Life Lately

I'm sorry to say blogging has fallen to the end of my list lately, but it has been for a LOT of very wonderful reasons.  I have never been so happy to be so busy!  Here's a bit to get you caught up... Rocky's has become a bit of a favorite weekend tradition for me... I'll have to do a whole post to highlight this sweet little roadside cafe. photo-24

Gingers unite!  I dyed my hair red... something I've been thinking about doing for a long time.  Ginger is not in to my picture taking habits...photo-23

She prefers giving slobbery kisses.photo-22 It is starting to warm up around here, and flowers are beginning to bloom.  Now I'm getting anxious for the warm, magical summer season!photo-21I took a quick weekend trip down to Santa Barbara to meet my Seester for some fun wedding preparation errands.IMG_7641 I have been busy with some lettering and calligraphy projects as well - this was the setting while I addressed my sister's save-the-dates :)  I think I could sit and do calligraphy while watching period pieces forever.IMG_7691 Last weekend Brent and I enjoyed a seriously beautiful morning at the cottage together.  Living in the redwoods will never get old.IMG_7700Toby has been, well, interesting lately.  I can't decide if he's extremely stupid or extremely evil, but last weekend he decided to leave a little "treat" on the bathroom floor in front of the shower.  I stepped in it, and once I realized what was jammed between my toes was in fact poop, I couldn't find the source since it was perfectly camouflaged on the brown bathroom rug.  A massive manhunt for the source of the mysterious toe-squished poop ensued with no results and just as I was about to give up, I stepped in the turd AGAIN.  Toby seemed pleased with himself for the rest of the day. IMG_7716

Rudy on the other hand, has been just as sweet as ever and has not left any strategically or otherwise placed poops in the cottage.IMG_5390

I bought myself a new toy last weekend so I'm no longer on that evil single speed when Brent and I go riding together.  This bike called out to me at REI, with her sparkly sage-green frame, 29-inch wheels and GEARS!  Oh gawd, the sound of her gears clicking is music to my relieved thighs.  I smile on the uphills now, especially when I see Brent up ahead struggling, pumping away on that single-speed monster.  I took her out twice last weekend and got her nice and dirty.  I even rode right smack-dab through a giant, steaming pile of dog crap. Which, by the way, happened literally 30 minutes after the camouflaged Toby turd incident.  Seriously, I can't make this sh*t up.  Poop pun for the win!IMG_5563

It would seem I have been bitten by that darn cycling bug, although I'm not ashamed to admit that a lot of what I like about riding is the guilt-free beer I enjoy afterward. IMG_5536

Things at work just keep getting more and more wonderful.  I feel like I am learning so much and developing my creative mind and eye, which is such a pleasurable way to spend my days.  Last week we got our beautiful letterpress business cards in from Alissa Bell Press.  Cheryl and I also had the pleasure of visiting her studio and meeting Alissa... more on that to come later :)IMG_5552

Much of the reason why I have been busy is because I have been spending so much time practicing hand lettering and calligraphy after work.  I have too many ideas constantly swirling in my brain... and a new dream and vision for my future and career path.  I have some exciting projects coming down the pipe!  More details to come on that later, too.

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Through it all coffee has been my life's blood, keeping me buzzing and happy.  Here's hoping it continues to get me through the next few months - I have a lot planned!IMG_5509