OCTOBER12016.COM (WEDDING WEBSITE).

It seems pretty commonplace for couples to have a website for their wedding information. I tried a few different options on websites like The Knot, Wedding Paper Divas, and a few others, but I couldn’t quite get everything I wanted out of just one. I ended up deciding to purchase our own domain name and host it in conjunction with this here blog. I used Weebly‘s drag-and-drop site builder to put it together (basic version is included with my iPage hosting account). It was super simple and looks pretty great! I’m sharing this because I’ve uploaded over 500 photos of some of Brian’s and my life together there if anyone’s interested in taking a peak: OCTOBER12016.COM. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

FAT CATS & OUR SOLUTION.

When Brian and I moved in together back in 2012, we blended our little furry families: my two cats, Heidi & Milo, and his one, San. We are different people and have different ways of raising kitties. My cats are front-declawed and stayed indoors. His cat is not declawed and spends most of her waking hours outside. My cats had a self-dispensing endless supply of dry food and his had a giant open bowl of dry food. Together, we somehow blended the worse of both situations. My cats started wanting to go outside, and his cat decided that the all-you-can-eat buffet was her favorite thing. San got pretty fat pretty quickly. We weren’t quite sure what to do about it, really. We didn’t like the idea of having to portion out food daily to whiny needy kitties. But boy, was San getting chunky! One day, we stumbled upon this Interactive …

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THINGS I COLLECT: MANEKI-NEKO.

My collections are usually pretty small. Almost every day I bounce between being a hoarder and being a minimalist. Not kidding. It’s intense. I will accumulate more knickknacks than one knows what to do with, then box them up and ship them to Goodwill. It’s a crazy cycle, let me tell you… I currently have six representations of Maneki-neko. I purchased my first “lucky cat” in Chinatown, Chicago, Illinois, in August 2009 (the fattest one on the red carpet). The next year, I purchased two more (again, in Chinatown) and gifted one of the two to my boss Renée and kept the other to remind me of her (the teeny tiny one). I purchased the single white one next, but cannot remember when or from where. After that, I started labeling them. The group of three kitties came from Brian’s and my trip to Austin, Texas, in October 2012. (I …

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 3.

Day 3 is a tiny post compared to Days 1 & 2! The third and final day of our trip we considered going to Buffalo’s Taste of Buffalo, which to out-drinking-at-2-a-m Brian and Ashley sounded great! However, after having breakfast at Buffalo’s 2nd highest rated breakfast place, Betty’s, we realized that surfing through a massive crowd of people on a ninety-degree day to eat $5 worth of food for $20 just wasn’t our thing. We went with mini golf instead. As per tradition, of course. We play mini golf on almost every one of our vacations. After mini golf, it was just another six hour drive to get back home. The mini golf place we went to was pretty nice. Since Brian and his family own and operate a miniature golf facility, our expectations are a little more understanding, but still high. The course was well-maintained and laid out, and …

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 2 (MY 29TH BIRTHDAY).

(Day 1 is here.) Day 2 Day 2 in Buffalo was a full one. This is such a PHOTO-HEAVY post! This was my actual birthday. My 29th one to be exact. It started as a dreary, drizzly day that eventually cleared up. Breakfast Brian looked up “the best breakfast” rated restaurant around, Maggie’s, so we stopped there before heading to the falls. I was a little apprehensive because the route there and the general neighborhood seemed questionable, but I will definitely recommend Maggie’s for a great breakfast! Niagara Falls The overcast weather kept us from completely melting when we visited the American side of Niagara Falls (this image points out the names of the specific falls, via How Stuff Works). When we got there, I had problems with my camera and almost panicked, but it was something simple (I can’t even remember now) and only ate up about 10 minutes …

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 1.

This year for my birthday, Brian and I took an impromptu trip to Niagara Falls. Since Brian doesn’t have a passport or enhanced license, we drove through the US to get there and did not visit the Canadian side. Day 1 was filled with driving. Lots of driving. We left in the late morning and only stopped for food and gas until we were almost there. At one gas station, there was a lighthouse within sight that we went over to check out. I also quickly got my feet in the lake so that I could officially say that I’ve been in Lake Erie (I may have been before, but I honestly have no idea). We stayed at a hotel in Buffalo near a hospital (not my favorite location, btw). That night we picked a place close by that we could walk to to get wings. We decided to forego …

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JULY GARDEN.

I’ve been really good at procrastinating. Especially when it comes to blogging. Every day that I “put off” blogging feels like a little weight has been lifted, but with every day that comes, I forget more and more from days past. Blogging or journaling is how I remember. I need to remind myself that. Anyways, here are a few snapshots from my garden. I wanted to document this because it’s my first vegetable garden (previously I had everything in pots, and to be honest, it was 95% tomatoes). I’m disappointed I haven’t been following the garden’s progress more closely, but better late than never. This year, I did my obligatory tomatoes, both cherry and big boy; cucumbers; bell pepper (purple & green); basil; spinach (which is failing miserably); watermelon (ice box & something else); basil; lavender; rosemary; lemongrass; strawberries (also not doing well); anise hyssop; & yarrow. The watermelon is …

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THOUGHTS.

I feel as though I’ve done a complete 180 in my life. I vividly remember being a night owl, staying up until 5a and sleeping until 1p. I loved hanging a thick blanket over my window to block out the light. I refused to wear dresses. I hated pink. I could take or leave being outside. I couldn’t understand why my mom enjoyed just sitting on a porch in the evening, doing seemingly nothing. I never wanted to touch a garden. I could drink a dozen Cokes in a day. I was never a “girly girl.” Maybe I haven’t spun completely around. There are still plenty of things that are the same. I still love black. I still love paper crafting. I still love redecorating. I still love the beach. I still love being alone. I am still a crazy cat lady. I am still helplessly addicted to the computer. …

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SUNDAY THINGS.

This week has been long and short all in one. I feel so content emotionally, but at the same time, I feel like I need to be doing more. I feel self-divided and am trying to figure out the best paths to follow. Lately, I’ve been on Amazon almost daily, and cannot seem to not click BUY – there are just too many things that I want!  Then on Friday, I was down for the count with a cold(/possibly allergies mix?) which put a damper on the end of my week.  Here are some things from my week to peruse this Sunday: I am stocking up on new dresses for this summer, like this one, this one, and this one. I cannot wait until they arrive! I also absolutely had to snag these purses! I’ve recently downloaded for my Kindle/actually bought a few physical copies a few new books: The …

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