Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One of those weekends...

It was a great, simple weekend, full of long runs in the rain, many cozy hours on the couch watching Downton Abbey (BEST SHOW EVER--Mom, log into my Netflix account now!),  chatting on the phone with my sister, watching the Oscars with friends, and listening to new great music while doing homework (to quote my sister, "The Civil Wars- WOW").  Other highlights included: cleaning out my fridge (!), a downtown sushi lunch date with William, a new Yankee candle AND a new laundry hamper, and some great Value Village finds.

My favorite nook, made even better by my new art :)

A perfect combination of sushi and people watching in downtown Seattle

It was sunny, but absolutely freezing, so of course we dressed for the sun rather than the temperature.  Our planned leisurely stroll through Pike's Place turned into a mad sprint to the car.  I took all these pictures while running.

It has become some what of a weekly tradition for Will and I to go thrift shopping, and I must say I've gotten pretty good at it. My great finds this week included this adorable LBD, that not only fans out when I twirl around, but also has pockets. 
I think it's safe to say this was the most I've ever felt like Audrey Hepburn at Value Village
Here are a few tips  I've learned on the art of thrift shopping

-The first place I always hunt is the men's section.  They usually have great leather belts, "oversized" pure wool sweaters (see below), flannel shirts, vintage t-shirts, and cool print crew sweatshirts.  Just make sure to try everything on and search for stains or holes!
-The women's section can be hit or miss.  Really, almost all the cool stuff gets placed in the men's section. The best "hit" sections are shoes, dresses, and skirts.  For some reason there about a million plaid and tweed mini-skirts in thrift stores (see below).  I've started collecting. 
-There is a lot more to thrift stores than clothes! Most of my kitchen gadgets, art on my walls, tableclothes, and books on my shelf are from Value Village.  Check out the fabric section, and refrain from buying a new tea kettle from Target--there are a billion of cute ones in the thrift world. 
-The book shelves at thrift stores are also full of the most current pop. lit.  Seriously, there are usually about 5 copies of Twilight,  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, and The Da Vinci Code at any given time. If you're into trend reading, thrift stores are definitely your place.
-Keep the thrift store cycle going! Donate cool stuff you have that are never used! Many people can't afford to buy anything outside of thrift stores, so remember you're really doing a charitable deed by giving away your old set of dishes or winter coat from high school.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Boy my blog posts are just getting fewer and farther between, huh?  This is a combination on lack of time and lack of things to post about.  Guess what everyone, I've been doing a lot of homework and babysitting! Zzzzzz. On the crazy side of things, I have an uber-long spring break coming up and I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself.  Well, actually I have many organizational projects planned...Is it normal to have six "everything drawers"? Cuz' that's my reality.
However, last week was Valentine's Day, and as always, the bf did not fail.  I came home to two (two!?!) bouquets of flowers, a beautiful homemade card, and perhaps the best gift of all...a basket of cadbury eggs (my all time favorite candy that is, thankfully, only around in the Spring), all individually wrapped in Valentine colors with little love notes on each one.  Yup, it's time to swoon ladies!

 I did my part by wearing my finest Valentine's day outfit for William of course, including my dashing red pea coat and my new most favorite shoes of all time, these leopard print flats.  I really don't think I've taken them off in the past two weeks.
 After William got done with his night class, he came over and experienced my delicious carrot ginger soup, some spinach, pecan, and strawberry salad, and of course, BREAD. Soup and salad--perhaps my only culinary talents.
Will did his part with the meal by baking us this enormous slab of salmon, and giant bushel of asparagus.  Needless to say, we did not end up eating the cheesecake we bought for dessert. We were FULL.

 In case you were wondering, of course I made William a card too! We are the homemade card CHAMPS! Mine was a storm trooper with the inside caption "You are the droid I'm looking for." Because I think we all know it wouldn't truly be a romantic holiday without some Star Wars references. P.S. Guess what is pretty difficult to draw? A storm trooper. 
Last, but certainly not least, William got me a framed picture of "The Kiss," one of my favorite paintings by one of my favorite artists, Gustav Klimt.  I can't wait to hang it on my wall and stare at it obsessively all day! Isn't it beautiful?

So besides William getting major boyfriend points on Valentine's Day, not much else is new. Like I said, lots of homework and babysitting! I did dye my hair pretty dark yesterday (pictures to come!), and also, I'm finding myself continously ravenous these days.  I'm not even running that much yet, but at any given point of my day the chances are pretty high that I'm craving a large pepperoni pizza to eat all by myself.  Oh yeah...guess who lives above a pizza shop and has a bathroom (I know, it's gross) that always smells like pizza? THIS GIRL.

To close, some final thoughts:

Kitties love flowers! Especially for snacking!
This is why I stick with the pizza-smell infused apartment.
 My bulb has blossomed! It's a nice little reminder that Spring is just around the corner! You know what that means! Everyone should start buying me birthday presents Depressing winter days are about to be an un-fond memory!

Also, could not end without saying Happy Birthday to my beautiful little sister Madison! She's 20 today and I think that means I need to go out and buy some wrinkle cream for myself.  I love you Maddy!
We've barely aged a day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Beach day

Hi Hi Hi
It's been a b-e-a-u-tiful weekend here in Seattle, with every day being about 60 degrees and sunny.  Sounds like a perfect time to go outdoors and maybe eat lunch outside next to Lake Union, yes? Well, everyone in Seattle agrees, which is why instead of enjoying the sunshine ourselves, both Will and I have been working all weekend. Luckily, for both of our sanity, we got to squeeze in a few hours of beach time at Discovery Park.  Last time we were there we saw Ken Jennings and I was too shy to ask to take a photo with him so I was kind of hoping he would be there again, but, as William so wisely explained to me "He probably doesn't live at Discovery Park."
It's the "bat rocks into the ocean" game!

Look at that form!

Anyone want to guess what sport I play?
Fish rock!
This little boy was very into imitating William's rock throwing
Anywho, the rest of the weekend is devoted to hw. Midterms are here and I’m finally getting to the point I've feared, the point I was at often in my undergraduate life but have so far pretty successfully avoided as a graduate student.  It’s called “Cassy is always annoyed at everyone and everything because she is stressed and resentful that other people are not...point.” I know. I'm the worst.

So keeping my life in perspective.  Here are all the absolute great things that are happening that I must not forget about!

-William got into the UW Pharmacy school program. WOOOOO.  My incredibly smart, talented and handsome man has done it again.  Plus..it’s official, we’re both going to be living in Seattle for the next 3 years at least….it’s very nice to have that solidified!
-I started teaching a social skills group to a gaggle of 5thgrade boys at my assigned elementary school.  I got them all UW folders and pens and when I handed them out one of the boys was like, “Aw yeah, these are filthy!” (and for all you old folks out there, that’s a good thing).  
-I’m LOVING training for my half-marathon.  I’m already feeling so much more fit and capable then I ever thought possible for myself.  It’s been a great excuse to be outdoors, unhomeworking. Also, I saw a bald eagle on my run this morning! So far everyone I've told has been SUPER uninterested. 
-I did my taxes!!! Tax returns, wahoo! Every year I'm like "Oh yeah! I'm going to take this hunk of cash and go to Brazil! Or buy a new camera! Or...use it to pay off loans and maybe set a little aside in savinszzzzzzzzzzzz........."
-Did I mention that it has been 60 degrees all weekend? And that I wore my new Target dress without a coat or tights and survived? Be jealous Idaho Falls readers!
-And....that's about it.  Except of course that I'm getting to go to school for a job that I love. And that I have lots of great friends, most of which I never get to see anymore, but some that I actually go to school with and therefore get to commiserate about life with daily.  I "love" being stressed out about an assignment all night, just sitting alone, my little computer and I, only to see from my gchat window that every other person from my cohort is also online, suggesting we are all alone and stressed...together. Finally I have Will, who gets up off the couch to get the ice cream out of the freezer so I don't have to, and carries out my broken heavy tv that has been sitting in my hallway for over two months, and makes me amazing, healthy dinners of salmon and quinoa and vegetables when we all know I would be resorting to rice-a-roni and frozen pizza meals every night without him.  Plus I also have my cat, and my family, and ice cream, and pinterest.