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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IT HITS YOU LIKE A TON OF BRICKS: A NOTE TO MYSELF.

I have a box simply labeled “Memories” and as a borderline-hoarder, it’s my justification for keeping things that normal people throw away: movie stubs; invitations; funeral programs; brochures; Polaroids; CDs; string (not even kidding); my first library card; my first “smart” phone; Sailor Moon keychains; that fortune cat keychain I thought I lost… I thought I had gotten minimalistic about that type of hoarding and anything like that was in that box. I have another box that I bought for one purpose: to house a vintage pillowcase that my mom gave me that my great grandmother made. (I also may have happened to sneak in a copy of a rare Cookie Monster book that I had as a child that was MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE and subsequently my mom sold at a garage sale. I found a duplicate copy years & years later at an antique store in Bay City.) I…

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AUGUST GARDEN.

I know it’s super cliché to say things like this, but I CANNOT BELIEVE that we’re at the end of August! I mean, HOLY SHIT! Personally, that means only ONE FRICKIN’ MONTH UNTIL BRIAN & I GET MARRIED!!!! Okay, this post is NOT for panic attacks. It’s for sharing (what’s left of) my garden. My garden has not fared well this summer: I wasn’t attentive enough in the weeding and watering and kind of just let it do it’s own thing. It definitely was not as successful as when I just grew a few things in pots on our deck. But hey, it’s all about trial and error and learning as you go! Okay, now some notes… So clearly, my one bunch of lemongrass TOOK OFF! I think it’d be excellent it its own little section next year. My vine-y stuff, that is watermelons and cucumbers, pretty much just passed…

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THE WHEEL OF TIME.

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is a story that takes place both in our past and our future. In his fantasy world, the Dark One, the embodiment of pure evil, is breaking free from his prison. The overall plot is about a man who learns that he is the reincarnation of the world’s messiah and is once again destined to save the world from the Dark One — but possibly destroy it in the process. This saga is not only his story, but the story of an entire world’s struggle to deal with war and change, destruction and hope. May the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. (via) I began reading The Wheel of Time series in 2006. I finally finished it yesterday. “Finish WOT” has been on so many of my to do lists over the past few years (including being officially listed in my 26 Things…

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THINGS I COLLECT: ESSENTIAL OILS.

A new-this-year collection to me is essential oils. And after realizing how many I’ve accumulated in such a short period of time, I’ve decided I’ll make a separate post detailing my personal journey, thoughts, and opinions on essential oils, haha! In total, I have over 80 individual bottles of single oils or pre-made blends by 4 different brands, 5 diffusers & 1 nebulizer, and have made plenty of my own… cleaning spray, “poo-pourri”, candles, body sprays, diffuser recipes, and more. I think it’s safe to say I love essential oils. I love the simple fact that I can just diffuse a blend for an instant mood adjuster and it’s soooo much more customizable than a candle – plus safer! I diffuser at home, before bed, at work, while driving… LOVE IT. I’ll share what my favorite brands, diffusers, blends, and more are in the future too 🙂 BLOG ▪ ETSY…

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GARDENING SPOILS.

I was scrolling through some of my recent photos on my computer (not many) and remembered I wanted to share this snapshot from earlier this month of a few of the bounties of my garden: cherry tomatoes, green bell peppers, and purple bell peppers. I’ve never had purple bell peppers — they’re white inside! Yesterday I picked almost any cherry tomato that wasn’t green. They’ve been this weird orange color for a while and I’ve kept waiting for them to turn red, but instead, they’re just bursting and/or falling to the ground. My large tomatoes aren’t looking so hot. A few of them have been eaten halfway through and they’ve got some weird black patches 🙁 I also picked two of the watermelons that don’t seem to be getting any larger since a few of those are being nibbled too. As I mentioned before, this is my first bedded garden,…

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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

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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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