Miscellaneous Things I Wished I Owned, Volume 1

Am I the only one who would like to hit the reset button on 2013?

January 1 came this year and with it was a sourpuss attitude and zero motivation. Then depression set in. Why was I not being like the rest of the world and resolving to make some changes? Where was that new year energy and confidence that I was going to kick 2013’s tail-feather? Not sure. So far in January I have just felt defeated. It hasn’t helped that my life has just been totally crazy. Lots of changes, random/unexpected/unexciting busy-ness, and lots of stress. So earlier this week I started trying to take a step back. Figure my shiz out. I decided to let myself be excused of January. I know this is exactly what one isn’t supposed to do with the new year, but it’s what is happening. I am going to use the next two weeks to plan out my 2013 and celebrate my own fake new year February 1.

So what does that mean for the blog? Well, I don’t know all the details yet. I do know that I want 2013 to be the ‘Year of the Blog,’ make a logo, redo the website, all that badass-ness, but in the immediate future I am just going to be taking baby steps. First baby step – develop a reoccurring posting theme. Now this isn’t incredibly unique, of course, but I figured why not take advantage of the lists I am making daily.. meaning the lists of things I want to buy with all my imaginary lotto money..

Welcome to this weeks post. A few things for my home, something for my person, and even something for my doggie.

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Olive – Go! Pet Design Field Tent: 

Sadly Jenny wouldn’t fit in this, but my goodness it is cute. Maybe, if/when we get another dog/cat/stuffed chicken, if it’s a small enough dog/cat/stuffed chicken we might/probably won’t get this (but I will wish we had.)

You He She – Gylda Jewellery:

This Danish site has a lot of really nice pieces. I don’t own a ton of jewelry, mostly because my money has found other priorities, but I still like to look and plan to maybe one day buy.

Present & Correct – Cut Out Number Calendar 2013:

Since I am giving myself a pass on January, that means I still have a couple weeks to finally get a calendar, right? Well, there are about a thousand beautiful ones that I can’t seem to decide between. Yesterday I was really loving something different, tomorrow it will be another polar opposite option, but today, this is my favorite.

All Organic Textiles Etsy Store – Handwoven Turkish Bath Towel:

I have been really thinking about replacing our boring bath towels over the last few months. These pretty little coffee colored numbers are certainly top contenders.

Torre & Tagus (Amazon) – Retro Flip Clock:

Don’t buy this clock. I was on the fence on including this at all, because it has horrible Amazon reviews, but I just love how it looks! So I am simply  filing it away as a style of bedside clock I want to keep an eye out for. You would think there would be a ton of these, but I haven’t found much that is similar. I want the look, but with five stars. If anyone knows where I can get something like this, stop keeping it a secret and let me know. 


In other exciting news, Alex said today that he has been thinking of “maybe starting a blog.” This of course could mean nothing, or it could mean that we could be totally cute blogging nerds together. Naturally his blog would be nothing like this one and have zero of the same readership, but I am still pretty excited about the possibilities. Keep your fingers, legs, and t’s crossed.

Getting Festive – Advent Calendar

I don’t exactly decorate for Christmas. Or any holiday for that matter. It isn’t that I don’t totally and completely LOVE the holidays — Christmas time is actually, easily my favorite time of year. It is more that I see decorating for the holidays as yet another design challenge, one which I am not ready to conquer yet, considering I still have dozens of everyday design challenges to get through – and I feel like those should come first. I am also not a huge fan of the red and green combo, or really the black and orange, or even just limiting a lot of any decor to two colors – unless they are black and white, we all know how I feel about that.IMG_1900



So while I am not currently decorating our apartment for Xmas-ness and we wont be getting a tree.. I am very much, all about free adorable advent calendars. The one I went with was from Mr. Printables, and I couldn’t love it more. First of all, it really only took about one-movie’s worth of time to put together, and it happens to be mostly black and white and geometric and has super cute shapes and patterns. AWESOME.

Seeing that I assumed Alex would view this as possibly “a waste of time,” I figured I had to fill them with something that would make him look past his manly urge to not appreciate the craft of this project. I wish I was incredibly clever and generally hilarious enough to come up with 24 different, but equally funny notes to fill my cute little advent houses, but I am not. So I turned to someecards for inspiration. Since it is only the third day of December and my husband has been known to check this blog occasionally, I can unfortunately only share three of these notes with you:

December 1 — I hope my shocking humor will get you to drop your <boxer briefs>

note: the original quote used “panties” but Alex, believe it or not, does not wear panties. 

December 2 — I would climb to the highest incline on a treadmill for you.

December 3 — I’d watch an online video of you even if it meant first sitting through an ad that lasted longer than 15 seconds.

Best part is that after writing out all the little flirty notes, I folded them and mixed them all up before placing them in their homes, making it so that every morning the note is a but of a surprise for me as well.

Now, if these make you blush, you can certainly swap out the mildly scandalous jokes with candy, toys, or notes of a more romantic nature.

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