Get Ready for the Weekend!

Yay! I am so excited for the long weekend. Dan and I are going to a party on Saturday night that I am totally pumped for. I think I’m going to make my mom’s delicious pasta salad to bring along. On Sunday, I’m doing lunch and a movie with a friend. The only bummer stuff I have to do this weekend is slog through a 9 mile run on Saturday morning, and at some point I should really take advantage of the extra time to clean up my house a bit. I have a bathtub that needs to be scrubbed (boo). Other than that, I’m excited to just relax, hang out with some good friends, maybe do a bit of reading and take lots of photos.

What are your plans for Memorial Day Weekend?

How about you…

Make a delicious pitcher of sangria for the bbq you’re attending?

Put together a “Freshman First Aid Kit” for the new high school graduates in your life? Essential items: Advil, shower sandals, a travel coffee mug and some of those Starbucks Via Ready Brew things, condoms (if you aren’t a bashful gift giver), multivitamins (they help reduce hangovers!), some packages of ramen.

Dance around to Nikki and Rich’s Next Best Thing?

Cook up some fresh asparagus? It’s in season and can be found at your local farmers market!

Catch up on my daily photo project? I’m having so much fun with it thus far!

Welcome summer by shopping for a few of the season’s essentials?

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Style Advice

Check out this fantastic post on Penny Luxe all about developing your personal style. Penny offers some really great and useful advice. I particularly like the part about playing with your clothes and followed up on her suggestion by turning one of my skirts into a top today.

I have this really soft, jersey knit black skirt. It’s knee length with a soft elastic waist. It’s lightweight and airy and has a lot of movement and flow. Instead of wearing it as a skirt today, I hiked it up and turned it into a sleeveless top and teamed it with a long glass and metal beaded necklace that my friend Nina gave me last night as a belated birthday gift (thanks Nina!). I paired the skirt-turned-top with some skinny jean capris and voila! It’s a perfect outfit for this 90 degree day we’re experiencing because the skirt doesn’t cling to my skin. I feel very cute and comfortable, all thanks to Penny’s advice!

2 Years + 7

May 25, 2008

Two years ago today, I married the man who has been my closest friend and confidant for what feels like ages by this point. I have known Dan since middle school and we started dated when we were just 16. So while today marks the end of our first two years of marriage, Dan and I are actually in our 9th year as a couple. That’s crazy!

Over the course of nine years, you really get to know each other. Some things aren’t so great and you just learn how to live with them (e.g. Dan will often putz around on his computer while I’m talking to him about something and it never seems like he’s listening to what I’m saying, but then when I accuse him of not listening, he always manages to repeat word-for-word everything I’ve said. It’s infuriating, but by this point, it mostly just makes me laugh). But there are lots of other things that are constant reminders of how lucky I am to have such a kick-ass partner. In honor of our nine years, here are nine things about my husband that are totally awesome. Happy Anniversary, Dan!

Oct. 2001, Homecoming Dance, High school Junior Year

1. Before we started dating, Dan and I would get together and study for our Chemistry class. Dan was pretty good at chemistry, I got by thanks to his help. We would meet up at Einstein Bros. Bagels to study. It was the beginning of fall and they had just released their seasonal cookies, these positively delicious Pumpkin Spice cookies. I loved those cookies! To this day, whenever I eat Pumpkin Spice anything, I think back to those study dates and remember what it felt like when I first realized I liked Dan.

Homecoming Dance, High school Senior Year, Fall 2002

2. Whenever something is really funny, Dan always starts laughing by kind of throwing his head back and he instinctively puts his hands on his hips as if to catch himself because the humor of the situation is enough to make him fall backwards. It always makes me laugh even harder.

High school, Senior Year, Spring 2003 (9 years worth of pictures and this one is still my favorite)

3. With great patience and so much support, Dan helped turn me into a runner. He ran alongside and paced me during my first half marathon last year, and when I finished the race, he was way more proud of me than I was of myself. It was awesome.

Summer 2006 (between junior and senior years of college)

4. He knows, like, everything. His brain stores so much information and knowledge. Often, when our friends are having a dispute about something or someone needs an answer to some random question, they’ll get in touch with Dan to find out what’s what and he pretty much always knows.

College Graduation, May 2007

5. In keeping with number 4, he’s a great teacher. He has a background in Economics and has been most helpful in improving my understanding of what’s happening in the national and global economies and what needs to be done, etc. He is fantastic at taking complicated things and explaining them in simpler, more digestible terms.

Comerica Park (Summer of '07, I think)

6. He writes a fantastic blog about baseball/baseball cards. Even though I don’t really care about baseball cards, I still love reading the blog because his writing is so funny and heartfelt. Check out his post on recently deceased Jose Lima. I don’t know Jose Lima from Adam and this post still made me tear up.

On our honeymoon, Dec. 2008

7. He runs marathons in Hawaii, which means we got to go there for our honeymoon. It was fabulous.

Sept. 2009

8.  He doesn’t let fear of looking silly or ridiculous stop him from doing things that he thinks are fun or interesting. It’s admirable and a quality I’m trying more and more to emulate. (Case in point, he grew the beard above for the purpose of shaving it down to just a mustache for the start of the University of Michigan football season. He looked ridiculous and kind of like a pervert with that mustache, but he just rolled with it and had a good time.)

Winter, 2010

9. He’s hilariously funny. Seriously, I spend so much of my life laughing at what he says. It’s fantastic.

New Project

Today I launched a new photography and writing project that I had been rolling around in my head for some time now. I’ve been looking for ways to get myself back into a regular routine of more creative writing and I’m slowly trial-and-error teaching myself a little more about photography by just taking lots of photos and playing with camera settings and stuff like that.

It’s called A Photo Per Day . Today’s is my first post, but I’ve also got a little About page up there that explains a bit more about what I’m planning and what the project is all about.

Check it out!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yesterday morning, Dan and I went to the Baltimore Farmers Market and purchased lots of tasty, fresh food. For dinner, we cooked up a meal that consisted entirely of farmers market purchases.* It was delicious! We ate grilled rainbow trout, fresh baked raisin challah and the strawberry spinach salad pictured above. The salad was made of fresh spinach, the tastiest fresh strawberries I’ve ever had, walnuts and a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette.

*except for the walnuts and salad dressing.

Mail Day!

I bought these the other day and they just arrived. Hooray!

JCrew, Lightweight cotton beach pants

I plan on wearing them rolled up. I hope they are as comfy as they look!

Come On Sun

Do you think if I post enough adorable prints about sunshine it will tempt the sun to actually come out here in Baltimore? I’m sick and tired of this gloomy weather.

Barking Bird Art


Jessica Swift



coo koo ri koo

I’m totally digging these necklaces and earrings from the Etsy shop coo koo ri koo. I think they would look so cute with a simple summer tank and a flowing skirt.

Hooray For Friday!

Get Happy from Moxiedoll

I am so glad this week is over and I’m really looking forward to the weekend. I have an 8 mile run to do tomorrow and a friend’s housewarming party tomorrow night, but apart from those two things, I’m excited to just relax and watch some movies and hang out with my husband and pets. We’re supposed to have good weather all weekend, so maybe I’ll spend a little time reading in the park.

Why don’t you welcome the weekend with this fun article about dinner dates from the perspective of a waiter? It’s pretty great.

Have a great weekend!

sweetblue Photography

We’ve had a gloomy couple of days here in Baltimore with lots of rain and damp, cold temperatures. It has made for a long and tiring week. But these lovely photographs from sweetblue on Etsy are helping to cheer me up!

Aren’t these photographs so soothing? You can check out more here.

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