Mush

Monday: old black top, YY suit pants, Eileen Fisher mules.

monday

Tuesday: YY top and pants, Lems shoes.

tuesday

Instead of talking about how my brain is officially mush right now due to all the work I have to do (and it’s only Tuesday!) and what’s been dumped on me (the largest client account!), I picked out my favorite photos from this past weekend at the nature preserve. Enjoy.

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Picture day

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Current conditions: snowy. There’s around 4 inches on the ground already and we are expected to get another 8 throughout the day/night. Roads are… passable, but barely and won’t be for much longer when the brunt of the storm hits.

This is what I’m wearing right now and what I usually look like on the weekends when I don’t go out. Tee is from Grand Teton Nat’l Park and it’s 8 years old. This shirt is the most comfortable tee I own and I will wear it until it dies a holey, threadbare death. I usually just wear it to bed, but some days I do wear it out in warmer weather. It used to have pit stains but after a solid day soaking in oxyclean I managed to get them out. Sweatpants are also from GTNP and are 3 years old. Hoodie is from Target and is probably almost 8 years old. Not shown – epic bedhead.

Michelle asked to see photos of the furniture here a while back and it was always in the back of my mind to make a post on it. Since I don’t have anything to do today and the lighting is somewhat working in my favor, bouncing off all the white snow, here are some house photos.

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Living room: first photo from where the front door is. Straight across from that door are stairs going up the the second floor. We have nil foyer, as is the case with these older Cape Cod style houses. Sofa is from West Elm, cream chairs and green one were Craigslist finds, end tables are vintage mid-century (brand called Lane) bought from Mid-Century Warehouse, rug and coffee table are from Pottery Barn, and all lamps are from Target. I really dislike the coffee table and want to replace it. Curtains are from Ikea. Yuki, our other kitty, lives on the green chair and so we hardly ever bother cleaning all the fur off it unless we know we are having a lot of company. The last photo above is of our shoe caddy area. The caddy is from Ikea and mounts to the wall. The bench is from Home Depot and the glass table was a trash find that Z wants to replace with something nicer.

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Dining room: lighting wasn’t working well in here, but you get the idea. The paint color is a dark teal with white chair rail and medium grey below chair rail. The dining room table was custom built from Emmorworks. They have a lot more choices now from when we bought the table nearly 3 years ago. Ours is the farmhouse style and you can customize the tables to nearly any size you want, choose from what kind of stain you want and distressed finish. The dining room chairs are all from Mid-Century Warehouse and the large buffet was a Craigslist find. Z found it and apparently the guy owns a mid-century shop, but primarily sells on Craigslist. It was delivered to us from NY. The Sputnik chandelier is a reproduction made from Practical Props in CA. There used to be one of those fugly as hell faux candle chandeliers with maroon light bulb shade covers on it, but we got rid of that. I knew automatically I wanted a Sputnik style light for the dining room and we hunted for a while to get vintage, but they were too expensive.

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My study: This room is to the right when walking in the front door. It’s a small bedroom, but I use it as a study. The desk, chair and rug are from Ikea. The loveseat is from West Elm and folds out to a twin sized bed. The entertainment center is from Wayfair. There’s a marble mid century side table next to the lamp from Target in the top photo. Note my manga and amiibo collections (40+ year old going on 14 here….).

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Kitchen: Z and I put in the subway tile backsplash ourselves. This room was bile yellow with runny poo brown painted linoleum before. We tore off the old backsplash and found many layers it had undergone throughout the years. First, it was very wild floral wallpaper, then square tiled, which was taken off, but you could still see the grout outline. Then a very 70s looking green-white swirly linoleum was pasted on top and the previous owners painted over that with the poo brown color. The colors in this kitchen, let alone the whole house made me feel ill. For the record: I hate yellow. The whole house was painted in a weird yellowy-beigey bile color with muted brown or runny poo brown as an accent. *shudder* It was awful. Anyway, the island in the kitchen is from Ikea. The previous owners and many others in our neighborhood usually have a tiny kitchen table in that area since it’s considered a kitchenette, but we don’t really need one since we always use the dining room, so we put an island there for storing more stuff. The other side of the island is cut out and there are two stools so you can actually sit against the wall area. Eventually, we plan on replacing that ugly brown speckled granite countertop with something else and repainting the cabinets, but that’s years down the road…

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Messy bedroom: Sconces are from Practical Props and the standing lamp is a vintage find from a shop that no longer exists. It’s dented at the base and I’ve been thinking of replacing it. The bureaus, rug, night stands and headboard are all West Elm. There’s a chair I got at an antique shop I use for throwing my workout clothes on. Also, behold our stylish looking humidifier with washcloth underneath so the rug doesn’t get too wet.

There’s also a guest room, but Z is on a call right now in there. If our bedroom is generally the West Elm Room, then the guest room is the Ikea Room since all the furniture (minus the bed) is from there.

Our house was built in 1953 and we wanted to keep the style generally mid-century 1) because that’s the only style of furniture that will properly fit in the house without looking obnoxious and 2) I think it looks better matching the period style inside and out. The previous owners had ginormous leather sofas in the living room and the walking space in it was a postage stamp in any direction. Even though the living room isn’t huge, I feel we did a decent job of getting furniture in it that’s fairly comfortable and doesn’t dwarf it. We also have a mostly finished basement where Z has his study and we have a huge tv and leather sofa. That’s where we play Zelda and other games. The workout room and laundry room and down there as well.

Lastly….

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View outside right now.

 

What day is it?

Monday

Banana Republic sweater, Sacai Luck pants.

I’m exhausted and slightly confused today. I hardly got any sleep because the Eagles won the Super Bowl (not that I give two fucks about it) and the fucking neighbors kept me up half the night setting off fireworks. I get it, they won. Big fucking deal now can these annoying twats stop and think for two seconds of the children and other adults who are being responsible and going to bed at a decent hour and would like to actually get rest before starting the work week? Ugh. I’m so glad we don’t live in the city anymore.

Today at work was… weird. A manager “retired” suddenly (awkward!) and another employee who was on leave decided not to come back (but I was prepared for that). I was so busy I was in a daze most of the time. The whole schedule for the current audit got thrown out of whack as well because, get this – they are adjusting the schedule around the fucking parade for the winning football team later this week.

What.

The.

Actual.

Fuck.

Of course I was in charge of making most of these changes, so adding that to my landslide of current work made for my being a greatly disgruntled employee today.

Z suggested I take the OOTD photo with the doll because he thought it was funny. He actually took the photo himself.

There were other things I wanted to say, but I’m so drained right now I can’t focus on anything so I’ll just throw in some photos I took over the weekend.

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Saturday breakfast. Z makes us waffles sometimes from scratch with a waffle iron he got when we moved into the house. The blueberry sauce is also homemade from blueberries we picked at a local orchard over the summer. We usually pick a gallon or so and then freeze a lot of them to have throughout the year.

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Upper doll photo is from Saturday and the lower one was from a few weeks ago. I came home from work and found it like that at my desk.

 

High Rocks

Sunday I went hiking with friends. There are several good state parks close to where we live. This one, High Rocks, is famous for lots of cliff faces people climb. When we arrived, two other guys with lots of climbing gear were getting ready in the parking lot. Some of the rocks also have climbers clips hammered in to them from the park service for people to use so they can get up the cliffs safely.

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The gang. My husband is in the blue shirt. 
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Fenced in path along the cliffside. 

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We hiked up and down those rocks on the left. That’s part of the trail. 
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Ellie’s first hiking trip. She slept through most of it.

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Frog photo by husband. He always searches for frogs on hikes.

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There’s a famous guy who lives either in the park borders or just next to it and can walk right into it. He’s generally known as Naked Man because he tends to just run around the park buck naked. Several years ago we talked to him on a hike. He wasn’t naked then, but he was fun to talk to. I don’t remember, but my friend in the yellow shirt in these photos said apparently I got into a heated discussion about cameras with Naked Man. I’d totally forgotten about it and laughed about it because I really don’t take too many photos anymore, so I’m the last person who should be judgmental about cameras.

We had perfect hiking weather and afterwards went out for ice cream at a local dairy farm. We can walk to the back of the store and see the farm itself and the cows that provide the milk for the treats we were eating.

Half tucked

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Rolling up the jeans and half tucking in the shirt made me feel a little more put together even though I felt craptastic today. I was perfectly comfortable and thought I looked a little better.

Shirt: Banana Republic – old. Jeans: Grana – no longer available. Shoes: MaddenGirl from DSW. Necklace: Swarovski -gift. Cardigan: Banana Republic – old.

Last night I looked through some photography books I bought a long time ago. They were from people who I’d followed on Flickr and admired their work. I used to take a lot of photos and kinda miss it. When I got back into anime and started reading manga photography was pushed to the back burner. I used to take hundreds of photos a month of everything around me and even published my own book of photos about breakfast when taking breakfast photos was a huge thing then. It still is, but it’s now all on Instagram. It’s amazing how phone cameras changed the photography world, for better and worse.

I took some photos around the house today. I was never a professional by any means so the disconnect between what I think I’m shooting and what ends up on the screen is still rather great.

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Plants I bought yesterday.
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Our crumbly dining room table.

The photography books I looked through were about a journey two photographers took in mainland China. The people in the photos had very simple lives with no technology and barely any electricity. It made me think of how odd it was that my life was just as simple, but it felt hurried and rushed – like I’m always waiting for the next Big Thing to happen even though there isn’t anything. I have every convenience around me, but I take it for granted and even resent it at times. But it’s not the fault of the technology – it’s me. I’m the one who’s bored and needs to make better use of my time.

So I’m going to try to take some more photos. Maybe I’ll even do a series to give myself a project of sorts.