See what happens when I'm tired and have access to magnetic poetry? I think i'm freakin' awesome, that's what! 

stand by for a post [most likely tomorrow] on how to do floral nails.


Maine summers: a true love

Even though the past couple days have been less then stellar, I can't help but look back on my summer so far and have about a billion memories that make me smile or things and moments I am thankful for. I go back and forth with my favorite seasons, always proclaiming that it is fall, for the crisp air, beautiful leaves and cozy moments- but then I'll announce that spring is my favorite, because it is fresh and alive and watching the trees slowly turn green and flowers pop up is wonderful...however, when it REALLY comes down to it- Summer, Maine summer specifically, is my favorite. Maine summer, for those who don't know, starts mid-July and not in June like the rest of the country. Maine summer has randomly scorching days, cold ocean water and refreshing nights. Maine summer goes until about the end of September and gets better and better as the days go on. I just can't deny it any more, summer is my favorite

The little things i love about summer: salty air from the ocean or salty skin from a run, sand stuck to everything, the smell of sunscreen, flip flops, cut off jean shorts, the way the air feels on my arms out the window of a car, grilling everything, fresh veggies, lemonade, cold cold beer, camping, fireworks, stars, jumping off a boat into a clear lake, going for night walks, chalk, sparklers, summer dresses, the smell of rain, the smell of the campfires, ice cream, the fact that everything seems to taste better, farmer's markets, first Friday art walks, margaritas, eating outside, popsicles, nights out with friends, not getting sleepy at 8pm, sunsets, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of kids playing, riding bikes...oh I could go on + on.  

Instead, here are some pictures that represent the wonderfulness of my summer so far. More to come, I'm sure:

first s'more of the season!

cousin weekend 2011

Deliciousness at Tu Casa

i <3 my cousin

yay, friendship bracelets!

yummy breakfast

My cat has issues

itty bitty frog

Bar Harbor, 2011

Haha, sister.

top of Beech Mt.

BBQ feast

delicious lemonade


Etsy Monday (Monday, Monday)

Personalized Stationary by emilyanndesigns
Lolite quartz lotus petal earrings by FizaDesigns
Rustic light brown wagon wheel chandelier by Wildwildwest
Clay rose drawer knobs by Prettyware
Peacock Wine Glasses by Marywibis

8x10 photo of winery keys by honeytree

Oh people of Etsy- you are just so amazing. Keep rocking my socks off, please:)


iphone gems with Alivia

I may need to start a weekly post with all the crazy crazy things I text people because of iphone auto correct. These are REAL texts too (I tend to think that some of the iphone auto correct websites have fake posts...) and to make matters worse, I was a terrible text-er before the iphone. sigh. Also, I love love Alivia's responses to my texts.

Awkward + Awesome

So one of my most favorite posts that my darling cousin/bff Alivia does weekly is the Awkward + Awesome post. It always makes me laugh and I look forward to reading it every week. Also makes me understand just how related we are:) She told me that she got the idea from another great blog The Day Book- and that I should join in on the fun. Didn't need to twist my arm...


-the fact that it took me about 5 tries to spell awkward right.
-Yesterday morning, after getting out of the shower I slipped and fell. Not by any fault of my own, but because of the ridiculous pile of baby powder that my boyfriend leaves on the bathroom floor each morning. Why does he use baby powder you ask? Another story for another day.
the cause- big space in the middle is where I wiped out
-It was 97 degrees yesterday- will be about 100 today. That said, no ac downstairs (it is MAINE! You are not supposed to need ac!) lead to a temperature of 91 degrees in my living room.
-Because it was that hot, I decided to go to a coffee shop in the old port- got to Bard, ordered a latte (iced) and sat down. After about 40 minutes decided it was too loud in there- I think everyone had the same idea that I did- left and headed back to my car. There is a tiny park on Exchange Street that is usually filled with an interesting variety of people. Yesterday was no exception and I was lucky enough to witness a completely topless woman shouting about how how it was and how she was expressing her right to be topless. sigh. Yes, it is legal in Maine for women to be topless. Lucky us!
-Boob sweat. 'nuff said.


-Farm fresh veggies. One of the reasons I love summer! I think I ate 4 tomatoes for lunch yesterday and that is it. YUM.
-The smell of sandy, salty and sunscreen all mixed together is awesome. 
-I finished off an entire box of Trader Joe's raspberry popsicles in a grand total of a day and a half.
-Because of the heat, I spent a good portion of yesterday camped out in our bedroom where we DO have air conditioning. It is just hard to study up there because being on my bed and all, I just want to nap. I made sure Cali came up with me to enjoy the cool air and this is what happened 

-One of my aunts lives close by in  Cape Elizabeth. She has a pool. She was awesome and kind enough to let Jeff, Cali and I go over last night and swim in the pool. AMAZING. It was lovely. And beautiful. and and...well, you get the point. I think I floated on my back for 20 minutes just watching the dragonflies loops around in sky while I enjoyed the cool water. Also, she and her fam are heading out to Bar Harbor today (I don't want to talk about how I am not going and how it is the first time I haven't been in 27 years) and she told Jeff and I we could go over to her house whenever we want to swim. Yes. I will be going there today in fact to study and swim before:
-Alivia is coming to play!


Johnny freakin' jump up

One thing that Alivia told me about blogging that has kind of stuck was that I should not worry about embarrassing myself with whatever I chose to write about.  She said that her favorite blogs are the ones by those people that are honest and open- not those that seem to have a wonderful perfect life and never ever do anything wrong.

So, in the spirit of that advice, here goes...

My morning started off pretty standard and calm- stumbled downstairs around 5:30am, quickly ingested a cup of coffee and checked my email and went out to water my plants.  I snapped a few photos because the sun was just perfect that early in the morning:

basil slooowly coming back to life

viney green beans

from seed!

evidence of some evil creature's destruction

Going to get some plants for these guys

Anyway, all was great. I was calm and peaceful. Then I decided to go for my morning run. Now, my runs have been as of late, quite relaxing. Early in the morning it is super quiet and everything is still. I maybe see one or two people out biking or walking but the neighborhoods I run through are usually still sleeping. Since I have decided to run for relaxation instead of speed, I have noticed a lot more because I look around as I'm running. Yes, I trip. Yes I have almost run into garbage cans. For those of you who know the story of me getting hit by a bike while running, this will come as no surprise to you that I am NOT very graceful. I don't really watch where my feet are going. I pick them up and put them down. Simple. I am honestly surprised I haven't been seriously injured. I KNOW I should pay more attention but I'd rather just observe the scenery- notice people's pretty gardens, or the chalk art on driveways, the stretch of brown-eyed Susan's on Canco Road...all that stuff that I had been missing out on when I was trying to get a 5k in under 26 minutes.

So, like I said, this morning I was running along the quiet streets happily gazing around, quietly humming to the song on my ipod (thinking back, probably not so quietly) and soaking up the morning air.

Pause: I know I shouldn't run with my ipod in when I am alone early in the morning but I am slightly addicted to my nike+ and besides, I turn the volume down pretty low and possibly could hear someone coming to get me or something...

As I turned down one street that I've only run on a handful of times, I noticed this crazy out of control garden taking up someone's entire front lawn. It was beautiful and messy and chaos. Huge rose bushes, clumps of lilies, brown-eyed Susans, daisies, all wound around one another- and grass. Lots of tall thick grass- kind of looked like sea grass or dunegrass oddly enough. So, there I am, slowly approaching this garden, slowing down and getting pretty close because I want to get a better look, in the QUIET and ALONE hours of 6:30am, when out of no where and when I least expect it, a bare chested (hairy) man JUMPS UP out of the brush in the garden about 2 feet away from me on the sidewalk.

I screamed.

I wish I could say I just screamed sound or at the very least screamed something normal like "ohmygod" but no. The words that came out of my mouth, loudly, were "holy shitballs batman!" and tripped over my feet (didn't fall!).

I have not the slightest clue why. But seeings how when I broke eggs in the grocery store last week I said "oh...chicken" I'm not terribly surprised. The hairy man started laughing (yes he had pants on) and said, "sorry to scare ya sweethaaaaht i was just weedin' down heeeeahh! Gotcha good though didn't I?"

GOOD god. My face turned 3 shades of purple with embarrassment and I sputtered a no-worries-sorry-about-that and ran away. Fast.

I'm not sure what annoys me the most: the fact that I assume other people don't exist early in the mornings or that some old man gets his jollies from scaring innocent runners.  I don't know for sure, but I have a feeling he saw me coming and thought it would be funny.  I probably would have heard him rustling around had my ipod not been blaring Justin Bieber. It is safe to say at this point forward I may just run without the music....or maybe just skip that street.


Etsy Monday!

In the spirit of keeping me blogging, I need some sort of routine. So, hence forth (yep. I said it.) Monday's will be dedicated to whatever I have been recently lusting for on Etsy. A lot of the reasons why I love going to Farmer's Markets apply to why I just adore shopping for gifts, jewelery, art, etc. on Etsy. Original stuff! Non-corporate! Sweet nice wonderful crafty people! AND bonus, from the comforts of my own big squishy couch. 

This week:

Aquamarine ring by MSO Joies
Big gorgeous rings are my thing- and this ring fits that to a T! Sterling silver contrasts so nicely with the rough unpolished Aquamarine stone. Beautiful stuff from this Etsy seller.
Elephant Onesie by Pinecone and Chickadee
One of my good friends told me last week that she is pregnant! Of Course I immediately hopped onto Etsy to find some cute adorable original non-pink/blue onesie and BONUS found Pinecone and Chickadee, a local Portland husband & wife duo that make the most wonderful silkscreen prints!

Original Linoprint by Nikimilns

Happy, quirky prints!

Cute organic lingerie- sign me up! by Brookthere
Another Portland local- also has many cute comfy looking clothes in her Etsy store :)

Small hanging air plant terrariums by The Tropical Garden
I have developed a love of succulents. These glass hanging gardens do not help my addiction!


Weekend wrap

Yeah I know I have a major test coming up in about a week- however, I could not resist spending as much time as possible outside this weekend. Friday, I studied in the sun and spent the evening enjoying the summer air with friends on the deck at Flatbread.  We had delicious food and were privy to the sounds of G Love wafting in the air from the nearby pier. ALSO huge full moon. 
Portland Pier
 Pardon the blur, but all I had with me was my iphone. That night I kept thinking how lucky I am to live in Portland. Not many cities are the right size, have the right amount of things to do, aren't terribly crowded and sit directly on the ocean. Plus, people in Maine are nice. Really really nice.

Saturday morning we were up and busy- we had pancakes and coffee then hit the farmer's market. Jeff hasn't been yet this summer so we were there for awhile- I STINK and did not take many pictures but promise I will next Saturday or this Wednesday. We bought: cilantro, carrots, string beans, potatoes, goat cheese, a beautiful bouquet of flowers for a friend's birthday, strawberries, blueberries and a yummy smoothie to split. OH we also got delicious sweet Italian sausage- but that was more Jeff's doing than mine. I honestly don't care how much money I spend at the farmer's market since I know I am spending my money locally and on delicious wonderful things. I happily throw my money at them!
Pretty flowers you can EAT!

Saturday afternoon/evening, we + Cali headed to our friend's camp on Sebeago lake. It was WONDERFUL. Spent all day and night eating, swimming, laughing and eating some more. The water was the perfect temperature and I am a huge huge huge baby when it comes to chilly water. I spent over an hour bobbing around in the lake and only came out once I turned into a prune. Cali looooooves swimming and therefore was in doggie heaven. Watching her jump off the dock is hysterical and I'll have to get it on video one of these days. The sunset was gorgeous, we had an awesome dessert made for us (chocolate chip cookies smeared with peanut butter, milk chocolate and a marshmallow stuffed between them then wrapped in tinfoil and roasted over the fire until gooey and impossibly delicious- no photo because I ate mine too fast) and drank copious amounts of sangria. 
Pretty Sebego Lake

Happy dog.  
This morning I woke up and had quite the interesting experience of slamming my finger in a window and getting it stuck. You would think that would be the worst part of it, however the almost fainting and laying on my bathroom floor for 10 minutes really did the trick for me. That is all I'm going to say about that. Finger is still attached but the nail is touch & go. We will see. 

Hope you all had an amazing weekend as well- life is far too short to worry about what doesn't really matter (coughTESTcough) and instead enjoy what the days give you.

tired puppy