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The Start of a Beautiful Life Together

July 14, 2010

My girlfriend of almost 15 years got married this past weekend. Congrats, Nichole & Josh!

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This Guy Rules the Neighborhood.

June 13, 2010

This cat lives down the street from us, and always is sitting in his front yard- I imagine that he thinks it’s his duty to guard the house. If you walk over to him, he’ll come over- say hello, accept a head scratch, and then goes about his day, watching for intruders. I wish I knew his name. While I think he’s fierce, his name is likely Fanta, or Creamsicle, or something equally as fru-fru.

Missing the way the SUN shines Red in my kitchen.

June 9, 2010

It’s rained SO much lately. Really missing the way it lights up my kitchen…

Sleeping Nico, and Other Photos from Today’s “Field Day”

May 28, 2010

Photo from today’s “field day”. The game was called rapid fire, and clearly- I was super focused.  The lady in yellow is my boss, Cyndi. I’m playing against a co-worker, Jenni, and the chick standing directly behind me is my friend, Debi. The guy standing in the doorway is Adam- his girlfriend and puppy came in to visit today, photo below.

They played another game “Hanky Panky”. They got the idea from that “Minute to Win it” game on TV. The idea was to hold the tissue box still with one hand, and then pull out all the kleenex out of the box only using the other hand. My friend, Cara, got beaten pretty badly by Cyndi. This was her triumphant final pull. Seriously the funniest game I have ever seen played.

I’m There.

May 23, 2010

There’s a moment the day after a big trip to Ikea. You sit surrounded by cardboard packaging, orphaned metal bits, and illustrated instructional manuals. There’s new furniture that is not quite what you had envisioned- fitting awkwardly around your newly packed living room.

I’m there right now. I’m sick of the smell of fresh particle board, my hands are worn and blistered from screwing screws into places they don’t want to fit. There is much too much furniture in this house right now.

{I’m cranky, and feel bad for the husband as I have snapped a few too many times while cursing at the furniture}

I’ll be out of it soon though.

This is all nothing that can’t be fixed by a trip to the recycling center and salvation army.

Photos of the new (158″ long!) desk to come soon.

p.s. I really miss y’all. Better posts to come 🙂

Caught in the Act

April 26, 2010

Dinner Last night: Sushi from Nida’s at North Market (mmm)

After half the sushi was gone… we had another guest join us in hopes of a bite…

Fat chance, kitty cat.

Sunday / Lydia’s Visit

April 25, 2010

Do you feel like you need another photo of the creature that makes me so happy? Because I think that you might. I may have gone a little crazy taking photos of her… but she sits so still and has those big green eyes that photograph so well. It’s getting warmer out, and she’s shedding. Her fur comes off in big giant clumps, and if I’m without a lint roller- I look like a crazy cat lady covered (COVERED) in cat hair.

ANYWAY!

My sister had an interview to work as an educator / counselor at a state forest up near Cleveland on friday morning. She drove 5 hours from Lexington to get there on Thursday, spent the night, then had the interview on friday. She thought it went really well- and hopes that she gets the job. Instead of driving the 5 hours back to Lexington Friday- she drove 2 to Columbus and spent the evening and Saturday with me and the husband. As a graduation present I took her to my stylist to get a good hair cut.

She did an amazing job, and Lydia LOVES her new ‘do. (Liz, my stylist is pregnant- due on 10-1-10 🙂 It’ll be her second child and she couldn’t be more excited)

After the haircut, we went to an open house for a new arts community that has just been announced to launch. It’s right in our neighborhood- and used to be the Wonderbread Bakery in Columbus. The building is super old, built in 1916, and will need lots of renovations. The open house had lots of food and PBR donated by local restaurants and a presentation about the vision of the community. It’s going to be called Wonderland, and house what they have been calling a creative ecosystem. There will be co-working space, artist studios, musician practice rooms, gallery space, retail, and a yoga / dance studio. They had the architect who will be handling the design of the renovations speak, and the plans seem really ambitious. Right now it’s a 2 story warehouse that’s full of really outdated bread making equipment. The vision is to turn it into a light-filled vibrant space. I can’t wait 🙂

Lyd in Wonderland with a fab hair cut (Thanks, Liz!), David in Wonderland, and Me in Wonderland

After the presentation we went to pick up my cousin Keith, who goes to OSU, to go to dinner. We went to Dirty Franks, which is a gourmet hot dog restaurant. mmm-mm. No photos of the food from that night, but here is Keith, Lyd and I waiting for a table outside.

After dinner we dropped Keith back off at his apartment, and then decided to just go home and relax. Lyd is a full time student, has an internship on campus AND works several shifts at a steakhouse in Lexington. She needed a night to simply relax. We went home, the three of us got into PJs, and picked out a movie from Netflix. After 15 minutes David turned off the movie because we both fell asleep almost instantly!

The next morning, we went to a little place called Chef-o-nette for breakfast. The decor hasn’t changed since the mid 60’s, nor has the menu. The food is really good, and extremely cheap. The 3 of us had big breakfasts for $20. Lydia left after we ate. It was a nice visit!

This was over David’s birthday weekend- but it’s still family, and that makes me happy. AND it’s a really great photo of everyone.

(left to right: Taki, Mom, Dad, Me, David, John)

Today it’s raining off and on. This morning we walked to a coffee shop in the neighborhood for breakfast. It was sunny and humid then- but all I needed was a hot cup of coffee- and a blueberry scone from Pattycake Bakery, a vegan bakery here in Columbus. There were giant juicy blueberries baked right into the scone and heated up in the microwave for a few seconds it was just perfect for breakfast.

The rain just started again… and I might just fire up the crock pot and join the cat on the couch for an afternoon nap. Enjoy your Sunday!!