Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry christmas

Hope yours is merry & bright.

Monday, December 24, 2012

design seeds

Have you ever seen the site Design Seeds? I've become pretty obsessed with it. Their tag line is "find the palettes you love," and it's addictive once you start looking. Basically, there are several ways you can search for a palette whether through color value, theme or just browsing the images. They pull color values out of images and make an art board of the image with the color swatches. It's a really great way to look at colors, because you can see how you feel about the colors easily through the photo.

Here are a few of my holiday favorites. Happy Christmas Eve!

all images belong to Design Seeds

Friday, December 21, 2012


A little holiday music to start the weekend!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

baby boston

Ryno shared this video with me tonight, and I thought it was so adorable. We watched several similar videos before we got Elton, and I hoped the same thing would happen with him as a puppy. However, he only lost his balance once, and it was really minor just a back foot hovering in the air for a second.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


I came across this video while I was browsing my reader this weekend. I think it's a brilliant move by Red Bull to promote their brand. They filmed surfers in a cranberry farm performing different tricks, but I really loved the first bit when they explain how they harvest cranberries. I never knew how that process worked, but it seems very fun.

Monday, December 17, 2012

love actually

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends." – Hugh Grant, Love Actually

I spent my weekend writing Christmas cards and watching Love Actually. It's a favorite holiday movie of mine. Also, the opening quote spoken by Hugh Grant is always inspiring to me, and it helps me feel hope. Otherwise, we mostly laid-low knowing that this next weekend would be so busy with Christmas.

We did get out of the house to run a few errands though, and Elton came along for the ride. He is only now learning the thrill of sticking his head out the window, which is hilarious. I think he was supposed to have figured it out long before he was three, but it never appealed to him before. The hilarious part is that he is so excited anytime he has the opportunity to have his ears flap in the wind, yet he is so hesitant to fully commit to the idea. I really don't blame him for being cautious, because he is so poorly balanced with his huge head. I always keep a gentle hold on him whenever he gets brave enough to try it. However, sometimes I have to snap a photo as well; it's just so cute how he rests his chin on the window ledge for balance. The first few times I thought maybe he couldn't really reach past the ledge, but then I realized he ducks down and sets his chin on the ledge no matter what. It's sort of like a kid holding onto the wall the first time they try out roller skates. 

ps- His foot is only up because I set it there trying to encourage him to stand up a bit.

Friday, December 14, 2012


You're in our thoughts and hearts Connecticut.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Just got this il bussetto for Ryno here. It's so pretty!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

let's have a kiki

I was so excited to see SJP on Glee last week, especially because she performed "Let's Have a Kiki" by the Scissor Sisters. My friend Justin introduced me to the song when he sent me the videodrome version, which is pretty fantastic if you don't mind fake butts, swearing and such. However, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share Glee's version, considering SJP is dressed to the nines in it. Isn't her dress amazing? I love her!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

gregory crewdson

I have loved photography since my first yellow, Kodak camera I got when I was three. My parents were always so supportive of the hobby, buying me a plethora of film and developing endless amounts of zoo animal photographs. In college I took a couple of photography classes. Very old school, film and dark room developing; it was wonderful! One photographer that really stuck with me from my college class was Gregory Crewdson. I think his work is fantastic, so I thought I would share the preview of the new documentary, Gregory Crewdson Brief Encounters. I can't wait for it to come to Texas!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Happy Monday! Ryno and I managed to accomplish quite a bit from out "to do" list over the weekend, but it's December so I still feel behind. Friday, when I was still feeling like the weekend stretched out before my I saw this article about the NY times hollywood issue. I really enjoyed the video about the female hollywood heroines; it's pretty stunning.
Helen Hunt photographed by Tiereny Gearon for the NY Times

Friday night we went to Ryno's holiday party, which was on a rooftop downtown. It was a lot of fun to visit with his co-workers and see a new spot in the city. Then yesterday we had some friends over. They have a sweet Boston Terrier too, so the pups got to play and wear each other out. It was pretty hilarious!

Friday, December 7, 2012

joni mitchell

Our collar and leash arrived for Elton today. I'll try to snap some photos of him wearing it this weekend; he looks even more adorable than usual with it on. Ryno and I have a long list of home projects to tackle this weekend. I am hoping to get a lot of it knocked out. We also have his Christmas party for work, which I'm looking forward to. Last year I got to hang out in a teepee; it was awesome!

I'm going easy and classic with Joni Mitchell today, which was inspired by a favorite holiday movie of mine, Love Actually.

I love her [Joni Mitchell] and true love lasts a lifetime.
Joni Mitchell is the woman who taught your cold English wife how to feel. — Karen, Love Actually

Thursday, December 6, 2012

lost and found

Yesterday when I came home this cute pup was hanging out on my patio.

He wondered into our yard after lunch, and Ryno said he came right up to him. Since he didn't have a name or number on his collar, we had to walk door to door asking neighbors if they recognized him. He was really well-trained and super friendly, however, none of our neighbors had ever seen him. We decided to leave our block to try another street. We were standing on the side of the road trying to decide where to go next when a woman shouted out her car window that it was her pup. We were glad to help reunite the owner and her dog. However, what we didn't say but wish we had was that a name tag would have helped get him home much sooner.

In the spirit of useful dog accessories I thought I would share a collar we just ordered for Elton, and the style of name tag we use for him.
boomerang tags

see scout sleep

Monday, December 3, 2012

david bazan

We spent the weekend focused on the holidays. We did a little holiday decorating and shopping. We picked out a Rosemary Christmas tree this year, so that we can plant it in the Spring. Also it smells delicious.

Saturday night we went to see David Bazan at The Parish. It was a great show, and Ryno really enjoyed seeing his favorite artist play. I did sit for some of the show, which is why the photo I have is behind the sound engineer's box.

I hope to be here more consistently again, now that I'm back in town. Sorry for the spotty sharing lately.