Saturday, March 20, 2010

long barrage of snowboarding pictures & videos.



:: pooped out from a long day at wilmot mountain.

:: surprising vertical on the wisconsin-illinois border.

:: andrew surmounting his fear of heights.

:: lost in the wealth of sunshine.

:: cheese and thank you.

:: attempt-at-christmas-card-photo-fail.



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:: because i couldn't resist videoing andrew while trailing behind him down the hill.


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:: because andrew is quite the learner, picking up snowboarding in a surprisingly short period of time.







who knew wisconsin snowboarding could be so fun?



:: because i was sitting on the tailgate, eating my pb&j, watching andrew finagle our 2 runaway boards....i just had to start snapping some pictures:






Friday, March 19, 2010

outside my window.




a couple of weeks ago, this was the view outside our window: a new piece of artwork tagged across the side of our neighbor's building ~ i rather like it:



by now, all this snow has been replaced with sunshine and an energized city, ready for spring. incredible how quickly the snow peels back in deference to the coming season. more and more people are coming out of their winter caves and filling the streets each day, making it that much more fun to call chicago home....plus, since andrew and i are ever so slowly and cautiously thinking about someday getting a dog, i've been randomly stopping and talking with dog-owners when i'm walking to the grocery store and other errands. spring-like weather + less snow means more dog-owners on the street with which to chat ;)

...more pictures coming soon of our recent getaway to wisconsin to enjoy the last bit of winter's snow!








Monday, March 15, 2010

michelle kwan can, why can't i?





people here typically speak of how fun summer can be in chicago. and while this is true, i believe the winter is equally enjoyable, just different. several weeks ago, some friends and i went ice-skating to enjoy chicago's winter:


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:: just a short display of my michelle kwan moves and the joy that winter can bring.







Wednesday, March 10, 2010

working space.





:: this morning, i awakened, early before the sun, to come and sit here, at my desk:


:: a bit of space carved out on a wall between where we sleep and where we cook:


:: i'm not much of a new year's resolution maker, but over a month ago, long past the season of making resolutions, i decided to dedicate myself to quiet, early mornings....by myself, in this space, where i can collect myself and gather together silent moments of not just work and study, but creativity and praise. it's too easy to get my brain wrapped up in all the piles of this:


:: located so conveniently behind me...beckoning me to immediately start working and forget the space and time needed for a life of praise and prayer.


:: so here's to continuing these quiet mornings, full of grace, the quiet before the storm.








Monday, March 1, 2010

pallet furniture.



this morning, between writing clinical logs and care plans for patients - because *ahem* i would never procrastinate or do anything other than my studies on a monday morning - derrr.....uh-huh - i came across this lovely headboard via apartment therapy:



andrew and i never bought a headboard for our bed because, honestly, that seems like the last thing one needs when paying tuition and writing term papers while double-fisting peanut-butter-and-jellies. regardless, as we're looking toward moving this summer to another, slightly larger apartment (think 700 sq feet over our current 500), we're dreaming up some ways that we could cheaply build our own furniture, to easily fit whatever space we end up in. between andrew's woodworking capabilities and my white-washing and sewing skills, we should be able to come up with something that works.




i also found these couches made from discarded wooden pallets via design squish. i'm pretty sure that i can finagle a few of these for free from costco and sew some cushions using quilt batting and thick muslin - cheap AND can easily be broken down for moving - which is always a plus for andrew and me. definitely will stick this in my back pocket for a weekend project this summer...