Friday, December 31, 2010


First and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my better half best friend since 7th grade, the lovely Sara Jo! She won't see this, but hopefully she'll feel the love from the blog world, and will smile with glee when I share this little blog with her someday! Yes blog, you are my little secret.

Happy #2: Happy New Year!!! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe celebration!
Bring 2011 out with a bang, I hope it's your best year yet!

Here's my toast to you!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Looking back on this past year I'm overwhelmed with the amount of blessings I've received. I'm at a point where I'm so happy it's almost frightening, I'm holding on to these blessings as if they'll be snatched away at any moment, but I know 2011 will too be filled with many wonderfuls, so it's time to move forward!
Since I was a lazy blogger throughout the year, I thought I'd reflect on the beautiful 2010.
Disclaimer: I just purchased the Premier Picnik package...and it shows, so bear with my overboard enthusiasm :)

2010: Final semester of college, topped off with a Spring Break finale in March. Hello Naples!
^We discovered a bar with a lobster-claw machine, like they do with stuffed animals. Its a little inhumane, but after finally catching a little guy most of our wallets were empty, and we had a new friend!

May: Two half marathons and not nearly enough training this time around. The first I ran entirely with my mom, the 2nd entirely with Michael - two hilarious and sometimes painful experiences I will never forget.

May: Michael entered the world of ultra-marathons after completing a 50 mile run in 11 hours! Yes, he is insane, but I still love him :) The weather was a mix of downpour, hail, and then blinding sun. Every time Michael emerged from the wooded trail it was as if he couldn't see two feet in front of him but he could see that finish line!

May: I graduated and became a big kid :)
and moved back home to find my dad on the hunt for muskrats. (really, dad?) My roomies (aka mom and dad) are always providing new adventures and entertainment and I'm so lucky that they're putting up with me again for so long!

June: We sent Corey, my older, hilariously goofy, compassionate and inspiringly brave sister off to Ecuador as she joined the Peace Corp. for 27 months away from home. I always wish she were with me, but we're so proud of what she's doing!

July: Triathlon-palooza began with my first two Sprint triathlons, and Michael's Half Ironman! I panicked during the swim of my first triathlon, after my second tri I learned that I was much faster that way. C'est la vie.

Ju;y: We woke up to find our favorite Sonny had passed away after only 8 years due to lymes disease. A month or so later we welcomed Marley into the family, aka Buddy.

August: I joined Michael's family for a trip through Colorado from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Biking 50 miles, horseback riding, hiking, water rafting, beautiful scenery and company = Amazing vacation!

Just a week or so later Michael and I headed to San Diego to "house sit" for my aunt and uncle while they were away. Ten torturous days of turning on sprinklers, retrieving mail and feeding a addition to all the CA has to offer. At this point we reached Spoiled Brat status, we know.

September: the Ironman triathlon, round two for Michael. This time he was racing to honor his Papa Ray and Grandma Jo that had fallen to cancer in support of the amazing non profit, Gentle Waves. He has a mind like no other, and I couldn't be more proud of his will and determination!

October: Halloween in Madison with stinky skunks, lawn gnomes and Sandra D.

November: EMPLOYMENT! After months of applications, networking, and waitressing (obviously with a few vacas in between...why rush!?), I finally got a job and joined the real world! This picture is Exhibit A as to why a fashion blog is not in my future...self photos are awkward, and so am I :)

It has been a year of tremendous growth and change for me. A year ago I imagined myself in Africa doing non-profit work, (which sounds so insane right now!) and since then life has thrown beautiful curve balls that I wouldn't trade for anything. God works in crazy ways, and it's amazing how the plans can completely change but all of the main components are still present. It's been so exciting to see where this new transition takes us. Michael graduated, old friends are slowly moving back to the area, my new job is in full swing and I couldn't be more excited! Andd we shared family Christmases together for the first time, obviously providing yet another adventure!
2010 has been one of the best years of my life, and now we're off to a weekend in Chicago to welcome 2011 and start anew! I'm so thankful for all of the blessings, and being able to share them with you through my little blog. Thank you for staying with me through the on to the next one!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

gleek alert

I have recently fallen in love with the shamelessly cheesy and wonderfully musical show, Glee.
Yep, self-pronounced gleek, right here.
I missed this episode but just caught this clip on YouTube and I can't get enough of it!
Gwenyth is such a class act and always so elegant so it's fun (and very impressive) to see her perform like this! And Matthew's voice is out of this world. I watch it and I melt. And then I want the snow to do the same so I can go outside and dance with an umbrella.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas came early!

Michael's family is preparing to move and rebuild so they are cleaning house! Their "give away" pile felt like an early Christmas when they were cast off a few weeks ago! Sadly these items will sit in storage at my parents house until I move on to a place of my own, but I'm already dreaming of future DIY's. I'm so excited to paint a few of these, fill others with plants, and host dinner parties with my new silver napkin rings!

What would you like to see from the items above? Any DIY Suggestions?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Comatose

I'm cozied up in bed with wool socks, Christmas lights aglow, and Ray LaMontagne playing in the background. After such a wonderful Christmas weekend, the thought of going back to work tomorrow makes me feel like this:

In case you're unsure of the translation, it means.. "I'm so tired and full from so much food and fun that I could fall asleep sitting up in the middle of a room. And all I really want to do is stay snuggled in with my family and friends, and continue to eat and be merry."
Isn't that your interpretation too!? ;)

The holidays go by so fast and are so beautifully exhausting, I wish they could last an entire week!
Thank God it's another short week that ends with a holiday :)
Hope you all had a blessed Christmas! Stay tuned for updates from the weekend.

image via A Cup of Jo


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

And so this is Christmas.

Last week my parents' house went under complete transformation! They brought home a tree and we spent the night decorating, listening to our favorite holiday music (The Boss, and Michael Buble, just to name a few) and missing my sisters like crazy, as one is across the state and the other is in Ecuador with the Peace Corps (naturally we put her picture in the middle of the tree). Living at home has it's struggles, but the excitement for Christmas was too strong for any thing to get in the way. I love this house, and I swear my mom would decorate a tree solely with icicles and snowflakes if she could (no complaints). Despite the obvious void of my sisters, it was a perfect Tuesday night!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Red Tones

Here's to friends that never cease to make you laugh, desserts that blow your mind, and sassy red ambience.

Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!

True Home Decor

Last year around this time Michael and I had our first impromptu date, resulting in the most beautiful gingerbread house you've ever seen (naturally!). It was definitely an adventure, and it's a perfect opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth, and any craving for a frosting fight. Days later I found my roommates tragically eating our shrubbery, but the Christmas cheer was still present!
To continue our little tradition we created a new gorgeous home, complete with a roof that likes to slide off the hinges, colored droopy frosting, and a green-eyed santa :) It's obviously award-worthy!

What are your Christmas traditions? Do you have a Gingerbread house that can top this dream? Probably not ;) but I'd love to see it!

It's Official.

The signs:
1). Major cold/sinus infection that knocks you out until you FINALLY get antibiotics, after a stubborn week of ignoring the wise words of every person you encounter.
2). Our first significant snowfall, 5-10 inches of beautiful powder, causing the typical 35 min drive home to nearly triple. Yes, triple. And there is still that bonehead with a car even smaller than yours that insists on tailgating, as if he thrives on massive collisions.
3). A week with temperature highs of 4 degrees, making the weekend high of 24 feel like Spring!
4). Driving home to beautiful snow-covered trees and the ice slowly accumulating on the lake.
It's official. Happy winter, Wisconsin!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

On to the next one

A day spent reflecting on hard work and hilarious memories, and looking ahead to exciting new chapters! Happy graduation Michael :)

(slightly excited)

Friday, December 10, 2010


"So tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?"

Have a happy (and healthy!) weekend!

*Photo is a snapshot of this months Lucky magazine


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