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Upcycling Bedroom Dressers

Upcycling Bedroom Dressers

When I moved to California after college, I didn’t have much furniture.  I scoped the local garage sale scene for a set of matching dressers and bought the first decent ones I found.  4 years later: they are still holding my clothes.  When we moved into our new rental house, I wanted my bedroom to … Continue reading

Planning for Scandinavia!

Planning for Scandinavia!

Hot off the presses and out of our mailbox yesterday: Lonely Planet‘s latest edition of their Scandinavia book, published October 2011.  This book, along with many more hours of planning, will be key to help us map out our journey across the Nordic Countries. I’m 1/4 Norwegian, thanks to my Grandpa Stan on my mom’s … Continue reading

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

Location: Burgson Lake in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest off HWY 108 (Clark Fork Rd to Fence Creek Rd to Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead). Dates Hiked:  July 16-17, 2011 Trails Hiked:  Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead to Burgson Lake Total Distance: Roundtrip about 7.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate Other Rules/Info: Wilderness permit required for all overnight trips in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Dogs on leash / … Continue reading

Where did July go?

Where did July go?

Sheesh.  July is over.  And our sad little blog has sat unattended for a month.  I have some decent excuses: 2 summer online classes, projects at work becoming more intense (plus my annual performance review), baby sister visiting for 2 weeks, still getting settled into our house, plus the normal chores of cooking, cleaning, pet care, and down … Continue reading

New Paint Job for Patio Furniture

New Paint Job for Patio Furniture

During Memorial Day Weekend, I started one of my first real attempts at a home improvement project.  Our landlords left a totally functional patio furniture set, but it was peeling paint all over the place with moldy cushions.  A little over an hour of sanding plus 5 cans of Rustoleum Spray Paint later, we have … Continue reading

A first attempt at vegetable gardening!

A first attempt at vegetable gardening!

This spring, my inner ag-roots were screaming to start growing my own vegetables.  With advice from Shaun’s garden-guru parents, I was looking forward to cultivating the land as soon as we moved into our new place at the beginning of May.  I was so eager that I started a small (transportable) planter box in the front yard of our previous house … Continue reading

Moving Day

Moving Day

Shaun and I met in January 2008.  I was working as a production supervisor in my plant.  There he was, the new supervisor trainee assigned to my department, during my shift.  He spent a few days working with me, then moved on to the next department where he continued to learn about the company and the process.  Eventually he was placed … Continue reading

April 2011: Coeur d’Alene, ID

April 2011: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Since day one, my cousin has always been one of my closest friends.  Mallory Jean was born 5 months after I was.  She grew up in Montesano, WA; about an hour and a half away from Tacoma.  The highlight of every family gathering for me was when Mallory and her family arrived.  We looked nothing alike, … Continue reading

Puppy Love: a training guide.

Puppy Love: a training guide.

I have been a cat person for as long as I can remember.  My family always had at least one cat, often two.  We had a dog for a little while during my elementary school days: Buddy, a rough coated tri-color Collie.  He was wild, matted, and did not come inside.  My younger sister and I would … Continue reading