There is no “i” in “ham”…

…unless it’s the band “Haim”, in which case there is – that was my bad joke this morning, which didn’t really make much sense but that I was convinced Ryan didn’t appreciate nearly enough. Also, I think that Haim sounds a bit like Annie Lennox, don’t you?

This week officially marks the beginning of April, Ryan saw some spring bulbs beginning to come up from the ground on his morning walk with Melody, we had a nice sunny day yesterday, and today the high is nearly 60…things are looking up!

by Valerie | 03.31.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

All I can do…

All I can do, when I wake up in the morning and it’s late March and the “feels like” temperature is in the single digits and there’s fresh snow on the ground, is buy myself more flowers and put them all over the house….

by Valerie | 03.26.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

March Madness

I’m not really a basketball fan, but Ryan is. And since he signed me up to fill out my own bracket for a group he’s in, I suddenly find myself invested in it in a way I’ve never been before…cut to flashback of me on the couch Saturday evening yelling at the TV, at a player from the team I had not picked to win a particular game, “Stupid lady hair!” Yes, that was my insult, “stupid lady hair”. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t feel that having hair long enough that you have to wear a headband to hold it back while you run up and down the court playing basketball is a good look for a college-age male athlete (ok, ok…it may have had something to do with the fact that he was a player for the team I didn’t want to win too).

Things that make me happy:

  • When you’re eating cereal and you find a super-raisin cluster!
  • That moment with the sunlight comes streaming in your window and you feel that everything is right with the world.
  • Spring flowers, like the lovely hyacinth in a vase in our house below.
  • Thinking about what we’ll plant in our summer garden this year.
  • Winning in your group’s ESPN Tournament Challenge – come on Michigan, I believe in you!

by Valerie | 03.24.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Spring Equinox

Happy spring; today marks the first official day of spring for 2014 (at precisely 12:57pm EDT)! And with that in mind, check out the following:

by Valerie | 03.20.14 | 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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