Sunday, July 31, 2011

So many good things

Partly I'm posting this video (again) because I love it.  I don't think I could listen to this message too many times.  It's comforting.  And it's true.

And partly I'm posting it because I was thinking about it the other day.  It was the end of the day and I was discouraged.  I had been trying to do things I didn't know how to do and it left me feeling completely defeated.

Then, when I went upstairs by myself to go brush my teeth and get ready for bed, I was surprised.  Most days when I look in the mirror I see mostly my flaws.  My hair looks weird.  I've got a zit on my chin.  But on this particular night--when I certainly wasn't looking or feeling particularly amazing--I took a passing glance in our bathroom mirror and I was surprised by what I saw.  How pretty I was!  How capable I looked!

And then, these words came into my mind quite clearly, "You are trying to do so many good things.  Don't you let discouragement get you down for one second."

It wasn't the words of Elder Holland, though his message is similarly uplifting.  It was the words of my Heavenly Father.  He knows my heart.  He knows my setbacks.  He knows just how easily I get discouraged.  This personal message gave me new resolve and the courage to keep trying, even though I felt foolish.

I testify that we can all hear the voice of our Father in Heaven speak to us.  Sometimes it comes as a feeling of peace in a busy day.  Sometimes it comes as comfort when we're scared.  And sometimes it comes as a simple thought in the most ordinary of times.  But this we can be sure of-- when we seek to hear it, we will.  And, oh!  Oh how we need to!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pancake Fun

How to Have Fun 
with Boring Old Pancake Batter:

Step 1: Prepare squeeze bottle
  • Buy a cheap squeeze bottle (like the generic kind made for ketchup and mustard*).
  • Cut off part of the tip.
  • Now the tip opening will be wide enough for thick pancake batter.
  • Pour pancake batter into bottle.
*Target is currently selling packs of red and yellow (i.e. ketchup and mustard) squeeze bottles in the $1 section.  50 cents per bottle?  Sweet!

Step 2: Go hog wild
  • Use the squeeze bottle like a pen and "draw" your desired image out in pancake batter.

I decided on some really sophisticated designs...

Impressive, no?
Though I'm no Pancake Jim.

Step 3: Enjoy!
  • Place in bright green bowl.
  • Top with syrup.
  • Feed to toddler.
  • Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.
Olivia is certainly getting better at actually eating, but it's still a bit of a chore to get her to eat, well, anything.  So it was a happy dinnertime for all when she happily sat and scarfed down pancake after pancake.  Or, shall we say, funcake after funcake.

After the great Funcake Success of 2011, Bryan and I have decided that maybe it would be worth our time to make her food a little more fun.  Maybe I'll get really committed and start making her lunches like these.

Oh, and by the way--the funcakes taste way better than regular pancakes.  No, seriously.  I think it's because the batter comes out just a little thinner and the pancakes are just a little more crispy.  Anyone gonna back me up on this?

Fun pancakes.  Try it.

I feel dumb because...

...finding a local craft fair that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to participate in is hard.
...I have been so excited about working on things on the Photoshop Elements software I bought, but I uploaded it tonight... and I have absolutely no idea how to use it.
...I feel like the dreams I want to pursue are so far beyond my grasp.

The end.

Just keepin' it real,

Friday, July 29, 2011

Speaking of Pins

Before we moved, several of you wanted to know where to find me on Pinterest.  Thanks to my good friend Alice's excellent teaching and patience, I am now ...slightly better at navigating this new inspiration phenomenon.

UPDATED: You can now click HERE to follow any/all of my boards on Pinterest.

Thanks so much for your help Katie!

If you'd like to follow my boards on Pinterest, you can search for me under "Katie Lewis."

(If you know of a better way for me to help people find my boards, please say so in the comments.  I'm still so new to this.)

Also, if you're still waiting for an invite to Pinterest, let me know in the comments (be sure to leave your e-mail address!) and I'll do my best to help you out.

Happy pinning!

Super Easy Display Board

Selling things online is one thing.  All you have to do is take a nice picture and--voila!--you have a nice looking display for your items.  The rest of the time your entire inventory can be tucked away inside a closet or under your bed and nobody will be the wiser.  But selling things in person?  That takes a little something different.

A few weeks ago I was trying to come up with a way to display my handmade buttons that fit the following criteria:

  • It had to be cheap.
  • It had to look great.
  • It had to be easy for customers to peruse the buttons.
  • It had to show off all color/size/shape options at the same time.
  • And, lastly, it needed to be on the smaller side.

play kitchen potholders blogged HERE

Initially, I thought of displaying them in a cute little muffin tin.  (See above photo.)  I had originally picked it up for Olivia's play kitchen and I thought it might work well for this.  But it didn't work well.  The circles that I mount the buttons on were just small enough that they'd slip down if there weren't enough buttons in each muffin cup.  No good.

Then I searched "display" on One Pretty Thing.  It came up with several possibilities.  This earring display especially caught my eye.  I like the way you can see everything at once.  So, with that general idea in mind, I went to the thrift store in search of... something that would work.

When I spotted this sweet little bulletin board in mint condition (and for only $1!) the search was over.  I bought it and brought it home.

Now I know that the impulse these days is to make things over and transform them.  But I don't think that change is always the answer.  Sometimes (well, a lot of the time, actually) I think things look best as they already are.  I love the classic look of this little bulletin board.  I love the way it makes each color stand out on its own.  The products should be the most interesting thing about it.  And they are.  And it's because I kept it just the way it was.

So are you ready for the Super Easy Display Board tutorial?

Here it is:

  • Step 1: Buy a bulletin board
  • Step 2: Stick straight pins in at an angle
  • Step 3: Hang product on straight pins

If you're not sure how you want to arrange things, I suggest laying the bulletin board down flat and playing with things for a while.  Once you get it the way you want it, just stick the straight pins in!  And if you're still not 100% sure you've got it right, just take the pins out and start over!  Oh, how I love easy things.  :)

And speaking of easy, I'm also loving how easy it is for customers to help themselves to all the buttons.  Before mounting the buttons on their recycled cardboard, I used an 1/8" hole punch to punch that little hole at the top.  It gives it a nice professional look and aids in functionality.

So for $1 and a few minutes of my time, I had a nice little display.  But I didn't go to all this trouble just so Olivia could practice her colors.  That's what these are for.  No, this display has another purpose.

Are you ready for my big news?

Rockin' my shades in front of Sew to Speak
My buttons are now being sold at a store!  Yes, that's right, you can now walk into a physical store and purchase these bad boys.  Sweet, no?

Sew to Speak is located here in Columbus and it could not be a more charming place.  It's primarily a fabric shop, but they also carry a wide variety of unique trims, a good stock of patterns, and a very friendly staff.  In addition to all that, they offer a ton of classes, all of which look amazing and fun.  If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop by and check it out!

And if you're feeling sour that you can't stop by the shop in person, you can also order things online or follow them on their blog.

And... (drum roll please)

Here are my buttons on their tidy display in their new home!

I really sheepishly snapped two pictures when I stopped by to show this off to my parents when they were visiting.  There seems to be this fine line between being so cool that you're selling stuff in a shop and being such a nerd that you stop by to take pictures of the stuff you're selling in a shop.  I'm not sure which side of that line I'm on.  But here's picture number two:


Oh, and in case you've been trying to read that tag at the bottom, here's what it says:

It's written on a scrap of manila folder that my friend gave me.  (Thanks Alice!)  We had just moved in and I had zero supplies.  But, to be completely honest, I prefer it this way.  It looks local.  And handmade.  And that's what it's supposed to be.

All in all, I'm quite please with how it turned out.  And how easy and quick it was to put together!

But I was even more pleased when I got a call just a day or two after I dropped it off at the store.  One of the colors had already sold out.  Hooray!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

El Muchacho Grande

You know what?  I should whine and hope for things more often.  Way, way more often.  Because apparently... it works!  Earlier this afternoon I was whining about our sad, dying little laptop.  Then I went to the chiropractor.  Then I came back and--voila!--our beautiful new computer was all set up and waiting for me.  I've been happily answering e-mails, editing pictures, and blogging at top speed.

A huge, enormous, gargantuan thanks to Bryan's parents who so generously funded this moment of happiness.  I will think kind, happy thoughts about you every time I sit down to work on the computer.  At top speed.

Have I mentioned how nice it is to have a computer that runs at top speed?  It is nothing short of magical.  Harry Potter and his magic wand could not get things done more efficiently.  Goodbye dark ages.  Hello interwebs.

For those of you who may be curious, I have no idea what kind of computer it is.  Although I just looked down and it says it's a Dell.  I personally like to refer to him as El Muchacho Grande.  He is a nice large desktop computer with lots of fancy features that make me happy inside and out.

So, now that my phase of whining and waiting is over, tomorrow the real blogging begins again.  Meet me back here tomorrow for some fun news (no, I'm not pregnant) and an easy tutorial.  See you then!


Ugh.  Guys, I'm going crazy here.  I have tutorials to show you!  Pictures to download!  Exciting news to share!  But I'm kind of stuck waiting for the new computer to grace us with its presence.  I was trying to not be such a whiner and just work on one of the tutorials on Ye Olde Laptop today, but it's no use.  I just spent an hour doing stuff that should have taken ten minutes.  Fifteen minutes tops.  So I've decided to re-accept defeat and keep waiting until El Muchacho Grande arrives.

I hope I hope I hope I hope I hope I hope I hope it comes today.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I miss blogging

I know what you're thinking.  You are blogging.  But I mean I miss real, regular blogging with pictures.  I miss sharing tutorials with you guys.  I miss that kind of blogging.

There are several reasons I haven't been doing it lately.  But one of the main reasons is that our whole computer situation has been a bit of an issue for the past several months.  For our entire marriage of about 3 1/2 years we've been using (as our only computer at home) the laptop that my parents gave me (thank you!) back in December of 2005.  Yikes.

Regardless of the 5 1/2 years of old age, my little laptop has been plugging away pretty well.  We've had computer-savvy friends do some voodoo magic on it a couple times to help it continue running at a somewhat palatable speed.  But the hard truth is, it's getting ridiculous.  The time it takes to load a new page or a new program is starting to remind me of the old days when we all had dial up internet (insert dial up sound here) and it took a while for every page to load.  (Remember that deep regret you felt every time you accidentally clicked on the wrong link?)  So I don't need to tell you that when we were informed by some of my favorite people that they'd be giving us a brand new computer as Bryan's graduation gift, we were ecstatic.  Elated.

But it made good sense to wait to order the new computer until after we moved and got settled into our new place.  So, now I am most happy to report that the nice, shiny, new computer is on it's way!  I've been sitting around daydreaming of its arrival ever since.  I'll be able to download pictures and keep them on the computer!  I'll be able to post on my blog in half the time!  I'll be able to finally sit down and actually post a full tutorial!  And perhaps one of the things I'm most excited about is that I'll finally be able to download the Photoshop software that I bought months ago and start putting it to good use!  I've had Photoshop projects bumping around in my mind for months.

I don't know exactly when the computer will arrive, but I wouldn't mind if the delivery man knocked on the door--oh--right about now.  :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


My sweet husband turns 25 today.  Hooray!

Here are some things (in no particular order) I think all the world should know about Bryan:
  • He gets up with Olivia.  Every.  Single.  Morning.
  • He is super smart.
  • He is always reading.
  • He has been cooking almost all of our meals this summer.  I call him Chef Bryan.
  • He's got a painting/portrait business in the dream stage.  And I feel fairly confident that you all are going to love it.
  • His favorite thing to do is spend time with me.
  • He makes a mean ham and cheese sandwich on everything bagels.
  • He'll blush when he sees this.  And then he'll tell me more things I should have added.
  • His family is hilarious.
  • He is a bit of a closet dance champion on the Wii.
  • He has read well over half of Olivia's reading chart books to her this summer.
  • He is the Olivia feeder numero uno.  In other words, he has more patience (far, far more patience) than I do.
  • He keeps putting in sewing orders and then threatening to do them himself if I take too long to get around to it.  Haha.  I'll have to take pictures and show you why.  :)
  • He is going into an awesome profession.
  • He gets excited about really hard classes.  Classes that give me a headache just when I read the title.
  • He is a wonderful husband.
  • And my best friend.  :)
Happy birthday Bry!  I love you!

Monday, July 25, 2011

July Sponsors!

July has been a crazy month for me!  Does anyone else feel like summer is just flying by?


Oh.  Uhh.  Okay.  Maybe it's just me.  Heh heh.

Anyway, I wanted to update you on our wonderful sponsors for July!

Be sure to stop by Chery Lane Textiles for loads of 
fun cotton prints!

Visit Wee Waldorf for beautifully handcrafted items that make education feel like play!

Check out the new line of adorable and eco-friendly skirts at Resurrected Threads

Interested in becoming a sponsor?  
Click HERE to read more about advertising for your own shop!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Watch Your Step

This Mormon Message has a fairly obvious meaning.  But I think the overall theme can apply to a lot of things.  Good begets good.  Evil begets evil.  And although I don't try to do or be evil, when I'm not doing much of anything I'm not doing much good either.  It makes me think about what good things I should focus on doing.  And it also reminds me how much goodness and hope there is to be had even when we do make mistakes.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

By Self

Mommy, Daddy, Lala, and a very fat goat at the zoo

Olivia's in the phase lately where she wants to do everything "by self."  In other words, she wants to do things by herself, without help.  I've been feeling much the same way for a long while.  About the ol' blog. 

My previous blog designer Nancy Jones did nothing but fantastic work for me.  I highly recommend hiring her yourself if you're looking for a blog facelift or if you need other graphic design work done.  She is absolutely wonderful.  Not to mention really nice. 

But--let's be honest--I can be a bit of a pest.  So instead of pestering her for the millionth time about some design changes I had in mind, I decided to finally bite the bullet, take the plunge, risk screwing up all the beautiful work Nancy had done, and try to change things myself.  By self.

And you know what?  It worked!  Well, sort of.  I'm not 100% finished updating things, but it's as much as I'm going to do tonight.  Partly because Bryan has very patiently been waiting for his turn on our sad, slow laptop.  And partly because I need to make some cute little lavender buttons to fill an order for the shop.  Whoo-hoo!

So, aside from the blues not quite matching and all the other little quirks (that I'll hopefully fix soon)... what do you think?

P.S. If you have problems finding stuff now or if links are broken or something, please send me an e-mail or leave me a comment.  Thanks everybody!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nothing makes you feel really behind quite like...

...going on vacation.  Which is, by the way, exactly what we're doing right now.  My in-laws performed in the Hill Cummorah Pageant and, well, for a lot of reasons (it's a half day drive, Olivia's favorite uncle would be there, etc., etc) we decided to drive on over to Virginia and hang out with them for a few days.  So we left Ohio last weekend and drove out here to party with family.  And that's exactly what we've been doing.  Partying.

But then this morning something funny happened.  My sister-in-law and her husband (the favorite uncle) flew back to their home in the west.  And everybody except Bryan's mom and youngest brother had to go to work.  And I think everybody in the house except for me is sleeping right now. 

So, you know, naturally I started bumming around online and looking at blogs.  And boy do I ever feel behind.  But, at least for now, I've decided not to sweat it too much.  Maybe someday I'll upgrade to a cool new site.  Maybe someday I'll really pick up the pace on the things I share.  But today, I'm going to hang out on the comfy blue couches.  And maybe cream a certain brother-in-law at Monopoly.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sometimes I forget the word "elephant."

Mommy, Lala, and the Achoos
Mom-blogger-crafter/sewers are funny.  We stay inside all winter hoarding fabric and creating all day long.  Then the sun comes out and we all seem to disappear for a few months.  And--thank goodness--none of us feel one bit ashamed of it.  Oh, of course we still think, "I should blog!" but then we tell ourselves that it's okay, we're spending time with family, and we leave ourselves alone about it, sure that we'll "do it tomorrow."  Because spending time with the family is more important.

And you know what?  We're right.

This summer is a unique one for our family.  In fact, I don't expect to have another one like it for the rest of my life.  And because this is a fact I'm fully aware of, I'm trying to just plain enjoy it as much as possible.  Why is this summer so unique?
  • None of us are in school
  • None of us are working
  • We're setting up our new home
  • Olivia's still little
  • We only have one child*
  • Both our parents will be visiting us**
  • We're also going on at least one little vacation
  • We can go to the zoo as many times as we want
  • We are together all the time
*No, I'm not pregnant.
**My mom and step dad are visiting us right now!  Yay!  Photo credit for these pictures goes to them.  I've been soaking in all the fun family time far too much to take pictures of it.

Of course, all of this will change in just a couple of months.  I may even be working full time.  So I'm just soaking soaking soaking up all of this precious time with Bryan and my sweet little Lala.  Lala who is talking like crazy.  Lala who is full speed ahead.  Lala who is addicted to the Busy Town show from the '80's that we have on DVD.  Lala who always--and I mean always--calls elephants "achoos."  As in:

Me:  Lala!  We're going to the zoo!
Olivia: Big achoo!
(translation: "Big elephant!")

I'm not entirely sure why she'll refer to an elephant as an achoo, but we're pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that Bryan and I used to make her stuffed elephant sneeze sometimes.  (You know, "ahh--ahhh--achoo!")  Anyway, Bryan and I are so accustomed to her little language that--despite three trips to the zoo in two weeks, we hardly ever use the word "elephant" anymore.  But since Grandma and Grandpa are visiting and, you know, speaking normal english, it's caught us off guard almost every time they've said elephant.  What a formal, stuffy word for an achoo.  It feels strange in my mind and on my lips.  I'm so used to speaking Lala.  

Today we took my mom and step dad to visit the zoo.  We bought a membership and we're so glad we did.  Today we checked out the North American exhibit/area and Olivia got to pet some fat goats and sheep.  The goats were--ya know--but the sheep were really soft.

Today we also planted a little garden on our patio.  You can see the before and after pictures of that on my mom's blog HERE.

Hope you're all doing well!  I'll be checking in... ya know... sometime.  :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Debt Freedom

I know this isn't a video, but today I wanted to share something that I think is, in many ways, more deeply uplifting than the Mormon Messages I've been sharing lately.  I want to share a little today about debt management.

Admittedly, I'm terrible at math.  Terrible.  You know how I feel about even trying to calculate seam allowances.  But being good and wise about budgeting and debt elimination has more to do with commitment and good choices than it does to do with math.

Bryan and I have worked hard throughout our lives and throughout our marriage to live frugally.  Even though we just moved into a nicer home and bought a lot of new furnishings, we planned for this in many ways, including all the yard sales we had before we moved.  I am thrilled to report that we haven't yet gone outside our budget as we've bought new things for our home.  Sitting down and doing the budget and knowing that brought me by far more peace and happiness than the nice things we've bought.

Though I do want to take a moment aside here and mention that very little of what we've bought for our new place has been brand new.  Most of it we've carefully selected from thrift stores, Craig's List, yard sales, and the like.  And the few things that we have bought brand new have been much cheaper than name brand alternatives.  Come on, folks, a $6 toaster is perfectly adequate.

Still, in all our careful planning and frugality, the hard fact of professional student life is that our life right now costs more than our current earnings.  And that brings on debt.

I think on the surface some of us feel differently about debt than others.  Some people hate it and shy away from it.  Some people embrace it as a key to open new worlds of opportunity.  And some people--most of us I think--use it out of real or imagined need and then try our best to pretend it's not there.  But of course pretending it's not there doesn't make it go away.

Bryan and I are in the midst of making some important financial decisions.  And even though Bryan's taken business and accounting courses and we've both taken university courses on family finance, we can still use all the help and wisdom we can get.  Good finances are always important, but having a family just makes them that much more vital.  I'm sure you all know what I mean.

In this month's Ensign there's a fairly short, but very practical article on debt elimination.  (You can read the article HERE.)  We have a pile of magazines sitting on the back of the toilet in our downstairs bathroom and it just so happened (Haha--I'm laughing to myself as I wrote that.  Of course it didn't "just so happen."  It's so easy to see Heavenly Father's hand in our lives.) that Bryan and I both read that article on debt elimination within a day or two of each other.  When I mentioned the article to Bryan and he said that he had already read it, we began to talk (again) about our upcoming financial decisions.  It was another helpful place to start.

Then today I was looking at the article again and I noticed in the fine print at the end that there's a radio interview with the author available online.  (You can listen to it HERE.) It's about 30 minutes long, which is a nice little bit of listening, I think, for a Sunday afternoon or evening.  :)  Bryan and I just finished listening to it and I must say that it was very good.  I especially appreciated the way the interview covered going into debt for higher education (i.e. college degrees).  Usually the idea of going into debt for college gets lumped in with the "it's okay to go into debt for these things" category and little more is said on the subject.  But that wasn't the case in this interview.  They talked about when it might be more wise to take time off from school and work to save money for the next semester.  They talked about higher paying jobs that are more surely available right after graduation versus those that aren't a guarantee.  As I listened I couldn't help wishing I had heard these wise words back when I was still in school.  Let's juts say that having a degree in Home and Family Living doesn't exactly bring home the bacon.

Still, in spite of it's "what kind of job am I supposed to get with this?" nature, I did learn a lot in my field of study.  And one of the things I learned over and over again is that money and our stewardship of it plays a huge role in our happiness in life.  Managed well, it can bring real peace.  Mismanaged, it can bring real fear and acute contention.  This is something all of us can attest to.

Bryan and I are going to continue to work toward our financial goals.  And the links I've listed above have already helped us a lot as we think about the decisions we need to make.  I know that finances and budgeting and debt are words we all cringe about, but I hope you've been able to feel the peace of the Spirit as I've shared my thoughts on it today.  Debt can trap us.  But Heavenly Father will always work with us to bring us into financial freedom.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Instant Ego Boost

Admittedly, I still have no idea how to use Pinterest.  I got on so I could tag some design ideas for our new place, but clearly it has (lots) of untapped (by me) potential.

Still, finding this totally made my day.

Awesome, no?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Party Planning

Grr.  I'm really irritated with Blogger not uploading pictures from my Picasa web albums right now.  So you can blame them for this pictureless blah.  Anyway...

Truth be told, I'm really not much of a party planner.  People who would think to tell you otherwise have simply seen me faking it.  End of story.  But in spite of my lack of party planneresqueness (ok, probably not a word), we are having a bit of a shindig tomorrow.  I'd say it's partially because I'm in love with our (tiny) new gas grill and partially because we bought a bag of frozen beef patties from Costco a couple days ago.  Oh, and we didn't have plans for the Fourth of July.

So first I called our friends (the ones we knew before we moved here) and invited them over to tomorrow's par-tay.  They were in.  Which I guess tipped my confidence and the I-want-everyone-to-have-fun-4th-of-July-plans niceness in me.  Because then I invited several other people.  The invite list basically consisted of our friends, both of our next door neighbors (though neither of them have said they're coming yet) and the few people in our ward who live close by and whose names we actually recognized off the ward website.  So, ya know, it was pretty exclusive.  (Ha.)

So it started out as kind of this, "Hey, let's have friends over on the 4th of July" to an actual real party.  And you know what?  I'm totally excited about it.  I even went to the store with my personal assistant friend last night and got some stuff for decorations.  So far they're coming together really nicely and I'm having a lot of fun.  Why don't we throw parties more often?

So far all the decorations have been super simple.  You guys could make this stuff with your eyes closed.  But I do have a really simple (read: really really simple) tutorial in the works for you.  Wait what?  Me?  Write a tutorial?  Okay, okay, so it's been a while.  I know.  But I just moved across the country, so maybe we can forget about it and still be friends?

Anyway, happy day of United States Independence tomorrow!  I'm excited about it.  :)

The Civility Experiment

Friday, July 1, 2011

Probably I should spend more time with girls

"Nevermind.  I'm not even gonna talk to you."  This is what Bryan just told me.  Not because he's mad.  It's not anything like that.  Actually, it has more to do with books.  Sort of. 

When Bryan and I first got married his brother and sister in law lived about a five minute drive away.  And--without fail--every time we went over to visit his brother would show off some book or other seemingly interesting item to us.  It was one of those entirely reliable and subtly hilarious things you just come to look forward to in life.  Also, we teased him about it all the time.  (I still do.) 

Well, that's sort of what Bryan has been up to lately.  Showing off books.  Except, instead of pulling recently read titles off the shelf to show visitors, he's been peppering me with "interesting things."  I put it in quotations because they were really only interesting the first time.  But since neither of us are working or in school right now and we're always together, we've been spending more time together than normal and it's starting to show through in our conversations.  

It goes something like this:

Katie: doing something
Bryan: doing something


Bryan: "Interesting fact."
Katie: "Oh."
Bryan: (sensing that the first interesting fact didn't appropriately impress me) "Another interesting fact."
Katie: "Oh?"
Bryan: (really digging deep now) "Another interesting fact."
Katie: "Sorry, honey, I was distracted and I wasn't paying attention.  What did you say?"

Now multiply this by ten and you start to get a feel for our entire day.  Oh, and feel free to reuse the same "interesting facts" a few times.  Then your mental depiction will be a bit more accurate.  And you should probably also account for the fact that I'm a really terrible listener.  Not a terrible hearer--my ears work just fine--just a terrible listener.  I tend to get bored partway through conversations and stop paying attention.  Especially if I'm trying to multitask.  I would tell you I'm great at it.  Bryan would have other words to describe my multitasking.

Anyway, the point is, spending time together (lots and lots and lots of time together) is great, no?

I'm trying to soak it all in and store it up for when optometry school starts in the fall.  Because I keep hearing rumors about never seeing him again once it starts.  Boo hoo.

In other moderately-related news, our new place is starting to look like people actually live in it.  I'll try to buckle down and take pictures soon.  We'll see.  In the mean time, I hope you all have fun spending time together this weekend!  :)

P.S. Believe it or not, the picture in this post was not staged.  It was taken quite candidly on the way home from the zoo a couple days ago.  And I definitely don't plan that far in advance about my posts.  :)