Friday, December 02, 2016

Take 225

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I have a NEW COMPUTER!!! Eeeek! It's so pretty! And so speedy at working! I'm so excited to get all of my settings going and figure out what I love about the new operating system and get to editing some photos! Hooray!
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I went out to get a drink with a friend after work last week and in the corner of the bar was the most beautiful bouquet of lilies... We're talking at least 3 feet tall and absolutely filling the room with a beautiful fragrance. I've never seen anything like it!
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While Meg, Patrick and Mairin were here for Thanksgiving, we snuck out for a fun meal out while the kiddos slept. We ended up at Tatte Bakery while we waited for our name to be called at out lunch spot. This was seriously the most beautiful cafe and bakery I've ever seen! I also just noticed that I can place a Christmas order... hmm...
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Then, we went to eat at a Ramen restaurant and when we arrived, they placed a basket next to our table for all of us to put our purses in... What?! I know. (Oh, and yes, Ramen restaurants are very popular here--would've never guessed it!)
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Have you heard of Swedish Apple Pie? Apparently, it's apple pie with a sugar cookie crust! Umm, Yes! Here's one version that looks great :)
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Since we moved into this kitchen, we've been aware that a little tiny vertical space would be best utilized by some sort of plastic drawer set of tupperware. Last week, I walked by the dumpster and found exactly what we had in mind. Crazy, no? I have secret plans to empty my  "junk drawer" box (still unpacked from the move... in the summer) into one of the four drawers... but then I think, "Really? Just pitch it all."
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This week, Virginia and I scooted out to the grocery store after I put George down to bed. We arrived and soon after the dairy fridge lights went out! Weird, I thought! Then, two aisles later, there was an announcement over the loud speaker that the store was closed! Hah! We had maybe 10 minutes in the store total! It felt like my dreams come true--I was in my own live version of Supermarket Sweep! Hah! (And yes, I loved this show growing up.)

Then... two days later, we arrived to the mall 40 minutes before it closed... I mean really! We live in a city and both places closed at NINE! During the holiday season! Inconceivable!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Weekend Away

The plan hatched pretty quickly. A generous encouragement from my husband, a quick call to a friend, a few airbnb searches... and BAM. Sitting in a tiny little apartment above this street:
Oh, and three blocks from this view:
Rockport, Massachusetts. A tiny little town with leather shops and ice cream parlors that attracts artists from all over. You can buy sizable and affordable paintings on canvas from all of the art students who flock there. It's the home of Motif #1, "the most often painted building in America". I enjoyed capturing it in the early morning as the sun rose:
It was a wonderful weekend with a friend. There was wine, pesto, good cheese, a chick flick, reading, prayer, and yes, even a little yoga. The host even thought to not turn the clock back which meant that half way through the morning on Saturday I felt like I got a whole hour back... Wasn't that nice of her? I'm now a big fan of recharging weekends spent with a good friend. The quiet was delicious. The food even more. I drank coffee for hours, edited photos and didn't yell at even one toddler. :) Sigh.

Thanks for getting away, Jule. I'm honored you came all the way here to join me!

Thanks, Love, for holding down the fort. I'm so grateful to have had the time and also that the Lord made the views so spectacular...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Take 224

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day was filled with turkey and people you love! We had such a wonderful day. :) The food and planning elements of the day went well! It was my first time hosting and I loved doing it! We were so blessed to have such wonderful family around our large table in our small apartment kitchen. I am so thankful for our adventure here in a new place, health, employment, beautiful children, family that can join us for the holiday and so much more.
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I spent a little time enjoying a few of our family photo albums that we have and I thought I'd share with you some Thanksgiving photos of past years... 
 Thanksgiving dinner (1992? in Belmont, MI)
  Thanksgiving (1994? in Pittsburgh)
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  Thanksgiving 2005 (Sean's Baptism--Ohio)
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Thanksgiving 2010 in Michigan
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 Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl (2011, the year we were engaged)
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Thanksgiving 2012
Thanksgiving 2013
Thanksgiving 2014
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This year! Virginia and I with our pies! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Ok. Ok. I couldn't resist sharing another season. Why? Well, because I'm a big girl in a big city with a big girl job. And you know what? I'm so grateful I spent the past year purging my wardrobe and working to love what I own and own less. So, I've considered this season to be a major success. I own pretty little, honestly.
Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Blue lace pencil dress
Coral dress
Forest green dress
 Striped skirt
Brown dress pants

Coral Jacket
Grey striped cardigan
Corduroy jacket
Turquoise cardigan
Cream sweater 

Navy shirt
White and periwinkle striped shirt
Mauve button down

Things I've learned:
  • I got a little lazy and didn't "clear" last season from my closet. Wow. What a mistake that was... I corrected it and started not to hate the morning routine so much, again.
  • I did such a fantastic job of clearing my closet last fall and winter of shoes I didn't like that I nearly had a shoe crisis this year... Literally, I had one pair of dress shoes and 2 pairs of boots. And one of those pairs of boots wasn't work worthy. I survived, but man. That was stressful. Not a cheap item to replace in bulk!
  • Dressing for the position you want is important. And gets noticed. (Also, I bought my first blazer that I actually like!)
  • It's fine to decide that some favorite (and not so beautiful) items are fine to keep for weekends. (I almost don't consider them a part of my capsule... But I also own not too many of them. Ok. I should probably rein in my sweatshirts.)
Wishing each of you a happy Thanksgiving! I haven't decided if you'll see me on Friday or not... If not, feel free to go check out my post-Thanksgiving takes from 2012... Because I will be! :)