Camera Workout: Week 52!! 52!!

2013-12-25 10.30.54New camera lens surprise Christmas present from Andrew...can't wait until it gets here!

Andrew's parents completely overwhelmed me with a print from Katie Rodgers, a fashion illustrator I gushed about on this very blog! 2013-12-25 13.27.49

Yay yay yay 2013-12-25 08.39.53 Wrapping paper...fascinating. 2013-12-25 10.01.11 I spy Smartwools... 2013-12-25 10.02.44 I've got a long way to go 2013-12-25 10.14.11 Dad made us a kitchen table for Christmas. So MAJOR! 2013-12-25 13.16.51 SALAD 2013-12-25 14.27.26 Andrew decides to play with some funky filters on the Pentax...EYEBALL! 2013-12-25 14.09.34 At-home dry cleaning for a bajillion stuffed animals from the dream 2013-12-27 15.58.29

We're a little worried about this guy...his back legs have been hurting him this week...afraid arthritis might be setting in... 2013-12-24 11.10.13

Well, I did it! I cannot believe I made it all 52 weeks. I'll be back tomorrow with my December wrap-up and a year wrap up! Busy time here on the 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 arm?!? What the heck...


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'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!





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 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'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...

Camera Workout: Week 47

2013-11-23 14.41.40finally found a place for some empty Asheville and New Albany growlers french toast working 2013-11-24 08.52.53 Can't wait to put our ornaments on 2013-11-24 09.51.56 Art time 2013-11-24 16.09.20 bouncy balls > tennis balls for myofascial release 2013-11-24 09.22.23 Holiday time in the studio 2013-11-25 17.40.02 Oh to be Reuben 2013-11-25 22.11.33 Short on photos this week, but given the holiday, next week's should be big. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!



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's so beautiful! 2013-11-10 14.37.41 Woohoo! Photos really don't capture 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!

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


Camera Workout: Week 42

2013-10-17 10.50.06This won't lastHow many shoe pictures can I take? 2013-10-18 15.29.07 So pretty 2013-10-18 15.31.05 Hot air balloon goes by the house! 2013-10-18 17.39.01 Ok, done with watching the balloon 2013-10-18 17.39.45 grocery run which resulted in stuffing our faces with cheddar bunnies and looking around at the rest of it like...dang 2013-10-20 13.48.50 I made those! After a few failed attempts, I'm happy about that...all thanks to the Pioneer Woman of course. 2013-10-20 16.02.44 Fierce kitty 2013-10-20 14.18.57 I love it when the landlords come and install a big piece of metal for me...more space for pretty things! 2013-10-20 16.28.02

See...I told ya. 2013-10-21 16.14.46

Camera Workout: Week 41

IMGP9507I apologize for the number of dogs photos in this post. Sometimes you just have to...I promise, I interact with humans...sometimes. IMGP9483 Tis the season 2013-10-11 17.21.46 Macaroons all the way from Thomas Keller's bakery at Bouchon. 2013-10-12 12.53.58 Pre-walk excitement...i.e...losing their minds IMGP9517 Because we had a baby and a baby sized armchair nearby... IMGP9557 Stop it. IMGP9554 Love this picture! IMGP9609

This is a funny looking dog 2013-10-13 12.13.06 So happy to have a resource for Lone Star...Texas Forever...Ah, I miss Friday Night Lights 2013-10-13 17.37.11 Is it just me or should this cat be bigger by now? 2013-10-12 15.10.47 That's jalapeno cheddar cornbread bubbling. 2013-10-14 15.38.08 Watching Giada while cooking...please try to ignore the horrible smudges on my iPad screen...gross 2013-10-14 15.44.41 Boot season baby! 2013-10-15 15.07.18

I'm still on fall break. Headed back to work on Monday. Have been doing nothing cooking and reading really. Took all last week off yoga due to a pulled muscle, it's crazy how much different a week makes...I feel stiff as a board in there!

Camera Workout: Week 40

20131005_182517 Enjoying caipirinhas in Asheville in matching pants and shoes

Another meal outside in spot this time, Farm Burger. Roasted butternut squash chutney and swiss chard on my burger. omg. 2013-10-06 17.44.48 We had beautiful weather all weekend...pretty different from the Louisville I hear... 2013-10-06 17.45.09I tried to eat this and drive...not a good idea 2013-10-07 09.32.36

Annoying photo of pumpkins...sorry, I know it's an issue, but I LOVE FALL. 2013-10-08 13.04.03

Oh and this is blowing up the internet this morning and I love it:


Camera Workout: Week 39

2013-09-26 16.31.47This spice drawer is in desperate need of organization. a sunny table at Havana Rumba 2013-09-28 18.05.16

Found this photo on my phone...Andrew tried to fix my car iPod adapter...needed a photo for internet research...too bad he couldn't fix before my trip this weekend... 2013-09-29 10.12.49

Reuben is not amused by Breaking Bad marathons 2013-09-29 11.43.45

Scottish beer + vegan peanut butter oreo crust pie is necessary for a Breaking Bad finale 2013-09-29 20.55.38

Needless to say my photos this week are lackluster at best...haven't used my SLR in weeks...I'm taking it with me to Asheville on Friday...hopefully will get some decent shots in.


Camera Workout: Week 38

2013-09-20 09.12.51Walking in AshevilleUNCA! 2013-09-20 09.36.52

Shoe heaven at Tops for Shoes 2013-09-20 11.01.17

Headed to the best used bookstore ever 2013-09-20 13.23.03

Sitting out on that terrace drinking wine looking at the mountains. I don't need anything else 2013-09-20 17.45.14

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Malaprop's! 2013-09-20 15.30.04

Realizing I go to all the same places every visit...yay for getting to see Tate! 2013-09-21 13.09.02

and all that fun results in a desperate grocery run upon return. Enormous props to Andrew for cleaning the entire house spic-n-span while I was gone! 2013-09-24 15.00.44

Camera Workout: Week 37

2013-09-11 15.17.09Had to break out the long yoga pants to hide my chigger bites...ugh So jealous of Bagel's hip flexibility 2013-09-11 15.18.16

Failed attempt at a night photo of Bageldog 2013-09-11 21.02.16

This candle makes your house smell like fall exploded...and I love it 2013-09-13 17.39.58 These shoes are probably responsible for why the kids at school think I'm one of them... 2013-09-13 17.51.39

Oh and probably these red ones too. 2013-09-13 17.52.24

Biggie 2013-09-13 17.52.32New cork blocks in the legit 2013-09-14 09.15.58

I ate a decent amount of baked goods this week 2013-09-14 17.09.58

And a lot of trail mix 2013-09-14 17.10.14

Cool enough to wear boots out to dinner Saturday night! 2013-09-14 17.28.25

Cuties 2013-09-14 17.48.58

Andrew ordered these and set them up while he was off work...!??!!? That's true love. 2013-09-17 15.28.10

Streeeeeeeetch IMG_3924 Decided to end this week with getting poison ivy all over my face and neck!??!?! Only me....dang dogs... 2013-09-18 18.05.29Headed off to Asheville for a long weekend full of weddings, dinner out, and shopping! Weeeeeeee!


Camera Workout: Week 36

2013-09-05 16.12.01Trying to break in and flatten 8 Manduka PROs...not easy

The glory of a happy meal toy

2013-09-07 11.48.42 Night out at Basa to celebrate Andrew's new job (yay!). I had a lobster + crab bisque with citrus greek yogurt sauce that was maybe one of the best things I've ever eaten 2013-09-07 18.53.30 Giving kitty girl some love after a motorcycle ride 2013-09-08 15.47.16 Weekend 2013-09-08 15.49.31

Two days in the hospital, hooked up to IV fluids will make you feel sad: 2013-09-10 15.33.59

I know I blogged about her first cookbook way back when, but I hate to say it, I love this one too! Only one thing: she likes to "recommend" you buy the most expensive, fair-trade, organic, free range, blah blah blabbity blah version of every ingredient. I have used what I have and the recipes seem fine. Also, I've been cracking up at some of the rare "candid" photos of her and her children throughout the book. 2013-09-11 15.08.23 Zooming out a bit here. When will I use my kitchen table for anything other than a dumping ground for library books, purses, bags, mail, etc? 2013-09-11 15.09.06

Camera Workout: Week 35

2013-09-01 11.11.52 Kitty is still living large

Life of an elementary school librarian: getting super excited about new Captain Underpants, Big Nate, & Geronimo Stilton on clearance at Wal-Mart while you're buying toilet paper. 2013-09-01 13.24.06Sudden downpour2013-09-02 14.40.16 Used Labor Day to do that annoying, color-coordinated bookshelf thing 2013-09-02 12.13.08 Only B&W 2013-09-02 12.30.40 One of those times you get home from the grocery, look in the fridge and think: what the heck did I buy?!? 2013-09-02 16.48.08 This boy 2013-09-03 20.46.38

It's still in the high 80s/90s here!! BOO...BRING ON FALL!

Camera Workout: Week 34

2013-08-23 15.17.05Not so sure... Yoga yoga yoga yoga 2013-08-21 17.26.00

a new moped/bicycle that hopefully will be mine need of much work 2013-08-17 16.13.17

The baby's back in town 2013-08-24 12.58.06 I got to sit in the back of the Buick on our way to luxurious. Best car ever 2013-08-24 19.51.26

Spinach and gruyere gratin 2013-08-25 16.14.31

OMG how amazing is my co-worker and friend who brings me Cake Flour in the morning?!?!? SO AMAZING! Oh and fourth grade is all about The Iron Giant...thanks to Mom for lending it to me! 2013-08-27 10.01.54

Camera Workout: Week 33

2013-08-17 15.32.54 Back to my homemade skinnygirl margs...feels good.

Dapper...and in a food coma after a dinner date at Mussel + Burger Bar 2013-08-16 18.44.35

This is what a box of luxury looks like 2013-08-18 09.23.38

A new member of the extended family...a Honda Shadow 2013-08-17 16.11.54

Creek walk 2013-08-17 16.40.21

Nothing makes you feel like a bigger goober than ordering a 32 oz bottle of this crap off Amazon 2013-08-18 15.18.27

My favorite way to start anything 2013-08-18 15.34.26

So this is a true story of what happens when I want to watch Bravo's Eat, Drink, Love, but have to clean my kitchen. Two birds! Is anyone else watching this!?!? OMG. SO BAD...But pretty good... 2013-08-19 16.45.56 Winding down towards Friday...I'm always. Ha!