So I’ve always kind of made fun of people who are crazy for their cats. You know, the kind of people who pose them with props, or use the word “purrrrfect” to describe them. To illustrate my point, I found this gem of a definition via Urban Dictionary (note that this was the third definition given. The other two were either too specific or too mean)
Definition: a woman that finds too much happiness in her cats. This often results in the following actions:
- Dressing up her cats
- Taking videos and pictures of them
- Telling other people stuff about her cats that they do not care about
- Thinking that her cats are really intuitive
- Wearing clothes with cats on them
- Owning things with cats on them
- Not being lonely because she has her cats!
The thing is, I realized this weekend that I am probably a cat lady, but with dogs.
This weekend, we got to dog-sit for Kyle’s mom, and I had a lot of fun with little Hamilton, here:
The only thing Hammy likes more than wearing sweaters is sporting the green and yellow! Go Ducks!
“The same thing we do every night, Pinky–try to take over the world!”
Notice the posing and excessive picture taking? The little dog outfit? I would totally wear/own clothes with dogs on them. And here are a few direct quotes from the weekend as well:
Me, to Kyle: “I like having a third life form in the house to talk to instead of you.”
Me, after a little sweeping: “I think Hammy is a stress-eater. He shoves his face in his food every time I sweep.”
I guess my point is, maybe everyone has a little crazy cat lady hiding inside them. You just have to find their version of “cat” to bring it out.
I’ve been learning some new effects and adding to my eerie design skillz, can you tell?
So, I like Halloween. I like dressing up and eating candy, and I like the excuse to be creative with costumes. One thing I’ve never quite gotten the hang of, is handing out candy to kids on the actual night of Halloween. I grew up in a more rural area of Happy Valley, without sidewalks or streetlights, and down a loooong driveway that would make even the bravest kid decide to forego their candy. Since then, I’ve lived in apartments or areas that didn’t get Trick or Treaters, and so I never got used to passing it out myself!
I’m excited for this year. I can’t wait to see all the kids in their costumes, and hand out candy, and say “Oooh, and what do we have here??” to their costumes. There’s something really fun about going back to those simple days, but experiencing them again from the perspective of an adult. I’m going to pop a movie in the DVD player and have a blast!
And it sure beats the more “grown up” halloween parties this year, with all their couples dressed as Robin Thicke & Miley :)
Hey there, my friends! Whew, did that weekend (and the week preceding it) fly by! I’ve got a lot of big things in the works- wedding stuff, work stuff, crafts and around-the-home projects.
And boy did we do a lot of stuff around the ole homestead this weekend, including winterizing the yard (read: cut it down until our yard waste bin is full four times over) and deep cleaning our house for a family gathering we put on to celebrate our engagement! We also cooked a whopping 11+ lbs of pork butt, which was tasty as pulled pork and fed a happy party of people.
Some photos of fall-type items around the house, post-deep clean:
And here are some links I’ve enjoyed to start off your week!
- With the weather turning and all of us heading indoors these days, I love these indoor trees from Remodelista. What a great way to have a little nature in your space!
- I don’t need a coffee table (and arguably don’t need any more projects, haha) but I love this idea for a coffee table using found materials.
- Taking something out-of-the-box and putting your own spin on it to make it unique is a fun hobby and a great way to have meaningful, unique belongings- this is a great idea for special occasion ballet flats (if they don’t fall apart as the day goes on!)
- A pretty great reminder about the importance of being a multi-dimensional person. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!
- I love this shelf Elise Blaha installed in her entry way! So versatile, and it just might be me but she makes it look pretty dern easy as a DIY.
- I’m living in big sweaters this fall, and am pretty in love with this small collection from Oh Joy (especially #3). If loving big oversized sweaters is French, then heck yes I’m in!
- As a lover of the GIRLS series, and even more so of the amazing female role model Tina Fey, I was pretty excited to see these two obsessions collide in the video below:
My 15 books in 15 weeks reading challenge ended last week, and I’m happy to report that I’ve not only met my goal, but actually forgot about it entirely and still ended up exceeded it! To recap, here are the 15(+) books I read in the past 15 weeks:
- Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
- When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
- Maus II A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
- Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
- Life and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan
- The God of Animals: A Novel by Aryn Kyle
- Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
- The Books of Magic Part 1 by Neil Gaiman
- The Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
This is a pretty diverse list! It includes modern novels, non fiction, graphic novels, sci-fi, war tales…my tastes have been pretty varied these last few weeks! And I can pretty much say I’d recommend all of these books as a good read, depending on your individual tastes and whatever mood you may find yourself in.
One of the best things about this challenge has been realizing the power of my commute time. In the 45 min-1 hour I ride to and from work each day, I am able to do something productive, enriching, and engrossing. It’s been a great reminder to make the most of my minutes, and to make time for the hobbies I really enjoy. Like reading.
And, while I’ve really enjoyed this challenge (and the reminder to keep changing up my reading habits), I’m looking forward to its close. No, I’m not going to stop reading. I’m just looking forward to enjoying a more leisurely pace, and allowing each book to take the time it needs.
That being said, I’m now looking for recommendations! Tell me, have you read any good books lately?
So, I’m engaged! And that means I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, the guy I’ve dated for a decade and who is so amazing I seriously doubt I am deserving of him. I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Seriously, constant butterflies.
One of the most amazing parts about all this happening (other than the guy I get to marry!) is realizing how many of our friends and family were over-the-top excited for us. Several of you squealed, a number of you cursed, and we are just blown away by how much you all seem to like us.
Because so many of you asked, here are some of the details:
- He proposed yesterday, September 9th, on his birthday.
- We were at our house, which was so perfect- what better place for something so momentous than the home we share??
- He was nervous. I was crying. We were basically a mess.
- We immediately went out for a birthday dinner to celebrate, and I remarkably didn’t crash the car in my excitement.
Here we are a little after dinner. Feeling pretty giddy.
And because so many of you asked, here’s my ring! I have to get it resized, but it’s his paternal grandma’s ring, and so unusual and lovely.
The guy at his birthday dinner! 26 is going to be a big year, KP.
Our first toast! Thanks to Shelley and Adam for bringing home the bubbly. :)
I can’t tell you all how excited I am about this, and how much all your calls and comments have meant to me. I’m feeling like a big goofy loveball this week, and I want to let everyone know just how much I love them.
Have a wonderful week, my friends!
I’m about halfway through a month of trying the wheat-free diet. I was compelled to try it out in camaraderie with the guy, and thought that summer, with its fresh veggies and outdoor grilling, would be the perfect time to give it a shot.
So what are some of the big things I’ve discovered since? Well, this isn’t going to surprise anyone, but…
…I really do. And cookies. And cereal. I miss all the things bread products allow you to eat- jams, honey, cheese, sandwich stuff. Although, I’m still eating plenty of those things now.
But what do I like? I like eating a whole plate of fresh fruit and vegetables. I like taking a bit more time to prepare meat for my meals rather than settling for a grilled cheese sandwich. I like that, when I eat out, I feel justified in just ordering the steak.
I have until about September 9th to go, and who knows if I’ll keep it up past that point, but for now I’m enjoying the challenge.