Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I turned 32.

Well. It happened. I turned 32. For some reason unpronounced to me this birthday felt the most traumatic of all the "I'm getting older birthdays". It was kind of like that scene from SATC when Carrie Bradshaw turns 35...well, that happened for me 3 years early. So, I'm going to stay 31 until I actually do turn 35. I swear. My sakes.

31 (2014) was an okay year. Not exactly a gravy train. But, it happened. Seemed like one transition point after another.  It felt like one adult type thing after another. Perhaps an opportunity to chalk it up to growing pains? But there were good things as a 31 year old. Perhaps my favorite of the year, spending July in NYC. That was terrific. I will always remember that trip, the learning experience, etc. Things that were not lovely about being 31. Perhaps at the top, the realization that I wasn't doing something that made me happy or that I wanted to do any longer. When you figure out you're going down the wrong path at 31, that's harsh when you've made so much effort to be in the right place. So, I said goodbye to my 31 year old self on January 30th at midnight and welcomed in my 32 year old self. Which, thus far,  I'm optimistic that something more sunny is coming my way.

 My birthday weekend started with some extra props for music lessons. 
I give you the girls from Frozen as well as Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse. 
Hey, when you're 5, it's all good. I say bring'em. I'll use them to help you learn the piano. Mom sent me a new book for the collection. 

And yes. I wore some pink. 
Through in other years it consumed more of my outfit, as I'm growing's a smaller portion. 

I got two of these new to me lamps from Antique Warehouse on Summer Ave. 
They are brassy gold with a solid carerra marble base. LOVE THEM. 
I have one in the living room and the other is in the lady room. 
And as you can see, Handsome was on hand to assist. 

I share my birthday (January 31) with Justin Timberlake. 
Shout out to JT. 

Okay...and a shout out to Handsome. 

Later in the day we went to see "Cake"...
And do not me decieved this is not a happy birthday cake kind of movie. was thrilling. Fabulous movie, wonderful acting. Terribly sad. 

Then Dr. GHW had to rush off to marry some folks so the bday celebration was put on hold.
Post wedding, we hit the Peabody for some beverages. 
My pick, an ode to my pinky love...Pink Cadillac. 
F-U-N in a glass. 

Following the adult beverage portion of the evening at The Peabody, 
we loaded back up and headed to midtown for dinner at Restaurant Iris. 

Me + Him on my 32nd Birthday. 

Our dinner reservation was at 9pm. As we were driving back to East Memphis, we realized that since the next day was Superbowl Sunday that perhaps we should stop off to pick up some food to avoid the crowd.  Well we did get some food and we also came home with this delightful caterpillar. It was on sale and was purchased for $29.98.  I love it.

Fun evening indeed. 

Then, Sunday brought lessons and preparation for our 
"SuperBowl/Downton Abbey/Birthday gathering"

I share a birthday weekend with a lovely group of ladies from our church so we have celebrated around our collective birthdays for the past 7 or so years. I am the youngest, the next is 62 and the eldest is 82. We are quite the group.  

Dot with our shared birthday cake. 

And a birthday box from my family in Kansas. 
Being away from home is very hard. That will never get any easier. 
But, it does help to have a few treats from the fam at home. 

Here we go 32, let's do this.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

New Photos of Me + Him

A couple of weeks ago, I had a new head shot taken for WKNO at WKNO by none other than Marci Lambert. The whole process took about 7 minutes. She took probably 20 photos and behold the very first one she took was the chosen photo. I haven't had one taken in several years - at least of a serious nature - so this was a treat not to mention just plain fun.

The hubs came with me so she snapped a couple of photos of him too. Which is cool because now we have a matching set. Our collection of Olan Mills Church photos are ridiculous - that's not my bag at all.  So this is fun to have photos of the two of us in a different light - Literally!

If you're in the market for a friendly photog - check out Marci Lambert!

Mid Century Renovation Inspiration Photos

Every morning I open my email, very nearly before my feet hit the ground. Amongst the myriad of emails, mostly junk these days, is one of my favorites, the daily email from Domain Home. I can always count on 2 things from that blessed email.  1. That I am going to ooo-ahh at the approximately 6 article links the email provides. 2. I am then going to practically rewrite some aspect of my "final" plan for projects in at #dwh2. 

On Thursday, February 5, this happened in a mega way.

Now, as I've clearly said about 3 other times in this post, these photos are from Domain/Pinterest. 
Not my house, not my monkeys, but man is this a circus I could be part of on a daily basis.

So without further adieu...

All photos via Domain Home/Pinterest


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