Awesome in February

Awesome in February

Can we get some sunshine, please? I’m ready ready ready for this nasty rain and snow to go away. I got to throw a last minute party for a dear friend this, and it was a blast. I got to make Swiss & Bacon Dip, and that’s always a good thing. Then I got to attend a beautiful wedding for that dear friend and watch her smile and laugh the entire day, and it was absolutely perfect.

Since the weather was so nasty, I watched approximately one billion movies. One of my favorites was Arrival. If you have a love of language and you haven’t seen this film yet, do not wait another minute. It was beautiful to look at and so thoughtful. 

I’m almost finished reading MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Her books are so frighteningly relevant right now. If you haven’t been terrified by the Handmaid’s Tale recently, I suggest you pick up a copy.

Internet foods were on fire. This chocolate truffle cake is just bonkers, you guys! 

These pretzel dogs with cheese sauce are making me hungry. Gimme.

If a cupcake could ever be elegant, it would have to be this Valentine’s Surprise Chocolate High Hat Cupcake. It’s just beautiful. 

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Your favorites this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. Can I come over for dinner?

The days are getting longer, and I’m excited to see what’s coming my way. Be awesome, friends.

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Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Yes, I know we’re solidly in February by now, but January completely kicked my ass there at the end. A bunch of stupid crap that nobody cares about has sapped my energy, but to be honest, I almost wish I had been in a coma for the past couple of weeks so I wouldn’t have to wake up every morning and read the horrible, scary news. But guys, we’re gonna get through this together and be more awesome than ever before. The struggle is real, but so is my love for humanity and my desperate desire to evolve into Star Trek culture where we finally figure out that we’re all connected and can stop wasting our energy fighting each other and start focusing on sharing some damn compassion.

Woe, that went off the rails a bit. Right. January. Good stuff.

I saw La La Land and was totally won over. I’ve had crushes on both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for ages, but they really broke my heart here. If only they’d spent a couple more weeks in dance class working on their arm extension and general epaulement. If you’re not a former dance teacher, you’ll never notice it, and even if you are, City of Stars will still make you cry. This film is completely immersive. See it in the theatre to be fully transported.

Or if you’re not up for leaving your house, watch Sing Street on Netflix. I promise you’ll be very very happy.

I ate some outstanding schnitzel at Bavaria Brauhaus in Glasgow. The food was stellar. You’ve gotta check it out. We also had some fancy burgers at Drygate Brewery. I’d definitely do that again.

Best news of all, we got a cat!!! I am a full on cat person, but because we were renting, I’ve lived in a cat free home since 2009. I’m so happy to have Leeloo in our house running around chasing shadows, knocking stuff over, and being generally awesome. I will never stop posting her picture. She’s a beauty.

Internet food is always my friend. Scottish people do a lot of things well, but they don’t really do Mexican food. I can’t wait to try making my own Spicy Chorizo Queso Dip a la Love and Olive Oil. I just hope I can find the right cheese.

Also, Taco Frachos, ’cause duh.

I’m totally smitten with these Chocolate Hand Pies from Sally. They’ve almost got me wanting to be into Valentine’s Day. 

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Your January favorites were Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. I could probably eat about 47 peanut butter cookies right now.

February will be over in a flash, and before you know it, the light will be back and we’ll be singing in the sunshine. Get into it.

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New Home Tour

You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about moving by now. We’re 99% unpacked and mostly living normal every day lives at this point, even if we don’t quite have a space for everything yet. Although there a lot of things we want to change over the next few years, I think I really love this flat.

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My favorite thing about this flat is the high ceilings. I love the sense of open airiness it lends to the space. The entry way is moderately functional. I have a plan to make this space bright and eccentric. There are some unsightly meters that need to be covered up, and the front door is absolutely hideous, but we’ll get there in the end.

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Emily’s room still needs some furniture, but we’re waiting for her input before we make any major decisions. I think we might try to find some funky pieces for her at a charity shop. She’s sixteen, so I’m not about to presume what she would like.

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Our bedroom has a ton of space, so we really need to look at some art for this space. I’m hoping to add a dressing table. We’re thinking navy with accents of orange and yellow for a color palette. My heart’s desire is to have a big fox print hanging above the bed.

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The bathroom is definitely the most lacking, mainly due to the fact that there is absolutely no storage in this room. It’s also the room I care about the least. We’ll get to it eventually.

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The living room is massive and structurally in good shape. This space really just needs decorating more than renovation. We are, however, thinking of building a bar in the alcove and a window seat in the bay window. We’ve had an idea to build a shelving unit around the tv for additional storage. I also have a project in mind to update the fireplace. Those brown tiles are not awesome.

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The whole reason I was sold on this place is the spacious kitchen/dining area. For a tenement flat in our price range, this kitchen is downright massive. Eventually, the whole thing is going to get overhauled. The whole house is getting wood flooring, and additionally, we want to install white streamline cabinets, butcherblock countertops, and one of those oversize white farmhouse style sinks. If all my dreams come true, we’ll have an additional row of lower cupboards with additional counter space and a light blue vintage style fridge to match my KitchenAid mixer.

I can’t wait to test this place out by throwing our first party. This is going to be a wonderful home. Eventually. Let’s do it.

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