There is nothing quite like a sun-warmed tomato, fresh off the vine. #gardening #tomatoes #theyaretakingover

July 31, 2015 at 04:19PM

Gazpacho a le Russet. First time with the recipe, I ended up not straining the good bits out… It’s pretty damned tasty. A bit less onion last time.

July 22, 2015 at 07:09PM

Not the first of the season, but damn if they aren’t tasty. Golden beets and some red variety I can’t remember the name of. But they have red concentric circles inside instead of being a solid color. :) #gardening #beets #ineedmoreallowance

July 16, 2015 at 05:29PM

Caprese Omelette! The only change I’d make is to reduce the basaltic vinegar to a syrup-like consistency. #basilinspired

July 12, 2015 at 11:13AM

Aside from his tail wagging furiously he hasn’t moved in close to 30 minutes since I threw that shirt on top of him. #stuffedanimal #puppies

June 23, 2015 at 07:25AM

Adult Secrets Exposed 001: Sleeping in, the Myth

why am i awake meme

I remember fondly, the weekend mornings where I would sleep until the world forced me from my comforter chrysalis. I would stay up till the early hours of the morning, hanging with friends, playing video games, watching anime, or as was often the case in my teens- working my paper route. But once I fell asleep.  Oh man… I remember those sleeps as some of the deepest and most well-rested of my life.  At the same time, I remember thinking how, “when I was grown up”…

… I’ll get to go drinking whenever I want!

… I’ll get to play video games all the time.

… I’ll get to draw whenever I want.

… I’ll get to sleep in whenever I want.

… I won’t have to wake up at 5am to make it to school by 7am for my first class.

… I won’t have a care in the world.

I can only imagine what nerdy or gaming kids today! I mean, if this is what was running through my mind even 12 years ago the lazy today are surely in for an interesting wake-up call.  Reality, of course, could rightfully care less when it comes to the whims and wants of the high school and teenage adolescent mind. And in truth I really don’t mind.

As a childless adult, I find that most weekend mornings I’m up by 7am at the latest. 8am is considered a very late morning and, all in all, this suits me. I wouldn’t dare try to speak on behalf of an adult with children, that’s a scope so beyond my comprehension. I respectfully submit my ignorance on this matter. Instead of “not having a care in the world,” I find that I have several things I care about. They bring me joy and sadness, pain and pleasure. My relationship is at the head of the list since we share most of the rest of these interests and the rewards I get from investment in the relationship are immeasurable. That being said… I also garden, I remodel (as seen in the Instagram photos that have popped up here), and I tend house (because it looks so GOOD when it’s clean). But I also go to the gym (at least I try, thank you Joel! <3), hike, meet up with friends, go camping, and play with my dog… Just to name a few. All of these are great pastimes that I care about and (contrary to my teenage belief that these things in life simply happen) if I didn’t invest time into any of them, they wouldn’t be there for me to care about.

But the point is the simple fact that my early mornings mean that I have the time to spend on all these pastimes and then some. It takes scheduling and structure, but boy is it ever satisfying when I accomplish the little things. Each of the little things add up and when reflecting on it, it appears that my lack of sleeping in has contributed greatly to my happiness in this beast called life. How about yourself?

The view when entering the living room from the office/bedroom area of the first floor. #excited #remodel #open

June 06, 2015 at 12:12PM