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!
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Remember my friend, Nick? This weekend he told me he’s going full time with his woodworking business! I’m SO PROUD of him!
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!
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.
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.
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.
I did yoga yesterday for the first time in ages. Like, months? I used to be pretty regular in my practice – stretching and straining a couple times a week. A few months ago, that hour of devoted time was given to Edgar to go to the dog park. Frankly, I’m not brave enough to lie down and roll around in the grass there.
Since I spend most mornings walking through a grassy field with Edgar and since most mornings that field is soaked and squishy, I bought some rain boots after ruining more than one pair of shoes. They’re camouflage. I bought them at Cabela’s. I truly am I Wisconsinite.
Now I’m on the hunt for winter boots. These cuties are tempting me.
I’ve also been searching for the perfect purse for what feels like forever. I’ve been using the same one for over two years and it’s awfully tired/nearly broken. I’ve attempted to buy and use others – but they’re just never quite right. There are not enough pockets or it doesn’t fit my wallet (which I’m also in love with) or the strap doesn’t sit right. HALP ME.
It took all of two days to blow through “Unqualified” and now I’m listening to “You Are a Bad Ass” in the hopes of finding my true calling and unleashing my inner bad assery.
I’m toying around with apple cookies – maybe with oats? But am worrying about sogginess being an issue? Or them coming out too cakey? These are the questions that plague me daily!
Seth and I are going to see Amanda Shires tomorrow night and I cannot wait! It’s going to be a great show, I just know it! Plus, there’s lots of good food to be had in Milwaukee.
Last winter I found a Clinique face wash at TJ Maxx and promptly bought it. My skin never looked better! Around April I ran out and hadn’t bought another bottle. Cue my skin looking worse than it had in years. I always said because I had been very lucky to have good skin that I would be unfortunate enough to develop adult acne. And develop it I have! I’ve tried a few different face washes – organic, natural, gentle, etc. since April and they just haven’t helped. If anything, my skin’s gotten worse. I finally bit the bullet and bought a new bottle (at full price) and I swear my skin has already improved!
Nobody else cares about that, do they?
Found this dress on major clearance and fixed it by cutting that stupid thing around the neck off. WHY IS THAT A TREND?!
When we were at my aunt’s house Sunday a lot of my family interacted with Edgar for the first time since we began training. There was a chorus of “He’s a new dog! There’s been so much improvement!” and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t both proud and surprised. Being that I see him every day I don’t have the perspective to see his improvements – it was really quite beautiful.
Add to that the fact I was able to get him to fetch a ball four times in a row yesterday and I may agree with the sentiment of having a new dog.
Racking my brain for what to make with the oodles and oodles of fresh raspberries we picked this weekend up at the farmhouse. Do I want cake? A tart? A pie? A cocktail? All of the above?
I’m officially the weirdo at the dog park who lunges around the perimeter while my dog plays with his friends. Figured I should use that time wisely since we’re there for over an hour every day.
Laundry may be my least favorite chore. Ever. I’ve been trying to steadily do at least one load before work every day so my days off aren’t entirely taken over by dirty clothes. But, I truly detest it.
Seth and I have discussed what living in a joint household will be like and God bless this man, he loves doing the laundry! And hates doing dishes. Which I love! We work so well together.
I made a quick trip down to Chicago Sunday morning to have brunch with my friend Jen from SC (naturally at Mindy’s HotChocolate) and get a celebratory drink with Elise.
While driving I was listening to MFM and freaking myself out and NOW! I get to freak myself out even more because one of my best friends started a true crime podcast! It’s call Pop, Wine, & Crime and y’all can get the first episode wherever you download your podcasts (and if you don’t listen to podcasts…what the heck?).
Kylie Jenner is nearly a billionaire and I picked up dog poo this morning. Ah, well.
Serena Williams is killing it and continues to be the only reason I’m even remotely interested in tennis.
I have a pair of jeans with a few strategically placed rips and tears in them (I know, I know, apparently it’s 2006 again) and I’m wondering how many squats I have to do until my thighs are stronger than the strands of denim and my quads bust through them. I’m working on about 100 a day right now. Let’s see how it goes from there!
The new season of Will & Grace really and truly is the best revival I’ve seen thus far. It just keeps getting better and better. It stayed true to its core premise and storytelling method and the actors have the same chemistry and timing and it’s such a lovely little escape for 20 minutes.
A buncha beauty vloggers I follow went on a trip with Benefit to Utah last week so now Antelope Canyon and Amangiri are on my bucket list of places to visit. Breathtakingly beautiful.