Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Picture This: Week 52.

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! Sorry for the delay, we're punching out projects while we have some time off. It's a disaster zone.


I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy, I'd just love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 

December 23, 2013

Christmas Eve eve is always a last-minute scramble.


December 24, 2013

Henry and Zach enjoyed coffee at the bar before we left for Christmas festivities.


December 25, 2013

We played games on Christmas, one of which involved instructing the team to build models. It's also a picture of a picture - Steph has the other angle! 


December 26, 2013

Nero was all too excited to take part in the bowed beauty tradition at Christmas. I'm surprised this picture isn't blurry. 


December 27, 2013

Steph got the furbs (that's a contraction of fur babies) a food tower. They're not excited about it. 


December 28, 2013

I'm super pumped about this wine cork trivet. 


December 29, 2013

Our bedroom is far from done (end tables? lamps? comforter? paint?), but curtains make a huge improvement. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Picture This: Week 51.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy, I'd just love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 


December 16, 2013

The post-its creep me out. 


December 17, 2013

In my travels this past week, I learned that it never stops snowing in western Michigan.  People still travel at 70 mph, too. 


December 18, 2013

I've never seen Mary Poppins, but I really want to now.


December 19, 2013

In the past two weeks of work travel, I've become obsessed with Chopped. My devotion to Cheerios is unwavering.


December 20, 2013

Passing by the plane, I had the overwhelming feeling of being so little in this big, impressive world. It hits me at the strangest times, and I'm left wondering who thought to make airplanes and why they thought it would be possible. This was all quickly replaced by five hours of delays.


December 21, 2013

We went to Kentucky for the weekend to celebrate Steph's graduation. Per usual, we made a stop on the bourbon trail. I'm done! Next stop: t-shirt!!


December 22, 2013

I love watching the cats in the house. Their personalities are so bold now that they're running and playing all day, not trapped in fear from the great dane. Henry often hangs out at the bar, like a little human. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Cheer.

Amongst all of our home projects and travel, we did a bit of holiday decorating to make our house feel more like a home. 


When we moved in, one of the items we were lucky to inherit was a gaggle of Christmas lights. Unfortunately, when Zach was untangling them, bulbs were shattering and bursting left and right. Neither of us had experienced anything like this before, and we're seasoned pros at untangling lights, so we tossed them.  It should also be noted that we're weary of any inherited items after the electrical nuances we've found in the house.


We called it a loss and planned on skipping lights this year with so many other necessary and pressing expenses. However, on what seems to be a daily trip to Lowes, we were swayed by the decoration section, and picked up three boxes of lights. Zach misread the length, so we needed more lights, and now we have the front lined with lights.  


I also picked up a star at Lowes. It's plastic, with its points twisting and snapping in place. I'm a sucker for a star, and knew this pretty would look awesome in our front window. Henry agrees and loves it just as much. She's not even concerned that it could harpoon her (it won't, though that is Zach's fear).


We set up our tree and decked it with ornaments mostly from the past year of travels.


We're going strong with our fake tree from Rite-Aid a few years ago, though I'd love to get a more-real looking fake tree, a tree with its root ball that we could plant (but I'm concerned how one keeps it alive through the winter), or a real tree. So basically, any tree but this tree with sparse branches.


Zach attempted to set up a train, but it was complicated and Copper was horribly freaked out. He's already stressed out with his first time at life in a new house, so we figured we'd skip that this year. 

You can see we've slowly but surely replaced the newspaper mapping with actual frames, too. Just in time to paint. 

Henry quickly taught us that plastic ornaments would need to be placed near the bottom. 



I pulled out some ornaments (from my defunct ornament wreath I've been meaning to reassemble) and plopped them in the shell and in a vase.  The holiday trees and pinecones also made it out. You can check out their tutorials here. As I'm looking at this now, I could probably use some pine or holly to swag those bookcases. I need that. I probably need to find a place for all the random items scattered about, too.


In our kitchen window nook, which we found to be too cold for plants (I hope the aloe makes a miraculous recovery), I clustered the sweater vases.  I had some sparkle sticks, eucalyptus, and berry sticks from years past, but picked up the gold bobble and sparkle pine from Lowes. That place, I'm telling you.  Magical.


My Lund horse founds his place here, too. He might now make it back to the decoration box, he looks that good.


Otherwise, I still have decorations to unpack, but they'll have to get in line behind the boxes I have left to unpack.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Picture This: Week 50.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy, I'd just love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 

December 9, 2013

I developed really high oatmeal standards this past busy season. My first day in Detroit, I was pumped to see oatmeal in the hotel breakfast nook. Unfortunately, it was sad and soupy.


December 10, 2013

Having a blog can feel really cheesy most times, but I absolutely love getting texts like these.


December 11, 2013

I love the character of the buildings in downtown Detroit.


December 12, 2013

Traveling for work means lonely dinners. Normally, I order take-out and hide in my hotel room, but I braved the solo dinner this week. Next stop: solo movie at a theater. 



December 13, 2013

Midwest winters aren't my jam. That's 12 degrees. 
 

December 14, 2013


Wine and reunions, followed by more wine and work parties. Saturday was a good day.





December 15, 2013

A good Saturday meant an incredibly rough Sunday. I'd never tried it because it seemed weird, but I'm a believer in Pedialyte now. I will be stocking up.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Picture This: Week 49.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. Does anyone else do this? I'd love for you to share! You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. I'd love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. And PS - my sister does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. PPS - It's here! Stephles created a picture blog!


December 2, 2013

 Warning: I didn't do well on my resolution of not having every picture be that of a cat. Nor am I doing well on concise wording. The deer, however, are doing very well in their resolution to not care about my yelling, banging on glass, popping of bubble wrap, or cats.


December 3, 2013

I officially started house projects. First up: white-washing the fireplace. 


December 4, 2013

The cats were incredibly restless, and with unseasonably warm temperatures, it was the perfect opportunity to leave the door open (so they could quickly retreat) while we watched deer from the back step. 


December 5, 2013

Thursday night Mexican with friends, dips, and giant margaritas. 


December 6, 2013

 Zach and I punched out some quick projects Friday night, while Henry continued to be an annoying little sister to Copper. I love that they have each other in the new house transition.


December 7, 2013

 
After I finished white-washing the fireplace, we were ready to mount the TV. Zach's friends came over, made us dinner (grilled fish in 20 degree temperatures), and helped mount the TV (which included a 9 PM Wal-mart run). Are we lucky, or what?


December 8, 2013

I'm trying not to be bitter, but traveling for work on a Sunday doesn't evoke the nicest thoughts.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Picture This: Week 48.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. Does anyone else do this? I'd love for you to share! You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. I'd love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. And PS - my sister does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. PPS - It's here! Stephles created a picture blog!


November 25, 2013

I moved to Ohio on Monday, and with the help of my mum and sister, the living room was set up in a matter of hours (complete with holes drilled to feed the router wires through the bookcase). It's just one room, and there are still boots in the middle of it, but so helpful in making this house feel like a home.


November 26, 2013

I crashed on Tuesday. I was supposed to be uber-productive before we left for the holiday, but I took a nap and got way too involved in a Hulu original series: Behind the Mask. It's about mascots, and this high school kid, who was a cedar tree, was hilarious. 


November 27, 2013

I love baking pies; it's my favorite part about Thanksgiving. I love these pie dishes (from Crate and Barrel) even more. 


November 28, 2013

My sister Veronica started "life presents" a couple years ago. The concept is that we should give each other presents when the mood strikes us, not when we're mandated by a holiday (except a birthday, because we love birthdays).  I was surprised by this little elephant ring, and I love it! I'm thankful to have two amazing sisters, with whom I feel close even when we're not physically together. 

November 29, 2013

Nero, my great dane nephew, is growing like a weed. He's now 33 inches tall and 115 pounds. He's a terror, but so sweet at the same time, and just loves to cuddle.


November 30, 2013

We took Copper and Henry, my sisters' cats, from my mom's house on Saturday to live with us in Ohio. Here, they'll be safe from the aforementioned terror, able to run around free and not hiding upstairs. So far, they're growling at the deer. It's a step in the right direction. 


December 1, 2013

I apologize if every picture here on out includes a cat. Zach was trying to take pictures for Craigslist, but Henry and Copper are so clingy right now that they're always in your face. Thus the ribbon dance break. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Home Tour!

I'm officially done moving. I'm officially in the house. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted, or I've gained ten hours of sleep. 

I don't want to sort through the million "before" pictures, so I'm giving you a tour of where it's at right-this-second. That means boxes, chaos, and general disarray. Some things have come a long way in the month that Zach's been here, but there's so much to do. I'm incredibly anxious to start ripping into boxes, sorting through things, and fighting constructively discussing the merits of items as we decide what's to go in the 'get-rid-of-it' pile. I'm so excited!  




Side note: We took a personality test that compared our personalities to animals. I'm a parrot. I chatter. Apologies.

Effective envelopes.

Remember when I bought 140 envelopes (on sale at Paper-Source) only to realize that they were enclosure envelopes and didn't actually seal? I should have known when the girl at the check-out asked what I planned to use as my outer envelopes. I just stared at her and said that these were my outer envelopes. She smiled and said the postage shouldn't be too much more. But wouldn't postage be even more if I had to find a larger envelope for these 5.5"x8.5" ones to fit into?


I wasn't interested in two envelopes; I was interested in making the exaggerated envelope work. I found envelope gum on Amazon, my favorite place of strange things. Two days later, it was mine. I love their fast shipping. Did you hear they're going to start shipping on Sunday? PUMPED.

To make this process a little quicker, I made a template with a scrapped invite insert and an exact knife. 


I'm not the engineer of the family, but look at me now. 


The painting was very easy. I read the reviews on Amazon, one of which suggested that I wet the brush to make the gum last longer. I think it also helped the gum to spread on the envelope more easily and more evenly- that stuff is thick, like sticky, heavy waffle batter. 


I was able to use one bottle of gum (and still have some left) on roughly 220 envelopes. At $7 a bottle, I'm still coming out at roughly $0.72/envelope. That's winning. And enough to rationalize the extra postage. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Picture This: Week 47.

I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to  recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Clueless for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that that's not my idea of a good time - Clueless, I mean. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. Does anyone else do this? I'd love for you to share! You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. I'd love to nose around your life and live vicariously. In the least creepy way possible. And PS - my sister does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. PPS - It's here! Stephles created a picture blog!



November 18, 2013

Seventy degrees in November? I love it.


November 19, 2013


Work always thinks they're being encouraging by doing a busy season picture competition. They fail to realize that pictures of our unexciting jobs after we're worked several weeks of 13+ hour days are not entertaining. Unless this disaster area looks exciting to you.


November 20, 2013

It felt good to fit the punch list on one board, but even better to have it almost all complete.


November 21, 2013

I left work at 5 PM on Thursday. I like the city at dusk.


November 22, 2013

Leaving DC is bittersweet. I'm going to miss these two immensely.


November 23, 2013

I did a tour of the monuments on Saturday, my last official day in the district. It was a beautiful day.


November 24, 2013

Driving home Saturday meant I caught brunch with these girls on Sunday - our first reunion in over a year!

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