Friday, February 27

Fun Finds Friday #81

Snow overtakes a mall.

Are you a Chrome user? I recently discovered the Dream Afar new tab page....

Definitely bought this top this week. Is it spring yet?! (PS- the 90s are back, baby!)

+ 73 questions; Reese Witherspoon and Daniel Radcliffe are my favorites.
+ We love Trader Joe's but have you heard about Pirate Joe's?
+ I love these tips for discovering new books.
+ Also, the jar of magical thinking...
+ The multi-tool bracelet; amazing!
+ What's up with cats and boxes? Seriously though.
+ THIS. Jimmy Fallon is my favorite night time host.

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, February 25

The Cat Life - Cute Overload

Because you missed out on these guys last week...

Monday, February 23

Project 365, 47-53


Monday photos are always a struggle because my day pretty much looks like this: bed - work - home for two hours - work - nap - bed. So, here's a photo of my to-do list at work and a valentine I got from a co-worker.


I took a snow day from work because, well, it snowed, and I had to reschedule a doctor's appointment three times, which took up a good portion of the afternoon. Sylvester loved having me home though! Shawn works all day on Tuesdays so the cats are always so happy to see me when I get home.


Moved some furniture around and brought the coffee table back out to use as an actual coffee table. If you're looking for Sylvester, this is his new favorite spot.


Finally, a bright sunny day!


A new bread bakery opened up near work and they sell campfire bread. Yes, it is exactly what you think it is.


I worked on Saturday and then drove home in the snow... it took twice as long as normal but I made it home without any incidents. Then I took my first bath in I-don't-know-how-many-years... I am not a bath taker. But something just called for it on Saturday. I think it'd enjoy it more if I had bubble bath.


Took a trip to the local stationary store to look at some invitations. I'm going to be in my friend's wedding in August so it's time to plan the bridal shower! Invitations are pretty but they're so expensive!

I can't believe Sylvester made an appearance in three of these this week! I guess it's only fair, since Lloyd is usually way more featured on the blog. I also can't believe I didn't get any photos of the snow. I'm over it though. I was really hoping for a good foot or so of snow this year, not these 2-4 inch storms we've been getting that do nothing other than screw up transit for a few hours. I want an honest snow day, where I can tromp around in my tall snow boots and actually pull out my snow-coat. (They're both still in storage - there hasn't been a need for them yet!) And if we're not going to be graced with an epic storm (sorry, Boston and everyone else in the upper north east!), then it should just be spring already. Enough of this bitter cold!

I hope you all had an amazing week!

Friday, February 20

Fun Finds Friday #80

I am in love with this little home.

Penovac's watercolor cats are amazing!

I've never been to Niagara Falls... this would be the time to go.

+ The original game of Monopoly.
+ Never underestimate animals' capabilities.
+ This instagram feed has been making its rounds on the internet.
+ I'm a big fan of this one too though!
+ A heartwarming love story; turn your speakers up.
+ Further proving why not to read/see 50 Shades.

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, February 18

Project 365, 40-46

Sunday is usually my blog prep day... I upload all my photos and write up all my posts for the week so that all I have to do before work each morning is hit "publish". But this past Sunday was spent traveling to and from New Jersey to visit family and friends, so I didn't get a chance to do anything pertaining to the blog at all. Of course, it was time well spent! But I'm now a few days behind and tried to catch up a bit this morning. So, here's the past week of project 365!


My phone takes photos on its own sometimes... this was one of those times. Best accidental photo ever! It caught me holding a happy parsnip up for my colleague while she snapped a photo herself. It got me thinking that perhaps I should do a post with all the accidental photos my phone has taken since I got it... though I think I usually end up deleting most of them!


Hey buddy bear... you should probably lay off the 'nip a bit...


I've been staying on top of my yoga goals so far, so I bought myself a few new things to wear so that I'm not cycling through the same two pairs of pants and two shirts anymore... I used to have a lot of fitness clothing but then I stopped doing anything for about three or four years and figured there was no point in holding on to any of it. So this year I've reinvested in a few items. Old Navy actually makes some decent things for a decent price!


Found these little guys at Joann Fabrics and priced at $2.88 a piece, I couldn't resist them. They're our smallest gnomes yet!


All things chocolate for our Valentines Day tea. Or should I say, death by chocolate... muah-ha-ha-ha-ha...


Maybe I'm a little slow (ok, I'm definitely a little slow...) but I just found out that our Roku has a YouTube app, which means I can watch yoga videos on our TV! Which means no more doing yoga in front of my computer in the office, next to the litterbox.... yay!
Also, I saw this salad and I just had to make it. I've been eating it for lunch all week. How was I previously unaware of the wonder that is farro?!


Caught up with some friends over dinner and drinks. So much tastiness.... We never see our other Jersey couples enough!

I hope you had/are having an amazing week! Hurrah!

Wednesday, February 11

Blurred Lines

I have terrible eyesight. I've worn glasses since a very young age - they were originally prescribed just so I could read the board in class but eventually I moved on to having to wear them full-time as my vision progressively got worse. Most days I wear contact lenses, even though I have four pairs of very different, very awesome glasses... contacts are just a better fit for me in the kitchen. But I've always been amazed by eyesight. Shawn has 20/20 vision, so he really sees the world differently than I do. I wanted to show him what it's like to see the world through my eyes, so I messed around with my camera settings a bit and came up with this small series of photos. Here's a peek at the world, through my terrible eyes.

We don't have our Christmas tree up anymore... I just took these photos a while ago. I'd love to try the same thing outside. Perhaps there will be a second part to this series one day!

Tuesday, February 10

Permanently Inked

At the end of November I teased you with a before photo of some tattoo work I got done... and then I never showed you any subsequent photos of the tattoo. Oops! Part of the reason is that I've been having a difficult time taking proper photos of it; most of them have ended up rather blurry. Who would have thought it would be so hard to take a photo of your own back?! So I finally settled on a handful that aren't terribly blurry, but please excuse my lateness in sharing this beautiful piece. It is most definitely healed by now!

The koi fish part is almost six years old now, and the cherry blossoms are the new addition. I'm not sure why I waited so long to add on to the fish, as it was always my intention to do so... I suppose I just wasn't sure which direction to take it; I had contemplated lotus flowers originally but I'm really happy to have gone with cherry blossoms instead. On another note, I thought the fish was looking pretty good for as old as it is... until I got the flowers added. The difference in the crispness of the lines is astounding! I should have gotten the fish touched up while I was there, but I didn't realize how faded it was going to look in comparison. But I don't know how much more time I could have spent on that table... this definitely hurt way more the second time around than the first. Chalk it up to me getting older, I suppose.

Also, my absolute favorite part of the tattoo is how it delicately peeks out from most of my necklines now. I've never been flashy about my tattoo, hence why it's placed where it is, but I couldn't really see the fish myself without a mirror. Now I'm able to catch a glimpse of blossoms by just peering over my shoulder!

Fellow tattooed folk - did it hurt a lot more the subsequent times for you as well?

Monday, February 9

The Cat Life - Lloyd Love

When we first got Lloyd he would sneak into our bedroom in the middle of the night and sleep between us. Then, when my alarm would go off in the mornings, he would pounce on our stomachs until we got up. Ever since we brought Sylvester home though, Lloyd has mostly stayed out of the bedroom at night while Sylvester sleeps on our heads or works his way under one of our arms. This past Saturday morning though, I woke up to Lloyd sleeping on my stomach and even after Shawn got out of bed, Lloyd stuck around and lay in bed with me while Sylvester slept at my feet. It was the first time we've ever had the whole family in bed together! (Gee, that sounds way worse than intended...) I hope it happens more often! I miss waking up to a Lloyd in my face.

Sunday, February 8

Project 365, 33-39


Reflections at work.


Taco Tuesday!


Bought myself a new dress on super sale at Lucky Brand... can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear it!


Mail day! Getting packages is the best!


Caught the sun setting on my way out of work.


Had an awesome brunch at White Dog Cafe with my friend Amy, where she asked me to be one of her maids of honor at her August wedding (I said of course!), then Sylvester decided to claim her for himself.


Caught the sunset again on my way home today... I'm loving that the days are getting longer!

I also did a ton of baking this week, so maybe I'll do two baked-at-work photo posts this month... we'll see.
I hope you had an amazing week!!
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