Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I've lived in TN for the past four years. Each year I have had high hopes of going out and capturing the beauty of Spring, but unfortunately I've always missed it. It's unlike anything I've experienced. Springtime is the most beautiful and amazing thing. Perhaps I'm enjoying it so much more this year because I'm not in school and I'm not so busy that I don't notice it. I also commute 30 minutes to and from work each day, so it's been fun to see which new plant or tree has bloomed each day. Before we know it the land will be covered with green from head to toe. Right now it sort of looks like all the trees are covered in snowballs.

Today in particular was joyous. I gathered a group from work to go play frisbee during lunch in the park and the weather was the warmest day we've had yet. It was in the low 80s with a warm breeze. Delightful!

On my way home I noticed the purple trees blooming, so I decided I'd go for a bike ride and venture out a couple miles and spend some time with my camera. Here's the result. The sky was so so blue today. I may even print out one or two so when Winter returns I have visual evidence of Spring.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Can you find my bike in the picture above?

[photos by Monika]

sunny days and life recap

I'm learning that warmer weather has changed all sorts of things me. For one, I have a hard time being inside when it's warm. Thankfully I now have a pretty window at work so I can gaze out at the sunshine or open the window to let some fresh air in. So here's the average day for me.

6 am: Alarm goes off, but I hit snooze because it's too dark (dang daylight savings time) to get up and exercise.
7 am: Hit snooze again, because my sleep was interrupted at 6, and I know that if I hurry, I'll still make it to work on time if I sleep for 15 minutes longer.
7:15 am: Roll out of bed and I become angry at myself for not waking up at 6 to exercise, and then again not at 7 because now I have to hurry. Ugh.
8:30 am: Arrive at work.
12:30 pm: Lunch time. I usually go sit outside in the park with friends.
5:15 pm: Decide not to go belly dancing because it's so beautiful outside. Convince myself that I can make it up by going to class another day.
5:30 pm: Head for home, roll down windows, and play music loudly as I rock out (via belly dance moves) to hip hop or country music in my car until I get home.
6:15 pm: Arrive at home.
6:16 pm: Jonathan and I go play outside until the sun goes down. Bikes, gardening (more on that soon!), rollerblading, walking, reading, etc.
7:45 pm: Sun sets and we head inside to make dinner.
8:45 pm: Finally eat. By this time we are usually starving, so we eat too fast and then collapse because we're so full. I realize this isn't the best idea, but at this point, I'm craving every ounce of sun possible and I don't even care. The winter was really rough guys. I'm SO glad it's warm again.
10 pm: We head for bed and end up talking and planning our adventures until about midnight. (We've recently realized that we have tend to have our best chats way after bed time on work nights. Silly us.)

So here's the problem with my chosen schedule. I'm not sure when to exercise because my body wants to sleep when its dark, and it wants to be outside when the weather is sunny and beautiful. I guess I'll have to save my exercise for rainy days. Haha.

However, even if the daily exercise hasn't really been working out, we've picked up another activity. Mountain biking! We've been mountain biking every weekend for the past month. Thankfully my friend Shannon, who's teaching English in Taiwan right now, has lent me her sweet bike. Who knew I'd enjoy such a thrilling sport? It tends to freak me out, but somehow I love it. Makes me feel alive. :)

Anyway, we've also been making some amazing food. We've been cooking every night and it's been delicious. (I'm telling you Spring is fantastic). Recently we made calzones from scratch. Ooooh yum. Here are some photos:

I highly encourage making calzones from scratch. We put spinach, feta, garlic, onions, and mushrooms in ours. The crust was from a bread recipe I'll attach in another post next time Jonathan makes some. It's a piece of cake and he has become the master bread maker. It's pretty fantastic. 

Anyway, happy Spring everyone! Go out and play in the sun a little!

Friday, March 26, 2010

spring wish list

1. Chambray Cara dress | J Crew | Beach Cover-up

2. Pomegranate Poinsettia | Etsy | Necklace

3. Sierra Duffel Bag | Etsy | Purse

4. Dipper Pant | Athleta | Travel Pants
They're water & wrinkle resistant, plus they're 50+ SPF. With 4.5 star reviews, they sound like the perfect travel pant to me!

5. Any flower accessory from Emerson Made. Literally, anything.
And PS, the model from Emerson, I'd like all of her clothes. :)

6. Lady Antebellum | Need You Now
American Honey is a beautiful song. Click on the link to listen to the entire CD for free.

7. The Travel Book | by Lonely Planet | Coffee Table Book
So I can dream of world travels.

8. Prima Classic | TOMS

Happy Spring! And Friday.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Scofields | Family

LOVE these guys. Spent many summers living with them and they are very close to my heart.
I've been organizing my photos and found these that I forgot to put on my blog. Enjoy!

They are THE jumping family. personal favorite.

Can't wait until the next time! Love you guys!

[photos by Monika]

Thursday, March 18, 2010

caludron tofu

I ♥ Tofu. I really do.

Today I was looking around at beautifully designed packages and I come across this. BAM. Tofu and intentional design. Cauldron also makes a variety of other things like falafel mixes, mushroom burgers, sausages and more.

Of course it's a UK product, however they have tons of recipes on their website and lots of tips and tricks to cooking tofu. Check it out here. And now I'm really hungry.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

watch this. trust me.

It's beautiful. Enjoy!

Monday, March 15, 2010

all things paper

Sorry I've been out of touch! I started a new job and I've been very busy creating beautiful magazines. Here's some lovely inspiration over at upon a fold.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jude at 2 weeks old | Baby

And boy is he a cutie!

I agree with BR

Coral is just perfect. Click on the photo to view the complete coral collection.

[image via my e-mail inbox]