HELLO!

So I’ve been locked out of my blog for quite a few weeks… I just was sort of waiting for the problem to correct itself, as I never seemed to have a pocket of time to hone in and address it. WELLLLL, it didn’t fix itself, and it took me about ten minutes to “fix” it (it’s fixed enough that I’m logged in and can access my stuff, but I haven’t reinstalled the things I disabled). Anyways, I’ve been itching to share so many things: OUR HONEYMOON PHOTOS — HELLO!??!?!?!!?! Where are those?? A few more wedding photos. MY BASEMENT STUDIO/OFFICE ROOM!!!! And yes, all this merits ALL CAPS because I’m so frickin’ excited. Hmm, what else? My One Little Word! My (temporary???) switch from my Samsung Galaxy to a Google Pixel. Lots of little stuff that, knowing me, I’ll never actually get around to sharing… 🙁 Meanwhile, enjoy this …

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ONE LITTLE WORD: JOY.

I’ve finally decided on my word for my first One Little Word workshop [Here is a quick video summary of the workshop]. I had started by listing random words that I thought would work and ended up with over forty line items over the course of the last couple weeks (some of them were repeats). When one still didn’t seem to encompass everything I was going for, I simply made a list of what would be important to me in 2017: finishing projects; going outside more; being creative (painting, crocheting, photographing, scrapbooking, etc.); simplifying; decluttering; organizing; traveling… In the end, I noticed that these are all things that would bring me JOY. I had wanted to avoid choosing something so “basic” (I feel like I already live my life in a way that I am trying to achieve happiness); but after writing out my list of desires, rather than simply …

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HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS: THE BASEMENT, POST-FLOORING INSTALL.

Hey, remember when I made that Studio/Office mood board??? Like, four years ago??? No? Well, progress has obviously been slow. But I suppose that’s fine, since I’m tweaking my design concepts anyways. Most of it still holds true, like the existing furniture, the mostly white & grey color palette, and the pink accent; some of it I’m glad I didn’t do, like the yellow barn door (still doing a barn door, just not yellow!), the “pops” of random colors, and the fabrics. Here’s a modified version of what I’m thinking today: [click for larger] [RESOURCES] Flooring: COREtec Plus HD Odessa Grey Driftwood | barn door image | Furniture: IKEA | floating shelves image | molding image | Pendant light: Lowe’s | Frames: Michael’s | Lamp: antique | Fonts: Remington Noiseless & my handwriting. And since I FINALLY have flooring installed, I think I can officially start to feel like this …

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IN 2016, I…

…resolved to DOCUMENT MORE. Out of the gate, I found an app called 1 Second Everyday, which I love, but I didn’t keep up with it; I only made two months worth of videos – 1 & 2. …rambled about my lack of documentation. …tried to relaunch my Etsy shop, only to leave it sitting immediately afterwards. …started pocket scrapbooking that was going really well until I tried to do A Week In The Life, which caused me to come to a screeching halt with the whole thing somehow. …shared a few things. …mused about how different current-me is from past-me. …grew my first garden! July, spoils, August. …celebrated my 29th birthday in Buffalo, NY: 1, 2, 3. …shared a few things I collect: Maneki-neko; Essential Oils. …launch a wedding website. …talked about our kitties’ alternative food “bowl” to keep them from getting too fat. …FINALLY finished The Wheel of …

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OUR CEREMONY PROGRAMS.

In the weeks before the wedding, I spent A LOT of time designing our wedding programs. I did them in Photoshop and had them printed at Kinko’s (FedEX). They were set out on the seats at the ceremony, but they also contained information about the reception following afterwards. I wanted the leftover programs brought along to the reception hall for the guests who didn’t make it to the ceremony, but somehow that message got lost and a lot of our guests never saw the programs. Considering the amount of time I spent on them, I’m sure you can imagine that that breaks my heart a little. There were a few things that I wanted to include in the programs that I forgot because I was rushing to finish them. One of them was pretty important, and I can’t believe I forgot it: I wanted to mention our new last name. …

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WELCOME HOME [IT’S SNOWING]!

Brian and I have been home from our recent honeymoon (that’s coming soon!) for about 5-1/2 days now. We were in New Zealand and Australia, where in October/November, they’re gearing up for their summer. Needless to say, here back home (in Orion, Michigan), the snow that appeared today is a little disappointing. I miss 75°F+ weather FOR SURE. I bitch about the cold and winter all the time (see here or here or here) so this is nothing new. But just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean I can’t document it. 😉 The snow isn’t really too visible in the photo (it was also SUPER windy), but it is the FIRST snow of the season, so I snapped a few photos anyways. And just for fun, here’s a photo of the front of the house back in October when the leftover mums & pumpkins from our ceremony were charmin’ up …

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IT’S BEEN TWO MONTHS.

Sometime in July I had made the resolution to blog more. I didn’t really have a gameplan, but I was just tired of having a blog that I don’t blog in. I am realizing that I am forgetting more and more things, big and small. I used to be able to remember minute details, like word-for-word conversations or exact times (not just dates, but times and dates) that something happened. Today, I have to “look up” a lot of that. Maybe I’m enabling my forgetfulness by trying to document more… Maybe I’m relying too much on something else backing up my memories. Or maybe I am just losing my memory and will be eternally grateful to my current-self when I look back on the things I did manage to record. This is a familiar post for me. How many times have I moaned about documenting more and blogging more? In …

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MARRIED!

A FEW POST-WEDDING WORDS ON “MARRIED LIFE” & THE WEDDING DAY ITSELF. Brian and I have now been married for a little over two weeks, and in the past two weeks, the number one question that I have gotten is “HOW IS MARRIED LIFE TREATING YOU?!?” Uh, fine. Brian and I have been together since 2011, and have lived in our current home since 2012. I “jokingly” say “It’s not really different, I just have another ring I have to put on.” But really, it’s not a joke 😉 All the clichés you hear? Probably true. The day really does go by too quickly; you really don’t have any moments to truly appreciate all the work you put into the tiny details (centerpieces, favors, menu options, table arrangements, you name it); you really can’t do it all by yourself; MANY THINGS WILL GO WRONG; but you will let the little …

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GOODBYE.

Heidi was adopted ten years ago from a shelter at approximately age five. Her given name was Pantera. She was surrendered by her previous family because they moved out of state and couldn’t take her with them. I renamed her Heidi after about a week because whenever I came home, I couldn’t find her; she was always hiding. I would have her wear a bell so I could always find her. She gave up her hiding ways after not too long. But she would forever be my Heidi. The past ten years of my life have been so blessed by her presence. Words cannot even begin to describe the love I have for her. She has been my family when there was no one else. I lost a piece of myself today. Needless to say, things have been rough lately. I know I will eventually take the time to celebrate …

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