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Monday, November 25, 2013

And we're back! Monday came as fast (or faster) as the weekend seemed to last week. I can't say I got any more ready for the holidays over the weekend, or that I feel time has slowed down, but I do feel like I caught up a bit and that's feeling pretty great. It's been cold here, which is what happens when it's there is no rain at this time of year, which also mean sunshine. The dog park has become our new hangout spot, so we spent some good time out of doors soaking up some vitamin d (that photo of Marla is what she looks like after she has been spinning in circles for about a minute). There's a lot of challenges I found in having a dog, but there are so many pluses too, and getting out to walk everyday, for real walks - not the usual ones with M+L where it takes an hour to walk around the block (and I do love and treasure those meandering leave-no-stone-unturned ones) tops that list. Since Marla I actually feel like I am getting some regular exercise. Lo and behold it does make you feel better.

In between working and walking I also did some craigslist trolling this weekend. I found a dresser that I thought may work as a credenza. It was only $50.00 and though I was unsure about it I decided to get it anyway (they said it was solid wood, but when i got there i was greeted with a big ol' laminate top). As soon as it came in my house I knew I definitely didn't want it for a credenza, but luckily we are all in need of dressers. I bought us all dressers from Ikea about 6 years ago and they have all been in some variation of broken for about 3 of those years. So for now it's in my room and I am not sure where it will end up. I do like the style but it needs some work so the jury is still out on it. However, I also got that lamp which I spied and asked if they were selling that too, they said, "sure, 20 bucks." And I said, "okay!" I really love that lamp.

We didn't go get our yearly ornament but I did go to a movie. I haven't been to a late movie on a Saturday night in years. I am pretty sure we were the oldest people in the theater, of course we went to see Catching Fire so that might have had something to do with it. Oh and that print in my photos is by my dear friend, you can see some of her work on Etsy here. How was your weekend?


  1. Channelling Anchorman here: I LOVE LAMP! That lamp is gorgeous, and even if you're lukewarm on the dresser/credenza, it was fate that you went to pick it up and found that lamp. You know? I love your wall color, too. I'm impressed your IKEA dressers all lasted that long, I think the lifespan is maybe 4 years, less if you attempt to move apartments, haha. All the bottoms of my drawers kept buckling out when mine was dying. Your kiddos (and that gif!) and Marla are so cute and so happy. It's hard not to be in a good mood looking at these! xo

  2. Oooh, so jealous you got to go CL trolling! You're right, too bad we don't live closer, that lamp is amazing and I'm glad you got the dresser too. I think it has lots of potential. You might want to check pinterest, I've seen some tutorials on how to repair and repaint laminate. If you're not tied to the wood look, it could look amazing black with gold fittings. Just a thought :) I'm not sure what your house colors are. I started a little hiking myself and it's amazing what a little exercise can do--I was so sluggish at the beginning of November until I started getting outside more. Love your pics!

    xo Mary Jo

  3. the lamp! so perfect, and oh my gosh $20...amazing!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  4. Normally, I would comment on the lamp... but there's a little Jay Kay dancing out there in the rusty leaves who stole my heart! What a darling, he's got the moves :)

  5. the dresser looks good. maybe you can fix the top? I had a fab weekend. we went for a long hike on Sunday and met some wonderful people. restored my faith in humanity for another week ;) and that's all you can ask for, isn't it? xoxo

  6. Ooooo regardless of laminate, it looks really good!

  7. I really like the dresser and lame on the lamenete top but the details of the drawers are great.. I also hate that plastic wood stuff people used to make furniture from around the 50's.
    Glad you hate a good weekend :) this week is a short and busy one.


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