february || miscellany

Friday, March 2, 2018

if you glimpse through these photos and think, "well she sure does laze around a lot and take pictures of her dogs from her couch"  you would be absolutely correct.  february was long and a bit rough, i never felt like i got my feet firmly on the ground this month.  these february days felt slow, finding routine felt near impossible, between a small surgery and having the flu i struggled to feel my best, both in body and in mind; but having the time to rest and home to be cozy in is such a blessing,  and i got to watch a considerable amount of the winter Olympics so at least i was productively patriotic.  silver lining? i mean gold. [punny!]

lots of good moments tucked into our february days though, don't get me wrong.  our pup is growing so fast and a pops of spring are arriving early, a welcomed joy.  and so i'm excited for march -- spring is on the horizon and our march days are looking entirely too busy and i can't wait.  it will be such a happy drastic change from our february.

a few things from our february:
+ superbowl snacks and bloody mary's, cheersing to the end of football season because that means basketball and spring are on their way, hip hip!
+ corgi playtime, a constant activity in our home nowadays -- i just love watching them roll around together, either in the grass or at my feet, and especially in the mornings so i can drink my coffee in peace
+ his new guitar and pastime of strumming late into the night, i so envy his musical abilities and hope those traits get passed on to our babes one day
+ my mom came for a visit, and we enjoyed a few days together relaxing in comfy clothes, drinking tea, talking and loving on corgis, we even did a little shopping, ate pizza, watched movies and neighborhood walked a bit.  there is nothing quite like having your mom around when you aren't feeling your best, goes to show you are never too old to be hugged and loved on by your momma
+ winter seafood at our local favorite spot -- oysters, shrimp, clams & calamari; we always enjoy a saturday afternoon date
+ a early Valentines celebration -- shopping for steaks and tuna and leaving with a gorgeous bouquet of roses for the table and decadent bars of dark chocolate because Valentine's of course! grilling steaks while sipping wine & dancing around the kitchen; cooking at home with each other while dining with begging corgis at our feet was the perfect night for us
+ a rare mid week lunch date with my big Valentine and my traditional date with my mini Valentines on its special day -- i love watching how those sweet littles have grown over the years-- 15 books at bedtime and a Moana viewing are musts when i babysit
+ february running miles were meager thanks to said illnesses, but alas they must be noted, 34 miles
+ homemade energy bites, ahi poke tuna salad, steaks on the grill, vegetable stir fry's, salads and homemade spaghetti sauce -- a few february eats
+ a park and picnic date just for the girls-- it was sunny and 70 degrees on a friday in february so we walked and talked and soaked up every little minute together
+ blooming forsythia, red buds, daffodils, and bradford pear trees over these last few winter days and
i kinda think the ground hog was wrong after all
+ a sunny and almost 80 degree saturday called for a Virginia Beach boardwalk visit, along with the rest of our city -- biking and boarding, fish tacos, orange crushes, and short sleeved shirts -- first day of the season indeed
+ a few firsts for our Ollie bear -- baths and leash walking, cow ears and bacon, his first trip to NC and overnight visit with his grandparents!
+ anticipating spring yard work days, fresh strawberries, and mornings on the patio coffee in hand


january || miscellany

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

most opinions i have heard about the month of january are that people tend to loathe it; the days are long, almost feeling as though half the year resides in them. winter is hard sometimes.  and while most of the time i whole heartedly agree with this sentiment,  january for us has truly passed by in a blink.  well ok, maybe two blinks.

i can divide the month in between two distinct chapters, the first titled --"waiting for puppy" and the next -- "we have a new puppy!? " alternate titles could be, "we've lost our minds, we have two corgis", or " we have the cutest puppy ever!" but more likely "Oh wow, i forgot puppies did this- a memoir."

yes, we got another Corgi.  we truly love them so, our Lucy girl has stolen our hearts completely; and so my husband being the generous, dog loving man he is, surprised me with a puppy for Christmas.  the lack of blog posts this january can directly relate to puppy snuggling and adjusting to a new dog routine, but don't you worry i have made up for it in adorable puppy photos.
evidence below.


a few january things --
+ the first big snow on the first new days of the year.  wow was it a sight to see, 11 inches and blistery tempetures made for a frozen winter wonderland.  -- we balanced our snow days with the right amount of hibernation and fun, as we tend to do.
+ snowy scenes and slippered feet, photos shared between family, even states apart
+ the cleaning out, dusting off, and putting away tasks of january will forever make my heart do flips
+ eucalyptus on the table with candles softly aglow all the while granola baking in the oven, a winter morning of my dreams
+ cherished moments with my Lucy girl, before she became a big sister -- i savored her and even shed a few tears, she will always be my first corgi, my angel dog.
+ all the homemade soups this january, because winter : asain chicken noodle - hearty minestrone - thai coconut chicken- venison stew- the best game day chili - almost perfect homemade ramen
+ running miles and training for spring races to come -- 106 january miles ran.
+ my love for Trader Joes is nothing short of an obsession -- thinking a post on my favorite TJ's things is in order
+ a downright cold morning run on the boardwalk; it was hard and windy but rewarding.  a resolution of sorts, to not put off until "tomorrow" -- treated myself to my favorite breakfast as a reward!
+ a brunch date here and there, margaritas and chips after doctors visits, a glass of wine paired with an epic cheese tray at home, picking up our puppy & petstore shopping to follow, pizza and movies on the couch all the live long day -- january dates.
+ booking our annual trip to Texas and turning the Rodeo into a tradition -- Houston here we come!
+ our little Oliver.  a new puppy for us, a baby brother for Lucy -- we are completely smitten and she loves him more and more each day.  they have become quite the pair already. his puppy ways and perky personality are exciting and certainly keeping us busy, but i'm enjoying it so -- prepping for parenthood, we keep telling ourselves.
+ cozying together on the couch with two dogs in between -- reveling in the joy of the moment, ever thankful for this little life.

another note I want to remember about our January -- committing hard to twenty eighteen and finding the perfect place and doctor to help us in our parenthood journey.  we are headed into February filled with hope and answers, and thats really all i've been wanting, for years.

hello old friend, little blog of mine

Friday, January 12, 2018

Well well well, this feels rusty and nerve racking and all so wonderful all at the same time!  see its still me, I haven't changed much, still over-thinking over-feeling every little thing.

I've missed coming to this space, missed writing, missed sharing, missed diving into the creative parts of me, wherever she may be hiding.  Maybe most of all, I've missed connecting with those of you who read my words or scan our photos.   While I have no particular reason for my brief-ish pause, I still want to offer up some semblance of an explanation.  Last year I was feeling more and more obligated instead of inspired to share or write.  Blogging felt more like a "have-to" instead of a "want-to" and I certainly didn't want to turn this outlet into a chore.  And so after squeaking out a meager twelve posts last year, I unintentionally took a break.  It really wasn't a conscience decision to stop blogging, but more of a whoa its October where has the year gone/I'm not taking many photos/I'm enjoying the pause/who even blogs anymore/where is my computer/who reads this stuff anyways/my life isn't were I thought it would be and so my heart is having a hard time sharing/ time keeps slippin into the future / sort of thing.  ya know?!

But with that said, I am so incredibly happy and inspired to come back to this space and share and write and connect with whomever may read - (hi mom!)  I can think of no better time than the fresh start of a new year to rejoin a world and hobby you love.  And while I'm not sure how often I will be coming to this space; once a month- 10 times a month - five times this year? (my other new year goal, having more grace with myself)  I promise to share and write when I feel inspired and to be unequivocally, authentically me.

Thank you a million times over for your patience, your love and support, your reading eyes and kind hearts -- I've missed you!  & me!