Happy Monday! 12/5/16

Where did November go?! Holy moley. I’m trying to get Joe to finish up his last 3 days of thankfulness, and will post an update on that in the near future. They’re both rather amusing. I still have so many reviews planned among other posts…so here’s hoping life calms down a bit soon and I can get back into the swing of this whole blogging thing! But in the meantime…it’s Monday, and we could all use a little happy 🙂

  1. It snowed yesterday! And while I guess that’s not really something to be happy about (at least for me) – it gave us a good kickstart for getting our house decorated for Christmas! Plus we’ve been pretty lucky weather-wise, so no snow til December is alright I guess. Joe and I both also had our holiday parties over the last week – Gatsby 20’s (ish) theme for mine, and ugly sweater theme for his. All good things.
  2. I got a massage on Friday after work (quite possibly the quickest 30 minutes of my life.) The fact that November went by in such a blur should speak to why that was needed. Sometimes ya just gotta treat yourself! Anyway, my upper back is knottier than..gosh I don’t know. Something really knotty. Has more knots than a sailboat? Who knows. You get the idea. When my masseuse had all but given up on one knot in particular, she brought out a silicone cup (similar to the cupping mechanism people like Michael Phelps use) and began suction cupping my neck/shoulder area! Good news: I definitely feel like the big knots have been broken up a bit. Bad news: I not have a fairly large, circular bruise, requiring scarves for the next few days. Here’s hoping it’s gone before….
  3. …the Detroit Historical Society Ball! I’m using Rent the Runway for the first time ever, and getting my hair done. I love having a reason to dress up – especially when the dress code is black tie!
  4. Apparently more people in the 16-34 age demographic are watching Planet Earth II than the X Factor (in England.) I used to watch Planet Earth (and similar shows) while pulling all-nighters for school, so I’m especially excited to learn that there’s a second ‘season’ of Planet Earth. With music by Hans Zimmer! It doesn’t get better than that.
  5. Just LOOK at this cat shelter outside of Atlanta. I had a hard time sewing my ugly sweater with Barb around, much less doing a whole yoga class with her around, but I looove this idea. Especially since the $20 class fee goes straight back to the shelter. So good.

So there’s your warm fuzzies for today! I’m thinking after the new year (after we return from Morocco) this will turn in to all good news stories instead of tidbits about my life, though I’m sure friends and family reading appreciate those tidbits as well. Maybe I’ll wiggle those into another post!

Happy Monday!

ps. Has anyone seen Moana yet? I’ve been listening to the soundtrack all day and am quite fond of it!

pps. I’m working on (somewhat) last minute gift guides – keep a eye out if you’re struggling to find something for those important people in your life!


Happy (?) Monday – 11/21/16

Oh hi, hello there! It’s been a while. Long time no…type?

I don’t know how mom bloggers do it. We had a kitten for 2 weeks (more on that in a sec) and I (almost) didn’t blog at all. Sheesh.

So – despite the title of this post, it’s really not a happy Monday. I’ve been crying on and off since about 5pm, and we are officially back to a 1 cat household. It’s kind of crazy how quickly a person can get attached to a pet. I just have to keep reminding myself that our kitten (Abby) will be happier in a home without a cat that is hissing and swiping at her at every opportunity. But still; heartbroken.

On to happier things!

  1. We had a visitor (one of my bridesmaids) for part of the weekend, and we had a lovely time. Sometimes you just need a night of puzzles, movies, and catching up on life!
  2. It’s Thanksgiving week! I have jury duty on Wednesday (boooo…) but Joe and I are both looking forward to some much needed time back home. It’s been quite a while since we’ve been back! (Well, ‘quite a while’ compared to the every other weekend thing we had been doing.)
  3. Since it’s Thanksgiving week, there are about 3,048 sales…and I am a sucker for sales. Some of my favorites thusfar: the stationery bundle from Oh Hello Friend, 75% off sale items for Fabletics VIP customers, and 15-75% off everything at MochiThings. All good things. Now I just need to watch Anthro to see if the perfect jumpsuit for riding camels and traipsing around Morocco goes on sale further than it already is.
  4. So many good movies are coming out! We saw Arrival this weekend – still working on wrapping my head around that – plus Fantastic Beasts, Moana, and a few others I’m looking forward to. I need to find more time in my life to see everything!
  5. And now for your happy news of the day (because goodness – we could all use some of that) this Grandma that has an additional guest coming to Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, technology.

Hope everyone’s weeks are off to a stellar start!


Happy Monday – 10/24

Happy Hallo-week! I just realized I haven’t posted a Wanderlust Wednesday post for 2 weeks now…so just in case you’re keeping track, there are only 66 days until our Morocco trip! American Horror Story has been distracting me, I guess. (This season is SO GOOD, speaking of.)

let's take a moment to appreciate the 2lb dog that was at my new hair salon.
let’s take a moment to appreciate the 2lb dog that was at my new hair salon.
  1. I just need to go to Payless for some penny loafers (lol.) and my costume will be complete! Oh, and making a faux-wooden finger out of sculpey. So close! This costume is fun, though I’m wondering how many people will actually know who I am. I emailed Davecat over the weekend about my costume – I’m sure he’ll be just as excited as I am! 😉
  2. Joe and I went to our first tailgate ever over the weekend. Ah, the life of an art school student. Western won, and we had lots of fun…even with me asking Joe what was happening every 15 seconds. I just donnnn’t get it.
  3. It’s finally actually Fall! Bright blue, cloudless skies and orange/red/yellow leaves…it isn’t Summer, but I guess I’ll take it 🙂 Apparently people are already skiing in Vermont. Nope nope nope nope.
  4. I had my free training session included in our new gym membership on Saturday morning, and I’m still sore. Which I suppose is a good thing, right?! Now I just need to get in the habit of actually GOING after work. Here’s hopin’! The trainer also gave me some stretches to try and loosen up my hamstrings (I’ve only successfully touched my toes ONCE in my life.) Remember that flexibility challenge I started at the end of last year? I’m actually going to try and follow through with that now – wish me luck!!
  5. And now for your happy news, or whatever you want to call it. LOOK HOW CUTE THIS IS. Puppies and cheetah cubs. The best.


Happy Monday – 10/10


  1. Joe and I have 90% of the parts for our costumes ordered/on their way! Minus a bag for me, and a blazer for him. Hmm, what are we going to be!? Any guesses? (No guessing if you already know.)
  2. I have most of my Christmas shopping done. #HumbleBrag. Here’s hoping I am able to keep track of it between now and Christmas – only 11 weeks to go!
  3. A soon-to-be-blogged-about subscription box offered me a pretty awesome discount to try out their subscription box and write up a review…and I’m super excited about it. You should be too! 🙂
  4. The majority of Disney’s Halloween DCOMs are on the Disney Channel Apple TV app! We’ve already started working our way through them, but are keeping the Halloweentown trilogy for closer to the end of the month. (Yes, trilogy. Only the original Marnie counts.)
  5. And lastly, because I feel like we all need something totally unrelated to all of the election shenanigans: Pete Campbell from Mad Men is the new Colonel Sanders. I know. I’m just as confused as you.

Sorry this is a somewhat disjointed post – I think the lack of free time is starting to get to me!


Happy Monday! 9/26

Apparently my brain was otherwise-occupado last week – I completely forgot to post both my Monday and Wednesday posts.

  1. My parents are visiting this weekend, we’re going to see Andy Grammar in concert, Joe’s mom is visiting next weekend, and then we’re going to Nebraska for a wedding! I really don’t think it’s possible for us to have an empty calendar for more than 7 consecutive days. But hooray for lots of things to look forward to!
  2. I’m loving the camera on the iPhone 7 – higher quality nighttime photos for the win. My aunt also gave both me and my sister Series 1 Apple Watches, and I’m finally wrapping my brain around all of the knobs and whistles. Favorite feature so far? The Find My iPhone button.
  3. Did you take the Patronus quiz on Pottermore? Joe and I both got Dolphin. Considering there are almost 140 different results – I’m pretty impressed that we got the same animal 🙂
  4. Today is my first day as a full-time employee at work (instead of contract) – benefits! PTO! Life is good.
  5. And now for your giggle of the day: A man bought a plane ticket for his doll, and someone live-tweeted it.

Hope your Monday is off to a fannnntastic start.


Happy Monday – 9/12

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It’s been a rough (read: long) couple of weeks at work. This is literally the only thing of substance on my phone from the last 7 days. Hi Barb!

When I decided to do a “Happy Monday” post, I had initially intended for it to be like…happy things in the news. Clearly it’s more of a “here are personal things for me to be happy about” – but hey, whatever gets me through the week, right? Maybe I’ll slowly try to start a more generic look at these happy things out in the world angle. Thoughts? Comment and let me know! In the meantime, on with regularly scheduled programming.

  1. Friday = new phone day! Here’s hoping it survives a weekend without a case. Unless Casetify ships my new one reeeeal soon.
  2. Friends are visiting this weekend! To be quite honest I had completely forgotten about that discussion we had, but I’m looking forward to an opportunity to show off our new house! Even if we don’t quiiiite have all of the furniture yet. That’s okay 🙂
  3. Old houses come with problems – that’s a given. Luckily we’re going to start the process of getting all that taken care of tomorrow morning! Helloooo 6:30am wake-up call.
  4. Our Morocco trip is officially paid off! (We had previously only paid the deposit.) 108 days to go! (15 and a half ish weeks, in case you were wondering.)
  5. Only a few hours (?) until the rest of the iPhone-owning world has iOS 10! I’ve had the beta version for maybe..2 months now? But there’s only so much fun I can have with it on my own. Here’s to fun iMessages with my friends 😉

Oy. Time to finish some logo-work and hit the hay. Happy Monday, y’all!


Happy Tuesday! 9/6

Work weeks that start on Tuesday are so much easier to get through. Even when you have 2 bug bites that are insatiably itchy and shins that are sunburned as all get-out. Is that still a phrase people use? I’m bringin’ it back! Now on to today’s scheduled goodness.

  1. I grabbed the handle of our cast iron pan that had been pre-heating in a 475 degree oven on Friday night. I cried. Luckily after a constantly rotating supply of ice packs and the magical healing powers of a good night of sleep, my hand felt mostly better by Saturday, and feels completely better today! See? I knew there was a good reason to buy ice packs from the dollar section at Target every single time I notice them!
  2. We decided last minute to head out to Detroit for Labor Day (after successfully knocking a handful of things off of our to-do list on Saturday and Sunday.) Yay for one last boat ride before summer officially ends!
  3. Part of our bucket list included buying the last few pieces of furniture before we’re officially done buying things we “need” for the house. A TV stand, side table, and 2 wing back chairs later…we’re just about done! One more side table for the living room and our house will have everything it needs!
  4. Joe and I introduced my parents to Stranger Things at 11pm Sunday night. They stayed up for 3 episodes, and continued to watch last night! I’m tellin’ ya, if you haven’t jumped on the Stranger Things bandwagon, there’s no time like the present! 😉
  5. I know I’ve been saying I have some cool reviews coming up for a while now, but at least two of them should be posted sometime this week! Finally. Life has been so busy. o_O So looking forward to being able to settle in for a while and get back into the swing of things! Well, at least until October, when things get hectic again.

In other news, American Horror Story starts next week! And I finished 2 books; The Girls and Dark Matter. As much as I am intrigued by cults and all of that, I think I liked Dark Matter better. Though perhaps a part of that is just because I was able to read it all in one ‘sitting.’ Next on my reading list? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – gotta read it before the movie comes out! 🙂

Happy short week!


Happy Monday! 8/22

  1. Happily, even after the tragic Lilly After Party app failure, August Edition – I was able to order everything I wanted! Which really was just a popover. But I ordered more than that, and am contemplating one more skirt. We’ll see what happens over the next 24 hours. Lilly semi-annual sales are dangerous, yo.
  2. All of our tiling is done! Tonight (and maybe tomorrow night?) will consist of grouting, and then building our lovely Walmart porch furniture that was finally delivered!
  3. We have more visitors coming in early October – my parents and then Joe’s mom! Hopefully by then we should have the roof vented, and mold taken care of. Among other things. Yay home ownership! 😛
  4. The last few days of Olympics always make me happy. As ridiculous as Rhythmic Gymnastics and Synchronized Swimming are – I love watching them 😀 Even if that does mean there’s another 2 years before more Olympics. Womp.
  5. This weekend is Gold Cup race weekend in Detroit! Yay hydroplanes and yay for everyone being back home for the weekend 😀


Happy Monday! 8/15

Well shoot, it’s been a while since I posted something of substance, eh? Moving + Disney + unpacking + freelance + regular work takes a lot out of a person! No complaints though – I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I didn’t keep busy.

  1. Friday over lunch I decided we had to tear up the carpet on our stairs. I’m pretty sure the previous owners’ dog slept there every night, so the stairwell just reeked. The stairs will definitely need to be refinished at some point but I’m just happy to not have stinky stairs anymore 😀
  2. After buying all of the painting supplies to redo our porch floor, we…decided to tile it instead. So far we’ve cleaned the porch and put down a moisture barrier, and today after work we’ll be smoothing out the concrete with some mortar (it’s in really bad shape right now.) There’s a good chance we’re biting off a bit more than we can chew, but it’ll get done!
  3. I did a few blind taste tests with Vökin, Grey Goose, and Ketel One with friends and Joe over the weekend, and they all chose Vökin as the best one – so that’s promising! Hooray for *officially* having good product!
  4. One of my friends is visiting this weekend! We have grand plans of building porch furniture and sitting on the porch for hours upon hours, so hopefully Joe and I are able to get the floor finished before he leaves for a conference Wednesday night.
  5. Even though it was already a week ago, I’m putting our Disney trip into my happy things, because..duh. Disney. We took a whopping 274 Photopass pictures; when you’re paying a lot of money for Memory Maker (aka can download all of the photos) – you gotta take full advantage of every. single. photographer. on main street. Heh. Really though, we had such a great time, and are already looking forward to our next trip. Which will absolutely, certainly, without question be longer than 2.5 days:) (Well, 3, taking into account the Delta issues we ran into on Monday.) Look out for a full (mini) trip report in a week or so..once life settles down again!

Whew! Lots to catch up on. In addition to a Disney trip report, I’ll also be posting a couple of reviews sometime soon..yay for getting back into the swing of things!


Happy Monday! 8/1

Wowowow. How is it already August?! Time flies when you have no spare time, I guess 😉

  1. August 1 = new agenda day! I discovered Ban.dō agendas last year, and they’re just so cute and sassy and fun! One of the first agendas I feel like I actually want to use. The fun stickers help too.
  2. We’re officially moved out of our rental home with LOTS of help from friends over the weekend. Couldn’t have done it without y’all! (Really though.) Now Joe and I get to have “fun” unpacking, organizing, building beds…etc. Buuut we’re in our new house, we have wine, and Barb is only slightly bothered by all of the hubbub – so life is good. (I actually think Barb is more concerned by all the crap sitting everywhere but whatevs.)
  3. Our Disney trip is so soon! A weekend of R&R would have been a welcome reprieve from the craziness that is the moving process, but Disney is it’s own (hectic) kind of R&R, sooo I’ll take it! Obviously. I can already hear Dole Whips and Boma’s Zebra Domes calling my name. (But let’s be real; that’s always the case.)
  4. I downloaded the beta version of iOS10 recently, and all of the updates are super great so far. Minor bugs, like photos coming through iMessage with an inverted pink hue, but that’s manageable! (They look normal when I click on them.) I’m very glad Apple releases their beta software to the public now so I don’t have to do a bunch of back-door finagling to get it on my phone 🙂
  5. While our friends were helping move the big stuff over the weekend (and small stuff that Joe and I hadn’t gotten to yet,) I was on the other side of the state for the Nick Jonas/Demi Lovato concert…and it was everything I had hoped it would be! Even if it did seem to end rather abruptly. (They didn’t really make it clear that the encore was the encore – oh well!) Shout out to my friends for paying for everything I needed…since I forgot my wallet in Kzoo. Thank goodness for Squarecash.

In other news, if you haven’t started watching Stranger Things on Netflix – DO IT. We’re on episode 5 right now, it’s crazy. And awesome. And we probably chose the worst time to start watching a binge-worthy show. So it goes.

In other other news, the Bachelorette finale is tonight! Gotta get a significant amount of unpacking/organizing done before 8. Wish me luck! 😛

Happy Monday!