Tuesday, May 27, 2014

one beautiful weekend

the word perfection doesn't do this Memorial Day weekend justice. I had been looking forward to it ever since last monday and gosh did it surpass my expectations.

my weekend technically started friday when my office closed early. I worked from home and was able to go with my mom to our local meat market, Dumas. the weather was gorgeous and on our way to the market, we checked out a farmers market but sadly, it was closed. but the drive up was beautiful. and scary.

saturday morning, my dad and I got up early and went for a bike ride into Kent. besides the seat on the bike the worst one I've ever sat on, that morning was beautiful. we stumbled upon a Saturday morning farmers market and I was in love. we walked our bikes through the whole thing and I knew we would have to come back. we ended up buying a loaf of olive, mushroom, tomato, Parmesan and spinach bread and oh man, it was amazing.

sunday was another early morning since my dad's side of the family started going out to breakfast on Sunday mornings. they call it the summer schedule. and I love it. I wish I could go every sunday but my jeans and workouts wouldn't like me very much. it was so yummy, though! that night I stayed in, went to target {that store is gloriously dangerous} and finally watched Say Anything for the first time. can I just say...it's one of my favorites. give me a guy who will play Peter Gabriel songs outside my bedroom window, and I'll be hooked.

Memorial Day was beautiful for so many reasons. it reminded me how blessed me and my family are to be living in the world we do. so many sacrifice everyday for our freedom and we shouldn't just have one day dedicated to showing them out appreciation. the sky was clear and the sun shined all day long. I met up with Jenn at her apartment and we walked with her boyfriend and parents to the parade. I felt like such a little kid as we watched the parade. so wonderful!

later that night my family and I watched some home videos from when I was a baby and it was so wonderful to see my grandparents who are no longer with us. both of my grandpas served. I miss them so and always wish I had had more time with them.

days like Monday remind me how little we all are in this huge world. be grateful for the small things in life and find happiness in whatever you can.

I hope you and your family had a beautiful weekend and feel as blessed as I do.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

what i can't get enough of

I am insanely addicted to everything related to The Fault in Our Stars.

On Monday the soundtrack was released and I had been waiting and waiting to be able to download it. I was so excited that I completely forgot about the release date. Has that ever happened to you? Tuesday morning, the second I had my coffee, I downloaded the soundtrack. And guys, it's beautiful. I listened to the soundtrack four times through at work. It captures the mood and tone of the book so well, and it makes me so eager to see the film in a couple of weeks.

When I am writing, music is a huge component of what flows onto the page. A song can completely change a song, and the right one can be the perfect companion. When I hear the right song while writing, I see and feel a scene unfold during the whole song. The next time I hear that song, I can still see the scene so clearly.

TJ from His Little Lady opened up the conversation for TFiOS and I was so excited to get to exchange an email with her regarding the book. I could talk about this book all day. So feel free to comment or email me :)

Gosh, I am excited for this movie.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

sunday edit #3

I have to admit. I've been on a young adult novel kick. two weeks ago it was the fault in our stars which I still can't get out of my head. This week it's Divergent. I devoured that book in a week. The only reason it took me that long {hey, to my credit, it is a big book} was because this past week was a bit crazy and hey, I need my sleep!

Luckily for me, I have seen some of the divergent movie trailers, so I had an idea of what most of the characters looked like. Let's all pause a moment and talk about Four...oh.my.gosh. Theo is not normally my type of guy {I'm a talk, dark haired, brown/green eyed, glasses wearing kind of guy girl} but that man is gorgeous and makes a great Four.
“I have something I need to tell you," he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. "I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."
"That's sensible of you," I say, smiling too. "We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something."
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
"Maybe I'm already sure," he says, "and I just don't want to frighten you."
I laugh a little. "Then you should know better."
"Fine," he says. "Then I love you.”

Veronica Roth created some crazy, amazing and well-rounded characters for her Divergent series and I cannot wait to read more.
“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren't all that different.”

I absolutely loved the overall themes of the book. While it mirrored The Hunger Games series, it posed a fascinating difference. Instead of districts like THG, Divergent has factions. Each faction is based on morals and beliefs. The main character, Tris, starts in Abnegation (Selflessness) and ends up in Dauntless {bravery}. She ends up there because she chooses. When you become of a certain age, in the series, you get to choose where you want to be. What makes you, you.
“Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me.

But if I saw her, I wouldn't recognize her.”

The book captured my attention and I found myself sad to dog-ear a page at night and put it away. During the day, I couldn't wait to get home to start reading again.

I have a feeling that the other two books will be just as amazing, and I cannot wait to see the movie!

Sorry for the week delay in this Sunday Edit! Last week was Mother's Day and it was a bit busy here!
photo from weheartit

Sunday, May 11, 2014

happy mama's day

I have the best mom in the entire world. seriously. I do. and I'm not just saying that.

on Friday, we all sat down in the living room {well, three out of four for the most part} and watched some home videos. we had been talking about it and how we have all these videos and they are just sitting in the entertainment center. so we pulled some out and put them in.

ironically, the videos started with my mom's baby shower for me, then the months and days leading up to my birthday. we ended the night by watching the first few days I was home. and it made me think.

the look my mom was giving me was so proud, so loving and so sweet and tender. watching those videos and how my parents {especially my mom} interacted with me was important for me to see. I couldn't help but wonder, though, if I am everything my mom hoped I would be in those first moments she met me. have I lived up to being the best I can be? am I kind, am I loving enough. am I the daughter she always hoped for? I hope so, because I sure am blessed with a mom like her. she's so patient, so talented and so beautiful. I love my mama very, very much and don't need just one day out of the year to express it.

so happy mother's day, momma lou!

this weekend has been non-stop. Saturday was a blur. I spent it helping my dad with odds and ends. and my favorite part of my Saturday was getting to go to our local garden center to pick something up for my grandma.

flowers are gorgeous...and future boyfriend/husband take note : it doesn't take much to make me smile when it comes to flowers.

Friday, May 9, 2014

happy friday

for what it's worth...it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. there's no time limit. start whenever you want. you can change or stay the same. there are no rules to this thing. we can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you've never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thursday, May 8, 2014


…of eating an Italian ice at night before i go to sleep. i know it's bad for me. especially right before i climb into bed.

…of feeling overly confident every few weeks to attempt to shape {aka over pluck} my eyebrows.

…of being mad at myself the next morning...and the morning after that...and swearing i won't be doing that again, only to do it the next time they need it.

…of buying a thing of bagels and enjoying ever bite of them. even though they're taking me forever to eat. blueberry bagels...gosh, they're the best.

…of thinking American hustle was so boring. not extraordinary. i was pretty disappointed, not going to lie. i tried, j-law. i tried.

…of knowing the reason i was rushed in getting ready for work was not because of my alarm clock {like i told myself to feel better} but because i insisted at 1 AM that another Game of Thrones episode was worth it.

it was.

…of getting ahead of myself and getting my hopes up.

…of watching real housewives of orange county. and new York city.

…never, ever, returning my library books and movies back in on time. even after working at a library for almost four years.

…of rolling my eyes at the thought of frozen and the obsession of it. then watching it, totally getting it, and insisting that it's the movie we watch every. single. time.

…of wanting to pack for a trip to NYC in August, today. three months early

but i love it. and i can't help it. nyc is an obsession.
that, I will proudly admit I'm guilty of.

Monday, May 5, 2014

something that's bothering me...

...having to breathe in second hand smoke and I can't escape it fast enough.

i mean, seriously, it's ridiculous. I was in the starbucks drive through a couple of weeks ago and the person behind me was smoking. normally, I don't judge, nor do I complain about it. but this person was smoking in a drive through line. so he would blow the smoke out of the window and where would it go? into my window.

and no, putting my windows back up did not help. and yes, I was in line for an unusual long five minutes, breathing in a cigarette. because I need that second hand smoke. just like I am sure his/her three kids I saw in their car needed it as well.

okay, that I judged.
don't judge me.

but on the other hand, I got a lovely package in the mail from H&M filled with awesomely cheap, colorful clothes just in time for spring and summer time. I may be a bit obsessed with that store.

bright clothes make things slightly better.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

sunday edit #2

happy sunday, everyone! I hope everyone had a chance to do something they really wanted to this weekend! it was kind of gloomy this weekend here in ohio, but the sunshine came out enough to make the temperatures just right. I had been reading The Fault in Our Stars {TFiOS} ever since my post last sunday. because of my crazy work/workout/catch up on game of thrones nights, I hadn't gotten to properly sit down and read it. Saturday, I had a couple of hours to do just that, and a couple of hours was all it took. everyone was right. the novel is heartbreaking. it gives you hope a quarter into it, and then it rips it out from you about 3/4 the way through. but gosh, is it beautiful.
"but you keep the promise anyway. that's what love is. love is keeping the promise anyway."

I never felt mad, or angry while reading the book because the characters were so "okay" with everything. I really was able to see those characters, and I tried to stay away from promotional photos from the movie as best I could so I could formulate my own images. after I read the book, I watched the trailers, looked at the photos and seriously, guys, I had my breath taken away.

"that's the thing about pain. it demands to be felt."

what honest and important words. pain is pain. it's there. it happens. you feel it, and you try and move past it. you can do all you want to try and brush it away, but until you feel, really really feel, you can't.

"oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. it would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."

that quote killed me. it did. gosh, a love to strong, that any pain that comes along is worth it. she was worth it to gus, and throughout the book, especially in the end {I do, augustus. i do.} it was evident.

and what I loved about their love story was it was built on friendship, laughs, common interests before the other stuff. which I think it so important.

"you don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers."

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once."

and quite possibly my favorite quote of the whole book:

"I love you present tense."

read the book guys. grab some tissues. I cried a couple of times and experienced a whole lot of "holy moly guacamole" goosebumps.

I've already started reading divergent. and I'm already loving it.