Saturday, October 3, 2015

a list of general bummers

1.  midtown, houston.
2.  suddenly neither netflix nor amazon prime are showing the ken burns jazz documentary anymore.

otherwise stuff is decent.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

fall specs [sponsored by]

who has split ends and an obsession with

this girl.

a few weeks ago my favorite online eyewear company offered up a pair of these rad glasses for me to show off on this blog (and wear 24/7 because they are so cute and comfy).  there's an insane amount to love about firmoo, but one of my favorite things is how often i see them getting new styles.  currently i only have 3 pairs, but doesn't fall kind of feel like glasses season for some reason?  can we all pretend we're going back to grad school or something?  don't grad students wear glasses and cool sneakers?

either way my spectacle collection is fast becoming my favorite set of personal accessories.  i'm totally going to be upping my collection at some point this year with sweater weather somewhere ahead! (oh my goodness houston rules in that winter is a distant thought).  here's a few styles on firmoo right now that you might just see me wearing this autumn if i ultimately can't resist buying them (and let's get real, this is me we're talking about):

point blank: i get tons of compliments on everything i own from and i can't wait to have a menagerie of glasses that i can change out with everything i wear.

it's awesome being myopic!

Friday, August 14, 2015

steve and becky's extended future inside a subaru forester

we are headed back to the lakes y'all!

it's pretty hard to believe, but we've officially lived in houston for a solid 13 months now.  there's lots to love (frost-free winter and cheap groceries) and some stuff we might not really say we love (dear houston:  zoning laws exist for a reason, and jungle animals are not pets).  but the fact remains for all our road trips exploring texas, we genuinely haven't been north of college station since attending my cousin's kzoo wedding in october 2014!

one of the big bummers about our drive down when we moved here was that it was, well... moving.  we drove in separate cars, steve dragging our uhaul, and i attempting to keep the cat from getting stuck between all the junk we had packed in the cab of my car.  the only chances we had to talk about the landscape comprised of angry discussions about last minute lane changes in memphis and my unwillingness to eat church's chicken in the middle of arkansas.

labor day weekend, however, we will embark on a road trip twice as extreme (literally the round trip version of our drive from ann arbor to htown).  we're so excited for our first big trip since greece and can't wait to see everyone we're missing up north!  here's a look at what we're doing:

 saturday, september 5, 2015
drive from houston to the vibrant city of poplar bluff, missouri

sunday, september 6, 2015
drive from poplar bluff, missouri to steven's point, wisconsin... where....

our bffs, the new MR. AND MRS. John and Saki L. are currently living!!  John and Saki eloped in july and ever since we have been dying to celebrate with them (and, of course, we've been dying to see them ever since we moved)!  we'll be spending all of labor day up in wisconsin with them; long weekends rule!

tuesday, september 8, 2015
leave steven's point, wisconsin and drive to kalamazoo, michigan!!  with luck we might be able to say hello to some of our chicago friends on the way.

throughout the week we'll be visiting with family, chasing down our friends spread across the state, and definitely going to lake michigan!

friday, september 11, 2015
friday evening we'll head to ann arbor in anticipation of the first home football game the following day.  after a couple of attempts to book a place via airbnb, only to have 3 owners cancel my reservation and take weeks to refund my payment, (it is written:  becky is NOT impressed with her first airbnb venture) we ultimately opted to get a hotel in livonia, where the radius of the football-weekend hotel room price gauge ended.

sunday, september 13, 2015
it's our first anniversary! awww!  (which means it's nobody's business where we'll be or what we'll be doing so let's carry on)

monday, september 14, 2015
drive to birmingham alabama

tuesday september 15, 2015
drive from birmingham alabama to houston!  (in this stretch we'll drive through the 45th state i'll have visited: mississippi!  only oregon, oklahoma, north dakota, alaska, and hawaii to go!)

then we'll power through a 3 day work week and probably sleep for the entire weekend after.  but we cannot wait!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

our little herb terrarium

after finding this awesome glass terrarium while thrifting with my friend lucy, it sat in our living room for a while gradually collecting bits and pieces that did not fall into categories of "immediately useful" or "garbage."  last weekend steve and i decided to go to home depot and find some little herbs to grow on our balcony.  we'll see how they do in the houston heat, but it sure is a cute little addition to our patio!

the labels i designed myself, but feel free to steal them and print your own!  (i used translucent label paper).

Saturday, July 18, 2015

sam houston national forest

some folks down here in texas have a hard time believing how much steve and i like the weather.  true, it's hot, but when it comes to being outside, hot is my preference.

earlier today we sweat it out at the sam houston national forest, which is about an hour north of where we are in the city.  we've driven through it before but hadn't found a place to park and hike until today when we set out on the peaceful hiking trails through the enormous trees and along lake conroe.  the woods felt like a fairytale, we even found a troll hidden in the a tree!  after today a little stone cottage out in the woods seems like just what we need.

 {xoxo - b}