This is a pretty accurate depiction of the last week… wrapped up in every scarf, hat, and blanket we have in an effort to escape the cold that somehow manages to seep in no matter the number on the thermostat.
Beyond the cold, we’ve been riding the roller coaster of emotions that is selling/buying a house… with some not so good news. The house we fell in love with (despite ourselves, since they wouldn’t take a contingent offer and here we are with a house…) sold out from under us. We weren’t worried, since it had been on the market for over a year and the agent had assured us she’d be in contact if there were any offers…
I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the pleasure of staging your house, or of living in a staged house while it’s on the market, but let me tell you, it is a treat.
The rugs are gone, the liquor is gone, and all traces of human existence have been wiped out of sight… it’s a sterile, highly regimented sort of existence, something akin to boot camp or rehab.
But it does look beautiful… almost beautiful enough to make me sad that we’ve put it up for sale. Our first real family home…
… but only long enough to start to think, and dream, about what’s to come. A new, light-filled kitchen, a peaceful single-family home, a real yard! I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, so much could still happen. But what’s certain is that there are many, many exciting things to come. And that makes me look forward to the weekend just all that much more!
Before I go running full speed out the door though, Mark and I thought we’d try out a new project this week.
… over the past few years, this blog has truly stoked our mutual love for photography. We’ve learned and grown so much together, but we’re still learning more every day. And each discipline has its own special set of rules and creative boundaries to break… so we thought we’d play with one we haven’t explored as much: portraiture.
Building on our “52 dates” project, we’d love to take “52 self portraits” — just us and our little camera clicker, trying not to embarrass ourselves completely, and maybe even trying to make a little art…
I have to admit — this one scares me a whole lot more than the dates. Keeping things creative will be a weekly challenge, and generally I like to hide my face in photos. But it’s a challenge we’d like to explore, so let us know what you think!
We’re excited to push ourselves to think up a new shot to go with each Friday’s links, but we want you to have just as much fun with it as we are, so if you think you might dig it, let us know.
And enjoy the weekend ahead!!
… keep your fingers crossed that someone falls in love with our little house and the liquor comes back soon!
Winter looks to be making a big stop in our neighborhood this weekend, so we’ll be stockpiling the ingredients for the coziest foods we can find and hunkering down under the covers. Certainly with a big bowl of soup, but also – maybe… okay totally – with a little bit of something sweet.
February is lurking around the corner… the coldest of cold months here in Maryland, but also the darkness before the dawn and of course, a time for one more holiday. But whether or not you’ve started thinking about all of that yet (thanks, Laicie, for the reminder…) you might dig this easy rose petal infused honey diy I shared over on Lovely Indeed.
Sure, it makes a nice little love-infused gift for your friends, family, and anyone else you’d like… but it’s also pretty great to have hanging around in the pantry when you want to make a special treat (or just drizzle over a little ice cream…).
Anyone else suddenly find themselves craving ice cream when the weather turns cold?
Running, at least. Our quiet winter has turned out to be anything but, but you probably already know by now that we wouldn’t have it any other way…
The only problem is that with all of the fun we’ve been having, Christmas is trying its damndest to pass us by. These two lame-o kids still don’t even have a tree. But we’ll remedy all of that this weekend.
Time to turn on the Christmas tunes, pull out the ornaments and go to town… maybe whip up a few holiday goodies along the way.
Tell me, what do you have on the docket this weekend? Are you as late to the game as we are? Or are you sitting back, blissfully enjoying the cheer all around?
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about next steps… next steps for this blog, next steps for Dough Uprising and Field + Foundry, next steps for our life. What to prioritize, how to do it all at once, how to do it right… it’s a big lift.
When I started this blog, all I wanted was possibility… now it seems we have nothing but.
As the weather’s turned cold (really cold) here in Maryland, I’m working hard to remind myself how lucky I am to have that possibility, and trying not to dwell on the fear of the leap that we have to eventually take.
… but then, winter does seem like a perfect time to plan.
More than ever, Mark and I know we have so, so much to be thankful for — especially all of you and your kind words these past few days. Thank you, as always, for being there with us. It means so much.
And speaking of thanks, I’m busy gathering my gear — and mixing up some cider and rye — for a weekend of camping with an amazing group of friends, both old and new.
It’s been far too long since I’ve spent a night under the stars. I’m a little sad not to be taking my favorite camp partner along with me — but when United by Blue wrote with an invite, I won’t lie, I might’ve squealed a little. What’s better than camping, hiking, and potlucking around the campfire? Nothing in this girl’s book…
I can’t wait to share all of the details of our badass lady weekend next week!
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