Tuesday, June 26, 2012

computer repairman love...

last night as i packed and prepared for today's trip, my sweet sweet guy worked on my old computer.  he backed up all my files, and moved music, and wiped it clean, and re-installed the operating system so that i could sell my love of an apple to a coworker looking for an older computer for his two year move to malaysia.  

o has more patience than i...the ability to read a manual...and again so much patience.  thanks o...i'll see you in paris!  and bon voyage little white macbook...have fun out there.

Monday, June 25, 2012

a wedding weekend...

this past weekend was my brother's wedding!  hobbes and i hit the road early on friday to help with set-up and rehearsal and the big lobster bake.  hobbes got some good dog play, running in the woods, swimming in the ocean, and drinks from a cool swing (as seen above).  after all this fun he spent the days snoozing, while we zipped around.   and do i mean zipped...check out my ride this weekend...
 
dreams do come true!  i wanted a golf cart since i was about 8 years old.  this one was on the property for the weekend to transport items, people, and apparently pregnant ladies!  amidst all the festivities i took very few photos...even with my phone.  o snapped this [blurry] one as we waited for megan to walk down the aisle...
officiating ian and megan's wedding was so fun and special.  it was amazing to see all the family and friends.  i stayed up way too late and when we got home yesterday i took a five hour nap. must have been all the dancing!  zzzzz.

what about you?  what did you do this weekend?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

on dogs and kids...


while walking with hobbes the other day i found myself deep in thought about life with a dog and things that i hope will continue into life for our child.  here are just some of my hopes...
  • that we'll spend lots of time outside
  • that he/she will "help" me garden
  • that we'll provide him/her with opportunities to be exactly what they are--a child
  • that he/she will get dirty when they play
  • that we'll love to nuzzle you once you've had a bath...and when you are a filthy mudbucket
  • that sometimes our child will lead and we'll follow...and other times we'll lead and our child will follow
  • we'll strive to keep him/her leash-free
  • that we'll have lots of time rolling on the floor and playing
  • that we'll find your noises and sounds hilarious
  • that we'll look at you and see just love
  • that he/she will be social and love playing with others
  • that he/she will  be a great sleeper
  • that he/she will join us in our bed in the early morning for some snuggling and sleeping in
  • that he/she will love strawberries...and cheese
i have millions more, but i'm already teary with joy thinking about this.  this morning is filled with happy tears and fresh strawberries...and a barking dog!

breakfast this morning is fresh strawberries from yesterday's farmers market

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

one of those mornings...

in the best way possible.  it was one of those mornings where i woke before my alarm. i threw on my running clothes, hobbes came over for a scratch, and we were out the door.  we went to little john for a morning slow jog.  on the ride over i had all the windows down and the air was perfect.  it was warmish air with an ocean breeze and the best smells.  we're expecting 80s today and this morning it was already in the mid-60s.  perfection.  the sun was pouring through the trees with strong beams of light.  we jogged and one of us chased chipmunks and laid in a mud puddle.

this was a wonderful start to what will be some busy days ahead.  i'll carry this morning with me as i go.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

a trip...

guess what?  we are headed to paris for a little time away before travel becomes restricted and life gets a tad busier.  eeeeeeee!

i'll be in france for work and then o is going to join me for a few days in paris.  mr. hobbes will be going up the coast for a little slice of doggy heaven...a week in new harbor with his grandparents.

please send any favorite paris spots, if you have them.  i'm already dreaming of baguettes and cheese, people watching, wandering around, time to just be...and a few days with my guy.






Monday, June 18, 2012

demo...

here are a few photos of our 2nd floor bathroom demo.  i'm not allowed up there, but i snuck up for a few quick photos.  o worked like a dog this weekend.  thank you thank you thank you, o!

belly shot...
 tub shot...

car filled with toilet and tiles bound for the transfer station shot...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

a good reminder...

i like this.  a lot. it's also going to be my reminder for today. i have lots (and lots) to get done today in order to take tomorrow as a summer friday and spend the day with jani (she's here from miami!).  so i'm finishing up my breakfast and heading into work to get it done!

i'll be off tomorrow, so happy happy weekend!

image credit

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

second floor...

my dear friend abby has requested some before and after photos of our second floor.  all i really have are beginning/during, when in the midst of tearing things up i realized i'd want some "before" shots.  and we're not really in the "after" stage yet...we're just in it.  i'm remaining confident that in the coming weeks that things will actually start to look different.

so here we go.  make sure you notice the fine details.  above is the bathroom where we are ripping out the tiles, toilet, sink, sheetrock, and removing that fine detailing by the lights.  here's another view...
 
there are two bedrooms on the second floor, the one that will be ours...
seen above with carpet removed and nasty foamy pad still covering the floor.  and the second room is the room that will be the baby's room...
turns out those stars that people used to stick on the ceiling are a major drag to scrape off years later.  above is when we ripped up the nasty carpet.  and below just a confirmation of how dirty the carpet was...
oooh and a sneak peek into the baby closet, which is currently painted really bright kids colors.  we are going to keep half as the closet and make half a cozy nook/nest...filled with pillows and books and awesomeness.  hobbes has already been testing it out and he approves.

o has been sweating away up there and i'm just really the foreman at this point, so who wants to come over and help?

Monday, June 11, 2012

good humor...

our weekend was filled with lots of second floor house projects (ripping tile off the wall, removing the toilet and sink, screwing drywall, puttying...and that was all o!).  on sunday mid-afternoon, i heard o shouting something from upstairs.  he heard the ice cream truck and we should get something.  o doesn't even like ice cream really, so i verified that i'd heard correctly.  i had.  i grabbed my money and hit the street.  i wasn't exactly sure what to do...this was my first time ever flagging down the ice cream truck.  

he stopped, i chose, and we ate.

o went back to work.  he was a total trooper this weekend...wasn't feel well yesterday and still worked his tail off on the second floor.  this baby is putting us to work!


Friday, June 8, 2012

tic-tac-toe...

i recently made a gift for a friend who is in the process of adopting a roughly five year old girl from ethiopia.  for her shower, which wasn't like any shower i'd ever been to in the best way possible, we each created an experience for her to share with her daughter.  mine was a day at the beach.  so i got some sunglasses, a bucket with a shovel, a towel, and more.  for years i've been wanting to make someone a tic-tac-towel (functional and fun)...and i finally did.  this photo is just when i was laying it out, but the end product came out great.

who's ready for some beach days?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

rainy day brunch...

during the rainy weekend i had a friend and sweet little dog over for a walk and then brunch.  we let the dogs get their energy out and then came home to replenish ours.  i got fresh bagels from rosemont and made the veggie and cream cheese platter above (complete with lettuce and basil from the garden).  while at rosemont i saw little mini watermelons and had an idea.  check it out...
my friend brought chocolate croissants...ooh and one filled with ham and cheese.  we talked and ate to the sound of dogs playing and resting, playing and resting.  as i eyed the food, i just kept hoping that i'd have enough room in to try everything.  oh this brunch was sweet and delicious...i could get used to this.

brunchy foods = love.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

mint chip...

turns out i'm not the only one interested in mint chip ice cream.  this guy waited in hopes that he'd get a taste.  sorry mr. hobbes.

the other day i saw an ice cream cone made out of pretzel...one for me.  and one for hobbes!


Monday, June 4, 2012

my morning alarm...

these photos are a little dark, but accurately capture the scene.  it starts with a sneak attack.  and then backing up so i can get a good look of who it is.  and maybe a little whimpering...
then there's the two feet climb up to try to get in our bed/get a better view/get a really good stretch...
it's the best alarm clock i've ever had.  and you know what, sometimes i go to his room on particularly sleepy mornings and wake him up.  some belly scratches and words of love.  and today i had to call my alarm clock into the room...those rainy mornings make everyone want to sleep in.

there was no hitting snooze.  we got up and enjoyed a rainy walk through the woods...just the two of us. the phrase i'm loving the right now just kept popping into my mind.

Friday, June 1, 2012

20 weeks...

this photo is a bit more accurate in terms of displaying the bump seen on the wild on little john island.  we head to a doctor's appointment this morning, which is just fun!  i'm ready for a cozy [rainy] weekend.  i hope to do some cooking, reading, movie watching, organizing, and relaxing.

what about you, what's your weekend looking like?
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