memorial day weekend in Cincinnati…

We spent a LOT of time at the pool with friends…as well as a few other things!!

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo…love the giraffes!!!

more boat watching on the balcony….

I have no green thumb, so I got some cacti and succulents for the balcony…

grilled out – seafood and produce from Findlay Market…

~ I hope you had a great weekend!!

sweet, glorious summertime…

I know summer doesn’t technically begin for another 6 weeks, but for a 29-year old ‘school kid’ like myself, the end of the school year means it’s summer to me.  Exams ended last week – I’ve been on break now for 8 days. I am still (and forever will be) working my full time job every day, but having JUST that to do has been WONDERFUL.

I’ve got another semester coming up in the fall, and then I will be studying for the bar exam all winter.  After that, this “break” as I call it will become the new (or old, as it was pre-2008) normal for me again – no more school!  Until then, I just need to focus on enjoying this few months of freedom.  I successfully scheduled myself the worst semester ever this past spring, all in the name of having a relaxing summer and a manageable fall.  Now that it’s here I have been thinking about what I want to make of it.

go running.

I am not the best runner in the world, but I sure do enjoy doing it.  I love running outside, and the hotter it is, the better.  Some of my memories from recent years of feeling relaxed and at peace are times when I was running outside in the summertime in the evenings after work.  I’ve already replaced my stressful nights of fighting rush hour to get to class with running outside, and I am loving it. I spent the past few months with that oh-so-pleasant knot in my stomach and pressure in my chest that ongoing stress seems to give a person.  I’ve been running until I am so tired and worn out.  Get home, go for a long run, stretch, shower, read a book (FOR FUN!!!!!!!), and fall asleep easily for the first time in a long time. Heaven.

enjoy the pool.

The building I now live in has a lovely pool with a nice view of the river. I have zero desire to ever get a tan, but I nonetheless love to hang out poolside, talk with friends, read books, people watch, and otherwise enjoy the summer sun.  I think I may have to invest in a big hat.  One building rule is that you can’t go in the building common areas in just a bathing suit.  Not that I planned to do that – I would’ve worn shorts or pants and a shirt anyway – but I am using that rule as an excuse to find a cute coverup. I am currently overwhelmed by the choices.

paint the living/dining room a modern and pretty shade of grey.

Our apartment’s kitchen is a white that suits it just fine.  I like the neutral tan in the bathroom, and the taupe in the bedroom.  However, the living/dining/foyer/hall area is this very blah beige and baby blue combination that I absolutely hate.  Nothing goes with it.  To make matters worse, it’s a flat paint that shows all the flaws.  In general, we moved in in January and I promptly started back to school for the semester from hell, so the entire main area of our apartment is sort of halfway done.  We’ve had a couple boxes and unhung pictures and various paint supplies piled in the living room since January, and we still need a number of things, like rugs, pillows, hardware for the cabinets, etc…i.e. a lot has to be done for it to feel remotely finished, and it’s driving me crazy!  It also turns out that picking a grey is really difficult.  I think we’ve at least got it narrowed down to 5 or so shades that we’re going to test on the wall soon.  I cannot wait until it all feels put together!!

buy fresh flowers.

Seems simple enough.  I do enjoy fresh cut flowers, but when i am in school and not home for 13 hours at a time during the week, it just seems pointless to spend money on a bouquet of flowers I won’t be home to enjoy.  As such, every walk by the fresh flower section of any farmer’s market or grocery store during the school year incites my grouchy side.  Maybe it sounds odd, but once I started school it was the little things like this – those little things of which you’re deprived because of your schedule, that you don’t realize you’re giving up until you had to, and that you didn’t realize you missed until they were gone.  Fresh flowers may just be the tip of the iceberg on that front….so I am making the most of this little pleasure while I can!!

I think that’s the extent of my list.  Of course, spending more time with friends, family, the boyfriend, etc. is on that list as well, but I think that’s a given!! Cincinnati isn’t a very big city but it still seems like there is no limit to the amount of events, festivals, parks, restaurants, bars, etc. that are to be enjoyed.  Do you have any big plans for the summer?

whew!

Hey, everyone! I hope you had a great New Year’s weekend!  All the moving is finally done, a couple friends visited over the weekend, and unpacking is still a work in progress.  We have some furniture and other things to buy, so the place won’t be entirely finished until some time in February.  On the upside, I have taken many long naps and am finally feeling better.  Getting back to work this week was a mixed blessing.  Part of me just wanted to stay home and either sleep or get the apartment worked out, but once I was at work, it was sort of nice to shift my focus away from all that.

The picture above is a view from our balcony!!  I was 80% happy with our decision to move until I sat out on the balcony the first evening, at which point my opinion shifted to 100% happy.  Even in 30 degree, windy weather, it was so nice to sit outside and take in the view of the Ohio River and all the lights for miles. My dog Jenny likes it, too!  I don’t know what the heck she is looking at, but night or day, she will stand out there and stare and sniff for a long time.

Well, that’s it for me! I have plenty of new apartment-related posts to come as things get in order…less instagram randomness and more content! 🙂

happy friday…

This picture is from the Contemporary Arts Center here in Cincinnati.  It is a really cool building designed by Zaha Hadid.  I have a membership there and enjoy seeing the different exhibits that come through.  One of my favorite things to do with my boyfriend is to go to the opening night parties.  It’s a great time to get dinner at one of the restaurants downtown, see the new exhibits, and then enjoy some cocktails or wine with some music in the lobby.  That’s where we were last Friday evening.

Well, no posts this week – between work, school, and the pro bono hours I need to graduate, it’s been a crazy week!  I don’t know what it says about me that I have been less stressed out since school started and my schedule picked up – busier- but a lot more at peace. hmm…. my only real complaint is the lack of time to go running.  well, have a great weekend!

My Apartment: New Accessories.

I had a productive weekend with sale and bargain shopping.  The kitchen and living room have been greatly lacking in the details, and I found a few nice additions.

I got this Zebra Plate at Pier One.  The first thing I ever got at Pier One was a grey crackled-look soap dish in 1992.  Yep, even at the age of ten I loved that store 🙂 I kept jewelry in it and it was a sad day when I broke that dish.  So, redemption was warranted and I got this plate.  NO idea what I will do with it – I just must have everything zebra. And besides, it was less that $3. How could I go wrong?

Also from Pier One I got this awesome Wool Tuft Floral Rug. I saw this in the store in the fall and absolutely loved it.  It goes perfectly great with my kitchen colors and I love the print.  It was on sale this weekend when I stopped in, so I could not resist.  It also comes in the same print but with a black background.

I got these IKEA Ribba Frames for some old photographs I bought at the Historical Society.  We live in an older neighborhood and thought it would be cool to have some photographs of it from years ago.  I wish I could go back in time and see this town then – 100 years ago just down the street, one could get a “‘weinerwurst’ with each drink,” or so the sign in the photograph says.  Sounds good to me!

I knew when I got my Broyhill white sofa, chair, and ottoman, that the the whole “stain” risk was high.  I have been able to combat it fairly well on the couch and chair cushions with a wash in the laundry – however, the ottoman has not fared as well.  It only has a couple small spots, but that’s enough to drive me crazy.  I got this Ludde Sheepskin from IKEA to cover it and I love it! I just have to touch it every time I walk by it.  I know I have previously agonized publicly over my lack of throw pillows here, but I have finally committed to some.  I got the Target Home Outdoor Blue Fretwork Pillows.  I am not entirely sure if these will stick, but baby steps, right?

I loved this Crystal Table Lamp and have been eyeing this particular style for many years. Given my obsession with black and white, what really finally sold this lamp for me was its position directly next to this Lamp Shade with Black Piping in the homes section at Target.  I knew I loved the combination and had to get it immediately!  Once I get the end table project it sits upon all worked out, it’ll all really tie the room together.

I have a fear of clutter that has resulted in a pretty plain and empty living room for the past couple of years – I admire people who have a knack (no pun intended!) for accessorizing with photos, knick-knacks, and other items in a way that looks pulled together and inviting without looking busy and cluttered.  The shelves my boyfriend installed helped me along in that endeavor.  I found this White Lotus Candleholder at an awesome interiors store in town called High Street.  They have a ton of great accessories, modern furniture, and interior design services.  I have a feeling that if I am to add more accessories to the room, they’ll be white more often than not.

And last but not least, I was pumped to get these Brocade Office Accessories at the Container Store during their office sale this week. I am always trying to come up with ways to torture my boyfriend encourage my boyfriend to keep things, such as pens, mail, tiny flashlight (??), and keys that he regularly scatters about, organized and orderly, but it has been difficult.  I even got a nice black lacquer tray to put on the console table near the door and designated it “his” spot for those things.  I cannot say this has been working out wonderfully, but hopefully these desk accessories will inspire him to put things in their proper place….a girl can dream, right? 🙂