Bits & Bobs

Where to begin? My fingers are twitching anxiously, staring at this blank space and wondering where to start. Not that I have anything insane to say, but it’s been such a long time.

The basics: we moved to Kentucky, I quit my job, life has never been better.

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Back in the spring we started to feel restless. Too comfortable would be a better way to describe things. Happy, but we could be happier. We knew we weren’t reaching our full potential and it was eating away at us. I use the term ‘we’ because both Sean and I felt the same way.

DSC_4848Knowing we wanted to make a change, we started spending more time down in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. We would drive down after work in the evenings and spend most of our weekends soaking up the city and seeking out available apartments.

We found a dreamy one bedroom in Covington, KY on the second floor of a brownstone, at the end of a quiet street. The only problem? We have cats. The rules at this apartment? No pets allowed. I was CRUSHED. We were crushed.

After another month of searching, a loft fell into our lap. We were looking at another apartment nearby and the property manager mentioned a space that has just become available. She asked if we wanted to take a look and we agreed, only because we were desperate at this point. Walking in, we knew it was meant to be. High ceilings, exposed brick, city views, wood floors and across the street from the best coffee shop in town. My heart literally skipped a beat and we signed on the spot.

Fast forward to this fall. I felt settled into our new life in Kentucky, but my job situation was not great. I was constantly struggling with feeling grateful that I even had a job, and feeling fucking miserable 40 hours a week, wishing I was somewhere else, working on a project that I was passionate about.

So, I quit. I took time to plan, realize what really makes me happy, and was able to find a job working from home that will give me some flexibility to support myself and work on creative projects I never had time for in the past.

I want to re-define this space. I have always posted sporadically, vaguely and not on a schedule. I love writing and sharing here. I always thought I would mainly post food and drink recipes, but I also want to incorporate lifestyle posts as well. It will be trial and error for a while until I find my footing, but I hope you (anyone reading) will stick around for the future.

Tell me what you all have been up to! Would love to hear from some old Internet buddies. 🙂

 

 

 

Christmas 2013

Yes Christmas is over, but I’m late to everything in life, so it makes sense that I would post about Christmas 3 weeks later.

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Bea kept trying to rip this S off of our tree. I honestly think it’s because all of our names start with an S except for his, and he was obviously left out.

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Sean’s dad gave him this guitar for his graduation/Christmas present. It looks beautiful, sounds beautiful and Sean is the happiest I’ve ever seen him.

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Sean’s mom bought this mirror in 1974 when she was 16 and living in Germany. She was working her first job at the time, and this is what she bought with her first paycheck. It was old and tarnished, and she got it re-framed and cleaned up for us. It’s so special and now hangs over our record player in the living room.

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Christmas eve at my dad’s house. We always have soup, crusty bread and my uncle makes a salad. We have a white elephant where people put in random shit, and this year my grandma ended up with a Boyz II Men CD.

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My lovely grandma.

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My almost sister-in-law gave us these cat book ends. She works for an estate sale company and finds the coolest things. I wish I knew more about where these came from. Maybe they have a crazy past life….

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One last pic of my boy and his new baby. In our bathroom, because why not?

School started this week and I’m going to be way busier than I would like. I really hope to try a salt bake next week, so I’ll definitely post that if I do.

Have a great week!

Our Weekend

This past weekend was full of home improvements. We bought new blinds, a new comforter, sheets and lights for our room. We used to have multicolored Christmas lights above our bed, but we wanted a change and switched to all white lights. I honestly feel more grown up with white lights, and I can tell we’ve both been sleeping better since we splurged on new bedroom accoutrements.

The rest of our days were spent walking Sam (Sean’s family dog), and letting our apartment soak in all the fresh air it can before it gets too cold to have the windows open.

Here’s a few photos from our weekend….

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There’s a park behind my old elementary school and we go back there a few times a week  to play frisbee with Sam. I feel like I complain a lot about our lack of parks around here, but this one is pretty great.

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Sam is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met in my life. I didn’t have dogs growing up, but I’ve completely fallen in love with her and some of the best days I’ve ever had have been because of her.

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Little Stella.

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These succulents make me so happy. I bought them almost a year ago and the sight of them alive and thriving thrills me. Also, my Aunt Lori made the pot they’re planted in, and she makes me happy too.

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Our walls used to be covered with art. We piled on everything we owned, not caring if it matched or belonged together. We  recently went through a big purge of wants and needs, and decided to only keep things that were meaningful. My dad bought Sean the mandolin for Christmas last year,  the bunny art is my favorite print, and the big tree painting was the first thing we bought together when we moved in.

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Frequently read books.

This week is full of work and school, but I’m excited for the upcoming weekend. I’m doing a charity 5k with some friends from work and I’m hoping me and Sean will get to squeeze in a date.