the week in photos.

happy march.

that came quickly. have I been living in des moines 3 weeks already? wow. february you’ve been eventful, but you can pack up your snow storm friends and let spring take over. I’m ready.

in the wise words of author gretchen rubin [of {the happiness project}]:

“the days are long, but the years are short.” 

on that lovely note, let me share my last week of february ..

a great moment on the ellen show

if you did not see this moment during the ellen show this week, you need to watch it. she is hysterical. and this is ahh-mazing! see it here: {it’s raining film canisters}.

new coffee sign the happiness project - proofs of love mason jar drinking

happy place the night circus at barnes and noble

I’m loving this month’s book club pick: {the night circus}. I grab a coffee and happily lose myself for hours in this read.

the night circus quote

I think “put effort & energy” means I’m not going to drop a lb [or ten] by just thinking about it. so ..

I’m going to start this month off right. in the gym. 

also, [J] returns from his week-long business trip this afternoon. ohhh happy day! bring on a fun, relaxing weekend with me attached to him [poor guy!]. I’m not crazy ..he leaves again on sunday. a girls gotta take what she can get.

happy friday. hello weekend.

see you monday! for my chicken noodle soup + kale recipe.


the book club announced.

megan of {the thread affect} & I are starting a book club.

there is nothing better than snuggling up in a blanket, with a cup of hot tea, and losing yourself in a good book. but I get caught up and reading takes the back burner. which is exactly why I made a goal to read one book per month in 2013. and {the thread affect} recommended we start a blogger book club to keep us accountable & on track. the more the merrier.

after careful consideration, we have hand-selected our first book ..

[drummmmroll please …]

the end of your life book club. by Will Schwalbe.

[head over to {amazon} for the description & purchase details].

{the thread affect} & I will be posting our reviews on january 31st.

if you would like to read along with us, we would love to have you! just post your review on january 31st ..let megan & I know ..and we will put a link to your blog on ours!

if you have any questions, just ask!

on another note ..

[J] is taking me to the jelly belly factory today! for a tour. woo hoo!

happy tuesday.


when life’s got you down.


this is a “loaded” post.

I’m usually a 50/50 picture to word blogger. but I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, and I had two choices – post nothing OR post a wordy, heartfelt post. I choose the latter, obviously.

I never know how to start these dang things.

how about here – this is not a pity party. looks can be deceiving! :)

I don’t know if I’ve made it obvious, through my blog, but “chapter chicago” has not gone as planned. and by planned, I mean securing a real job, finding a place to call ours, and moving forward. I kind of feel as though I’ve been stuck on the world’s fastest ferris wheel. time is without a doubt moving, at a rapid pace. but I don’t feel as though I’m going anywhere. making any progress. I’m just going ’round & ’round & ’round. which is incredibly frustrating.

it’s hard not to doubt yourself. your abilities.. your intelligence.. your worth, when you have a beautiful, well-earned diploma and very little to show for it. [besides a monthly student loan payment. rudeeeee]. it’s hard not to be stressed, to throw nightly pity parties ..but I can’t don’t. I use phrases like “this is only temporary,” “things will get better,” “we can only go up from here“. they work-ish, but in the back of my mind, I’m always thinking, “how do I get myself out of this shit show?” [just being honest].

but thankfully, this month is the month to give thanks. so after that slightly depressing unload, let’s change the pace.

thank you [J]. you are my rock. if we can get through this, we can get through anything. you make the difficult times seems so much easier. thank you [J]’s parents. I often wonder how we will ever repay you for the generosity you have shown us through these tough times. I haven’t come up with anything ..yet! thank you mom & dad. I’m really glad you believe the job of parenting never ends, because if you didn’t ..I would’ve proved you wrong. your support means the WORLD TO ME, especially at age 25. I’m so blessed. thank you family & friends. now is really hard for me. and sometimes I rather keep to myself than talk. but please know, I appreciate all of you. just being there. supporting me ..through the good times & bad.

yes, I cried writing that. hot dang.

I’ll leave you with this ..a beautiful quote I think fits perfectly ..


we’re all just learning how to sail our ships ♥


the greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” – epictetus


cheers to overcoming the hard times. always being there for your friends & family. and never giving up.