happy new year!

January 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a great end to 2011 and is looking forward to a joyful and love-filled 2012.

E and I started our night at Music Hall to see E’s dad play with the CSO. Every year they do a concert and special gala and since I started listening to the classical station in the car (short story: I hate all of Cincinnati’s radio stations, thus I listen to classical because there are no commercials and occasionally I learn something about animals from the ’90 second naturalist’ segment’) I knew all about the concert, but never thought E would go. But it was so fun! They played a few pieces from operas and operettas (not my favorite) and ended with several jazz numbers (my favorite). I think we saw E’s dad play in about two of the songs. I guess it was an easy gig!

Music Hall is so pretty and it was a nice date. Even nicer was the people watching. Whoa. Because of the gala, you can see people in anything and everything. Fur. Ball gowns. Tuxes. We were nowhere that dressed up, but maybe someday. What girl doesn’t want an excuse to get all dolled up?

We then went to a friend’s party and proceeded to have too much food and drink…per usual for new years! Needless to say, today has been laaaaazy. The only time we’ve been out of the house was when I took Nico on a walk. It’s been like a mini vacation for a day.

As for 2012 resolutions? Last year I made a whole list of goals that never really were achieved except for saving money and keeping the house cleaner. This year, instead of trying to force things to happen, I want to relax and focus on creating balance in all parts of our life.

That pretty much sums it up completely. I want more out of 2012. Happy New Year!

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kt + e’s cincinnati: lunken bike trail

April 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s no secret E and I like to ride our bikes. A lot. I mean, we’re planning several 100-mile rides this summer. You don’t do that unless you are crazy dedicated. Or just plain crazy.

Unfortunately, you can’t just pick up one day and ride 100 miles without some pretty serious consequences. Aka, soreness. In some bad places. One really has to train for such an endeavor, putting in at least an hour long ride after work a few days a week and then some long distance rides on the weekends. Cincinnati is not a great place for cyclists. We’re not like Portland or parts of North Carolina where you can ride easily to and from work or to the store. It’s especially difficult if you are afraid of riding on the road. You know, with cars.

I am afraid.

So we end up doing all of our rides on the Little Miami Bike Trail, which is awesome since you can ride from Newtown (about a 10 minute drive from our house) all the way up to Xenia (65 miles on the trail). But, it is boring. You are in the woods. The whole time pretty much. Flat trail and woods is pretty much all you see. Well, and people who don’t know how to ride their bikes or like to walk in huge groups crowding the trail or like to stop in the middle…but that’s a post for another day. After awhile, I just need something different.

Yesterday I brought my bike to work, which is conveniently enough, down the street from Lunken Airport and its surrounding trail. It’s 5 miles around, which I figured meant I could go around 3 times and with the distance to and from my office would be an hour’s ride. Well. Parts were flooded. People let their dogs run free. There are very skinny parts. And bumpy parts.

And I had to go on the road. The horror! I think two cars passed me.

Trust me, I was not bored.

But I was not happy.

This trail is awesome for running. It’s mostly flat and has different views on the way around. But it is too crowded for cycling if you want to maintain any kind of speed. A leisurely ride on a sunny Sunday afternoon? Awesome. An athletic training ride? Not so.

Maybe I had a bad experience. Maybe you will tell me that you used to ride there all the time and thought it was great and wonderful and the most perfect bike trail in the world. Maybe I will try again.

But probably not. Guess I’m going back to boring for awhile!

11 for 11: goal number five

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

Since clearly I lost all of my Type A personality traits after high school (and after seeing Black Swan) I am going out of order on these new year goals. I picked number five to start because I could take the first step, inspiration and design, without spending any money (go goal #1!)

For those who don’t remember, goal #5 is to finish the office so we have a workspace. Seems harmless enough. Consider this though: right now the office is a veritable sea of discarded crap. It is our home’s Island of Misfit…Everything. It is nearly impossible to walk from the door to the opposite wall. Or to the closet. Or to the window. You get the picture. Convenient because there is no way I’m providing a picture of my slovenliness for the interwebs’ viewing pleasure.

We are in desperate need of storage and organization. One day it took me 30 minutes to find our home warranty information to call a plumber. If it had needed something in a real emergency? I shudder.

So today is step one in the re-do, and probably the most fun step besides the shopping step which will probably come much later in the year and will be spread out into multiple shopping trips. Sad I know, but such is life after college we’ve come to figure out. Have I mentioned how much I hate 2011 goal #1?

First up: The color inspiration board and the images that inspired the palette.

My first inspiration for this room came from the movie (500) Days of Summer. Wonderful movie. If you haven’t seen it, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The main character has a chalkboard wall in his bedroom as you can see above. I love this idea for an office because you can scribble to do lists and inspiration and doodle some logo designs…whatever you want. I imagine the chalkboard wall to be on the “long” wall of the room with the desk in front of it, facing the middle of the room. I can’t wait to have this area to brainstorm.

The picture of the buttons is what inspired the color palette. I love the soothing blues, greens, the pattern with white, and the pop of red. That would be the spice color, DAAPkids. The green will go on the remaining walls and of course, I already picked out which color I want on my last trip to Lowe’s. Maybe the A-type is coming back.

While the rest of the furniture in our house (at least what we have purchased, not inherited) is decidedly mid-century modern, my goal for the furniture in the office is to go a bit more traditional in shape, while staying modern in the materials. The perfect example of this is the Louis Ghost chair that is so formal and traditional in shape, but made of clear acrylic. It haunts me.

One other part of this room I find very important is creating a “loungespace.” I really, really want an Eames rocker to go in one of the corners for little mental breaks throughout the day. With a bookshelf and this little baby (my alternative to a file cabinet) nearby, I can imagine curling up for a nice long book-reading session. Perfect for the relaxed elegance of the space, and perfectly in line with the mid-century influence of the house. I don’t think I will ever completely give it up, HAHAHA. Plus, not to get too far ahead in our newlywed life, but eventually this tiny room will probably become a nursery IN THE VERY DISTANT FUTURE, and obviously if I can kill a few birds with one design, I will do it now to avoid extra work when I might be growing a tiny human.

There are no tiny human growth plans in the works for now or the next few years. I just wanted to get that out there.

Anyway, that tangent is over. I really love the play in texture on the pillows and the fun, typographically-focused artwork and I think the red and white are just enough to keep the room fresh and vibrant and not pastel-hell.

This is just a random collection of images, but all bring out elements of the room design. You can even see the TROLLSTA painted a vibrant yellow. I would imagine after awhile ours would turn coral. Just saying. It makes it look soo much more modern and unique, non? The white patterned lattices in the first picture are amazingly beautiful and the gray cabinet with aqua shelves really prove to me that you can re-purpose furniture in the most surprising ways.

I had to add in the gratuitous kid playing with the chalkboard wall pic. What kid WOULDN’T love to be allowed to draw on the walls?!?

So that’s the office dream. Obviously it requires a lot of saving money and work on our part, but I think it will be so calm and elegant and practical for the work we would do in the end. What do you think about the room mood boards? A good direction for us to take?

11 for 2011

January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

I like resolutions. I really do. There is something about the start of a new year that brings hope and a promise of potential. Even if I never keep my resolutions, I like them. E doesn’t like them. His resolution is “to never set resolutions.” So far he’s keeping it well.

This year, I thought I would make a list of goals, some of them for me and some of them for the both of us. 2010 was a pretty good year for us, and I want to make sure this year is just as fun and productive. It’s time to be bold!

  1. Get control of our finances.
    This one is a toughie for me us. 2010 was rough on our finances and we have debt where we didn’t have debt before. It’s scary and neither of us like it, but I’m glad it’s out there. Now we’ve said it, and we can start moving forward. Some action steps: Freeze unnecessary spending in January (only bills and essentials), Track spending for a few months to notice patterns and places we can save, Pay our debt off by the end of the year, Save save save, and research/start investing. This is one goal I don’t like, but it has to happen. I already miss shopping.
  2. Read 12 books that challenge me.
    It is no secret that I love to read. I really, really love it. I would rather read all day on the couch than watch tv, much to the chagrin of e. But, I read books that aren’t necessarily challenging me in any way. It is pure entertainment. I will read one book a month that is not contemporary fiction and write a review of said book here.
  3. Take cooking classes.
    This is a fun one for us! Neither of us can cook really well so we end up having the same things over and over again, week after week. It’s boring. Hopefully, taking some classes will help us branch out and feel comfortable using our cookbooks on a regular basis.
  4. Get involved with a charity on a regular and committed basis.
    Not sure which one yet, but this one’s pretty straightforward.
  5. Finish the home office so we have a place to devote to work.
    This one is also a no-brainer. We’d like to have a place that can function for us if we decide to go back to school or work from home. The couch (our option right now) will not suffice. Also, we need a file cabinet. Desperately.
  6. Paint something to hang on the wall.
    I’m not the greatest of fine artists, but I miss having a creative outlet other than my work. It would be nice to have something special to show off! Have you seen David Bromstad’s work? It’s gorgeous and exactly what I am envisioning. Graphic, colorful, fun.
  7. Document our life together on the blog and through photography.
    E and I both love photography, but lack the tools to learn more about it and enjoy it. I’ve taken classes before, but besides my point-and-shoot, haven’t worked with cameras in years. Hopefully this blog can be an outlet for us to preserve our memories in words and photos.
  8. Participate in NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month.
    This one is kind of a fun challenge, just like #6. It’s purely a creative outlet. Although this isn’t until November, I want to start building an outline, characterization,  and all of that throughout the year. Who knows? If it’s good it might lead me somewhere! Here’s more info.
  9. Run a half marathon and ride a century.
    My original goal was to run another full marathon, but I am going to be frank-I just don’t want to. It’s too much time to train and too much stress on my body. I have injured myself both times I’ve attempted to run a full and I just can’t do it again. Especially since I don’t want to do it alone. Sorry Betsy! So this year my athletic goals are a bit smaller. I will run the Flying Pig half (will be my fifth half marathon) in early May and ride a century (100 miles) with e, probably late summer. These of course will still be quite difficult as I am nowhere near in fighting shape! Just ask E how our bike ride went this past weekend. Hint: It wasn’t pretty. Guess I better get running!
  10. Purge my closet and donate clothes I don’t wear.
    Sadly, this one is a kt-only goal. Self-explanatory. This also applies to the other closets in the house. How we have junk cluttering our lives after less than a year in our house, I will never know.
  11. Deep clean our house once a month.
    I know this may gross some of you out. Once a month you say? That’s not enough! Sad to say, it will be more than we did in 2010. I know! I threw up a little in my mouth too! Once a month we will: vacuum, dust, clean the bathrooms, bleach the kitchen, mop, all of that. Of course we will also do mini-cleaning throughout the month. How gross are we? (My secret hope is that e will read this and magically create a goal where he puts all his dirty clothes in the hamper everyday and hangs up everything else! The power of positive thinking!)
  12. The extra one! Create a new holiday tradition.
    Living near our entire families is awesome. We wouldn’t have it any other way. But it does mean that during the holidays we kinda rush from house to house and don’t plan anything for the two of us. This year I hope we can do something special. Maybe we’ll start hosting an egg nog cocktail party. Maybe it’s as simple as going to Fesitval of Lights to remember where we were engaged. Who knows. It’s a long time from now!

So there’s the list. I hope I didn’t lose you in there!

kt

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