Thursday, May 28, 2009

One of the most refreshing conversations...

Andrew and I often enjoy together is talking about our families/in-laws.  Unless my husband really has me fooled, we both really enjoy being with each other's family.  It means the world to me to hear Drew complement my family.

On the reverse, I ADORE my in-laws.  It's always a treat to be with them--especially the entire clan together. 

Last weekend was a big hit. For the most part, we just enjoyed down time and being together.

My highlights of the weekend were simple yet significant...
- Eating a big bowel of berries watching all the guys play soccer in the backyard.  My mother-in-law joined in as a goalie. 
- Hearing my niece sing all the lyrics to Part of Your World--Little Mermaid
- Spending time in the kitchen with 'sistas'
- Feasting in the dinning room as everyone shared a b-day tribute to Grandpa.
- Memorial Day Parade
- Sleeping in Lilly's dreamy room
-Flying into White Plains, NY as opposed to JFK--makes a huge difference in travel.
-Gellato run, Starbucks, Club Sandwich
- Holding Molly in church as she repeated her first and favorite word over and over again--'wow' (dramaticised out).


Andrew's parents were kind enough to take us to the Coldplay concert as well.  I didn't have many expectations at all. I was just glad to be with the crew. Little did I know... Coldplay is AMAZING.    A great song would come on and I found myself saying multiple times, "They sing this too?" I had no idea.  

Chris Martin was so entertaining--very interactive with the crowd.  He is extremely talented of course. I was blown away really...


So enthused on the piano



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I was hosting...

a bridal shower for my dear friend Angela who is friends with everyone in town. I knew I was going to need more chairs for people to sit down.  Knowing I'm scrimp on space, I decided stools was just what I needed--they go up as opp0sed to out. & I have a tiny bar space to store them.

But where do you get cute stools.  Ah ha!

DIY (aka: do it yourself)

I went to a wood store on Center Street that was sure to have them and got going from there.  I mod podged the following.

I used the Salt Lake tribune on my first.  

I used a People Mag on my second.  Surely one day I'll look at these pics and have a good laugh.

Tim & Faith earned the top and center spot.  Doesn't mean a whole lot though cause O.J is right up there with them--not on purpose, I was running out of pics and only had only tabloid laying around to work with.


The top of my stool







Tuesday, May 26, 2009

If ever OR when ever...

I have the space, I will hopefully have a craft room. I imagine Andrew will be supportive of a place to store my little 'stuff'.' I have plenty of it.

I'm crazy about antique card catalogs. Remember using these? And then with my kids I can say, "We used to use these growing up to find our books."

I wouldn't have trouble filling something like this up. I have plenty of crafting nick nacks that would love a home like this... stamps, paper clips, brads, eyelets, staples, tape, tacks, buttons, cutting tools, adhesives, yarn, ribbon, business cards, rhinestones, rubber bands, hair ties, clips, glasses, pens, mounted stamps, beads... you get my drift.

I bet you could use one too...



I got this photo off Jeri's organization site.  


Monday, May 25, 2009

Lovely Le Creuset...

At wedding registry time, I decided on the red Le Creuset and pretty much made all other kitchen decisions from there. So my kitchen is completely red--with a little anthropology spunk might I add.  But after a walk through Macy's the other day, I've decided Martha Stewart's blue would integrate perfectly. The Le Creuset baby blue, looking like teal, isn't my favorite. But I love Martha Stewart's cast iron enameled line of the baby blue shown below. I'm going to start incorporating this color in my kitchen a bit.



Sunday, May 24, 2009

Family Photo...


It's always a treat to have the entire family together. 

My mother-in-law just graduated from Columbia with her masters in social work. I'm inspired by her drive and desire to go back to school and peruse a career. 

I missed most of the week fun due to work in Wisconsin but I was able to join everyone for the long memorial day weekend. 

Cheers!


Why is it...

that the shape of bottle water plays such an intergate roll in the experience and enjoyment of such a mundane task we take part in daily? Water is water, right? I've heard it multiple times over. The textbooks have taught me that I'm victimized by the marketing targets such as these. I concur.

But it is what it is. And I loved snazy waters such as the ones listed below.

So I turn to she who gets glass Voss bottles delivered to her home to enjoy on a daily basis... Mom, what is it?








Friday, May 22, 2009

Yeah or Nay?

When I was in high school, my aunt got me an Anya Hindmarch purse/bag for my birthday. Although I couldn't appreciate it in its entirety at the time, I loved it. The fine cloth of the purse reflected a scene--a vintage picture of some synchronized water skiers in their old fashioned one piece suits with ruffles.

Over the years, I've noticed the simple logo listed below. I've delved a bit deeper and learned of their "Be A Bag" option. Basically, a personalized photo can be reflected on the purse. Except its different than an original 'picture purse.' But same concept.



Some might think tacky, which I can respect. I've had the same thought on a similar look before. But not for this. I adore it... But how do you go about selecting a pic?

Hummm...

I'd use a dated pic of my mom in her spunky college days. In large part, it would be a pic of myself. Or a wedding candid... Or a pic of our 'one day to be newborn' and a particular feature that stands out to me. I wonder what feature...

But I have a lot of time to think it through. Simply said, "we can't afford it" right now.

Meanwhile I'll be looking for the perfect picture. 


This will help you get an idea. It is the style of the baby bag. Take a look at the site and see the many different options of bags--makeup bags, clutches, totes, est. Then visualize away. It's a thin lightweight bag with great lining. And the petite leather straps--perfect.



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Zara Home...

Up until a few years ago, Zara was IT. Every time I ended up in a big city, I had to search for Zara. My poor mom willingly frequented multiple Zara's on our trip to Europe. I did the research and consolidated a list of the various addresses of all the Zara's in the various cities we'd be attending. Concierge would advise from there...

I still love Zara and especially appreciate them for remembering the tall folk inseams with extra long feet--size 11 flats.

But I knew I had outgrown it a bit when Zara was only a block from where I interned last summer in NYC and yet I didn't give it much time.

However, I'm very pleased to hear that they have Zara Home. Surely this has been around for a while though. I just had no idea. There are almost 250 stores. So I'm really late in discovering this goodie.

I'm really confused though... There isn't a Zara Home in the US. I could understand if there were only a few dotted about in Europe--but 250? And 12 in Mexico? I wonder...

It's probably best though.




Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The only constant with my work travel ...

is the heartache of missing my husband. Without fail, I go through that longing of "Why?" and "What am I doing?" I just want to be with my husband.

But then I plunge through and remind myself that I indeed love my job and this is just what I'm supposed to be doing right now. Plus, I'm really grateful to be employed at this time. I appreciate the adventure.

I couldn't fall asleep last night. I was missing my husband so much. But I didn't want to be any more needy than I had already been today. I knew my husband was at the movie with an old mission companion but I was just wishing he could talk me to sleep like he does when he can when I go on the road.

So I sent him a text: "Having trouble falling asleep. Just wanted to tell u that I love you. xo"

Without lag time he wrote back: "Thanks sweetie. Do you need a bedtime story?"

"Yeah..."

So willingly, he stepped out of the movie and told me a mission story of him and this companion that I hadn't heard before.

That did it; it didn't take me long to fall asleep.

*Which again flooded back memories of when we dated.

Andrew used to tuck me in when we were dating. Without fail, he'd always talk me to sleep. I wish you could get an image of my room's set up. But I was highly elevated on a very tall bed (I had it on multiple blocks to store more containers/space underneath. I even had trouble getting into my bed). And then Drew would lay on the floor below close to the door where he could quietly slip out after telling a story.

Very rarely would I be able to stay awake for the full story. Drew would have to ask me the next day what the last detail was that I remembered. He was always shocked with how little I caught.

Drew would let me choose--mission, childhood, high school, family, sports... And his story telling would precede from there.

This might be silly stretch so bare with me. But I was thinking today how one of the very things I love about my husband is how truly sweet and kind he is at HEART. This is is such a silly correlation but I'm just going to say it because it's been on my mind... in Shrek, the sun would go down and he'd turn to an Ogre right? Well, Drew has a magical enhancement feature going on when the sun goes down too... His heart enlarges to the point of exploding and is he's thoughtful and concerned about me. Kind of like John Mayer's song, "Cause I'll never let your head hit the bed without my hand behind it."

I might of taken that thought a bit extreme but for a simple example... Some people wake up in the middle of their sleep a bit harder than others. Aparently, I scream out for no reason at times. Imagine that. Drew on the other hand, will ask if he can get me water or if I'm hot or cold? It's the sweetest thing. I'll be going the bathroom and cranky that my zzzz's are interrupted and Drew offers to get or do something for me.

I adore my husband so much. I think about him so much when I'm on the road. It's a healthy absence becuase I reflect and cherish the good and recommit myself to not take it for granted.

Goodnight!




Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Eagles...

simply stated, were amazing!  From vocals, harmonicas, keyboards, guitars, banjo, and drums--they do it all.  It was unreal to see them switch off in their various parts. 

I can't say I've been crazy about the Eagles in the past--I am now--but I did grow up listening to their songs thanks to mom & dad. There were just two songs I didn't recognize though.

I'm trying to find a good read on this group.  From the pieces I've heard, they have a neat story... Around since 1971 but spilt up for 14 years. 

As close as close gets. 

Don Henley
"Desperado, why don't you come to your senses..."
Timothy Schmit
He's looking at me--promise! Then he pointed for a pose but I couldn't get it quick enough.



Joe Walsh & his crazy facial expressions
Timothy Schmit



Monday, May 11, 2009

Knowledge is Power...

So i thought you'd appreciate knowing the following:

* Delta has been running a really great deal for sky miles since March--sorry I'm just now thinking to share. You can get triple the sky miles when you fly with Delta through June 15th. Go here to read more about it and click on 'register today' and simply type in your sky miles number. Before long we'll all be medallion flyers huh?

* Another I found out, complements from work updates, is that cell phone numbers recently went public. Which mean solicitors have the means to bug you now. If you'd rather avoid this call 888-382-1222 from your cell phone and register with the government do not call list.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

91 degrees and VERY humid...

was what went down this time last week.  I could hardly believe that I was in Utah's snow a week prior and then this sauna sensation 24/7. I soaked it up--literally.   

Come on, it feels good to sweat. 

What started as a run for Drew and I turned into a walk. I'm not going to
 blame it all on my wind. I could hardly believe I was in such a beautiful subdivision.

Just a block off the Riverwalk were these beautiful homes built in mid to late 1800's.  The home above is a bed and breakfast that overlooks the Riverwalk. 


You can't really see it, but I loved the inner roofs of the balcony painted blue.  Most all the homes had it done that way. Mom has our balcony roof done the sa
me. 


Immodest me... Our original run turned into the longest walk ever.  Got hungry and stopped for some Tex Mex--Drew's absolute favorite.


  The entertainment that came to our table was very talented. 

The view from our room.  I was so happy to be here.  I was in San Antonio 2 months prior for work. One night I walked on the Riverwalk for the first time. It made me really miss Drew cause it's so instantly romantic.  So I was overwhelming happy to be back but with him this time. 



Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wedding Wonderland...

We enjoyed the greatest getaway weekend to San Antonio. We went straight from a work week in Colorado (hardly felt like work since Drew got to come) to my BFF's wedding.

I can't even begin to explain how amazing it was. It's fair to say that most all weddings are beautiful in their own right. But when you 'connect with it', there's nothing more special and dear.

I connected with Angela on all her wedding festivities and decor.


*Someone special donated their Marriott points for a great stay on the Riverwalk. Thanks!


Friday, May 8, 2009

"Just the two of us...
building castles in the sky
Just the two of us...
You & I"










Color Forecast...

I don't even know what that means. Long story short, I had a client (heavily involved with wedding invites and that industry) lecture me about it a month ago. 

Apparently, it was something I really needed to know.   I haven't stopped thinking about it since.  I can't quite get my mind around the logic.  I'm still not convinced there is one. 

Did you know there is really a color forecast out there predicting AND defining 5 years out? 

Forget it!

They all work work for me.  I love color.  But I'd rather not have a 'forecast' dictate this and that.


* Last night, I told Drew I was going to make a 'mad salad' for dinner.  Not just any salad would work for dinner, the biggest meal of the day. But a 'mad salad' hits the spot.  

I was at the grocery thinking in color, then taste of course too. had the yellow onions as well as the red--make for good variety--carrots, apples, the works!

It fit right in.


Extra note: It wasn't till we sat down to eat that I sighed at how beautiful everything was. I got to thinking about how I love being colorful. & how naturally I cling to color.  But I didn't plan dinner around it to begin with. 


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Good times...

My mom sent me a series of text the other day that started like this.

Mom: " Roger Federer or Lance Armstrong"
Me: "Armstrong"

She continued on making me choose between two greats and sometimes painfully making me choose between two terrible things as well.

I had nearly forgotten a great memory of one of mine and Andrew's first dates. It all came flooding back.

Drew and I were on maybe our third date. It was already apparent that we were very comfortable and compatible around each other--conversation flowed without much reservation.

I can still remember where we were driving around... It's a blur how this conversation got started but so naturally we were covering the basics--that get to know you stuff.

Me: Beach or snow?
Drew: Beach

Me: Cats or dogs?
Drew: dogs

Me: Nike or polo?
Drew: Nike

Me: Newborns or grammies?
Drew: Newborns

Me: Steak or chicken?
Drew: Steak!

We were laughing having a good time clearly. We went back and forth for a while. So then I slipped the following in there (keep in mind we weren't official, just clicking and having a good time).

Me: Tall girls or short girls?
Drew: Short

Me: What? (Did he really just say that?)

Drew: (With the cutest grin ever) Doesn't mean I wouldn't take a good piece of chicken over a piece of steak.

I just love him--can't get enough. I'm so proud to call him my husband.

*Extra note: Drew had always dated really petite girls. He latter defended himself by saying that he was responding in the same past tense as the other questions--what he had traditionally liked in the past. He covered well.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Up and coming...

Doloris Petunia is doing it for me right now. These hand made crafty necklaces are beautiful.

My cousin Kadee, by marriage, had a trunk show where she was selling her friend's new line. At first, I was unsure if I could pull it off. But I decided to try it.

I have one that I worn to Harold's graduation dinner as well as a bridal dinner. I don't think I've ever gotten so many complements in my life. Not that I need someone else's stamp of approval, but I apprecitated it.
So don't be surprised when you see these great pieces in Antro. I warned you how cute they are...

This has little butterflies all over it. It's much more casual than the rest, but I like.

OMG!

I'm into the 'go big or go home necklaces' however she has beautiful hair pieces as well. These jewels is one of the many joys of Etsy. See what new Courtney's listed here. And referance my cousin Kadee to give her props.


My ideal vaca for relaxation...

would be this getaway. I love beach bummin' while reading a book please know. But this type of getaway to rejuvenate beats all for me. Healthy eating with a variety of yoga classes--total detox.

The closest I've come to yoga on a roof top was at my Aunt's gym in Chicago. There wasn't a class at that time I was there or I would of been all over it. So I just stood on top and stared thinking about it. Imagine a tall sky scrapper and performing yoga on the city skyline.

Here is another site that gives 10 amazing yoga retreats. Fun to explore the far off lands..