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special type

I've been seeing some pretty impressive typography around town here lately. My favorite is the yard sale sign. No doubt the best one I've ever seen. 

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mary and max

Mary and Max is one of the best movies I've ever seen. It had me laughing hysterically, and crying just as hard. It's about a young girl who lives in Australia and her pen pal who lives in New York. Mary is a chubby little thing with glasses, not-so-attentive  troubled parents, and a birthmark on her forehead the color of 'poop'. Max is 44 year old man who has lives alone with his numerous pets, has Asperger Syndrome, and likes to eat chocolate hotdogs (his very own invention). Both Max and Mary have had difficult lives, but through each other they're able to find solace. 

It's streaming on Netflix if you want to check it out. Enjoy, if you do. :) 

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thank you

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thank you

I've been sending out a good portion of thank you cards as of late and when I sat down to work on them, my husband gave me a look that incinuated I was slightly out of my mind. That's ok. All I could do was think back to the post I wrote a month ago about doing more to rescue handwriting. I drew these cards because I felt better for it. A part of me will always live with these cards, and I like that feeling.

Also,  making these was a hell of a stress relief! Ha! 

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home again

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home again

It's warming up and I've been out & about on my dog walks...which means I'm also guilty of somewhat stalker-ish behaviors. If you read my last home post, you know that I like to snap photos of my most favorite houses and buildings while sweatin' it out with my dog friend(s). My home town of Norwood is busting at the seams with beautiful historic homes, churches, and businesses. My photos will never portray them exactly as beautiful as they are...but hell, I've gotta' try. 

This is my all time most favorite home in all of Norwood. I have posted pictures of this house before, and I will post pictures of it again! 

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rescue handwriting

I just read this really wonderful article about the dying art of handwriting. I love how the author compares writing things by hand to going for a walk...that the act of doing it is for enjoyment and enrichment in our way of life... 

Sometimes we open our front doors, and go for a walk in the spring sunshine. We might not get anywhere very far in two or three hours on foot, whereas in three hours by mechanical means you can get to Yorkshire (by car) or Paris (by train) or Istanbul (by air). But on the other hand, you’ve had a nice walk in the spring sunshine for very little expenditure, and you feel better for it.

You feel better for it.  

When my husband and I traveled to Europe last year, we swore the food there tasted better than it does here in America. There was also less of it. People rode bikes everywhere. There were hardly any cars. Homes were most often tiny but those buildings had more character than I could have ever imagined. Quality there seemed to override quantity...and that's what I want for myself, too. 

When was the last time you went for a walk? 

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adventure week

I'm coining this past week Adventure Week! 

On Wednesday, I had the entire day to myself! It was quite glorious; I decided to have a couple downtown Cincy style adventures! As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that sometimes you have to step back from everything and enjoy things by yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating lunch solo at a cafe...or going shopping by yourself; I did both of these things on Wednesday, and it felt great!

First, I treated myself to a meal at Taste of Belgium on Vine Street in Downtown, Cincinnati. The food, as always, was scrumptious and the atmosphere was delightful. I then walked a few blocks over to the Ohio Book Store. What a place that is! Wow! So many books-somewhere around 4 or 5 floors worth! 

Ohio Book Store treasures. Yup-that's a vintage issue of Playboy! 

I saw this beautiful mural on my way to and from the Ohio Book Store. 

Aaaaaaaaand the day after that, I met up with my mom and brothers in Newport, KY to poke around the Newport Aquarium. It was so fun! We saw so many different species of fish and sea life. It was really amazing. If you have never been to the Newport Aquarium-go. It's especially great if you have children.

My brother Ryan with his lovely girlfriend Lydia on the left. On the right-my oh so raunchy brothers Brandon and Travis. 

Me with my beautiful Mum on the left. On the right, a grumpy mother and daughter piranha. 

And this is all of us kids. What a good lookin' bunch, eh? 

Oh boy-and then after the day at the Aquarium, Fred and I were off to Lexington, Kentucky! Yay-wedding time! I had plans to visit all of these historic sites but instead, we just decided to go downtown and check out Victorian Square. Also-there was a farmers' market going on, and we couldn't resist checking out that! 

A beautiful map of downtown Lexington map.

A beautiful and massive fountain at Triangle Park. 

My handsome husband and I taking in Triangle Park. 

While heading back to our car, I saw this breathtaking mural. We walked a bit out of our way just so we could snap a few photos. 

I believe this street artist's name is Herakut. Do check out her linked webpage. She has some really beautiful work. I've never seen any other street art like it. 

And finally-the wedding! It was probably the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to. The venue was absolutely stunning. The food was cajun and ridiculously delicious. The people we so very friendly and the bride and groom looked phenomenal. 

An exquisite chandelier and ceiling medallion. 

Amanda & Derek gettin' hitched.

They did it!

As if this weekend wasn't packed full of enough crazy awesome stuff-we decided to throw one more thing in there-a visit to a winery! We traveled a bit south of Lexington to the Talon Winery. It was very charming and quaint. Oh-and the wine was delicious! We did a tasting with a co-worker of Fred's and his wife. Do check it out if you are in the area. 

These were taken inside of the Talon Winery. Such a beautiful interior!

This was taken on the way to Talon Winery. The land out there is so beautiful-full of lavish fields and horses.

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a traveling fool, indeed

I'm a traveling fool this next month-and in more ways than 1!

First off-I will be traveling to a new place of work come the beginning of next week. Tomorrow is my last day at a company I have worked at for nearly 3 years. It's bittersweet, really. I'm excited to start this new chapter in my career, but also sad to leave friends and familiar faces. The new job is at F&W Media and all I can really say right now is that I am stoked, and I can't wait to get started. 

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This weekend, I will travel to Lexington to see my college friend marry one of the sweetest people I have met. I'm pretty excited. I love weddings...everything about them. My husband and I have decided to make it a long weekend and since I will be in between jobs, we plan to visit the Henry Clay Estate and hopefully Shaker Village too (I'm a sucker for historic homes/buildings). Fred wants to go to a winery or 2. We have a busy weekend ahead of us-full of exploration and site seeing!

And finally-near the end of next month, my husband and I will be traveling to-wait for it- San Juan, Puerto Rico! Hell yeah! We were looking for a beach getaway that wasn't going to break us that's when Fred's Mom recommended San Juan. This was great advice-as we were able to use airbnb to find a very reasonable apartment that we are renting for the better part of a week. It's just a couple blocks from the beach, equipped with a full kitchen (hooray for saving money on meals), swim gear, and the best part: bikes! We plan to bike to Old San Juan for a day or 2 and Fred has also planned a few other adventures! I can't wait! 

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marcel

So, I can't get enough about this little guy name Marcell. I've only seen 2 videos and have fallen completely in love! He's my inspiration for being content with who I am and enjoying life. 

Guess why I smile a lot? Because it’s worth it.
— -Marcel the Shell

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Johnny Cupcakes Lecture Series coming to NKU

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WOAH. So, I just caught wind of this earlier today, but Johnny Cupcakes is coming to Northern Kentucky University to give a lecture. DROOL. Oh yeah, and it's 100% free. Johnny Earle (the guy behind/owner of JC) will be there to basically speak about how his company came about. His story is a real inspiration, being that he started the company with very little money at the (very) young age of 19 and now Johnny Cupcakes has grown to be a nationally known brand. It's said that, among other things, he'll hit on points such as branding, graphic design, and how to manage a small business.

The lecture is on March 26th, 2013 from 7pm - 11pm. It's at the Eva G. Farris Auditorium (MP 200) on NKU's campus. If you want more info on the event, click here.

So be there or be square...and that's the opposite of a cupcake, so that's not cool. 

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