Saturday, August 22, 2015

POTD 2015 | april 16-30

106. | the wall.
106. | the wall.
04.16.2015

Oh, it's an exciting photo day alright. Here is the wall in my living room. Calm down, y'all. It's just a wall.


107. | lavender iced tea.
107. | lavender iced tea.
04.17.2015

A friend and I went light shopping (believe it or not, it was more exciting than it sounds!). We followed it up with lunch at Story Hill BKC. This drink was on the menu and let me tell you, it was unlike any iced tea I'd ever had before.


108. | spectating.
108. | spectating.
04.18.2015

David had a soccer game today and the weather was so perfect that we decided to bring Shadow along with us. She sat so sweetly and watched David kick and run and play... On second thought, I'll bet she was just keeping her eye on the ball. So she could eat it.


109. | sticks.
109. | sticks.
04.19.2015

Aside from soccer balls, slippers, used kleenex and dirty socks, Shadow loves a good stick from the backyard. And here, she has scored a good stick that will last her, oh, a few minutes.



110. | grocery list.
110. | grocery list.
04.20.2015

So, if you thought my WALL from a few days ago was exciting, now you get to check out my grocery list. (Ooooh.)

Please, read the list slowly as it may cause a sudden increase in excitement. Or boredom. You can pick.


111. | top of the stairs.

111. | top of the stairs.
04.21.2015

The only place in the entire house Shadow the dog has not stepped a single paw? Down these stairs. Which really is a shame because I wanted so badly to train her to do the laundry.


112. | wednesday wine day.

112. | wednesday wine day.
04.22.2015

Well... what other day of the week would you open a bottle of wine? (correct answer: any day)

This was a good bottle. Must buy it again.


113. master of the bark box.
113. | master of the bark box.
04.23.15

Silly humans. You keep buying me these awesome boxes filled with snacks. This guy tastes like chicken!


114. | it's a sign.
114. | it's a sign.
04.24.2015

It's so close. Pizza Man is coming to Tosa and now it's official - the sign says so!


115. | street.
115. | street.
04.25.2015

I love our street. It's so pretty. The way the trees canopy overhead, perfectly framing the road, is like a welcoming committee to keep walking.



116. | butterfly.
116. | butterfly.
04.26.2015

Today we visited the butterflies at the Milwaukee Public Museum. I am always blown away by Sam when we come here. She loves the butterflies and personifies them into real friends.


117. | salad.
117. | salad.
04.27.2015

I was cutting up the ingredients for a pasta salad when I noticed how pretty they looked. The colors, textures and shapes all spoke to me straight from the cutting board! So of course I grabbed my camera...


118. | happy library books.
118. | happy library books.
04.28.2015

A quick stop at the library resulted in three -- and only three! that's impressive! --  books on creativity and photography. I only ended up reading 1 1/2 of the books. But the thing is, merely checking out the books from the library made me feel more inspired and creative. See - literary osmosis does exist!


119. | soccer pictures.

119. | soccer pictures.
04.29.2015

It's David's annual soccer picture's pre-photo photo. These two, even in one year, have grown so much! Go Team France!


120. | not everyday.

120. | not everyday.
04.30.2015

It's not everyday that you look out your widow to find a pair of ducks walking though your lawn. Turkeys, yes, but ducks? No way.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

POTD 2015 | april 1 - 15

91. | your emcee for the evening.
91. | your emcee for the evening.
04.01.2015

My darling husband, once again being fantastic on stage at a station event. Truthfully, when I see him from the audience - as others do - it's a little surreal. That guy is really something else!


92. | puppy love.
92. | puppy love.
04.02.2015

Sam has a love/love relationship with Shadow. She loves her dog so much. But some days she loves the dog but wishes she were a tiny lapdog... or a cat. Sam really struggles with missing our cat. But lapdog or cat or giant, humongous dog who thinks she's a lapdog - Sam loves Shadow unconditionally.


93. | clean plate club.
93. | clean plate club.
04.03.2015

Shadow has no problems with food. She is always a member of the clean plate club - and in record time! Once the food is set down, she devours it! That's a hungry, hungry puppy.


94. | easter eggs.
94. | easter eggs.
04.04.2015

It's a rare Easter that we are home for the weekend. So, per the kids' requests (in the form of begging and pleading!) we colored Easter eggs. In truth, it didn't take much convincing - we had already bought the kit.


95. | the hunt is on.

95. | the hunt is on.
04.05.2015

Early April in Wisconsin, you will either get an unusual warm day and be pleasantly surprised that you don't need a scarf and hat for the Easter egg hunt.... or you will freeze your tootsies off. Today was the latter. But you can tell from Sam's face (and unzipped coat!!) that she doesn't care at all. She's happy as can be, running around outside looking for plastic eggs filled with candy and quarters.




96. | fancy monday.

96. | fancy monday.
04.06.2015

It's Monday. But not just any Monday, dah-ling. It's a FANCY Monday. With a beautiful arrangement of roses on the table, my usual Starbucks coffee, laptop, iPad and laundry list of tasks don't seem so mundane. (Takes sip with pinky in the air.)


97. | at the ballpark.

97. | at the ballpark.
04.07.2015

Spring Break Excursion #1 -- Miller Park.

My favorite part, aside from hanging out with a big group of friends, was watching David and his friend PAYING ATTENTION to the game. It was adorable. They even sat apart from our group a bit so they could focus on the game.

Love. And baseball.


98. | dogbed.
98. | dog bed.
04.08.2015

Shadow doesn't like her own dog bed (she tends to eat it) but our bed - sure! that will do. Naturally. And she takes up the entire width of the bed.


99. | er.
99. | er.
04.09.2015

Spring Break Excursion #2 -- Emergency Room.

David slammed his finger in his bedroom door. We rushed out to the ER. Most unfortunate way to spend a Wednesday, not to mention a Spring Break Wednesday.

The doctors and nurses were all great... so helpful, soothing and comforting. Plus, they made his owie go away.


100. | puppy eyes.
100. | puppy eyes.
04.10.2015

This dog. She melts my heart.


101. | date night.
101. | date night.
04.11.2015

Thanks to the greatest Nana and Papa ever, my hubs and I got to to on a date! We chose Pizza Man and a Goose Island. It was nice to actually have FACE time (not via electronics) with the man I married. We have been so busy lately that there are days when we don't even see each other, talk or check in. So tonight was MUCH needed. The conversation started something like, "So... how've you been?"


102. | go for a walk?
102. | go for a walk?
04.12.2015

Spring Break Plan #1 -- go for a walk everyday.

Number of days it stuck -- probably two.


103. | heart.
103. | heart.
04.13.2015

Shadow really is a loving dog. Don't believe me? She wears her heart on her paw.

Awww.


104. | raindrops on glasses.
104. | raindrops on glasses.
04.14.2015

Rainy morning.
I just barely made it inside before the downpour began.


105. | tomatoes.
105. | tomatoes.
04.15.2015

My new seasonal favorite this year is the cherry tomato - in red and yellow. Just because. And also, they make for a colorful salad - and how can you NOT be happy with a rainbow in your bowl?

Monday, June 22, 2015

POTD 2015 | march 16-31

75. | book of the month.

75. | book of the month.
03.16.2015

This month my book group is reading this supposed soul searching and spiritual book. I'm not sure I totally feel it but maybe wearing my glasses will help. #nerd


76. | cone dog.

76. | cone dog.
03.17.2015

Poor puppy. Shadow has a little owie that she won't leave alone so we had to put the Cone of Shame on her. Look at her face. She's so sad and pathetic. "Mooooom! What're you doing to me?"


77. | bark box get well kit.

77. | bark box get well kit.
03.18.2015

The day after the cone was installed, Shadow got a package in the mail - her monthly Bark Box delivery! That ought to cheer her up! This month's theme was the Oscars. This toy lasted longer than any of the other plushes we've ever gotten her. Now that deserves an award!


78. | nom nom nom.

78. | nom nom nom.
03.19.2015

Early morning doctor appointment for my girl means a quick stop at Starbucks for breakfast. Oh, yes, that ooey-gooey chocolatey muffin is "breakfast".


79. | women at work.
79. | women at work.
03.20.2015

My friend and I got together over breakfast and strong coffee to work on our websites. Really exciting stuff. But it looks pretty, so who cares!

Also, it's the start of a really good joke: A photographer and a designer walk into a donut shop......


80. | wisco beer list.

80. | wisco beer list.
03.21.2015

We pretended to be grownups for the night! With a babysitter with the kids, we ventured out with other grownup friends to a new-to-us place... and one that certainly WILL be visited again. The Rumpus Room downtown Milwaukee and its oh-so-local beer list. Wisco is sure growing on me.


81. | #MKEkids
81. | #MKEkids 
03.22.2015

I am so excited to start this new branch of my business. #MKEkids is all about the Tweens!

Step One: stickers. Because isn't that what every company starts with?!?


82. | dog + bone.
82. | dog + bone
03.23.2015

For this, I took off her Cone of Shame. I think this greasy bone will distract her for a bit.


83. | venti quad.

83. | venti quad.
03.24.2015

Because.


84. | refreshing.
84. | refreshing.
03.25.2015

This is my long awaited post-event beer. Headshot Happy Hour is over and now I can finally enjoy a cold, refreshing Fat Tire. I am not sponsored by New Belgium in any way. BUT. For the record, I would like to be.


85. | chips and "salsa".

85. | chips and "salsa".
03.26.2015

It's Book Group night! In honor of The Alchemist's setting in Spain and Morocco, we decided to spend the evening at a Mexican restaurant. Mostly because of the lack of local Moroccan and Spanish restaurants. And also because we like it there.


27. | seeing double?

86. | seeing double?
03.27.2015

If the kids beg enough, I will wind up making them a milkshake. Or they can just say please. That works on me too. Today's milkshake experiment (David's idea) has crushed Oreos in it. So much yum.


87. | nutella heaven.
87. | nutella heaven.
03.28.2015

This is my son's idea of heaven. Endless amounts of Nutella. I think he may have cried when I sent him this photo.


88. | conehead watches tv.

88. | conehead watches tv.
03.29.2015

Sam was watching one of  those Buddies movies. You know the ones (rather, hopefully you don't!) - all the talking dogs who solve problems and crimes. Well, this was a movie right up Shadow's alley. She sat there, Cone of Shame and all, entranced by all the dogs on TV. Hey, down in front! You make a better cone than a window!


89. | my two girls.
89. | my two girls.
03.30.2015

I took the girls to the park for a long walk. Everyone needed to get some energy out, I think. We went "off path" and wound our way through the woods. The dog was happy, the girl was super-happy and the mom was exhausted. But oh, so happy, too.


90. | you want me to WHAT?

90. | you want me to WHAT?
03.31.2015

I came home from picking up one kid from school and found this written by the other kid in my spot in the garage.
DERP MOM'S CAR HERE.
I would love to, if I only knew how...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

POTD 2015 | march 1-15

60. | taco seasoning mix.
60. | taco seasoning mix.
03.01.2015

I'm never buying taco seasoning mix from the store again. Tonight I planned taco night for the family and when it was time to add the seasoning, I couldn't find any. Small little detail when making tacos, no? 

So, when in doubt, ask Google... viola! I had every ingredient in the house. All I had to do was measure, pour and stir. And you know what? This homemade version tasted better than the store-bought kind! 

I've made a few changes, but here is the original recipe: www.cooks.com/recipe/ws2cz0b5/homemade-taco-seasoning-mix...

1 T chili powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. each ground cumin, paprika, powdered oregano, sugar, cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. water
1 bottle of red wine

Combine all dry ingredients. 
Add mixture to cooked meat. 
Pour in water and stir. 

Meanwhile, drink wine.


61. | behold the giant icicle.

61. | behold the giant icicle.
03.02.2015

Sam discovered this giant icicle in the back of our house. Oddly, it was growing from the ground up. So of course she had to have it.


62. | blog calendar.
62. | blog calendar.
03.03.2015

In researching how to plan and organize my blog posts, I discovered this great idea - small, color coded post-its placed on my calendar. It was the perfect visual planning method! I was so pleased with myself.

Except for one thing.... I couldn't see my calendar anymore. Um...

#fail


63. | doggie heaven.
63. | doggie heaven.
03.04.2015

This is one happy pup, completely surrounded by piles of socks. And I am one happy puppy-mom because she didn't try to gnaw on a single one of them.


64. | bitter.

64. | bitter.
03.05.2015

Bitter cold, bitter that it's cold. Either way.


06. | number's up.
65. | number's up.
03.06.2015

One of my new favorite places to go for lunch (with my laptop) is The Corner Bakery. If I get there toward the end of the lunch rush, I can sit there all afternoon if I want.


07. | new do.

66. | new do.
03.07.2015

The day has finally come: Sam expressed her opinion and she wanted her hair cut. So in we went, anxious mom and excited daughter. And out we came - oh my gosh! I literally couldn't stop looking at her. She looked gorgeous! And GROWN UP.

Sam told me, as we sat there admiring her new hair, that not only did she want to straighten her hair all the time (join the club!) but also that she wanted contact lenses.

Oh boy. Let's do one drastic change at a time. Mom can only handle so much.


67. | that's my name, don't wear it out.

67. | that's my name, don't wear it out.
03.08.2015

Thank you, children.

I love that Siri thinks my name is "Big Fat Freaking Stinky Booty". "Abbie" is so overrated... who'd want to be called that anyway?


68. | streetlights.

68. | streetlights.
03.09.2015

There is still snow on the ground but the temperature was just barely warm enough for me (delicate me!) to go outside for a walk.

Tonight, it was the streetlights that caught my eye. There's always something to photograph.


69. | perfect pairing.

69. | perfect pairing.
03.10.2015

Sometimes you just need wine. And sometimes the cookies that grandma sent home with the kids need to be devoured as well.

I couldn't ask for a more perfect, pain-relieving combination. And I am SO sure this is the pairing that the winemakers had in mind.


70. | hi mom.

70. | hi mom.
03.11.2015

Shadow likes to look in at me through the kitchen window. I can practically hear her saying, "Hi mom! Let me in now!"


71. | thanks mom.

71. | thanks mom.
03.12.2015

You can always tell when the kids want something from mom. Suddenly they follow directions, don't burp at the dinner table and bat their eyelashes at you.

I have now discovered the way to get something from them. (insert evil laugh) Milkshakes. Make them a milkshake and the world is yours for the asking.


72. | her new shoes.
72. | her new shoes.
03.13.2015

Sam needed new shoes. She was complaining her heels hurt in her old ones. So off we went to the store.

I measured her feet. I measured them again. Oh, third time's a charm. No... those numbers don't lie. Her feet grew a size and a half. Well, no wonder her heels hurt!

And with that, my baby girl is wearing women's shoes. If she's in a 7 1/2 at age eleven, I have a sinking suspicion... we're not done here...


73. | that's a lot of candles.

73. | that's a lot of candles.
03.14.2015

It's a belated birthday celebration for my niece Hayley... and it's crazy to think how fast the years go by.

Quick, before they grow up.


74. | pooped.

74. | pooped.
03.15.2015

After 24 hours at doggy daycare, this is one pooped dog. She came home and pretty much collapsed right there. Goodnight, Irene!

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