Thursday, January 31, 2013


when snow falls, nature listens.
{antoinette van kleeff}

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


strange to reflect on some of the many the changes that have come since i started this project 365 days ago.  i met my guy, and built a relationship that has made it worth the effort that distance requires. i passed classes i am still not sure i understand, and i received a giant piece of paper that promises me - in latin - that i actually graduated law school. i moved back to california and began to make a home for myself in my little apartment. i studied more than i ever have in my life, and passed the california bar. i committed to giving up potato chips, soda and candy for lent, and in doing so found myself on a journey to a healthier me, complete with a newfound joy in walking, green smoothies, health-blogs that use words like paleo and grounding, an obsession with coconut oil, and an appreciation for a whole new world of foods.  i took an oath and became a licensed attorney. i have helped, a bit, with the process of moving different grandparents to new homes. i worked a fellowship, and got hired by real law firm, starting next week. i put myself out there to make new friends. i started using my sewing machine, and persevered even when my straight lines weren't exactly straight. i traveled, to seattle, chicago, new orleans. this life is a good one, friends.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


got a little dressed up for an early anni/valentine date {1 year next monday!} with my guy. we took advantage of the mildly reduced fares of restaurant week in south bend and dined on baked brie, salad and amish chicken & fettucini {me} and prime rib & mashed potatoes {him} at tippecanoe place.

Monday, January 28, 2013


it seems oddly fitting to finish up my last week of this challenge in the same place i started it. even though when i started it, i had no idea i would be back a year later (and walking through slush in the darkness of early morning at that).  

Sunday, January 27, 2013


dinner last night was the pioneer woman's spinach artichoke pasta. pretty dang good, although i'm thinking the leftovers could benefit from a little time in the oven and a crunchy cheese crust? also if you're thinking of making this, unless you're a pro it does not go as quickly as she indicates, so have your warming lamp or your oven on to keep the different parts warm as you progress through the recipe!

Saturday, January 26, 2013


this guy...the reason i'm in the midwest in the middle of winter

Friday, January 25, 2013


new black boots walking me down the gangway... southwest airlines flight to chicago. midwest in january, can't get much better that that, kids ;)

Thursday, January 24, 2013


shoes on a wire and the evening sky.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


a friend started talking about pizza, and the lunch i got from the vending machine was a disaster {i know, i know, i should have expected that}. so a lunch-size pizza slice it was!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


screenshot to show my guy my new lock-screen was literally the only picture i took today. ha.

Monday, January 21, 2013


made health[ier] peanut butter brownies for a treat.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


somebody found a cozy spot...

Saturday, January 19, 2013


napping on the pup after a round of jillian

Friday, January 18, 2013


visited grandma's new place today to measure for furniture and spied these two loveys in the big bird cage at the entryway. they have a male and female of each type of bird...

Thursday, January 17, 2013


i'm not going to proclaim any stance on the manti te'o situation {deadspin, espn} because there are just too many people citing people citing people in circles for me to think any of it is clear. but. that being said...this is pretty much the funniest jab i've seen so far.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


who actually created something she pinned? this girl! wahoo for that. i have lots of scrapbook material left over from when i fancied myself a scrapbooker (before i discovered photobooks!), and what's better to get in the mail than a hand-made card?? plus it puts those papers to use, so they aren't just sitting around taking up space.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


the extend of my wall decor at work. definitely planning on a bit more personalization at my new job!

Monday, January 14, 2013


made this last night from scraps to replace the plastic one the machine came with. definitely a learning experience on piecing things together, and working without a pattern. enjoyed practicing the zig zag stitch though!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


snagged these great measuring spoons from grandma's. perk of helping clear out years of (other people's) possessions? haha.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


bubs wanted his share of the cookie dough too...

Thursday, January 10, 2013


 so. much. grass.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


sorry for the awkward bathroom shot, but this is really the only picture i took today. i was just trying to show my guy the new grey sweater i picked up at tj maxx, and since i have yet to download a self-timer app, this is what you get.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


this came in the mail yesterday... a little nervous, because i've been complaining for years about being monolingual, and wouldn't it be the worst if i tried this and was terrible?!

Monday, January 7, 2013


wearing my new sweater, my face shining with hope that we might have a great game. alas, it seems the irish sort of forgot to show up :/

Sunday, January 6, 2013


choose joy has been a life-motto for a few years now. choose health is a motto i picked up last spring, when i decided it was time to stop focusing on what i weighed and instead, focus on eating well and being active. this year, i'm choosing three new things as well. love, focus and peace. the meanings of my choices always become clearer as time progresses, but for the moment, here is what they mean to me. choosing love means stepping back from judgments, supporting people, and accepting someone's differences with grace instead of with skepticism or criticism. choosing focus is a personal challenge to keep my mind on the present situation, whether that be work or a conversation.  choosing peace is a commitment to changing what i can, and letting go of what things i cannot, or should not change.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


breakfast with the family before dropping my guy off at the airport for his flight home...sad to see his visit end :(

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013


the judge i clerked for my 1L summer did me the honor of conducting my swearing in to the california bar

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


my guy and i were killing time at the airport with cribbage and cross stitching...we're quite the pair, with our old-timey habits. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


group walk on new year's day...a FITting way to start off 2013. ha! i'm so punny.