2013

photo 3 (1)2013 was pretty great. The studio kept growing, Andrew found a great job (despite a longer commute...thank god for Audible),  I made multiple trips to Asheville, completed all five of my resolutions, and I actually completed a weekly photo wrap up. Click here for snapshots of all 52 weeks of this year. Yeah I used my phone camera for most of the photos, but at least I did it! Other big highlights of the year: my brother had a baby! And he's about the sweetest thing ever!

We bought 8 acres of woods!

I can actually work on headstand now!

As I continue to keep this blog, I realize more and more it's for me as much as anyone else reading. And the more I realize that, the more readers I seem to acquire! I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to keep it going, but right now, I still love sharing bits and pieces of my life and some of my favorite stuff.

My year in months can be seen through Instagram photos:

January February March April May June July August September October November December

2013 was a great year for new music...I always love looking back through my seasonal, dumping ground playlists:

Winter 2013:

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Spring 2013:

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Summer 2013:

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Fall 2013:

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With 2013 officially closed, it's time to get excited for all the excellent things ahead in 2014!

Possible vacations, a double dose of Christina Sell workshops, another new niece/nephew (Andrew's side this time), Winter Olympics, and I'm sure much more that I don't even expect.

Thank you so much for reading this blog!

Camera Workout: Week 51 and Happy Christmas!

IMGP9791 Andrew decided to have a photo session with our new favorite ornament...I kinda love it.

Mom's face...my face...my arm?!? What the heck...

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That drool is real 2013-12-22 15.38.57 Was cleaning out old photos and found this...real, live documentation of what my bedroom looked like in high school...oh boy 2013-12-15 15.45.49

Bracelet bowl gets a freshening up too 2013-12-22 12.29.00 Andrew caught me headstanding...working on not using the wall...it's getting there!

IMGP9774 Dog mania again.

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One of our favorite Christmas decorations...a Purdue Santa...ha! IMGP9824 Finally, how could I not include a photo with baby Graham!? unnamed

Only one week left--lots more holiday snaps to come next week. Happy Christmas all! I need to jump off here now so I can walk across the street to the parents for PRESENT OPENING!

 

 

 

 

My 10 Songs of 2013

18262dd4e2101ec936b0387ff495755c2013 was another great year for music. There is so much I loved this year. I've narrowed it down to ten songs that I couldn't get enough of in 2013. I have played these over and over and over and still want to hear them again.

1. "Go Slow" Haim [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=a8IMFYaTKrQ]

2. "Follow Your Arrow" Kacey Musgraves [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hjHt5BJWBhA]

3. "Doin' It Right" Daft Punk [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gJhpOXnRILw]

4. "The Highway" Holly Williams [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48SgFyZl42g]

5. "Open" Rhye [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VvaC-8FbtYg]

6. "Royals" Lorde [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WEM9akum9xE]

7. "When You Get to Asheville" Steve Martin & Edie Brickell [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4RzhTN9zW3w]

8. "I Wanna Go" Yuna http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Q7DRA0_ATUI

9. "Retrograde" James Blake [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4QSbuF0RF6k]

I've put all these into a spotify playlist...click here and enjoy.

Illustration at the top: Alessandro Gottardo

My internets...Google's 2013 and a favorite blog

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv-sY_z8MNs&w=640&h=390] I always enjoy Google's Zeitgeist video at the end of the year. This year is no exception.

Also, one of my favorite blogs, Be Up and Doing, from twitter gal pal Allie Lehman, had a brilliant idea for a post this week. She went back through her search history and the last 21 things she's googled...brave and so funny. Read the list here...my favorite is #9!

I love Allie's blog. She's relatively close in Columbus, Ohio and it's so fun to read a great blog that is based in the Midwest! She is also in her late twenties, married without kids, and has a dog..., so I can relate. Beautiful photos and creative posts. Love it.

 

39 books in 2013...maybe

                                        

           

I did it! I completed my initial goal of 30 books in 2013. While I did not get at least six read in the Jane Duncan series, I feel ecstatic I was able to exceed for goal by nine books....almost...

I am currently working on these three:   

I am determined to finish by December 31st...I know I can! I'm almost there on The Goldfinch...really enjoying that one! My Friend Annie should go quick quick, it's the massive tome that is Matterhorn that will take me a bit. Wish me luck!

Speaking of books, I have book club this afternoon where we will have our annual Christmas burning. I plan to burn one of my student loan bills...because that stuff is gone! I'm even more excited for tonight...Andrew and I are celebrating our anniversary with dinner at Milkwood...mmmmmm

Camera Workout: Week 49

2013-12-01 14.46.13Yep, still haven't cleaned that spice drawer.

This goat milk caramel from Looking Glass Creamery in Asheville is serious...and traditional. 2013-12-01 15.07.51 GLOGG! Made my first batch way too strong on the spice end...need to dial it back a bit 2013-12-01 15.08.20 Attempt at a bundled up photo. 2013-12-06 15.28.49 Cold...cold, cold, cold, cold 2013-12-06 15.39.26 Garage death trap 2013-12-07 13.27.38 A little crazy 2013-12-07 13.27.54 This guy is not a fan of the snow 2013-12-07 13.34.10 Andrew takes up the caramel making torch...in the guild now 2013-12-08 14.40.05 Big thanks to Mom for deep cleaning our sink during caramel making...Josh Groban carols facilitated this 2013-12-08 14.38.51 This book is massive and just as good as everyone says 2013-12-09 08.29.21

Camera Workout: Week 48

2013-11-24 09.23.23a little yoga inspiration in the mudroom cranberries are so pretty! 2013-11-27 15.33.39 Lis brought me this calendar and I think I died and went to heaven 2013-11-28 09.00.01 Kerrygold butter showing itself 2013-11-28 11.18.41 Again, Kerrygold on display 2013-11-28 11.18.10 That's Thanksgiving 2013-11-28 13.26.24 Made a dent in this while trimming the tree 2013-11-28 12.15.17 Love the bathroom at Frankfort Avenue Carmichael's 2013-11-29 10.22.56

Just Creations - Louisville 2013-11-29 10.45.22 That's a crazy wall at Butchertown Market 2013-11-29 11.49.29

Just wear your husband's Under Armour and trim a tree...you'll feel better about life 2013-11-29 15.37.44

My collection of Hallmark house ornaments...have them all and would kill for them...posting on them soon 2013-11-29 18.32.45 Whoa lots of photos...Hope your holiday was great....and that you're listening to One Direction right this second, which I might have chair-danced to while posting this...

thanksgiving

2013-11-28 11.18.41 Well I'm so exhausted I can barely type this...we had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family today. My parents hosted across the street...couldn't get any better. Food was phenomenal, tables were beautiful with my great grandmother's china on one, my grandmother's on the other.

Andrew's passed out with the dogs on the couch, I'm staring blankly watching Harry Potter movies (with commercials!?!) on ABC Family...I think this is a sign that I need to go to bed. Family still in town for a couple days and we have another Tgives to attend on Saturday! All I know is that I'm headed downstairs to do some seriously needed yin yoga and then it's sleepy time.

Feeling grateful for pretty everything right now...life is really good, I can't complain. Many thanks to you for reading.

Camera Workout: Week 46

2013-11-16 15.31.49Went for an afternoon stroll out on the land Still have a hard time believing it's ours 2013-11-16 15.30.01 Whoa...I was sick, sick, sick for a few days...While You Were Sleeping is the best movie ever btw 2013-11-17 11.32.12 Making paper cranes and drinking hot chocolate....with bourbon in it...yep 2013-11-17 14.56.46 My most favorite boots ripped this week...they were my grandmothers..10+ years old...I haven't had the heart to toss them yet... 2013-11-18 16.13.49 Remember that time my Dad made my Mom a massive Tetris board for Christmas? Genius. 2013-11-19 08.47.48 New birthday leggings from Mom! 2013-11-20 14.44.07

Yeah and that's all I got for this week...phew, it was a long one. Feeling pretty good tonight...thinking I've pretty much kicked it

Camera Workout: Week 45

2013-11-10 09.55.24Breakfast burritos on Sunday. So good. 2013-11-10 09.59.40 Oh to be this relaxed... 2013-11-10 11.39.45 Lasagna prep...I spent all day Sunday in the kitchen making meals for the week...lasagna, soups, enchildadas, etc. Makes a huge mess & takes awhile, but come Thursday, you're grateful! 2013-11-10 13.23.21 Scaffolding means you mean business...and I totally just had to Google how to spell scaffolding. 2013-11-10 14.04.20 Trying to sneak in a picture of the new light! Dad and Andrew made this in about two weeks...cannot believe it...it's so beautiful! 2013-11-10 14.37.41 Woohoo! Photos really don't capture it...so great when it's dark outside 2013-11-10 14.54.06 Finally, had to include a photo of....OUR LAND!?!? We closed on the land on Tuesday, so it's official! Excited to start thinking about house/studio plans...yeeeeeee IMGP9182

Camera Workout: Week 44

2013-10-30 14.35.12ring bling in traffic zero trick or treaters meant we ate this...all except for the whoppers and jolly ranchers of course 2013-10-30 14.54.40 Bageldog shoulder 2013-10-30 15.10.07 If you're in a store, see this, get incredibly disgusted, and then curious to see what it smells like, DON'T do it. I'm still recovering. Gross.2013-11-02 11.26.01 This Japanese maple looks amazing out the studio windows...perfect focal point for classes 2013-11-02 14.11.04

Leavenworth, Indiana 2013-11-02 11.35.25 It's kitty girl! Oh, and Hammy 20131102_162419_1 Gift cards for classes now available at the studio 2013-11-03 13.34.12 the start of some Pioneer Woman baked fudge...I use Earth Balance instead of butter, can't tell a difference at all--100% decadent chocolate dessert with almost no effort at all. 2013-11-03 14.49.08 And it's even better when you have pretty new ramekins 2013-11-03 14.49.47 There was a lot of this last weekend 2013-11-03 16.55.20 Lots of family portraits at the park...pretty sure we might have walked through the background of at least one 2013-11-03 16.59.19 BASIL 2013-11-03 17.24.53 I'm in the middle of book fair and yoga has been exploding (in a good way). Things are going quick!

October 2013

2013-10-30_1383160084 Things I learned in October:

1. 16 year olds are capable making great music. 2. zero Gravity would suuuuuck 3. Thomas Keller makes some sweet treats 4. 12 hours of Iyengar workshop + six hour drive home = pulled lower back muscles. 5. A cast iron skillet is a great purchase 6. Jen Kirkman...she's a breath of fresh fo sho. 7. We paid off grad school this month...like, as in we no longer have any graduate school loans to pay. AHHHHHHHHHHHH 8. And two days later, our offer on 8 acres of woods was accepted and paperwork has been signed, turned into the bank! After six months of tedious considering, it's done! Let's get to pinning the house ideas shall we?!?! 9. I didn't just learn this in October, but I realized it even more: I LOVE teaching yoga. 10.nail polish does not need to be in my house...went on a purge--tossed it all.

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Well, I guess it's all holidays from here...hence the gin

 

Camera Workout: Week 43

2013-10-26 16.04.16 Another botched attempt at photos for my blog 2013-10-26 16.04.29 Impromptu photo session at the park...this is what happens when you throw your phone at your husband and say "take a picture of me for my about page!"....NO 2013-10-26 16.04.03

I found out that my dream man lives inside Land's End mens catalog...who knew?!? 2013-10-26 13.42.55

Already prepping for one of my 2014 resolutions...organized my yoga clothes into three bins: tops, bottoms, and sports bras 2013-10-20 17.15.47 Harrison County Halloween parade...lackluster at best 2013-10-26 18.10.21 Firepit 2013-10-26 18.36.14

Finally got around to watching Before Midnight. Depressing as all get out...liked the best out of three in some ways and in others it's my least favorite?!? Weird 2013-10-28 16.19.41In love with Mom's latest IKEA find 2013-10-26 14.21.45

Had to include this iPhone snap of from my brother...given the angle, my head looks ENORMOUS! Ha--love it...also, love my Kyle doggie photo

 

a good feeling

2013-10-16_1381958994Yesterday, we made the final payment on our graduate school loans. Ahhhhhhhhh....that's me breathing a sigh of relief. We didn't have an insurmountable amount, but it was something for sure. Both Andrew and I absolutely hate having any debt, so it was tough to borrow the money in the first place. While it has been a great thing professionally for Andrew, I have yet to reap any financial benefits from my master's in modern & contemporary literature...who knew?!?! Haha, just kidding.

However, when we initially took out out loans, I knew it was just as much for the experience of living in Edinburgh, Scotland than for the education. It was a wonderful year for us. I value my education very much, but if we hadn't lived there, who knows if I would have found yoga. It was in Edinburgh that I started practicing seriously and discovered ashtanga. Big, big thank you to Bristo Yoga Studio, now Meadowlark Yoga for giving me a fantastic start in the practice.

Andrew and I made a promise to one another...that we would do everything in our power to have it paid off before we turned thirty. Well, I turn 29 next month--finished a whole year early! Woohoo! We've made many conscious decisions, big and small, that made it possible: no car payments, no cell phone contracts (plug for Virgin Mobile...prepaid smartphones rock my world), renting a small house instead of buying, shopping consignment and IKEA for clothes, furniture, etc, and going vegetarian at home has made a bit of a difference too. Things are good and I'm proud of us.

Also, I want to share this wonderful time-lapse tour of Louisville from Eric Stemen of videobred.  [vimeo http://vimeo.com/76161556]

This video makes me so glad to live back in Kentuckiana during this exciting time for Louisville. Each year we've been back, it gets more and more vibrant.

 

 

Camera Workout: Week 32

2013-08-11 12.26.38These cherry pies look fake...Mom's done it again2013-08-11 12.26.46

This is my "I'm outside with no bug spray" face 2013-08-11 14.37.45

How many will it take to get that rock into that van? 2013-08-11 14.45.42

Couldn't be cuter 2013-08-11 15.12.57My view most of the day 2013-08-13 08.39.51

Marilyn came to school and redid my Truffala trees! 2013-08-13 11.43.48

That's all. Ugh. A day late, but I still got it in. Anyone else feel like a chicken with their head cut off lately?!?! Too much I want to do, too little time.

 

Camera Workout: Week 25

IMGP9215Our upstairs is just one massive back scratcher in Bagel's eyes Cable was fun for a little while, but we aren't using it for anything but Jeopardy and The Daily Show. Apple TV it is! IMGP9230

Summer in a bowlIMGP9225

Mom dropped off a box of random relics from my childhood...rightfully so she's starting to make me store all this stuff. I wore this audiobook OUT as a kid. Love...wish I had a way to play this...oops IMGP9245The dollhouse furniture suits Poe perfectly IMGP9238This adorable little girl was found crying and wet on my parents' front porch yesterday! She was starving! Andrew vetoed it for us, but Steve & Leah have stepped up...she's a new garden kitty! 2013-06-25 13.03.23

Photos are crappy and unedited this week. I do what I can!

Until next time.

right on track...

Well, it's June. That means we're pretty much halfway through 2013...(WHA!?!?!?!?!?!)

Checking in with these resolutions.

Three out of five are done and done. Yay! I'm on track to finish my reading goal of at least 30 books--I've read the books pictured above...some great, some truly awful. And I am trying...again, emphasis on trying, to conquer my fear of inversions in yoga. Little by little, it's coming along...

My favorite music of 2013...so far

This post is inspired by my anticipation of All Songs Considered's Best of, So Far show. This episode always pops up in June and I love it. These albums are my favorite of the year so far. Wanna listen to them? Here's the playlist on SpotifyOh and if you don't have Spotify yet...Get it now. I still argue that along with Wikipedia and Twitter, it's one of the most amazing things on the internet. 

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1. Daft Punk ///Random Access Memories 2. She &  Him///Volume 3 3. Kacey Musgraves///Same Trailer, Different Park 4. The Band Perry///Pioneer 5. James Blake///Overgrown 6.Phoenix///Entertainment 7. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell///Love Has Come for You 8. Laura Mvula///Sing to the Moon 9. Ingrid Michaelson///Human Again

Camera Workout: Week 13

Photo Apr 01, 8 54 28 PMFinally got our upstairs finished with a new tv! Also rearranged furniture so that we now have computer-office area at the other end. It's very cozy...and Bagel loves it...Photo Apr 01, 8 54 57 PMJewelry getting cleaned. Photo Apr 01, 8 55 50 PMwhite wine in sunlight...got these glasses as a wedding present...still love them! Photo Apr 01, 8 56 56 PM (1)Checked this out from the library...Andrew wants to start listening to audiobooks on his commute...not exactly sure this is what he has in mind... Photo Apr 01, 9 00 29 PMI made multiple batches of these vegan peanut butter cups over spring break. Delicious and ridiculously easy.  Photo Apr 01, 9 02 35 PM

Waiting for Andrew to get home.  Photo Apr 01, 9 03 23 PM

Found this sticker while reorganizing this week...I love it!Photo Apr 01, 9 04 05 PMAsian for dinner always = a sticky soy/sweet dipping sauce Photo Apr 01, 9 05 41 PMAlso finally got our spare room turned into a little reading room...this chair is a hand-me-down from Andrew's parents...I have always loved it and about died when they wanted to get rid of it...it's comically large. Photo Apr 01, 9 06 30 PMcute attack.  Photo Apr 01, 9 08 00 PMEaster present from my mama...I devoured these in record time. Love Schimpff's! Photo Apr 01, 9 01 30 PMFinally about to finish this one...really loving it! Photo Apr 01, 9 08 34 PM