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Let’s look back at 2016

Let’s look back at 2016

Hola blog! It’s that time of year when I force myself to do a yearly re-cap. I actually climbed onto the computer to print out a recipe for lactation cookies, but while I’m here, hells bells, why not re-cap what I did in 2016? Let’s take it month by month.

January 2016

Pre-surgery glamour, darling. 💋
Uterine polyp removal in preparation for IVF

– started hormone injections for IVF

– completed three heart-shaped Mandala paintings for sale HERE!

February 2016

Amazing glass at the Chihuly museum.
– Josh and I finally go to the Chihuly glass art museum downtown (worth it)

– ended the full-time job I’d had for the past couple of years, panicked for a week or two, and then signed on with a PRN position. Phewwwwww.

Pre-surgery for egg retrieval. They retrieved 14, above average! 🌟

– had my egg retrieval on my father’s 65th birthday (February 9th)

– found out that the two frozen embryos were both boys, and had a hearty laugh with my fertility doctor

– trimmed down coffee consumption from 3 cups a day to 1 cup (HELL)

March 2016

Is it done? Is it done yet? Finishing a painting is always the hardest part. 💖🌟✨
Finished the neon glitter Mandala, which is definitely one of my faves. Available here!

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Josh and I go to the Seattle Arboretum, in spite of the fact that my back is all messed up. I never did figure out why I had back problems for a few days/weeks, but it suuuuucked.

Caftan Number 2 purchased. My Year of the Caftan is off to a good start! Now I need to stop buying and start sewing them myself, sheesh.
I decide that 2016 is going to be the Year of the Caftan and buy two caftans, to that end. (note: sitting here GIANT at 9 months pregnant, I can’t BELIEVE how tiny my waist looks in that caftan, sob!)

– painted our bedroom
– started going to an IVF support group

Getting ready to caucus this morning. 🌈
Caucused for Bernie! (SIGH)

April 2016

First time on Mt. Rainier. Are we having fun yet? 🌟
Josh and I had competed against each other earlier in the year for a “Dietbet” and he won (I’m pretty sure he cheated by fasting, but whatever). My “punishment” was that I had to go skiing, but by the time April rolled around and my back was finally not screwed up, not much skiing was to be found so I was “punished” by walking in snow on Mount Rainier instead. It wasn’t terrible!

Finished painting the guest room last night. The "true" colors are really hard to capture via photo, but it's "Soothing lavender" on the top and "Periwinkle dream" on the bottom. Hi Jerry!
Painted the guest room.

Olympic Sculpture Park.
Downtown Seattle fun with Fleeta and Bob–Pike Place Market, and checking out the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Embarking on an "easy" 5K this morning on Tiger Mountain. I panted like a dog the entire time. Josh is training for a marathon and didn't even break a sweat! 💪
First trail run! An “easy” 5K up Tiger Mountain.

– April 28th: the day of my IVF transfer! One perfect little male embryo, which the nurse exclaimed looked “better than textbook”. Aw yeah.

May 2016

– started progesterone suppositories for IVF

A couple of dorks touring a chocolate factory for funsies.
Josh and I tour the Theo chocolate factory for funsies (and distraction) and while there, get the Very Important Phone Call that I’m pregnant! YAYYYY! We immediately burst into happy tears. Such a special moment.

– first ultrasound, post-transfer

June 2016

dogs in nature
First camping trip! Not only did we set a camping record for us this year–five times–but I did every single one of those trips pregnant.

– I finish Corinne’s cat paintings and start a project for the guest room

First archery lesson tonight with Josh. 🎯🎯🎯
Josh and I take an archery class together. He’s better than I am, but I’m not too resentful about it.

– started going back to the gym

This maniac ran the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in the rain this morning! 💪
Josh runs the Rock and Roll Marathon; I do not join him.

Little Ronia is growing up fast.
Josh leaves his hormonal pregnant wife for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS to go float down a river or something so I spend one night at Brenna’s, because I am so lonely. It’s not the daytime loneliness that bothered me, it was the nighttime.

July 2016

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Posted our “official” (12 weeks) pregnancy announcement to all forms of social media

Bear Cub doesn't look like a bear cub any more! 😱
Bear Cub gets trimmed a little TOO much and is re-christened “Goat Cub”

– thanks to Groupon, I receive my first facial (overrated)

– went and got a shellac manicure for the first time since January…but very quickly realized that shellac manicures are a waste of money when you’re pregnant. Your nails grow too quickly!

Maggie takes it easy
Camping trip number two!

@djmagicelf and @corinne_spoja and I ready to see Die Antwoord tonight woot wooooot! 🌟
Baby’s first concert: Die Antwoord! With my Broad.

Maggie and Bear Cub splash around Hyas Lake. 💦
Camping trip number three!

Tonight I said goodbye to my VW Passat that I've had for the past 10 years. Good-bye old girl! You were so lovely in concept but such a problem child in reality!
Said good-bye to my VW Passat wagon, which I loved but caused me a great deal of trouble during our 10 years together…

Hey there, sexy. 😍
…and HELLO to this sexy blue Subaru outback, which I love but am a little sad that now I have to make 500$ car payments for every month. Heigh ho.

– Josh and I and the girls hike to Twin Falls (2.5 miles but much harder while pregnant)

Tonight! 💖🌟✨ Let's get celebritied up!
My Broad and I go see the new “Ab Fab” movie together. She tried to get out of it (twice!) but I wouldn’t let her. It was great!

FINALLY at the Mod Podge (i.e. last) stage of this painting. This little side project for the guest room ended up taking way longer than I thought! 🎨
Finally finish this Polly Apfelbaum rip-off painting for our guest room.

August 2016

In honor of #bumpday, here is my bump! He just popped out this week and I'm happy to finally look pregnant, not just like I've been eating too many donuts. 🍩
At 16 weeks pregnant, my belly POPS! Aw, look at how tiny and cute it was.

Josh bought me a little lemon tree for our anniversary. I hope I don't kill it immediately. 🍋🍋🍋
Joshy and I celebrate our 8-year anniversary…he bought me a little lemon tree. Would you believe it’s still alive? And on the back patio, yet? Amazing.

Camping love.
Camping trip number 4! The first actually warm trip, too. Thank goodness.

More progress on the Mandala.
Started a new Mandala painting, which ended up taking wayyyyyy longer than I thought it would to finish.

My crazy-ass husband doing a headstand on a paddle board. @djmagicelf 😘
A very special (final) camping trip to a private island, where I got to witness my husband doing a headstand on a paddleboard. Who knew he had hidden talents?

BUMP. Enjoying my "beauty room" for a few more months before it becomes the baby room.
At 18 weeks pregnant, I made the decision to quit weighing myself (a very smart decision and I highly recommend it). Of course, this was a little easier to do because Josh broke the scale right around that time. Tempting to just never buy a scale again!

Look at where Josh hiked to today without me--Blanca Lake! I've wanted to go for ages but it's too arduous for my pregnant body. 😭
Josh makes me mad by hiking one of my bucket list lakes without me, Lake Blanca. Heigh ho! He said it was HARD. Well then. GOOD.

My cute cousin Erika and her equally cute son Cash.
Erika and her two sons come for a visit! We go to Pike Place Market, she cooks for me AND sets up the crib and we have a fabulous time.

September 2016

Tonight we met Mr. Bennett. 😍
We meet Mr. Bennett–Ronia’s birthday present–for the first time.

Mumsie and me.
I spend a fun week in Boise with my parents and the Little Nipper, and feel Baby M. kick for the first time! So exciting!

Josh and his 90-year-old grandmother at breakfast this morning.
Josh and I drive to Spokane so he can climb a mountain with his father, while Fleeta and I do a little baby shopping. Then before we drive home, we have breakfast with his 90-year-old grandmother. Isn’t this a cute picture?

Got the baby room painted. I think it needs a cute border, though. Dinosaurs?
Finished painting the nursery, but found it kind of boring, so I start searching for the perfect wallpaper border.

First minkie/flannel blankie for my son: complete! ✂️
Made a couple of minkie-and-flannel baby blankets for my son (this one was my favorite).

Putting up the dinosaur border in the nursery today. 💚
Found the perfect border for the nursery–dinosaurs!

One last ultrasound today to make sure our little dude's heart is okay (it is). 💖
Had a special ultrasound to make sure the little guy’s heart is okay…and of course it is!

October 2016

Today's art project was painting a friend's little neighborhood library. 🌈
Went over to Shoshanna’s house to paint her little free library

Made some green curtains for the nursery to match the dinosaur border. 💚
Made some curtains for the nursery

The quilt I made my mother looks pretty good in our guest room.
Fleeta sweetly fixes up this quilt that I made for my parents and returns it to me, where it’s currently residing in our guest room. It looks pretty good in the guest room!

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
Started ramp training the pets to prepare them for having to be in the BACK back of the car, once Baby M. comes

A couple of happy pregnant ladies in florals. We are due 2 weeks apart, with boys.
Josh and I attend our first non-work-related baby shower…

liz pregnant with Josh
…and the same afternoon, we take the tripod to the park and snap some maternity pics before the sun completely disappears.

Phase 3 of ombré-fying the free dresser: complete! We only spent money on the drawer pulls. Total cost: less than 20$.
We obtain a hideous brown dresser from “Buy Nothing” and completely transform it into this cool ombre work of art for the nursery! I guess Pinterest is good for something.

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My friend Espe, who is due two weeks after me with a boy, takes some beautiful maternity photos of me at a park, for free! She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

"That ain't no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet." Happy Halloween from Juno and Paulie Bleeker!
Josh and I dress up as Juno and Paulie Bleeker from the film “Juno”. Not the most exciting Halloween costumes ever, but it’s really hard doing Halloween when you’re a big sweaty pregnant lady. We set up a grueling game of Scrabble in the parlor and handed out Halloween candy to the hoards of tricker treaters, and that was good enough for us!

November 2016

-voted, hoped for the best, found out the WORST, mourned for an entire day and then decided for the sake of my son that I couldn’t perseverate over the sadness. Also: pulled out my Happy Light that I hadn’t used since 2009 and started using it every morning!

The latest Mandala painting, fully glittered. Now I just have to decide if it's really "done", or just done because I'm sick of working on it! 😝
Finally finished this friggin’ Mandala painting, although I’m not totally satisfied with it and therefore haven’t listed it in my shop.

Four pregnant bellies all in a row, all due with boys early next year.
My cousin Erika comes to town and throws me the most fantastic baby shower at Brenna’s house, and still hasn’t sent me the pictures for it! Ha ha. I wonder if I’ll ever get them?

Delicious Indian dinner with family and friends.
My mother, aunt Claire, and cousin Katie also came into town for the shower. It was really wonderful. I felt very loved. And thank God, nobody brought up politics the entire time.

Lisa, who has been one of my good friends for almost 20 years, and her three goofy/adorable children.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a drive to Spokane, and baby shower number two (I’m terribly spoiled), Josh and I got a HORRIBLE case of food poisoning from a local taco truck. We barely managed to scrape ourselves together to make the drive, but I’m glad we did. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with both sets of our parents and his grandmother, and then the next day I had another sweet baby shower and saw my ooooooold friend Lisa and all of her children! Maw.

My parents trying to feel their grandson kick. I was told this week he's measuring in the 92nd percentile. Already an overachiever! 😅
Love this picture of my parents trying to coax a kick from the baby.

December 2016

– finished up a painting for Baby M.’s room (this is when the link between Instagram and Flickr shit the bed, so I don’t have a picture)

– Josh and I spend my birthday/”Babymoon” at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle, relaxing and eating lots of things

– Josh gets heavily into glitter beards, and I support him!

– Owen invites me to participate in his annual art show, but I am too big and pregnant so we just attend the show instead and stay for an hour and a half. Still Good Times!

– Josh does up an elaborate glitter/tiny Christmas light beard, I wear a muumuu and we wrap me in Christmas bulbs, and we take our Christmas card picture!

Glittered up for Brenna's solstice party tonight. ✨
Winter Solstice party at Brenna’s house.

Josh and my Broad at grandma's tonight. ❤️❤️
I am too pregnant to travel, so we do Christmas Eve at Grandma Shirley’s, with the Broad…

Unicorn Snot! (with photobomb by Ronia) ✨🌟✨
…and the next day, we do Christmas Day at our house. Josh’s parents, sister and sister’s family all came over and we feasted on lasagna that I had made the day before, exchanged presents, and had a nice time. Our first Christmas at our house, and our last Christmas before the baby comes!

And that brings us up to date, blog logs! Stay tuned later this week and I’ll let you know how we PARTIED DOWN for New Years Eve, bwa ha haaaaa. 2016: you were one interesting year. I refuse to do what so many people on the Internet are doing, which is write-off the ENTIRE YEAR as crap, because this was the year that I finally got pregnant after 6 years of nonsense and there is no replicating that bliss. I can’t wait for 2017!

Maternity pictures in the park

Maternity pictures in the park

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Here are some of the photos Espe took of me at a park a few weeks ago. This is one of my favorites. She brought a lot of props with her–ribbons, little wooden letters–and this ribbon matched my dress perfectly.

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She controlled the entire photo shoot, which took about an hour. Imagine two pregnant ladies huffing and puffing around a park!

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She took many photos, but I have gathered my favorites and compiled them into a Flickr album here.

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Two pregnant ladies due two weeks apart with boys, but with vastly different pregnant bodies! She was horribly sick her first trimester and lost weight (that she didn’t need to lose); I wasn’t sick but was VERY HUNGRY and gained oh, 20+ pounds or so in my first trimester alone. I always was an over-achiever! Heh heh hooooo.

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Today I am writing baby shower thank-you cards (26 down), working on a painting for the nursery, and just nesting in general. Also watching glitter beard tutorials for Josh–it’s his latest thing, and I APPROVE.

Park pictures, dressing up, and a Broad date

Park pictures, dressing up, and a Broad date

The very talented photographer @espedp met me at the park today to take a slew of maternity photos. Sun was forecasted, but we got a whole lot of clouds instead. Oh Seattle weather, you fickle beast! Still had a good time. She is due 2 weeks after me.
Blog! I almost forgot to blog this week, blog! Remember when I used to blog every day, blog? Boy did I have a lot of tiiiiime. Here’s me and my friend Espe at the park last Friday. She’s an excellent amateur photographer, and offered to take 4584529 pictures of me. We picked Friday because the weather was supposed to be sunny, and it wasn’t, but we made the best of it.

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As we were getting ready to leave, she suggested that we both take a belly-shot-over-leaves picture. She is due just two weeks after me, also with a boy.

Sometimes Bear Cub is a little antisocial.
I am really sick of the rain! I pulled out my “Happy Light” that I bought back in 2009 or so and finally plugged it in. I use it in the morning when I’m doing my make-up. I read all the positive reviews of the light on Amazon to get me into a positive frame of mind about it working. Look at antisocial Bear Cub under the park bench! It’s not true. I was sitting on the bench and she got right under me, because she’s my bodyguard now. It’s adorable. She’s about a foot away as I’m typing this, and Baby M. is bopping away in my belly.

Here's Josh trying out the baby Ergo with a sack of flour and half his Halloween costume on. "Look enthusiastic," I told him. 😂
Josh’s work dressed up for Halloween on Friday, and my work dressed up for Halloween on ACTUAL Halloween, Monday. Lame. Here he is on Friday wearing half of his Halloween costume, trying out the Ergo my aunt Caroline bought us, with a sack of flour. I told him to act “enthusiastic”.

Finally bought a #bromeliad plant today. It matched my outfit, couldn't resist! 💖
We went to Fred Meyer’s over the weekend (after taking poor Maggie dog to the vet for some antibiotic cream for a nasty hot spot) and I finally bought a bromeliad plant. I’ve wanted one forever! It matched my outfit.

Late afternoon walkies. 🍂
Maggie’s hot spot has bothered me so much the last few days, I actually burst out crying the other night after yoga while I was petting her. Um, pregnancy hormones much? Good grief!

Bear Cub was uncharacteristically cuddly yesterday. Do you think she senses her time as the baby is running out?
We put a cone on Maggie like the vet suggested for about 15 minutes on Saturday, but she looked so pathetic we took it off. Bear Cub cuddled up to me while Maggie had the cone on. Did she think she was next? Or was she just snuggling up to the baby? I’ll never know.

Finally moved all my beauty stuff out of the nursery so now it's just a nursery! Let the nesting begin! 💙
On Saturday I finally moved the last of my beauty supplies over to the office/new Beauty Room, and then Josh lugged the ombre dresser up to the nursery. Now my REAL nesting can begin! Look at the tiny socks mawwwwwwwww.

Bought the "Babysaurus" decals to go on the walls, but they look cuter on the dresser!
I had bought “Babysaurus” decals to go on the walls, but once I started sticking them onto the dresser I realized I liked that better. So cute!

Ready for the final phase: glitter ✨✨✨
This Mandala/pain in my ass is ready for the final phase: GLITTER. Finally.

I'm amazed at our level of self-control over the weekend. When I get off work today...all bets are off! 🎃
We bought the Halloween candy on Saturday and didn’t open it until Monday. Impressed? I was!

I'm Juno for Halloween this year. Not particularly inspired, but it's hard to be inspired when you're a big sweaty pregnant lady. Stay tuned later to see Paulie Bleeker in short shorts! 😍
Dressed up as Juno for work on Monday. Nobody at work knew who I was, even though I lugged around a jug of Sunny D. We watched “Juno” recently and I SOBBED.

Happy Halloween!
Some last minute outdoor Halloween decorations, thanks to Joshy. I put up only about 1/3rd of our decorations inside the house this year. Best part about that? Only took 10 minutes to take down today!

Josh handled the pumpkin carving duties this year (I am a pumpkin). 🎃🎃🎃
I let Josh do all the carving. I found the drilled-hole-pumpkin ideas on Pinterest, and was intrigued. That’s right, I’m on Pinterest, heavy sigh. I said I would never, and now I have. And pretty much all I look at is baby stuff! I’ve basically turned into a Mormon housewife!

"That ain't no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet." Happy Halloween from Juno and Paulie Bleeker!
Juno and Paulie Bleeker, ready for Halloween night. I got back into my entire costume by 5 pm for the little kiddies, and we had trick or treaters for about three and a half hours straight.

First time using a drill to carve the pumpkins. ✨✨✨
Pretty pretty!

Last night we set up a game of Scrabble in the parlor so we wouldn't have to run up a flight of stairs every time trick or treaters came to the front door. We feasted on roast and pumpkin roll, and I won the game.
This year to avoid having to run up and down a flight of stairs every time the doorbell rings, we set up a card table in the parlor and played a very looooong game of Scrabble, getting up periodically to answer the door. The people who used to live in our house came by with all their kids and dog, who was named, adorably, Smitty. We feasted on the delicious roast that I made, and homemade pumpkin roll. I won the Scrabble game.

Corinne and I met a fat little prairie dog outside the cafe today.
Yesterday after work I met up with my Broad, and we went to brunch. Look at this adorable fat little prairie dog we saw outside the cafe!

Corinne put a bandanna on my boyfriend Edward today. He wasn't really feeling it. 😾
Corinne’s place had some kind of awful water damage caused by her neighbors so her landlord pulled out all the carpet, put in some nice laminate, and let her choose the wall paint and then painted her entire place. It’s very classy looking now! And check out my boyfriend Edward in a bandanna!

DONE. 😅
I turned in our frickin’ ballots this week too, hal-le-LU. What a nightmare. Now I feel a whole lot less emotionally invested in the election, which is good for me AND Baby M.

I’m 29 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and my feet are killing meeeee! Excuse me while I go wheedle a foot massage out of my furry husband.

Pictures at the park

Pictures at the park

Liz pregnant side
Here are the pictures we took at the park last Saturday, desperately trying to chase down the sun for a few “maternity” shots. Belly shots?

Liz pregnant laugh
“Laugh!” he said. So I did. We weren’t the only photographers at the park that day–a family was also doing a photoshoot nearby. The father had a big fancy camera and tripod and was barking orders in what sounded like Russian to his wife and three small children.

Liz pregnant close
We also had a tripod, and my Sony camera. I’ll never buy a Sony camera again. All hail Canon! This was my favorite shot.

liz pregnant with Josh
Smooooooch! His beard doesn’t seem to bother me as much this year. Maybe I have more on my mind, eh?

liz pregnant outtake
Outtake! I like posting outtakes. Especially when we are both smiling like dorks.

Then he proceeded to squat down on the ground and take about 10 macro pictures of mushrooms…

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…here’s my favorite one. I didn’t edit a THING.

Am I getting a sore throat just in time for Halloween? I think so! How typical!

Spring flowers, house paint and a man in a skirt

Spring flowers, house paint and a man in a skirt

Stepping on Matisse. 🎨
Stepping on Matisse’s head in downtown Everett. I haven’t spent a lot of time in downtown Everett (although there is a Hawaiian restaurant that I’ve been wanting to try forEVEr), but I know that we did one of our long practice runs last year there and I don’t remember seeing the artist’s heads!

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We had also never seen this fabbuu mirrored wall, near the Village Theatre. Oooh, ahhhh. Cool. This was last weekend, when we were doing a little exploring in a windstorm.

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These pretty white flowers are blooming in my neighbor’s yard. I don’t know what they’re called, but they scream SPRING! Speaking of which, my husband just informed me that today is the first day of spring. Awwwwrrriiiiiite!

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More colored glass that I did not purchase at “Home Inspirations” last weekend.

Couldn't resist buying these fun little vintage Japanese tea cups/saucer set. The color spoke to me. 😍
For 6 bucks a set though I could not resist buying 2 sets of these gorgeous little Japanese tea cups and saucers. We used them last night for our Sleepytime “extra” tea.

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The bedroom window. The bedroom is now teal and light green, we just haven’t put up all the art. Some of the art doesn’t go with the light green. I felt a little ridiculous paying for curtains from Cost Plus when I could EASILY whip some up…but since we had a gift card that guilt is alleviated.

What a beautiful day! 🌞
I always feel guilty spending money when I’m not working, it’s a curse. Hey, guess who’s working all next week though? ME ME ME! Finally. Actually I did work one day last week, I forgot about that.

Thanks to a Groupon, we finally got canvas prints from our Hawaii trips to hang in the kitchen. I took the top photo in Kauai; Josh took the bottom photo in Maui. They look so good against the aqua paint! I wish I was in Hawaii right now, mmmmm.
Thanks to a Groupon that Joshy purchased a few weeks ago, we finally got these really nice canvas prints from our Hawaii trips for uber cheap. The top one was taken by me in Kauai; the bottom one was taken by Josh in Maui. They really POP against the aqua paint in the kitchen.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear green. 💚💚💚🍀☘
Thursday was St. Patrick’s Day, and even though my period hit and was awful (also 4 days late!), I smeared on some green eyeshadow and this vintage dress that I bought months ago on a thrifting trip with Fleeta and felt cute enough to take a selfie. I have about 3 eyelash extensions left on each eye. Did I mention that I’m giving up eyelash extensions for Robo Baby? Also nail shellac, but that’s mainly because a year of doing nail shellac has completely wrecked my nails. They’ve been bare for weeks. At first it was weird, but I’m getting used to it.

Wet pets! Pets who get wet! 💦💦💦
Thursday and Friday the weather was so gorgeous that the pets and I spent an extra-long time romping at the dog park. I just couldn’t bring myself to stay inside! On Friday we actually spent an unprecedented hour and a half at the dog park! It was glorious.

Maggie and Bear Cub made a new puppy friend today.
I’m still paranoid about the dog poisoner but I can’t let fear destroy the fun of taking my dogs to a park to socialize. I refuse!

I 💚 green.
The onset of two of my favorite seasons (spring and summer) means the return of all of my favorite clothes: my dresses. Yesterday I went through my closet and removed all the pants that don’t fit me right now…about 75% of them. I also took all the dresses that don’t fit me right now, folded them up, and placed them in the back of the closet. No constricting clothes! No tight pants! Stretch, baby, stretch!

A man in a Utilikilt in my kitchen. 😍
He wore his Utilikilt for me on St. Patrick’s Day, much to my delight. He’s training to run the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon again so it fits. I made him a Crockpot full of corned beef and cabbage that day, and tried not to get pissy at his beer intake. Ya know.

...mmm? Oh hello, Dream Bedroom! 💚🌞💕
Googling “bohemian bedrooms” for decorating inspiration makes me happy. Look at this room! It’s like my Dream Bedroom! Snivel sniff.

Trying to sort out the color of the guest room next and the indecision is strong. Looks like a unicorn threw up in here!
All of the paint swatches on the wall make it look like a unicorn threw up in here, huh? We finally decided on the primary color for the guest room yesterday. I think. The indecision was really strong for this room.

Waiting for slowpoke me. 🌿
Currently Josh is out running 17 miles. Yuck. I’m icing my back and my foot (getting old sucks) in preparation for a nice little 3 mile jog on the treadmill downstairs, preferably while watching something funny on Netflix.

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This afternoon we have an archery lesson that Josh bought us from Groupon. It was supposed to be two weeks ago but my back was really screwed up, so I bumped it up. My back is still a little screwed up but the show must go on!

Relaxing on the back patio with Maggie dog. The weather can't decide what it wants to do today. ☀️⛅️☁️
Anyway how much damage can I do to my back during a measly hour-long lesson? (stay tuned)

These yellow blooms! 💛
Also in my neighbor’s yard. I love these bright yellow blooms.

Bear Cub appreciating nature. 🌿
Ah, nature. Have a great week, blog logs!

NYC Adventure, Part 3: the MoMA and Rockefeller Center

NYC Adventure, Part 3: the MoMA and Rockefeller Center

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Hey kids! Let’s go to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) together! I’ve always been a fan of Art Nouveau.

Warhol drawing
Warhol, too. I like his early, squiggly little drawings.

AW shoe

Here is the shoe that inspired the purse that Christopher gave me 4898495824 years ago! I still have it, packed away in a giant Tupperware in the garage.

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How could such a monster create such delicate little drawings?

AW soup cans

The soup cans have never done that much for me…

AW Marilyns
…but the wall of Marilyns, in real life, was GREAT. So vibrant!

MM descriptions

“…the better and emptier you feel.” Uh huh.

Dan Flavin flower

A little electric flower, by artist Dan Flavin.

 

starry

I don’t recall who this artist is, but this piece caught my eye.

mod architecture

Some mod architecture.

giant Joshy

Josh is a GIANT!

groovy baby

As you can imagine, I was quite fond of the room with all the rock music paraphernalia in it. I’ve been obsessed with 1960’s psychedelic art for as long as I can remember…it does fun things to my brain.

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Yes!

psychedelic

I’ve always wanted a print of that George Harrison poster. Still want! Need!

breastplate

Ooh la la.

J and Picasso

Joshy is smitten with Picasso everything. I am…not.

recliner

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer art when women look pretty. I know! So BORING!

Matisse dance

We both agree, however, that Matisse is great. It was amazing seeing this painting in real life.

Rousseau

This has always been another favorite of mine, by Rousseau.

peachy

Love these colors.

Derain

Moody figures by Andre Derain.

J and starry night

Starry Night was, believe it or not, underwhelming for me. Maybe because I have been so oversaturated by that image for so many years (Josh is a huge fan). Maybe because the painting was constantly surrounded by a crowd, so I never got a chance to get up close to it. Sigh.

the postman

In contrast, Van Gogh’s postman painting was WAY better in real life, more vibrant and really a joy to look at. Plus, nobody else cared so I could stand in front of it as long as I wanted to. Score! dogs and goblets

Dogs!

Klimt 1

The room with all the Klimt paintings made me happy. I’ve been obsessed with his work for years.

Klimt 2

I had never seen this Klimt painting before.

Klimt 3

Josh said that he liked this painting better than Klimt’s infamous “The Kiss” painting.

Love

Wow! The MoMA was excellent. I’m really glad we went. Back outside on the street again, this “LOVE” sculpture was constantly crawling with people.

swirl

Huh?

night scene

We had Japanese food in a wonderful little restaurant, and then wandered around the streets for a while before making our way back to our hotel.

Cathedral

Josh was insistent that we check out St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was beautiful. We went inside, and were surprised to see a Mass going on, so we left.

Cathedral 2

Dreamy.

night scene 2

One of my co-workers recommended we eat at “Lounge 65” at Rockefeller Center. We never did, but we did go down to the Center to gawk.

Rockefeller Center

I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be at Christmastime.

RC deco

Love the Deco design.

RC beauty
We leaned against a fence and just gaaaaaaazed up at the building for a while. It is a stunner.

Aw gee, that’s it for our first full day in NYC! Join me again for Days 2-4!

NYC Adventure, Part 1: Queens, the Chrysler Building, and GCS

NYC Adventure, Part 1: Queens, the Chrysler Building, and GCS

Hi blog! I spent the last week in New York City…finally! At long last! Dreams realized. It was everything I wanted it to be and SO MUCH MORE! Let’s explore.

Mt Hood

We left Seattle late Monday morning. Good-bye, Mt. Hood!

Philly cheese steak at the airport

We flew from Seattle to Philly, where we had just enough time to snarf down some Philly cheese steak sandwiches in the airport before flying another hour to NYC.

flying into NYC

Flying into NYC that evening. I always book myself the window seat when I fly, and this is why. Here’s where I get REALLY excited because I catch my first glimpse of all the buildings I’ve spent my lifetime staring at pictures of! Hello, Chrysler Building!

We spent all Monday flying, and didn’t arrive in NYC until 10 pm at night. We stayed at a generic motel near La Guardia airport that evening, and when we woke up the next morning we put on our workout clothes for a 5 mile training run around Queens.

sweaty run in Queens

First impressions of NYC: holy humidity, Batman! I didn’t expect that. It was also about 80 degrees that first day, which made running around extra challenging. Phew.

castle in Queens

NYC started impressing me right off the bat. Look at this amazing little “castle” in Queens.

After our sweaty run, we showered and packed up and checked out of the hotel in Queens and took an Uber car to check into our next hotel, Hotel 31 on 31st Street. Neither one of us had taken an Uber car before. It made everything so easy! 

first glimpse of Chrysler building

I specifically chose Hotel 31 for 1. the cheaper price and 2. proximity to the Chrysler Building, only .6 miles away. Look, there it is!

imposing

I immediately felt comfortable in NYC. It reminds me of Seattle, only much larger, older, and…smellier. The architecture is absolutely incredible.

humid self portrait in Hotel 31

Hotel 31 kindly let us check in before the scheduled time, so we were able to get fancied up before setting out for the day. The only thing to do with long hair in humidity is wear it in two braids, so that’s what I did.

Hotel 31 hallway

Based on the photos I had seen online, I wasn’t sure if I would like Hotel 31, but it turned out to have a lot of charm. Dark wood, beautiful old chandeliers in the lobby, and the musty smell of a hotel that has been around for a long time. We had a “shared” bathroom on our floor, but that turned out to be just fine. We barely even saw the other inhabitants on our floor. 

subway at 33rd

My first subway ride! We bought Metrocards. Josh and I both enjoyed the subway experience. I was grateful that his navigation skills are far better than mine. He used a subway app on his iphone to help out. We used the subway every day during the length of our stay. It’s so convenient!

beautiful Chrysler building

Naturally we had to get up close and personal with the Chrysler Building. I’ve always been obsessed with this building–being a huge fan of Art Deco, it’s an Art Deco wet dream.

Art Deco elevator

We had to go inside. These pictures don’t convey how gorgeous the lobby was. Absolutely everything inside was Art Deco. I was in heaven!

Chrysler building lobby ceiling

Look at the ceiling! Dreamy.

Grand Central Station outside

Josh wanted to take me to Grand Central Station next. This was his third trip to NYC, my first.

incredible ceiling at GCS

I was totally unprepared for how gorgeous Grand Central Station is on the inside. The ceiling was an amazing aqua color, with the Zodiac painted in gold. I gasped when we walked in. A man saw us taking pictures and gawking, and gave us a brief history of GSC just to be nice. Another thing that pleasantly surprised me about NYC: people were so kind to us! None of that Seattle “freeze” bullshit that I experience at home!

lights at GCS

Gorgeous. We walked around for a bit and stood at the “whispering wall” and whispered lovey things to each other.

Oyster Bar

Famous Oyster Bar. I liked the rainbow sign. 

GCS market

We stopped at the GCS market for a little snack–seafood spring rolls and crab salad. Mmmmm.

aqua features

Back outside, for more gawking at beautiful buildings…

flowers

…and beautiful flowers.

So much more to come! 671 photos on my iphone. I didn’t even TOUCH my Sony camera (Josh did). Stay tuned for our exciting pedicab ride around Central Park…and the MOMA!