Sep 23, 2014

PROJECT 365: WEEK 38.

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9/15: almost fall-ish. 
september16th
9/16: first teacher apple of the year. 
september17th
9/17: candy corn season. 
september18th
9/18: oops, I did it again (alternate title: 6-8 more weeks of bracing!). 
september19th
9/19: laminating for days. 
september20th
9/20: changing the mantle. 
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9/21: dinner, dinner. 
Somehow getting back into the rhythm of work/life has really helped me get on top of Project 365. You would think it would make it harder for me to take photos (which it has!) but the daily grind has also helped me remember to take photos every day, too.

Weird, right? 

Anyway, there's something about a new week that is extremely refreshing and I'm excited for this new week. Excited for fresh starts and for getting closer to the end of my 6-8 week healing time for that re-sprained knee of mine.

Have a great week, friends!

p.s. This is just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is The Circle! We're sharing our Fall Faves and I can't wait to introduce you to this month's co-host. See you then!

Sep 22, 2014

FICTION | TRAVELS, PART THREE.

Note: Yep, it's another installment to my newest fiction piece. It's been awhile and my new goal is to have a new installment written (not necessarily published/posted) each month. I'm not always the best at keeping up with my goals, but you can always hope, right? Anyway, you can catch up (or refresh yourself) with chapter one and chapter two.
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Between worrying about getting airsick or getting my foot stuck in my mouth from our shallow but hilarious conversations, I let my mind wander as I tried to think. And plan. And just figure out why I had hopped on the plane in the first place.

For the most part, my life was figured out. I was going to college back East and about to start my fourth and final year of courses. I had friends, roommates, and parents who--while they were very supportive--were more often than not a little too invested in my life. It comes with being the only child, I guess.

But it was summer and after a stressful few weekends working under my mom at her local second-hand boutique, I was ready to just be done with it all. I wanted to get out and be done with inventorying women's scarves. So when my aunt asked if I wanted to be a nanny for her kids for the summer, I jumped on the opportunity without thinking twice. I had no experience with kids and had only been to California once, but at least I would get some time away from my life--and possibly get a chance to visit Disneyland and see if it really is the happiest place on earth.

My seatmate, on the other hand, seemed to have everything in his life figured out. Or at least he acted that way. Even though he seemed pretty wide awake, he had dozed off not even an hour into the flight.

I pulled out my journal and started scribbling down notes and thoughts. And that's when I felt someone looking over my shoulder. I wrote one last sentence in the journal and then turned to look at him.

"Sorry, I err, well, I guess you caught me red-handed." He cleared his throat and ran his hand through his hair again.

Except it was not going to work on me this time around. Suddenly this seatmate of mine was turning into more of a nuisance than a dream come true. I looked away and didn't know what to say.

You're pretty good at pretending to be asleep, you know that?" I didn't mean to come across as so snarky (especially to a stranger), but I couldn't help it. He was reading my journal. No one reads my journal. No one.

"Sorry, Liza. I didn't mean to. You just reminded me of someone and being so mysterious, well, I couldn't help," he smiled weakly. 

"Who do I remind you of?" I replied. I rubbed my fingers up and down the edges of my journal and clicked my ballpoint pen.

"It'll sound weird--but then again, apparently you already think I am--but you remind me a lot of my mom."

I looked at him and opened my mouth to speak. "I guess that's better than saying I remind you of your hot wife or mean stepsister or something."

He laughed and the man sitting on his other side let out a soft snore in his sleep.

"Seeing as I don't have either, you're safe this time around."

I couldn't help but smile. "So tell me more about your mom."

"She was a simple person. Simple in personality, simple in lifestyle, just simple. She juggled writing a food column for a magazine and raised me and my younger siblings and forced us to pursue our dreams, no matter what." He looked forward and then nodded and politely smiled at the flight attendant walking down the aisle.
"And you think that describes me?" I asked.

"Sure," he answered. He readjusted his position in his seat, likely uncomfortable from sitting so long like I was.

"Like I said, you're mysterious, Liza. You're most definitely not an open book. And I like that. My mom was the same way. She never shared much about her past or my father or even " He looked right into my eyes and I started to feel a little uncomfortable.

"Your mom sounds like an amazing woman. So are you visiting her out in LA?"

"Actually, she passed away two years ago."

"Oh no, I am so sorry, Jeremy. I didn't mean to, I mean, I didn't know. I'm sorry." Sorry wasn't enough, though, and we both knew it.

"Don't worry about it. Really, don't. You had no idea." We both looked away and then he started speaking again but I interrupted him before a word could escape his mouth.

"I feel like it's my turn now. I think it's my turn to talk. This way I don't humiliate myself any further," I needed to lighten the mood and at least Jeremy wasn't nearly as creepy as I once thought.

"I'm headed to LA. Well, not LA, per se, but nearby. Unlike you, my mom is kind of a nut and I need some time away from her. It sounds rude to say this--especially seeing as you've lost your mom--but I just couldn't take it any more. I could use another word to describe her, but there are kids on the plane, and I don't want the air marshal to arrest me."

The edges of his mouth turned to smile and he let out a muffled chuckle.

"You've got my mom's sense of humor." 

My cheeks flushed. And I pulled my ponytail a little tighter trying to diffuse the flirting that we both knew was going on.

"I'm pregnant," I stammered. I had no idea why I let that out of my mouth, but I couldn't take it back anymore.

I looked into his eyes as I said it and just noticed how crystal blue they were. Why did I just let that little detail slip from my mouth? 

Sep 19, 2014

BITS AND PIECES.


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Happiest of Happy Fridays, dear friends! The evenings have been getting darker earlier these days and it just makes me want to curl up under a cozy blanket now. I have a hankering (does anyone say that anymore?) that autumn is on its way!

So here's to fall, and Fridays, and links, too. If only there was an alliterative synonym for that last one. 

Someone please tell me, are these pancakes for real?

Oh goodness, this sounds a-mazing.

And this is why I believe the PNW is the best place to take photos.

On changing and evolving in your blogging journey.

A dreamy bedroom tour that I think you'll love as much as me.

This quote made me smile.

Apple pie biscuits!

And 18 interior design instagram accounts you should follow. 

Some truthful thoughts on social media and the desire for the perfect photo/tweet/post. I too easily fall into this trap and reading it from someone else's perspective made me realize just how much I need to change that mentality.

And a cool DIY poster hanging idea.

Emily's house is beautiful, don't you think?

Pretty, pretty wire rings. 

Proof that there are good people out there.

Just discovered this shop and I want everything in it (especially thisthis, and this).

This Halloween costume is just too cute.

Does anyone want to bake these for me?

Danielle did it again, friends. More free + amazingly gorgeous printables!

And 15 career tips from smart women. 

Have a lovely weekend!

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