At the end of each semester, I treat myself to a manicure or a pedicure. With our upcoming Italy trip just days away (!!!), I thought a pedicure would be more appropriate.
And, I still get to study at Taste with a dear friend this afternoon, followed by a hair cut and HiGHLIGHTS later on. AND, I’ve already run my errands and I actually caught my friend Wendy–owner of Firefly Cupcakes–at the store as I was passing by! I got to chat up my friend about her big opening day coming next week for her second location in Buffalo, at which I plan to be.
It’s Friday…Gatsby comes out…my house is relatively clean.
OK, so I totally wrote AN ENTIRE POST with all these pictures, and for some reason, it didn’t save my draft. I’m almost sick about it. I’m late for my morning run and so irritated I can’t see straight. So, in short, here was the weekend:
Icing, nail-painting, HGTV-watching in the hotel:
Pre-race photo op:
Post-race, post-lounging in bed photo op:
Our afternoon in Short North:
Our favorite vintage t-shirt shop:
Crazy retro antique store:
The teal leather chairs Emily almost bought:
The colorful Jill Connor Studio prints I fell in love with:
Thai food for dinner:
Jeni’s for dessert:
Tasi for Sunday morning breakfast:
Almost went to the North Market, but it was closed
My splurge on the way home: HOT Krispy Kreme donuts in Erie!
The second coffee table Emily brought me from her local Pottery Barn:
Again, there was SO MUCH in this post…but alas, you will never know
It’s my first day off of school (exams are next week) and I’m headed out for a run, followed by LOTS to do: newspaper photo-taking, errand-running, a pedicure, studying with a friend, and then highlights!
I’m in heaven:
The only thing missing: a movie. And my hubby, with whom I like to snuggle.
…and it’s finally finished!
We received the smaller shelving unit (on the left) today and Andrew wasted no time in assembling them. I just placed the last item and hung the hooks for my aprons.
The paint color is darker than we both anticipated, but now that everything is inside, I think it works. Andrew said he’s pleased with how it turned out and that it is ‘exactly how he imagined it.’
Despite only gaining a few inches on either side, it’s definitely bigger than before. Here’s what it looked like when we moved in:
WAY more room, WAY better lighting and overall just better use of space. The best part? I can walk in and grab something without hitting my right shoulder on a shelf. And the floor matches the kitchen. And way more space. I can’t believe how much space these new (well, one is new, the other is old) shelving units brought to the pantry.
You know how whenever you spruce up/improve/clean a room in your house it makes you want to just spend lots of time in the new space? That’s how I feel with the pantry. If I could put a chair in there and just sit, admiring Andrew’s handiwork and my organizational skills (and the beautiful teal walls), I would.
But that would be weird.
Things have been moving a mile a minute here with my semester wrapping up and our Italy trip fast approaching.
Final lifecycle nutrition presentation: done!
To Celebrate we found ourselves walking to Rick’s for dinner.
We sat outside and the beautiful weather and wonderful food did not disappoint. We ended our evening with dessert with friends.
The pantry is coming along but I’m waiting on the delivery of some more shelves to organize it.
I also cleaned and organized a storage area in the basement:
And the porch is looking pretty cozy too.
I’m playing hooky from school today; I’m driving to Ohio to run a half marathon with Emily tomorrow!
Andrew is forcing me to listen to 10 hours of Italian history on my drive today… I suppose it’s the least I can do after all the planning he’s put into our Up coming trip.
I’m blogging from my phone so I’m sorry if the pictures that don’t match the captions!
Wish us luck!!
*Note: This was supposed to have been posted Sunday afternoon, but time got away from me. And then I totally forgot. I apologize.
I did my last long run this morning before my half marathon next weekend with Emily, and to keep it interesting, I mapped a new course for my friend Stephanie and me to do on our usual Sunday morning run.
We look a little worse for the wear–it got pretty warm out there–but we did it! Stephanie said she wanted to try some more milage, so I mapped a 7.75 mile course (note the piece of paper I’m holding up) all over Orchard Park, and did three miles before she arrived.
MUCH has happened between now and then–pantry is almost finished, presentation has been practiced twice (giving it today at 1 p.m.!) and we’ve started our Italy-prep shopping–so it’s been a busy week. But then, are they ever NOT busy?!
Oh, and I spent 8 hours cleaning the house yesterday. EIGHT. My fingers are sore (seriously–basically everything had to be vacuumed and then wet-wiped), but the house is almost free of project dust!