slàinte

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! For your listening enjoyment, perhaps you’d enjoy this song by The Dubliners…or check out these holiday themed playlists on Songza. Ryan and I plan on celebrating by enjoying a pint (or some whiskey) at home and watching Boondock Saints. Slàinte!

by Valerie | 03.17.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 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 »

Spring forward

Did you remember to set your clocks forward an hour? Another hour of daylight and warmer temperatures ahead…as Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, on 30 Rock would say, “I want to go to there.” One thing I always like to do when the seasons change is switch out our bedding – goodbye red quilt (until next winter), hello white duvet cover with a brand new grass green pillow case – it somehow make it feel more official to me. The white rabbit cookie jar with golden ears and mixed tulips on our kitchen table certainly don’t hurt either. I’m already getting excited about the forsythia and lilacs that will bloom in our yard in the coming months; happy (soon to be) spring!

by Valerie | 03.09.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | 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 »

sometimes, all you need is…

…some bright orange tulips in the morning sunlight, to make you happy. Or getting to hold your co-worker’s almost-2-month-old baby – yeah, that works too!

by Valerie | 02.26.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Bright & Shiny

On a recent Saturday at home on the couch, as I was flipping channels, I came across Bubble Boy and found myself getting sucked into it; it’s silly and ridiculous and just the sort of mindless comedy I needed at the time. Bright and shiny?

Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, the winter weather continues…the highest predicted temp for us for the next 10 days is 26 and more snow too - just so we’re sure not to forget that winter is not over; I’m done with it, but it’s far from done with me. Which is why these bright, happy yellow spray roses and coral tulips in my kitchen help me to make it through the cold, dreary days!

We did manage to get out and make a trip to IKEA over the weekend and picked up some things to create a workspace in our basement which we were both happy with in the end (the legs gave Ryan a bit of trouble, but he won the battle!) – a large table with telescoping legs, 2 stools, a rolling storage cart, 3 lamps (for lighting over the table), and a few other things (I can’t leave without buying a plant…or 2).

by Valerie | 02.24.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

DIY Valentine

by Valerie | 02.14.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Be my VALentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Red and pink, x’s and o’s, hearts, flowers, and chocolates - what’s not to love; and how could I not love this holiday when my name is in it? I was thrilled to receive 2 dozen stunning pink roses from Ryan, which I’ve spread around our home – my personal favorite arrangement is the one pictured in the photo above where I used a beautiful, silver pitcher given to me by my mother-in-law.

Here are some fun Valentine’s Day things, for your enjoyment:

by Valerie | 02.14.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Making whoopie

…pies, that is; we took our first crack at making whoopie pies over the weekend and they turned out great. Full disclosure – it was a box mix, but the fact that we had to add our own fresh ingredients, combine them all, and then bake and assemble these ourselves justifies our calling these homemade in my opinion.

Happiness is…

  • I’m not sure what this says about me, but Songza has a playlist called “Grandpa’s Naptime” that I rather enjoy.
  • I discovered a new-to-me song/band this week – Michigan by The Milk Carton Kids.
  • A simple, easy pasta dinner at home with a good glass of red wine and homemade whoopie pies for dessert.
  • Ryan dancing in the kitchen.
  • Helix marathon, on my couch, under my electric blanket, in front of the fireplace.
  • Sending Valentine’s Day cards in the mail.
  • Yellow parrot tulips, white alstroemeria, and yellow daffodils in my house this week.

by Valerie | 02.09.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

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