Remember when I was complaining about the weather? Oh man, we’ve hit another extreme. Today’s heat index in MN topped 100+ degrees. The sun has gone down and I’m STILL feelin’ pretty melty. We don’t have central air in the tiny house, and the boyfriend (and I) failed to install our clunky window unit before he left for a jazz gig in northern MN this afternoon. Shoot. However, our little outdoor garden of potted plants is just LOVING the weather. Check out our funny bean plants. This one’s super scrawny, yet it’s bearing two HUGE bean pods. Just two. That’s all. Cute!
So while the plants are thriving, I’m sitting with a glass of ice water with a fan pointed directly at me trying not to move. Actually, I was in a state of trying not to move earlier today, too, but it was mostly due to my EYES. I went to the eye doctor today for a check up and they dilated my pupils, which I should have undoubtedly planned for. It always happens, and I always kick myself for not taking the rest of the day off. I walked out of the appointment in the blinding noon sun, tears instantly running down my face. Loved the new eye doctor, but I’m a little upset they didn’t supply me with those sweet plastic wraparound shades. Luckily, instead of jumping in my car and blindly running over five people due to my blindness, I was close enough to home to hoof it back for some lunch and rest.
My eyes are finally feeling better and I’m excited to pick out some new frames in the next couple of days. I really love the oversized/vintage look but I’m afraid they’re going to lose their quirkiness/cool factor in the next year or two? Glasses definitely can be a trendy item, so I think I might just need to stick to something classic so I’m not stuck with a crazy pair of glasses in a couple of years. Either that, or I’ll just go for it and rock the quirkiness. I wish I had a bigger budget to afford more frames so I could mix up my look. Unfortunately, my glasses now have a unique prism coating because I’m apparently quite cross eyed. Shoot. And expensive. So it looks like no cute Warby Parkers for me.
I suppose I don’t have many (or any) pics of me with my current glasses on this page. Shoot. Well here’s a cruddy photobooth pic of them. I usually wear them all day at work, but I don’t wear them much at home, except for when my eyes get tired. I might need to invest in a pair that I actually want to wear all of the time. It’s sometimes frustrating to get ready each day, be all ready to go, and then have to throw on my glasses. I just don’t usually like how I look in them, so I think I try to avoid wearing them whenever possible. They just don’t feel “like me.” Oh well. Hopefully I’ll find a decent pair in a few days!
Hello to everyone who is here from Freckled Nest! I am so thankful to a few gracious bloggers for helping direct traffic this way. I posted before (here) about the amazing free ad space giveaway that Leigh Ann was giving away on her amazing website. Well, my group was featured yesterday – so to anyone who clicked the little picture of me and Leo… hello!
Anyway, I’ve gotta head out of here and QUICK. The boyfriend’s dad turns 60 today, and he and his sisters are throwing their pop a big birthday bash. For today’s festivities I threw on my latest thrift store find: this Tucker for Target dress. I was THRILLED to find it in my size for only $3.99! It looks like it was a merchandising item – I think you can usually tell (at least from Target) because they scratch out the label with a brown marker. I think someone told me that in the past, or I’m just making it up entirely. Either way, it’s in perfect condition, comfy, and a lovely vibrant pink. I did decide to wear a different belt because the matching one made me feel a little bit like I was wearing a full outfit of silky pajamas. Seeing as the weather STILL isn’t cooperating, I also threw on some black leggings and black flats (which you can’t see). Oops.
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday. And thanks again for stopping by!
Hello to all of you are here through Two Birds or @twobirdsmn ! I recently (as in TODAY) sent Megan and Nora an updated blog banner, and they were sweet enough to put it up!
I kind-of-randomly solicited them for designing a new blog banner. As in I emailed them out of the blue with a new design and probably freaked them out. I’m not sure if that’s how it works in the real world of designer/client relationships (uh, probably not), but I really like their blog and had a lot of fun creating a cute new design for them in my free time. Actually, the whole email-out-of-the-blue thing is how I ended up with a very consistent freelance designer position, so I guess it does work. Who knew? You just have to stick your neck out there, and hope people are as sweet as Megan and Nora. **Also, if YOU happen to be interested in any design work, you can read more about me as a designer HERE.
Anyhoo… I’m off to put away my lovely St. Joseph Farmer’s Market finds (smoked gouda, rhubarb, jalapeno cheddar bread, mixed peppers, strawberries and cilantro) and hit the grocery store for some extras to get us through the weekend. Our cupboards are BARE. Oops!
This is kind of a silly post, but the boyfriend and I have fallen into a little ritual of making coffee (decaf) at night when we’re both having “nerd time” (working at our computers). I came across this little illustration that sums up our coffee making:
The boyfriend is at a music rehearsal (did I mention he’s a musician?) in the Twin Cities tonight, so looks like it’s coffee for one while geeking out tonight. That’s okay.
What are YOUR coffee rituals? Do you have a special roast or coffee cup? I have a mug that only I am allowed to use. We typically use our coffee machine and grind locally roasted fair trade beans, but when I’m feeling fancy (maybe tonight!) I’ll use the French press. Mmmm.
Yesterday marked the official First Day of Summer. And this is how summer chooses to greet us? Torrential downpours yesterday, and more doom and gloom today (in addition to weeks and weeks worth of pretty lame weather)?! Mother Nature is really giving Minnesota the shaft lately. There’s a potential for ONE nice day in the next week, maybe two. But where are highs in the 80s? Where’s the “let’s visit the beach, eat popsicles, wear sundresses and grill burgers” kind of weather? It’s late JUNE for crying out loud! I’m trying to grow tomatoes here! Come on!
Is this what living in Seattle is like? I don’t know if I could ever live there. This is just plain yucky. I’m so uninspired. Just wanna curl up with some Netflix and lounge around.
My dad is a pretty cool guy. It’s hard to know where to start in explaining all of the things I respect, admire, and love about him. He’s patient, funny, smart, and an all-around good guy. You could ask just about anybody who knows him, and they’d say the same thing.
My dad’s 9-5 (or 4am-2pm, or 7pm-3am) is as General Manager at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. He’s been hard at work in the restaurant industry for as long as I can remember. Perkins is actually where my mom and dad met, and all of us girls grew up in the industry or actually washed dishes or waited tables as summer jobs. Anyway, for the past 30 years my dad has worked long, irregular hours in a high-stress environment. He’s on his feet for his entire shift. He deals with a fair share of crabby customers. But he doesn’t complain too often, only about his long and boring commute. Overall, he makes the best of his day to day, striving to inspire his employees, run a highly productive store, and make people happy. My dad has a lot of regular customers who absolutely adore him, and I know why: He’s just plain good at what he does, and he goes at everything with a smile on his face. He’s a role model for me in how to do a job well and with pride. He taught me that “every day in every way you get better and better,” a message I’ve taken to heart.
My dad is also extremely determined in other areas of his life. He’s an active guy and has run a myriad of marathons, including the famed Boston Marathon. His latest scheme is kind of funny… he’s trying to do 10 pushups for every hit the Twins get this season. You can keep up with him at his BLOG (just another reason he’s so cool). Hopefully you can get a little taste of his humor through his writing. I think my dad is absolutely hilarious. He’s a quiet guy by nature, but his cracks often come out of nowhere and are real zingers. He’s always making us laugh.
Anyway, I could go on and on about how great my dad is. But I’ll stop here. He has a big birthday coming up this year (50!) so maybe I’ll write about his coolness another time. Thanks for everything, Daddio! We love you!
I love Etsy. I’d say 98% of the artwork in my home is either a thrifted find, made by me, or purchased directly from an artist, either at a fair or via Etsy. I’m on the website all of the time dropping things into my favorites – I have EIGHT pages of bookmarked items! I love supporting handmade and receiving treasures from all around the world – the artists on Etsy are so sweet, and often tuck in little notes and special items with their shipments. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll have enough art or time to run an Etsy shop..? Their “Quit Your Day Job” series is SO interesting and inspiring!
I decided to experiment with putting together my own treasury of items since I’m always so inspired by other treasuries featured on the Etsy home page. I guess it’s kind of akin to putting together a mix tape. Finding items that have a flow or a theme, and putting them together for an overall sensory experience. This could get addicting…
So here’s my first treasury! I’m feeling so inspired to CREATE after seeing the finished product. I had no idea I was so drawn to TEAL with lovely pops of yellow and burnt orange! Enjoy! (You can also view the treasury larger, HERE)
We finally have some wireless internet around here. Actually ANY internet in general is a big deal. You didn’t have internet?, you ask? Well, we did. Sort of. We were “borrowing” it from some college-girl neighbors who didn’t lock down their signal. Not exactly nice, and I’m not sure it was exactly legal that we were “borrowing” it, either.
We really wanted to have internet of our own, but we were having a hard time narrowing things down between sucky-internet-contract-monopoly-company number #1 and sucky-internet-contract-monopoly-company #2. We finally settled on a pay-as-you go local company that gives us a really decent wi-fi signal for something like $30 a month. Their tower is just blocks away from our place. Who knew?!
So yay to more frequent posts! Yay to making late night posts! Yay to more Netflix watching! And yay more connectivity!
*Yes, I know that picture makes no sense. What? You don’t read Married to the Sea? We can’t be friends. Wah-wah. Just kidding.
Butterfly. I love this song. I actually came to appreciate it in a sort of backwards way. The original was written and performed by Herbie Hancock in the 70s, and I don’t think I actually had heard the original (shame on me) until AFTER I heard a beautiful cover.
Last year my department programmed jazz singer Gretchen Parlato for a lovely jazz cabaret performance. Long story short, she was phenomenal. Check her out. Buy her album. See her live. Really.
Anyway, here’s her version of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly.” Without ever hearing the original, I think you’d agree that it’s a beautiful performance with charming lyrics. I love how she punctuates this performance. That voice!
I brought home her album for the BF to listen to following her outstanding performance. (By the way, she’s lovely in person and her band was really nice. I caught up with the group backstage and shared a glass of wine with them after the show. A perk of the job, I guess…) The BF was familiar with the 70s Herbie Hancock version and had no idea that it actually had lyrics. After a bit of digging, it looks like Herbie’s wife (I think) wrote the lyrics to the song. Pretty neat, huh?
So here’s Herbie’s version. Don’t you just love his intro to this song? “For the ladies.” So smooth. Making a little butterfly sound so bad ass.
The BF and I later realized there was another great cover of this song. The BF really digs (and I do, too) pianist Robert Glasper. His trio is phenomenal and has some great grooves – he often channels J Dilla, which is sweet. He ALSO just produced Gretchen Parlato’s new album, so there’s a cool connection. I recommend you check him out, too. Live, if you can! We saw him this spring at the Dakota. Insane. Here’s his version. Lovin’ the vocoder. Chris Dave on drums is sick. Wow.
Hope you enjoy this tune. Or maybe learned about an artist you didn’t know before. I think we’ll probably end up listening to some Robert Glasper while grilling our turkey burgers tonight. It’s a laid back night. Can’t wait!
I decided to take three days off from work this week. I’m not really going anywhere for vacation, per say, so I’m treating them more like a “staycation.” I took some money out of savings (far less than a mini-vacation would cost) to spend on myself. So far it’s been great. The really lovely day will be tomorrow. Yoga? Massage? Reading? Yummy food? Sun shining? Yes.
Here’s my schedule. Yes, I schedule my days off:
- breakfast – quality time with my book
- yoga class with new instructor – a super long shower
- yummy lunch – worked short shift at second job
- bought wine – am currently sitting at coffee shop
- noshed on HUGE coffee shop rice krispy bar (oops)
- more book time – more wine – bed
- yummy breakfast – hour long massage
- hour long private yoga session
- yummy avocado & quinoa salad (via the lovely “Eating for England“)
- trail run with coworkers – grillin’ and chillin’ with the bf
- maybe our first motorcycle ride together?
- library run for more books (I’ve got my eye on a Sarah Vowell book)
- workin’ on this here website
- shopping (for fathers’ day and upcoming birthdays)
- new mattress shopping (boooring)
- hangin’ out, workin’ out, grillin’ out
And, of course, LOTS of other stuff. I expect the weekend to be just as lovely, but I’m trying to not be too ambitious. I’m hoping to squeeze in an artsy project (maybe a collage session) and maybe a round of thrifting. We’ll see. Also, I would usually feel kind of guilty taking time for myself. But being at home in the middle of the day, getting things DONE just feels good. When’s the last time you took some time for yourself? Do you ever initially feel guilty about it? What changes your mind?
*lotus flower image found here (I need a new camera, ASAP!)
I'm an Arts Admin girl living, working, and creating things in Central MN. I like to blog about my love of thrifty good deals, granny-chic home decor, and my cat Leo.
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