Monday, June 30, 2014

Picture This: Week 26, 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. 


June 23, 2014

My parents stopped by on their way to Pittsburgh and dropped of a pair of the most beautiful adirondack chairs I've ever seen. My aunt and uncle are so generous, and the house now suffers from neglect.

June 24, 2014

I was in Chicago this past week and spent Tuesday with one of my greatest friends. She took me for some of the best Mexican. 

June 25, 2014

I started the escort cards a little late.

June 26, 2014

Flights in the summer.

June 27, 2014

Friday showed progress on the escort card front, but also that embossing was taking a ridiculously long time. 

June 28, 2014

Sleepy Henry.


June 29, 2014

Home theatre night! Just kidding, no time for that before a wedding.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Read This: Volume XIX.

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.


  • This DIY Emergency Car Kit is easy to assemble and should be traveling with everyone. We don't have one, but will be making two shortly! Everyone can also anticipate them as gifts, I suspect.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Picture This: Week 25, 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. 


June 16, 2014

Another day, another hotel. I didn't intend for this to be my picture of the day, but it was the only one I took, modeling the Costco workout top for my sister. They're a seriously good deal - made of the workout material and only like $7 (that's from memory, will confirm soon).


June 17, 2014

Family portrait! Henry was not into it and Copper was struggling to keep his eyes open. Dramatics.


June 18, 2014

Random deliveries are one of the best parts of wedding preparation. Copper is unimpressed.

June 19, 2014

I can't make this stuff up. Also, there are so many cat pictures because wedding stress pictures are not fun.


June 20, 2014

We tried a new recipe: panzanella, or bread salad. It was incredible, and not just because I love bread. 


June 21, 2014

Several weeks ago, Zach texted that Henry had seen a t-shirt cat tent and wanted one. I know she can't communicate that. Nevertheless, I finally made her one, and as expected, both cats hate it. I think it has the hilarious ability to turn them into turtles.


June 22, 2014

Zach and I are working on something that involves a lot of pictures. The best part is finding that none of the faces in my family have changed, and confirming that Veronica has always had a great ponytail. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Read This: Volume XVIII.

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.

  • Since we're on the topic of Harry Potter (or we are now if you didn't know it), Zach asked what my patronus would be the other day. We're the nerdiest of the nerds. He thinks it might be a sloth, which could be insulting, but I do love sleeping.  
  • I don't want to make everything about ice cream (that's a lie), but had to include this piece about the ten things Nate Berkus loves because Dairy Queen. We're kindred spirits.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Picture This: Week 24, 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. 


June 9, 2014

The beasts are counting chipmunks as enemy number one. 


June 10, 2014

Zach made a nice little chart so we know where we all are. He promises an upgrade with face magnets. 


June 11, 2014

I envy their lives, every day.


June 12, 2014

I was so relieved to find that the Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat fit the baking sheet perfectly. I'm also impressed with how perfect nearly every cookie is on the silpat. 


June 13, 2014

Cleveland's not too bad.


June 14, 2014

I reunited with my college roommates for a Backstreet Boys concert. They're definitely trying to transition from boy band, and it's weird, but they played all of their old songs, so we were happy.


June 15, 2014


On Father's Day, we went on a craft brew hike and follow it with a meal at the Pub Chip Shop, where it's almost as if we were in England. To finish, we ate ice cream cookie sandwiches the size of our faces, with Dad teaching us the way in fast devouring. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Read This: Volume XVII.

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'm always in danger of having all these links from Buzzfeed, but I came across these reasons Cleveland isn't as bad as you think from my mum's Pinterest. She's getting the hang of it. Also, I understand the irony of finding an article on Pinterest when I'm trying not to be there. 
  • These old photos are mesmerizing. I love lifestyle photos, but I especially love ones with another side of a story. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two Night Stand.

We really haven't been doing much in the vein of house projects with the wedding looming so close, but we still owe updates on some major projects, including a 8-foot fence and garden that didn't happen overnight. 

This post isn't about that, though. 

This is about a quick update that made a major impact on our relatively ignored bedroom. We painted this room early in the "making-this-house-our-home" process, added curtains that I've yet to fix (the hem needs to be taken out for the change in height), and included the midcentury dresser I picked up at Salvation Army. We've added one piece of too-small art and accessorized the dresser a bit, but I can't show you that because the dresser is holding everything that used to be in the office while we procrastinate building a desk. 

In that time, we had two TV-dinner stands serving as night stands and one lamp. This was an obvious problem for a number of reasons, but mostly for the clutter.  With no drawer, books, lotion, mouthguards, weird arm workout things were on the floor when they wouldn't fit on the small top. Even when they would fit on the top, they were unsightly. No one needs to see a mouthguard.


It should also be noted that these things weren't our style. We didn't like the lamp's shape, and though my refurbishment of it helped, it was in a rough state after multiple moves and less than careful packing. Free lamps don't get the same perks. It was also always dusty since poking rags through the wires was less than effective and akin to painful torture.


The first round of updates involved a pair of medium gourd lamps from Target, in river birch. They were a present from Zach's generous cousin, and as soon as we got them, I snatched a couple shade options because I've been having less than great luck with them and their rotating inventory. Is it just me or are they trying to get rid of drum shades? We went with medium drum shades in white for these.


They immediately improved the room, tying in nicely to the walls (Ben Moore's Rockport Gray) and the curtains, and provided the coveted reading light. We both had lamps! They pointed out a big problem that still remained - the tables weren't any larger and space was an issue. Obviously I didn't style these pictures, but I want you to know that we do have a bedspread. It's quite nice, but not as cool in the windows-open nights. I thought it would be, and am willing to give it another chance, but just managed to wrestle it into a vacuum-seal bag. The teal Target blanket, another wedding present (thanks, Bri!) and an afghan (because I'm still cold) work perfect. 

Patience is not my strong suite. I believe in fate a little too much when it works in my favor, and when Target was having a furniture sale, paired with a couple gift cards from my shower, I took it as a sign that we needed to grab the side tables before Target took them from us. Is it obvious that I'm emotionally scarred from the Target registry experience? I can't tell you how many lamps I've had to replace because they're out of stock two months after. I wasn't willing to lose the tables.


The Target Threshold side tables work perfectly in the room. The color (picked by Zach) pops very nicely against the grays (and won't clash against the teal so much once the comforter's back, I promise). 

Apart from that, they're functional! Nearly everything fit in the drawer, apart from the spray bottle that's used as defense from starved cat beasts at 4 AM. We don't have to see our mouthguards anymore! 


Should I explain the things in the drawer? The vaseline is a pro tip from Jennifer Aniston. She uses it under her eyes at night and I'm a loyal listener, or very gullible magazine reader. The Idiot's Guide to Being a Groom was a gift from Zach's neighbor, and he's actually found it useful enough that we're gifting it to other engaged and wedding planning couples. That strange device is the arm workout thing that I've never seen Zach use. 


I love this shot. Everything's working so well together and everyone's the star. For two days, I was repeating, "They're just so great!" in reference to the upgrade. I realize I'm too enamored with this lamp and table combo. 

Now we're focused (that's used loosely) on finishing the headboard, and then we can show one full wall of the bedroom! We still have to move stuff from the corner. So maybe we'll make that desk. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Picture This: Week 23, 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. 


June 2, 2014

We have now instituted a policy in which each cat must show his or her face before being let through the door. 


June 3, 2014

Sunflowers, one of my favorites, from my shower the past weekend.


June 4, 2014

The random mid-day power outage on a clear day was strange, but the quick response was amazing. 


June 5, 2014

Copper: the biggest baby boy. 


June 6, 2014

It's back! We've been pacing ourselves, so no discussions!


June 7, 2014

Henry got in a fight, or was attacked, we think. Poor girl isn't too beat up, but is definitely scared.


June 8, 2014

We found the source of the ants and their time is limited. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Read This: Volume XVI.

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.


  • Zach's brother recently re-introduced me to the BBC Live Lounge, and I've been streaming covers ever since. It's possible for Taylor Swift songs to not sound annoying there and my current favorite is What Makes You Beautiful by The 1975 (and never thought it could be better by anyone other than One Direction).
  • I don't know what it is, maybe a celebration of nearly making it through wedding planning (stress on nearly), but I just want to shop. And buy all the things. Enter Target store secrets
  • Coke is releasing a set of alternative caps for bottles to give them a purpose after the sweet syrup is gone. I like this. It's a move in the right direction. I don't think it's the solution, but it's a start. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Picture This: Week 22, 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 26, 2014

Ominous sky for the week ahead (and the cats' behavior). 


May 27, 2014

Copper was out in full force on Tuesday, wreaking havoc anywhere he could and stealing all of my things.


May 28, 2014

I love the view from our kitchen island. I'll love it even more when the walls and window are painted a color we like. 


May 29, 2014

Steph shipped some toys to the furs and they arrived just before we left for a long weekend. Lucky little Henry!


May 30, 2014

Diney missed me!


May 31, 2014


I'm exercising my right to two pictures-a-day because Saturday was so great. I had my bridal shower in the afternoon and my bachelorette that night with some of my best friends. I don't have a group shot (send me all the pictures, Alex), but owe it all to Veronica, Steph, Alex, Kate, Kay, Jen. It was a fabulous day.



June 1, 2014

We really made out at the bridal shower, and Copper was excited by all the presents, as well! 

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