Several weeks ago, a few girlfriends and I went to one of those paint-and-wine nights at a local bar to celebrate Dana’s birthday. We arrived and chose our seats—as close to the front as we could find—and tied on our bright-green, paint-splattered aprons. With our cocktails in reach, we were ready to blur the lines between our minds and our hands, and between the paint colors. When we saw the sample painting—a sweeping landscape scene of lake surrounded by mountains at sunset—we just had to laugh. “We’re supposed to replicate this?” “No way. Mine won’t look like that.” “We’re here… Read More
This is the second installment in the series TBT Travels: A Taste of California. Since I already burst your bubble about how crazy expensive California is, let’s just dive right into the money-saving tips and budgeting breakdown.
The thing about being a non-nomadic travel blogger is that, by definition, I travel for a pretty small percentage of my time. But my wanderlust runs deep, and I have no shortage of trips in my little life so far that have taught me some beautiful lessons. Tomorrow I’ll kick off a new TBT-style series in which every other Thursday, I’ll be sharing my favorite trips, travel moments, and lessons learned through travel.
With the exception of tiny houses, most American homes built after the 1950s don’t seem to be built with an eye for efficient use of space. Layouts are choppy and weird, there are walls everywhere, nothing seems to flow. If you want a little bit of storage space, you end up with way more than you bargained for. Jumping from 3 bedrooms to 4 seems to get you all kinds of “bonus features”—a formal living room, dining room, and basement. To get a bathroom with a decent amount of counter space, you have to practically jump up to the next… Read More
I love, love, love blog posts that feature favorite reads. Sharing the blogger love is a joy and certainly helps make the blogging world go ’round. I’m still getting used to the flow of blogging and trying to keep my head on straight, so for now I’ll be doing these blogger-love linkups at the end of each month. I hope to be at a place very soon where I can do these weekly!
Dan and I recently started the search for our first house (YIKES). We’ve been living in an awesome apartment for the last two years, and to be honest, I really don’t want to let go of apartment living. I love being able to put in a maintenance request when the dishwasher breaks down and the exactly zero amount of landscaping work I have to do. Our apartment is cozy and perfect. It’s small enough that we use our space wisely and don’t accumulate too much stuff. But we do want to own, and the time is exactly right with pricing, interest rates,… Read More
Sometimes you just need to get away. Like most people, I love a good, long vacation. Airplanes, luggage, a whole week unplugged from email. But, also like most people, I don’t have the time or resources to take these kinds of vacations frequently.
Like I confessed to you in Monday’s post, I love formulas and rules and instructions. I constantly try to boil things down into steps and procedures. I dislike gray areas. I choke on ambiguity. (But clearly, not on hyperbole.) This is why I’m a full-time copyeditor who just happens to write, instead of a full-time writer. So please forgive me for trying to take a critical, creative process and simplify it into a finite number of steps and questions. My hope is not that this confines you, but that it helps to dispel some of the cloudiness surrounding what I… Read More