Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy belated birthday, Dad!!! As of yesterday, February 25, you’ve blessed us with another year of wonderful memories – we love you so much!

by Valerie | 02.26.10 | For Funsies | 1 Comment »

iPhone photo apps

I’ve found that since I got my iPhone this last summer, I’ve been taking photos…a lot…everywhere…& I love it! Having my phone with me allows me to have a camera with me at all times too & there are so many great photo apps available on the iPhone. In fact, Ryan just told me this morning that I was an “app pimp”; but, I figure if I love it, why not share it my friends & maybe they’ll love it too!

Two of my favorites are ShakeItPhoto & Best Camera (which I just purchased yesterday). And, just to show you what they can do, here are some examples (note that all of these photos were taken with my iPhone & then altered using either ShakeItPhoto or Best Camera); I find that my photos are almost always more interesting when treated with a photo app…

My ShakeItPhoto images:

And now for these same photos, using Best Camera:

Happy photographing!

by Valerie | 02.24.10 | For Funsies | No Comments »

One of these things is not like the other…

It’s Friday & I thought I’d share these fun little comparisons… As we all know, many songs are often made & then remade or sampled into something very different than their original forms, even when they have the same words & the same melody, & I’ve found that this can be both enjoyable & sometimes very amusing (as is the case with the first comparison I’ve listed here) to compare the two. Here are some that I find particularly delightful, for your enjoyment!

Compare Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”

to Jenny Owen Youngs’ “Hot in Herre”

Compare Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”

to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”

by Valerie | 02.19.10 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! For your Valentine’s listening enjoyment, check out Weekend Lovers Soul Mix by Erik Simmons (one of Ryan’s students at EMU).

I love love & I love to celebrate it; so bring on the chocolate, bring on the flowers (roses from Pot & Box), & bring on the Valentine’s pj’s (check out my sweet Valentine’s pj’s in the photo above)!

Ryan & I went out to dinner last night at Terry B’s in Dexter, MI to celebrate & had a delicious dinner. But, for tonight, we got all the ingredients for a great Valentine’s Day dinner at home (after his basketball game, of course).

We found a **recipe for Pasta with Goat Cheese, Lemon, & Asparagus on Epicurious & we stopped by Sparrow Market & Zingerman’s Deli (where we picked up this AMAZING peppercorn goat cheese) for all the ingredients for our feast & paid a visit to Everyday Wines for a great bottle of wine to pair with our meal. And, for dessert, we picked up chocolate covered strawberries from Schakolad & we’ll pair that with another great bottle of wine (I had this wine with a strawberry dessert once & it tasted just like fresh, sweet strawberries, yum!) that I picked up from Everyday Wines.


** We tweaked the recipe a bit here and there. Grill the asparagus coating it with kosher salt, coarse ground black pepper, and some dried lemon peel. Use more lemon zest than the recipe calls for and just toss the ingredients together when serving no need to pre-mix everything unless its for presentation purposes. Sprinkle a little bit of lemon juice on top when served. We also served the dish up with rosemary and garlic bread. For that we just took some minced garlic, chopped rosemary, and combined it with some Earth Balance and spread it on some thick slices of Zingerman’s Rustic Italian bread then baked in the oven at 375 until lightly brown. Next time we make the pasta we are going to add some sauteed onions (with butter and balsamic) into the dish.

by Valerie | 02.14.10 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Holidaze, Recipes | 1 Comment »

Soup, Wine, & Flowers

We had the pleasure of attending the Souper Supper & Wine Tasting at Pot & Box tonight. The soup was delicious, the wine was delightful, the flowers were beautiful, & the profits were given to Food Gatherers.

I walked away with a full & happy tummy & couldn’t help but leave with some cut roses as well; they really are stunning! I picked up some antique looking, dusty pink roses & also some that are two-tone gold & orange-red.

It was a night filled with many of my favorite things: soup, wine, flowers, & a date with my wonderful husband.

by Valerie | 02.11.10 | Around town, For Funsies | 4 Comments »

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly…

This last week was filled with lots of things, both good, bad, & ugly…  Luckily, the good seem to have far outweighed both the bad & ugly!

Here are a few of the good:

Here are some of the bad (& the ugly):

  • Picked up my occlusal guard on Wednesday, which I am now supposed to wear every night because I grind my teeth in my sleep; believe me when I tell you that it’s not pretty when I wear this thing!
  • Ryan & I tackled the mountain of filing, sorting, & shredding that we’d put off for WAY to long on Saturday afternoon – this resulted in 5 big bags full of shredding & recycling & took about 4 hours to complete. Although it was ugly getting through it, it feels good to have it done!
  • I actually managed to bowl gutter balls & score nothing on my turn more than once during our game on Saturday; although my score wasn’t pretty, it was a lot of fun!

by Valerie | 02.08.10 | Around our home, Around town | 4 Comments »

I’d rather be a musician

Ryan & I had a great weekend filled with live music, friends, & fun!

We started our weekend off on Friday evening by attending the Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium & we saw some really amazing acts. Iron & Wine was magical; give that man a mic & a guitar & prepare to be blown away – seriously, it’s the kind of music that’s so beautiful & performed with such passion that it kind of makes you want to cry! And I discovered some new bands that I wasn’t aware of before the concert, but that I went home after the concert & immediately purchased their albums on iTunes – such as Hoots & Hellmouth & also Nervous But Excited. These people are immensely talented & I was mesmerized through the whole show; I couldn’t help but wish I could somehow be a part of it all & I was completely caught up in it.

During the concert Ryan made a comment about wanting to be a musician, which would be just as hard if not harder than making it as an artist & which we decided he should really put on a t-shirt. “I’d rather be a musician” – I’d wear that shirt!

Saturday started off with a delicious brunch at Beezy’s Cafe; the photo here is of her homemade pb&j french toast (the jelly was homemade, blueberry jelly too) – if you haven’t been to Beezy’s, you should really do yourself a favor & check it out. Then we installed Ryan’s work at the 2010 EMU Art Faculty Show, enjoyed more fun art viewing & socializing with friends at Osman’s place (photo below), & then had a Scrabble tournament at Mark & Amy’s to end the night.

And on Sunday we had the pleasure of seeing our friend Danny Kline play at Old Town & it was the perfect way to end our fun, music-filled weekend.

I’ll end this post by saying that I have the utmost respect for artists & musicians & I am constantly amazed with what they create & that they have the confidence & skill to put it out there in the world; thanks for doing what you do & for doing it so well!

by Valerie | 02.01.10 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

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