So Far…

Since quitting my job and moving to Ventura life has ceased to feel real or regular, but finally this week a ‘routine’ has been developing and it is a welcomed friend. Even though I have all day to get some class done, any chores, dog care, and maybe even a workout, the day can still manage to fly by. It was finally this week when I started to make a list first thing in the morning of all that I wanted to finish that I actually feel a little more together.

Mostly the superficial things have been the biggest changes, meaning no more smart-casual work clothes (that never felt like me anyway – time to clean out the closet and revisit that) and no more loads of makeup or time spent trying to de-fro the hair. I am still spending my whole day on the computer, either working through some freelance design projects, brainstorming some ideas of what this ‘Ryann Moore Design’ life would look like, either the short or long term, and hammering through some classes.

Jenny’s life (the dog) has pretty much remained unchanged, except in that any time I move, she does too. She might be sleeping all day, but gosh darn it, if she isn’t going to do that right next to wherever I am, which I can only imagine is exhausting but it does make me feel lurv-ed. Every once in a while I can’t stop staring at how cute she is when she is sleeping and I just pounce on her for some mid-day cuddles, which she might find to be more annoyed by than anything, but it is a good time for me. It has been a VERY nice thing to have her with me all day. Whether it ends up being me working for myself full-time or finding something more conventional, it would be the coolest if I could keep that part of my life these days consistent – although I do understand it is pretty rare to find a job where you can have your pup with you.

Anyway, that is the update. I really do have some stuff I want to share with you but I am still trying to figure out a suitable way of taking photos as the tablet’s Instagram shots have just been disappointing:

Jenny Sweepy copy

(It’s horrible quality but thankfully Jenny is so cute that it kinda saves it. Kinda)

In the meantime, here is my song of the day:

And a project that has me totally inspired – Israeli pianist and conductor Arie Vardi website by Sasha Firs via Behance:

Arie Vardi Website Design by Sasha Firs

And an outfit I wouldn’t mind adding to the wardrobe (to replace one of those silly smart-casual gettups) – from the ever talented Kelli Murray‘s Blog:

Kelli Murray Outfit 2012

Last but very much not least, happy birthday to this handsome devil, my daddy:

daddio jimbo

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Miscellaneous Things I Wish I Owned, Volume Two

I spent a couple of days this week in downtown LA, which is a bit out of the ordinary for me, considering us South Bay-folk like to stay in our little bubble. While it was a wonderful experience with a few great friends, I left the city feeling young and re-inspired, yet super old and mundane at the same time. Needless to say, I ended up having a mild mental breakdown upon return to normal daily life, full of “who am I?”s, “what am I doing with my life,” or “how did I get HERE and where am I heading towards?” I don’t think I was able to fully answer any of those questions, after hours of self-pity-partying, but today I finally woke up remembering I don’t need to know or even ever fully figure out the solutions to these life problems. Sure it is great to have a plan and sense of direction, but I won’t get that time back that I spent feeling sorry for myself and overwhelmed. Maybe it is because I am turning 25 this year and it feels like this weird milestone that as kids we only looked to thinking “I wonder what awesome things I will be doing at age 25?,” and I am just not being honest enough with myself over what great things I have ACTUALLY already accomplished and what even more incredible things lie in my future. I am certainly a horrible pessimist most of the time, entirely cynical and self-deprecating, but every once in a while the positive and extremely motivated personality of my husband rubs off on me, bringing light to those gloomy days where I am simply giving in far too much to my negative thoughts. Maybe I am bipolar (probably shouldn’t joke about this sort of thing..) but just yesterday I was feeling terrible/depressed/confused, and suddenly today it clicked and I am feeling loved/grateful/hopeful. I know I am not the first to experience downer days like this, and I know it wont be my last, but I hope that if you ever have a few moments or thoughts of this variety, you do have someone wonderful in your life, like my husband, to help you power through it. And if not, I just want to extend the offer, for now and for always, that you can reach out to me and we can be sad little monkeys together and hopefully get past these sort of unmotivated and defeating moments.

I am not sure what any of this has to do with today’s post – nothing really, so how about we switch gears and put on those materialistic-hats, shall we? Here are five things that are super pretty and I want them. I want them and then I will Vine my doggie on or around or above or below them. And you will be very happy because you have yet another super adorable dog video for your viewing pleasure. Win-win-Jenny-win.

4 misc

1. Suck UK, Cloud Key Holder via Emmo home

2. West Elm, White Enamel Teapot

3. Mr. Perswall, White Marble Wall Paper

4. Urban Outfitters, Gold Gumball Desk Lamp

Semester’s Passed

As the next semester fast approaches, I am trying to keep calm as I imagine my already busy schedule getting … well, nearly impossible. As an attempt to subdue my extreme anxiety, I have spent some time today looking back on projects from previous semesters and it made me realize there are a few of my favorites that I haven’t shared on here. While I know it will be great to be generating more work again, even these fun pieces aren’t battling the anxious-butterfly-monster party-ing it up in my stomach regions, too well.

Would love some extremely encouraging comments (stay away you poo-poo-ers!) and/or a care package of mountains of coffee, no-doz, tissues – for late night homework-induced sobbing fits and two of these lamps from One Forty Three (not because they have anything to do with doing homework, combating stress, or staying awake, but just because they are beautiful and I would like to own them and I can only assume the happiness they would bring me would distract me – at least briefly – from the undoubtably huge list of to-do’s I will have).

You guys are DA-BES.

“SATURATE,” Typography and Graphic Design Magazine

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  Business Card

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RYANN-MAS

Today is my birthday and yesterday I got back from a nice,  but long trip to my home state of WA (which I will blog about in a couple days).  The reason I share these fun facts is not to solicit birthday wishes (who am I kidding, gimme), but rather to illustrate that (a.) I am exhausted, and (b.) it’s my birthday so anything goes, including this blog post. 

I now crown this post “RANDOM MUSINGS.”

1.  Dear Wes Anderson (you sneaky fox,)

You have officially done it again.  And thus you remain my all time favorite director.  In return for all the joy in my life that you have brought me, I will proudly spread the word of your fantastic new film, Moonrise Kingdom.  Everyone who is anyone should go see this movie, for it is sweet, imaginative, and transfers you to a world full of fond childhood memories and your first experience of crush-induced butterflies.  It is beautifully quirky, whimsically dark, and brilliantly funny.  The film is stylized in such a way that it could only be yours, yet the eloquent dance between love and melancholy, I believe, in this movie is the strongest of all your past work, followed closely perhaps by The Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic.  Hats off to you, sir (again.)

The best part is, I know when I watch it again, I will find a million more things I love about it.

Always,

Ryann

2.  There are few things that infuriate me more than when cops are talking on the phone whilst driving.  It is illegal for me, it should be illegal for you. 

3.  Groundhog Day is a much better film than I remember it being.

4.  Which is worse for you Aspartame or High Fructose Corn Syrup?

5.  My friend is getting a loft in downtown LA and I am going to help decorate it, YAY!!  Watch out Rose Bowl, Long Beach, and Santa Monica Flea Markets!  Also she writes a killer blog that I read every day and you should too! 

6.  I wish I could sing so that I could be on the Glee Project.

7.  I started my graphic design certificate at OTIS College of Art and Design and I COULD NOT BE MORE STOKED!  So far it has been a blast and makes me so very excited about the future.

8.  I am DIY-ing, believe it or not, just my current project has taken a tad bit longer than anticipated (like weeks longer) so don’t fall off that edge of your seat.

9.  I missed Jenny whilst traveling.  Lots.  And while I love her dearly as she is, I sometimes wish she was tiny enough to fit in a little bag so I could take her anywhere, even though I dislike little bag-dogs.  I think I need to ask Mary Poppins where she got her purse.

10.  If I am ever in a bathroom –like any bathroom, including family’s bathrooms– if there is a curtain or shower door that I cannot see through, before I can begin any of whatever business I have in there, I must first ensure that there are no murderers or dead bodies in the bathtub/shower.  It is a strange fear, I will admit.  Just thought I would warn you in the case I ever visit your non-transparent-curtained bathroom and you wonder what the heck I am doing in there.

11.  Number 10 got me thinking about bathrooms and it reminded me of one of my biggest pet peeves involving public restrooms — phones.  Specifically people who insist on being on the phone while in the public bathroom.  Seriously, person in the stall next to me, hang up with your BFF, Tina while you take a whizz, what if she heard someone toot?  (I say toot only because I felt really weird about having a post with the word ‘fart’ in it – well shiz, I guess it was unavoidable).  I, for one, would think it was really weird if I was talking to someone and I heard a bunch of farty bathroom noises in the background.  Not that women toot or fart anyway.  Nor do we sweat or burb, because we are ladies.  Good day.

12.  I have decided if, or when, we get another dog it must be another corgi-mix, or somehow a short-legged version of a normally proportionally legged dog.  I have a dream of having a herd of short-legged puppies.

(I hate not citing photos, but these are all just Google Images – well except the first, that is Jenny and I, in which Jenny is standing up, not laying down)

Oops that last one is a cat, but seriously how cute is my fake dog family?

13.  I don’t want to get into a discussion about babies, but the other night I had a dream that Alex and I had a little boy and we named him Wesley James Moore and he was required to wear a bow-tie until the age of 10 (I mean, duh, his name was Wesley).  But how cute, little onesies (with bow-ties), little toddler get-ups (with bow-ties), and his first day of kindergarten outfit (with a bow-tie and suspenders).  We probably shouldn’t have children.

14.  Have you seen how cheap these chairs are at Overstock?  Once my dining table chairs break down, or when we get a bigger table I am going to get four of these and two of the armed chairs for the head and end of the table.  And yes, I know they are knock-offs.  I care not.

(Photos from Overstock.com)

15.  I think I am going to make my car into an art car.  The challenge with this is going to be avoiding becoming really tacky, really fast.  I need some ideas.  If any of you have any – that you wont be using because you have too nice of a car to sacrifice (I clearly don’t have this problem) – please feel free to share. 

Well, thank you for letting me have this day, bloggy friends.  I generally hate reading these kind of posts, so you don’t have to like it, just respect that it is my birthday and I don’t give a truck, ’cause it’s my birthday.

Also, as the card Alex got me today states, “If I were Jesus, today would be Christmas.”  Happy Ryann-mas.

UNIT B

As I mentioned in a previous post, we recently gave notice to the landlords of Unit B and we will be moving on to a new rental come July.

But before we get into the excitement of apartment hunting, the stress of yard selling, or the disaster of packing, here is a little of what Unit B has seen over the past two years:

*  Alex and I had a very DIY heavy wedding, so prior to the event itself we decided it would be best to move in then rather than add some stress to the back-end of all the festivities.  It was only a couple of weeks early but the point is, this apartment witnessed us in both the state of couple-hood and then as married folk, as well as the transition in between.

*  We found Jenny at a dog adoption event around the corner and she has pretty much been the best thing ever.  Plus Unit B has hardwood floors so the apartment has taught Jenny about traction, which is something I believe Jenny would say she is very grateful for.

*  We held many get-togethers with friends, including but not limited to:  Settlers of Catan dork-fests, margarita fueled guitar singalongs, Xbox Kinect dance-offs (the less coordinated, the better), Mimosas Volleyball and Pancakes (MVP) mornings, Christmas gift exchanges with heavy homemade eggnog consumption, and Oktoberfest after parties, which naturally involved things like Batman-masked hallway karate matches.

*  When we first moved into Unit B, literally almost every item of furniture was a hand-me-down.  Now, two years later we have started the daunting task of slowly replacing this furniture with items we love, very carefully selecting each piece.  This will naturally be a forever job, but it is exciting to have started this process together, I guess it makes me feel a little growed up.

(see below, ugly green couch – behind my silly dog’s yawn)

All in all, I believe this apartment will always hold a special place in my heart – regardless of how many more apartments we are to have.  This is where I lived when I married the man of my dreams, my best friend; where we had some of our first real fights, first real make ups, and this is where we grew so much as a couple and have really learned how to communicate with each other.  And of course, this is where our family has made its first expansion, adding the fluffy little bundle of joy that is our Jenny dog.   And now we are Team Awesome.

Now for a little tour — you didn’t think I was going to leave you hanging there with all that sappy stuff and no photos, did you? — for shame.  (Keep in mind, there is still a high percentage of hand-me-down/making-it-work business up in here)

Now raise your glass (pick your poison: beer, wine, Yoo-hoo,  Sobe Lean, Hot Tottie,  Ensure, etc) and let’s cheers to first apartments – may their happy memories always make you smile.  Salut!

Oops.. I just chugged the rest of my drink just thinking about apartment hunting.. groan..

the MASTER PLAN

Happy Almost-Weekend, Mother-Lovers!

(I love my mom, and you should too.  Today she told me she reads my blog [HI MOM!], which makes her much cooler than your mom.  I’m sure your mom is cool, just not my-mom-cool.  Best mom ever!)

Since we recently gave the bedroom some much-needed lovin’ – yay, duvet cover! – time to switch gears and talk living room!  Gosh, this blog is just riveting!  How do I not have millions of readers?!

With the help of Adobe Photoshop’s free 30-day trial, I have created the MASTER PLAN.

Ladies and gentlefolks, I proundly present to you, my future living room (and kinda dining room):

Now a few caveats:  I’m already sick of that polar bear pillow.  I don’t actually own it, I just don’t like looking at it in this photo anymore – boo on you, expired Photoshop trial!  Don’t get me wrong, its cute, but in a nursery sort of way.  I am also not 100% in love or committed to everything in here.  I do like the idea of each piece though, meaning, for example, I don’t love the rug, but I do love the idea of a kilim/turkish rug there with some red in it.  Lastly, please ignore the rough photoshop execution. I didn’t want to spend hours on this but rather make a rough outline for Alex to understand where my heads at; I guess I heard “you are all over the place” too many times.  But to his point, I totally am.. sometimes.  

I’m sure you are all dying to ask if any progress has been made yet.  Well, you will have to wait and see, won’t you?  Yes.  Yes, you will.

Who am I kidding, I can’t keep anything from you – just look at that face, who could keep anything from that face?  No one, I tell you.  Anyway, the answer is yes, but I can’t use all my good stuff in one entry, gotta spread the love.  Don’t change that dial, there is much more to come!

So what say you, interwebsters?  Suggestions?  Comments?  Gimme gimme.

Also, someone please buy me photoshop (no, not you, Mom) because my trial is now doneskies and I want it so so so bad.  The reason I cannot aquire this wonderful program is because the business people of Adobe are total jerks and understand they have something golden and marked up the price accordingly.  To like, thousands of dollars.  Basically,  it costs WAY too much and definitely doesn’t fit into the Moore budget.  I also would never let Jenny work the streets just because I want to make perdy pictures — even though she totally could because she definitely has it going on, seriously, you should see how all the boy doggies look at her at the dog park – I mean if they hadn’t already been panting..

WEST ELM ADVENTURE

Bonjour!

This last weekend, Jenny and I went on a very exciting adventure to a land called “Santa Monica.”  This is a great place, not only because it is in beautiful southern California, but because they have a West Elm.  And even beyond that — the Santa Monica shops almost all allow doggies, which means the bitches of the house got some hang out time. Enjoy the video games Mister Alex.

Here are some of the goods we walked away with, such a successful lady-date:

HAPPY TUESDAY!

Hey, hey, suspense seekers!

Duvet cover is DONE!  Pop the champagne, throw a party, kiss your lover!

Here are some teaser photos while I complete the tutorial write up- sorry for the bad lighting and the camera hog, Jenny thinks she belongs in Hollywood.

Check back soon, soon, soon… for the step by step details.

Happy Tuesday!

Until next time sexy people.

HELLO and WELCOME to our BLAH-G

Well hello interwebs!

Our names are Ryann and Alex and we would like welcome you to our little corner of the internet which we are calling “Settling Sideways.”  I dare you to come up with a cheesier name.  Oh and we are attractive, as evidenced below:

Photo above taken by the beautiful and fabulous Studio 28 Photo, www.studio28photo.com

We are also married and have a lovely little girl named Jenny.  Now, don’t be silly, she is a dog, but she fits in perfectly, as she is also attractive:

Eat your heart out, Lassie.

Now one quick note – I (Ryann) will probably be doing 200% of the blogging, but I have chosen to say ‘we’ above as I am no super-women and will be requiring lots of husbandly assistance from my main-squeeze, Alex.

While we currently live in a fabulous little Unit B in Redondo Beach, CA, we will probably end up living in an Apartment Number 7 in San Francisco, E in Dallas, and maybe even a R12 in Louisville before we grow some real gonads, settle-down, and buy a house.  So here we are embarking on an exciting, new adventure (while not being wildly unique) and starting our very own blah-g.

Our goal is to document our temporary residences, the ever exhausting search for beautiful and fitting furniture, and maybe some (hopefully lots) of DIY home improvements.  In other words, making apartment after apartment, home.   [The crowd ‘awes’ and I die a very cheesy death.]  The degree of our home improvements will naturally be contingent upon what our current lease allows, as well as our energy levels, but that is all a part of the adventure.

Please do be warned, while my husband and I are pretty remarkable, we are still youngsters and all this business is new to us.  This will undoubtably be a very bumpy road, which may or may not make for some better reading.  At the very least, we hope our trial and errors may help one of you world-wide-websters learn from our mistakes.

Another key feature, which is again not overly unique, is that we are doing all this on a very tight budget.  You see we were feeling pretty pretentious when applying for colleges and both ended up going to fancy, smancy private schools, leaving us in the equivalent of Scrooge McDuck money pool, of debt.   This is one of the many reasons why there will be no gonad growth or settling down for quite some time.

And just to give your hungry little internet minds a preview of what’s to come in the first couple weeks, I have made a quick list below:

  • Restoring buttons on tufted furniture cushions
  • DIY linen duvet
  • Sanding and repainting sofa legs
  • Fixing scratches and cracks in resin sealed tables
  • A very spoiled puppy’s birthday party
  • Much, much more (stop drooling, you are embarrassing yourself)

Well thank you for sticking around for all that, you’re a champ!  It has been a pleasure meeting you, we love you, and please come visit again soon.

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