Thursday, May 21, 2015


Reading: Since I last posted I read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Both were pretty good. I actually found myself waiting to read the last 15 pages because I wasn't ready for it to end. Next up: Working on my classics list.

Watching: Since getting rid of DirecTV, Andrew and I watched all of Orange is the New Black. Love it! And just in time for the third season! Hooray! I'm actually really glad we got rid of DirecTV. Now we can focus on watching the things we really want to watch.

Listening to: I have been hearing a lot of Death Cab for Cutie's new album. I haven't intentionally listened to it, but Andrew seems to always have it on. I've really been in a country funk lately. Maybe I just miss the Iowa State Fair? Already counting the days...

Thinking about: How in the world did I get so busy? Between work and Omaha's YNPN, I don't have as much free time as I would like. How do I find a good balance? I want to make sure I'm not burning the candle at both ends... Now I just need to figure out how that works.

Loving: Working on crafty projects with Alicia. We have some pretty cool stuff in the works!

Looking forward to: Summer. So much to do, so little time. Trips, concerts, more weekends away. We sure do love being busy. Just we just need to find some time to relax.

Making me happy: Sleeping. I have been so tired lately. I don't know what my deal is, but I sure do love hitting the hay.

Monday, April 6, 2015


>> Aunt Ashley accidentally gave Mason candy that turned his mouth blue... Oops! <<
Andrew and I decided to get out of town on Friday night and see what Lincoln had to offer. We also spent some time working on the house, hanging with friends, and spending Easter with my family.


  • A Friday lunch date with Andrew at Block16. Holy cow. Love it!
  • Mellow Mushroom.... mmmm. We actually got a pizza free when they messed up our order. This was one occasion where I really didn't mind.
  • Spring cleaning. I find a lot of joy in getting rid of a bunch of stuff we don't need.
  • Seeing Mason get so excited for Easter and candy. Just being around him in general is one of my favorites.
  • Making too much food (including making carrot cake from scratch, and it wasn't event bad) and dyeing Easter eggs with my family.


  • The service we received at a bar in Lincoln.
  • Eating my weight in Easter candy.

How was your Easter?

Monday, March 30, 2015


Alicia and I headed to Des Moines right after work on Friday to make the most of our weekend there. Emily greeted us with snacks, and the fun began!

Thank goodness Tessa was there to help us get started. 

The weekend included:
- Drinks, basketball, conversations about the ugliest person you would have sex with (please just go watch Broad City already), and calling the cops on a very intoxicated man who thought it was okay to drive.
- A morning full of coffee and antique shopping... Alicia's favorites!
- A craft project that took nearly five hours - it was totally worth it, and I'm not even being sarcastic.
- A sightseeing trip to the neighborhood Hy-Vee, two trips to Hobby Lobby, and a fun car ride featuring Nickleback.
- Three episodes of Broad City, one full Otis Redding album, and three games of Sequence.

CW// HyVee trip - Alicia's find - Weird/cool mural

Oh, and I taught Mickey to bow when I bowed at him. Karate!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


On our actual anniversary, we spent the evening being disappointed with a Green Bay loss to the Seattle Seahawks... but I think we made up for it this weekend.

On Friday, Andrew and I celebrated three years of marriage with a quick trip out of town to a local vineyard. Not only does Slattery Vintage Estates have a great selection of wine in their tasting room, but they also offer a limited appetizer and dinner menu and on-site bungalows to rent for the night.

This trip was a complete surprise for Andrew. He had no idea where we were going or what we were up to, and I think in the end he was pleasantly surprised.

We spent the evening sampling wines, talking, and playing cards.

The weather wasn't the best... it was rainy and cold, but we made the best of it. Luckily, all of the bungalows have space heaters and we brought an extra blanket. Phew!

Just like camping, we were up with the sun and back to our nice warm car.

It was a great quick getaway, and I'm really glad we took some time for ourselves.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Last weekend, I got a new car! Once we decided that this was something we could afford, it didn't take much searching to find exactly what I was looking for. Andrew spotted a 2013 white Subaru Outback online, and I knew I had to have it!

The one downfall was that my new car was in South Dakota. Luckily, the dealership was willing to meet in the middle and last Saturday Andrew and our friend Elliott went to pick it up. Everything checked out, and it's all mine!

All was fine and dandy, but within 24 hours of ownership someone hit my car. I was sitting at a stop light when I felt a bump from behind. I quickly put on my flashers and jumped out to check out the damage. I knew this guy was no good when he immediately said, "You hit me!" Oh really? I told him that we would need to pull over to double check the damage, and when walking back to my car I noticed he didn't have any plates. Sure enough, he just drove away. Go figure! Luckily, it was only a scratch.

Now that I have been driving it for a week it's starting to feel real. I feel very fortunate, and I'm glad to finally have a safe, reliable vehicle for many years to come.

Anyone looking to buy a 2001 Chrysler Sebring? :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Sister birthday celebration > fair pumpkin > Em & I made a pie > Alicia & Elliott at Simon's birthday party

Reading: I just finished reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. It was really good in the beginning, meh in the middle, and pretty good at the end. 7/10 On to my next read, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I remember when I was younger I would get so excited for her weekly column in the Omaha World Herald. I can't wait to really dive into this YA book!

Watching: There is this show called Backyard Farmer on PBS, and I cannot get enough. I have learned so many thing about gardening, bugs, and lawn care. I will probably never put any of this new found knowledge to use, but I sure do love it!

Listening to: I just discovered The Wind and the Wave. I already think it might be my official album for fall, but I'm open to other suggestions.

Thinking about: Andrew and I have already decided that it would probably be a good idea to host a Halloween party. October 31 will be here before you know it, and that means I need to get to work dreaming about all of the Halloween crafts that I will never finish. Time to get to work!

Loving: Getting stuff done! I recently made a bedskirt, and I have a few other projects on my plate. It feels so good to cross some things off my list.

Looking forward to: Andrew is taking is month-long sabbatical from work in November-December. I'm looking forward to putting him to work and spending some extra time together. I think we might even be planning a trip!

Making me happy: Spending time with my Omaha friends.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


It's August, and that means it's time for another day at the fair! The night before, Emily and I prepared a list of the must-see and eat items.

Pineapple Inside-Out Funnel Cake - Check!
Iowa State Alumni Wall - Check!
Quilt expo - Check!
Iowa Craft Beer Tent - Check!

We didn't go on any rides or visit the animal discovery center... but there is always next year!

Oh, and then there was this one time that Emily almost getting trampled by a Clydesdale. That was fun!

Did you go to the fair this year? What's your favorite fair food?