Monday, January 28, 2013


happy happy happy
I've been catching up on Nashville and really getting into this season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I also love the spinoff Vanderpump Rules that plays right after RHBH. I don't know what's so entertaining about beautiful, cranky, hungry models who all work at the same restaurant... but I seriously can't get enough. New guilty pleasure for sure.

Listening to:
Judge me if you want but I really love top 40 music lately. Something about the catchy beats and the lyrics that are easy to sing along with. Makes for good driving/moving/unpacking music. Especially Thrift Shop by Macklemore. A rap about my favorite thing ever? Uh...yes please.

I'm planning how I'm going to decorate our new apartment! Sage and I are in the process of moving into a new townhouse. I'm having a lot of fun playing with different ideas and looking through design magazines for inspiration. I can't wait to show off the finished product!

Thinking about:
The fact that Sage is a crawler (what the?) and he has been pulling himself up onto his knees and even pulling himself onto his feet (double what the?) which his pediatrician said is super advanced for a seven-month-old. On one hand I'm happy that he's so advanced, but on the other I'm a little worried for my sanity. He is a bit of a terror now that he's mobile. He is smart as all heck, and when he learned to open the fireplace I knew all bets were off. Time for everything on the low shelves to be moved up!

Looking forward to:
I'm excited to be all the way moved in, the stress of moving is really not my favorite. I'm also ready for this dang cold to pass. Poor Sage is congested and having a hard time breathing. Definitely the cutest mouth breather I've ever met, but want him to be better and back to his happy self.

Okay so I'm totally behind on my reading right now. I started reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I've heard a lot of really great things about it, so I can't wait to let you all know what I think about it! Thanks to my wonderful friend Michelle I have plenty of reading material to get me through for awhile... Love her for that (and many many other things).

Making me happy:
I'm really excited to be moving into our new place. I love decorating new spaces and finding things that fit my style. I love having projects, and with the stress from work I now see how important it is to have something I truly enjoy to do after work and on the weekends.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

50mm lens, I love you so

I got a new lens for my camera, and -- if we're being totally honest here -- I am having a very intense love affair with it (don't tell Colin). I'm still working out the kinks; I keep ending up with hands that are in focus and faces that aren't, but I'm having fun experimenting.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 moonrise kingdom

I'm feeling very inspired by the movie Moonrise Kingdom lately.
I've always drawn a lot of inspiration from the 60s.

Something for me.
dress: Modcloth

Something for the apartment.
record player: Retro Wonders

Something for Sage.
toy binoculars: Carson Hawk

Monday, January 14, 2013

this is not my hat

Reading has always been something that I've loved to do. It's been a hobby as well as a stress release for as long as I can remember. It's extremely important to me that Sage develops that same love for reading and passion for learning.

We have been reading the book This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. It's about a silly little fish that steals a hat from a big fish while he is sleeping and tries to get away with it. The simple story and pictures make this a perfect read for a 7-month-old with a short attention span.

monday quote

This morning I decided that since I haven't posted a quote in awhile it was time. I love this Kerouac quote. Even when things are hard and everything isn't going exactly as planned, I have to remind myself that life is good and I am very lucky. Sometimes it's hard to be thankful on a Monday morning when it's -8 degrees outside, but I'm quite sure it can be done.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, January 4, 2013

homemade baby food adventure #4: applesauce

This morning I decided to try out another different baby food. I had apples on hand that needed to be used, so I washed, peeled, and cubed three apples. I used Pink Lady apples because those are what I had on hand. I then steamed the apples in the double boiler until they were soft and could be mashed with a fork. Once the apples were soft, I put them into the Baby Bullet food processor with 1/4 cup of water to help the apples blend. The apple sauce is AMAZING. Definitely not just for babies. Haydn and I were eating it out of the processor before I even had a chance to put it into containers for Sage. I added some cinnamon and ate some for a snack while Sage was down for a nap. I am really looking forward to trying different kinds of of apples.

Sage loved the apple sauce. When he got up from his nap he was ready to eat, so in his chair he went--airplane jammies and all. Someone thinks he's old enough and big enough to hold his own spoon, so he kept grabbing the spoon out of my hand and flinging applesauce across the kitchen floor. I ended up giving him a dummy spoon for him to hold himself, then I would sneak bites of food into his mouth between the "bites" with his own spoon. Whatever works! He ate and ate, then showed off his full belly.

We definitely have a winner with this applesauce!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

royal teeth

New Years Eve I was lucky enough to get to see one of my favorite bands, Royal Teeth, perform at the Snowglobe Music Festival in Tahoe. It was amazing! Freezing, but amazing.

I arrived at the venue between sets so I could make sure I was right up front for the show. There was quite an interesting crowd at the music festival. I have never been to burning man, but I heard people comparing the two; the music festival being "like the playa, but with snow instead of sand".

I've never seen so many animal ears and furry animal hats on adults in public as I did that night. And everyone there appeared to be on some sort of substance. While I was waiting for the show to start, the same guy introduced himself to me three different times, and each time I told him a different, fairly elaborate, story about who I was and where I was from. He didn't catch on. Toward the end of the conversation he asked me if I wanted any of the various drugs he had in tow. I, obviously, politely declined. He looked at me as if I had three heads and said, "wait, are you totally sober?" "yes." "that sucks." With that I didn't see him again for the rest of the night. At that point a kid on my left who was wearing a short sleeve shirt in the 20 degree weather started violently vomiting and was escorted out of the crowd. Security covered the mess with snow and we continued to wait for the show to start. Two extremely drunk girls saw me taking pictures of the set to figure out aperture settings before the snow started, and they ran up and asked if I could take their picture. I said of course and reached for their camera. They pointed back at MY camera. "Wait, you want me to take a picture of you with MY camera?" "YEAH!" I stood there awkwardly as I realized these girls thought I was an event photographer. Luckily, drunk girls are generally pretty easy to distract. "Do you have a cell phone? If I take a picture with YOUR camera you will have the picture when you get home." "Oh good idea!!" I took their picture, with their cell phone, and they went back to dancing to the music that hadn't started yet.

Time for the show! I was so thrilled with their performance. The show was full of energy, they really had a way of interacting with the crowd. I wish the show was longer, but when it was done I could tell the poor band was freezing. Nora started the show with "ya'll need to move to Louisiana, it's not cold like this there!"

I can't wait for them to come back, I'll be there, up in the front, to see it again!

If you haven't heard of Royal Teeth, I included a video of one of their songs. They also have an amazing cover of "Heartbeats" by the Knife (which if you know me you know this is my favorite song...ever). Check them out, you'll be glad you did. Then when they are huge and famous, you can be the posh hipster that says "I totally knew who they were before everyone else did."

After the show I got on the shuttle from the venue back to the parking garage. I made it home in time to count down to midnight with my family and get Sage out of his crib for a New Year's kiss. Perfect New Year's Eve! xo