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monkey bread, my way

Posted on: 9.28.2012

holy crap, to all of you women out there with husbands that go out of town for work, or do long distance relationships or have army men... you have a gift that i just do NOT have. that gift being the ability to not pull your hair out from being on your own. jon is out of town right now for a few days. we're on day one and i've watched all the netflix and baked all the sweets, including monkey bread... well, we were lacking some ingredients that it includes, but with just butter and cinnamon i'm a happy girl (with thighs that are growing practically before my eyes) 
it's a really healthy dish (it's not) and it is ideal to eat the entire pan by yourself (it's not)
enjoy! and enjoy your treadmill in the morning...

bowls and rugs and knobs

Posted on: 9.27.2012

today was a gloomy, rainy day and i was bored out of my mind. i haven't actaully shop shopped in a while, so i figured why the hell not. i found two of these bowls at the thrift store last week for 75 cents each, so naturally i had to go to anthropologie to get a few more to match. shame on me! but i love them... i've loved them for a while so... again... why the hell not! i also got this gorgeous printed rug at tj maxx for a steal and a metal crate on clearance, too. i've been stripping & staining a nightstand for days (it has felt like weeks...my arms have never looked more toned)  and it has been a nightmare, so i bought a nice dresser knob to keep my eyes on the prize & to keep from throwing the sander through a wall! sometimes a little retail therapy is all a girl needs, ya know? 

life lately...

Posted on: 9.23.2012



friday night lights!

Posted on: 9.22.2012

last night, i had so much fun driving out to my old high school. it was "cheerleader alumni night" and my friend Maria and I thought it would be fun to take the hour long drive from Cincinnati to attend. we wore these LOVELY hot pink look-at-me-whether-you-want-to-or-not t shirts and we were amongst women that were older than my mama!! we're talking 50 year old women jumping around with pon poms (and doing a damn good job, i might add) we got there and were shoved out onto the track where the cheerleaders perform. we danced along to some of the old cheers and it was crazy how many of them i could recall! most days i can't even remember my bank account number but i remembered these freakin' cheers after 6 years like it was nothing. go figure! well, actually, i did practice a little bit. when i was getting ready yesterday, i grabbed my poms and did cheers...  in our livingroom... in my underwear. (don't worry, jon filmed it without me knowing so there is in fact proof of this) anyways, they announced all of our names and it was neat to hear it again after all of those years. my mom and i went to the same highschool so she came out last night and we both had a bit of a reunion. Can't wait 'til the next one. Go Rams!! 

giving thanks!

Posted on: 9.19.2012

things i have found especially fantastic this week and am thankful for. 

1. the secret thrift store room i found full of clearance furniture. a nightstand for $5 & a new metal shelf for $3! 
2. my SUV that happily lugs all of my thrift store loot
3. my new found love for watching massage videos on youtube before bed. seriously, you will drool yourself to sleep. my favorite is "swedish massage, the complete body experience" oh, man!! 
4. the guest room in our apartment. i dont thank it enough for housing my sewing machine and jon's work out equiptment (and sleeping bags, winter coats, vacuum cleaner and everything else ugly)
5. for getting up the guts to go to the gym by myself. isn't it the weirdest feeling walking up to your first treadmill run for the night? like, everyone looks at you like "oh, you're just now getting here? hmmph" i dunno, maybe i'm nuts. 
6. dreamy craigslist finds that i stare at for days, hoping they don't sell before i can afford them. 
7. halloween! oh my GAWD it's coming!
8. that i was forced in middle school to take typing class. seriously, the most useful class in my life.
9. jon's willingness to think maybe we do, in fact, need a puppy!
10. knowing that we don't have much, but we have all we need. except a kitchen aid mixer. i do really need one of those bad boys, and then after that, i'll be satisfied. 


Kings Island and cat food!

Posted on: 9.16.2012

yesterday, our whole family went to Kings Island for P&G day! i love Kings Island. us Cincinnati kids have been spoiled having it so close. our mom's use to drop us off there during the summer and we would stay all day. It was basically our babysitter! So it was really nice having the whole park to us (us, as in i'd say about 700 p&g employees) we rode everything over and over, ate really healthy food and had so much fun together. i got nearly giddy seeing all of the fall reminders everywhere. pumpkins!! it only got me that much more excited for haunted stuff coming up! 
a perfect day made better when we saw that P&G was giving away cases of paper towels and catfood. look at that mountain of tuna and salmon below!! i'm pretty sure it weighted our car down, but Gracie and Weezy are good for about 6 months. holla!!


hi, i'm Jamie & i'm an antique-aholic.

nothing too crazy to report about around here. a few days ago, my mom and i went to the ohio valley antique mall (my home away from home) and obviously spent far too many hours going up and down each aisle, looking at the same items that have been there for months. whatever. i love it! 


baby fever? i need a doctor

Posted on: 9.13.2012

baby boys everywhere! i got to watch this little guy this morning for my friend, Cassie. Landon is the most beautiful little guy and is pretty fond of jon, too. (maybe it's because jon looks like a furry stuffed animal?) either way, it was a great morning! i'm so excited for all of my friends with these fresh little ones all over the place. 1. they're cute and i have access to them always and 2. i can just enjoy their kids for a while without feeling pressure to have my own :)
and those lashes! could you not just die?? 

the nerd herd in my living room.

Posted on: 9.11.2012


soooo... this happened. oh my god. jon and about 7 of his friends went to a concert the other night. in order to get in for 1/2 price, you could dress up like a nerd/dork. and these kids did not hold back. we went to the thrift store and they all went crazy! please note the "science is fun" t shirt. good grief. sidenote- im 99% they all ended up spending more money on their outfits than the actual discount ended up being. go figure!! 

OTR Gateway

Posted on: 9.06.2012

as a teenager that grew up in the country, i had little to no idea what the city really was. but by the time "Friends" came out on tv i decided i wanted to be a city girl. like it was something i could turn into i guess? i can handle that! loud noises? crime? gum stuck to everything?  but then it happens- the moment. the moment you're living alone Carrie Bradshaw style and a rat runs through your apartment. you realize oh god, what have i done. i was not cut out for this life.  and so, here i am. and here i'll stay. Cincinnati is just enough city for me. i can't say it enough how much i love it here. today i went exploring around the OTR gateway. i love it down there for its shops, like Park + Vine, and all of little boutiques and graphic design studios. the whole area smells like hot dogs and looks like an art project.
  
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