these vagabond shoes...

Friday, January 30, 2009

For as slow as January is going the weekends tend to pop up pretty quick. Not that I'm complaining. We will be...

marching on with the house re-organization project {hoping to tackle the bathroom & the spare room}. spending the night cooped up in the house with andrew, stacey, movies, wine, take out & grand conversation. drinking champagne. dancing {i just really feel like dancing lately}. helping aaron & kathy officially move into their new diggs. watching entourage. checking out a few antique stores {searching for a dresser & a little piece to hold records & a record player}. vegging out for the super bowl {read: commercials} complete with loads of food and company. possibly swing into Lowe's to pick up some paint samples. applying said paint samples. And without-question consuming plenty of wine.

Sounds relaxing, eh? I think so.

P.S. Have you seen any neat ideas for setting up/storing a record collection & a record player? These are a couple that I like, but I need some more ideas as I want it in our living room...

{nicole hill.}

so soon?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

So I know I've been throwing a lot of lists at you lately {things I love, things I want, things that inspire me} so I apologize in advance for this post. What can I say? I am feeling very inspired lately. Here's what I've been up to this week....

01.Loving Laurence Philomene's photostream. Seriously, the girl is only 15 and her pictures are truly amazing. I'm especially sweet on the one above, this one & this one.

Lovelovelove all of Jason Munn's gig posters. I desperately need to order some.


03. I have a major girl crush on Michelle Williams at the moment. Something about her style and grace and the way she carries herself...

04. My new motto. Order here.


05. Wedding kisses {thanks Joanna!}

06. I want this exact workspace {via Martha Stewart}.

Or, okay this one would do too.


07. Groovy record sleeves found here.

08. Entourage {I am beyond addicted}.

09. I could totally use some of these wine bags.

10. I'm very, very sad to see Domino close their doors {sniff, sniff}. What ever will happen to my subscription??

11. I have been kicking ass and getting lots of stuff done around our house lately. Last night I was nearly passed out at 8:30 because I was so exhuasted! But it's a great feeling to get SO much done!! Last night I finished getting our entire bedroom cleaned & organized {which involved sorting through piles & piles of clothes. I am happy to report that we now have 4 tubs in the basement ready to take to Goodwill, a closet filled with neatly-hanging clothes and a clear floor. If you know me personally, you know that this is quite the feat. I also managed to organize most of our entire basement last night! I was on a roll baby...}

12. My wheels have been spinning this week planning our next project on my list-- finally painting our spare bedroom and maybe acutally hanging art on the walls. I'm not sure why, we have lived in our house for a year and a half, and we have never put any effort into this room. I'm not sure what I was waiting for, but the wait is over my friends. I am currently trying to decide between two paint choices, both are pretty neutral. Here is the first, Valspar's filtered shade:


And the second, Valspar's silver sea:


Here is someone's lovely bedroom painted in filtered shade, unfortuantely I cannot find any with silver sea.



This is a tough choice for me, because I am really feeling the grey and it would be so versatile and stylish, however I have a soft spot in my heart for blue. But on the other hand, we did just paint our bedroom a lovely shade of blue last year.... yet silver sea is a very grey-blue so it wouldn't be painfully obvious.

Oh boy. What do you think??? Would that be too much blue, should we go with the filtered shade? Or are you feeling the calmness of the silver sea? Opinions please and thank you.

13. Also relating to the spare bedroom- is that once the walls are painted, I can finally start working on my photo wall! This is something that I have wanted since forever and already have various frames & prints ready to go! Yay! I've been so inspired by...





Okay, and yeah and I think I want to re-paint our kitchen too {I told you I was on a roll}. I have loved the vivid green that we chose since we moved in & painted right away, but I am ready for a change and something light & airy. This picture was all I needed to really convince me...

15. I've become obsessed with 1000 books to read before you die. {23 down, 977 to go.....}

So there you have it. When I wasn't working; sleeping; eating & dreaming- this is what I was thinking about. Lovely.

currently listening to :: she is gone by the vines.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

01. ffffound.
02. checking out tv on dvd from the library.
03. tbs' seinfeld reruns {even though we own all the seasons}.
04. the feeling when someone plays with your hair.
05. shots of good tequila.
06. sprite when your hungover.
07. DCFC's new tour announcement!!
08. that they are touring with cold war kids, ra ra riot & matt costa!!
09. that I am so totally going!!!
10. January being almost over.
11. Day of Lions. {i'm hooked- thanks frolic.}
12. that someday I could possibly live here.
13. or here.
14. Federico Erra's amazing photostream.
15. funny people.
16. ampersands {i just like them}.
17. my tea kettle whistling.
18. meeting someone new to talk music-shop with.
19. free laundry detergent.
20. productive weeknights.
21. car ipod chargers.
22. these adorable valentine teabags {i wish i had time to make them}.
23. jazz album covers.
24. the weepies {they could get me through anything}.
25. blueberry jam.

{oh, and the lovely picture via sabrina.}

currently listening to :: too too too fast by ra ra riot.

silver stallion.

Step 1:
respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
Step 2: tag—eight other un-tagged people will be tagged.

Make a list of things you can see without getting up:
post it notes. my cell phone. hand lotion. work telephone. computer. pictures hanging in my cubicle. diet coke. my favorite purple pen. bulldog figurine from kirby. robert pattinson staring at me from the cover of his Entertainment Weekly.

What were you like when you were five?
the biggest tomboy. we're talking baseball caps, football & basketball all day long, and ninja turtles. hell yes!

What are you wearing now?
white boho-esque shirt. ae black vest. trouser jeans. ruffle maryjanes. my favorite earrings.

What color is your bedroom?
Blue/Sea-Greenish color with white wainscotting.

What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading?
Currently reading Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk. Next up The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Do you nap a lot?
I wish.

Who was the last person you hugged?

What’s your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
the little ones. the book cover archive. sushi. amazon's vinyl store. joesph gordon-levitt.

What was the last thing you ate today?

a piece of swiss cheese.

What was the last thing you said aloud?
"No problem" to my co-worker.

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
google-reader. tumblr. facebook. aol. craigslist. imdb. amazon.

What was the last thing you bought?

groceries on sunday.

What are you listening to right now?

the black keys.

What movie are (or were!) you most excited to show your kids?

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

time travel.

What is your favorite weather, and why?
summer. sunny. warm. because i do whatever i want and feel the sun on me.

What time do you usually get up?


What is your most challenging goal right now?

organizing our house.

What are you most excited about today?
death cab's newly announced tour dates with cold war kids & ra ra riot & matt costa! {can you say heaven on earth??}

If you could have a house–totally paid for, fully furnished–anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?

What is your favorite children’s book?
Petter Cottontail.

Name one thing you just can’t resist no matter how bad it is for you:

If you could meet anyone famous - dead or alive - who would it be?
As much as I would love to say Audrey Hepburn because I want to be just like her, I would honestly have to say Robert Pattinson or Ben Gibbard because they are both beyond awesome and I want to know them.

I'm tagging:
everyone who wants to join in on the fun. :)

if there ever was a web site created especially for me.....

.... this one is it.


The Book Cover Archive. Out of the 50 books on the front page, I own 8 of them and I'm dying to read the other 42. This web site is quickly replacing the number 1 ranked spot on my addiction list. Look out!

Seriously don't go there unless you are prepared to spend countless hours browsing the intricate artwork and amazing cover lines. Oh yeah, and have about $500 laying around for future book purchases.

My, oh my....

currently listening to :: metal heart by cat power.

right this second.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'm listening to:
Cold War Kids.

I'm working on:
organizing all of our movies {for once}.

I'm feeling a bit:
like January is the longest month ever.

I'm craving:
homemade pizza {still}.

I'm reading:
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk.

I'm in love with:
polaroid weddings.

I'm really wanting:
these shoes. And this record. And this one too.

I'm drinking:
my favorite bottle of red wine.

I'm so tired of:
the cold. the repetitiveness.

I would love to:
be able to do my hair like this.

I'm in need of:
a change.

{pretty picture via bloom grow love.}

currently listening to :: walking in the streets by mad staring eyes.

going going gone.

So we're back on this wonderful work week Tuesday {can you sense my enthusiasm?} But we did have a pretty great weekend, so I guess I shouldn't complain. We managed to fit in most all drunken, unpractical plans and skipped on the important, house necessities. Hey, everyone needs a weekend like that once in a while, right?

Friday night assumed it's regular craziness.... Clint and Brie were in town for the weekend so they popped over and we spent the night talking, catching up, wii skiing, oh yeah and of course laughing at the Boy for an hour straight {sorry Andrew!}

Kirby showing them how it's done on the Wii:





Kathy passed out with G:



"I love you baby, please come home!"


On Saturday morning, we both surprisngly felt well the despite the previous night's mix of leftover pad thai and tequila {yes I did!} not to mention beer and vodka- such a good mix. So we ran most of our errands and then preceeded to get ready for the next crazy night- Scooter's surprise birthday celebration. This time we spent the night riding around town, hopping from bar to bar, in none other than a stretch limo. Pretty kick ass, right? We had a blast, but I am still a little upset that I passed out before the homemade pizza and Brian managed to consume three whole peices by himself.

Riding in style:


Kathy and I getting the party started in the limo:





Sunday was spent, you guessed it, recovering. Probably one of the worst hangover's of my life- not something I am proud of. But I spent the entire day in bed or in the bathroom {you get my gist}. I was able to maintain two of my goals for this day though- watching entourage season 2 and doing so in my pajama's, so I had that going for me.

Oh and I also managed to snap this shot of Guinness in his usual stance in front of the heat register. If you never believed me that this is his favorite place, this should convince you.


Who's ready for the weekend here? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

currently listening to :: like a spoke on a wheel by the little ones.

weekend agenda.

Friday, January 23, 2009


At last, the weekend is here my friends. This means I can....

hang out with the regular crew {because we love you}; consume leftover pad thai & tequila {pretty good mix, don't ya think?}; work on our major house re-organization; watch entourage season 2 on dvd; in my pajamas; attend scooter's surprise birthday extravaganza; undeniably endure more intoxication; recover; go grocery shopping; :: this one's a secret{!} ::; go back to said amazing used book store with hollie; download more songs off of my almost-unattainable list; watch this; do laundry {only if I have to}; anxiously await my packages; hang up the new masterpiece in the kitchen; and I get to do all of these things with my adorable husband. I think that is all.

Oh, and relax.

{pretty picture via a cup of jo.}

currently listening to :: more to luv by minnutes.

grace in small things.

Catching up...


01. movies on demand.
02. dive bars.
03. built-in bookshelves.
04. G's snoring.
05. my mom's lasagna.
06. working from home.
07. watching Breakfast At Tiffany's.
08. and Funny Face.
09. used book stores.
10. How I Met Your Mother marathons.
11. facebook notifications.
12. Pad Thai.
13. fireworks.
14. wearing converse sneakers.
15. my first cup of coffee in the morning.
16. shopping at Anthropologie.
17. drinking red wine {especially two buck chuck}.
18. mixtapes.
19. dirty martinis.
20. the feeling of sunshine on my back.
21. creating the perfect playlist.
22. reading Jonathan Safran Foer.
23. or John Steinbeck.
24. going out to dinner with friends.
25. family adventures.
26. wearing a pretty scarf.
27. shopping at Ikea.
28. watching my husband play softball in the summer.
29. chocolate chip pancakes.
30. sushi for lunch.
31. Brian's hand massages.
32. jamming out in my cubicle.
33. wearing something plaid.
34. autumn leaves falling.
35. Buddy Holly.
36. summer rain.
37. wearing flip flops.
38. excellent one-liners.
39. music-blasting-shouting-singing-jamming-out-windows-down car rides.
40. the window in my cubicle.
41. not having algebra homework {sorry Hollie}.
42. the most random, & yet loving, text messages from my husband.
43. pretty yellow tea kettle's.
44. Entourage seasons on dvd.
45. Thursday's weekly-wine consuming-crew together-The Office watching-pajama wearing-almost weekend nights!
46. my ruffle mary janes.
47. Twilight dvd release dates.
48. Snow-removal machinery.
49. AE's fabulous spring line.
50. online bill pay.
51. Aveda shampoo.
52. picture frames.
53. wedding albums.
54. late night book reading.
55. and tea drinking.
56. sleeping in Saturday mornings.
57. picnik.
58. Polaroid still existing{!}.
59. Friday afternoon margarita's with my co-workers.
60. the tequila in my freezer.
61. taking pictures at dusk.
62. tumblr reblogs.
63. forehead kisses.
64. sister shopping days.
65. mr. clean magic erasers.

::sigh:: Much better.

currently listening to :: once when i was little by james morrison.

carry on.

I am constantly being asked what the hell I am lugging around in that bag of mine; so without further ado.... here is what is in my bag this week:


{clockwise from left} my favorite hand lotion; along with my favorite lip gloss; wallet; flash drive; journal; bare minerals on-the-go kit; drunk camera; Money by Martin Amis; favorite chapstick; purple e-glide rollerball pen; phone; calendar; guitar picks from Cheap Trick concert were floating around the bottom of my bag too; ipod; sunglasses; & several cd mixes.}

And there you have it. More than you ever wanted to know about what I have to have with me at all times. :)

Happy Friday!

shopping? me?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm not sure if it's the beautiful warm weather {30 above & yes that's warm right now} or the fact that I just got my cell phone rebate via visa card, but I am in major shopping mode today. Not to mention the fact that my rebate visa came in the mail the same day as a 40% off AE coupon. Let's review shall we...


Yes, I really did just nab all of these fabulous pieces. I'm loveloveloving this dress and it has me dying for spring and the strappies just look too perfect next to it, so I had to get those too. I've been searching relentlessly for the perfect textured black vest and this one is it{!}. How about these jeans? I'm really loving them and totally rocking them with the vest and perhaps this graphic tee or maybe a band shirt. Had to have the scarf and the beautiful turquoise rings and because I am so nice I grabbed this shirt for the hubs too- he is going to look so hot in it!

Yay for me! I'm so pumped. I can't even remember the last time I really went shopping, so this is quite the treat. And did I mention 40% off? Yeah, I scored some amazing deals. And I have to also share that one of my favorite etsy sellers is having a great sale right now- armelle. I told myself I could only pick one piece, and this is the one that I ordered...


I can already tell that it is going to be my almost-every-day-necklace.

I really love everything I got and quickly realized that I could seriously spend so much money on clothes, especially this darling little cardi for over the dress.... ugh, so I walked away. I have been very good lately reserving pretty much all of our money for beer & gas & concerts; and since I'm not willing to give up any of those anytime soon- I will learn to be content with today's purchases for a while.

Hurry up spring....

currently listening to :: going going gone by stars.

fluted white pants.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Go to your nearest book {mine would be Money by Martin Amis, in my bag at the moment}. Go to page 56 and write down a few lines. Here goes:

"I said some of this to Alec. He wasn't listening. Neither was I. An inner door opened and a long girl wearing a pair of fluted white pants tiptoed into the room. Now here's someone, I thought, who really understands about pants. The tone of her skin was almost laughably exotic. Where was she from? Borneo, Madagascar, Mercury?"

Your turn! I tag everyone who hasn't done this already. Kind of interesting! Definitely adding lots to my reading list.


The ever-amazing Leah awarded me this scrap metal award. Thanks darling.

The rules are as follows:
01. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.
02. Show the 7 winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with "Honest Scrap." Well, there's no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
03. List at least 10 honest things about yourself.

So here goes . . .

01. I swear entirely too much.
02. I always have a book with me. Always.
03. I drink an insane amount of coffee, tea & diet coke. Insane.
04. I have a terrible memory. It drives me crazy. You know those little surveys that ask random stuff like your 1st grade teacher's name or if you've ever jumped off of a cliff-- yeah, I can hardly ever remember any of that! It really actually pisses me off. It's a wonder how I ever graduated college?
05. I am overly passionate about music; to a fault. Hearing the right song at the right moment can have me bursting at the seams- it just has a tremendous effect on me.
06. I could eat Thai food for every meal for the rest of my life and not be sick of it. {So dead on Leah! I'm addicted.}
07. I like to write everything with Sharpie markers. I have to stop myself from walking into meetings at work- Sharpie in hand.
08. I love to get mail and get nervous if I can't check my mailbox right away after work.
09. Beer is always my drink of choice. Then red wine. Then tequila. Then vodka. :)
10. I fucking love rollercoasters. I'm the one in the front row with my hands in the air and a big goofy grin on my face- just soaking it in.

How's that for honest??

Now I call on these lovelies: Lindsey; Lori; Kristy; Kristal; Holly; Abby; & Joslyn.

i just love you so much.


I can't get enough...


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I also wanted to share this amazing cool site. Make your own Obamicons to show your support. We are all capable of change here. And it's fun! Hey, the G-man's down, you should be too.

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