G'day Mate!

Jeff sent me this picture from his phone
It is a view of the train station he goes to every day to get to work!!
He said Australia (so far) reminds him of Florida. Weird.
and this, this is his hotel room.
I'm sorry, "studio suit". 
It has a washer & dryer!
and he is located here. RIGHT smack in the middle of the city.
Although I guess he is super near China Town and wishes he could find food other than Chinese food :)

more days to go.


Love is this, too.

He leaves tomorrow. 
I want to whisk us away...
Maybe here:
or maybe here:
someplace where we can be alone.
sometimes, when we're together-we are just quiet.
we don't have words.
we don't need words.
i think in those moments i love him the most.
i want to make everything wonderful for him.
i want to make everything okay.
sometimes, i don't realize how much we balance each other.
when he is scared or nervous, i'm suddenly brave.
when he hurts, i'm strong. 
when i am sad, he makes me laugh.
I've got something real good.
22 days to miss him. 
Just 22.
that isn't too long. 

it really isn't. 
and, I love having someone to look forward to:)


down about Down Under

Jeff leaves in 3 days for Australia.

I am not pleased about this.

Not even a little. I KNOW it isn't that long. I KNOW that 22 days is minute compared to what some people have to go through...but, it is the longest we've been apart. AND i hate sleeping alone. I get scared. Cali misses Jeff. Makes me miss Jeff. I already miss Jeff & he isn't even gone.

Maybe he'll bring me back a kangaroo. Maybe.

I'm just worried. I worry. I can't help it. I don't know when/if/how we'll get to talk. What if Cali pees on the floor? What if Jeff finds a poisonous snake? What if the car breaks down? What if he gets bit by a shark?

I get to meet him in LA on Oct 16th- my plan gets in at 8pm.  Again...worry---> i have to fly ALONE. eep.

Maybe Lauren Conrad will be on my flight to LA....but somehow I doubt it.

Dear time, please fly by. Thanks, Nicole



Today, even though I woke up with a sore throat (ewww), we headed to the apple orchard. The weather was perfect- 65 & sunny!
Cali was super excited- she loves apple picking!

About two seconds after I took this picture she got the zoomies and ran around and around a tree like a crazy person- it was hilarious. Well, I thought so. Jeff- not so much.

I seeeeee you!

I enjoy hiding in trees. 

I don't even know what this kind of apple is- but they are delicious. and red. they are NOT red delicious however.

I grabbed her JUST as she was started to take off around the trees again- she thinks the apples are balls.
we are slowly starting to get better at the whole one-armed picture thing.

I see meeeeee!!!!
Jeff said it was too early for pumpkin carving- I guess he's right. 

I cannot even tell you how good this was. So. Good. I bought a gallon. I also bought a yummy looking blueberry oat scone mix. That = breakfast tomorrow.

And these....they are just one of the most wonderful creations ever. Apple cider donuts. They were still warm. OMG. We bought a 1/2 dozen (only $3!) and ate maybe 4 on the way home. We couldn't help it. They were STILL WARM! mmmmmmmmm. Now I want another way.

It was a perfect time and now we're grilling some food and I have yummy root veggies in the oven roasting- brussel sprouts, beets, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, onions, garlic... lets just say, it smells fantastic. AND then we're having a fire & making s'mores. Did I mention I love fall? More then love, I adore. I..I...well, you get it.

okay off to have more happy! xo


My other love (this is gonna get cheesy)

Music has been a part of my so long, I often neglect it. I completely take it for granted. I don't give it the attention it deserves. Most that know me recall a time when going to shows was an every week occurrence. I've worked at radio stations, sold merch at shows, worked as a "manager" and completely and thoroughly saturated my life with those bands/musicians that I adored (including a tattoo on my ankle).

But, after college- going to shows became harder. My life became busier. Then in law school, following the music scene became increasingly difficult. I no longer had the time or money. Buying music off itunes was even a challenge. Listening to my ipod was scattered at best.  Music seemed to slip away from me- the only songs I knew were those I made up in my head about hating torts/con law/etc.

Don't get me wrong, it was always there- a part of my life, even when I didn't really know it- but I wasn't embracing it like I had in the past. Music, unlike most things other than humans, can love you back. A song can comfort you when you are in your darkest moments. Lyrics can explain what you cannot put into words. A melody can lift your spirits and make you want to spin and dance. Rhythm can propel your feet to hit the pavement faster on a challenging run. It is difficult to explain, but it is true to me.

About a month ago, I was at a wedding. After the reception, people were supposed to go outside for a fire. I sort of got turned around in the large hotel/resort and ended up in the hotel bar, where a youngish 20 something guy was performing with his acoustic guitar.  It was dim, dark and warmer than it should have been in that bar. Only about 5 people were present, maybe 1 or 2 paying attention to the guy.  But, he didn't care. He sang. I stood there semi-frozen as the sound swirled around me. Again, hard to describe- but sometimes I feel as though the sounds of a song can seep into my skin. It feels like the lyrics and the harmony start to slowly flow through my veins. I get goosebumps. Sometimes, when I'm driving in a car and certain songs come on, I get so full of the sounds that I almost tear up. So there in that dark little bar, I remembered how it felt to hear and feel the music.

Since then, my ipod has been attached to my ears. I've been rediscovering artists, songs, lyrics.  I've been rightly obsessing with Stephen Kellogg and the way his voice makes me feel like i'm on fire but safe.  
Enjoying the humor in Matt Nathanson's lyrics and beats and perverse sound bites from live shows. 

Losing myself in Ray Lamontange and the way I feel when I listen to him,  like i'm wrapped in 100 cozy blankets on a snowy day with a cup of hot tea.  

Consuming myself with my favorite female artists: Charlotte Martin, Ingrid Michaelson, A Fine Frenzy, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple... 

Longing for Damien Rice, Howie Day (the OLD Howie Day), David Ford, Joshua Radin, Counting Crows...

A couple songs that have been just pretty much on repeat are:

 Falling Slowly- Glen Hansard

Anyway, I just wanted to talk about this- and I have for awhile. ALL relationships take work- an I guess I've learned that even my relationship with music needs my attention every once in awhile...

ps: Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers are playing at the Port City Music Hall Oct 29th. *swoon*



Hola few readers!

The past week or so has been busy busy busy- I'm ALMOST done with the guest room, pictures to come soon- and cannot wait to be on to a new project. I'm having a very hard time containing myself to leaving the living room alone. It makes no sense to start that when we do not have furniture that I like and won't be getting any anytime soon. However, Jeff & Engie are going to be building a bookcase (yes, I know...I am skeptical of this also) and whenever that gets done or I buy a new one, I'll start on the living room redo.

I feel very scattered lately like I can't start something without stopping or wanting to start something new. I have a million ideas for the house & just cannot pin them down! Jeff leaves for Australia (Sep 24th for 22 days!) and I think when he is over there I am going to try to stay busy so I do not pine. Therefore, If money & time allow- the master bath is my next project. I've decided on crisp white accents and slate gray walls. I looooove this bathroom:
so we'll see what I can do. By myself. Scary, I know.  I'd love to get the whole thing done while he is away and sort of surprise him with my awesomeness. Um...however, I want to rip out the shower and install a nice tile one. You think I can do that?
I like the color of the tiles here....If I could manage this, I'd be impressed. I mean, it can't be THAT hard, right? Rip out old shower. Install new shower floor. (I don't think i'm cool enough to have a tiled shower floor..) Slather goop on the walls and afix the tiles. DONE. I know it is more difficult than that, however, that is what Youtube is for. And maybe Steve, Jeff's brother. Anyway, definitely something to think about...

On the other hand, I could just paint the walls and replace the sink/mirror/shelving and call it a day! I like this sink...and it isn't very pricey. Plus storage space.

Wow, I just realized how terribly boring this blog is- but it is helping me organize my thoughts, damnit!

Then I want just a nice mirror over the sink- not a medicine cabinet. A quick re-do of light fixtures...an old wooden ladder used as a towel holder...

this is to be continued..


Becoming a nerd

Well, I'm not sure if home improvement projects make me a nerd (then again I already was a nerd) but I have totally and completely gotten hooked. Example: now at the grocery store instead of wanting to purchase US Weekly or some other lame gossip rag, I find myself buying Better Homes & Gardens. HA!

Currently, I am revamping the guest room- beautiful creamy white duvet cover is in the mail, nightstand is almost done and wall art is in the making (will post pictures when complete) but one thing that is done is the bureau!

Please ignore the tied curtains. and Please ignore the random two items atop the bureau. However, LOVE the finished project. I am so very happy with the way it turned out. I was going to distress it, but didn't- and now don't think I want to.

The nightstand is white and I'm looking for a different bookcase, an old wooden chair and then the room will be furnished!

Upcoming projects include: Painting the master bath a light slate gray, new sink, new shower, overhaul on the master bedroom, painting the hallway, repainting the living room, repainting the 2nd floor bath. Yipes.

Oh well! FUN!

Also- veggie dinner last night was so super good. I made a sort of mexican spinach casserole. Whole wheat tortillas, low fat cheese, green salsa and green enchilada sauce, baby spinach, black beans, red onions and cherry tomatoes. It was pretty frickin' good!
Very gooey and flavorful! I sort of just added whatever and loved the end result.
and, so did Jeff (that is his 3rd helping!)

He is cute. The end!


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Something old:

My best friend got married this weekend- it was extremely surreal. We've been best friends for so long that it has turned into one of those more like a family member than a friend type friendships. The wedding was wonderful and beautiful and such a good time. It was our last wedding of the season! I think Jeff & I are wedding-ed out for awhile...unless of course we're planning our own. But, I am trying not to think about that.  Old friendships are the best. Like a pair of worn in jeans. Comfortable and reliable. I am so happy for my friend!

Something new:

This weekend held a bunch of new! Jeff and I met new people at the wedding (Sarah's sister-in-law, Cami, who has a really neat blog Health & Happiness ), I met my friend Amy's one week old baby boy, Aiden and decided to go on a new adventure! Jeff and I, after slight discussion, have decided to be as vegetarian as we can.  Basically this means that dinners will be vegetarian- the meal we both share.  I will mostly eat vegetarian, aside from fish, but Jeff I am sure will partake in meat during lunch.  But now that he is willing to eat vegetarian meals, it makes it much easier for me to go all the way. I'm so excited! I had been wanting to do this for awhile now and think I am finally ready- not gonna lie, Cami, who is vegan, pretty much sold me on this. I'm hoping this winter to stay healthier!

For dinner last night I really wanted pizza, but wasn't in an ordering mood or a messy make your own mood, so we made french bread pizza with grilled veggies. Using whole wheat bread, shredded cheese made with skim milk and tons of veggies, it was delicious!

I'm scoping recipes for veggie dinners that are delish and filling- send them my way if you know of any!

Something borrowed:

recipes! yum yum yum, I came home with a few from the weekend- and finally am trying the overnight oats from www.ohsheglows.com for lunch. I made the pumpkin pie oats and they look realllllllllllllly good. I'll let you know how they taste! But seriously my 4 little followers, please let me know of any recipes you have- I'm on a cookie spree!!!

Something blue (teal): Our dresser that we refinished! I'll post pictures tomorrow, but it turned out freakin' AWESOME!