I know. I haven’t been here much. But springtime is busy time you guys. We’ve been cleaning, painting, mowing (not me), organizing, celebrating, thrifting, yard-saleing and enjoying the cool sunny days we’ve had. Here’s a look. (I’ve also started a small wildlife refuge in my backyard, see below)
Today, I’m raising a toast to three years of love, growth, smiles, tears, laughs, moves, friends, family, travel, hugs, kisses, Boston, marriage and Mr. GMET.
Three years ago we were saying “I do.” Three years ago we were enjoying a HOT spring day. Three years ago we were eating burgers, fries and chocolate chip cookies. Three years ago we were toasting our marriage with OKC-style lunchboxes. Three years ago we were dancing the night away.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who has made the past three years so very special. Here’s to many, many, many more with the whole gang.
PS. photos by the wonderful Bob Perachio.
Some people make a list of things they want to do before they turn 30. And I’ve never found anything wrong with it. I actually still don’t. But as I rapidly landslide into my next decade, it wasn’t something I thought was worth doing. It’s just not my thing. Besides, I have done A LOT in those 30 years already. So, today, my list of 30 things I did before I turned 30 (in no particular order).
1 Traveled overseas—Rome, Ireland & London
2 Swam in the Pacific Ocean (and the Atlantic too)
3 Had surgery—knee & eyes
4 Lived in 4 states—PA, AL, OK, MA
5 Got married
6 Bought a house
7 Started a craft business
8 Went on a road trip (OK→GA in 1.5 days)
9 Had a perm
10 Adopted/rescued/took in a cat
11 Earned an MS
12 Spent the summer as a camp counselor
13 Got a job teaching at a college
14 Did a kegstand (unrelated to #13)
15 Filmed a few commercials
16 Danced in a movie
17 Cheered at a National Bowl Game
18 Worked at daily newspaper
19 Ran a 5K
20 Seen a few Broadway Shows
21 Marched in a parade
22 Lived by myself
23 Became a godmother
24 Danced in a liturgical dance company
25 Was a mascot (Go Cougars!)
26 Hiked Diamond Head (twice)
27 Swam a “polar bear dip”
28 Touched Vanilla Ice’s hand
29 Skipped prom
30 Planned a surprise party
So what’s next? It’s anybody’s guess really.
I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, but the surprises are what makes this whole thing fun.
| Loving these succulents. A gift for a friend. The most talented couple in NYC. Anarchy + Cats? A “warm” March day. |
Hello again. Sorry for my absence, you guys. Let’s call it an extended Spring Break, shall we? In all honesty it’s just been non-stop, wall-to-wall, go-go-go around here lately. I find it’s the only way I can get through this chilly March. Since it’s been so busy, I do have lots to catch you up on. Like not one, but two quick trips to New York. Some food things. Some fun things. You know, the usual happenings around these parts.
PS. I missed you guys and I’m so glad to be back.
looking forward to turning the clocks ahead this coming weekend.
wishing we got spring break as adults.
finding reasons to pull out bright spring-colored clothes.
enjoying time with family (Feb family portrait, above.)
packing up shop orders.
trying to find a new book to get lost in. (suggestions welcome.)
itching to get some spring craft projects done.
keeping my feet warm with one sweet kitty.
loving leaving the city behind on the weekend (even though I wouldn’t change being there every week.)
planning a short weekend away.
keeping busy at work.
going screen-free before bed.
devouring homemade hummus.
That’s the first weekend of March around here. Expect a quiet week though, as I have a feeling it’ll be a busy one between work and the shop. But, if you’re missing me, I’ll be over at DKS.
If I tell you this weekend was nothing special, I’d be lying. Because, let’s face it, the weather was beautiful here in the Boston area. We’re talking warm enough to take a long walk outside without risking frostbite. Talk about a major win.
We celebrated by doing the ordinary weekend things—cooking, cleaning, sleeping in. Plus, buying a new microwave since ours bit the dust when I
reheated toasted some leftover quinoa in there on Friday. But get this. We found a Visa gift card we didn’t remember having + used Sears loyalty points and walked away without dropping a dime on that new microwave. I’ve never had a better appliance buying experience.
I’m thinking that’s just the start to an excellent week. Let’s do this thing.
I hope you had a lovely weekend of love, lovies! The Mr. and I celebrated with dinner in on Friday night, but lunch out on Saturday, complete with (gluten-free) chocolatey dessert. Other than that, not much to report. Getting the taxes d-o-n-e. Scheduling projects. Finishing other projects (above, can’t wait to share later this week!). Cleaning up piles of paper that seem to accumulate throughout the week. You know, the norm around these parts.
I hear we’re getting more snow this week. And as you can tell, Louise is still not impressed. Seems she hasn’t moved much since Friday, huh? Oh, and one big shout out to Elissa over at StyleWire for such a great giveaway of Kind bars. I can’t wait to dig into these (over the next 3 months, of course.)
Oh, and shameless plus, lots of great new things in the shop, such as a couple cute ring dishes and some place card holders. Check out the thumbnails in the sidebar. –>
I’m not the biggest hero when it comes to snow. I’m not the biggest baby either though. I actually ENJOY shoveling it (great workout, for the win!) And I love a snowy photo walk around the neighborhood.
So, this week, the unthinkable happened. It snowed in Alabama—where I spent nine of my most formative years. (Yes, believe it or not, I once had a southern accent. There’s video to prove it.) In the nine years I lived there, we only ever got a dusting of snow. Never enough to cancel school, as they did this week. Never enough to shut down roads, as they did this week. Never enough to make it worth it.
If we’re Facebook friends, you know I proclaimed to all my southern buddies last night that they would make it through this wintry weather. But I just want to affirm to them, my gals and guys and y’alls… You WILL make it. Soon, it will be spring. Maybe even next week. Yes, really.
**note, the pictures AREN’T from Sweet Home Alabama. They’re just a taste of what my southern folks are missing out on.**
**UPDATE** YES. I do know it was bad. And I’m not making light of it. I KNOW the South isn’t prepared to handle the snow and ice they received. I KNOW because I lived there. And I know people were stranded and it’s not fun. It’s happened up north too. Here’s hoping officials everywhere will learn lessons from this, regardless of what their normal weather patterns are.
You guys. This week will get me every time. So, just a little heads up that I’m only going to pop in once or twice this week. I’m working on little things (etsy orders). I’m working on big things (I’ll tell you soon, promise!) And in between I’ve got a easy peasy DIY gift for a youngin’ plus an already rad-looking list in the works for Friday.
Our weekend was pretty low key. I got to enjoy a girls’ day complete with a meal in the North End. Cantina Italiana is perfect for lunch and has gluten-free pasta to boot. We got a light dusting of snow on Friday, which of course inspires some “yoga” by the fireplace. And the need to make that chili. Yes, I took a photo of the recipe so I wouldn’t forget to look it up. What of it? And yes, it was in a Ladies’ Home Journal. So, double what of it?
Oh, and the last pic. Is it really just bath time? Or do you think this may be Louise’s way of subtly giving me the hand/paw?