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Today Is My Friday

I am traveling back home to Ohio tomorrow morning — solo. No Jeff, no dogs. Just me, myself and I. And I am riding in one these:

This will be the first time I’ve been back to visit since the holidays. Did I forget to mention the entirety of my trip will be spent with my family? Forty-eight hours with that wild and crazy bunch. It’s going to be oodles of fun.

I’m hoping to hit up a few of my favorite places (*sigh* Ann Arbor…) and some old haunts (Calvino’s, oh how I miss you) while I’m there.

Have a great weekend, readers. There a few goodies in store for you next week so stay tuned!


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The Year of the Steph

2010 cannot get here fast enough. I know, I know. Christmas is still two weeks away, why rush it? I’m just really anxious about filing 2009 away in the “done” pile. This past year started off with so much promise but as life is wont to do, those really good things are counteracted with hardship. That’s life I suppose and things could always be worse.

If 2009 was my quarter-life crisis year then 2010 is my response, “The Year of the Steph.” I’m taking the lessons I learned from the past 365 days, storing them away and stepping into 2010 with a new attitude.

This next year is going to be about finding my voice and stepping outside my comfort zone. Luckily, I have a very supportive husband, family, friends and this blog to keep me accountable. So my goals for 2010:

– Cut my credit card debt in half

– Apply for graduate school

– Have an active Etsy store

– Get accepted for the Renegade Craft Fair

Volunteer more (and convince Jeff into becoming canine foster parents!)

And to get things started, I got a sassy new ‘do. Thank you Tiffany at Twisted Scissors. And no, they did not pay me to say that.

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One thousand and ninety five days.

Patient. Smart. Kind.

Understanding. Helpful.

Did I mention patient?

Without you, I would be overtipping or undertipping every waiter in the city. Who would take me to the emergency room when I walk into glass doors, step on rakes or slice an appendage or two?

You are my rock. You keep me sane. You inspire me to be a better person.

So here’s to three years of marriage.  May we celebrate many more.

Happy anniversary, babe. Cheers.

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Time Really Does Fly By (When You’re Having Fun)

Where the hell did summer go?  I know, I know.  I’ve been neglecting my writing duties but I have some pretty good reasons.  I started a new job!

My crafting was also put on the back burner.  My craft time has been eaten up by all the paper goods I have been designing and assembling for my cousin’s early October wedding all summer.  I’ll share pics, I promise!

It seemed like we had friends and family visit us every other weekend, too.  Don’t get me wrong, I love showing the city to these very special people and it has been beneficial to us as well.  Free concerts in Millenium Park, architecture tours, museum exhibits, killer shows and good eats.  Have I mentioned how much I love Chicago?

Oh, and we’re moving.  Again.  The new place is twice as big as our current apartment but we’re also getting a roommate.  I’ve convinced one of my sisters to move here.  Yes!

Somehow during this busy and hectic summer, I found the time to dream up and sketch some new items for Sirius B.  I’ve got lots of goodies planned – dogs toys and collars, comfy scarves and funky hair accessories, stationary and pet portraits and much more.  I can’t wait for that Midwest winter to hit so I can hole up and actually get some work done.  I’ll update you here as new goodies become available.  You can always visit my Etsy shop, too: http://siriusbstudio.etsy.com.  Oh, and you can find Sirius B on Facebook.  And Twitter.

I promise, I will post again and it won’t take me two months to do so.

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My Apologies…

I have been absent as of late.  Here is my doctor’s note…

My in-laws are coming to visit this weekend.  It’s the first time they will see, in person, just what I got their son and myself into.  I can’t believe it has almost been a year since this whole crazy chapter of our lives started (more on that in a future post).  Also, it is the first time they’ve visited Chicago in a decade or so.  What this means is we (and by we and mean I) have been cleaning like Emily Blunt and and Amy Adams in Sunshine Cleaning.  Between dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and grooming the dogs, I have collected enough dog hair to knit a some mittens.  Or at least a beer cozy.  Gross.

If all goes well and the weather cooperates, I will have some great shots of the city to share with you next week.

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