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Remember those pressed flower bookmarks they forced us to make in elementary school?  And how no matter what flower you used, be it purple, pink, or orange, always turned out to be the same shade of brown and tan?  And the icky mold ::shiver::

That’s why I love the beautiful botanical resin jewelry by Spotted Dog Farm on Etsy.  These beautiful pieces capture the natural opalescence of flowers and leaves that simple pressing in a book can’t achieve.  Thanks to my sister for sending this my way, now I have a whole wish list full of jewelry.

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Because we didn’t win the Vandalia Photo Contest.  Or even get an honorable mention.  Sigh.  But it was a lot of fun and our pictures turned out pretty great (except some Photoshop stuff I don’t really understand happened to Beth’s photo).  I still love Beth’s photo, so I guess not knowing anything about Photoshop has its advantages.

Anyways, my husband took me to the reception for the opening of the gallery and I had a chance to see my first artistic foray hanging in a gallery.  It was pretty neat.  I was inspired to take a photo of Jim’s Donuts because it is closest to my heart in terms of Vandalia memories for me.

If you would like to see our photos in the gallery and live near the Vandalia area, visit the Vandalia Municipal Building at 333 J.E. Bohanan Drive, Vandalia, OH  45377 during their normal business hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

I can’t wait to turn in our submissions for the Dayton photo contest.

On the last day of our staycation, my husband and I tried to make the best of a sad situation – having to go to work the next day – by spending time together and having fun.

We went on a walk in our neighborhood to Highland Park.  Everything looks so sad and burned up without the rain but with Julia, everything looks a little happier.

Later we spent some time relaxing and drinking almond-milk-sugar-free iced lattes at Ghostlight Coffee on their pretty patio.  It had just (finally) rained so it was actually cool enough to sit outside.

And now it’s back to reality…

On a recent trip to Eastwood Metropark, we spotted this blue heron.  We even got to see it fly but we couldn’t get a picture of that fast enough.

This walk was a little different because we walked all around the creek and I didn’t realize there is a beautiful waterfall right before it empties into the river.  Also, not to ruin the effect here but creeks smell absolutely terrible.

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I am mesmerized by the beautiful necklaces over on While Odin Sleeps.  They all have elements of nature in them, and all a bit surreal.  Prices range between $30-$65.

Friends, I would love to report that I have so far achieved great and promising success at my challenge to lose 25 pounds by Heedfest (an annual festival held in July) but, alas, I have not really lost any weight at all.  It’s not all doom and gloom, however.  In the process of trying to lose weight, I’ve managed to get about 100% more in shape than I was when I started this whole endeavor.  I’m calling that a midterm win for the time being because it’s such a promising lifestyle change.

There are a lot of benefits to being more in shape.  For instance, you can take a flight or two of stairs at a jaunty pace and have enough breath left over to giggle at the people huffing and puffing around you.  Another boon is that I shaved some time off my 5K walk/run.  My muscles are more toned, I’m getting back into yoga, and I’m looking forward to going to the gym – even on a bad day – which is a HUGE difference from wanting to bury all of my emotions under a pile of ice cream. (Although, if you’re buying, Homemade Peanut Butter n’ Chip, please!)

My current favorite piece of equipment (because it kicks my butt) is the elliptical stepper thing.  I’ve included a picture because I’m finding out not a lot of people know what I’m talking about.  It must not be a common machine.

We balance our exercise time really well by utilizing the “anytime” in Anytime Fitness and spending nice, sunshiney days off outside walking on the trails with Julia!  You can read about our adventures in nature here.

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!

Today marks our 4th wedding anniversary!  To get in the spirit to celebrate, I thought I would look through some of my wedding photos.  (Of course, they are all housed safely on Facebook‘s servers if you want to browse through some more.)

It was such a beautiful spring day.  I remember that the weather was perfect, the pollen was low, and the trees had lovely purple flowers blooming.  Rev Cool, the reknowned radio DJ of WYSO’s Around the Fringe, officiated (because he’s awesome).  My sister and brother-in-law refused to listen to me and went down the aisle first so my friend Morgan ended up being my maid of honor.  3 poems were read, but I can’t remember which ones.  We read our own vows and I choked up at one point but I don’t think anyone noticed, thank goodness. 

On the way to the reception, I needed to make a stop at Winan’s for coffee because of my raging caffeine addiction.  The reception was great but I couldn’t eat as much as I wanted because my dress was a little too tight.  At the end of the night, I was so exhausted I was about to leave my husband at the club and go home to sleep but he ended up coming with me.  I vaguely remember trying to watch the Simpsons but I only made it to the menu of the DVD before falling asleep for probably 12 hours straight.  Don’t plan and execute a wedding while you have 2 part time jobs, a full class load, and want to hold on to any part of your sanity.  It just doesn’t work to your advantage. 

The next day, when I had time to unwind a little and think about things, I realized I was happy it was over even though it was fun and I got to marry my best friend.  I love you, Rob!

The weather in Dayton, Ohio has been a rollercoaster ride this spring.  We went from 85 degrees in March to temperatures in April reaching an all time low of 35 degrees.  Earth Day this year was in the 30s and very cold and uncomfortable to those of us used to around 70.  Since it wasn’t raining, my husband and I saw no reason to skip our Sunday walk at the park.  We packed up Julia! and went to Eastwood MetroPark, this time to explore the Buckeye Trail.

We had a great time seeing a totally different view of buildings we’re used to seeing from the front – we even found a really cool abandoned building. When we got as far as the Findlay Street bridge we turned back.  I think we’ll try to make it all the way downtown sometime, but probably on bikes.  Or with at least a picnic basket.

Some of these pictures show graffiti on structures around the creek, which I think is such a neat contrast and reminds me of Tadmor a little bit.  In this case, it’s the intersection of a dying city and decaying cement structures with nature, bursting with life and renewing itself again and again.  It was oddly uplifting.

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I love living in Dayton (see…this entire blog for reference) but one drawback to moving here was less access to the MetroParks.  We’ve always lived so close to parks and trails that it was easy to escape for a while into another world.  We had no idea until last Sunday that Eastwood MetroPark extended so far into Dayton – Smithville Road seems to pretty much dead end in the park.  We found it Sunday midmorning and were immediately smitten with the bridges and ducks and all the families having picnics.

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I can’t wait to go back!  We barely scratched the surface of this park and there is so much more to see!