Sometimes I do this thing where I decide on a project I want to do and get all excited, I think I’ll put it up here on the good ol’ blog with pictures and everything. Then somewhere along the way it doesn’t happen like I think it should so I just abandon all hope of sharing with you and just…don’t. It probably has something to do with this nasty habit of wanting to make everything perfect. It’s not going to be perfect because life is not perfect. I know that all I can do is my best…but sometimes that just doesn’t seem like enough even though I’m sure none of you would know the difference. That’s not a snide comment at you, how would you know I messed up the pictures or started three times? You don’t right? Well now you do. This perfectionist complex is something I’m working on. Daily.

Anyway! For the last, oh, three years mister and I have been saying that we’re going to organize the garage. Get rid of stuff we don’t need or want and put the rest into nice storage tubs all lined up on shelves. That hasn’t happened. At all. Probably because we never really had a reason to actually clean the garage. I mean we would shuffle stuff around and stack the boxes nicely when it got out of control, but we never actually got rid of anything. Well, now we have a reason to clean the garage. It looks like we may be getting a boat! That’s a story for another time, but we’re hoping the new boat will fit in the garage if the garage is cleaned out. And thus, #projectgarage was born!


Cleaning and organizing a space that size is a huge project that is easily overwhelming. Where do you even start? In the corner? With the boxes? What about the Christmas stuff? It’s enough to give you a headache and want to quit before you’ve even started. So how do you eat a giant cheeseburger? One bite at a time! Starting this weekend I began spending 30 minutes a day in the garage solely working on small projects. I set a timer, put on some music or a podcast and just work for 30 solid minutes. The time flies and it is so much less intimidating!

The first day I focused on the laundry area. Our washer and dryer are in the corner so I cleaned up the shelves above and organized our cleaning products. Then I cleaned off all the surfaces and organized the garden stuff into a little bookshelf next to the dryer. I designated an area at the front of the garage for larger items that need to be taken away.

washer and dryer


The second day I decided I wanted all my craft supplies to be stored in the cabinet that used to store all our extra goods from Costco and house decorations that we’re not using at this moment. I put my fabric in one clear storage bin and my yarn in another and made room for both of them. I will need to find somewhere to put the decorations that were in there but I think I can make room for them in my linen closet. There are still some craft supplies around the garage so I will definitely need more storage solutions here, but I think this is a good start.


Day three we hung a shelf above an old desk that has been a dumping ground for all sorts of miscellaneous junk. All the spray paint and tools went on the shelf along with some other random things. Eventually I want to add some peg board to this area for easier access to our tools.

shelf and desk

So there are no before pictures, only after, I hope that doesn’t matter. From here on out I’ll try to be more diligent at taking a picture before I start working. What household projects have you been putting off? Would working on them a little bit at a time help you accomplish them? It really is amazing what you can accomplish in only 30 minutes.


Hello Fall!

I think we can officially say that summer has gracefully left us and fall is here for here for her colorful yearly visit. How do I know that summer is over? Well…let’s see:

1. Big Brother is officially over. I wish Spencer would have won but I’m happy to have the good tv shows back.

2. I ordered my first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks last night. It was also the first decaf latte I’ve ever ordered…I guess I can no longer make fun of the people who order decaf lattes.

3. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a downpour of rain…and woke up this morning to a gentle pitter patter. It was glorious.

4. Red and yellow leaves are starting to peak through the green.

5. Football is here. I don’t feel like it’s really football season yet since we’ve only been home for one Oregon game…but it’s here.

6. School starts in 8 days. I’m still in denial.

7. According to the calendar it really is the first day of fall today. So there’s that…


It’s hard to say goodbye to summer when it never really felt like I had one. This summer was measured in time between weddings where last summer was measured in time between family gatherings and Chemistry tests.  I guess they’re kind of the same thing, the gatherings…not the tests. It just seems like I did more  summer activities last year than I did this year. This summer I didn’t go home to Idaho in June to see my mom and aunts and I didn’t get to spend a week in Washington with my dad hanging on the boat and drinking beers. Real talk: this summer was a giant test of patience and faith for mister and I. Like most college kids, our budget is pretty tight. But it seems like this summer we were always running on the last pennies in the bank. I had to pull out some old budget tricks that I didn’t think I would have to use after I left my early twenties, but I did and somehow our rent has always been paid and the lights have always stayed on.

It’s easy to stay in the lazy days of summer, but I’m excited for fall. This is my last fall term at the University of Oregon and I’m looking forward to watching the leaves turn and experience the transformation the campus goes through. With only two terms left before I graduate I’m equal parts excited and scared. For five years I’ve had the schedule of starting school in September and this is the last first day back to school. It’s a strange feeling indeed. I’m also ready for sweaters and jeans, boots and scarves. Obviously I live my seasons through my closet.

This week I’m getting ready for school to start. Finishing up some home projects I put off during the summer and making sure that everything is in order before the chaos begins. I also need to get my books, find my backpack and map out my schedule. So much to do in a short amount of time.

Happy Fall!

study spot

The ‘Burgh! Part Two: Back to the Pitt

Last night I went to Target and ran into my friends Sarah and Michelle. Apparently Target is where all the cool ladies hang out on Fridays, we know what’s up. Sarah shared with me that she was sad I didn’t take any selfies during my trip. I’m sad too Sarah, I’m sad too. Sarah won’t like this post, there are no pictures of people. Just pictures of buildings. The architecture of downtown Pittsburgh is pretty amazing. Right next to a steel skyscraper you’ll find a gothic church with a hot dog restaurant in it.  The ‘Burgh was full of surprises and I can’t wait to go back and explore when there’s more time.

Friday night mister and I got lost with one of our friends in downtown. It took us over an hour to walk about 5 blocks because we couldn’t find our hotel. We may have walked past it a few times and we may or may not have been slightly intoxicated. On Saturday the groomsmen decided to get ready in our hotel room which meant I needed to vacate the premises for a few minutes. I retraced our drunken* walk from the night before and took pictures of everything. Here are some of my favorites.                                                                                                                *allegedly

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This was our hotel. The Omni William Penn. Gorgeous. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^There were 13 weddings at the hotel on Saturday including this traditional Indian one. I just happened to catch the grooms procession. So much joy and celebration. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Best pedicure of the weekend goes to this horse. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Across from the hotel was a park with this fountain. A peaceful spot in the middle of all the hub-bub.^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Love the color and textures in this flower patch.^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^The old Allegheny County Prison was just blocks from our hotel. We actually walked around the entire thing on our adventure.^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Fancy wording in Pittsburgh.^



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This gate was barely open so I snuck in. Little did I know that it was still the old prison…which was closed. Had to sweet talk a police officer to let me take some pictures. ^


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Sometimes playing the dumb tourist pays off. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^A good hair flip works too. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^The Pirates (Pittsburgh’s Baseball team) are actually pretty good this season. The  excitement was infectious. ^


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This is just a regular old door, no big deal.^


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This building reminded us of The Gargoyles movie. Remember that 80’s classic? ^


Have a great Saturday!


The ‘Burgh: Part One!

Have you seen the movie “Contagion” with Matt Damon and Gwenyth Paltrow? Where she cheats on her husband, gets on a plane then unleashes a massive worldwide pandemic that wipes out 2/3 of the population? Okay, so maybe it doesn’t happen like that exactly…but all those things do happen. It’s good, you should watch it, but go stock up on antibacterial gel and hand soap first. Trust me.

Why do I bring up that movie? Well because that happened to me! No, I didn’t cheat on my husband and unleash a worldwide pandemic. And no, mister and I did not get married (calm yourselves!). But I did get on a plane and I did get sick when I got home. CONTAGION!!

Last weekend mister and I took a little trip to Pittsburgh, PA to see one of our dearest friends get married. Mister was also in the wedding which was fun for me because that meant that I got to go to all the fun parties AND I got to see him all dressed up in a tux. Winner, winner chicken dinner!

This was our third and last wedding of the summer and as much fun as we had at all of them this one probably takes the cake (sorry, Sarah!). First of all the rehearsal dinner was at The National Aviary which is a bird zoo. A really awesome Bird Zoo! They even brought out a penguin to meet the couple during dinner. It was beyond awesome.


^Toucans know how to pose.^


^This is a Stellar’s Sea Eagle^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^I’m pretty sure he could eat Gypsy^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Flamingos! I didn’t go through all the exhibits until after dark. I spent to much time with the…PENGUINS!!!^


^No, those were the appetizers. Cute, right? ^


^This was Simon and he was a total flirt!^



^Just adorable^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^They even brought one out for the couple to meet.^


^The couple- Joe and Mary. There is so much love between the two of them it’s inspiring.^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^They also brought out this guy, a one-eyed Bard Owl. I call him Winky. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Obligatory family photo. That’s mister, me, his dad, mom and twin brother. Good looking family right!^

Even though we were only there for the weekend I feel like we saw a lot of stuff. Or at least my camera says we did. Tomorrow I’ll share some pics of the city that I took while walking around. Sidenote: I have 394 pictures of various buildings and 0 pictures of mister and I on this trip. I guess after this long you forget? I mean how does that even happen? I hope someone has one somewhere…and if so will you send it to me?

Case of the Mondays

We’ve all had those days right? Yesterday was one of those days. A straight up case of the Mondays.

Even though I woke up early, I still was late for work. I have no explanation.

I checked the wrong bank account and then sent mister on a wild goose chase for a deposit that was already in the account…the other account.

I had to stop by the store after work and picked up a few more things than I thought, then had to buy a bag because I forgot mine and I live in a town that has banned plastic bags at the grocery stores.

We took a walk around our neighborhood and Princess Gypsy decided to use the fancy neighbors pristinely manicured lawn as a bathroom. We of course, forgot a bag. Staying on theme as always.

And the most annoying….

I was about 3/4 through a new blog post and WordPress crashed. It was not this post, this is the replacement post.

Hopefully this was my monthly Case of the Monday’s. Here’s some pictures from the last few weeks:



^ I cleaned/purged our bedroom and marked the time in Rum and Harry Potter. It was 2 1/2 Harry Potters, 2 Rum and Cokes.^


^Gypsy clearly approved of the room when it was done.^


^ More peeks of our wedding venue. I can’t wait for my friends and family to see this place! ^


^ Part of the aisle, cute right? ^


^ I started a new diet I’m changing the way I’m eating. This means massive food prep. ^


^ I think these were my last berries of summer. Sad, sad, times. ^

IMG_1793^ This is what happens when I go to the farm for produce. I spend all our money on fresh vegetables. ^


^ Cheat day!! Pizza no cheese, you’re jealous I know.^


^More cleaning. This time we both tackled the house. Inside and out. Only took 5 hours, 1 1/2 pots of coffee and leftover pizza. ^


^ I love this table! It’s at one of my favorite Eugene restaurants, Holy Cow, and dinner with Colleen is always a fun time. ^


^ First outing of my new favorite vintage find. First girls night with Sarah, Michelle and Nicki. Fun times girls, fun times indeed. ^

Hopefully Tuesday will make Monday a drink and she’ll calm down a bit for next week.

All I know is I’m already having a case of the Fridays.

Wednesday Wisdom: Three Little Birds


You guys, I think there is some serious universal cosmic magic happening right now. I don’t want to jinx any of this magic so I won’t, but if you have a minute could you please send Mister and I some good vibe feelings for success and good luck. Please? Thank you!

I promise to fill you in next week. Happy Wednesday!

This is something else entirely.

Originally I was going to do a “weekend photo post” but then I got to Sunday and looked through my pictures and realized that would be so incredibly boring and I didn’t want to put you to sleep.  So this post may be a little random, a little chaotic, a little like how I am in real life. Real talk, real life, yo.

This weekend was pretty low-key which was really nice. I started the morning with a little blogging/computer time.


During the week I’m really good about eating breakfast, during the weekend I’m really bad about eating breakfast. My focus in the morning is usually Gypsy snuggles and coffee, not eggs and cooking them. This day I forgot to eat until around 11:30, which is technically brunch time, right? So I took my Carne Asada wet burrito from the night before, heated that baby up and put an egg on it. Personally, I think that anything with an egg on it will constitute as breakfast food.


The rest of the day was lazy, I took a nap, then we went to the grocery store. So exciting, I know.

Saturday I decided to purge and clean my bedroom. It took two and half Harry Potter movies, three cups of coffee, a large rum and coke and three Oreo’s to finish. Okay, it was probably more than three Oreo’s, whatever.


Half way through cleaning I got an alert that my friend Shannon had posted on her blog. She was one of my friends that I nominated for the Liebster, apparently since it’s a some-what made up award you can also make up your own rules. So Shannon nominated me back! Now I have 10 more questions to answer. I’m convinced it’s because she was upset that I told her she had homework during her summer break.  Here they are:

1. Why do you blog?

I love to write and I think there are at least three abandoned blogs that I started out there somewhere in the interwebs. I kept trying to fit into a niche that just wasn’t me. I finally decided that I was just going to write, I would share my life with whoever wanted to read it. Also, I’m pretty bad at keeping in touch with people, especially my family. I figured this could be a way for them to at least know that I was still alive and not in jail.

2. If you could own one thing off your Pinterest boards, what would it be?

Why would you ask this question? I can’t just choose one thing. That’s absurd. I love all my pins! But I guess if I had to choose one it would be this gorgeous collection of Pyrex:


3. What is the best plate of food you have ever eaten?

Honestly, I have no idea! The only thing that comes to mind is the massive Thanksgiving feasts that my group of friends put together. We go all out, and it has to be one of the top meals of the year. My friend Sean does things with Brussel Sprouts that should be illegal.

4. There are a lot of retro fashion trends coming back lately…which one do wish would have stayed in the past where it belongs?

Are booty shorts a retro fashion trend? If not I think they need to go away anyway. If I can see your butt cheek whilst walking behind you, they are to damn short. I mean how do you even sit down in those?

5. What fictional character is most like you?

Woah, this is pretty deep. Blame the fact that I just watched the first three Harry Potter movies but I’m going to go with Hermione Granger. At first she’s annoying with all her know-it-all-ness, but eventually she grows on you. She’s always there to have her friends back no matter what, and she doesn’t take any grief from anyone, except Ron, who she’s in love with. She’s smart, strong and witty. Three things I think I am too.

6. Who shot first?

I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re talking about Star Wars, and the change in the scene between Han Solo and the bounty hunter. Han shot first, and he was the only one who did. Some things shouldn’t be messed with. Han Solo is one of them.

If not, then it was definitely the other guy.

7. Umbrella, rain boots, waterproof coats or none of the above?

This is Oregon for goodness sake. You definitely need a waterproof coat. I just bought rain boots, but I never use them. Never use an umbrella. Ever. Unless you want people to think you’re from California, and nobody wants that.

8. For a moment disregard that bills have to be paid or learning would have to be done…what is your dream job?

I always say I want to be one of the in-game reporters for a baseball team. Preferably the Giants, because they’re my favorites.

9.  Someone gives you $500, what do you do with it?

The responsible side of my brain says, pay your bills, put it in savings, open a CD!  The fun side says go on a massive shopping spree! Or buy a plane ticket to go see a friend or family member I haven’t seen in a long time. Eh, probably shopping. Most certainly shopping.

10. Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Or you know…in college?

This is a joke between me and Shannon, you’ll have to read her post about being nominated. Basically I’m her imaginary friend, she has a vibrant imagination that one. But seriously, I’m an only child, so even if I don’t remember them, I’m about 95% sure I had an imaginary friend growing up.

Good questions, Shannon! I really had to think on most of those, thanks for waking up my brain during summer break.

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet, we visited our wedding venue where I took a million pictures and mister finally got excited. Because I can’t resist and ya’ll have been so patient if you’re still reading this, so here’s a sneak peak:



That’s from the ceremony area looking up to where the reception will be. The place is beyond magical, it’s just plain perfect.

Have a happy Tuesday!

Liebster Award Nominations

Yesterday while I was still reveling in the fact that I only have a year before the wedding I saw that one of my new friends Michelle had nominated me for an award. I was like, whaaat?!? I’ve never been nominated for an award before!  I’ve really only spent a weekend with Michelle, but I can tell we’re totally meant to be friends. That girl is awesome and feisty. Two features I look for in new friends, well, and old friends too.

Anyway, awesome Michelle nominated me for a Liebster award. It’s for bloggers that have less than 200 followers and that’s all I know. Whateves I’ll take it.

There are rules, of course, and here they are:

1. First, link the blog that nominated you. Go check out Shape Up or Ship Out. She’s hilarious and her daughter could possibly be the cutest thing ever.

2. Answer 10 questions from your nominator. Is that a word? It is now.

3. Choose 10 bloggers to nominate. Now since they have to have under 200 followers I really only know two.

4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees. Get ready girls!

5. Tell the people you nominated, that you nominated them. Duh.

Here are my questions that Michelle asked:

1. What is your favorite cardio exercise?

Uhhmm…well since my mom supposedly reads this I’ll just go ahead and say walking Gypsy is my favorite. Or riding my bike. Yeah, those things. Fo’ sho.

2. What type of music do you listen to? Fave song? Fave band?

I listen to everything from country to R&B. I think my favorite band right now is Mumford and Sons, but The Beatles and Dave Matthews are always my go to. Favorite song? Well, that changes right? I’m totes obsessed with Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines right now, just like the rest of the country. Spare me the feminist remarks about this song. It’s fun, he’s hot, just dance it out.

3. Harry Potter, Twilight or Hunger Games?


But Twilight is great for mocking and Hunger Games was a great book (the first one).

4. What is your favorite fashion trend right now?

I love all the stripes and pattern mixing. I have a pair of polka dot pants and a stripped tank that I don’t have the guts to wear outside my house, but maybe soon.

5. What’s one piece of advice that you would give your younger self?

Take more chances! I wish I would have been more courageous and done more cool things when I was in my 20’s. Instead I just played it safe, I should have been traveling and doing stupid things.

6. Do you wash your makeup off every night before you go to bed?

98% of the time I go to bed with a clean face, if I’m feeling lazy I use those cloths that take everything off for you. I can’t stand waking up with a dirty face.

7. Would you rather have no fingers or no toes?

Woah. Aren’t toes essential for balance? I think I could deal with no fingers, but I would still want to walk.

8. Favorite chapstick/lip balm/lip stick?

Burt’s Bees is by far the best chapstick around. For lipstick I really like Maybelline’s Color Whisper in “Rose of Attraction” it gives just enough color without taking over your face.

9. Do you think Brad Pitt is a slime bucket?

Brad and Jenn for life.

10. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m pretty resilient which I think is kind of awesome. I haven’t always been able to just bounce back after something crappy has happened but I’ve learned to take things as they come and sift out the important drama from the needless drama.

Now, ladies I have nominated here are your questions!

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, and money were no option,  where would it be? What would you want to see?

2. Why do you blog?

3. What embarrasses you more than anything?

4. What is your favorite thing in your home?

5. You’re both awesome women, what’s your secret?

6. Best book you’ve read in the last year?

7. What is your favorite childhood memory?

8. What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

9. What is your plan for the zombie apocalypse? Do you stay home with hoards of food but little protection or hit the road with limited supplies but a full tank of gas?

10.  Describe your perfect Saturday. Or any day off for that matter.

Thanks again Michelle for the nomination! Please check out these great blogs by my friends. They’re all just marvelous.

A year from today….


I took this screen shot of my wedding countdown app as soon as I realized it was past midnight. I’m just a nerd like that.

OMGEEEEE you guys! Exactly one year from today I’ll be waking up and getting ready for what I can only hope will be one of the top five days of my entire life. I could say that it will be the best day of my life so far. I’m assuming I’ll have children and that could trump the day I finally get to wear that kick-ass vintage dress that is hanging in my closet. It’s possible, except that dress is ah-mazing so those kids better be pretty great.

Anyway, enough about the dress (for now).

Of course, I have a lot to do before this shin-dig. I have a marvelous friend that is helping me plan  and I honestly don’t think I would be able to pull off what I want to do without her. She’ll be my much needed voice of reason when my Pinterest crazed wedding brain says that I want everything wrapped in lace and burlap. What do you mean people don’t want to drink out of mason jars with real-life flowers on them? You mean we can’t make 100 different themed hand made place cards? To much? Not possible. These are the things she’ll keep me from doing, I already know I’ll be eternally grateful.

You know I have a list for this. This sort of thing was made for lists!

Getting this wedding started:

1. Visit the venue, sign the new contract, take millions of pictures (happening on Sunday)

2. Nail down what kind of budget help the parental units will be giving (hint, hint parents that are reading this. You are reading this, right?)

3. Find a photographer and book it, set up engagement photo time.

4. Connect with the most amazing Lenore (who is also my MOH) to nail down invite/website/overall awesomeness theme for everything paper related.

5. Finally decide who will be in the wedding party…and let those people know.

6. Get guest lists from parents (are you still reading?) and make a starting guest count.

7. Start gathering addresses

8. Find a seamstress that will not ruin the beading and lace on my dress.

9. Start gathering craft supplies for decor and other things.

10. Remember to have fun and not get stressed out about the little things (should this have been first? Maybe.)

Of course I’ll keep ya’ll updated with all the haps and projects we’ll be working on this next year.

Now I’m going to go try on my dress and twirl around for a little bit.

The worst summer list EVER!


She’s hiding from this summer chore list. Sneaky dog.

I think that may be a bad title…who wants to read something when it says in the title that it’s the worst ever? Well, I guess you do if you’re reading this. Thanks for that. I’m sharing with you guys the second in my series of lists for this summer. The first one was all about having fun! Yay! The next one is all about the wedding that I’m planning (you have to wait, sorry). This one…this is like a big long chore list. It took forever for me to write it out on paper, I mean who wants to write a chore list? Well, I do. But that’s because I have a problem and I love to write lists. But even this one was boring for me to write. You see, we have so much going on next year that I think I should do something productive around the house during the summer. I get that summer is almost over, even if my denial about that is in full blown “it’s still June” mode. I know it’s not June, it’s the end of July (EEK!) and I have yet to get started on this list. Can you blame me? It’s been, like, really hot you guys! Like in the 90’s! I seriously don’t even know how I ever survived all those years in the desert, I’m such a wimp when it comes to heat nowadays. Anything over 80 and all I want is a fan and a glass of something cold. The last thing I want to do when I get home from work is clean the garage. Yuck! But I must. I either do it now, or I do it later when we’re in the midst of graduating and marrying each other and moving. Best to get started now, no matter how impossible it may seem. Hmm…there seems to be a theme here this week. Stick with me, or just stop reading here. Whatever.



1. Kitchen:

  • Go through all cabinets and pantry, anything not being used must go.
  • Reorganize drawers and lower cabinets (uppers were already done)

2. Bathroom:

  • Organize and clean cabinets, get rid of any product not used in the last six months

3. Bedroom:

  • Tackle the closet…again. Anything not worn since the last time get rid of.
  • Decide what should be stored in cedar chest
  • Store unused bedding somewhere not under the bed (oops)

4. Living Room:

  • Clean out desk
  • Fix furniture and reorganize drawers in buffet and entry-way table

5. Garage:

  • Make a drink, this is going to be awful
  • Go through ALL the boxes! Just throw all the crap away that you haven’t looked at since you packed those over 3 years ago. Seriously, you don’t need it.
  • Organize all craft supplies into armoire
  • Fix shelving to store totes of crap that is being kept.
  • Hang the bikes!

6. Have a garage sale. Sell it all. Who cares? Okay, there it is, my boring list. Tomorrow marks 8 long glorious years that mister and I have been together. I’m going to tell you all about our lovey-dovey story. Happy Friday!!