 12, 2016

We thought it was an allergic reaction to medicine, but now I'm not so sure.


April 13, 2016

The cutest little clips, with a Henry! 


April 14, 2016

I didn't realize I'd follow that with the real Henry, modeling in her sleep.


April 15, 2016

I reorganized the fridge and it made me happier than I'd anticipated. 


April 16, 2016

We took a wine train through the Cuyahoga Valley with friends and my parents.  It was a beautiful day for it.  


April 17, 2016

I don't know how this is my only picture after a day that was so full.  Zach and my dad installed our new dishwasher, my mum and I picked up some plants for further deer experimentation, and I finished some secret crafts.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Picture This: Week 15, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 


April 4, 2016

The week started out on a high note.  Really, a low note.


April 5, 2016

Henry is a great nurse.


April 6, 2016

I was back in DC on Wednesday.  This is the FBI building, appropriately designed in the brutal style of architecture.


April 7, 2016

One of my favorite things about traveling is the amount of TV channels, and the ability to watch them.


April 8, 2016

My hotel was under serious construction.  Each morning, it was like watching an ant hill come to life.


April 9, 2016

Poor buddy had to have an abscess removed.  He's doing much better now, owning the cone, much like Henry did.


April 10, 2016

This was a lot.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Closet renovation: phase 2.

I had anticipated the closet renovation to only have two phases.  The third is going to be whatever we decide to hide it behind.  Spoiler alert: it'll likely be curtains.  Custom doors aren't something I'm trying to get into, and I've been procrastinating a door build for the office cabinet for at least four months.  The curtains probably won't happen for a couple months either - much to debate on color, fabric, curtain rod and how to convince the cats that curtains aren't fun things to play in.

First, we've finished the finishing touches.  That included staining the pieces of flooring that were hidden by the first closet, sealing those pieces with poly, then finally painting and attaching little strips to cover the plywood edges.

I applied the stain with a t-shirt, and the results were much better than in the office.  


This is the office.  I applied with a brush, and the application was clearly too heavy, even when I wiped it immediately.  Most of it will be hidden though, and the front facing pieces aren't too bad.



Lastly, Zach cut pieces of 3/4-inch wide strips and I painted then before gluing to the raw plywood edges.  We found them in the section of Lowe's with the crown molding, and had originally planned to use on a record table build.  That's taking backseat to the closet. It took the closet from this:


To this:

It's probably something best appreciated in person, but the finishing work really made it feel custom and fully built in. Apart from making everything white, it created a little lip on the edges, making everything feel clean and crisp.


These are weird words to describe the building details of a closet, but alas. We couldn't be happier with the IKEA Pax system these last couple weeks and it's adaptability to alternative builds.  Next up: curtains, and maybe drawer pulls? 


Monday, April 4, 2016

Picture This: Week 14, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag. 

March 28, 2016

I write these captions in retrospect of the week.  Monday morning, I remember thinking, "spring is finally here!"  It was the first bloom of some daffodils as Henry kept watch while the sun rose. 


March 29, 2016

Tuesday was our last Cavs game as mini-season ticket holders.  


March 30, 2016

My birthday! In true fashion, Zach got everyone a present.  The cats can be my mini marsupials now! Henry didn't love it.  Copper does, but he was hurt at the time and we were letting him rest.


March 31, 2016

I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing - I always forget pictures during great nights with friends.  Mostly, I take it as a good sign, not being involved in my phone.  For blog fodder, it means pictures of my room before I fully nod off. We rearranged our room, and I really like the light cast over the pond in the evening.  It brings it to life even more.


April 1, 2016

She got us, good. 


April 2, 2016

It was a productive day and a blind switch-up in the master.  Plus, a new surface to decorate, with more than piled clothes, I'll venture. 


April 3, 2016

And here's why my first post is so humorous in retrospect.  Most of the overnight snow melted off, but the daffodils were devastated. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Picture This: Week 13, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

March 21, 2016

Cavs game, complete with bam bam sticks.


March 22, 2016

We went to the Broadway preview in Cleveland to see the shows that will be included in next season.  I'm most excited to see this really great book adapted to the stage.


March 23, 2016

Rolling out my muscles and trying to figure out the OJ Simpson trial.  I'm taking most of this series as fact, probably incorrectly, but knowing the trial verdict is boggling my mind.

 
March 24, 2016

I missed a picture of our delicious food spread, and any filled wines, but that's par for the course when I'm distracted by conversation with Jen at happy hour. 


March 25, 2016

Remember Operation: Save Snake Plant? We're at very marginal success.  These three sets of leaves appear to maybe have roots, so I'm still trying.  My boots are only on the dresser so I wouldn't forget them the next day.


March 26, 2016

Diney bear was so excited to see us!

 
March 27, 2016

18 miles.  The awesome views of the city really don't help as much as you might think.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Picture This: Week 12, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

March 14, 2016

Spring thunder skies.


March 15, 2016

Ohio primaries.


March 16, 2016

Man.  Some weeks all I have are pictures of cats.  Others, it's just skies. 


March 17, 2016

We took a quick trip up to Niagara Falls to end the week.  As the luck of the Irish would have it, we saw a rainbow on Saint Patrick's day itself. 


March 18, 2016

Wine tastings. 


March 19, 2016

To cap off the week in which we ate like kings (and didn't get a picture throughout the three-hour dinner at Dante's), I'll show you my booties.  They were a fantastic investment.


March 20, 2016

Sunday night procrastination, in the form of room rearranging.

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