Monthly Archives: November 2012


This year I am thankful for…

A wonderful, smart, funny, loving, hard-working husband who (somehow?!) loves me and my go-go-go-then-nap persona, boisterous tendencies, and big mouth. I love you, Steve. You are the best. You keep me going on the worst of days. You make me push for the best of days.

My diva puppy Agnes, who loves to dig in the dirt, hates to bathe, loves her independence, and just wants to beat up on her baby sister.

My cuddle bunny pup Edith; my blonde babe who just wants to snuggle, win the occasional sock fight with Agnes, and who has an endearing fear of the dark.

My job–challenging, interesting, and full of wonderful, supportive people who make the time go by.

My parents and family. You are there. And that’s what matters.

My friends. You people never cease to bring me joy and laughter, fresh ideas and perspective–on everything from politics to brunch–and for being there. Just like my family.

For my home. We’ve so enjoyed making this house our home, and we cannot wait to keep going.

For my health. Running has been just what I needed. That, and Weight Watchers. Womp womp.

Being thankful and gracious should be a year round priority.


Dressing the dresser

I said I was done with my dresser–and I was–but I hadn’t yet dressed it up. I needed a lamp, and a tray to contain any baubles or trinkets that may find themselves resident in the hall. I am a big believer in trays. Cuts down on clutter and accumulation of crap.

I couldn’t find anything I liked, so I made something. A square tray (…ok, it was really a “basswood canvas” from the craft store because all their unfinished trays were either dinky or screamed “let’s have a gee-wilikers ho-down at Walmaert, yah!” And I do not go for that.) spray painted “14 karat gold” and a piece of black and white zigzag scrapbook paper Mod Podged later, we were in business. Hey, longest and most confusing sentence award right there.


Throw in some nifty wood coasters from Target, a jar of antique lighters (…which I had already curated, if you will, in a prior room’s incarnation), and a baby shower placecard frame that I sprayed gold too, filled with an inappropriate photobooth shot of us from a recent wedding, and there’s my tray.

I also hung some new curtains. The white ones were really white. The new ones are greige and linen-y from the Nate Berkus line at Target. They are much more subtle and a lot less white.

And the lamp. I said I had plans for a lamp but I lied. Well, I changed my mind. Target FTW again, kids.

So she’s all dressed up now.


And once more, with some help from my beloved Instagram filters.


Don’t tell, but I found myself cruising craigslist this morning (…for furniture). I think I need a meeting or a sponsor or something.

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