Friday, August 1, 2014

Read This: Volume XXII.

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.




Monday, July 28, 2014

Picture This: Week 30, 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. 


July 21, 2014

At the first signs of deterioration of my Tasha print, I was panicked as I knew my sister's had crumbled. I believe I successfully saved it, but just in case those methods don't hold, I made a reverse print. It resulted in my current print being covered in cornstarch.


July 22, 2014

Back to working at home means back to Henry biting my ankles.


July 23, 2014

Copper received his early birthday presents from his mom. He posed himself. I had tried for a couple minutes to get him in a shot with his presents, and just when i was giving up, he plopped down on them and presented this gem. 


July 24, 2014

Zach worked late on Thursday so I installed our new door-turned-headboard with the supervision of the felines. It was all judgment. 


July 25, 2014

This is still fairly unsuccessful, but a better attempt to get the twin deer babies in a picture.


July 26, 2014

We bought new front door hardware in anticipation of our new front door. Fun fact: Home Depot can change the pins on the locks to match your keys, given you're buying the same brand hardware as your key. I felt like I was privy to secrets and special treatment behind the desk. 

July 27, 2014

It looks like a circle of trash, but it's the start of our dining room table purchase. This barricade will prove if a six-foot round is manageable in our daily house traffic.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Cut.

I cut off 10.5 inches of hair last Friday. 



I've been planning on doing this for a while, years actually. It's been a long process drawn-out by slow hair growth, weddings, and miscommunications at interim haircuts where more than an inch of hair was taken. My fine hair only produced one braid, but I'm so happy and proud of myself to be sending it off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. 


I don't really know what spurred me to grow and donate. My sisters played a big subconscious part in it, both of whom have donated their hair to charity previously, but they didn't pressure me. I think it was a matter of one day realizing that my hair was longer than usual, in addition to considering that if I had the ability to grow hair, I might as well grow it and donate it. 

It's much easier said than done. I wanted to quit so many times in the process when my hair was trying to decapitate me as it got caught behind me in a chair or in my armpit while running. It sounds so pathetic. I realize this. I forgot to take a before picture, but did get my passport renewal picture immediately prior. This is the reason I have no expression. No expressions allowed.



I picked Pantene as the recipient because they use the hair to make wigs for people of all ages. I liked that. 

I'm not crazy about my new short cut. It's a bit too short, which means that I can't pull every single piece into a ponytail and it offers absolutely no flexibility in it's washing schedule. It was pushing it, but I could squeeze four days of no washing out of my long hair and mask it with baby powder and an up-do on day three. I can't fake it on day two now. 

My friend made me feel much better about it by comparing it with Victoria Beckam, which is always greatly appreciated. That face of mine is terrifying. I'm sorry. I can't do selfies.



I'm happy I did it, and I'm happy it's over. Here's to the fast-growth of two more inches and ponytails.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Picture This: Week 29, 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. 


July 14, 2014

The flight-seeing float plane was definitely one of the cooler things we did. It didn't offer much in animal spotting, but seeing the mountain peaks and glaciers at eye-level, in addition to landing and walking the floats in the Prince William Sound, was amazing.


July 15, 2014

We flew the red-eye home and were in a weird state on Tuesday, but still managed to get the hammock up. Copper loves it.


July 16, 2014

I started the black hole that is the name-change process on Wednesday with a trip to the Social Security Office and to the DMV. I have a license!


July 17, 2014

Henry was my shadow as I continued to try and figure things out on Thursday.


July 18, 2014

I finally cut my hair on Friday, specifically 10.5 inches, after taking what I consider to be my best passport/serious face picture. 


July 19, 2014

Copper has loved sitting on me on the hammock from the beginning, but sat by himself on Saturday. He now meows next to it, meaning he wants us to pull it down so he can jump on. All by himself. 


July 20, 2014

We're back at it with house projects and making 8 ft boards fit in the car. Slowly but surely. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Picture This: Week 28, 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. 

I decided to post this today instead of my usual reading. I didn't read too many articles the past week, partly due to the honeymoon and party due to the only thing Zach wanted to discuss was Lebron's return to Cleveland. Plus, pictures are more fun, especially when all are out of the normal routine.


July 6, 2014

Monday was the start of the honeymoon with plane delays to start, making our super short layover even shorter. We sprinted between terminals and made all of our original flights, literally being one of the last people on that plane.


July 7, 2014

Hiking the Matanuska Glacier was one of the highlights of the trip. It was incredible.


July 8, 2014

We had a weather day on Wednesday, meaning that our flight seeing plane was canceled for bad weather. We shopped around before hitting some nature preserves and tried the ice cream. It wasn't mind-blowing, but I'm assuming that's because we were in the tourist trap area. We learned Alaska's residents consume the most ice cream per capita!


July 9, 2014

Thursday was our day in Seward, or on the Pacific as we tried to spot whales. It was another terrible weather day with the rain never stopping, so we didn't make it to the ocean. The bay offered lots of wildlife, including sea otters, sea lions, and puffins, so it wasn't a total bust.


July 10, 2014

We drove up to Denali, or more specifically, Healy, on Friday. Taking advantage of the 24-hour light, we took a 3 mile walk at 9 PM. That's Zach holding up a 9 to indicate what time it is. It was so insane. 


July 11, 2014

We took the park bus through Denali on Saturday and spotted so much wildlife, including this caribou that trotted past the bus. Grizzlies, moose, eagles, and pika were also in the mix.


July 12, 2014

Denali is the only national park with a working sled dog team, and you're allowed to meet them! I loved this, and apparently Nuna loved me.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Read This: Volume XXI.

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.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Picture This: Week 27, 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. 


June 30, 2014

Pig-pig digs for treats and traps herself in boxes while I brush her.


July 1, 2014

Nails and wine!


July 2, 2014

Fluffy, the financial advisory.


July 3, 2014

Decoration day!


July 4, 2014

It still doesn't feel like it happened. 


July 5, 2014

Civil war may have replaced beer pong as the favorite family/friend activity.


July 5, 2014

Henry loved having us home, but probably mostly because she loved the gift from her mom.  

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