Thursday Things

Diamond Cutout Cookies

  1. Working on my piping skillz. (And boy do they need work!)
  2. Julie & Julia is on Netflix now! So even though I own a copy of it, I immediately watched it on my laptop the other day in the kitchen. Because that makes sense.
  3. Time has been moving so oddly since we returned from vacation. It moves slowly one day and then is sped up the next. Like jetlag? But not? Seth is experiencing it too!
  4. Deer season opens tomorrow so you know what that means – venison stew for everyone! I’ve got some in the oven right now that should be out and photographed and up within the next week or so. Stay tuned!
  5. This weekend, Edgar and I are going to another doggo’s birthday party and I’ll be making her a batch of pupcakes to celebrate!
  6. It me.
  7. Seth got me a Carhartt vest on our last day of travel. I love it! More than I expected to. It’s the first piece of Carhartt anything I’ve ever owned and I’m officially hooked.
  8. As if I needed more of a reason to get the Christmas decor up this weekend, this article sure helped.

Thursday Things

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  1. Look at this delightful little Jedi Master! He actually won’t let me take the costume off and has been Yoda since yesterday morning.
  2. Crazy to think that in just four days Seth and I will be eating our way through Greenville! I’ve got a list of about a dozen places we absolutely have to go to. (Plus, it’ll also be amazing to have an entire 10 days off work – omg.)
  3. Last weekend, we went to IKEA with some friends and spent four.hours.there. We got a lot of cool design ideas for the house and made mental notes and took photos of what we like, but other than getting some new props for photos we didn’t get anything that requires assembly. Praise be!
  4. Now that Halloween is dunzo we can get to the main event – CHRISTMASTIME!!! This is me.
  5. I’m working on putting more graphics into my posts and really like how this one came out!
  6. These high schoolers are cooler (and have more rhythm) than I’ll ever be!
  7. I’m going to be taking a book or two on our trip since we are driving and will certainly be putting Hank Green’s novel in my bag – I can’t wait to read it!
  8. Speaking of bags – I haven’t even started packing yet. Which is so unlike me. I guess it still feels surreal that we’re leaving? That, and I’m just a procrastinator. Ah, well.

Thursday Things

Pear Trees

  1. Maybe it’s too early to be this excited but OMG! Elf sugar cookies! I used to make these cookies every year on my birthday to share in class (back when they came in a tube and you had to slice them and inevitably some were thicker than others). Now I’ll be making them again – all for myself!
  2. Again – some people are going to tell me it’s too early to be this excited buuuuuut…I may or may not have listened to a few Christmas songs the other day. It was the first frost! I was walking Edgar. It just felt right. Don’t kill my vibe.
  3. Can I get these for next year at this time?
  4. We officially have carpet in the house! Seth and I spent the weekend texturing and priming and painting my bedroom and getting the rooms ready for carpet. They installed it Tuesday and it’s like an entirely new house. Now all that’s left to do is lay the hardwood floor and then bam! The house is ready and Seth will move in and then I will follow after the wedding. How exciting!
  5. We watched what may have been the worst Nicolas Cage movie of all time at my mom’s house Tuesday night. We took over good Chinese and watched a really bad movie and I’ll never be the same.
  6. Now that I’ve made a few pumpkin flavored goodies I am all on board the pumpkin train again! Pies, cakes, cookies. Let’s get it.
  7. I love a classic glazed donut and these have me drooling!
  8. Natural deodorant – where do we fall on this? It’s probably TMI, but my underarms are very sensitive and every time I’ve attempted to change up my scent or brand I have a terrible reaction. But in theory, I shouldn’t with something “natural,” right?

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  1. Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman wrote a book! It comes out next week and I cannot wait to listen to it. Then read it. The re-listen. Then reread.
  2. My grandma and aunt came to visit this week! They’d been wanting to get down and see my apartment and where I work and where Seth and I will live after the wedding for quite some time. It was so fun to show them around town and eat and talk. I’ll never tire of being within driving distance of my family.
  3. They also brought me the most adorable vintage cape coat! It’s a beautiful orange wool plaid pattern with orange satin lining. Their vote is for me to turn it into a pumpkin costume for Halloween. Mine is just to wear it forever and ever, amen.
  4. This album was made for cool fall mornings. Seriously, I listened to it on loop this same time last year and now it’s back on heavy rotation. Get up on it.
  5. Apparently Edgar read my post last week and decided to make up for all his good behavior. Last night I came home to a disaster of monumental proportions. The bathroom was wreck, their was laundry everywhere, he’d dug out boxes of chicken stock from the pantry and emptied them onto the couch. Somehow, in all this chaos, he managed to shake off his collar and lose it. In the house? I looked for the better part of a half hour while cleaning up his handiwork and for the life of me I can’t find it anywhere. Kudos, Little Man, kudos.
  6. I got a few bottles of the Mrs. Meyers Apple Cider soap that everyone is raving about and I’ve got to say…I get it. I really, really do. And now I want to get all of it before it disappears for a year and smell it for months to come!
  7. Poor Seth caught my cold – and it’s somehow gotten worse. I don’t know if it’s a bigger cold for a bigger guy or what, but it sure knocked him down. I feel guilty. And have subsequently tried to stave it off with copious amounts of tea and soup.
  8. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, please do! You’ll be glad you did!), you’ll have seen in my stories that I made pear cider from How Sweet Eats. It’s a genius recipe and I cannot wait to make more! Apple too!
  9. My first official item of fall décor has been purchased! I got the teeniest pumpkins from a local produce stand and they’re too cute for words. I regret not buying the entire crate as they were only $0.50 each, but maybe she’ll have more next week!

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  1. On Sunday, my friend, Hilary, and I went to the Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Fest for a little girls’ day. Cedarburg is adorable and I cannot wait to return. Any town that can house two bakeries and two candy shops on one street is the place for me!
  2. I also had the pleasure of meeting Jessie Sheehan and having her sign my copy of The Vintage Baker. She’d never been to Wisconsin before and was snacking on cheeseacurds and sipping a Bloody Mary when I met her. She was delightful and kind and enamored by my tattoos – making me feel far more badass than I deserve!
  3. It’s still dark at 6am and I. am. here. for. it. It reminds me so much of my childhood and listening to my dad getting ready for work before we had to get ready for school.
  4. What are you favorite Lightroom presets? I just downloaded LR now that I’ve got a new computer and I need suggestions! Ready? Go! (The above picture was edited with LR – just me farting around, but I quite like it!)
  5. Seth’s parents were at the farm with us this weekend and I got them to watch an episode of GBBS – his mom was enamored and his dad was indifferent. He prefers the Netflix series Atypical, and after watching a few episodes with him I can sort of see why. It’s a sweet show, even if the acting leaves something to be desired.
  6. Edgar is plain ol’ freaking me out. He has been an absolute angel this last week. Hardly any crying or jumping or panicking when I leave the house. In fact, my mom watched him while Seth and I were up North and she left him out to roam the whole house freely while she was at work and he caused no destruction. Miracles do happen!
  7. Hurricane Florence really messed with my former home. Thankfully, my friends and family were all out of its direct path and only had to deal with heavy rains and the evacuees that made their way into the Upstate.
  8. I’m typing this in a cold med induced stupor because of course I’d get a head cold just as soon as the weather starts to become something other than sweltering. Ah, well. Nothing I can do now but drink my weight in tea and blow my nose constantly.
  9. Strata always makes me think of The Family Stone. Which always makes me think of Christmas. Which reminds me it’s almost time to start planning for the holidays!

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  1. Amanda Shires was marvelous – in case you were wondering! Really and truly one of the better shows I’ve been to. It was a small and intimate space and both Seth and I felt as if we were hanging out with friends instead of at a concert.
  2. Before the show, we enjoyed an equally marvelous dinner at The Diplomat on Brady Street. The menu was very reminiscent of my time at GB&D and any meal experience at Hot Chocolate (as is the style, I suppose). They make a mean cocktail and the service was superb too!
  3. Because I am a control enthusiast (a title bestowed upon me by a coworker), I like getting to concerts early to scope out a spot and get situated, get a drink, and get ready to boogie. I also love listening to the opener! It’s how I hear such amazing artists as Leah Blevins! She stole the show with her glorious voice and heartfelt lyrics. I’ve been listening to her songs all week! She was in the crowd during Amanda’s performance and Seth and I said hi, praised her skills. She was kind and genuine and wished us well on our marriage. It was one of the most uplifting interactions I’ve ever had with a musician. And we kinda want to invite her to our wedding.
  4. Remember my friend, Nick? This weekend he told me he’s going full time with his woodworking business! I’m SO PROUD of him!
  5. This is coming on the heels of another friend, Kim, pursuing her passion for writing full time and Mandy deciding to begin a tattooing apprenticeship. There’s something in the water and I’m very excited about it!
  6. The mosquitos are absolutely ridiculous right now! Like, nuclear level. The last few days at the dog park have been unbearable without bug spray. The bites are so bad they hurt. And the welts I’m left with are golfball sized! I’m half concerned they’ll carry Edgar away when I’m not looking.
  7. It’s apple season! And pear! And grape! We’re heading up to the farmhouse at the beginning of next week to spend a few days enjoying the last bits of summer and the beginning of fall. I can’t wait to pick the aforementioned fruits and harvest what’s left in the garden. There’s also a small grove of olive trees I need to figure out what to do with.
  8. This time of year reminds me of “You’ve Got Mail” where she talks about a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils and I’m gonna have to go watch that movie now kthxbai.