June 11, 2010

Sweet Potato Gone Wild

Grandma Peggy, you were right! This little guy is growing out of control! It sprouted from the top, the sides, and from underneath (and worked its way up out of the water). Now how the heck do I plant it?

And these guys are just begging for more light. So soon, guys, you'll have a big south-facing back yard to sunbathe in. So soon! Will you hold out for me, please? Just three more days till I move you! Squash and zucchini — I vow to upgrade you to a huge container if you'll just stay in the game. Pretty please?

Gardeners — have I already destroyed them by not giving them enough sunlight in their early stages?

June 10, 2010

May Birthdays

Happy belated birthday to all of my May-birthday friends:

Erica, my most giggly college roommate.
Her giggle can make anyone laugh.

, a friend from college + Baltimore.
Serious beer-brewer.

, a friend from college.
Full of great stories from his adventures.

, my college mentor.
Cupcake baker extraordinaire.

Joey, a friend from college.
World-traveling, moment-catching photographer.

, my younger brother, my friend, my mechanic.
Master of bringing our family together, and master of the grill.

(aka "Gran," not pictured), my lovely grandma.
Makes perfect "animal pancakes," and the most delicious strawberry rhubarb crisp.

, my sister-in-law. My favorite sister, in fact!
Inspiring teacher + perfect addition to our family.

, my college great-great-mentee.
Newly graduated + heading off to study in China. Congrats!

Aren't they a fun + happy-looking bunch? Cheers!

If I missed you, please tell me : )

I Believe in Manicures.

"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing; kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles."

—Audrey Hepburn

June 9, 2010

Wedding Invitation Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peak at part of Kelly & Aaron's wedding invitation suite. I posted Kelly + my inspiration images a few weeks ago — I love looking back to see how the project evolved, and the inspiration comes together to create something new.

I had lots of fun working on these. Those gold roses on the lower right are going to be stamped on with a custom-designed rubber stamp + metallic gold ink to give the whole set an extra sparkle.

Can't wait to see the final prints!

June 6, 2010

Couch to 5K

Just finished Week I of Couch-to-5K, a nine-week running program that trains a beginner to run a 5K. I'm slightly embarrassed to be doing such a baby-step program, however, for the first time in a while, I am enjoying working out. The first week was refreshing and therapeutic.

"I run so I can eat."
–Delightfully accurate quote, discovered by Megan

I've always hated running, and I think it's because it was the norm for my high school soccer coaches to push us to the max from day one, rather than gradually building our endurance. This was a good way to get us in shape for the season, but it left me thinking that running (just for the sake of running) is miserable. Now I'm (hopefully) learning that it doesn't have to be. It's possible to enjoy running by easing into it.

Secondly, I learned to work out by having coaches tell me what to do, and I had a team to go through it with me. Since I haven't been on a team in years, I find it hard to push myself without that support. Having this podcast tell me exactly what to do each week (and each minute) is very helpful so far. If you're interested in the podcast I'm using, check it out.

I've only completed Week I so far, which was a piece of cake (or anti-cake, depending on how you look at it). Looking forward to Week II! And by week IX, I should be able to comfortably run for 30 minutes straight. Wahoo!

June 4, 2010

Ladue High School

Meant to post this forever ago, and was just reminded of it today:

My high school teachers and soccer coaches gettin' down —
including my lovely mom (2nd from left before you hit play).

Both of my alma maters seem to be very friendly, fun,
and completely unafraid of getting goofy. I LOVE it.

I'm proud to be a ladue high school alum!

PS My favorite move is the unusual interpretation of the sprinkler @ 2:18. And, of course, Madame Charles breaking it down @ 3:02.