Friday, May 29

Fun Finds Friday #91

This little guy is so cute!!!

This guy took his cat camping!!

Awesome coffee cup art.

+ The science behind why cats purr.
+ Cats being dicks.
+ A great post about positive body image. You are beautiful.
+ These statistics are surprising, and yet, not.
+ Hi! I'm Marine and I want to live in a house made entirely of bamboo! (I'll even move to Bali!)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 28

Happy Little Accidents

There's an option on my phone to set the camera to voice command, which allows you to set the phone down and take a photo simply by saying words like "smile", "whiskey", or "kimchee" (who chose these words?!) I have it enabled, even though I don't actually use it very often. But this has led to my phone taking photos on its own when it thinks it hears a cue word... here are a few of those photos. (Spoiler: they're mostly photos of feet.) I wish I had thought to write down what was being said at the time when the photos were taken.

Tuesday, May 26

The Cat Life - Snapshots

Monday, May 25

Project 365, 138-144

138/365: Blue skies on my last day in Florida.
On a side note, this round of flights had me feeling particularly nauseous... do any of my seasoned flying readers have any tips on how to avoid that? It's not something I've had trouble with in a long time, but for some reason, I felt sick to the point of having chills this time around.

139/365: Vanilla bourbon cupcakes for a friend's birthday!

140/365: We ate at a new-to-us local restaurant this week; we left feeling satiated and super impressed.

141/365: Pork tacos, because the week is not complete without tacos.

142/365: Full disclosure: I almost forgot to snap a photo this day. So here's one of the pile of stuff we still have to sort through in the office... it's not very high on our list of priorities.

143/365: I tried aerial yoga for the first time this weekend. It was... strange. I found it difficult to trust the silks. Yoga is about trusting your body and your self; aerial yoga adds gravity into the equation, and my brain wasn't quite ready for that switch. I entered the room feeling confident, and left feeling vulnerable. But I'm determined to go back!

144/365: Still can't get enough of seeing these two together.

How was everyone's long weekend? I had every intention of being super productive with blog stuff this weekend, but then I just kind of threw my hands up in the air when my brain decided it was time for a three day break instead. Hey, that happens sometimes! I ended up taking a look at some posts I've had sitting in my drafts folder instead, and found a few decent ones that just kept getting pushed back. So you'll get to see some of those this week.

I started off real strong with the blog this year, but each month I find myself struggling more and more to keep up with posts. It's not that I'm lacking content... I actually have a ton of ideas for new posts! But I just can't seem to make the time for the more involved posts. I'd really like to post more recipes here (people seem to like them, and I enjoy sharing them!), but a recipe post is so involved because it requires making, photographing, editing, and writing. At the end of the day, I just don't have the energy for all that! And then on long weekends such as this one, when I finally have all the time I need, my mind and body just want to take a break from work-mode and rest fully. I don't know how all the seasoned bloggers do it. When I look at the blogs that I enjoy reading and that inspire me, I'm just baffled by how they continue to be so amazing, week after week.

I really appreciate all of you who keep coming back here to read and comment. This whole blogging thing wouldn't be nearly as much fun without you :)

Friday, May 22

Fun Finds Friday #90

A dress covered in ducks! (That collar!!!)

Cats with food prints.

One of my new favorites; this instagram documents street art from around the globe.

Did someone say cat cactus?!?!

+ A house designed for cats...
+ I love this idea!!! Also, this!
+ Can we start implementing grocery stores like this in America, please?
+ Some really great life advice.
+ Smartphones.
+ Great points about Disney movies.

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, May 19

Project 365, 131-137


Silly cat.


New dress!


I think I owe you guys a post about Vain Pursuits...


He is such a cuddle monster!


Packing for a weekend trip to Florida...


I loved waking up to this view in the mornings and eating breakfast by the water.


Munched on salad, samosas, cheese, and wine while watching a movie I had no desire to see, but you know how persuasive even the best girlfriends can be... *ahem*... Fifty Shades of Ridiculous....

I spent the weekend in southern Florida, visiting my friend Sam who I took a road trip with last year. We hadn't seen each other since then, so I booked some flights and arrived Friday night for a girl's weekend! (The best!!) I didn't take many photos, because we were too busy catching up and relaxing in the sun. It was amazing waking up to the warmth, the light, and the water each morning. I always forget how much I love "living" by the water until I find myself waking up to it. Such tranquility! The trip was amazing, and too short (always), and despite a few snafus with flights (Ugh! PHL! You suck!), I was able to relax better than I have been in a while. Sometimes it's nice to have a reset, even if only for a weekend. Of course, I missed Shawn and the little furry guys too, but it was nice to get away for some much needed girl time!

Wednesday, May 13

Mother's Day Tea

In case you're new here, or I just haven't mentioned it in a while... I work at a British-style tea shop. I'm the baker there, so I make all the scones, mini pastries, and assorted crusted-savory things. For some of the major restaurant holidays (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day) we come up with a special menu that allows us to have a little fun and offer things we don't usually offer for tea. It tends to be a lot of prep work for the kitchen, but they're always fun to work because it's a set menu, which means we're serving the same thing all day (easy-peasy in the kitchen!). Everything is served on tiers, just like our usual tea, and people get their choice of beverage and scone, though I always come up with a special scone just for that day.

I rarely actually work any of the holiday teas, but this was my second year working the Mother's Day tea! It's a fun change up for me because my usual work day consists of prep, prep, and more prep. So when I get to work the actual line, it's, well, as Monty Python would say - "and now for something completely different!" I enjoy the change up every once in a while.

For this year's Mother's Day tea we served: waldorf chicken salad on croissants, truffled deviled eggs, crab cakes with ginger tomato jam, chilled cucumber mint soup, salted chocolate truffles, carrot cake, butterscotch blondies, key lime tarts, and lemon blueberry scones. Everything was a big hit!

Tuesday, May 12

The Cat Life - Together

It has taken almost a year, but Lloyd has finally accepted Sylvester as part of the family. Though he has always been friendly with him, it hasn't been until recently that I've caught them really hanging out together. You won't find them curled up on the couch together, but they have been sleeping pretty close to each other in mirrored poses. Progress! It makes me happy to see them embracing this brotherhood we've imposed upon them.

Monday, May 11

Project 365, 124-130


New cat friends and a good mail day.


I made triple berry crisps that looked awesome!


Silly photos and Shawn's whiteboard drawings


Donuts before tacos, amiright?


Salted chocolate truffles for Mother's Day tea.


Terrain trip!


Garden in a box!

Most of the photos from last week were taken at work... we spent the week prepping for Mother's Day tea, and then I came in on Sunday to help work it. I'll be writing up a little post with photos from that soon! You guys don't get to see much of my work on here except for close ups of pastries every now and then. Well, actually, that's about all there is to it ;)

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