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Lapsed anthropologist-turned-burlesque performer and post-modern punk housewife/homesteader living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a hunky husband, gorgeous daughter, adorable corgi, fluffy rabbit, and three clucking fabulous chickens.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Winter in Review

Though the snow has melted now, we got dumped on a few times this year. I love the crist white contrast of the snow against the landscape, but the cold did keep me inside most of the winter, snuggled up with a bear and a corgi.

Welcome to our home!

Ponyo doesn't care for the snow either, and has to be coaxed out into it. She hates getting her paws wet.

Wedding preparations are nerve-wracking, but fun! We've been ordering and making decorations. The lanterns we will festoon the barn with arrived, and I told Mr. Bear we simply must assemble them all to see how they look en masse, to make sure there aren't any holes to fill, color-wise.

I think they look very fetching altogether, yes? After the wedding, I will create a chandelier out of them for the house.

Mr. Bear and I recently celebrated our anniversary(which one, you'll have to guess!) with a lovely dinner, a show, dessert, and gifts.

Such a handsome bear, writing a little love note. We left it in the
drawer of the little table we had dessert at in the restaurant.

Rice Krispie Bears for my Mr. Bear
made from my mother's vintage mold.

Flowers, chocolates, promises he intends to keep...
A silk handkerchief from WWII, given by
Air Force fellas to their gals back home.

With all the wind and cold we've been having, I find myself spending my time between classes wandering around the science building. If you take it in bits and pieces, it's almost like a Natural History/Art Museum.

Butterfly Display

Geology Display

Spiral Floor with Nautilus Mosaic Inlay

Had a lovely girls' night with my maid of honor, complete with silly beauty treatments. Seriously, if you've never heard of Curlformers and hate having to use heat on your hair to get curls, check these out!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Out of Hibernation

My last post was approximately half a year ago. I know, it's a long time. You may remember it dealt with issues of depression, and I decided to put this blog on the back-burner while I adjusted to my meds and took time for other things. I'm happy to report that my physician and I have found a good dosage that works for me and I'm feeling lots better, enough so that I think it's time to start blogging again.

I do have some tutorials and things from the past six months which I would like to post eventually, but I'll save that for a bit later. We'll call this post a "round-up" of sorts. Here's what has been going on;

1) Mr. Bear and I are planning our wedding, which is less than three months away(!!!), and this is taking up most of our time outside of work and school. It's going to be an awesome shindig, and there will be many posts and pictures of the various preparations and DIY activities that are going into the Big Day.

My Wedding Inspiration Board on Pinterest!

2) I received a wonderful pressure canning set up from my mother for Christmas, and so far have made three small jars of jam. Expect lots and lots of canning recipes and updates on my various successes and failures.

3) Mr. Bear is building me a greenhouse this spring. We will be gardening in raised beds from now on, as I was not entirely satisfied with the container gardening we did last year, and we have suck a large yard it doesn't make much sense to not use it. I'm chomping at the bit to get started in the yard this year. :)

4) I am actively attempting to lose about 40lbs this year, having lost about 20 in the past 18 months. January 2011 found me at my heaviest ever and 60 lbs overweight. For my health and sanity, it is time to reverse that trend. Upping my activity level will be an integral part of the process.

I have many many goals associated with each of these things, and will be posting on my progress with them regularly as part of my attempt to be accountable for them.
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