An adventure.

We ran away on a little adventure during our week off together. It really all stemmed from wanting to go to the Pittsburgh Ikea, but we decided to drive just a bit further and go to a couple of the Carnegie museums. The Museum of Art was…okay. But the Museum of Natural History was SO RAD.

The minerals and gems were some of the most gorgeous natural materials I’ve ever seen in my life. Just incredible. Pictures will never capture it. Go see them for yourself.

Um, I’m obsessed with dinosaurs. If I ever had to switch gears and try a new career, I would definitely go dig up bones. I turn into a child when I’m around them and probably act worse than one to get closer to them.

Though not technically a dinosaur, Pterodactyls are my fave.


See? I was even wearing my dino bling to the dino exhibit. DEDICATION.

I’m glad this is not real. Those things are huge.

On the (brisk) walk back to the car, we spotted somethin fun.

Carnegie had this sculpture set up on campus. I think it was supposed to be hopeful, but I found it quite disturbing.


Been on any adventures lately?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

As I’m sure it is for everyone, Christmas happens about five different times with different groups of people. I am in love with this because I love to give (and who am I kidding, receive) gifts. And I love the decor and food associated with these get togethers as well.

But I am glad it’s over. Here are the last few, I think, holiday pics.

Just what is in that Magic Water?

^ Truth.

I got Stevo something awesome this year. I’ll be paying for it for awhile, but it’s worth it.

On Christmas morning, we made some coffee and exchanged our gifts. Once we were finished, I let him know that there was a clue on the bottom of his Lego mug. It led him to the Indiana Jones set, which took him to the Wooly Mammoth set in the basement, then to the Pirate Ship set that was chillin in the bathtub. I stumped him for a bit on finding the Mindstorm controller amongst all of his other tech stuff, but that lead him to the racecar set that was in the garage. The spare key inside the racecar opened up my car to reveal the massssive mystery box. By this point, he already knew, but he was grinnin ear to ear.

Four days later, we’ve got ourselves a Death Star™.

At my buddy Scott’s 10th Annual Cookie Party, I brought these amazing Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles that How Sweet It Is featured one fine day. They are soooo good. I gave them a more colorful title for this particular soirée*.

*Thank you Urban Dictionary for killing any bit of confidence I had in myself today.

In making stockings for everyone, I realized I have three sets of friends with a male J and a female A. Weird…..

The Wacky Wednesday Craft Club Secret Santa was a success as always.


Recently posts are a lovely little patchwork of those random moments that happen through the week.

Haven’t been thriftin much lately, but when I do, I try to make it count.

Saw my pal’s band The May Company at Musica in Akron. They’ve got a really cool sound.

Painting a BFF’s toe is much more difficult than it looks.

Self portrait?!

Open Mic at Rascals. Always interesting…

My antique adventure pal Abby and I checked out the I-76 AAA Antique Mall. As per usual, we found treasure and also found things that will haunt your dreams until the day you die. Wouldn’t want it any other way.

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