Icepacolypse

So, we’ve been iced in practically all weekend. Needless to say, Casey and I are getting cabin fever. So I thought I’d share what we’ve been up to.

Wrapping gifts and mailing out my Christmas cards. (If you are looking to step up your calligraphy game – check out Blue Eye Brown Eye).

holiday wrapping

christmas cards

I finally put together my light up dachshund from Target. Lola is not impressed.

dachshund

 

Because our loft building refused to salt our parking lot, we’ve been super stuck. So naturally, Casey whipped out his hockey skates and skated the parking lot.

ice skating

 

Mostly, there’s been a lot of this.

dachshund

 

Finally, a quote that sums up the current situation:

texas ice storm

Icepacolypse

Good Things Happening

I am one of the few people in Dallas who can say they walk/bike to work nearly everyday. On weeks when I have to drive more (client meetings, tornado warnings, etc) I really feel like I  miss out on the great things going on in my neck of the woods.

Walking to work I get to see all the great things springing up in my neighborhood. I also get to soak in one of the few places in this city that has street art. Deep Ellum is really gaining traction and this place is totally revitalizing.

Pretty soon, we’re going to have a donut shop:

glazed donut works

And a ramen noodle place:

tanoshi ramen

I would honestly miss out on this so much if I didn’t go out and explore where I live. I often find myself wanting to move to somewhere like Austin or San Francisco, but keep reminding myself that there are great things going on around me. Places like that are awesome because people stay there and make them great! I’ve been focused on not comparing where I live to somewhere else and just enjoying all my city has to offer (comparison is the thief of joy after all).

Is there something cool happening in your neighborhood?

Good Things Happening

Life’s Like This

I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic lately. I think it’s just the time of year.

This time last year I was graduating, and let me tell all you young folks still in college, take your time. Enjoy it. Both Casey and I have talked about how much we miss SMU lately. It’s a very special place for us, too.

My mom and I spent some time flipping through old year books (from my private school plaid days) and it seems like forever ago. Then driving home from my run this gem came on:

I couldn’t help but think of how different my life is from when I was in middle school and high school. I think I’m really lucky though. Casey has been such a constant in my life for the past six years. My family is wonderful and so supportive. Although many of my friends have changed, there are many of them who are dear to my heart. (What’s the girl scout jingle we all learn? “Make new friends, but keep the old. Some are silver and the others gold.)

Also, some things will never change… Like our affinity for making silly faces.

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Dallas Christmas Photo Booth

In other words, “Dude you wanna crash the mall?” Preach Avril. Preach.

Life’s Like This

Everyday in Deep Ellum

Wow, it’s been almost a month since I last posted! I’ve been so busy living and adjusting to a new job that I have forgotten to write.

Below is my new desk – I finally brought in photos and of course something dachshund-ish!

downtown desk

I’ve been fortunate that I live so close that I can walk or ride my bike to work!

 

bicycle public

Casey and I have been adding to our home with new furniture. We love this rocker and the new pillow from Dowdy Studio!
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We also went to the Sunday Peoples exhibit at The Public Trust as well as an alley cat race.

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And of course, I’ve been spending my money at Gypsy Wagon… I obviously needed those rings!

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There are a lot of cool things happening in Deep Ellum, so hopefully I will write again soon.

Everyday in Deep Ellum