As if September could smell October, it starting raining right on cue this week. While I’ve been known to have freak outs about incessant rain in Eugene (in my defense, it was still pouring in June…beautiful Eugene springs must be a myth), I have to say I love it when it rains here. It’s cozy, our dry climate needs it, and it gives me the excuse to make things like pumpkin muffins and chicken pot pie…and maybe start drinking wine a little earlier…Here’s what I’ve been loving the last two weeks:
1. A new home. I took a little hiatus from the blog because I’ve been moving into a new house. The house is everything I’ve ever wanted and more, and as much as chase likes to remind me that “we’re not birds,” I can’t help but use the term nesting. It’s been so fun to bargain hunt, find furniture, and slowly make the place our own. A huge thank you to Steve, Ingri, and many other friends and family members for helping us get settled! It was dark and rainy when I took these photos, but here’s a peak at some of our progress:
new dining room table with a bench from Cost Plus World Market
our living room with a bargain rug (TJ Max) and chairs (Target), and chase’s favorite feature after the garage — a wood burning stove
a cow hair and braided velvet pillow from Pier 1
a new glass top for our coffee table, which was a gift from Ingri
our new “wall mount” from Huck and Paddle, a local interior boutique
a glimpse at the yard — we love being able to let the dogs out and not worry
the second bathroom
2. Succulent friends. The highlight of going to Twin Falls (a horrible, horrible place)? Finding some succulents at Home Depot! These four little plants caught my eye, and I was thrilled to take them home. I found them some fancy new pots at Bellissimo Gardens, and I can’t wait to watch them grow! They freshen up any home.
four new succulents
bright green succulent
3. Bey and Jay. A friend passed this on to me while I was at work, and it instantly brightened my day. I’ve often mused that I would only want to be super rich if I was Jay-Z and Beyoncé rich…because they’re just so damn amazing and it seems like most extreme wealth comes at the cost of corruption. This video everything — it’s personal, intimate, and Beyonce’s American flag get-up is just too much, in the best way possible.
4. A birthday celebration. With a (very) crazy work week, Taylor’s birthday celebration was the light at the end of the tunnel — it was a great night filled with fabulous company and vegetarian food (although I couldn’t help but slip a little bacon in there). Full post to come!
pretty autumn table
5. Another feel-good movie. Nothing says rainy day like a Sunday matinee. I highly recommend This is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, and Rose Byrne. It’s funny, has just the right dose of melancholy, and captures the intricacies of love, loss, and family pretty perfectly. I saw it with my mom, and she loved it also.
6. The harvest festival. I attended my first Ketchum Harvest Festival two weekends ago with Chase, his parents, and a couple friends. It was well worth the $45. We enjoyed a walk through downtown Ketchum on a beautiful fall day as we enjoyed wine and food from our favorite local restaurants including Richshaw, il Naso, the haven, Ketchum Grill, Raspberry’s, Bigwood Bread, Zinc, Cristina’s, and Globus. Needless to say, we were stuffed by the end of the night, but not too stuffed to cap it all off with some cake pops and champagne in the park. I will definitely do this again next year!
sliders from Bigwood Bread
end of the night — clearly we’d enjoyed some wine!
beautiful cake pop display from Sweet Crumb
the boys at zinc
yummy beef pot pie
Pablo and Chase
mac and cheese with all the fixings from the haven
abbey getting a refill
abbey excited to be at Rickshaw
7. Celebrating a happy marriage. September 17 would have marked my mom and dad’s 37th wedding anniversary. Though he passed away many years ago, it was always evident to me and my brother how wonderful a marriage our mom and dad had. My mom hiked to the top of Proctor to the cairn commemorating my dad to leave some flowers, and I had a good laugh over this classic photo. I can only hope to have a marriage as solid as theirs! Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
mom at the top of Proctor
a classic photo from their wedding
8. Red wine and awesome people. My friend a former (sob) co-worker, Kate, invited some work friends to a private wine tasting at Frenchman’s Gulch Winery, a package she purchased at an auction. It was so great to catch up with these amazing gals outside of work, and we shared and a lot of wine, food, and laughs. I highly recommend Frenchman’s Gulch wine — my favorite was the Ketchum Cuvée. Yum!
wine tasting at tapas at Frenchman’s Gulch Winery
9. A fancy new iPhone. I certainly don’t consider myself an “early adopter” of technology, and while I’ll have apple products for probably the rest of my life, I’m not obsessive about having the latest and greatest. Let’s just say I have zero plans to wear one of those goofy watch things. My quest for a new iPhone case for my iPhone 5 turned into “buying” a new iPhone 6. They were offering $200 if I traded in my phone, and there was only one gold one left in the store — it was fate. I am loving it so far and haven’t had any issues with bugs or bending. Photos taken with the (inferior) iPhone 4.
everything is better in gold
10. A quick read. “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s a stunning, poetic memoir without an ounce of self-pity. “The Silver Star” was a great continuation of Walls’ work, and it was a very quick coming-of-age story about two sisters who take matters into their own hands when their mom doesn’t come home for a couple weeks. I highly recommend it!
Have a great week!