Friday, October 31, 2014

October in Instagram

October has been a busy, busy month. I can't believe it's already over; months aren't supposed to fly by so quickly. Here are a few snapshots from the past few weeks.

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1. Finally sweet-talked the mister into taking me out for Mexican food. // 2. I've been all about the chai this fall. // 3. Running cockroach experiments. Thankfully, I finally figured out what to do with that creepy little thing when I'm done with it--my tattoo artist is taking him off my hands because she thinks he'd be a cool pet! To each his own, man. // 4. A rare moment of free time.
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1. I've been spending a lot of Fridays at coffee shops, and I'm roughly 150% more productive there than at home. Kingdom coffee has been my go-to spot. //2. I've been trying to get better about documenting our home, even if I never do anything with the pictures. I think I've been so bad about it because I'm just unhappy with a lot of aspects of our space, but it was our first home together, and I know I will always want to remember it regardless. // 3. My record player finally died for good (it WAS about 60 years old, ya know), so Tyler bought me a new one for my birthday! //4. Spent the better part of a day with Haley, and she snapped this photo of us. I love spending time with that gal!
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1. Had chai and deep conversations with Layne down on Commercial St. She has such incredible insight and perspective on life; I always feel better for the time I spend with her. // 2. Spent my birthday dinner at Aviary (for like....the third year in a row?). Yum. // 3. I never get any studying done. // 4. Added some more books to my shelves courtesy of the library book sale!
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1. Tried my hand at pattern mixing....and also tried a dirty chai from the Mudhouse. I was pretty happy with both of them. // 2. Few things make me happier than brunch at Aunt Martha's. // 3. Fall is popping up (finally!) here in the Ozarks. // 4. Snagged this amazing vintage cape from Danavee's booth at Relics (please disregard the look of utter derpy-ness on my face).
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1. Kitty snuggles. // 2. Just being a doof in my fall uniform. // 3. Snagged some Flourish Leather bracelets at the Ozark Craft Fair! //4. Treated myself to a little shopping. Also, I'm obsessed with this dress.

Hope you all have had a wonderful October! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eleanor

I never planned on having three cats. I just need to get that out there. I feel like I've got the crazy cat lady neon sign flashing sometimes, so in introducing our newest (and last!) baby, I have to stress the fact that this was never in my original plan. I also have to stress that to my husband, because he was not the happiest about it. Oopsie.

Hear me out, though.

Tyler works with a lady who fosters cats through an agency, and over the summer she posted this photo of a kitten named Eleanor:

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I know. I KNOW. What a little fluffy mess, right? Some *expletive* idiot threw her away--literally. She was found in a trash can (WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!), and thankfully rescued. I remember seeing her over the summer and thinking that she was adorable, what had happened to her was so beyond awful, and surely she would be snatched up in a heartbeat. I mean, who could resist that story and that face?

Fast forward a couple months later, and I'm scrolling through Facebook, minding my own business, when I see a picture of a fluffy white cat on my feed--there she was, still not adopted. I cried--literal tears. I know that sounds super cheesy and overdramatic or whatever, but I just couldn't accept the fact that she was unwanted, from the beginning of her tiny life and still. It was too much. I talked to Marci, who was fostering her, and she said that she can be skittish and "picky" with people. To be honest, I couldn't blame her for that; if I was tossed in a trash can to die, I'd probably be pretty picky about the people I trusted too. So I went to meet her, picked her up, and.....she started purring. She snuggled up under my chin, purred, and purred some more.

So I called Tyler.
We brought her home for a trial that night.
She never left.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Catching up

Just a quick catchup. I'll most likely have a post for each of these little events, but in the meantime, I'll share a few snapshots of what's been happening around here lately: 

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1. New ink! // 2. Spent a Saturday at Silver Dollar City, which was awesome and terrible all at once. // 3. Went to Washington, MO to visit my good friend Sarah, and we crammed so much fun stuff into those two-ish days that we barely had time to sleep. // 4. I entered the last year of my 20s, and celebrated with a birthday dinner at Aviary and dessert at Elle's! // 5. The boys have a sister! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Midwest S'mores Night.

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It seems silly to say that an app changed my life--but that's the truth. People scoff at social media, and it isn't without its shortcomings, that's for sure, but it can be such an amazing tool in bringing together people that would have never met otherwise. 50 years from now, if my grandchildren ask me what the big social media boom was like, those will be the stories I tell--stories of how I made friends like Haley, Tessa, Aimee, Emma, Lindsey, Ronnie, Ana, Jessica, Sarah, Madison.... Yes, social media can be addicting. Yes it can make you feel inferior if you let it. But if you take the reins, amazing things can happen. Lindsey and Ronnie made amazing things happen a couple weeks ago. They hosted an Instagram meet-up/ s'mores night at Lindsey's house. After months (or even years) of seeing pieces of each other's lives online, we would be face to face with our insta-friends, some of us for the first time.

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Meeting people from the internet is usually a little weird, no matter how you slice it, but there was something about that night that made that disappear. Maybe it was the comforting nature of Lindsey's beautiful home, the warm glow of the fire, the crackle of vinyl records playing, the incredible food, or the sound of laughter constantly filling the air--whatever it was, it was absolutely magical. Some of these girls I had been insta-friends with, some I had met in real life, and some were total strangers, but I felt like I had known them all for years.

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The past couple years in Springfield have been great, but they've also been hard sometimes. I moved back home for a couple years between grad school and getting married to help take care of my grandparents, and when I came back to Springfield, most of my friends had gone. The ones who were still around had moved deeper into careers, relationships...and to be honest, I wasn't sure exactly where to begin to make new friends. I sure as heck didn't think to look on the internet, for pete's sake. I also thought that most people my age had established friend groups already, and trying to break into a friend group as an introvert is like a made-to-order panic attack. I thought I was mostly okay, though. I had my husband, I had my cats...and deep down I was lonely as heck. Sometimes, as a woman, you just need other women around. Slowly, people like the incredible Layne began to pop into my life, through--you guessed it, the internet.It was after meeting her that I decided to make it a goal to meet up with my local online friends and to be proactive in fostering real, authentic friendships both on and offline. So when I got the invitation for Midwest S'mores Night, I said yes immediately.

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I couldn't be more glad I did. Over a week later, I'm still thinking about what an incredible night it was. We ate, we drank, we laughed (oh my gosh, how we laughed), we told stories. We were happy. We were open. We were known. There was an air of authenticity, and there was no judgment, just a feeling of incredible love that radiated from every conversation. How often can you say that about any big group of people, much less people who barely knew one another? It was incredible.

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I think back on that evening--that perfect, cool fall evening--and I realize how much I had been longing for that. How much I need that. How much I want more of my evenings to be surrounded by that authentic kind of community. That is how life should be.

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**For an absolutely beautiful, eloquent recap of the evening, take a look at Lindsey's blog post. It captures the evening perfectly.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Project Life: Weeks 34 & 35

I'm behind again...imagine that! Well, actually my Project Life is doing just fine thankyouverymuch, but I'm doing not-so-awesome at blogging my pages....or blogging in general. Grad school has me scrambling like you wouldn't believe. One of my classes was cancelled this week, so I thought I would toss up some of the pictures I snapped of my pages from the past couple weeks. Hopefully I'll get a firm routine established and things will pick back up around here soon.

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P.S. Happy September! How am I saying that already?!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Project Life: 25-26

Annnnnnnnnnnnd........We're caught up! Finally! Hope you've enjoyed all the Project Life stuff, and if you haven't, I hope you enjoy that it's over. Haha. Well, I'll still be posting my weekly spread on Mondays, but the overdose is finished. :) These last two spreads are minimalistic, color-wise. I think the embellishments keep them from being too simple, but I still don't know. I think I'm a bright-color gal in the summer. I could definitely see doing lots of these color schemes during the colder months. Feel free to leave any thoughts or questions in the comment box!

Week 25, left side:
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Week 25, right side:
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Week 26, left side:
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Week 26, right side:
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Day in the Life

I've seen these floating around the internet for awhile, and always thought they'd be fun to do: a photo an hour for a whole day. The problem, as it turned out, is that I'm incredibly forgetful, so even if I remembered to start in the morning, I'd take about two pictures and then it would totally slip my mind for the rest of the day. I'm not one of those people who is always thinking about my blog content when I'm doing things, so a lot slips by undocumented (honestly, Project Life has helped more than anything else with that!). It's strange, though--the more I document my life, the more I appreciate it. When I was doing my Project Life pages for the week, most of the journaling talked about what an "awesome" day it was--even though it really was a very typical Friday for me. I'd like to do it again sometime now that I've started classes. Anyway, as crazy as it sounds, this was legitimately a challenge, but definitely a fun one!I If you do it (or have done it) yourself, leave me a link in the comments! I'd love to check it out (and I'm a total nosey Nancy).

I decided to do this a few weeks ago on one of my solo days off, since--although I think it would be interesting to show you a day at my work-- privacy laws won't let me take pictures of the cute kiddos I work with. So this is a pretty typical Friday for me. (*Note: These are all iphone photos, for the simple fact that I didn't feel like lugging around a DSLR all day and fielding questions about why I was taking pictures of random things.)

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7 o'clock hour: I usually wake up sometime after 7:00, mainly because Tyler is up and around and I feel guilty (if left to my own devices, I'm more of a 1pm kinda gal...). Generally I whine a lot, and there's some internal struggle regarding actually physically removing myself from my bed. This day was no different.



8 o'clock hour: After I pried myself from the warm comfort of bed, I ended up on the couch because waking up is really hard. I snagged Henry for some cuddling and television, because days off are for being a little lazy, right?

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9 o'clock hour: Somewhere after nine, I started to feel guilty (#weirdo) that I'd just been sitting on the couch for over an hour, so I got my happy little self moving, fed the cats, ate breakfast, and took a shower.

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10 o'clock hour: So, by the time I started putting makeup on, it was after 10. I'm slow getting around on the weekends. Don't judge. I dried and fixed my hair, put last nights/this mornings dishes in the dishwasher, and did a little tidying up around the apartment before I left.

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11 o'clock hour: First stop was one of my favorite flea markets--Urban Market. Every once in a while I pop in just to take a look at the furniture....but I usually end up wandering around the whole store. Like today. That place is a total time-suck. While I was there, I got a tweet from Haley about some new goodies at our favorite scrapbook store, so I added that to the agenda, too!

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12 o'clock hour: I was getting a little hungry, so I stopped by Elle's for some iced coffee....and macarons.....and truffles....and an apple almond tart. (I am doing AWESOME at this whole eating-healthier thing.) But HEY, I only ate the tart and drank some of the coffee, and saved the rest for later. I mean, that's got to be less calories than a whole freaking lunch, right? *shifty eyes* Then I popped by a local used bookstore and headed to Target for a few things (mainly chickpeas, because I am freaking addicted).

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1 o'clock hour: Against my better judgment, I went to the mall. I can't decide if I went because it was tax-free weekend, or in spite of it, but I really needed some new jeans. I still need some new jeans, because I bought shorts, a skirt, a cami, some shoes, and a hat, but no jeans. Darn you Forever 21.

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2 o'clock hour: From the mall I headed toward home, and stopped by Scrapbook Generation. My wallet was weeping when I left, but I was a happy camper.

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3 o'clock hour: I arrived back home, put on pajama pants (judge me, but I never wear *real* clothes at home unless I'm expecting visitors), and immediately became a cat chair. So I snuggled Oliver for a while, and then started on chores.



4 o'clock hour: Laundry began a little after 4. It was a dark, dark time in my life.

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5 o'clock hour: At this point, I'm still alternating between cleaning and being a bum on the couch. #reallife Finally, Tyler gets home around 5:30.



6 o'clock hour: We decided to head to the library, which has become sort of a weekly ritual for us. Tyler has discovered that the library carries comics, so.... :) I have discovered the sweet lavender latte from the Mudhouse location in the library center. It's pretty amazing.

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7 o'clock hour: We drove around town a bit, just talking, because we weren't quite ready to be home.

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8 o'clock hour: We started miss our little fluffbutts, so we started for home. We did have to pull over just once so I could snap a photo of the sunset.



9 o'clock hour: Tyler decided to play some video games, so I ate my macarons from earlier, flipped through some magazines, and painted my nails.

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10 o'clock hour: We popped in Catfish, which I had been dying to see, but had never watched because it isn't on Netflix or Amazon Instant. Tyler, in his passionate love for the library, said to check and see if they had it, and sure enough! We had to go to the north side to find it, but since we were driving around aimlessly for a while anyway, it wasn't a big deal. We watched it and Forensic Files until we couldn't keep our eyes open, and then dragged ourselves to bed.

Whew! That post was a lot longer than I thought it would be, but it was so fun to create! Thanks for taking a peek at my day! Gold star if you made it to the end. ;)