Friday, May 30, 2014

Read This: Volume XV.

I'm recapping some things I read this week that I found interesting, not to force you, because I can't, but because sharing is caring. This also holds me accountable and keeps me from zoning out on Pinterest every hour.


  • I would've shared this last week, had I not skipped. It's about that overturned tractor trailer in Delaware and the bees. I know I'm more sympathetic to bees than most, but this article highlights how fragile their colonies are without a queen, and emphasizes our delicate agricultural situation.
  • I'm not picky on my wine, as long as it's red. Growing up in a family where we had to finish our meals, I'm also one to push through a bad wine. Zach is a big proponent of the 'life's too short to drink bad wine' motto, so I'm learning to recognize it.
  • I have no idea what's spawned this, but I have a burning desire to be a paper flower aficionado  So this link is more for my future reference. It'd just be really nice to have flower decorations that don't fade every week.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Picture This: Week 21, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and 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 Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. 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. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. 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. 

I totally blanked that yesterday was Monday and this post was due. I hope everyone enjoyed the day!

May 19, 2014

Henry the pirate cat is often the only good thing about Mondays. 


May 20, 2014

It was so nice to be back at Ohio State.


May 21, 2014

Point for Zachles on his awesome card find. 


May 22, 2014

Zachles and I are bachelors. 


May 23, 2014

Seating charts. I'm dreading this discussion.


May 24, 2014

Henry also wins at hide-and-seek with her right-under-your-nose spots. 


May 25, 2014

This weekend was yard work weekend. We moved more plants and made big steps in securing the garden from deer and grass, as well as making it ready for the actual plants.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Read This: Volume XIV.

I'm recapping some things I read this week that I found interesting, not to force you, because I can't, but because sharing is caring. This also holds me accountable and keeps me from zoning out on Pinterest every hour.


Sorry for my MIA nature lately - lots of work travel, but I hope to have some more substantial updates next week!
  • I spent the better part of fifteen minutes (that sounds so short, but it felt like an exhaustive search) looking for this collection of USA maps with fun facts. I lamented its loss last week, and Zach sent it to me minutes after that posted. I'm a little ashamed, but proud of Pennsylvania for not choosing a lame band.
  • There have been studies that prove looking at cute animals can boost productivity. I'm not condoning those kitten posters of the 90s that adorned my bedroom. I'm suggesting these baby animal wallpapers.
  • Lastly, what I've had the hardest time articulating, is that all I've wanted is a French wedding. It may be too late, as we're a month away.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Picture This: Week 20, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and 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 Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. 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. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. 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. 

May 12, 2014
Our work networking events have turned into Bachelor dates. We don't mind, as long as there's wine.


May 13, 2014
Training offered a good chance to practice my future last name. I like the letter M, I'm trying to negotiate the k.


May 14, 2014
Who knew Jimmy Buffet was a drug smuggler? Legitimately. I've never called myself a fan, but the news of this is really setting me for a loop.


May 15, 2014
Training break, and the surreal world that is Florida resorts.


May 16, 2014
Baggage claims may be one of the most depressing places.


May 17, 2014
Ian graduated college! 
In other news, his class speaker was a childhood friend that I haven't seen in 20 years. This week was weird.


May 18, 2014
 
I had one day at home last week, and we didn't waste it. Trees were trimmed, plants transplanted, and plants planted.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Picture This: Week 19, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and 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 Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. 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. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. 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.

May 5, 2014

Finally, FINALLY, Zach has made good on his promise to change our wifi to "Meerkat Manor." I think it was his attempt at reconciliation and diversion.


May 6, 2014

I've wanted to try this bakery for a while, and a dinner date was the perfect excuse. The treats were delicious - gluten-free goodies and lots of citrus.


May 7, 2014


I've been traveling a lot for work. I hate it for a number of reasons, but really don't like feeling tired all the time and like I'm on an island. At least I have a motto, now.


May 8, 2014

An oil change and tire rotation forced me to accomplish some mall shopping. Wedding jewelry - done. 


May 9, 2014

We started dance lessons. We found a deal on Living Social, and it's always something we'd wanted to do, apart from not embarrassing ourselves at the wedding.


May 10, 2014

Our friend also bought a house last year and has grand landscaping plans. He offered us all the rocks and plants we wanted as he ripped out beds, and we were all too happy on this savings. Now to test their viability with the deer.


May 11, 2014

Orlando brings in some crazies (yup, that's the ying-yang sign as through a Mickey outline), but mannnnn. I haven't been to the beach in years and it was fabulous. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Read This: Volume XIII.

I'm recapping some things I read this week that I found interesting, not to force you, because I can't, but because sharing is caring. This also holds me accountable and keeps me from zoning out on Pinterest every hour, and teaches me how to count in roman numerals.

I'm a little distraught because I read an awesome Buzzfeed article that had all of these cool infographics of the United States and different facts, like favorite bands and gross national product comparisons to countries, but I copied the wrong link and saved the comparison of Frozen to the Lion King. Which is also interesting. I'm still searching, but it's almost as if I dreamed it.


  • My sister sent me this illustrated poem (trying so hard not to say lyrical poet a la Vanilla Ice) about being present. It's impressive, and a message I don't think we hear enough. 
  • Not the same sister, but my sister sent me this video of cops and ice cream. I would be sobbing if I were pulled over (verified from experience), and ice cream might help. I love these stories and role reversals. 
  • This article, relaying Amy Schumer's speech from the Gloria Awards and Gala, is powerful and something everyone should read. 
  • This might be the chocolate fudge cake recipe my family has been eating for years, in its at-home possible version. It's daring, so I'm still working up the courage to convince them to experiment with it without our favorite.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Emboss like a baws.

You might have to read that title phonetically. I tried.

I made my wedding invites. I didn't think twice about it, which in retrospect, I understand the faces people gave me when I said I was taking that on, too. I loved the process, but was worried throughout that the homemade invitations would veer toward the boring side. Without a laser jet background picture, or any graphic design experience, and the necessity of so much information, it's a fine line.

Embossing is a deceivingly easy way to make something homemade look less like a pasta-and-glue project and more like expensive stationary. Just as with cookies, the ingredients matter. I found that this VersaMark ink pad was the best, as was the Adirondack embossing powder. I used two heat guns in the process, and didn't notice a difference. I started with this pink one, but had to replace after my cousin's puppy knocked it off the counter. So maybe it's plastic and cheap. I replaced that one with this blue one, which is actually cheaper. 

Once you have those, you're ready. 

First, stamp your paper. I used the clear ink mentioned above and this bee stamp.



Immediately, cover your stamp in the embossing powder. It helps to have a tray to catch the excess.


Shake off the excess. I flick the back of the paper while holding it over the tray, and in the case where there's still a bit hanging on, I use my nail or a knife to scrape it off. Anything remaining will be embossed.


Turn on the heat tool and keep it moving slowly around the stamp about six inches above the paper. You'll see the powder melt into the smooth embossed finish.


Practice! It's easy to burn the stamp and powder, resulting in little white dots within the shiny finish. Make sure the outline of the stamp is crisp and clean for a perfect finish. Regardless, I'm sure you'll impress everyone.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Picture This: Week 18, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and 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 Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. 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. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. 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. 


April 28, 2014

Masked Monday! I'm trying all sorts of witchcraft to try and grow my hair faster, including this coconut mask, and unrelated clay face mask.


April 29, 2014

I've invested so much future meal planning in this fledgling rosemary. Don't die on me.


April 30, 2014

The garden progress is taunting the deer, even without any viable plants within.


May 1, 2014

My aunt included these super cute bee balm flowers in my shower gift. I'm so into seedlings right now.


May 2, 2014

Copper ended his five-month standoff with Mom with a cuddle session on Friday. He must've sensed she wasn't feeling well, or otherwise forgave her for his new home.


May 3, 2014

I had my first fitting on Saturday. I'm not going to show the dress, just this remnant that I cut off, and my shoes! I love my shoes. 


May 4, 2014

I'm teaching Zachles the finer skills of cooking, namely brownies.

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