Mar 16 2012

the cat.

You know how there are those people on facebook that post albums with 542 pictures of their kid eating an apple?  Well…I don’t have any kids.  But I sure take a lot of pictures of my cat.  I figure it’s probably the same synaptic transmission that occurs.

Dave and I have recently nicknamed Bigsby “Ted”, which we think is pretty funny.  However, many people seem to be confused by his new nickname, so I decided to shed some light on how he went from “Bigsby” to “Ted” in a matter of months.

Here’s how it happened:

Bigsby -> Bigsby Nugget -> Nugget of Love -> The Nugget -> Nouget -> Nugent -> Ted Nugent -> Ted

You see?  It’s just that simple.  Bigsby = Ted.

Har har.

Ok.  Here are 542 (ish)  pictures of Bigsby.  Enjoy.


Mar 15 2012

homemade personalized stationary

This project turned out about a thousand a million times better than I was expecting.

I’ve been inspired by the etiquette books that I’ve been reading to revive some old traditions that have been lost in the digital age.  I don’t know how common personalized stationary was, or when it stopped.  But I like it.  There are so many occasions where I feel like a text message, facebook message or even an email seem impersonal and *ahem* tacky.  There are days when Dave and I want to have guests over in a not-so-impromptu dinner, and I’d like to make it feel a bit more special for the guest.  However, buying a “You’re Invited” card also seems…tacky.  Or what about saying thank-you to someone who helped out with something?  Or maybe you want to share that fabulous chocolate cookie recipe? Ah, the list goes on.

Initially, I was going to use my typewriter and type our names on each paper, and then stamp something beside it.  I couldn’t find a stamp that I liked that would be a good “all around” sort of image.  Dave suggested that I just do everything on the computer (ah!  But that would take away from the hand-made feel!)  It totally didn’t though.

So I found a number of Victorian style photoshop brushes on and went crazy.  So far, there’s actually about 12 different images.  Some of them are totally random. (That guy on the bike?  Ha! I love it.)  Some of them make sense to Dave and I (*ahem*…the cat.)  I have some more that I’d like to do; but for now I can’t imagine that I’ll have to make more of the cards soon.

The cards are printed on a 65lb card stock in 4.25″ x 6.25″ (according to my etiquette books, this is the appropriate size for correspondence cards).  I may also take the time to type our address and phone number on the backs of them as I use them.

So what do you say?  Is personalized stationary a yes?  I love it.  Next steps…calling cards?  (haha!  But really…I’m kind of serious.)

(PS: Sorry if you’ve come to my site earlier today and it was all over the place. As you can see, I’ve been sprucing things up a little bit over here. It’s all good. For now.)

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Mar 14 2012

whole wheat cheddar scones

Okay…so since the last two posts were decidedly ho-hum, I figured I needed to make up for the serious lack of cheer around here.
Last night near the end of a long work day (that had gone way over dinner time…so I was pretty hungry) I was trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner, but all I could think of was scones. Mmm. Scones.
Unfortunately I got home too late to make any then, but I managed to get to it so I could have one in time for lunch today. I found a great recipe that is basic and quick (and tastes pretty darn good too. That’s important.)

2 c. whole wheat flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter
1 egg
1 1/4 c. milk
1 1/2 c. strong Cheddar cheese, grated

Mix dry ingredients. Rub in butter. Beat egg and milk together and mix with dry ingredients, using a metal knife (stainless steel). Add the cheese and mix. Cut into 3″ x 1″ rounds and bake at 400 for approx. 20 minutes.

Then eat them.

Om nom nom.


Mar 14 2012


…I think I want the rain to come back.

The weather this week just keeps getting crummier.


Mar 12 2012

something for a rainy day.

Today Dave encouraged me to work on my blog books, something that got put on the back burner last summer and has been taunting me ever since. I am in the middle of putting together photos and blog posts from Spring 2009…and I came across this picture. (It seems I always happen upon this picture around the same time each year.) It’s almost exactly 3 years ago that this was taken. We were at the 6 month mark of our 10 month world-travellers-extraordinaire-trip. This was on the Red Sea, on a scuba-diving excursion. It was warm. And beautiful. I had a tan for the first (and probably last) time of my life. We had no jobs. No worries. No cell phones. Just a suitcase and dreams.
Hmmm. Maybe looking at pretty sunny happy pictures was a bad idea.
I think I’m ready for this grey/rainy/windy/cold weather to go away. Like…right now.