Weekend recap

This past weekend was filled with sun, reading, and adventure! I spent Saturday by the pool reading a new book that reminds me of my summer in Italy. The book is titled Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, and I want to share my very favorite line thus far; "Then she smiled, and in that instant, if such a thing were possible, Pasquale fell in love, and he would remain in love for the rest of his life-not so much with the woman, whom he didn't even know, but with the moment." I think that is so eloquently said.

{teal toes & coral nails... I can't believe summer is almost over}

Sunday... was much more of an adventure... Derek & I went skydiving!! It was SOO exhilarating! The free-fall portion was freezing and I could barely catch my breath, but the gliding along after the parachute deployed, was warm, quiet, and serene! Such a rush!

The move & life after...

Upon moving into my new house, I immediately started work on my closet. My closet, by the way, is ginormous! It's like an additional bedroom. Oh, did I mention I have the attic room? It's a good size compared to my last bedroom, so the extra space is much appreciated! The closet work, pictured below, shows the transformation from blue to antique white. It is much more comfortable and homey! That handsome helper is my boyfriend Derek. He was eager to help out and it's always more fun to tackle a project like this with someone!

Anywho, it has been a few weeks now and the three of us are almost completely moved in! Last night, Erin, Courtney, and I had our first roommate dinner. Courtney fired up the grill and we drank wine and had a fantastic little meal on the back deck! I'm excited to finally be in-town this weekend to really break in the new house!


Jackie, why have you been so terrible about blogging lately? 

(( long pause )) I suppose I've just been busy. 

Too busy? Too busy for a 5 minute post now and again?!

 True. At least once a week I've got 5 minutes to spare and work hasn't been busy...

 So post something!

Just a small monologue that went on in my head today when I thought about blogging. 

I think I hit that bridge that I thought "Why blog? My writing is average, at best, and my photos are awesome only half the time. I'm not a fashion blogger, posting about my outfits and inspiring others and creating trends. So, why?" I can only assume most bloggers come across these thoughts at some point, right? Then, I looked at one of my very favorite blogs for some inspiration, Bleubird, and was thinking how beautiful her kids and how I feel like I'm watching the youngest one, Sailor, grow up! What fun to look back on those posts when he is a grown man, maybe showing a girlfriend or fiancé funny and adorable pictures of himself. It dawned on me, that some bloggers just enjoy the documentation of it. Duh, Jackie. Isn't that the reason you started this little blog? I wanted to document my adventures, things that inspire me, and things that get me down. I wanted to share stories, things I love, etc. A little bit of anything and everything that I came across.

So... some things I would like to document...

1 & 2. I visited my lovely friend, Getzy, in STL for Mardi Gras weekend. Along with other fun activities, we saw the penguin parade. It was just about the cutest thing ever. Of course, they got too close and pecked at my leg, so it freaked me out! But overall, a fantastic weekend!
In other news: Getz is head to Costa Rica for 2 years in the Peace Core :) CONGRATS!
I think she'll need me to visit her at some point... YAY!

3 & 4. I spent my St. Patrick's Day in Cleveland with some great friends.

5. I always love visiting my little brothaa. 
Exactly ONE MONTH before my Spain trip to visit him for his Bday!!!!

6. Erin & I went to the Delta Rae & ZZ Ward concert. FANTASTIC!
We got to meet Liz Hopkins of Delta Rae & we hung out with ZZ Ward's band after the show...
Super cool! They're awesome people.

7 & 8. Spent Easter with my family in Cleveland. And yes, I do still hunt for my Easter basket.
I will never be too old for these things. Love you Ma for your love of all Holidays :)

9. Ryan Bingham concert. Country-Alt. Very good music!
He brought his dog out on stage and had him sit for a while. It was adorable.

10. I made an easter basket for this fella because he poked fun at me for still hunting for one.
And guess what... He loved it!

11. That same fella; He took me to an 80's themed Murder Mystery Party. It was super fun!
Meet Derek. I suppose I should mention he's my boyfriend. Yeaaaah. It's the truth. He's pretty rad.

I'm gonna go ahead and repeat one thing... ONE MONTH 'TIL SPAIN!!!!!!!!


Hope you all had joyous holidays and a happy first week of 2013! Let me tell you; 2013 is going to be a great year folks! I have some big plans for this year. Lots of travels and hopefully lots of changes! 

The holidays, as usual, were filled with lots of family & friends. Cleveland for Christmas and Chicago for NYE! Thankfully the construction on our kitchen re-model was complete in-time for Christmas Eve dinner!!

Here are some highlights :

{ my brother and i : Christmas Eve }

{ after dinner chit-chat with the fam }

{ dad & brother sleeping off dinner... not sure why they thought this was cozy! }

{ i love this little girl }

{ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame visit with family }

{ Pocketbooth iPhone App-fun with Meg }

{ puppy-dog getting cozy }

{ check out that snow-dino kids }

{ cousins & brother with our giant snowman, it was a busy day }

{ my dayton friends in chi-town }

{ NYE with my roommates... tradition 4 years strong }

{ NYE: Courtney and i }

Some of my resolutions include; 
1. Understanding more of what I am putting into my body. This means: Splurging on the organic stuff, ridding my freezer of the frozen junk, & drinking more tea ( no I cannot abandon my love of coffee. not a chance – lent was hard enough! )
2. Less couch time, aka watching TV, more reading!
3. Portfolio, portfolio, portfolio!!! Which then brings job searching... in Cali :)
4. Create a web-presence for myself
5. Start selling on Etsy
6. Stay positive!


At the office, almost everyone makes, bakes, or creates a little something for fellow co-workers ((ok so some people buy stuff as well - but hey, Christmas time is the perfect time to try all those adorable Pintrest things you've been dying to do!))

 Last year I attempted the red velvet cake pops; other than not staying on the sticks, they were quite delicious! 

This year I tried cookie dough bites from Pintrest!

I think it's safe to say most folks like to eat the cookie dough during the baking process. I know my brother and I would always sneak a few bites when we embarked on our annual Christmas cookie bake-a-ton. ((yeah. just dubbed it that mom, sorry)) Which, this year I sadly had to miss out on because we're getting our kitchen redone and thus no-baking or cooking until December 24th. Before the holidays, are you nuts? I asked my mom the same thing. She's nearly at her wits end, but I pray it will be done for Christmas eve, or we'll have to resort to take-out. YUCK. I love my tradition Christmas meal, surrounded by my mom's entire family. It's the coziest, most cramped meal of the season and I LOVE IT :)

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions?

Happy Friday - Have a lovely weekend!

((PS. I made this photo with type over it straight on my phone - the app is called TYPIC - download it!
You won't regret it! OH, and it's free))

Thanksgiving Instagrams

{wednesday night out with friends}

{christmas ale}

{happy turkey-day! photo cred. to michael kenneth}

{family fun on a friday night}

{check this beautiful sky out - holy moly!}
I am so very thankful for my friends and family and the ability to travel home to see both over the Holidays. Many are unable to make it home, and one day that may be me - but for now I cherish each Holiday I am fortunate enough to make it back to Cleveland to spend time with people I love!

Hope you all had as deliciously filling of a Thanksgiving meal as I did :)

 I am also thankful for some little things that make me smile! As pictured above; a good light-up sign that brings some festive element to the bar atmosphere, Great Lakes Christmas Ale (the best seasonal beer EVER), selfie-photos, and amazing sunsets on a road-trip!

embalagem para Brasil

Woot woot! This time tomorrow, I will be on my flight to Brazil :)
((hopefully sleeping for most of it, fingers crossed))

The past few days have been a whirl-wind of packing and prepping, but mostly packing and re-packing. Sunday evening, I attempted to start and this is how I left it...

 Last night around 8 my room looked more like this...

and finally by midnight I am almost there... 

Welp - time to get back to packing! Can't wait to share the photos and stories in a few weeks!

Bring on the sunshine, the beaches, adventures, and whatever else may come our way!

Insta-pics lately

1 to 4. My little cousin Owen's first birthday party!
5. Celebrating Erin's b-day with Courtney
6. Impero coffee on High St. (Seriously recommend the lattes)


{the small area of land just hoping to be a garden in my backyard}

{yes, it was quite sad - but see the potential!?}

{and voila! a garden}

{some herbs on the left and my new found love on the right, a gnome!}

{i love all the colors and the easy maintenance of pots}
{I've been watering daily and the plants seem to be quite happy... I'm doing something right!}

It was my lovely mother who drove down to Columbus for a short visit to help me plan and plant this little garden, so intern I figured I must cook her something delicious! We had some rice, Cajun chicken, and mango & avocado salsa. Of course we also had a glass of wine! It was all so delicious and we had quite a nice atmosphere with the new garden and some pretty flowers on my little patio table. Last weekend was wonderful.

Enjoy the one ahead – happy Friday :)

Bonnaroo 2012

My first experience at Bonnaroo was amazing! It's already known I love to travel and experience new things, but a whole a weekend of concerts and camping in Tennessee!? 
AHH. It was so much fun! 

Thursday, Day 1:
We set up camp at about 8 AM, explored a bit, napped for a few hours, then headed in to Centeroo to check out the scene. That day we saw: Soja, Alabama Shakes, Phantogram, & Mimosa

Friday, Day 2:
We hung around the camp for a little and then headed in for some afternoon concerts. That day we saw: Tune-yards, Laura Marling, Little Dragon, The Avett Brothers, and Fitz & The Tantrums

Saturday, Day 3:
Erin and I headed in early to explore some more, stopped a small side bar to dance and danced at the silent disco for awhile. That was quite funny because with the head phones, you understood what people were grooving and singing to, but with out, they looked incredibly silly! We also wandered around Centeroo until the sun rose sunday morning after all of the concerts. I don't think we slept more than a few hours here and there the entire weekend! That day we saw: SBTRKT, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, and Skrillex

Sunday, Day 4:
Tired and hungover from the past few days, we were quite slow at getting up and getting into Centeroo. It was a chill day, mostly sitting in the grass for the concerts, instead of standing and dancing! That day we saw: GROUPLOVE, The Beach Boys (yes I do not lie, they were at Bonnaroo!! I think one of them wasn't there... but hey that's a legit turn out for a group of now 60-something men!), Ben Folds Five, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars, Young the Giant, and The Shins

Italy Reunion

This past weekend my lovely girl-friends from Italy had a reunion! I always say I never get to see them, but honestly I've gotten to see a lot of them a few times over this past year! It makes me smile!

It was a weekend filled with laughter, memories, sun, and of course... VINO!
Oh. AND a little celebrating... Jackie and her husband's move to their own house, as well as their baby-on-the-way :)
Let's just say us girls are so ready to spoil that little baby!! EeeK!

Memorial Day

My Memorial Day weekend was spent in the sun, on a boat, on the lake, skiing and tubing! The way any Memorial or Labor Day weekend should be spent of course! I was a first timer down on Lake Cumberland with the Masur family and it was a wonderful weekend!

*Special thanks to my lovely roommate, Erin's family for inviting me up and treating me as one of their own!