Chicago Weekend

The best part of the community that we live in is that is a quick driving distance from Chicago or Indianapolis. Paul has family and lots of friends in Chicago so we took the opportunity to visit last weekend. It was my first real time in Chicago so Paul was anxious to show me all of his favorite places.

Including the Chicago Art Institute, Millennium Park, and the magnificent mile. We watched the Texas A&M football game with other Ags and I felt at home.

We ate pizza and went with a friend to the best restaurant we’ve ever been to, Ada Street, for a long meal and great cocktails.

Paul’s cousins and Aunts ran the Chicago Marathon to raise money for Misericordia and we cheered them on. It was a great whirlwind weekend of seeing Chicago. We’re anxious to go back…but maybe we’ll slow down a little this time.

The following pictures are entirely out of order. The truth is, they represent the way the weekend felt to me: all over the place. So I think I’ll just leave them this way, so as you look at them, you’ll gain a better feel of the trip. :)

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“Metal” Letters – Pinterest Success Story

I may not be the best at developing my own DIY ideas, recipes, or even outfits. Sometimes I create something on my own and I really get it right. Usually, however, I follow someone else’s lead as best I can.

So, Paul and I want to start sharing our success stories. A outfit recreated, a DIY project gone right, or a meal that tasted great. We’ll add in our own tips to help as well (if they’re necessary). First up, “metal” letters, an Anthopologie knock.

Holly, over at Life as a Thrifter, turned cardboard letters into sweet looking home decor.

This was a super easy DIY. In fact, the hardest part was waiting for Hobby Lobby to get a cardboard letter “H.” I have no idea what was going on for like 3 weeks with that letter, but apparently everyone wanted it. Oh well. Once I got my letters, sandpaper, and spray paint, I was thrilled with how they turned out! Perfect for our rental since we can hang them with command strips!

Here’s mine!

Lately…

UPDATE. New adventures have begun here lately; I got a job!

I accepted an offer to work at a firm I really really like and started my job on Tuesday, after a nice long visit from my mom. Working brings new challenges to the life Paul and I are developing.

For example, we had to decide how to tackle cooking dinner now that we’re both busy. We decided to alternate cooking nights and to try to try more crockpot meals. Thankfully, we have plenty of leftovers so some nights a week will be no-cooking nights.

As far as this blog goes, we still enjoy it. Both as a way to share our lives and to connect with others. But, as last week showed, we may become more sporadic (it that was even possible!).

Paul’s schedule is still a little flexible, but he studies every chance he gets. So, he could work out during the day, but I have to squeeze in workouts in the evening or early in the morning. We decided to sign of for the gym that is literally across the street from my office. Its great because we’ve figured out we can meet each other there when I get off of work and work out together.

Tackling the cleaning schedule was another issue. We could set aside every weekend to windows, vacuuming, mopping floors, and scrubbing bathrooms. But, that means that we would fall behind if we went out of town for a weekend or had big plans. So we printed out a cleaning chart with one chore a day. It is supposed to take 15 minutes a day, but in this apartment, it MAY take 5.

This is a pretty boring list of things. But with both of us in a demanding time of our lives, living in a tiny apartment, and still getting used to living together and being married, we have a lot on our plates. We will be challenged to continue to make each other a priority. We’ve come across a few tips on marriage lately that we hope will help us develop good habits before having to fix bad ones.

For all of the worry that I wouldn’t find a job in a new place, I’m am continually blessed by the revelation that I never had to worry. It was taken care of long ago.

Let’s face it: we’re not in this alone. We are friends, allies, and supporters to others as they are to us. If you have tips or ideas for us, we’d love to hear them.

New adventures bring new challenges. Here we go!

The Avett Brothers- Live and Die

There’s been a lot of hype around the new Mumford & Sons album. And rightfully so; its amazing. But, The Avett Brothers have also come out with a new album that cannot be overlooked if you’re into folk/bluegrass music. As far as that genre goes, The Avett Brothers are towards the top of a great list of musicians. Paul and I have been playing the album almost nonstop…with a little of the new Mumford & Sons mixed in as well. ; ) This album is worth a listen.

 

 

Work that banjo.

 

A Dirty Russian

So, I love a White Russian as much as the next person.  But sometimes, you need to step outside of the traditional and experiment with other cocktails.  I was out of cream, but had a lot of coffee and coffee ice cubes.  I threw some of it together into what became a good drink for a random concoction.  The coffee ice cubes help combat what I see as the one downfall of a White Russian, when the ice begins to melt.  Here it is.  Next time I might just cut the coffer out all together and let the ice cubs melt into it.  Try it and let me know if you have any suggestions.

Dirty

Dirty Russian

  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz cold coffee
  • 1 oz almond milk
  • Coffee ice cubes

Shake ingredients in a shaker with coffee ice cubes.  Serve over coffee ice cubes.

Wedding Recap- Pom/Lantern centerpiece

Awhile back, I told you how to make these poms. I was fiercely laboring away to get them ready for the wedding. My idea was at first to have them scattered around to give some added character to the dancefloor/dining area at our wedding. But, the more I got the thinking, the more I wanted them to be grouped together because it would be more of a centerpiece and have added dramatic effect.

My best friend came to the rescue hanging all of the poms

Then, I came across a picture of Pinterest (of course) that showed some poms mixed with lanterns. I liked the added dimension and character of the two types of balls together and was also looking for a way to add some depth to the centerpiece.

I got the lanterns at The Knot for only $2.50 for a large one! Sweet. I had made the poms in various sizes and got both large and small lanterns so that we could work them in to one big centerpiece and fill in holes.

The dinner scene

I kept some light floral wire from when I made the poms and we used it to hang the lanterns as well. Its light enough to cut with scissors, but strong enough to hold the poms without a problem. Easy.

My dad’s toast.

Thanks to great friends helping out, I was pretty thrilled with the way it turned out. In fact, I think it turned out perfect for the space. It didn’t detract from the beauty of the mountains, but it made sure the space was decorated even after all the tables were moved off. : )

Photos courtesy of Stacie and EE Photography

Feast of the Hunter’s Moon

Dancing

A couple of weekends ago, Paul and I went to the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon. The Feast is a fall celebration in Indiana. Its held at an old fort and celebrates the early pioneer days complete with reenactments and costumes. Its a little like a renaissance festival, but more historically accurate (and clearly a different time period).

We ate more food than our bellies could handle and every bit of it was delicious. People came from all over to demonstrate their trade. Its amazing how well people can do what they do with equipment they have made themselves. They cook in clay ovens, they carve bowls out of logs, they blacksmith tools and horse shoes, and can work magic with a dutch oven.

There were shows, comedians, music, and jugglers.

The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon is one of my new favorite things. We’re already looking forward to next year.

Happy fall, y’all! Its already starting well here!