Life Update: Happy New Year

You guys! It’s been so long. I don’t have any good excuse, only that it’s been a busy whirlwind couple of months. I wanted to share a quick update on my life, and also to wish you all a Happy New Year! Can you believe 2018 is here? I have lots of hopes and goals for this year, and I’m really looking forward to get back into blogging in the new year.

I’ve been getting back into hiking the past couple of months, and it feels so good. A few weeks back, I was hiking with a friend in the redwoods and it was right in the middle of the ladybug migration season. How cool is that? There were literally thousands in clumps all over the trail.

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I flew back to Colorado for 3 days over Christmas to see my family and it was really nice. It was a short trip but it was great to spend some quality time with them. Now that I live in California, I don’t get to see my family that often and it’s just nice to be in the same room. My cat was…ignoring me pretty much the whole weekend. But that’s how cats are, isn’t it? My parents were babysitting a dog, and he was the sweetest dog ever — a total snuggle baby.

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This December, I tried to do as many holiday-themed activities as possible. Some of my friends got together for a gingerbread house competition, and it was so much fun. We couldn’t pick a winner, because they all turned out so good. Everybody got really into the details and we all got so competitive, it was such a fun thing to do with friends!

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I’ve been doing some little art projects lately, and one of my friends thought of this brilliant idea to hang paper airplanes from the ceiling over the bed. I love it so much, it’s one of the most fun room decorations I’ve ever had. It’s very comforting to wake up and see colorful planes having over you.

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I also took a stab at making my first Christmas ornament this year: a pineapple out of felt. I made it for a friend, and it took me probably 5 hours to do it, but I love the way it turned out! I might write a tutorial for the pineapple, if you guys are interested. I know it’s past Christmas, but I think this could be cute at parties or baby showers or summer bbq’s, too. (:

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I hope you all had a great holiday season, and Happy New Year! Anybody have a resolution this year? I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year.

xo

 

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Life Lately: October Vibes

Is it just me or was it just August, like, last week? Somehow we’re already almost through all of October, and it hasn’t quite felt like fall to me yet. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the Colorado fall, and here in California it’s still been pretty warm. Seriously, this week is in the high 80s and low 90s! There’s barely any color changes in the leaves, too, which is kind of weird. But, one way or another, it’s almost November. Wanted to share a few quick photos with a brief update, since it’s been such a busy fall.

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A couple of weekends ago, I hiked Mission Peak (a classic Fremont hike) with a friend. It was 85 degrees in the middle of the afternoon and we didn’t bring enough water, and I honestly thought I wasn’t going to make it. My friend pushed me to the top, and even though I probably won’t do that hike again anytime soon, I’m glad we made it. This picture is the view from the top. (Also pretty amazed my friend put up with my complaining, thanks for dealing with me at my worst.)

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After trying sushi for the first time this month (and loving it, surprisingly!), I picked up this adorable printed blouse as an homage to my new love for it. All them sushi vibes!

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Made homemade hot-pot last weekend, and it was SO good. Still tampering with the broth recipe, but it’ll get there. If you haven’t had hot-pot before, it’s a broth that you cook meat and vegetables in at your table (kind of like Asian fondue, I guess?).

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My poor kitty (who lives in Colorado with my parents) had to have a cyst removed above her eye this week, and she looked so scary after! Poor little girl. I guess the timing is all right, with Halloween right around the corner. She can go as a zombie cat, maybe?

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Picked up this little Cabin candle and have really enjoyed burning it so far. It’s subtle but freshens up the room with a musky, earthy scent.

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And a snapchat from the Pumpkin patch, because what would Halloween be without pumpkins? Side note, I carved mine WAY too early and it’s already mushy. So. Womp womp. But it was still fun, definitely one of my favorite fall traditions. My family always carved pumpkins every year, and I love continuing to do so to celebrate the season.

Anyway, hope things are going well for all of you! Happy Halloween (:

xo

Life Lately (and an apology)

Hey, there, and happy April! First things first, I want to honestly apologize for my lack of presence here on the blog the last couple of months. I’ve been trying to survive at work, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve realized I haven’t been taking good care of myself. So I may not be posting too much in the next couple of months, while I try to get myself back on track! I think, sometimes you just have to take some time off and get a breath of fresh air.

Anyway, this weekend I headed over to a local park for a short hike, and I snapped a couple photos. The pictures just don’t do this view justice, I swear it is even prettier in person. California sure is nice!

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Just look at these wildflowers, I mean!!!

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I always feel like getting out in the fresh air recharges me, it really refreshes my soul. It sounds weird but I always feel so much better when I get out.

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xo

 

Life Update: Spring Fever

I’ve had a looooott of people ask me how I’m liking California so far. And to be honest, I’m really liking it! But I’ve had some bouts of grouchiness with all the rain we’ve been having here…I mean, I know it’s a good thing. But also, I’m a sun baby. I love my sunshine, and just getting outdoors, and when I can’t do that I start to get a little antsy. Anyway, overall I’d have to say that California has been treating me well so far! I’m dreaming of Spring, and am already more than ready to break out my shorts and start shopping for swimsuits for the Summer…yeah, I get a little excited about warm weather.

Here are some snapshots from life lately:

I just bought this cute little lens for your iPhone, it slips right over the camera slot. I’ve been playing with it a bit, here are a couple of the wide angle shots:

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Been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple weeks, so I’ve been upping my Vitamin C intake, which looks like this for me (I’m not big on taking medicine):

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Lately I’ve had the creative itch…I’ve been doing a lot of painting and sewing! I made some adorable pillowcases with the cutest prints. Popsicles!?! I mean!!?

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And this work-in-progress little painting:

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So that’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to! Hope you have a wonderful week. Holy cow, we’re welcoming March this week! :0

xo

 

Life Update: Fall Feelings

It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through October, especially with the nice weather we’ve been having in Denver! I’ve been milking it to wear shorts as long as I possibly can, because I know the winter lasts so so long and I’ll be really missing my shorts soon enough. Anyway, I do love Fall in Colorado. The leaves are really beautiful right now, and I will go slightly out of my way to step on any crunchy-looking leaves (: Anybody else love that? I’m also always really excited about Halloween, because it’s my favorite holiday, but I’m also sort of sad that I don’t have any plans this year yet. Because I really love dressing up, but I’m not about to put a costume on to sit on my couch.

Here’s some photos of life lately:

My parents and I hiked at White Ranch on Sunday morning, and it was the least crowded I’ve ever seen that trail! I love hiking so much. Just look at that view:

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My pets are the sweetest two I’ve ever known, and they’re definitely best friends:

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Loving the contrast of the yellow leaves against the blue sky. Just a good reminder to look up more!

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I made this amazing salsa verde (tomatillo) this weekend for carnitas tacos (yes, I know I’m obsessed with carnitas and you’re sick of hearing about it). You guys, I think if I could just eat carnitas and then sleep, that would be just about the perfect day.

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My family has a Denver Zoo membership still, and we use it so much (we really, really like animals). This fall, they have this amazing exhibit called “Washed Ashore,” with these enormous animal sculptures all around the zoo. The kicker, though, is that they’re all created with trash that washed up on the beach. It’s such a powerful statement, and reminder to be more conscious of how much trash we’re producing and how much of that trash is ending up in the oceans. If you’re in the Denver area, get yourself to the zoo and check it out for a limited time:

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I got my hair chopped, too! New season, new hair. It’s a little shorter than I originally asked for, but the style is really perfect and I’m loving it. The style is a little shaggy a-line bob, so the front is a lot longer than the back. I love it because I just blot my hair with a towel, add a little sea salt spray and scrunch lightly, and then let my hair just be it’s natural self.
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xo.

Life Update: Dog Days of Summer

We’ve finally gotten to that “Dog Days of Summer” time of year, although here in CO it’s been really cool (like pants weather) this week. I’m in full speed job-searching mode around here, so life’s been a little hectic, but also exciting.

Here’s a few photos from what’s been going on around here lately:

  1. I passed the NBCOT (a really big scary national board exam for occupational therapy), and i had a special celebration with my family and this amazing bundt cake.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  2. doggie car rides are always the best. this dude is turning 14 next week and we’re all amazed and grateful that he’s lived this long and happy life. he had cancer a few years back, and the vet told us this year that he’s got active cancer now, so we’re not expecting a lot more time with him but we’re grateful for every day that he’s able to spend with us (still enjoying life).Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  3. I bought this little stool for $3 at a thrift store; it had black legs and the most hideous carpety fabric. I painted the legs white and recovered the cushion in this adorable citron polka dot fabric. it’s currently functioning at my sewing table/vanity table.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  4. in one of my free hours last week i made this little polka dot card set. i used acrylic paint, heavy art paper (which I cut into the perfect sizes), and this calligraphy cheat.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron

Hope your week is going great!

xo

Life Update: Starting Over

I’m officially 2 weeks in to my second OT fieldwork placement in NC, and things have been so busy the last couple of weeks. This weekend I feel like I finally have the chance to breathe, and I’m looking forward to relaxing and getting caught up on some studying. One of my best friends from undergrad is in town, and I’m excited to meet up with her in a city that’s new for both of us! I hope your weekend is wonderful (:

Here are some snapshots from the last two weeks:

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the prettiest pillows

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what a cool bridge heading out of Savannah, GA. no filter, by the way!

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sweet little vegetable soap

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my roommate’s dog is THE BEST

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the elephant in the room 😉

xo.