“Are you ready for Ryan?”

Weather patterns

An approaching thunderstorm just looks more impressive when it’s sitting over the UM Law School, don’t you think? We enjoyed attending Nashbash 2014 in Kerrytown last week (BBQ, beer, and live music), a game of Ticket To Ride Europe – complete with Alvin and Dexter added to the game board, and our friends’ most adorable two-year old was the star of brunch on Saturday; he was very interested in counting everything together and then counting it again, he had an amazing laugh, and when he said, “Are you ready for Ryan?” we all came to understand that meant he wanted Ryan to pick him up and put him on top of his shoulders – adorable! I suppose the world must look very different for a two-year old when you’re on top of the shoulders of someone who is 6’4″ tall. And if you ever wondered what Melody might look like as a monkey…

Melody monkey

by Valerie | 08.25.14 | Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Weekend haps

Roses & estate sale tea tin

Our weekend was filled with beautiful weather, which made for very enjoyable walks with Melody, Art Fair here in town (we bought a gift for a friend here, and I thought these ceramics were fun), and I rather enjoyed making good use of this estate-sale-find tea tin by filling it with these lovely roses. And Sava’s is serving a new cocktail called “The Sky is On Fire” – not only was it beautiful to look at, it smelled amazing and was delicious to taste too (macallan scotch, cocchi americano, champagne, angostura bitters, cayenne oil, basil). Did I mention how much I love basil?!? I’m convinced these trees in our neighborhood (Royal Purple Smoke Bush) must’ve inspired Dr. Seuss at some point – they’re fluffy looking and pink/purple…I think they’re pretty great.

"The Sky is On Fire" - Sava's

Busy bee

Summer trees

by Valerie | 07.20.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Weekend haps

Mini golf

We’ve had quite the fun-filled weekend! Stumbled upon the car show in downtown Ann Arbor by accident really as we were there for the Open Book launch party at Literati for Ryan & Leslie. Mini golf. Got some new plants and found a use for my grandparents old plant hanger – it’s nice to have something that was theirs in our home. And we found some fun stuff at an estate sale in town on Saturday, including this sweet little Danish demitasse cup and saucer pictured below, vintage Coors porcelain labware, some beautiful wool fabric, and Pflatzgraff TWA bread plates. Now we’re heading to the pub to watch the final World Cup match between Germany and Argentina. Last, but certainly not least, enjoying some sundaes on Sunday.

Demitasse

Grandparents' plant hanger

Sundaes on Sunday

by Valerie | 07.13.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Garden, Work | No Comments »

weekend fun

Summer patio

We had a fun and productive holiday weekend in which we found ourselves enjoying some r&r time with friends, good food (grilled peaches that were a little like this and our own, revised version of this potato salad which we used this tasty hatch chile pesto on – yum!), visited Maker Works to use their laser cutter for this project Ryan’s working on, and we got our garden planted. Filling up our garden boxes this year are: sugar snap peas, tomatoes (Fantastic, Green Zebra, and Grape), lots of herbs (varieties of thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, chives, spearmint, and orange mint), lots of pepper varieties, and flowers (Salvia, Marigolds, and Gazania). I find myself enjoying my little corner of the world more and more these days – the fact that the world is so very green and everything is blooming again certainly doesn’t hurt!

Summer patio

Summer planting

My little green corner of the world

And the award for 2014 laser cut glasses model goes to…

2014 laser cut glasses model of the year ;-)

by Valerie | 05.27.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Garden, Holidaze, Recipes, Work | No Comments »

commence

Commencement

Congrats to all the grads celebrating commencement! And it’s so nice to see spring on campus.

Spring stroll

by Valerie | 05.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Spring has sprung

Spring buds

Some springy-goodness, for your viewing pleasure… Spring appears to have finally really come to Ann Arbor; the lilacs above are almost ready to bloom in my backyard and I couldn’t be happier!

Spring buds

Spring buds

Spring buds

by Valerie | 04.25.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

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 »