While we have been busy running around our house getting it ready to try to sell, I have been getting nostalgic. I'm not the type to get too attached to my physical surroundings. As a kid, I moved so often there wasn't much time to attach and that has followed me into adulthood. I love change. LOVE IT. Change is the beginning of a new adventure and adventure is pretty much my happy place.
Getting married, buying a house, and having a baby was never something I thought I would do. Sixteen-year-old January wouldn't approve. I'll admit, sometimes my domesticated life really, really freaks me out. But here I am with an Andy, a mortgage, and a Lucy and I'm loving it.
We have only lived one other place as a married couple so this house has been the place where we've made most of our memories together. On top of that, I love the house itself. I love all the little nooks and crannies and imperfections that come with a house that is nearly one hundred years old. So this week I thought I would try to capture the little corners of our home that I'm going to miss if we do, indeed, move on from East Kelso Road.
We Columbusites? Columbusers? have some damn good vintage/antique shops all around this fine city. For the sake of my bank account I don't let myself go very often, but when I do I always come back with something that I absolutely COULD NOT live without. I'm a big fan of mid-century modern design as well as mod graphic patterns so I'm constantly on the look out for interesting vintage finds to add to our home.
One of my favorite places to shop is Funky + Functional in the Short North. It's a lovely little shop with a little bit of everything. We have a cute chair in our living room that I bought there last year as well as several knick knacks around the house. I'm a sucker for vintage kitchen canisters. I want them all. They also have a small collection of vintage clothes and a decent sized jewelry collection. Last year for my birthday Andy bought me several jewelry pieces and a cute little jewelry box to put them in and they are all so lovely.
If you are ever in the area, you should definiitely check out Funky + Functional. It's such a fun little place to shop and the staff is so sweet. You'll love it.
Last night I had a hot date with a cute boy to see The Hunger Games movie. It's no secret that I LOVED the books. I didn't get into Harry Potter or Twighlight, so I'm giving myself a pass on this one. Since I don't get to go to the movies with Andy very often, I wanted to wear something fun and pretty for the occasion. We are on a tight budget right now, gearing up to put our house on the market, so I looked to my good friend Target to help me out. I am currently obsessed with nail polish so I gave myself a quickie manicure before we headed out.
I am no authority on style and fashion, that's for sure. Most of the time I can be found in yoga pants and a t-shirt of some kind. I work from home and have a one-year-old, so practicality is king when it comes to my wardrobe. I have also been on a quest to lose weight (down 40 pounds, woot!) so I don't want to invest a lot of money in clothes I (hopefully) won't be wearing this time next year. I'm interested in fashion, though, and I want to get better at choosing flattering clothes for myself and finding accessories that add a little zip.
So here are my choices for my Hunger Games date with a few substitutions for things I already owned or couldn't find online.
Wishful Thinking Necklace from Shop Rouche, Vintage Topaz ring (my mama's birthstone), Kimono sleave dress from Target, Turquoise and gold wrap braclet (I got mine at World Market but it isn't available online), Essie polish in Merino Cool, Mossimo Colorblock pink envelope clutch from Target, Mossimo Winifred sandal in Luggage
Visiting Taiwan in 2009 was an unexpected trip and not one marked by much sight-seeing. My sister had been in a scooter-to-car accident and had to have knee surgury to repair the tendons in her knee. Most of the time I spent there was in a very tiny hospital room watching Hitch over and over on the American movie channel. Once Julenna was back in her flat, I did manage to take a few walks around Taichung to explore a bit and take photos but most of our time and energy was spent trying to get her better.
The trip happened to fall over my thirtieth birthday so after Julenna had been on the mend for several days, we hired a car to take us to Sun Moon Lake. It was a really fun way to travel, not having to worry about bus schedules or iteneraries. Our driver made a special effort to make sure Julenna didn't have to hobble very far on her crutches which was very sweet. On the way we stopped at a beautiful temple and toured the prayer gardens then made our way to the lake. It was a lovely way to spend my birthday.
Julenna decided to come home to Ohio for a few weeks to finish healing so she flew back with me. Our flight was out of Taipei so we spend my last two days in the capital city. It rained most of the time we were there so my camera didn't come out of its waterproof bag much, but I managed to take a few photos of the market.
When I got home all the photos from the last half of the trip were completely missing. I was so bummed since that was the only time I had really been able to sight-see. Recently I was cleaning out my hard drives and getting rid of old RAW photos when lo and behold, THE LOST PHOTOS!!! I was so excited and relieved to see them again. Not that they are anything mind-blowing, but they were important memories I would hate to have no record of at all.
Camera Geek Note: At the time I was shooting with a D200 and a back up D70. The D70 was much lighter and just as reliable so I left the D200 at home and relied on my 50 1.8 and 18-200 3.5-5.6. I no longer own the 18-200 and have since upgraged my camera to the D700 and my 50mm lens to the 1.4. It was so crazy to edit photos from that camera now that I am used to seeing the D700's spectacular depth of color. It made me want to write love letters to my camera (and its FX sensor). I LOVE YOU D700!!!! U + Me 4-EVA. Or until I upgrade to the D800 ;-).