I have some really great news to share with all of you. Jason accepted a design engineer position with John Deere in Louisiana! He will be working with a team to create a sugar cane harvester to be used in Brazil. It is a wonderful opportunity for him to gain experience in his field, and for us to explore a new city. We will be living about forty minutes outside of New Orleans. Currently we are searching for a new place to call our home and trying to find all the local hot spots. I know that the weather will be completely opposite from Arizona, so it will be interesting to find out what it would be like to live with humidity again. I grew up in Maryland, but it's been a long time. I'm nervous, excited, and anxious to discover what life will be like living in the South. I already picked out a few weekend trips. The first one will have to be to Savannah, Georgia. I've never really been to any of the southern states, so needless to say we will be exploring our little hearts out for many months to come. We say farewell to beautiful Arizona a few days after Christmas. It will be hard to not live close to our families, but Jason's brother lives there so it will be very exciting to meet him, his wife, and their two little ones.
♥ There is so much to do, and so little time to do it! Do you have any tips on moving? Have you visited Louisiana?
Today I have been catching up on my blog roll, and I read an interesting post by Danielle over at Sometimes Sweet. It was about how there are certain little things that people have in common that can strike up an instant connection.
Here are a few things that would not only spark up a conversation, but we'd probably be friends:
If you have been to Chaumont-en-Vexin, France.
If your Sunday night revolves around watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
If going to local coffee shops and playing card games is your idea of a fun afternoon.
If you know of and love Dallas Green and/or Max Bemis.
If you regularly go to craft stores.
If you grew up in Maryland, or spent a summer in Ocean City.
If you have seen the movie The Chumscrubber.
If you believe Australian Shepherds are the best dogs ever.
If you collect rocks and minerals.
If your favorite way to catch up on current events is to watch The Rachel Maddow Show or listen to NPR.
The only decorations I had time for this year was my little turkey luminaries. All it took was a few printed images, translucent paper, craft glue, and flameless candles. It is quick, and could work for any holiday or celebration. Also, I thought it was fitting to include what I am grateful for. Jason and I have been together for 2,061 days, and I am so thankful for each and every single one of them. If I have learned anything in my life, it is to marry your best friend. We spent the day visiting with both sides of our family, and I not only got to spend time with my niece Leona on her very first Thanksgiving, but I also got to play with a family friend's son Leo. Jason and I ended the night with pumpkin pie and Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving episode.
Another thing I want to mention is how grateful I am to my friend Sara. We met through the blogging world and became pen pals. She sent me a beautiful package of lovely little things for Leona. Everyone should check out her blog Sincerely, Sara.
I hope you all had a very happy, relaxing, memorable, fun Thanksgiving. All I know is that mine was simple, sweet, and unforgettable.
All of these little stocking stuffers from Restoration Hardwareare so cute! I have a lot of other great ideas to share closer to Christmas. I can't believe it's just a little over a month away. My 2013 has gone by so fast! After this weekend I will only have one final left, and I will be able to enjoy the beginnings of holiday fever.
♥ Have you ever been to Restoration Hardware? Have you starting thinking about stocking stuffers?
Watching.Over the weekend we finished up the final season of Dexter. It was a wild ride. When we picked up groceries at Trader Joe's this orchid caught my eye. It reminded me of the "blood spatter" orchid Hannah gave Dexter.
Loving. I love my new earrings from Sevgi Charms. Like I said before, it has been two years since I switched them up, so it was about time. These cuties were worth the wait.
Reading. Next week I'm starting Catching Fire. I read the first Hunger Games book and loved it. I really want to read the next one before I see the movie. I'll be using our last photo booth souvenir as my bookmark.
Playing with. My "playtime" consists of an afternoon at Buffalo Exchange. I thrifted one blouse, one crop top, and one necklace. Can you tell I'm really into arrows?
Thinking about. My mind is on the holidays. It surprises me that people already have their Christmas trees up. I'm at the list-making stage of what diy's, presents, and decorations I want to do, make, and buy. These stringed lights are going to be wrapped around our bed frame. I thought it might be fun to put a little something up, even though we generally wait until December 1.
Working on. My life has sadly been dedicated solely on finals. Two down, two to go. My math final is due Saturday, so my life consists of coffee, a TI-84 Plus, and endless scribbles in my notebook.
Tasting. A few weeks ago I picked up these cute woodland cookie cutters. If time allows it, I was thinking about making some sugar cookies, and possibly this Almond-Jam Tart recipe from Kinfolk Vol. 9 for Thanksgiving. We have two houses to visit, so one recipe for each side of the family.
Listening to. Local Natives' Hummingbird album is so good. I can listen to it over and over! If you haven't heard them yet, you are in for a real treat.
I love all stories involving Sherlock Holmes. With that being said, my favorite Waston character is definitely Joan Watson from Elementary. Her outfits are always amazing, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I peek over here to find out where to get them.
I saw this video on tumblr the other day (side note: you can find mine here). It really got me thinking about why women become camera shy. I can relate to the free-spirited child dancing in front of the camera, and I can also relate to the women hiding and shying away. This video has definitely inspired me to embrace the idea of "dance like no one's watching" when in front of the lens. This compliments my new philosophy of growing young.
I will leave you with my current favorite quote: "The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before." -Albert Einstein
The night of our two-year anniversary we drove home from California, but had just enough time to attempt sparkler writing. We had never tried it before, but I always thought it looked really cool. It's actually quite simple.
what you need:
Camera (I used my Canon Rebel EOS T3i)
what to do:
Put your camera on Shutter Priority Mode
Attach your camera to a tripod
Adjust the timer (I used 5 seconds for the "2" and 10 seconds for "love")
If possible, have someone press the button for you
Practice the outline before you actually take the picture
Don't forget that you will need to write backwards
If you finish your outline before the timer goes off just stay still
Cursive works best, and just keep your lettering flowing and loopy
♥ What do you think? Have you tried sparkler writing before?