Monday, January 26, 2015

Picture This: Week 4, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

January 19, 2015

Travelling for work is normally pretty terrible, with the highlight being food.  The biggest highlight of Bowling Green is Campus Pollyeyes and their stuffed breadsticks.

January 20, 2015

One of the best parts of being home is the snuggles.

January 21, 2015

Grapefruit spoons: game changer.

January 22, 2015

When work is terrible, Target is amazing. Icing, out of the tube. It happened.

January 23, 2015

Zachles, with the win. A new sweatshirt to counter a crappy week.  Also, my phone is as big as my face and maybe I really do have a peanut-head.

January 24, 2015

Saturday night: turnt up.  But in all honesty, we can't get through Mad Men fast enough. We should have started this ages ago.

January 25, 2015

We may not get our cabinets back after this kitchen remodel.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Light Fight :: Dining Room.

I'm so behind on documenting our house projects that at this point, I'm going to show a status and move from there.  I'll deviate if we did something we are especially proud of, but that'll also depend if we did any documentation of the progress. 

To start: the dining room.  And to really start, this is what it looked like on day one. 

The suitcase in the middle of the room was necessary to keep me, specifically, from knocking my head off the dangling light multiple times a day. My dad finally raised it.  

The room was a blank slate. We didn't even have a hand-me-down table to influence anything. It's a main thoroughfare, as that green door leads to the garage.  I love the big window to our backyard.

Here's what it looks like now. 

Apart from the obvious furniture additions, this room changed drastically with paint. The darker color is Benjamin Moore's Silhouette and the top, lighter color is Sherwin William's Repose Gray.  Now I'm itching to center the light fixture between the opening to the kitchen, and to change it. We're not actually fighting about the light. We both agree that the current one is not our jam, but lights are expensive and sticker shock is real. Light fight is more of an homage to a book I co-wrote in seventh grade and illustrated with foam creatures. 

We started by painting all of the trim white. The house trims vary between a dark wood tone, to tan, to natural wood. The original chair-rail was replaced with a simpler, modern piece.  The door frame was replaced because the original was cut out to fit the chair-rail. Many things in this house seem to have been done backwards. 

We took down the bamboo shade, but I'm debating putting it back up. It'd add a nice texture, and I never disliked it. I went with curtains to mirror the bay window directly opposite in the living room. It helps to make the space look bigger. We'll have to do some trial runs because I don't want it blocking too much light, if any. I've already backed the fabric curtains to help block light bleeding through in both the night and day.

You can see a dot on the ceiling by the light - that's my tape marker for the next light. 

The table was compromise. I wanted a round table, specifically this one, but the price was high even when we stalked it for a while and compounded some coupons. My friend also told me that her round table is difficult sometimes because the larger it is, the more dead space is in the middle. We liked the idea of having the option to make it smaller or bigger, too, though so far, we've kept in the middle leaf.  The current verdict is that we love the chairs, not the table. The finish is chipping already and we're two gentle adults. I imagine when we have children it'll be eaten alive.  My sister also hates that the planked top has grooves that are really good at catching crumbs - she wants us to get a pencil vacuum. It really doesn't bother us much yet - it's the spots missing the finish. 

We are obsessed with the dining chairs. They are really comfortable while forcing a straight back that it's almost therapeutic. 

One of my favorite things, probably in the house, are those hanging planters. They're from West Elm. I like that they're hidden, but also give something to a corner we would have otherwise ignored (to the extent the cats let us, because their food dishes are under them)

Now, for the great light debate. I have a few in mind, but keep returning to the two very different styles below. Zachles is keeping his poker face strong. 

We need a strong light in the room. There are no overheads in the adjoining living room, and it was nice over Thanksgiving that the dining room could throw enough light that way to support the lamps (the current one has five bulbs). As there's no overhead in the living room, the light will also be allowed to be the stand-out. We plan on pulling out the pendants over the island in the kitchen so the dining room chandelier can draw you from both the kitchen and living spaces.

Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.


Shades of Light

I'm afraid the first has a color scheme that's too neutral for the already neutral room. The are color options, but that's another can of worms. It's more casual, which is more of our actual style.  The gold one reads mid-century glam, which I'm drawn to, but there's a difference in loving a style and actually being that style. We're also really into Mad Men right now. I've considered strappy chandeliers like this as well, but they're too predictable and similar to our office light that I'm already judging myself. I also don't think they'd throw enough light.

We have some time to figure it out, but I am itching to settle and save for one, thus nearly completing our first room. Zach wants to do crown, still, and I've thought about a rug, but those considerations are in every room, and thus cancel out.

Curtains: Chevron and Sheer
Hanging planters and pots: Planters from West Elm and pots

Monday, January 19, 2015

Picture This: Week 3, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

January 12, 2015

Cleveland has some seriously awesome libraries.

January 13, 2015

Ohio State, the undisputed champions. How firm thy friendship.

January 14, 2015

Office perk: candy buttons.

January 15, 2015

Ripping your contact and then driving through snow-covered areas necessitates this squint-preventing concoction.

January 16, 2015

Friday was our first date night supplied by my sisters as part of our wedding gift. They planned a movie night, complete with popcorn, cocoa, and mugs with our cats' mugs. Their creativity and thoughtfulness is seriously amazing.

January 17, 2015

Ice skating at Wade Oval, all in our quest to own Cleveland.

January 18, 2015

Sundays are for destruction. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Picture This: Week 2, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

January 5, 2015

Just in time for winter, our new front door was installed. I can't wait to get some paint on it, once it's warmer.

January 6, 2015

We started a couples workout challenge, spearheaded by our friend. It's motivated walks I would otherwise not sign-up for in the Ohio winter, all in the name of steps.

January 7, 2015

The fitbit: I have a love/hate relationship with him, and am embarrassed as to how sedentary I am at work. I suppose that's the point.

January 8, 2015

Poor fur babies had to have shots.  They took like like champs, sort of.

January 9, 2015

Working from home with a picturesque sleeping Henry.

January 10, 2015

We went back to Pittsburgh for the weekend and Diney was uncharacteristically excited to see us. I missed this little furb.

January 11, 2015

Mum finally got Zayhles and me to her gym. Turns out, Planet Fitness is way fancier than anticipated.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Alaska: Part IV.

At this point, this is all about posterity. That, and it would be rude to not have a recap for the last two days of our trip. I want to be fair to everything, inanimate or otherwise. 

You can read about the previous week we spend in Alaska here, here and here. It covers glaciers, moose, boat tours, Denali, and pizza.  Now we're on day seven, and this was the day of the sled dogs. I would be remiss not to mention these darling little beasts.

On our last day in Denali, we opted for a ranger-lead hike, because I am a nerd and love the facts that accompany these hikes. We learned that the permafrost layer is quickly melting, adding to global warming because with the subterranean melt is the release of methane.  We visited Horseshoe Lake, which was naturally developed from the quick-moving Nenana River, before being cut out by the same quick river, and left as a lake. Lastly, we learned that the sled dogs work mostly in the winter, hauling materials for trail projects across the frozen river and lake.

By chance, we saw that you could visit the sled dogs kennels at any time. This was not something I could miss. 

At first, I was taking a picture of every dog, but this post would then have about 30 individual pictures of dogs, so I'll restrain and show the roster instead.

In the summer, their job is mostly outreach - demonstration shows and friendly visits with tourists.  In the winter, they are mostly on the sled, patrolling the park and moving supplies around.

The dogs were pure muscle. It was amazing - you could feel the power in their paws as they rolled on their backs for belly rubs. They were the sweetest.

Finally, I pulled myself away so we could continue and drive back to Anchorage.  

The drive was the usual beautiful scenery, and we made a pit-stop for the Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna.  

We had seen it on the way up, but skipped it due to timing. We tried their beer in the town of Talkeetna, but this was the brewery, and Zach needed to see what was inside.

It was a small bar (no stools, just a walk-up bar). The facility was mostly a brewery, and we happened upon a free tour of the facility (everyone is crazy nice in Alaska).  We tasted the hops and grains, saw their canning process, and a bit of the construction for the next phase. They're growing pretty fast.

We really hope for the best for this brewery - partly because they were just really cool, and partly because it'd be nice to be able to buy in Ohio. 

We started our last day in Alaska with a flight-seeing tour. We had planned to do this earlier in the trip, but the company (Regal Air) had called and rescheduled because the visibility wasn't great. Again, super nice. They had weather as a condition, and it was their choice to reschedule so we had the best opportunity to see things. Thankfully, we had a free day at the end of the trip.  Our route was to the Prince William Sound.

We didn't see as much wildlife as we would have liked, but we did see some impressive scenery, glaciers, and landed in the Sound among icebergs for a walk on the plane floats. 

That, and we got to wear the headsets. 

After the flight, we opted for a bike ride on the coastal trail, which we hadn't visited since we first hopped off the plane. It was the perfect bookend. 

We had read and been told by several people that the trail was the best chance to see moose. The trail cuts between he ocean and the airport, and the moose traffic between, concentrating them to a defined area. We were within six feet a couples times, which is way closer than they would have liked, if their huffing and puffing meant anything. I wanted to hug them.

My dream was to see a bull moose. As we pedaled along, I turned the corner to a young bull moose standing in the middle of the trail. I quickly turned back to warn Zach, and to pull out our phones to take pictures as we zoomed past. 

After that, we were on the red-eye back to Ohio. We loved Alaska and can't wait to go back.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Picture This: Week 1, 2015.

I debated this for a little bit. I've done 365 picture projects for a couple years and it's always been about the day. I thought about doing something like a yoga pose, a picture of my face, a picture of an object in places - I really ran the spectrum.  My brother-in-law actually convinced me to continue with what I've been doing - without even knowing it.  He showed me this video about this guy that found a bunch of daily journals from his grandfather-in-law (I'm getting the details wrong as I continue with this, I'm sure of it). It was a really cool picture of daily life at their time, which we miss in the stories and memories passed down. We can watch history in the movies, but it's always centered around a big event. I want to remember the ordinary, so here we are - 2015!

January 1, 2015

My sisters are the most amazing people in the world. For our wedding, they are setting up date nights throughout the year. We opened the first on January 1, but cannot open the actual date night activity (until a TBD date night). The anticipation is killing me, and they astound me. 

January 2, 2015

I'm not a Home Depot fan, solely based on the store layout and interactions I've had there. BUT! The impact drill demos were enticing.

January 3, 2015

He'd been looking for a couple months, and it was finally time to pull the trigger. Zachles is the proud owner of a RAV4.

January 4, 2015

Brunch baby. Goals in 2015: spend more time with people I enjoy. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Picture This: Week 52, 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. 

December 29, 2014

Morning run with Veronica meant that most of my steps were done before 9 AM. It's almost enough to convince me that every day should start with a run.

December 30, 2014

Airport dining.

December 31, 2014

We hosted a NYE party, which necessitated a family portrait in our fancy attire. 

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