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I’m so happy to report on our one year houseiversary we have redoubled our efforts at making our house look more and more like a home.  We recently received a beautiful table and chair set from our friends and we bought a rug for the dining room.  I have table linens and I’m shopping for napkin rings (my grandmother will be thrilled, absolutely thrilled).  I feel downright domestic.

I can’t wait to host a brunch or a dinner party!

In other home news, my sister is buying a house in my neighborhood!  More people in my family owning real estate in Dayton – I’m very excited about this and I can’t wait until she is all moved in and settled.  I remember signing the ream of paper to buy our little piece of Dayton and although it was sort of daunting at the time, we’re making this big house into a home little by little.  I can’t wait to have another autumn here!  And as my husband says, “One year down, 29 more to go!”

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Facing several unexpected expenses in a few months might be terrible to just about everyone, I imagine, however it was especially devastating to my husband and me because this is the first (and hopefully not last) Downtown Revival Festival – featuring our favorite band, Guided by Voices.  We couldn’t afford to go and see our favorite band on their home turf.  Ugh.  What made matters worse was that everyone assumed we were going so we got a lot of messages like “Where are you guys?” or “Come find us at the ___ tent!”  What made matters UNBEARABLE was that we could hear GBV playing off in the distance because we live downtownish.  Sigh.  It was not easy.

But rather than hang our heads, we rallied and cooked a yummy dinner with the windows open and Spotify blasting out all of our favorites from the 80s and 90s.  Dancing and singing in the kitchen to “Don’t Stop Believing” really drowns out the drums in the distance.  I made orzo and roasted vegetables from the Hope Springs Institute cookbook (you seriously need to buy this book) and drank my favorite wine of all time, Adesso Cagnina di Romagna.

We’re still bummed we missed it, but we had a blast that night either way.  It reminds me of the quote on George Takei’s facebook wall:  “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”  Our home really is lovely and we love spending time here.  With that being said, will someone please tell me how much GBV rocked the festival?

And I didn’t even do anything :)  Thank goodness for perennials.

I miss my dad on Father’s Day because I know we’d be at my parents’ house watching the Masters while my dad grills in the backyard and complains about missing the Masters to cook for us on Father’s Day.  It was a tradition that happened every year.  And every year he would say that next year we were going to grill so he could watch the whole tournament (but he secretly wouldn’t have it any other way).  Anyway, I guess I’m thinking about gardening because it was one of my father’s favorite things to do and I know he would have guilted me into doing more work in my yard by now.  So on this Father’s Day, give your dad an extra hug for always guilting you into doing what you know you need to do :)  Happy Father’s Day!

This year, my husband and I will be celebrating a new kind of anniversary.  One year ago today, we had the great misfortune/fortune of hosting several hundred gallons of water in our apartment.  It ruined our furniture and made life pretty difficult for a while, but out of that loss came something much greater – the opportunity to start over.  (Not to mention the ability to get rid of the last of Rob’s bachelor furniture – sorry honey!)

Here are some pictures of life in our peaceful little home:

I have been super jealous/excited having the opportunity to spy my neighbor’s garden over my fence.  They are currently trying to sell the house, and I can’t imagine that it could be on the market long with flowers like these growing in the back yard.  If anyone you know is looking for a house in the Linden Heights area of Dayton, let me know!

Over the weekend, I found an amazing pair of chairs on Craigslist.  I absolutely loved them at first sight and knew that I couldn’t rest until I had them in my house.  I called the woman who listed them and scheduled a time with her so that I could pick them up Tuesday evening.  Not only did I get two amazing chairs out of the deal, I got a chance to visit another world for a while – Brandt, Ohio is the quaintest little town, like the set from some coming-of-age movie.  I should have taken pictures but it didn’t occur to me until after we had driven out of the small town.

Here are the beautiful chairs in what will probably be their permanent home in the living room, although I have more thinking to do on the subject…

Although nothing quite beats a day at the spa, creating your own version at home is a lot cheaper and more convenient.  Here’s what I use to relax and get back to beautiful after a grueling week.

  1. Aveda Rosemary Mint Body Lotion – smells like a spa, so it sets the mood
  2. Somme Institute Warming Face Mask – it smells like pumpkin pie ice cream…mmm…
  3. Somme Institute Transport – glycolic acid pads
  4. Somme Institute Serum – Vitamin C at its best
  5. Somme Institute A-Bomb – smells like marshmallows, moisturizes like whoa
  6. Nars Mud Mask – well, you know how I feel about this miracle stuff
  7. Crest Whitestrips – it’s how coffee/tea/cranberry enthusiasts look approachable

Finish it off with a little more eye cream than you use daily, and you’re good to go…read a book and drink some peppermint tea.

My grandmother only drinks out of short glasses and I have no idea why (just add it on the pile of her many other endearing – albeit baffling – qualities).  However, as she is a favorite guest at my house, I want to try to have some glassware she would approve of and in my search, I found these recycled glass tumblers made from old bottles (cleaned, of course).  Don’t tell her that they’re $12 each, she’s a frugal lady.

Having moved from a series of small apartments and long suffering a terrible inability to ever make decisions, I do not have a lot in the way of wall art.  I wish I could just think about it one day, get a vision of what I want, and execute that decision, but it’s never that simple and I never seem to have the time.  Luckily for me, I follow Creature Comforts blog and waiting for me in my Google Reader this morning was an entry about an inexpensive project I can actually do even without any crafting skills whatsoever.  Basically, hammer some nails into the wall at even intervals, hang metal hangers on them, and then put a magazine on each of them.  Simple, practical, cheap as all get out, and really very chic (if you read cool magazines).  Click here for the original creator of this ingenious idea‘s blog – however, it’s in German.

I can’t wait to try this and I’ll post pictures when I do.

I don’t know how late I am to this party but today I discovered this very cool blog called The Burning House – a blog designed to make us think about what we would take with us if our houses caught fire.  It’s supposed to help us reflect on what’s really important in life.  It got me thinking about what I would take with me…

1.  Julia! – Because why get out of the fire if you won’t have a Julia! at the end of it?

2.  Make up bag – I hate to expose the extent of my addiction but there might be a thousand dollars’ worth of stuff in there.

3.  Purse – It holds so much of my life that even when I lost everything in the flood, because I had my purse, I could just move on without even missing work.  In fact, most people at work don’t even know I had a total-loss flood.

4.  Planner – My planner also holds my life, just a more concentrated version.

5.  *iPhone – Because I’ve grown very attached to this little rectangle of joy.

6.  *Husband – Because I’ve grown very attached to this PBR swilling, rock knowledge robot of joy.

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