Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Big Brown

As some of you may remember, Ray and I bought our first house back in January. We affectionately refer to it as "Big Brown". Big Brown is our dream house, but it's definitely a fixer-upper. I'm hoping to post a small photo tour soon. We've been adding furniture as we go, which means a mix of my stuff, his stuff, thrift store finds and pieces given to us. We aren't going for anything super thematic (other than our Life Aquatic bathroom and Royal Tenenbaums Dinning Room) but we definitely want a house that reflects our style and taste.

Here are some inspiration photos I got from Pinterest recently:

 I really like the idea of framed vintage handkerchiefs.

 We have a couple of extra bedrooms upstairs with slanted ceilings that I would really like to paint. Also, is this not the most amazing light fixture?
 Cute huh? We want a house that's comfortable and inviting with fun colors and a retro feel. We love mid-century modern furniture, unique lamps and lots of art.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This weekend I...

This weekend (and by weekend I mean Thursday-Monday) I...

- Broke a cleansing fast. Ooops. I mean, I thought I was going to die... so...
- Went to work in Tallahassee with Ray.
- Drove around Tallahassee for hours and hours just looking for a place to eat.
- Went to work in Orange Park with Ray. He has a lot of stores and I like being his pretend assistant.
- Finished watching Deadwood... which only took about 8 months.
- Ate dinner at our new favorite mexican restaurant.
- Painted 2 1/2 new paintings.
- Went to church.
- Watched 3 episodes of Game of Thrones.
- Possibly got a mild case of food poisoning...

Today I:
- Didn't end up going to work (even though I got dresses and did my makeup and hair) because of said food poisoning. Uhhh.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Dear Hurricane Irene,
Why didn't you bring me any rain? People in Florida embrace small hurricanes (and definitely hurricane parties). Others, say in New York, are scared of you. Don't be so rude.

Dear Five Guys,
You were delicious... but you completely ruined me. Completely.

Dear Cowboys and Aliens,
Well, I finally saw you. And while you didn't really have a plot, I really did like seeing cowboys and aliens in the same movie. And I did like that silent boy from Little Miss Sunshine was crazy as hell.

Dear Hobby Lobby,
Thank you for your awesome sales on paint!

Dear Jenna,
Happy almost birthday!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Music Monday: Mewithoutyou

Friday night Ray, Brie, our friend Cale and I drove to Orlando to see one of my favorite bands, mewithoutyou. It had probably been about 4 years since I had seen them live, so as you can imagine I was really excited. We had a really great time... even though the car wouldn't start at one point and we all almost died of starvation.

We also really like the opening band, The Drowning Men. Listen! Listen!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

wedding weekend

This past weekend Ray and I drove to Wake Forest, North Carolina to see one of my sweet friend, Whitney, get married. She was a beautiful bride and it was a wonderful (but really long) trip.
I did a little embroidering on the way.
We stopped at South of the Border... it was an experience.

While in NC, we had the most delicious lattes and waffles at Jubala. If you are ever, for any reason, in the Raleigh/Wake Forest area you must stop at Jubabla.

Sunday we watched one of my favorite people in the entire world get married. She was such a beautiful bride!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Help

Last night Ray and I saw The Help and we both really liked it. We were in a theater with about 84 church ladies, which made the movie even more enjoyable/strange. Church ladies love to laugh at jokes that aren't funny and they love to woop and hollar at men with their shirt's off. Anyway, the movie was sweet with a pretty good soundtrack if you disregard the terrible song during the credits.

One of my favorite things about the book/movie is that it takes place in Jackson, MS. I have a soft spot in my heart for Mississippi, especially Jackson. I spent 2 summers working camp in Jackson, and even though it's hot, humid and I sometimes I can't even understand the accents, I still really love it.

Another thing I really loved was the impeccable decor. I love almost all 1960's mid-century modern furnishings and decor.
Go see it! You'll like it! Embrace the church ladies that will inevitably be watching it with you.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

hello, goodbye

Despite having to sit in a dimly-lit office while listening to terrible "mood music" involving a pan flute and possibly a wolf howl, I've had a pretty good day. Things have been rather quiet and uneventful around here.

Monday, I mention on my twitter that we hit the pyrex jackpot. And that we got it all for $3.7!. Crazy huh!? Can we also talk about how it's in one of our favorite patterns!! Sadly we were only able to find 3 cups and saucer sets. We got a bunch more but the mosquitoes were starting to bite and my lame phone camera stopped working so no photo right now.

This afternoon I walked around our downtown lake. It was hot and I was gross and sweaty. And I had a red face- which I hate SO much. You just can't take someone with a red face seriously. Anyway, here are some downtown ducks. I love them, especially when they're babies.

Here is a blurry picture of Big Brown at sunset. I love my house. I wish I loved cleaning it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August letters

Dear Florida,
I know you're the sunshine state. I know you're known for your beaches and hot weather... but I'm dying here. Sweat stains aren't cute. It's time to calm down.

Dear work,
Please be nice to me. I only have 4 more days until our vacation... which is actually just a trip to NC for a friend's wedding but I'm pretending it's a vacation!

Dear True Blood,
Your last episode had so much weird whisper bedroom talk... but I still really liked it. And I'm really excited about next week's episode.Also, I'm enjoying Bill not being such a sappy-sap!

Dear mystery phone hidden somewhere in the office,
Where are you!? Why are you going off all the time!? Who is your owner!? Get outta here!

Dear Jenna and Nick,
Yay for starting a new life chapter! Nashville has no idea what's coming!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

reason 364836 why I love my husband

My husband is really sweet. Sometimes he makes iced coffee for me in the middle of the night so I can have it in the morning (even though I forgot it this am).