19 March 2017

This weekend we adventured like I used to adventure. Pat's bff and his wife were in town. We got to see the falls at wintertime (not as cold as I remember), went bowling, tried different restaurants (which we never do) and explored every wing of the mall. We also played some board games and I won almost every time. Yahtzee champ.

This weekend was also me and Pat s dating anniversary. Six years ago was the small press book fair where I officially stopped prowling for other dates and agreed to focus my energy on Pat. I know, v. romantic.  Below are some pics from 2013 that I found on my iPad.





16 March 2017

vacayyy

I booked our vacay today. We're returning to Key West in August. Yay! Pat and I are very compatible vacationers I think. We both want a very small amount of adventure and a large amount of lounging. We also both hate trying new things so that's why we're returning to Key West. We're even staying in the same hotel because we loved their pool/pool bar. Sometimes when I'm feeling stressed I think of our honeymoon laying by the pool in the sun and everything is better.

Lynne's Top Ten; Key West Edition!
  1. The bar is literally five feet from the pool and they make delicious frozen bevs.
  2. There are roosters that roam freely like squirrels and baby roosters.
  3. The hotel is across the street from the Hemingway House where 50+ six-toed cats roam freely. HEAVEN.
  4. We're going parasailing this year and I'll make Pat go snorkeling again.
  5. We get to go out to fancy meals days in a row. Literally my favorite thing on earth.
  6. We watch a lot of Law and Order on vacation. I'm not sure why.
  7. Swimming three times a day. Whaaat.
  8. Last time we were there I ate caprese salads for like a week straight. I think I'll do that again. Fresh mozz is pretty much heaven.
  9. I also took the week after our vacation off work so I basically have the entire second half of August off.
  10. Then Pat goes back to work which is nice because he doesn't get paid in the summer.
  11. Bonus: We will visit the Sea Turtle Hospital this time.


15 March 2017

Snow days!

We've had two snow days in a row which means I've been working with a cat in my lap in my pajamas for two days now. I'll have to return to the real world tomorrow but it's been nice. And being back in the real world is nice too.

My car got stuck in my driveway and a very nice lady stopped her car and helped me shovel out. How kind does someone have to be to get out of their car at 11pm in the super snowy cold awfulness to help out a stranger? Two plows also came by and one of them plowed my whole driveway for free to help me get my car in the garage. How wonderful people are.

I had a submission published on The Mighty today. I have five people who "follow" my posts and get a notification when I publish something new. That feels real special to me.  The post is here: Michael J. Fox

13 March 2017

Stand in the sun while you can

I've been thinking a bunch about why I say everything I think. Sometimes I feel frustrated because I feel like the only person who stick their necks out and says what everyone else is thinking/saying privately. But here I am laying in bed ruminating on that and I remembered why I do this. I have somewhere between five and twenty five years before I lose my ability to speak, why would I not use my words while I can?


12 March 2017

Picture update!

A view from the second floor of the library
Baby Franklin prowling

The NF Library has the best plants
These are my feet
Eleanor actually likes this.

09 March 2017

My Day

I started rereading Eleanor Roosevelt's My Day last night. Its a collection of her newspaper columns she wrote during her time as First Lady. In 1935 she wrote "with the new day comes new thoughts and new strength" in a column right after the Supreme Court's decision tearing apart part of her hub's New Deal policies. I use this quote as a reminder on keeping perspective and not dragging things day to day. How funny to think it was just a random line in a column written eighty years ago about something way more serious than anything I deal with could be so impactful.

Exercising playlist

While running yesterday I realized how important the perfect exercise playlist is. A bad song can encourage you to quit and the perfect song can really be a good motivation to keep runnin'. So I edited my playlist and now have the ultimate exercising playlist. Here it is!
  1. Wolf Parade -You Are A Runner and I Am My Father's Son: Catchy, poppy, upbeat and even has the word runner in the title. Perfect for sure.
  2. Hot Chip-Alleycat: A longer, somewhat slower song (featuring a grumpy cat!), but it really picks up at the end
  3. Sea Wolf- You're a Wolf
  4. Vampire Weekend-Horchata: This song is just super upbeat and really builds at the end
  5.  Cursive -Sink to the Beat: Thrashy, screamy music is perfect for running, I don't care what anyone says
  6. At-The Drive In -Cosmonaut: Ditto above
  7. Katy Perry -Fireworks: WHATTA SONG
  8. Stars -One More Night: This song is sexy, super empowering and has a great build up. This is the song I go to when I'm getting tired
  9. LCD Soundsystem -All My Friends: Every playlist needs this song, it will motivate even the most tired person to keep running. I think it must be the consistent beat throughout the whole tune. 
  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs -Zero: Gotta love an empowered woman when running

18 October 2015

Fig

I am addicted to fig candles. Especially in the fall when the apartment is cold and the sun is shining in. Courtney gave me my favorite fig candle before she passed away so it also reminds me of her and her kind spirit.

I've been reading Rupi Kaur poems day after day. What a strong spirit she has, it really could crush mountains. Below is my favorite of her poems.


05 August 2015

Honey bunnies

We just returned home from a wonderful honeymoon to Key West and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We spent a week in Key West just lovin', swimming, adventuring and lounging and it was fantastic. I cannot believe a world exists where roosters still wandering around freely. We snorkeled in a coral reef, went out for fancy meals and visited the Hemingway House (home of 50 six-toed cats!!)!!

It was also really wonderful to go to the Wizarding World. I wished and wished to be a wizard when I was a young girl who wanted to escape her miserable world and to be able to get so close was a dream come true. Although now I don't have a miserable world! We spent seven hours there and could've spent more if my feet didn't hurt so bad!

I've started re-reading the HP series again starting with Azkaban. 

Back to work tomorrow. Kinda excited!

04 November 2014

Holidaaaay season

I love when Halloween ends because I can officially feel Christmassy. In years past we've put up our tree on November 1st but we're opting for a real tree this year so we've gotta wait. 

To avoid working fourteen days straight I took today off of work. I watched two christmas movies (home alone & Christmas with the kranks), strolled down Elmwood, had coffee with Mike and voted! I also purchased a tofurkey for a hopeful dinner party. 

Today is also one month married. So far so good! We still haven't written our thank you cards (super ashamed) but have finally dealt with getting rid of old things to make room for new. I had a gift card to BBB and we bought a new French press. It's literally heaven on earth having one. 

I did however skip my physical therapy appointment today. I skip doctors appointments frequently (and have the missed appointment fees to prove it). I just get so anxious leading up to them, I think I'm going to ask Pat to start taking me. Maybe I wouldn't skip then!

28 October 2014

Picture update!


Amazing candle we got as a wedding gift from RĂ³

New bathroom color

Driving dog?!?!


Callie got two copies of the soundtrack so she gave me one!

Sign that Christmas is coming!

26 October 2014

Top Ten (from the weekend)

1. I got to celebrate the 16th birthday of a really amazing teenager at the mall on Friday. We went to PF Chambs and Build-a-Bear! Pat was out of town so her dad had to drop us off and pick us up...just like a typical teenager.
2. Pat was out of tow this weekend so I got quality alone time. 
3. I used my alone time to watch Christmas with the Kranks and a lot of episodes of The New Girl. 
4. Spoiler alert: I can't believe Nick and Jess split up. 
5. Pat was super lovey when he returned home. Clearly he missed me!
6. While he was gone I ate one of my favorite foods, noodles with butter, twice! He hates it because it's so boring. 
7. I have a Physical Therapy appointment on Wednesday. Yay!
8. The puzzle today was very difficult. Lots of clues that refer to other clues. Ugh. 
9. But a very interesting article about iPhones. I can't believe the iPhone accounts for up to 1/3 of a percent of the US' GDP. Whaaaaaat. 
10. Christmas is less than two months away! I've been perfecting my "Christmas woo!" playlist for weeks now and it is great!

Yay!

Household things

With Pat being out of town I had time to do household things. Our apartment is the cleanest it's been in a LONG TIME and I hung up some of the cool art we got as wedding gifts. It's not everything, just everything ready to be hung. I need to go buy frames this weekend!

I also rearranged the kitchen and our bathroom is being painted tomorrow. I had to move the plants off the radiator because we'll have to turn the heat on soon and I've dehydrated them by accident years in a row. The problem is that Eleanor loves to rub her face on them and bite them so now she is jumping all over the house trying to find them.

Really bad picture of an amazing paper cutting done of the engagement photo below. Maude is a genius. 

The inspiration!

"Nothing except death", a really morbid love quote 

Alana made this cool mail, key, important thing holder. And K got me the cool art
next to it


22 October 2014

Appointments

II've been dealing with my right knee injury again recently. So frustrating because all I want to do is run! My new insurance is awesome though so I have a PT appointment next week!

I also made a nail clipping appointment for Franklin. Apparently we have the only cat in the universe that doesn't trim his own nail. Lazy sack of potatoes. 



20 October 2014

This weekend



We got one of our wedding photos back and I love it. I made a decision before we did our engagement photos to not criticize my appearance in any photos and it actually works! Photos are so weird because they're one second in time and frequently catch bad faces, bodies, everything. But why ruin my wedding day memories by scrutinizing myself. So none of that.

Reading love letters

We also went to a Bills game yesterday for one of my fave ladies Lizzy's birthday! It was Pats first game and he hated it. Something about how much effort it took to go to the bathroom or get snacks. I however had a great time (as always). Sports games are fun because off all the cheering and clapping and snacking and dancing. And the Bills actually won!

Don't let his smile fool ya

Football friends



16 October 2014

Top ten (married edition)

Top Ten best things about being married:

  1. Pat looks so handsome with a wedding ring. 
  2. We met with our financial advisor and were going to be millionaires when we retire
  3. We have so many new house appliances!
  4. I now have good health insurance and Pat has good (ish) vision now!
  5. Love love love love love
  6. Rumor has it that we'll have a good tax refund this year!
  7. We got to throw a really great party!
  8. You realize how loved you are by all your friends and how lucky you are to have them. 
  9. New family members!
  10. Marriage is forever and I want to be with Pat forever. 

13 October 2014

Picture update!




Spirits

Fowler's Chocolate Factory was open for tours today so naturally we went! Both the amount of handcrafting as well as the ability of all the machines is crazy to me. We brought my friend Callie with us too! She is the most amazing high school student I've ever met. She has such a cheerful spirit. I don't care if you're 15 or 50, if you have an excited spirit I want to be your friend. I think her parents appreciate me spending time with her but I don't think they realize that I should be thanking them. I contribute a ton of my rebounded spirit to Callie and her spirit. She is just like my mom.



I pray to the universe that this exists forever.