Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Patty and Buddy at Kingsbury

Last night our friends Paul and Holly treated us with tickets to see Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller. It was an amazing show. Kingsbury Hall is one of my more favorite venues. I love being able to sit the entire show... I must be getting old I guess. Plus, just the vibe of the place is nice.

Buddy Miller opened for Patty and easily became one of my new favorite people. He just oozes with coolness. Patty sang on most his songs - and then they switched since he is, of course, in her band. Her set was amazing. Her voice pure heaven. She is such a little sassy thing. If you haven't listened to either of their new albums, you should give them a go.

Thanks again Paul and Holly for the ticket/birthday gift! We loved it!

Monday, March 29, 2010

two beds is better then one

As we are finally approaching the wonderful age of the boys being able to share a room, I have started to stock pile my ideas of cool things for the merg of the 2 to the 1. I want it to feel like "their" room - not just Cash sleeping in what used to be just Jack's room. Here are a few things I liked:

I love the reading lamps above each bed, and the trunks at the end. A way to give personalized space within a shared area.

My friend Stephanie used this old drawer to hold her son's little treasures. I just love it.

My ultimate goal is to find two similar thrift store headboard that I can reupholster and hip out.

I have always loved the colors in maps. I love all the micro details they have with the names of cities and countries and the oceans. I think they have such great beautiful texture to them.

I love the individual lights to each bed... and the colors in here are subtle but great.

I've always been fascinated with organizational items. I love the almost archiving and museum quality to placing things in their specific compartments and labeling them in any sort of way. I am on the look out for a set of drawers like this for the boys cars, rocks, and other such finds.

These over-sized illustrations are wicked.

What would a boy's room be without a bug collection. I think they boys and I will start on ours this summer.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

love is in the air

My friend Jamie is soon to be tying the knot. We celebrated last night over some great Chinese food (thanks again Jill-girl) at David's Kitchen on 3300 south and 45 west. A killer time, really.

The gifts were hilarious, (everyone tried out the pina colada oil that warmed when you blew on it, hello!) beautiful (someone gave her these amazing glasses from Pottery Barn that I just must have), and sexy sexy. The little cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes were so adorable and very yummy.

I am so excited for you Miss Jamie. You are one of the most beautiful, hippest, funnest, one-of-a-kind BFF I will ever know. I hope married life makes us hang out more (automatic babysitters - boohyeah!).

Can't wait for the big day!

Friday, March 26, 2010

change of time

Josh Ritter has a new CD debuying sometime in May. I can hardly wait. I've seen him play several times - the best was a NY show a few years back. When he sang Thin Blue Flame, I thought, for moments, that the venue would explode. It was amazing and my description has not done it any justice. All the same, this new song, Change of Time, is for a free download right now. Heaven help us all, I can tell this new CD is going to be good.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Our good friends Brian and Rachel went and had themselves a baby today. I can hardly wait to meet the little man. This is one of my favorite sites for all you parents, soon-to-be-parents, and everyone else in between.

Congratulations Hardy Fam! Give baby Jonah a squeeze for us.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

you can't help what you love

I have a thing about used furniture. If the bones of a chair, desk, table - you name it - are good, strong, stable -- I have a hard time leaving them be. Ryan has learned now to not ask questions every time I show up from a thrift store or a back alley with some ratty chair that someone left behind. I find something terribly romantic about these pieces of forgotten furniture. I can see their potential, and love them even in their disheveled state.

I recently acquired this desk from my sister-in-law. Her daughter has turned from the age of wanting to work on homework at her personal deskside, to talking to friends and boys over the phone in a cozy chair. I saw the desk waiting for it's DI pick up, and snatched it away. I thought I would make a nice personal desk for me downstairs.

The chair was found behind my father-in-laws dry cleaning business. The sad part about this chair, is that before someone left it out one summer day - then all into winter, it was it perfect condition inside the store, and I would have kidnapped it long ago if I knew of it's fate.

But, have not fear little chair. I have big plans for you and desk... the "after" photos soon to come.

Monday, March 15, 2010

crazy heart

Ry and I finally got to watch Crazy Heart. We loved it... the filming was beautiful, Jeff Bridges was great. I may have to go read the book now. All in all, I recommend.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

i love my this

My sister Jennie and brother-in-law Jeff just gave me this necklace for my bday. I absolutely love love love it!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

hello heaven

If heaven has a scent, I am almost positive it will smell something like Anthropologie's Volcano candle. It has to be my upmost favorite scent out there. Thank you Scott and Sarah for the candle... I had it lit as soon as we got home tonight.

Friday, March 12, 2010

jack had a killer time

The cousins took Jack and I to Disney on Ice tonight. Seeing Lighting McQueen and Mater in the flesh just about blew Jack's mind (note photo capturing this very moment). I actually had a good time.

I loved seeing all the little girls dressed up in their princess and fairy outfits. I loved watching Jack as he was waving to the skaters below... thinking they were really Mater, Simba or Arial. Such a great age of innocence.

And I even managed to get out of there without spending Jack's college fund on all the overprice memorabilia.

Thanks Jokey, Abi, and Kayla! We had a blast!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

the more you read

One day I hope to have a room in my house dedicated to shelves and shelves of glorious books. I'd love to design out a room with built in books shelves that tower from ceiling to floor. And I want a big ol' fatty-fat chair that swallows you whole - accompanied by an equally as fat ottoman to lounge out in as you read. There will be great lighting and I think that I will live out my days there.

I am slowly gathering my collection of books to fill up this library. Penguin has come out with a series of beautifully bound hardbacks of some classics that I am slowly trying to acquire. The cover artwork and colors are fabulous...check these out next time you are perusing a bookstore or I have even seen them at Anthropology.

I am just starting on Jane Eyre this week and loving it. I have a stack of books next to my bedside lamp, waiting for a read. I think I may have gone a little overboard last time I went to Barnes and Noble, but I could hardly help myself. My sister and I have started this non-official club of book buying/reading. We each go and pick out 2 or 3 books. So as we read, we swap - but never have to wait on the other to finish their selected books. It's been great so far... with only a few that we would never recommend and have placed in a donate box.

An author I've really started to love, is Elizabeth Berg. I have read 3 of her novels now (Open House, Dream When Your Feeling Blue, A Year of Pleasures), and have loved them all.
But please continue to give me your recommendations of books as you read them... I have my master list I keep with me in my purse - including all the recommendations from my last blog entry about this, and am constantly looking for more.

> The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. (Dr. Seuss)

Monday, March 1, 2010

why i love cash

This may be a strange attribute to desire in your children, but before I had kids, I always wanted a kid who would dress up as a super hero or in their tutus when out in public. Cssh is making all my dreams come true with his latest fashion statements of wearing his Batman mask to everywhere we go - and I mean everywhere. If Batman cannot be found, he pulls out his backup plan of wearing these old snowboarding goggles we have in the winter gear bucket. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do.