March 30, 2011

what happened with this? sister-in-law is pregnant...WITH TWINS!

The whole family is super excited. All the sis's-in-law are planning a shower sometime in August. We're all getting pretty jacked up. curb my enthusiasm, I decided to learn how to crochet and, in that process, make the cutest little owl toboggan hats.

Here it is...

Photo Credit.

Isn't it so cute? Unfortunately, this is not my version.

I swear I followed the directions (except for maybe the size yarn) DID NOT come out correctly. doesn't look so bad. I mean, it could be somewhere around the right size...right? As long as you don't look at the armrest of our futon.

And here. It, again, looks like it might be somewhere near the right size for a new born twin baby. I mean, they're usually smaller than singletons, right?

Unfortunately, even thought I made the 0-6 months and NOT the new born was WAY FREAKING TOO SMALL.

It won't even fit on my cat's head. He was much more interested in my lens cap than he was in my newly made baby/small hampster hat.

I'm not sure what I did wrong. I have a feeling it was the yarn size. I must have used a medium weight, instead of a bulky weight. I know I used the right size crochet needle...I think.

I kinda want to finish this one. I mean...they are so cute. Then I'll have to try again and make one that it says is supposed to fit a 7 year old, but will only barely fit a new born twin.

Onwards and upwards! Off to look for bulky weight yarn!

March 28, 2011

i'm in love...

with this

It's wallpaper designed by Alexander Girard. The textiles company Maharam carries it (as I'm sure others do as well). I was at work searching for fabric for guest chairs and happened upon this. Obviously, this won't work for the guest chairs, but I LOVE this print. Too bad it's I have a real aversion to it. I wonder if I could get it in fabric.

Happy Monday!

March 25, 2011

a beautiful day

Finally...a post about the wedding.

Location. Buena Vista Winery and Vineyards
Date. 03.12.2011
Weather. FABULOUS!

This was just a beautiful, fantastic day. This wedding was special...meaningful...personal. The bridesmaids processed to "Somebody to Love" by Queen (performed by Vitamin String Quartet). The bride walked down the aisle to "Storybook Love", which happens to be the theme from one of my favorite movies: "The Princess Bride". Awesome-sauce! (thank you Parks & Rec for that lovely saying).

Tucker had planned EVERY DETAIL. Every person who attended or had anything to do with the service was a close family friend. Everything had purpose, place, and meaning.

FYI...for some reason, these pictures turn out super long and out of proportion in internet explorer. I'm going to advocate for using Google Chrome anyway...but at least use Firefox to view this blog.

March 21, 2011

another week

Didn't this weekend just fly by? It was so beautiful here, but it felt like it was over in two hours.

When I think back to this weekend, I can't really remember anything I did. I know I went to Michaels, I know I had to work a bit last's like one of those nights where you go to sleep and you wake up 3 minutes later, only to find out it's the morning.

Today I'd like to share something I came across last week. I am a HUGE fan of Jessica Claire Photography. She has a wide array of work. Some is very nice wedding and engagement work...other work is like this...

A black swan / white swan art shoot. I love this. I love the fact that it's a wedding shoot AND a ballet shoot. I really do believe ballerinas have some of the most beautiful (albeit waif-life) bodies to work with.

The plan for today was to get the pictures of the hub's cousin's wedding up during lunch today. It didn't work out.

Hopefully tomorrow.

Happy Monday!

March 14, 2011


and back at work already.

Slowly recovering from the San Fransisco Surgical Strike that was the hub's cousin's wedding.

It was gorgeous. Here's a quick sneak peak...more to come about the trip later.

March 11, 2011



I might have gotten drunk in the middle of the day in the Dallas airport. 

a little sweetness

It's time for Girl Scout Cookies, ya know!

I couldn't be more excited. I could be less excited about the calories they bring....but the benefits definitely out way the risks in this situation.

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My favorite ones are Peanut Butter Patties (or tagalongs depending on where you're from. I didn't hear of tagalongs or samoas or do-si-dos until I was in college. They were always Peanut Butter Patties, Praline Royales, and Peanut Butter Cremes). I keep them in the freezer at work. So everyday, after lunch, I reach in the freezer at work and grab one (sometimes two) PBP. Frozen like that they taste like an ice cream snickers, which reminds me of being a child at my granddad's house. We always ate Klondike bars, ice cream snickers, chocolate milk, and orange juice and peanuts (I did leave that comma out on purpose. Having roasted salted peanuts and orange juices tastes like home to me :) ).

March 10, 2011

Last weekend, with a little of this one thrown in

Last weekend...we rode the three hours to Chapel Hill to see the hub's fav band...Superchunk.

Superchunk is a NC based band. They've been around for 21 years (which means they're older; which means their shows are earlier cause they've got kids at home; which means I get to go to bed earlier; which means I'm a happy camper).



This is me in front of my brother's frat house (Geoff lives in SoCal and does a lot of crazy of which is a webcomic geared toward adolescent girls. It's all about self-esteem and fitting in (or not) Check out Hot Mess). I went to visit him once while he was in college and he lived here. He's 6 years older than me, so I was still in high school. I had a blast. But I do remember the house being absolutely disgusting. When I went to the bathroom, I had to physically move a piece of plywood in front of the stall so that no one could see in. Ahhh....memories!


Here we are at the Cat's Cradle. Some pretty awesome bands play here: The New Pornographers, The Raveonettes, Mates of State...I could go on. This night, the opener was VeeLee. A band consisting of two people and many instruments. I always have slight girl-crushes on female band members.



And here they are...Superchunk...a 40-something band taht isn't afraid to pogo on stage and literally make the music with their bodies...not just their instruments.


Mac (lead-singer/lead-guitarist) and Laura (basist) also own Merge Records. In my opinion, one of the smartest record companies out there. It, also, is based out of Chapel Hill. Its business model is not to make as much money as possible with bad, over-produced, popular music; planning every minute of all their signed bands lives to make the absolute most money they could possibly make. Now, don't get me wrong, they need to make money, and they do. But they do it smartly. They find bands they like and decide, realistically, how many CDs they should actually print. If they think that this particular band will only sell 1500, then they only print 1500 albums.

Then there are their other bands like The Arcade Fire. The Arcade Fire started out as a small-ish band; signed by Merge; became HUGE after their third album; AND just one the Grammy for best album of the year. This little indie band has seemed to take over the world...and they had a tiny record company. And here are the beginnings of that record company. Still rocking out. I do hope they last another 20 years.


This weekend we are headed to San Fransisco for the hub's cousin's wedding. I am going to shamelessly take as many pictures as I possibly can! Wish me luck.

Have a fantabulous weekend!

March 09, 2011

fun save-the-dates

Thanks to my friend Ashley for sending this to me quite a while ago. I thought it was more than worthy of a post.

Check out this amazing amazing save-the-date shoot from Steep Street.

I would love the opportunity to shoot a couple like this.

Get it. They're "taking the plunge". Awesome. Make sure to visit Steep Street for more awesomeness.

March 08, 2011

just do it

You must must must check this out.

I know, I know. You have to click a link. But it is SO WORTH IT. Just do it.

That's all I have to say.

March 04, 2011

acupuncture and a review

I'm not exactly sure how to spell that. But I got it, the procedure that is.

But first we need a bit of a recap.

First: I passed my test.

Let me repeat.

I PASSED MY TEST. It was my last one. It was very hard to believe and it took me a week to come to terms with it.

I passed.

I passed?


You must understand. I did ALMOST nothing but study for the past year. The past year. A year really feels like a long time, when you're in it. Now, looking doesn't seem so long. It seems done. Which is a funny feeling.

So, I'm kind of going through the hangover of studying. Realizing I have my nights and weekends again. Getting past not feeling guilty that I'm not studying. Getting excited about architecture again. Which is good.

A few things I've been up to:

Reading...a lot. I've read 2 books since I've taken my last test (that's a lot for me).

I've made some lists:

One is a honey-do list I've made for myself. My husband has been a real trooper over the last year. He's done the cooking, laundry, most of the cleaning, so I could have time to study and our house would not be a wreck. So...there are some things I need to do, more like handy lady-wise to catch up with him.


Then there's my creative list. This is all some of the things I've been eyeing, wanting to do over the last year. Hopefully, I'll make time to do them now. There are wedding invitations to be designed (not mine) and clothes to be fixed. All in all, it is a list that I love. It is a list that I hope never ends.


And then, there's the acupuncture.

I am a HUGE yoga fan. I like hot, intense, really hard yoga. It centers me. It brings me back to just one thought, "can I do (insert arm balance here)?" It turns my mind to only one thing. And that is fantastic. Unfortunately, my right wrist has been acting up. It has been for a little while.


So, I'm taking a short break from the intense yoga, switching to more relaxing yoga for a few weeks, and getting acupuncture. I'd never had acupuncture before. But I did like it. It's the same type of environment as a massage: dark room, massage table. My acupuncturist turns on a heater and does her magic. And, deep down, I kind of believe it's magic. All she does is put these tiny needles that I can't feel into my arms and legs and, 30 minutes later, I feel a bit better. My arms get super heavy while in this relaxed state and take a few hours to "wake back up" again. But, I dare say, I think my wrist is a tiny bit better.

I know it could all be in my head, but if it's in my head, and I don't feel any pain, isn't that real anyway? It's my reality at least. I'm trying to do more things with my left hand instead of my right like brushing my teeth. Unfortunately, I'm not too good at it with my left and will probably have to pay a pretty big bill to the dentist if I continue.

So, now I'm moving onward and upward. I'm excited about this new time and what feels like a different life.

Sorry for the not-so-great droid images. I'll send you more after a long-awaited Superchunk show tonight.

Happy Friday!