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April 20, 2015

Life Updates From The Camera Roll

So, I've got some major renovation stuff to share with you guys (that I think you'll be pretty excited about). I'm currently in the photo-taking phase of putting the post together, so the time is near!! In the meantime, I thought I would share some random camera roll tidbits with you.

I think I take about 10+ pictures a day with my iphone, and the majority of them never see the light of day unless they end up on Instagram. So, I'll regurgitate a few of those here for you non-Instagrammers, and then share a few other random ones I found today. 

First and foremost, thank you guys so much for all of your sweet words after my last post. I've been feeling quite a bit better since two weeks ago and have actually been able to get out of the house a little bit here and there. I'm still taking it pretty easy, but it's nice to be able to stretch my legs on occasion. 
They've pretty much atrophied at this point. 

Jesse was taking me out to lunch this past Friday and we randomly saw a billboard for the Biltmore and he said 'Wanna go to the Biltmore instead?'. 

I realize that my ability to be spontaneous is about to decrease 100%, and I was feeling really great that day, so we went. It's about 2 hours away from Knoxville, and it had been almost a decade since our last visit. It was a beautiful, rainy, overcast sorta day, and the entire trip was just a soul-recharge. We only toured about a third of the house, mostly the servant's quarters (the most interesting part, if you ask me), and then I completely ran out of energy and we drove back home. But between touring 1/3 of the house and walking around the grounds outside, it was pretty much an all day excursion. If you've never been and live in the Southeast, do it, do it, do it. It's truly like nothing else you will ever see...kinda like a real life Downton Abbey. 
Also, funny story, I took a bunch of pictures inside the house with my iphone and couldn't wait to show you how crazy this place is. Turns out that is NOT allowed, although no one tried to stop me, and I didn't figure it out until we left and I read the brochure. So, it's probably best I don't share those on my blog. #butIwanna

Let's see...I also went thrifting for the first time in months. There's a little place called Becky and Garret's Treasures and it's like part thrift, part antique store. It's one of my favorite places to go. I brought home this giant silver planter/pot of my favorite finds ever. I have no idea what I'll end up using it for or where it will go, but it WILL find a spot somewhere in my home. This is my solemn vow.

I also found this mirror and drooled over it for a good 10 minutes before I had to walk away. I don't need it and it was too far out of my price range to justify hoarding another mirror. But, I knew you would appreciate it.

So many goodies at that place.
 It's probably best I only make it there bi-annually.

I've also been thinking about the nursery and assembling some goodies I have around the house. I have a few items that are currently inspiring me, namely the hot pink rug I found for $60. Here's a pic of it when I laid it out in the office one day...just to give you an idea of what it looks like. I have yet to find a way to use this rug, but have been holding on to it in the hopes that I will eventually find the perfect place for it. 
And ya'll, perhaps my day has come. 

In other news...I've been napping a lot. It's become a bit of a and Tootie being daytime sloths. I figure I might as well soak up all the sleep I can get.

I've been holding off on buying any baby items so far because my house is in total disarray and I'm living in the basement right now (this will all make sense eventually, I promise), but I finally broke down and bought my first onesie. It kinda opened the floodgates because now I just wanna buy all the things. I'm not going to though because I'm determined to be thrifty and purposeful. Plus, when it comes to clothing, little girlfriend is sure to have her fair share of sassy new outfits, but I'm certainly not above filling in the gaps with some pre-loved items, too.
The struggle is real though.

Some other random finds from this week....I found this picture from nearly 8 years ago when we lived in our little condo (note the linoleum floors and oak the time, that condo felt like pure luxury.) I had not entered into my DIY phase yet (since the condo was a rental), but I had just started to paint. This was the first painting I ever did. The shading is totally off (although I still don't really know how to do it any better...brain does not compute where to shade things), but nonetheless, not bad for my first attempt and it makes me want to try painting some flowers again.

And this is my favorite find of the week (not actually from my camera roll, but from an old box of pictures I found while cleaning out my closet). That's my brother, Mathias, in a tree in our yard in Colorado, circa 1996-ish. He was probably 4 and I was probably 14, and it's the perfect example of why I dreaded babysitting him. Because he did stuff like this when you weren't looking.

Mathias is one of my very favorite people on this earth, and pictures of him as a kid always crack me up because he was absolutely rotten as a toddler. Or at least my teenage self thought so. :)

That's all for today, ya'll!
'Til next time!

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  1. Hammer time! Ok seriously, I love, love, no really...! LOVE reading your blog. You make me LOL. I am so glad you are felling better! Can't wait to see the updated remodel pics. I just started getting into the diy mode myself, we'll see how this first project turns out.

  2. Thank you so much for your post today! I am so glad you are feeling better and that you and Jesse can again get out together. Yep, take all the naps you can, now.

    Hunny and I are doing the office in our garage, and today installed the upper cabinets TWO AND A HALF TIMES! We stopped in frustration, and then we found your wonderful post. You are so calming and positive and cheerful and thankful. Now we're feeling positive again, thanks to you, Virginia. After a rest we will be ready to return to the work and finish, making this final installation the third and last. (I hope.) ...then we start the lowers. (Deep breath and smiles.)

  3. You have inspired me to start making my house a home. I have 7 paint samples on my living room walls right now and I am going with Behr Mineral! A color you mentioned as the perfect breige. Thanks for writing a truly encouraging and hilarious blog!

  4. I love the onsie! Too freaking in cute. And all of your pics. And that mirror was gorgeous! I HATE when I find something awesome that is priced high. It's like it haunts me and I can't get it out of my head. It's kind of disturbing actually now that I'm reading it! Lol your blog is great! looking forward to more posts!

  5. I really like your painting and I think you should incorporate that with the rug! You have a nice way of writing. Enjoy your blog....

  6. I have to know where you got that onesie!

    Glad to hear it sounds like you're feeling a bit better :)

    1. I am also DYING to know where you got that onesie! It's amazing!!

  7. I like to think that you actually inspired me somewhat when I put together my little girl's nursery. I tried to be really intentional with everything I bought but also a little savvy. I've never been any good at thrifting but was totally in awe of the items you're able to find so I went to places like Goodwill and tried to purchase as much as I could for her room. It's definitely more rewarding than just walking into a store and paying full price. Anyway, good luck with everything! Oh, and not sure if you've heard of ThredUp ( but it's like an online consignment shop where you can actually buy baby clothing too. I highly's like online baby thrifting!

    Here's a link to the nursery I ended up putting together. Can't wait to see yours!

  8. You clearly need something like this in your life.... ;)

  9. I'm so glad you are feeling better. That pink rug is absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Glad to hear you are doing better! I love lazing around with my cat, especially since this time of year is spent doing lots of studying on the sofa, snuggled in my duvet. Can't wait to hear what is happening to your house now!! :)

  11. do all the napping you can now, since when the baby comes, you'll need all the rest you can get! Take good care of yourself.... best regards!!

  12. So glad you are feeling better, and that you got out with Jesse. We are all waiting to see what you do with the baby's room, around that gorgeous rug! Take care of yourself and keep napping with your cat. It's theraputic, for sure!


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