spring fun

We enjoyed some really lovely weather here last week and spent much of the day outside on Saturday with friends; brunch with friends on the patio in Kerrytown on Saturday morning was the perfect way to start our day. It’s great to really have it feel like spring finally and see the daffodils and crocus and other bulbs blooming. I actually wore flats for the first time since last fall and didn’t even need a jacket – it may seem silly to mention this, but it was a big deal for me. Our friend Allison commented that it’s nice that you are finally seeing people again too - both because they’re spending time outdoors (enjoying the sunshine) and because they’re not covered under layers and layers of hats, scarves, parkas, etc.

Sunset at Michigan Stadium on Thursday evening was quite spectacular too!

by Valerie | 04.14.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Happy National Walk Around Things Day to you!

Yesterday I enjoyed a nice birthday dinner out with Ryan where I treated myself to a Rose Hip Martini which was not only tasty but also lovely to look at with the little rosebud floating in the glass. We had plenty of rain too, which I didn’t mind so much as I was just happy it wasn’t snowing – plus I really do believe that April showers bring May flowers, which I’m so looking forward to!

If you were ever curious to know, here are some fun facts about April 3rd:

  • National Chocolate Mousse Day
  • National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • National Tweed Day
  • National Find A Rainbow Day
  • World Party Day
  • Famous Birthdays: Alec Baldwin (actor), Marlon Brando (actor), Doris Day (actress), Jane Goodall (primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist), Leslie Howard (actor), Washington Irving (author), Eddie Murphy (actor)

Apparently today is National Walk Around Things Day – so if you see something, be sure to walk around it.

by Valerie | 04.04.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

π

Yesterday was Pi Day and to celebrate we naturally felt the need to partake in some delicious form of pie; we chose pizza and visited a fairly new restaurant in town, Bigalora, to enjoy a slice – it was tasty, but my favorite thing I ate there was the delicious orange salad in the photo above…yum (they have tasty cocktails too)!

Ryan’s been laughing over the jokes in this book and won’t stop sharing them with me; like this one…”How do you organize a party in space? You planet!”

And I picked up this new lovely below, to brighten up our kitchen table.

danova

by Valerie | 03.15.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

in like a lion

I would say, that with today’s snowstorm, March has definitely come in like a lion…here’s hoping it goes out like a lamb. According to local news, Ann Arbor has now officially experienced its snowiest winter in history. And it’s still snowing here…

by Valerie | 03.12.14 | Around town | No Comments »

Lego my…

Over the weekend, I enjoyed dinner and a movie with friends, a delicious brunch out with Ryan and a little shopping (Why is the right pair of jeans such a magical, yet often elusive thing?), and a pedicure followed by a mouthwatering Cabernet Sauvignon with a friend.

Instead of watching the Oscars, we enjoyed catching up on some of the final episodes of Breaking Bad and eased the tension with some 30 Rock. Kenneth is my favorite! When I told Melody the Oscars would be on TV, this was her reaction… To be fair, I keep telling her to do the laundry and clean the house while we’re at work, but she hasn’t taken the hint.

by Valerie | 03.03.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

winter woes

This is me, trying not to squint but feeling the slap of the icy wind and snow in my face and wondering how I could have left Texas for this… This winter has been the worst I can remember in the almost 10 years we’ve lived in Michigan and it’s really starting to get to me; unfortunately, for me, it’s only January and we’ve still got a lot of winter to go – they’re predicting more snow and wind chills dropping to as low as 25 to 35 degrees below zero tonight. I’m truly beginning to feel jealous of animals who get to hibernate through this. I do appreciate the snow and the beauty of winter, but this January has been a rough one – I’m done with the cloudy, windy, single digit down to negative actual temps, and don’t even get me started on the wind chill…enough already!

On a happier note, take a look at all this white…with an adorable, sleeping puppy thrown in for good measure.

by Valerie | 01.27.14 | Around town, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Lucky 13

13 has always been a lucky number for Ryan and, since our first date and wedding were on the 13th, it is a lucky number for me too! Today, I am lucky enough to have been married to such an amazing man for 13 wonderful years and I look forward to celebrating many more.

We officially began working on our DIY project, anniversary gift, live-edge maple table this past weekend (see previous post here) - we cut it down to size, did lots of sanding, and applied the first coat of clear gel varnish on each side. I’m hopeful that by this weekend we’ll have a finished product to enjoy!

Ryan bought me these beautiful mums and hydrangeas, which I happily found a vase for, and they are brightening up our dining room table; he also made us dinner reservations at Lena tonight, which I’m really looking forward to. Happy bananaversary, baby!

by Valerie | 01.13.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

Hark now hear

Last night, I enjoyed a most adorable advent play performance in which our friends’ daughter, Averie, played a lamb. The kids were so cute playing the part of angels, lambs, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, etc. I can remember doing the same, when I was a little girl; I even got the lead role of Mary one year, which was a really big deal for me and included a solo performance. Not only was it fun to watch the kids sing and act out the story, but it was also so much fun for me to sing along to such familiar Christmas carols – what a nice way to add some Christmas cheer to my holiday season!

by Valerie | 12.12.13 | Around town, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

What’s a Zebu?

We had a fun, busy, Christmasy weekend. We kicked off our weekend with some Midnight Madness fun in downtown Ann Arbor to finish up our Christmas shopping and we stopped into the Old German for a drink and to share their delicious, baked soft pretzels with spicy mustard and cheddar fondue. Downtown Home and Garden had a petting zoo for the weekend, complete with alpaca, goats, sheep, a donkey, and a zebu. The zebu had the best eyelashes! I wanted to get a good picture of the zebu, but it didn’t want to pose for me – oh well, you know how zebus can be. We hosted a holiday brunch at our home on Sunday and really enjoyed having everyone over and sharing such delicious food with friends; Ezra (who shares my love for strawberries – in fact, I’m pretty sure he loves them even more than I do) even showed me the proper way to patty-cake – thanks, Ezra! During our brunch, the snow started to fall outside (it really was perfect timing) and 3 different groups of friends at the brunch were heading directly from our place to pick out their Christmas trees.

by Valerie | 12.09.13 | Around town, For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »

we like adventure

I like to have “adventures”, which – for me – can be anything from driving to Ikea to brave the insanity that Ikea can be, to trying a new restaurant, or even taking a hike in the wooded area near our house…and that’s just what we did today. We had an adventure in our own backyard, so to speak. Frozen ponds, evergreens, various plant life, and Melody is an excellent tree stump model – she was really working it!

by Valerie | 12.01.13 | Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

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