a beautiful bracelet.

a few months ago I connected with a lovely girl on The Giving Keys Instagram page over something we have in common: going through melanoma. it felt so SO good to connect with someone who got what I had gone through and continue to deal with daily (scars, fear, the unknown). we chatted through Instagram and eventually on Twitter and got to know a little more about our journeys.

I noticed she was making such pretty bracelets and she offered to make me one and I was so excited! when I got it in the mail I fell in love with it.

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the charm is so pretty and the color of the thread is a favorite of mine.

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Connect with Sarah just to chat or to purchase one of these pretty bracelets. She is just lovely to talk to!

we came back smelling like campfire.

it was the perfect weekend for camping! sure, it was a bit chilly (I think the high was 55) but that’s what campfires are for which we had going all day long. it was fantastic! we spent time with family and enjoyed being outside all day. there were even some fall activities going on.

have I mentioned how much I love fall?

camping1{my new Diana came in the mail and I have been reading and reading about how to take the perfect picture. but what I have found out is it’s the not so perfect ones that are phenomenal. so I brought this lady out and snapped some shots}
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camping3{one of my most favorite things about camping is getting up early in the morning and enjoying everything around me before everyone is awake}
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{our view from one of our camp sites}

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{the moment in the day I regretted only bringing one sweatshirt. it was a bit chilly. but then I looked around me and all was good again}
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{even camping, zip has to be “proper” and cross his arms}

let’s go on a bear hunt…well, maybe not…

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my family and I are going camping together this weekend!
well, minus my brother …. he has to work.

but I am super excited!!!! camping in the fall is one of the best things ever and I can’t wait to bring my Diana to take some amazing photos!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and do something fun!

see you on Monday!

xo

so good.

this weekend was really good. it started off with the coolest of restaurants with the yummiest of endless {ENDLESS} fries and the best of people.
Saturday was spent running around vintage shopping and I was so disappointed, guys. I went all the way out to the Canton area {well past that, to be honest} to a place I had been told about and it was awful. luckily, my vintage hopes were restored at two local shops I didn’t know about. wish I would have started there.

I then spent way too much time in target and also in the craft store picking out yarn for various knitting projects. if you want one of these:

IMG_2576…let me know and I would be happy to !

I also received my DIANA CAMERA in the mail and I cannot wait to take some mind boggling photos with it.

the weather this weekend was pretty chilly, but I LOVED it. welcome, fall!
on sunday, I spent the day knitting and cleaning up around here. also, while I am catholic, I was intrigued about the general conference. many bloggers I follow talk about it, and I wanted to see what it was about. I am glad I listened in on it and it is certainly not for just one type of religion. you can gain so many beautiful insights to life by listening and I wrote a few down I will take with me. there were so many wonder, inspiring and enlightening talks that I just feel so good going into these winter months with an open mind and heart. my church is amazing and our priest gives beautiful and relatable sermons every week. life is good, guys.

have a WONDERFUL Monday and an even better week. it’s going to be a good one.

xo

this past weekend.

I had goals this weekend. serious. goals.
one of them included finally buying a MacBook air.
since I used a mac when I interned a few years ago
in a marketing & communications department,
I had been wanting one for myself.

the problem?
they’re expensive.

for the last three years, I had known it was going to happen.
as a writer, the mac felt right and as someone who wanted
to learn about photoshop, the MacBook seemed perfect
for just that.

so Saturday, I got up, ran some errands which included the apple store.
I had it all picked out and after an hour or so of issues,
{apple store had problems that day…should have taken it as a sign},
my MacBook was in my hands and I was on my way home to obsess.

when it came time to open the box up {which is fancier than any packaging I’ve seen}
I opened it up and was sad to realize how little excitement I had.
I brushed the doubtful feelings aside and turned that baby on.
playing around with it, it felt familiar and I thought, “I could do this.”
then I opened iTunes. and that is when it hit me……

how can I copy a playlist to a CD when there is no place to insert one…?
oh, how I was disappointed, but happy in a way, too.
I had doubt for a reason and I should have listened to it.

so the next day, I took the walk of shame back into the apple store.
sucked up my frustration as the guy who processed my return gave me a look
and I walked out of there happy with my decision.

so now…now, I am on the hunt for a computer. but not a mac.
anyone else have to recently make some hard decisions?

 

enjoying the sights of autumn everywhere i go.

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 it’s been a bit warm around here ever since fall made its official debut. the sights scream fall, but the upper 70 degree weather shouts summer. not sure how I feel about that seeing I was pretty pumped for fall to finally be here. I guess I should take it as a good thing…we are getting a little bought of warm weather before winter starts. which, hello, is sooner than we think. The Hallmark Channel is already advertising for their Christmas season. not that I am not excited. I just want to be in the moment. it’s fall. not summer and not winter.

and while it’s sometimes frustrating, gosh I love living where I do. we get every season and I am going to live each of them to the fullest.

happy fall, everyone!

little notes.

dear grapefruit,

I’ve become a new fan of yours. I’d Never tried you for breakfast or lunch but am pretty excited about this.
dear dell computer,
I will miss you after all of our manuscripts and college essays together. but I’m getting a mac soon and I.CANNOT.WAIT.
dear snoring,
you embarrass  me so much. you can go away now.
dear fall weather,
hello! thank you so much for coming. i love you
dear week,
please be gentle on me. the last couple of have been a little rough. I’m ready for a break already. weekend, please come.
dear scary movies,
I really do enjoy you, but the movie Annabelle is going to kill me. oh and  buy and the fault in our stars which came out on DVD last week and i now own you.
dear fall, thanksgiving and Christmas,
i won’t say who, but somebody is getting really excited to enjoy you this year because I feel like I was robbed of you last year.
love,
alexandria

monday was the most perfect autumn day.

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i went into work on monday with a huge smile on my face.
the weather was perfect and it’s officially autumn TODAY.
the colors on the trees are changing.
and if you close your eyes, you can kind of smell october.
which, by the way, smells phenomenal.
I’m ready for pumpkins. I’m ready for leaves. I’m ready for more days like Monday
where I can wear my new favorite boots and sweaters and scarves
and order a hot drink from my local coffee shop.
I’m ready for you, autumn. come on full force.