Monday, February 21, 2011

Go Gonzaga!

The other night Joe & I went to the Zags game. I had so much fun! For those of you that don't know, Joe is a HUGE Gonzaga Basketball fan. Which means, through the season, I have become a fan as well...
*a huge fan of Rob Sacre :)
This is what Joe thinks of my Rob Sacre crush.

lol, actually that's Joe's reaction to me wanting to take a picture of us as we were walking to the game...not quite sure why he was so was only my third attempt to take a picture :)

So, this post leads me to my next picture... back in October I decided to make Joe a little something for our apartment. He's always telling me that there's nothing in our apartment that is his (besides his flat screen TV). And well, there is some truth to that, but only beause when we moved in together, he didn't have much. He loves the way I decorate, but I think he was feeling as though his personality was missing.

So, how do you let a Gonzaga obsessed / manly fireman's personality shine through country chic decor?

For a long time I was on the lookout for a huge frame. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and finally I found one at the the thrift store. Next, I bought a can of chalkboard spray paint. The next step was to find a flat surface, the same dimensions of the frame, that I could spray and turn into a chalkboard. Luckily, my friend had an extra piece of smooth plywood laying around that he let me have. I'm not sure that this was the best surface to use, but it worked for the most part (minus the nails-on-a-chalkboard sound when I tried to write on it).

Here is the BEFORE:
and the AFTER:
  • thrift store frame: $14.00 $7.00 
  • can of chalkboard spray paint: $5.00 $3.49
  • plywood: free
  • chalk: $1.00
  • seeing my mans face light up when he saw his very own Gonzaga Basketball Schedule on a 36x24 chalkboard in our apartment: priceless!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Many More Mustaches

 The mustaches I made and took to OH over Christmas were originally made for our monthly mug shots at work. They get hung along the counter for customers to see, so they can "get to know their baristas", lol. I try to change the pics up every mo.

Thought I would share the silliness with you. :)

PS: The first 3 in the top row {Anna, Rachel & Jessica} are the extremely motivating gals that I've been running with.   ...and poor Daniel ~ the only guy at our store.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

30 before Thirty

Here's a little {early} birthday gift to myself this year. A mini bucket list~ 30 things I'd like to do/see/accomplish/experience before I turn Thirty. I know that it only gives me a couple of years, but why not? It's refreshing to know we're a work in progress and life is an adventure! Sometimes we get in such a rut or routine, that we forget...we forget to learn something new, do something we've never done before, or just plain push ourselves...
visit a state I've never been to
run a 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours
cut hair (short or straight across bangs)
get Joe to organize his mail
take a cooking class
open up an etsy shop
get married ;)
refinish our dining room table
camp out in Yellowstone for a week
go fishing for a day
go skiing or snowboarding
make it to the coast
find the perfect pair of black boots
purchase a digital SRL
read a book
run a marathon
learn how to swim tread water
get Joe to try cream cheese
host a girls night
make a scrapbook for myself
learn how to sew... and sew something
take an exercise class with a friend
learn how to knit
s k y d i v e
put together a book of inspiration
make the perfect pot of chili
create a piece of jewelry
find the perfect letter E
throw myself a kickin' 30th birthday party

Thursday, February 3, 2011

14 of my favorite photos of Joe & I

{a little album I made Joe for Valentine's Day last year}  

*from the time we met til 02/14/2010

{03/01/2008} Ohio ~ My 25th Birthday
Joe's first time to Ohio and our very first picture together
{03/15/2008}  Spokane, Washington ~ St. Patrick's Day
My first trip to the great Northwest
{04/11/2008} Cleveland, Ohio ~ My friend's Birthday
Night included going downtown, eating @ Melt  & going dancing

{04/12/2008} Ohio ~ Night out with my cousins
Had to call a locksmith b/c I locked my keys in my apartment!
{06/15/2008} Yellowstone, Wyoming ~ Road Trip to Ohio
Morning of Day 2: Sunny skies & snow-covered Mts.

{06/16/2008} Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota ~ Road Trip to Ohio
Day 3: So excited to be sharing this experience with Joe!

{09/22/2008} Hocking Hills, Ohio ~ One night get-away
Went hiking and stayed in a cute little cabin

{10/19/2008} Mantua, Ohio ~ Corn Maze
My sister snapped this picture as we tried to find our way

{02/26/2009} Seattle, Washington ~ My 26th Birthday
My 1st trip to Seattle... rain, Pike Place & the original Starbucks

{05/14/2009} Brandywine Falls, Ohio ~ Joe's 28th Birthday
Joe had just gotten into town to kick off the start of "Bday Week"

{07/06/2009} Leavenworth, Washington ~ Quick little Trip
Love it b/c you can tell I'm being bratty by the look on Joe's face

{07/12/2009} Seattle, Washington ~ Mariners Game
Cold beer, garlic fries, and a spectacular view of Seattle

{08/31/2009} Rocky River, Ohio ~ Yacht Club w/my friend Jeff
A quick ride on the ski-doo where we all fell into Lake Erie!

{12/29/09} Badlands, South Dakota ~ Road Trip to WA
Snow-covered peaks, crisp air, deer & porky pine.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Love is in the air!

 A previous Valentine's gift to Joe
and a coupon book for our one year anniversary.