Tuesday, April 29, 2014

the sweet season :: broken down v.3

making :: something green and liquid'y for breakfast errr'day.  
cooking :: all of the pinnted vegan pinterest meals.  seriously.  all of 'em.  post on this coming soon!
drinking :: organic african sunset red tea by the minute.
reading :: i finished 2 books within a week!  goldfinch + brand new human being.  i'd far more recommend the former over the latter.
wanting :: a few more hours of daylight in the evenings, a gaggle of girlfriends, an abundance of homemade food, a bottle (or 6) of wine, and a dinner table facing the sunset.  oh how deeply my soul needs this.  i miss my denver girls.
looking :: and looking for cute messy, wavy, twisty bridesmaid hair styles for amie's wedding in june!(!!!)
wasting :: too much pulp from our daily juices.  i really, really (reallyreallyreally) wish we had a garden i could save all the pulp for compost!
sewing :: together bits and pieces of my past into my present.
wishing :: it was saturday evening already so we could play some dang bingo at the dang vfw!  am i right, cynthia?!
enjoying :: the overcast and rainy afternoons and evenings here in the boat.  cold, rainy evenings are my love language. 
waiting :: for a free weekend with my boifriend so we can dust off our camping gear and get back in the dirt!  outlook not so good.  dang work schedules.
liking :: cold roasted sweet potatoes with a generous portion of sriracha for snacks.
playing :: with my natural curls versus flat ironed/wand curls day after day.
wondering :: what adventures this summer will hold.  we kinda, really, totally and completely blew adventure expectations out of the water last year, so i'll be excited to see how we do this summer! hashtaggetmeinthatcampervanasap.
loving :: the 5 minutes spent walking to get coffee a few times each week a a couple of my coworkers/frans.  sometimes it's 4 times a week, sometimes just once.  i thrive on the few minutes of fresh air + silly conversation regardless of the frequency of it!
hoping :: the weekend of may 16th get here sooner rather than later.  hashtaggethererightmeowmary!
marveling :: at evenings spent with windows open and listening to the creek roaring a stones throw away.  our nights here are filled with such peace and quiet it's unbelievable.
smelling :: the piping hot coffee in front of me.  i've really stuck to my 1 cup a day since my last vegan cleanse and i'm awfully grateful for that singular cup!
wearing :: a smile.  because really, why not? hashtagcorny hashtagtrue
following :: along with a few of my very favorite blogs! { . }
noticing :: the burst of energy i feel after my morning greens.  i've been making a point to only have a smoothie/juice and mayyyybe a few pieces of fruit up until lunch time and it's amazing not only how light i've been feeling but truly the amount of energy i feel after finishing my morning green smoothie!
thinking :: about a conversation i had with a girlfriend over the weekend.  she was out to dinner with some friends, one of which happened to be a vegetarian.  my girlfriend and her fiancee got an aggressive earful about vegetarian vs eating meat and the way her views were expressed were so harsh and so aggressive.  i've been thinking a lot about my choices vs your choices vs the mailman's choices and how they all work for us individually.  how i could never fathom laying into someone and chewing them out for ordering something different than me at the dinner table.  my choices work for me while your choices work for you.  pretty simple concept.
feeling :: an overwhelming amount of contentment, safety and bliss surrounding my days, weeks and months as of late.
bookmarking :: bread recipe after bread recipe.  i've been slacking on baking bread since we've moved back from wa and i need to pick this up sooner than later!  back in bremerton, i would make a batch of bread if not every week then every other.  it's time to get back to it!
opening :: crazy sexy diet to read and reread.  whenever i'm feeling in a slump of motivation or have a gut ache from one too many chicken wings, i turn to kris carr to clean up my daily meals and get back on track.
giggling :: at the record in the steamboat pilot and today.  constant entertainment.  hashtagilovesmalltowns
needing :: to quit faking hashtags in blog posts.  hashtagsorryi'mnotsory

sweet season post volume one and two


Friday, April 25, 2014

small towns are my jam :: volume 2

We've lived in The Boat going on 5 months now and more often than not it seems the small town perks double by the day.  You can read my first Small Town Jamin' post from a few months ago here, but I've acquired a few more to share.

//Setting aside a minute and twenty seconds for a stop at the DMV instead of one hour and twenty minutes (and going through 3 bottles of hand sanitizer and a bottle of ibuprofen to kill the headache acquired in said hour and twenty minutes)

//The ability to rest easy when driving up next to a white Jeep without having a mild heart attack that you just pulled up mack dab next to your ex-boyfriend.  (dat man isn't cool enough for Steamboat livin' anyhow)

//Filling up on gas, going in to pay (because of course you don't have to pay before you pump gas like all those high flutin' cities) to find out you forgot to grab your wallet from home and have the gas station attendant say "Oh it's no big deal.  Just come on back to pay for it tomorrow."

//3 minute bike ride to the grocery store.  (I had this same commute time when riding my bike to the grocery in Denver, but I truly adore riding my bike to the store anywhere I live, so it needs to be listed.)

//Enjoying an evening watching your friends perform for Steamboat Dance Theatre, but also having the performance be at your boyfriend's high school so you can sneak in a tour and see his cute middle school mug framed around the school before the performance starts.  (and of course they leave 80% of the doors unlocked because who locks their doors in a small town?!)

//(Though the ski season is now over,) the luxury of waking up on a Saturday or Sunday with the ski itch and being up ON the mountain within 30 minutes of waking up.  Take that I-70 traffic!  (This really is only possible because we live in a small ski town, but it's a small town perk nonetheless.)

This photo has nothing to do with the post, but it makes my heart burst in a million pieces!  While watching our nephew Charlie overnight a few weeks ago we were winding down watching a movie.  I get up to use the restroom, come back and both of these boys are chomping on carrot sticks.  I asked Hunter just what had happened and he said Charlie wanted a snack, walked over to our fridge and came back with two carrots for them to snack on.  So darn cute!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

reminiscing :: leap of faith.

Exactly a year ago today we loaded 5 rubbermaid bins into Hunter's truck (3 full of camping supplies and only 2 of our clothes + quilts + necessary kitchen appliances.  Classic Madfield.), 3 bikes and a set of luggage and shipped off for Bremerton.  I am feeling a twinge of excitement and adventure today reminiscing about it all.  My heart is feeling so, so many things.  It is feeling pride in remembering the hardships that were faced, the risks we took, the friendships we made & the hundreds of thousands of memories that we created.  It is also feeling comfort and ease looking around at the life we have built for ourselves here in Steamboat.  A life of simple pleasures, an abundance of friends and family, a really fantastic daily routine mixed with weekend and evening adventures.  I can easily and without a moment's hesitation say that I am not the same person I was 52 weeks ago and that I love the person that our little leap of faith has lead me to be.  I love the bond that was strengthened between Hunter and I.

::photo of us on our trip from co to wa taken from my instagram account::

Today I am celebrating risk, love, growth and adventure.  Join me?
Cheers, friends!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Drafts + dust be gone!

My poor little neglected blog.  I have a dozen+ blogs in draft form yet haven't found the time or energy to finish + post them all.  I've been thinking about what I can do to get excited about blogging again.  I've fallen behind on sharing so many trips/stories/memories/events that it is downright daunting to think about catching up with them all.  But is that even the point of a blog?  To generate your own guilt over not sharing your own experiences + thoughts?  I don't think so, either.  I could bust out a few of the usual blog suspects of "currently" posts or recent instagram photo posts to get back into the swing of things, but I just don't know if I'm digging that too much right now.  One of my favorite bloggers/instagrammers/people on this here interweb recently picked up her blogging groove again and she's inspired me to dust off my keyboard and get back to it, too.  Thank you, Anna!  So though I don't have a lot to say right meow, I'm hoping to have a lot to say in the near future.

Here are a few photos taken in the recent weeks + months that mean so darn much to me.

Can you even stand how cute those pigtails are in skis at 9pm while playing with a set of tools?!

Talk to you soon, friends.