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 »

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 »

weathering the weather

Last night, the weather in Ann Arbor dropped to -14 with a wind-chill of -38, the condensation inside the windows of our home is freezing and forming ice crystals (see photo above), and we helped two different strangers get their cars unstuck on our street over the past two days after getting about 11 inches of snow over the weekend. This weather has been crazy and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it before. The good news is that the temps here now are finally climbing above 0 – just barely at only 1°F, but I’ll take it! Before the temps turned sub-zero, we were able to take a nice stroll through our neighborhood and capture these wintery photos (see below). Hopefully all those impacted by the freezing temps and snow are staying warm and cozy.

by Valerie | 01.07.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

Winter greens

Brace yourselves for “Winter Storm Ion”. We’ve had a good bit of snow this winter already and it looks like there’ll be much more coming this weekend; luckily, we’ve got a good snow shovel and Ryan doesn’t mind the exercise. Our home feels extra cozy with these great new slippers my parents sent me as a Christmas gift, our toasty fireplace, and these beautiful winter greens I’ve scattered around the house. Our dear friend Jennifer gave us some cuttings from her tree, who she named Freyja, and my parents sent us this lovely Christmas cactus which is in full bloom and is quite the contrast to the blanket of white outside our door.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

Happy New Year!

This was my view of the last sunrise of 2013 and it was quite a beautiful one! We flew home on New Year’s Eve and even managed to stay up until midnight, even though we’d had only 4 hours of sleep the night before and a 2+ hour flight delay in Dallas on our way home. We arrived home to snow and even more snow followed on New Year’s Day. This was my view of the last sunset of 2013…

The fresh-fallen snow really is beautiful…makes the world feel clean and fresh and inspired us to do the same and start with a good house-cleaning on New Year’s Day. We took a walk in our neighborhood and breathed in the cold, clean air and listed to the crunch of snow beneath our feet and just enjoyed our first walk of 2014.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Holidaze, Travel | No Comments »

Ko for a cause

This is our friend’s (lovely Lisa of Pot & Box) dog Ko and, in case you can’t tell from the photo, he is awesome. Sadly, our handsome fella has cancer…the good news is that there is a treatment that can help save Ko. If you can give any amount to help save Ko and/or you’d like to hear more about Ko and Lisa, please visit this page here. Thank you.

Update: Happy New Year’s Eve eve news – the campaign for Ko is now fully funded!

by Valerie | 12.17.13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

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 »

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