Monday, October 20, 2014

Picture This: Week 42, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 

October 13, 2014

Fall looked especially beautiful in the strange Monday morning light.


October 14, 2014


I came home Monday to a surprise jackalope from Vero! I promptly broke his ear, I was so excited to get him out of the box. I then fixed his ear, stuffed him with cotton balls, and had superglue remains on my fingers all week.

 
October 15, 2014


It's been too long.

 
October 16, 2014


We left work on a normal time Thursday, allowing me time to debate the merits of a larger bag able to carry sunglasses. I'm not allowing myself sunglasses until I have a bag able to hold them - it's a real chicken and the egg problem.

 
October 17, 2014


We've been practicing smart spending. I've been thinking about this rugs for months, since we passed on it last time. I think it's time.


October 18, 2014


We had a productive Saturday. The most impressive is Zachles' new lumber storage system. It's been a year since we've bought the house. We need to do a tour!

 
October 19, 2014


Detroit's trippy tunnel. It's my fave.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Picture This: Week 41, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 


October 6, 2014



Apparently Henry Ford liked this place so much, he modeled his factor after it.


October 7, 2014


Meows.


October 8, 2014


This is my coordination of a working breakfast - flipping the spoon and spewing the oatmeal.


October 9, 2014


Book club.


October 10, 2014


Eric Church concert.


October 11, 2014


Back trees, post thinning and trimming.


October 12, 2014

The anticipation of raw pork.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Picture This: Week 40, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 


September 29, 2014

Working from home, breakfast of champions.


September 30, 2014

Happy birthday, Henry girl! 


October 1, 2014

Fall, just on time.


October 2, 2014

The bane of my existence: the BMV. Because Ohio is weird and calls it the bureau of motor vehicles instead of the department. 


October 3, 2014

Date night at Motown: the Musical. And quite possibly the prettiest I've ever seen Cleveland.


October 4, 2014

The first unsolicited use of the tshirt hut. We were ecstatic. 


October 5, 2014 

It may not look like much, but the start of these shelves makes me the happiest. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Picture This: Week 39, 2014.

Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 


September 22, 2014

Trumping the never-ending busy season, the dive-bombing stinkbug took top spot for enemy number one on Monday.


September 23, 2014

My first, and one of their last of the season, Cleveland Indians baseball games. There is a distinct lack of mozzarella sticks in the stadium.


September 24, 2014

When I'm running late, I really like to commit by hitting all the best traffic options. 


September 25, 2014

Sweet, sweet Starbucks. Tower of joy. 


September 26, 2014

We went to a high school football game Friday to support my friend's new job, and because high school football and bands are really entertaining. I say that with no sarcasm. They did a Katy Perry and Bastille song and it was awesome.


September 27, 2014

Henry and I, sketching out and sharing our latest plant stand plan with Zachles.


September 28, 2014

This is how we catch bugs in this house. Her efficiency rating is amazing.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Picture This: Week 38, 2014.


Last year, I started a picture-a-day project with the new year. My intent was and is to try and appreciate every day, the good and the bad. I'm posting weekly recaps of the past seven days. It's a fun way to recap the week, and keep me motivated for the next week. By throwing it up to the interwebs, it's a not so subtle reminder to myself that if I'm laying around all week and taking pictures of my feet poking out of a blanket as I watch Netflix for the millionth time, I'm going to bore everyone to sleep. Not that I care, guys. That being said, it's rarely ground-breaking, but I couldn't handle that anyway. It's a log of my life, and a gentle reminder to myself that life is a gift and I should take advantage every day. I don't want to get preachy. If you do this, I want to know so I can nose around. In the least creepy way possible. You can start anytime, too - a new year doesn't have to start on January 1. Steph created one mid-year. Veronica does this as well, but I'm losing faith in her ever updating her blog. Check out my past weeks through the "picture-a-day" topic link on the right. 


September 15, 2014


We are now the proud owner of a kitchen table. World Market for the win.


September 16, 2014


Zach used dish soap. Womp womp.


September 17, 2014


They didn't even flinch when I pulled in the driveway, honked the horn, and walked to the front door.


September 18, 2014


Progress is slow in the office, but I finally caulked the baseboards, after amping myself up for roughly two weeks. I hate baseboards. 


September 19, 2014


Friday night measurements. We're in Lowe's too often.


September 20, 2014


We had a jam-packed Saturday. We started with football before heading downtown for a free trolley tour (and less facts than I would like), and topping off dinner and drinks in Ohio City with a trip to Mitchell's. Yum.


September 21, 2014


Henry likes to sleep on the patterned furniture because it offsets her beautiful fur the best. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Read This: XXVI.

I'm recapping some things I read this week that I found interesting, not to force you, because I can't, but because sharing is caring. This also holds me accountable and keeps me from zoning out on Pinterest every hour.


  • Zach sent me this story last week about a bear with a bucket on his head. After animal control failed to act, residents took it into their own hands to help the bear and I couldn't be happier.
  • I'm disappointed in the NFL in the most serious connotation of the word. This article does a fantastic job of narrating the situation. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wedding programs.

This post serves no real purpose other than to show off the very basic design skills that I have, of which I am very proud.

I made our wedding programs for a few reasons. We were on the fence about them for so long. Neither of us really felt they were necessary, but I did like the idea of people having something to look at while they waited. The grand plan was to have puzzles and word games. In the last month, all of that creativity wasn't going to happen, but the July 4 date was a little concerning when considering temperature. It was too late to do an elaborate fan, but I thought a piece of 110# card stock would suffice as a fan.  That, and we had the majority of the pack leftover, even after invites. So we set to making programs.



In interest of keeping in theme, and probably mostly out of laziness, I kept with the three fonts I'd used in the invitations: Simple Print, Basic Title, and Jellyka Bees Antique Handwriting, all of which I'd downloaded for free. The rest of the detail consists of lines, which I drew within Microsoft Publisher, and the heart, which I swiped somewhere off the Internet, I'm guessing. Just checked - it's actually a font called Kozuka Gothis Pro EL and I definitely think I found it randomly on Pinterest.

The spacing took the longest, and was the most frustrating, but I made every section in a text box, had the margins tight, and was able to force things into position. I then grouped everything and made a copy because these are each a half sheet. 


I created a word and pdf file for download. I think everything will look crazy because if you don't have the specific fonts I used those areas will appear as blank. I think these files will work, but in the event that they don't and you're interested in using them, let me know and I'll try harder. Or email you. 

I snazzed them up with a corner punch I picked up at JoAnn's. That part of the process was incredibly frustrating - partly because Zach thought he could help but didn't have the patience to line up the corner, resulting in chopped cutouts, and partly because it was a corner cutout so it had to be lined up exactly. The process took a while. We only did about twenty at a time (that's twenty corners, so five programs), before taking a bit of a break to reset and make sure the punch was clear. It was meticulous. We really liked the way they turned out, so we'd probably do it again. We might just invest in a better punch or something less symmetrical. More realistically, we should have just started the programs earlier than thirty days before the wedding.

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