Monday, July 25, 2016

Picture This: Week 30, 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. 

July 18, 2016

Ludington, Michigan.  This place was beautiful.


July 19, 2016

Donut fiend: guilty.


July 20, 2016

Henry, always throwing judgment. 


July 21, 2016

Henry! In less than 24 hours, she lost the attitude and posed like a sweet little fur baby.


July 22, 2016

Trimming and finishing the closets.  


July 23, 2016

The last play in our first series: Steel Magnolias.  I loved the venue and set - it was a fantastic production.


July 24, 2016

 Birthday celebrations! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Picture This: Week 29, 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. 


July 11, 2016

 Monday yoga is one of my favorite things.


July 12, 2016

A present! I love the unexpected packages.


July 13, 2016

I hadn't been to the dermatologist in a while - since moving to Cleveland - and paid the price: three moles.


July 14, 2016

I love the shoots cucumbers plants send out, twisting and gripping as if they had eyes.  It's faint, but this guy latched himself on tight.  Now start popping out cukes!


July 15, 2016

A really, really mad Henry. 


July 16, 2016

I had tried to nurse the previous back to life, but a dead plant in the office was depressing. I gave up.  The new plant literally gives me life.  


July 17, 2016

Celebrated National Ice Cream Day with ice cream on Lake Michigan.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Picture This: Week 28, 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. 

July 4, 2016

Started our second anniversary with a tour of Alcatraz, because we love irony.


July 5, 2016

San Francisco, in all its foggy glory.


July 6, 2016

Even before a packed day of wine tastings, Sonoma Valley quickly became one of my favorite places.


July 7, 2016

Scribe Winery was one of our favorite wineries in Sonoma Valley.


July 8, 2016

21st Amendment Brewery, and representing Cleveland brewing.


July 9, 2016

Thanks to my mum, the kittens were much less sassy than normal upon our return.  We got purrs and snuggles from Copper the first day! Normally, we wait a day for eye contact.


July 10, 2016

Henry was elated with our return.  In the past two days, she barely lets up out of her sights.  Here, she had one eye on me while I sat on the bed and the other on Zach as he finished a paper in the office. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Picture This: Week 27, 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. 

June 27, 2016

 Copper was delighted by a little goldfinch pecking on the window.


June 28, 2016

The goldfinch continued at the window for several days, which Copper loved.  I wouldn't repeat solely for this purpose - do you see the baby deer looking on? I also normally wouldn't point that out, but others completely missed it.


June 29, 2016

We were supposed to fly to California at 2pm.  I think 8pm was the revised departure after several delays.  It made for a rough start to the trip.


June 30, 2016

We hiked to the summit of Half Dome.  After a 3am arrival in Yosemite, the 15 mile hike was grueling and I'm not entirely sure how we did it.  It was amazing.   


July 1, 2016

This was our hike to Half Dome.  We started below the back of the second waterfall in this picture, to the top of that mountain.  I'm glad we didn't see this overview beforehand - not visualizing the distance helped us to keep going.


July 2, 2016

Elephant seals! I'm in love with his derpy face.  This is on the Pacific coast, off Highway 1. 


July 3, 2016

McWay Falls, one of a few waterfalls to the beach off Highway 1.  California is magical. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Picture This: Week 26, 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. 


June 20, 2016

 
It looks like a little dog, but it's a little baby deer.  I love seeing them.


June 21, 2016

I can't explain why, but one of my favorite windows and views in the house is the little one above our laundry.  The sky always seems so blue through the dirty window, and the little flower pods are so cheery.   


June 22, 2016

On a perfectly calm day, the lights fell down.  This is a lesson in properly anchoring eyelets into brick.  


June 23, 2016

We bought the hardwood for it, but our guest closet already had hardwood installed when we removed the closet floor.  Now we have a nearly complete box of spare hardwood. 


June 24, 2016

Lazy bug.


June 25, 2016

This wasn't the picture of the day.  The picture of the day was of the Phantom of the Opera chandelier, the musical we saw on Saturday.  I shut my phone off for the performance, forgetting that I forgot my password.  My phone was wiped.  So instead, this is the picture I sent to my sister earlier in the day when she was debating end tables, and Henry was posing as a pirate.  


June 26, 2016

I'm calling this our last IKEA closet because I don't know what we'll do with the pantry.  Closets, complete! Apart from the finishing touches, I know, I know. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DIY photo backdrop.

Several weeks back, we threw a surprise wedding anniversary party for Z's parents.  I remember itching to blog about some of the projects leading up to it (I obsessed over the invites), but in true form, as soon as it was over, I was on to the next project.  That's why many posts are missing pictures and glossing over details - I'm a serial deleter and rarely focus on anything but the project while we're in it.  

Many of the party details were personal and thoughtfully executed with the help of my mom and aunt, but I did make a photo backdrop that I thought quite fun.  Apart from the party being held in a fire hall and requiring decorations apart from the walls and ceiling, Z's parents love photo booths.  Er - I think Z's parents love photo booths.  As I consider it, who doesn't love photo booths? To that point - they enjoy photo booths at weddings as evidenced by many of the cute strips printed and hung on their fridge or leaning on their mantle.  I looked into renting one for the party, but the price tag was exorbitant.  Most people probably know this.  I did not.  I wasn't satisfied with scrapping the idea and tried to find a DIY version.

At a particularly boring training, I start brainstorming and sketching.


After conceding to PVC, Z picked up the supplies.  In predictable fashion, he wanted to use 2x4's.  Considering the dimensions and store stock, it was 4 10-foot lengths of 1.25" PVC, two elbow joints, and 6 T-joints.  I had a picture of this all assembled, but surprise parties stress me out.  I was convinced I would randomly text the picture, ruining everything.  It was deleted.  

I cut the pieces of PVC to length with the miter saw.  It was incredibly easy.  I do caution on breakdown - don't stand over the PVC while trying to yank it apart.  I have a scar on my chin developing.  

Before the party, I picked up two white plastic tablecloths and silver and gold fringe.  Along with packing tape and scissors, those were the supplies.  We started by covering the PVC frame in the tablecloths.  I wanted a solid background in case the fringe was spotty.  Then, I alternated and layered the fringe, allowing a 3-inch overlap.  Setting the numbered balloons in front was the final touch.


The result was better than I anticipated.  My one critique was that I wish I had thought to make it wider.  Rather than a fun photo booth (it was lost in translation due to a lack of props, I suspect), it became a backdrop for pictures.  This was another great use, it just wasn't wide enough for larger groups.  I'm writing this late at night, so I didn't ask around to use pictures of people, so here's Z.  Image four more of him side-by-side.  With that face? Terrifying.  That's all that would fit, and even that would be to the edge.  


I'm going to need to brush up on my photoshop skills to repeat the background in other photos, particularly to block the chairs and exit sign.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Picture This: Week 25, 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. 


June 13, 2016

 Scavenger hunt preparations.


June 14, 2016

Jam!


June 15, 2016

Henry has started sitting on my lap like a human while I work, occasionally.  She's such a little bear. 


June 16, 2016

Strawberry rhubarb pie, with freshly picked strawberries and rhubarb.  It doesn't get much better than that.


June 17, 2016

Impromptu dinner date after successful phone plan purchase.


June 18, 2016

Team green, the true winners of the scavenger hunt.


June 19, 2016

Copper, the crazy man after a weekend home along. 

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