Tuesday, April 30, 2013

little frog

Sometimes when I'm looking up random things on Wikipedia or Google, I enjoy thinking back to life before the Internet. I'll never forget the months I spent begging my parents for our first computer explaining that the word processor just wasn't cutting it anymore. I still chuckle when I think about all the annoyance I caused chatting with friends on AIM taking up the one land line we had at the house.

Today my random search was for Ranunculus. I've planted a few things around the yard in an effort to develop a green thumb or at least squash my black thumb a bit. I discovered my specialty is primarily cactus, which obviously require essentially no care. However, I've had some luck with our fruit trees and now my Ranunculus are blooming too. Apparently, the word ranunculus is Late Latin for "little frog." They didn't look like I expected, hence the web search. It turns out Buttercups are a member of the Ranunculaceae family, which is much closer to looking to the Ranunculus I have in my yard. I had hoped they would be the multi-layered version often used in floral arrangements. Still I did luck out and end up with pink ones, which sounds rare according to the article. Another thing I found exciting is the flowers seem to tuck themselves in in the evening back to a bud state.

my ranunculus
June, our avocado tree
Johnny, our grapefruit tree

Monday, April 29, 2013

iron & wood

Ryno and I had our 6 year anniversary yesterday; the traditional gifts are iron & wood. We agreed no gifts this year, since we are saving for a trip. However, Ryno planned a very thoughtful day for us. We started with lunch at Mellow Mushroom; an oldie from our Atlanta days. We then went to see a play called And the Beat Goes On at Zach Theatre. It's the playhouse in Austin, and they just reopened their new building this year. It's a great venue, and we really enjoyed checking it out. Ryno planned a few months ahead, so we had amazing seats for the show! After the show we had a delicious dinner at Uchiko. It's a well-reviewed sushi restaurant in Austin, and we've had the best of intentions to try it ever since it opened. Unfortunately, we are rarely so well-planned for our dinner excursions that we think to make a reservation a month out. Uchiko definitely lived up to all the rave reviews we've read. We were pleasantly surprised by the superior pairings created in every dish we ordered. Our waiter, Logan, was so helpful with his recommendations, and in the end we decided the three dishes he suggested were our favorites. The dishes were the suzuki yaki, pork jowl & the jar jar duck. Ryno also had a piece of nigiri primarily consisting of beef tongue that he is set to go back for soon. The interior of the restaurant is also very impressive, and we agreed it would be a great spot for happy hour.

photos via my android

Friday, April 26, 2013


If you are paying attention, I've just come full circle for the week. When I first searched for this song, I was anticipating a seriously 70's music video, and I felt a bit let down in the beginning. However, as the video progressed I noticed that Alicia is the only one moving at all in the video. The entire audience is seated and stationary. Can you imagine? If I were watching Ms. Bridges perform "I Love The Nightlife" in person, I would not be able to sit through it...dancing would be required.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

the i do jewels

I remember when Ryno and I got married spending a lot of time trying to figure out what jewelry I should partner with my dress. A friend recommended an Atlanta designer, Turq Jewelry. I bought a cluster of pearl earrings from them; it was the only jewelry I wore that day besides my engagement and wedding rings. At the time I was fairly against tiaras, since they were all a bit over the top. However, now I feel like there are so many exciting options for brides such as vintage inspired tiaras or floral tiaras. What are your favorites?

tiara via twigs & honey

floral piece via sullivan owen

similar to what I wore via bhldn

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


My friend, Lisa, sent over a few more photos from the 2000 photos edited down from 5000 photos she received from her wedding photographer! They're gorgeous and some are just fun, so I thought I would share a few more! Her ruffled dress looks amazing in pictures! I know I said it before, but she rocked those ruffles!

ps- enjoy the photo of me finger pointing while dancing...fairly certain this was taken during "I Love the Nightlife"

Monday, April 22, 2013

"hey carrots"

Did you ever read Anne of Green Gables? I tried to read the books when I was a kid, but was honestly far more interested in the movie adaptation. I watched it all the time growing up; it was definitely one of my movie obsessions along with The Wizard of Oz and Pride & Prejudice. I really wanted a weekend relaxing at home after all the terrible news last week, so queued up Anne and watched all four parts in one sitting. It was fantastic!

Ryno was less intrigued by the idea of a movie marathon, so he primarily worked on his hive. I did help him a little with the hive. I spotted the queen after we had spent a good deal of time looking for her the day before.



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

mr. e

Our little man turned 4 today. Happy birthday Mr E! It doesn't seem so long ago...

And our thoughts are with the people of Boston today.

Monday, April 15, 2013

honey, I'm home

Ryno picked up his bees on Saturday from a local farm called Boggy Creek Farm. I've been once before for their weekday farmer's market, however, Ryno went solo on this trip. I couldn't bear the idea of being locked in a car with bees even if they were contained. He took my advice and drove the truck, which turned out to be a good idea. He said the box the bees were delivered in had a bunch of other bees flying around the outside of it, so he placed them in the truck bed and drove home.

A few friends volunteered to help Ryno with the transfer of the bees from the temporary box to the permanent hive he built. We had three people in some sort of bee gear from veils to full suits. After hearing that everything went smoothly and no one was stung, I was willing to go closer and check out the bees in their home. It really is fascinating to watch them circle the hive to map its location before leaving to collect.

I'm really enjoying watching the process (mostly from afar). It is very fascinating, and I can see why Ryno finds it all so interesting. I'm excited to see how it all progresses and to continue to find more bee and honey puns for these posts.

My friend, Tiffany, was willing to share some photos of her and Brad in the bee gear on Saturday.
Also, Ryno took a nice photo up close to the hive, and I got a shot of him with his smoker.

Friday, April 12, 2013


We are welcoming the bees this weekend, so I thought a song referencing honey would be perfect. I immediately thought of The Archies song "Sugar, Sugar." I'll be back to share how everything works out with introducing the bees to their new home. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

true blue

Today Elton worked with me, and on our drive home I passed a gentleman in the neighborhood that I see almost daily. He is older and is always out walking his basset hound. In tow behind him a little, red wagon with an obviously much older basset hound, too old for walking the same distance as the younger one. I think it's such a sweet image. I love that he has this daily ritual with his pups and has worked out a solution to ensure the older basset doesn't miss out on the excitement. It reminded me of a book I read awhile ago called, You Had Me At Woof, by Julie Klam. She reflects on her own experiences with Boston Terriers, specifically volunteering within a Boston Terrier rescue group as a foster for dogs. In the book she shares "The Rainbow Poem." The poem's author is unknown, but it is thought to have been written as a way to help deal with the loss of a beloved pet. I, of course, was reading the book on a flight, and had to try to keep it together to avoid freaking out the person next to me too much.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to
someone here, that pets goes to Rainbow Bridge. There 
are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they
can run and play together. There is plenty of food,
water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored
to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed
are made whole and strong again, just as we remember
them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The 
animals are happy and content, except for one small
thing; they each miss someone very special to them,
who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes
when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying
over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster
and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your
special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous
reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses
rain upon your face; your hands again caress the 
beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting
eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never 
absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...

—Author unknown

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

wild horses

I thought it would be a nice day to share some images that I just think are pretty, so here they are. I've been really drawn to images of horses lately. They remind me of being a kid and taking riding lessons.


Monday, April 8, 2013

spring clean

Ryno spent most of his weekend wrapping up the remaining pieces of his beehive, while I knocked out a little Spring cleaning. I only made a small dent in the work, because I decided to finally take on the challenge of sorting through the one hundred compact discs we have been moving with us since college. I had a bunch filled with design projects from school, and Ryno had some old work saved to his half of the stack. Pulling files from old cd's is super boring, but I really want to ship them all off to the recycling center at the same time...yes, I have to ship them. I figured since I was finally going through them I should research how to properly dispose of them. It turns out for those of us in Texas they recommend using the CD Recycling Center of America and shipping it to their facility in Los Angeles. Here are a few helpful sites with great tips for Spring cleaning too. Have you started your Spring cleaning?

via Martha Stewart
via BrightNest

Friday, April 5, 2013

gone. gone. gone

I have never followed American Idol, so when Phillip Phillips started getting a lot of radio play during the Summer Olympics I was in the dark as to his success on American Idol. However, I was pretty taken with the song "Home" and now I love "Gone, Gone, Gone." The song is very light and fun, plus I love anything with the use of a drum as a heart beat... Kesha's "Die Young"... so good! I think the video is really sweet; it's a collection of old home videos. Hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

scary beautiful

Designer Leanie van der Vyver's design thesis is a new take on the high-heel shoe.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I was made for rainy days

We finally had some real rain and it was the best! It stormed yesterday and today throughout the day. Yesterday our yard looked like a little pond with tiny waterfalls were falling between the flower beds and paths. It's been a nice break to have some cooler weather and cloudy skies. Elton and I have been snuggling under blankets due to the change in weather. I have some throw blankets picked out that are perfect for rainy days!

Kantha Quilt

Anantara Throw

Monday, April 1, 2013

the hive

We spent our weekend catching up with everything we missed while we were away on vacation. Ryno and his brother worked on constructing boxes for the beehive. They were able to finish an entire box and the hive stand as well. Elton and I were not much help, but we enjoyed hanging out and Elton played in the backyard with his friend, Banjo. Ryno keeps finding little honey bees in our garage. I think it's because they already love their new home, but Ryno tells me they can smell the wax already built into the frames.