July 31, 2010

Wedding Bliss

oh, internet. i totally ♥ a good wedding video. mostly it makes me jealous that we were never creative enough to have a wedding as awesome as this, or do something as adorable as this. but, i still l.o.v.e. it. this one is no exception!

Max, Margaux, & The Marvelows from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

Saturday Alone

my husband has to work a 24-hour shift today [9am today until 9am tomorrow] which means i have my entire saturday alone.

i hate that he's gone, but i love days like this.

drinking coffee on the couch, catching up on my blog[s], trying to come up with a plan as to what exactly i want to do today -- i love it. i received an invitation to meet up for coffee with a girl that i've been chatting with on twitter. she's local [obviously] and for the most part seems pretty cool. turns out she knows another one of my real-life friends, who may or may not be joining us for a mid-afternoon latte as well. i love meeting new people, & am looking forward to the possibility of expanding my friends.

i also am very much looking forward to using this day to decompress. things have been somewhat stressful on the work front, with my boss being promoted, the extra workload that comes with her making the transition, & wondering if i will get her previous position or not. there's a lot of tension between myself & my co-worker, who also applied for said position. she is extremely difficult to deal with, & for whatever reason is seriously threatened by me [words of others, not my own] which makes working with her nearly impossible. the stealing of projects, the throwing me under the bus, the flat out lying and defiance -- it's exhausting dealing with her on a day to day basis. if she received this position over me? [which, she shouldn't -- i have more experience, better education & all around a better relationship with the powers that be, INCLUDING my now out-going boss, who will be in on the interview process] -- but to imagine that situation? i will quit. i will begin the process of gathering my things and give my notice.

working for her would be death.

so yes ... lots of stress. throw in that my husband will potentially be gone for the next three weeks & that we are in no way shape or form succeeding on the baby-making front, & my life is exhausting right now.

so taking this time, this decompression, so get a few things done around the house -- i'm looking forward to it. i love saturdays. & i love saturdays alone just a wee bit more. :)

July 29, 2010

New York City

As I mentioned last week or so, I headed up to New York City last weekend for a couple of days to see my mom. It was sort of a mother/daughter trip -- something that I don't think we had ever really done before. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. I LOVE New York City. It truly is one of the greatest places on Earth. I could honestly see myself living there. I think my husband, too, has admitted that he could handle the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. More than likely somewhere down by NYU & Greenwich Village would be our little cup of tea, and while I doubt this fantasy will ever be more than just that, it's nice to try and pretend that we could ever afford (or even just COULD) move out there.

But, it was still a great time. We ended up seeing three shows over the course of the weekend. Friday night was Memphis, which if you go to NYC, you MUST see this musical. It just won the Tony for Best Musical, and I am telling you, it's worth it. Saturday we dropped in on Mamma Mia!, which was a colossal disappointment. Seriously. I had heard so many great things about it (and LOVE the movie) but by the end, we pretty much figured it was a waste of our money. It was sad.

Sunday, however, we made up for it by seeing Promises, Promises. I have a HUGE crush on Kristen Chenowith. Like ... huge. And Sean Hayes was the male lead. His performance alone blew me out of the water. That boy can sing!! But it was very fantastic. Hands down the best show of the weekend.

We of course ate a TON of great food. It was blazing hot the entire time, but it didn't stop us from doing a little bit of everything -- carriage rides through Central Park, an afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Friday morning at the Today Show, lots and lots of cocktails -- it was a great weekend.

And of course, as a photographer, I was in heaven!

Remember the Soup Man from that episode of Seinfeld? NO SOUP FOR YOU! Yeah, our hotel was three doors down. Apparently, in 2004, the guy who owns this place shut down (also, just a little fun fact -- Jerry Seinfeld is forever banned from eating there. Apparently, he wasn't thrilled with the Soup Nazi title). But the Wednesday prior to us getting there, he reopened for business. Yum!

One of the Picasso rooms at the Met.

On Saturday, we went to a Farmers Market down at Union Square (not far from NYU). The produce selection was amazing! If I had a farmer's market like this, I would never shop at a grocery store again. And I love that in a city as big as NYC, they promote local growers.

All of my knitting friends are in heaven right now. :)


Times Square.

Just a random couple. :)

So, yeah. I love New York. I have been travelling so much this summer. Every month since April I've been on the road for whatever reason, and it's not slowing down anytime soon. But this trip was worth it. I had such a great time. Glad to be home, but it was a blast.

July 19, 2010

New York, New York

I am jet-setting this Thursday to New York City; I am meeting my mom for a few days for a quick little mother/daughter rendezvous.

My mom and I have never really taken a trip like this before. She helped me move away to college, and then drove with me to Colorado when I moved down there for grad school. She's even come to visit me here once. But in my 30 years of existence, we've nothing done something FUN & GRAND like this before.

Scratch that. When I was in the 7th grade, she took me to Orlando with her. We were getting ready to move as a family, and she needed to find a home. We went to Disney World, just the two of us. It was fabulous.

But it's been a long ass time since then.

I'm not sure what I'm more excited about: the weekend with my mom, or the weekend in NYC! I think it's a little bit of both. I happen to completely ADORE New York City. The food, the culture, the art, the FASHION! I am looking forward to some great photography and some even better inspiration.

We're planning on hitting up some Broadway plays as well. We scored some tickets to see Kristin Chenowith's [whom. i. love!] Promises, Promises on Sunday afternoon. I'm sure we'll hit up the stand in Times Square to see if we can get a few cheap, last minute tickets as well, but that one was a no-brainer for buying ahead.

Either way, this weekend is going to be Fabulous. FABULOUS! My bags are packed, I'm ready to go. I just need to make it through a couple more days of work, & I will be on my way!


I have been in a serious nesting phase the last couple of weeks, and I am wanting to make some serious improvements to our home. I've let my darling husband get away with his bachelor ways for too long now [uh, the chrome TV stand seriously needs to go] and I feel like I'm failing in my wifely duties by not sprucing things up a bit. I've painted some walls here & there, but nothing major has been accomplished.

My first big task is going to be the master bedroom. It's really sort of just a *place where we sleep.* I want it to be a sanctuary. We currently have an old dresser that matches our old bed [now in the guest bedroom] and a king sized mattress on two metal railings. That's it. No paint on the walls, icky carpet, everything.

I have figured that the headboard is where I need to start, and then I can work around that. We spend so much time in that room, I want it to be a place to retreat to. Right now it's just another room that holds all my dirty clothes. Awesome.

However, we're on a budget, which means I need to find some cheap yet chic alternatives to our home improvement project. These are some of the alternatives I have found thus far:

This is merely a piece of plywood board that has been sanded down, stained & propped. It has some possibilities.

I have always *loved* the rustic headboard look. This is done with two window panels. They removed the glass, threw some board up in the back for safety & then applied some fabric into the square panels with some spray adhesive. And I LOVE that their night stands are shelves on the wall. Genius!

Love. love. love. So easy. So chic.

This is actually what I think I have been leaning towards. Something easy & yet extremely personal. I've considered doing a variation of this but with some of my own designed art work pieces mixed in with the personal pieces. I would love to throw some skinny book shelves on the sides of the beds serve as night stands [storage & practicality!].

What do you think? Any great ideas for do it yourself headboards?

July 17, 2010

Carl Kleiner

Because part of me is an artist at heart, I am always looking for new ways to be creative while seeking out new inspirations as well. Sometimes I'm just looking for things to *wow* me. Carl Kleiner is one of those artists who fits directly into that category. The work that he does is simple, yet amazing.

Check out a few of my favorite shots, and then head over to his website to see everything else.

July 16, 2010



The first post of any blog is always sort of awkward. I'm pretty sure this one will not be any less so.

In time, this post will eventually be lost to all the other posts that are sure to follow so I guess it doesn't really matter anyways. Of course, it's never terribly difficult to come back to that first post. And while I would love to be witty and wonderful and clever to, you know, really get things started -- I'm not in the mood today.

My plan, however, is to sort of just be me. I blog in other places, about other things that are relevant to my life. But everybody I know is aware of that place. It hasn't become private for me anymore, and I am not able to fully be myself or say what needs to be said. So this ones a secret. *Shhh .... don't tell anyone.*

No family. No friends. Is it even my real name? Maybe. Maybe not. You'll never know.

The quick version of my life is that I am a born & raised Pacific Northwesterner. If you have never been to the Washington/Oregon coastal region, you must. I am telling you that it is completely, 100% worth every penny that you will spend getting there. I was able to grow up surround by so much culture & art. Unfortunately, it was also something that I took for granted until I moved to this far, far away land known as *gulp* The. South.

A.k.a. Redneck hell. Their idea of "culture" is drinking a better kind of beer. There is no appreciation for art. No appreciation for music. No appreciation for a peaceful lifestyle. I miss home every single day. Trust me when I tell you that I am not here by choice.

My name is Brittany. I am 29 years old. I love life. Feel free to hang with me while I share my passions.