There's Such a Difference Between Us and a Million Miles

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Oh, Adele.  You are so right...about SO many things.  

I don't know about you, but I'd rather go without a lot of people these days.  And it's supposed to be the season of celebrating!  I just want the people I want, you know?  But others do too, and that can hurt.  Sometimes, the holidays bring out a certain edge -- attitudes, expectations, inclusions, exclusions and hurt feelings.  I think these pressures, perceptions, and slights can really exist, other times are perceived, or can be learned -- rusty remnants leftover from childhood.  No matter the sneaky source, my hope and goal this year is to be in the moment and unaffected by the peripheral stress.  I mean, I'm thisclose to committing to New Year's cards.  I'm totally zen.

It's been a busy time for us in general, let alone the holiday season.  I confess I haven't fully found my holiday spirit just yet (even though I've been a lucky winner two nights in a row at holiday parties!).  Maybe it's in the mail.  Or when we put up our holiday lights this weekend.  Regardless, I'm sure after tomorrow, I'll really, truly, deeply find it.  Kicking it off with a night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my people.  True to form, I find myself thanking the technology gods once again for online shopping.  I would be lost without it. 

P.S.  11-3!  And I'm off to the playoffs!  Remember this?

Beautiful capture by Alasdair McLellan via The New York Times 

It Feels Like

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December! I can't believe it! Just a few weeks left to push through. My office countdown has begun! Let's do this!

Image by John Dunfee 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We've been in our new place just over a month -- we're happily settling in and it's starting to feel like home.  Like most things, the new starts to become familiar. And perhaps even the favorite. Having a serious view doesn't hurt!  While initially seriously upset, the kitties have since given their furry stamps of approval.  It took a little time -- we're relieved. 

It's been a busy and grateful season -- these are a few favorite memories from these past weeks and months.  We both rang in another year of life (31!) and love (anniversaries!).  The best dinners with the best company.  U-pick farms with bossy goats.  Celebrating husband's birthday with the RADDEST private wine tasting tour.  Learning how to test and taste wine grapes for ripeness.  Weekend getaway.  Roadtrips.  Hikes, hikes, and hikes!  Our private beach!  Margarita nights and Homeland marathons.  Kitchen dance parties.  It's nice to be remembered, known, seen, and reminded that you are liked and loved.  

Tomorrow, we'll be busy in the kitchen making, baking, and celebrating those we love.  There is much to be thankful for, even if it can get lost in the everyday routine.  With current and tragic events, I'm reminded that we are so, so lucky.  We look forward to the holiday season ahead with love for those that are with us and those who shine on, living within our hearts.  Clear eyes, full hearts.    

P.S.  Not pictured -- the last-minute family IKEA run this morning.  There's no one I'd rather LITERALLY run and race through IKEA's endless marketplace with than you.  And in 15 minutes, no less!  A record or something!

P.P.S.  9-2!  I KNOW!

Word Wednesday

Image via Pinterest, where else?

How Timely

Monday, November 2, 2015

image via After All This Time

Fall Break!

Monday, October 19, 2015

You're FINALLY here!  After days, weeks, and long MONTHS of seriously grinding at work and MAJOR overtime (it's ugly!), there is a teeny, tiny reprieve.  An actual BREAK!  Capital letters, italics, and exclamation points just DO NOT do it any justice!  At all.  Fall Break, I've had my eye on you.  Since, well, January.  It's true love.  Now that you're here, please be kind and stay awhile.  We've got big plans for you.  There will be dancing. 

P.S.  5-0!  Speechless.

Image via We Heart It

Hip Hip!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I can't believe it!  October, I'm sure glad you're here!  Weekend, you're looking so, SO good.  Birthday not far behind.  Three cheers.  Also, pumpkin muffins with maple icing and snickerdoodles.  Winning. 

P.S.  But really.  In other news, 3-0!  WHAT?!

Image via DEMIELIEW's Instagram


Friday, September 25, 2015

Monterey bound for a birthday bonanza!  Homemade peanut butter cups for the win.  Yay, long weekend!  You're looking real good.

P.S.  2-0!

Image via Shop Terrain


Twelve years!  And counting!  This one is for you.

Lovely card from Em Dash Paper Co.

Fall, Y'all

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Google, you're killing me.  In the cutest way possible.  Keep it up.    

GIF obviously via Google


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Game Day

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Google, thanks for the sweetest little GIF this Sunday morning. Last week, I was SERIOUSLY victorious in our fantasy football league! 1-0 is a nice start! But it's a new week with different match-ups and ANYTHING can happen. No one can get comfortable -- it's a long season and injuries abound! 

It's been a busy week and I'm already tired from looking at next week's schedule. It's a monster, but in fun, celebratory ways (anniversaries, birthdays, road trips!). Our "gauntlet" began last month and, as always, baking will be involved. Here's to a seriously needed sunny Sunday with my love -- the beach, a picnic, and a little football.

GIF obviously via Google       

It's Time!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

For fantasy football!  Our draft is TONIGHT and I need all the fantasy gods to bless me and keep me in their favor.  For 13 weeks!  Somehow, this will be my THIRD year in my husband's fantasy football league.  Are we having fun, yet?  Here's to ME keeping mellow and zen during a fantasy season that means absolutely nothing!  It's all in good fun, right?  RIGHT?!

Image via Some Ecards  

For the Birthday Boy

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Birthday Bound!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

And we're off!  Hitting the road for an adventurous weekend celebrating the birthday boy -- my husband and favorite person ever.  Beach!  Hiking!  Beach!  Wine tasting!  Beach!  Coconut lime cake!  All bases covered for a happy, HAPPY birthday with my favorite.  

image via Reasons to Breathe

Teal Tuesday

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Monday, July 27, 2015


Friday, July 17, 2015

Dioptase from Namibia.

Image via Mineralia

Word Wednesday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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According to Pinterest

Monday, July 13, 2015

A few trusty favorites from my Inspiration board.  Where else?  Pinterest, I have always, ALWAYS loved you.  

July, be kind.  

Screenshot from my Pinterest   


Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer is banging down the door. June is shaping up to be a busy and exciting month. A lot of celebrations. A lot of birthdays. A lot of love. 

It's only Monday, but I'm (already!) looking forward to savoring something icy and fresh in the warm sun. And to slow it down. To laugh and enjoy. Having a kitchen like this for my edible endeavors wouldn't hurt either. But, I digress.

image via Local Milk 

Spring Break!

Monday, April 6, 2015

image via Northern Thoughts

The Dream of "Home"

Monday, March 16, 2015

As it goes, less is more and old is new. While our vision for a home has changed throughout the years, a few things haven't: we want a home that we can put our whole hearts into and build with our own hands. On stunning land no less. Special thanks to Pinterest and Tumblr for dutifully holding all our dreams for now. Carry on.

image via Farmhouse Touches