coffee surprises are the best


This guy makes me happy. He offers to give me massages. He asks if I want to hold hands. He puts up with my crazy ways. He asks me what I need when I say I’m feeling sick. He is sweet, kind, handsome, and honest.

Today he surprised me at work with coffee. Seeing him instantly made my day better. 

Being loved by this guy is the best feeling.


weekend update

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This weekend was exactly what I needed after the holidays. I didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything specific.

The best part?

Because I didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything specific I was able to get A LOT done. My apartment feels like a whole new place! Unfortunately if you come over you won’t notice because I cleaned OUT a lot or simply organized a lot of stuff that is behind doors. It sure does make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I still have some problem areas in my apartment that I’m really looking forward to tackling, but I’m off to a good start.

Speaking of good starts. 2013 is off to a really good start. Between organizing, taking time to myself, collaborating, 90s tv show marathons, and getting back into the routine of work I can’t complain. My goal/NY resolution for 2013 is to simplify and get back to the basics. Hopefully I’ll get around to writing more about that soon.

I hope you had a great weekend too!

happy new year!


We had a white Christmas!

I am so fortunate that I work at a company that closed for TWELVE days over the holidays. It was so great to get to spend the days before Christmas baking, wrapping, cuddling, etc. The week between Christmas and NYE was spent enjoying time with my favorites, getting the unfortunate 2 day cold, shopping (yay christmas money!), watching mindless daytime tv shows in my pjs and getting lots of sleep.

Corey and I spent the entire first day of 2013 watching Boy Meets World. Seriously, within about 30 minutes of waking up until about 9PM. If you haven’t watched that show since you were a kid you need to watch it again. If you’ve never seen the show, well, that’s just weird. It does not disappoint.


Here’s to a happy, healthy, and fabulous 2013!

over the weekend


(This is what 6am on a Sunday looks like. Dark and blurry!)

Talk about a whirlwind! This weekend FLEW by. Friday was a full work day followed by hanging out with Corey for a bit and then running errands and movie watching. Saturday was a FULL day of helping Corey move! I can’t tell you how happy I am that we now live only 10 minutes apart. TEN MINUTES! It’s really great having my guy that close. Sunday Corey and I woke up bright and early (5am for C, 6 for me!) to go clean his old apartment. After cleaning I went back home I tried really hard to be productive, but by the afternoon I knew I’d need a quick nap and basically didn’t wake up until this morning.

All in all, a great weekend!

Did I mention that Corey and I are happy to be so close to each other?? Because we are 🙂

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie

Because sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that life is really good:

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.  My odometer rolled
over to 90 in August, so here goes:

1.  Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good
2.  When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4.  Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.
5.  Pay off your credit cards every month.
6.  You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.
7.  Cry with someone.  It’s more healing than crying alone.
8.  It’s OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.
9.  Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. Love  your parents because they will be gone before you know it.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry
13. Don’t compare your life to others’..  You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion.  Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:   ‘In five years, will this matter?
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything.  Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents will.  Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

the day i met john and sherry!

John and Sherry Petersik are my DIY idols. I have been following their blog (Young House Love) for a couple of years thanks to Erin and I got to meet them when they came to Chicago a few weeks ago! Words cannot describe how excited I was when I saw that Chicago was on their book tour list. I picked Erin up promptly at 9:15 in order to grab a quick breakfast and then head over to West Elm for the book signing. We wanted to be there by 10am even though it didn’t officially start until 1pm figuring we’d rather wait earlier than have to wait in a long line wondering how fast it would go. Our plan went perfectly! We got there at 10 and were in line between two really nice (and chatty!) groups which made the 3 hour wait fly by. It didn’t hurt that West Elm passed out hot chocolate and cookies 🙂

Waiting in line…

Ahhh! First glimpse!

Hi, John!

The cherry on top…

These two were so, so nice and happy. I’m SO excited that I was able to meet them!