Monday, September 28, 2015

Picture This: Week 39, 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.

September 21, 2015

Copper wasn't about to admit guilt, but his stare at the overturned planter said it all.


September 22, 2015

I think I like this book better than the first.


September 23, 2015

We were disappointed at the lack of honeybadger memorabilia at the Fort Wayne Zoo.  Luckily, Etsy never fails and now we have an ornament to commemorate our meeting.


September 24, 2015

Sometimes the office has its perks in the form of surprise cupcakes.


September 25, 2015

There have been a lot of pies as I prepare to make Lea's wedding pie.


September 26, 2015

I did more exciting things on Saturday, like hang out with friends and watch college football, but the trip to Lowe's beforehand necessitated pictures of screws in search of anchors.


September 27, 2015

We finished up our summer landscaping just in time to start preparing for fall.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Categorizing the hall closet.

That’s a start for a better title, right? Boring, but less annoying.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m baffled by the closet in the center of our house.  It was clear the previous owners used it as a coat closet, but its positioning 15 feet from the nearest door was less than ideal in northern Ohio.  We considered making it a full extension of the kitchen, hiding the microwave in here, but without planning to expand the doorway opposite, it felt too separate.  A microwave in the hallway is weird. 

We lived with it for two years with those hanging closet storage things before I needed something permanent. I don't have a good before picture, probably because it was blank. 



So we went with the hybrid.  The closet is now part cleaning (the vacuum finally has a home!), part pantry, part cat food, and all overflow space.



The shoes and coats still don’t have a great solution, but those will be addressed in the next two years.

Most of our food items are in two cupboards in the kitchen.  One is a lazy susan, which is still so exciting, but is positioned over a vent.  I still can't determine the implications of certain items over the heat in the winter.  The other is the corner cabinet on the wall above, and is part platter storage, making it less than full food storage and awkward.  Things will likely shift as we slowly work toward our kitchen remodel, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I built the shelving system in a couple hours with 5 2x4's, some 1x6 planks for the shelves, and leftover pieces of 1x2's for the shelf supports.  It took me a couple hours and was obviously built for function over beauty.  


I customized some spaces, such as the top shelf with just enough room for boxes of aluminum foil, wax paper, and the like.  The very bottom shelf is perfect for my Cheerio stores, and I envision the basket being where we keep potatoes and onions because I recently learned they are best kept in cool, dark places.  Otherwise, it's a current free-for-all.  I don't intend on the crockpot, blender or random bakeware living in here, but after hiding the microwave in a kitchen cupboard, they were kicked out and are more pleasing hidden than sitting on the counter.  The bag is catnip and cat treats and needs a new spot. Still, too much is in flux to settle too far on anything. 

This post may be the ugliest thing, but the function of this closet makes me so happy. I think I vacuum more solely because I know where the vacuum is now. That, and I love making this home fit for us. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Picture This: Week 38, 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.


September 14, 2015

Sweet moments turned pirate. 


September 15, 2015

Inspired by Katelyn, I got a chest freezer.  I didn't know how much I was missing until it was in place. 


September 16, 2015

Round one of wedding ladylike season, in process. 


September 17, 2015

In our stop in East Lansing last week, we picked up some much overdue swag, including some pretty cute and comfortable pajama life pants.


September 18, 2015

My dad and his college roommate were in town, and without any coaxing, they jumped into installing my kitchen light.  I'm pretty lucky.


September 19, 2015

It's party indoctrination into a family tradition and part survival at a cash-bar wedding: Grey Goose shots and pickle chasers. 


September 20, 2015

Highlight of my day? week? month? year? life? Probably life.  The honey badger was just as awe-inspiring and terrifying as it was in the youtube videos. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Picture This: Week 37, 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.


September 7, 2015

Savannah reminds me of a fairyland.  The expansive medians, overflowing with greenery and massive tress draped in moss, create this magical atmosphere so unseen in a city.


September 8, 2015

It was back to the beach on Tuesday!



September 9, 2015

The house across the street is for sale, and packed with viewings.


September 10, 2015

The most terrifying sound might be that of knives sharpening, especially when you didn't know it was coming.


September 11, 2015

We stopped by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park in northern Michigan on our way to our cousin's wedding.  The scenery was something out of the Bahamas, the water was so clear and beautiful.


September 12, 2015

Group picture with some tall grass. That could represent you, Veronica!


September 13, 2015

On our return journey, we took the Michigan State freedom trail, stopping by my dad's old stomping ground.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Picture This: Week 36, 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.

Sorry for the delay! Things are a little hectic with weddings lately, so my schedule may be a bit off.  I'm trying to keep close,though!

August 31, 2015

In the mystery of mysteries, Amazon sent us binder dividers with no packing slip.  We didn't order them, and we can't return them. Thanks?


September 1, 2015

I love when the furbs play in bunk beds.


September 2, 2015

I often forget that Columbus is just as pretty as Ohio State.


September 3, 2015

A trip to Ohio State wouldn't be fully realized unless there was a surprise, unpredictable thunderstorm/monsoon.


September 4, 2015

We swung through the Cleveland Octoberfest, complete with cuckoo clock-esque hourly beer calls.


September 5, 2015

I renewed my gold membership in record time this year. Caffeine addiction continues.


September 6, 2015

My DC roommate got married in Savannah over the weekend at one of the prettiest venues, with definitely the best food I've maybe ever eaten.  Congratulations Cat and Andrew!

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