Picture Pile: Thanksgiving Weekend

turkey / table / sunset / new light / drum bar / rat pack band @ casino


"Today was my day off so I headed to Hobby Lobby to stock up on some crafting supplies for a DIY date with Jenna. One of the employees, i.e. the same one I frequently ask for opinions, bless her heart, told me “You really are here all the time aren’t you?” and I then proceeded to zig zag up and down every single and incredibly too narrow aisle probably eight or more times. When I got home with close to seven bags bursting at the seams with enough sparkle and glitter to make any child squeal with delight, Apb looked over and I noticed that look coming across his face; the whole how-much-did-you-really-spend-on-tissue-paper-babe look. And instead of feeling guilty, I smiled. Because this is just what I do. And I wouldn’t want it any other way."

This is so inspiring to/comforting of my current lifestyle. If you don't already love this blog, work on it. She's awesome. 

I think that I shall. {Today's mine.}


When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Yesterday was a big day. A big, important day. As much as I have been enjoying the time to work on things at my own pace and really focus on personal efforts, I also know that I am ready to take the next step. I have the motivation, determination and the talent. I've worked hard every.single.day for the past seven months to hone my skills and focus on growth in the areas that can take me to the level that I want to be at- personally and professionally. Let's do this. Fingers and toes crossed.


Blog A to Z

Mums and cornstalks at Harvest Valley Farms {October 2011}
I saw this post this morning over on explore.dream.discover. and thought that it has been wayyy too long since I've done one.  ta-da!

A. Age } 25 ...until Sunday ;)
B. Bed size } King. Big enough for us, and two body pillows, and 800 thread count sheets. They're on the guest bed too. Welcome.
C. Chore that you hate } Taking out the trash. (Unexpected fact: I LOVE doing laundry.)
D. Dogs } None. No pets, not even a fish. I do want a goldfish named Penny soon though. Cute, right?
E. Essential start to your day} Coffee or latte. Always vanilla. Sometimes skinny caramel macchiato.
F. Favorite color} White, but if you won't accept that answer: I prefer color combinations. Right now, loving shades of cool grey paired with Tiffany blue.
G. Gold or silver } I like silver with blacks and pinks, gold with neutrals and blues. My ring is white gold. Best of both worlds?
H. Height } 5’6"
I. Instruments you play } I regret not learning to play any when I was young. Someday, if I have the time, I want to learn to play piano. I have large hands and long fingers, so I've had many people ask me if I play.
J. Job title } Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Marketing Assistant, Wife, Friend, Sister, Martha Stewart-wannabe.
K. Kids } Someday... not soon.
L. Live } Wexford-ish, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
M. Mother’s name } Lynn (my middle name).
N. Nicknames } Vaness (always preferred), Ness, Nessa, Ess, Nessie, Loch Ness Monster. My parents named me 'Vanessa' with the intention that nicknames were not possible. This worked out well.
O. Overnight hospital stays } When I was five to get my tonsils out, then in 2009 to have my upper and lower jaw corrected. 2 years, 4 pins and 26 screws later... I still do not have feeling on the right side of my face from my eye socket to my jaw line. But I have pretty teeth.
P. Pet peeves } Bad spelling and grammar. Laziness. Wasting time.
Q. Quote from a movie } Agnes: "Will you read us a bedtime story?" Gru: "No." Agnes: "Pretty please?" Gru: "The physical appearance of the please makes no difference." I <3 this movie. Yea, I'm 25. Whatev.
R. Right or left handed } Write with left, do everything else with right.
S. Siblings } Sister, Andrea, 19.
T. Time it takes you to get ready } To go out on a weekend: 1 hour+. To run errands: 30 minutes or so. I have always been like this, don't really planning on changing unless I become famous and someone gets me ready.
U. Underwear } ...is necessary?
V. Vegetable you hate } Peas. Love love love everything else. Could live on them if I didn't also looove a good, juicy steak :)
W. What makes you run late } Myself.
X. X-rays you’ve had } Jaw, wrist, probably chest?
Y. Yummy food that you make } Buffalo Chicken Dip & my almost famous Chocolate Chip Cookies (but never at the same time).
Z. Zoo animal } I love sea otters, and someday I want to swim with a dolphin. I'm more of an aquarium kind of girl.

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