I am going to take a mini-break from blogging- not terribly long, but a little while.
I need a little break because I think a part of me broke last Friday- as I am sure was the same for all of you.
and lately I don't have much to say, 
and I don't feel like pretending I have a perfect life and showcasing photos of that which does not exist. 
I think I've always been fairly real on here and honest but I am lacking words lately.
and I don't want to force them.
so, with that said- see you soon and have a wonderful holiday. I hope every single day you have something to be thankful for, however small.



It's beginning to look a lot like...Thanksgiving?

I am so not Christmas-y this year.
As in...we have not even purchased our tree yet.
I have not hung a single light.
Our gingerbread house remains un-built.
No wreath adorns our door.

and so far, I am ok with that!

Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays.
Know what i don't like? Cleaning up after them.
Pine needles...
Finding random ornaments all year long...
Taking down annoying lights that took far too long to hang...

Do I sound like a grinch?
I guess I do, but oh well.
I am excited to go to my parent's house for the holiday and enjoy the Christmas-y atmosphere there.

In the meantime, we may buy a huge potted plant and decorate that....we'll see.


Etsy Monday- Trim Your Tree

Happy first Monday in December!
It is freakishly warm today and I can't quite wrap my mind around it since on Friday it was about 15 degrees. 
But today? 58.
Yeah, I don't get it either.

Warm weather or not, I'm starting to get into the holiday spirit and wanted to feature the most amazing ornaments for today's Etsy Monday!!

Happy tree trimming!! (or whatever else you may trim...)

Baby's first Christmas ornament!

tiny owl
this. is. hilarious.
needle felted santa
I couldn't NOT show you this ornament. The perv in me thinks this is the funniest thing. Also when I went to save the img file, I went to type P no spaces ornament and realized it made the word PORNAMENT- which is perfect for this. I think I coined a new word.


to juice or not to juice?

guys, I've been hearing a lot about juice cleanses. One of my good friends recently did one and raved about it, even though she was pretty much angry at the world for 5 days...
juiced up.

What is this new(ish) thing?

this is what some people say about juice cleanses:

my initial thoughts?
this is dumb.
I mean, not eating solid food for 3-5 days?
Cleansing your body?
I get the whole 'easier for your body to absorb' thing, that makes sense.
But I didn't (don't?) buy into the whole cleanse thing. 
Can't eating lots of salad and broccoli do the same thing?

Honestly I don't know if my body could survive on less than 1000 calories a day. And if I go running that day? Forget it. It seems like that would be starving myself. Plus, remember my post about sugar not too long ago? Aren't juices like...ALL sugar? Even natural sugar your body has a crazy reaction to. All that sugar going into your body makes your pancreas produce insulin, which then moves that sugar stuff which is now glucose- right directly into your cells. Sick.

and check this out:

After 30 minutes
As your cells suck up the glucose, your blood sugar level can start to plummet and you may feel dizzy.

Meanwhile, lacking enough calories, your body is operating off its supply of glycogen, a form of short-term energy stored in the liver and muscles.
After two days
With each shot of juice, your insulin levels skyrocket, then crash. Your glycogen stores are pretty much gone, leaving your tank on empty—and you feeling weak and listless.

Since you're getting only about half the calories you need, your body draws on two long-term power sources: triglycerides, a type of energy stored in fat cells (woo-hoo!), and protein, taken straight from your muscles (oops). You begin to lose muscle mass, even if you're still exercising every day.
After three days
Your brain is not happy. It enters into semi-starvation mode and gobbles ketones, fuel that comes from the breakdown of fat. Ketones work, but they're like low-grade gasoline; as a result, you may feel unfocused or irritable. (Any "mental clarity" is likely due to a strong placebo effect.)

Sans a fresh protein infusion, your brain is also lacking amino acids, the raw materials that neurotransmitters need to maintain your mood. If you're prone to depression, you may start feeling blue.
The proteins in your shrinking muscles break down into ammonia and uric acid, unwelcome chemicals that invade your bloodstream. Now your kidneys are busy detoxing your detox.
Stay near the bathroom: The juice's high carbohydrate load causes a surfeit of water to enter the intestines. That extra H2O in your gut means you're apt to get diarrhea.
After four days
With no food to digest, your small intestine feels ignored. Its villi—the rows of tiny fibers that move food elements into the blood—start to atrophy. Your diarrhea may get worse, leading to dehydration... and there goes your rosy glow.

On the eighth day
Solid food! But uh-oh—you've lost muscle. Even if you go back to your regular eating habits, you now have less muscle mass to burn those calories; instead, the calories are more likely to be turned into fat. (Hence, one reason yo-yo dieting makes it harder to lose weight: Your reduced muscle-to-fat ratio messes up your metabolism and makes calories much harder to work off.)

copied from Women's Health.

Losing muscle mass? What the what! I hardly have any of that to begin with, I don't want to lose it! and mmm being apt to get diarrhea? Sounds GREAT. Now, I understand that some of these cleanses that you order have protein packed drinks, but still. Probably not as much protein that you could get from, I don't know, SOLID food?!

And I also get it is a great source of vitamins, because who normally ingests a huge amount of vitamins on a daily basis? I certainly don't. But, that said- your body can only absorb certain amounts and types of vitamins- water soluble v's are pretty much flushed out when you pee. 

So far, from what I have read- the bad stuff outweighs the good with regards to a juice cleanse. What are your thoughts? Should I try a 3 day cleanse and report it back to you? Or should I just stick to eating healthy and eating clean? 


I'm back + it is cold

I'm back from glorious sunny California. 
My days were spent basking in the perfect 73 degree air and soaking up vitamin D.
I went running around cute neighborhoods where people have lemon trees in their yards (and gave me funny looks when I would pluck a few...)
I cuddled as much as I could with my niece, Ila, who is the cutest baby in the world.
I ate.
I antiqued.
I decided i needed to move to Southern California.


Well, 50% seriously.
Jeff said if my sister could find friends to live in our place (rent it out and cover the mortgage...) then we could move to California for a bit. Maybe 6 months. Maybe a year.
I would do it in a heartbeat.
So you never know, that may happen. Of course, probably not until after the wedding...

Don't get me wrong, I love Maine. I do. And I'll always want to live here, especially Portland. But, I make it no secret that I cannot stand snow or cold weather.
and weather in San Diego is perfect about 87% of the time. 
That is a percent I can jump on board with.

view from our friend's apartment (where we stayed the first night)

enjoying coffee + the sun

Jeff checking on Ila

La Jolla

Seals just taking a rest

Lemon trees were everywhere! 

itty bitty baby foot

Sangria on the deck

Oceanside Sunset