Hello again! Greetings from (kind of) springy Ohio! 🌼 We made it, y’all. Remember 6 months ago (😳) when I wrote about my hopes and dreams for fall & winter—namely that I wouldn’t complain and would allow myself to enjoy the seasons?! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I did it. I don’t think I’ve complained even once about the cold or snow. And, honestly, I didn’t even want to. I’ll admit it was a pretty mild winter—there’s maybe one day I can remember where it was painfully cold (vs. in college, when we had –11º temps, no snow days, I’d be bundled up everywhere except for maybe my eyes, and I had to walk uphill both ways to class, etc.). But keep in mind we walk to work/school every day, so I was definitely exposed to the weather—not just hopping from warm house to warm car. In fact, walking probably made winter more enjoyable. I got to slow down and see a lot of Kent that way. There’s a donation cupboard by a church I pass filled with health items and food, and in the winter, they add hats, gloves, and scarves. 😭❤️ Also, I get to pass over the Cuyahoga River every day as well, which is always rising and falling from the snowmelt, occasionally attracting birds, and being all-around charming (you’ll see below!). Best of all is when I round the corner onto Main Street and look up to see my favorite downtown, and am reminded of how much Kent & I are kindred spirits. 💞
Anyway, I just wanted to give an update on that and to hopefully encourage you, reader, to challenge yourself to do the same next winter. It was way more pleasant to live through it with a positive, thankful heart and it’s worth giving up whatever satisfaction we get from complaining.
On to the photos! Cozyness ahead! ⚠️
I usually start off my fall with a trip down nostalgia lane, thinking about my first weeks in college which were spent in Taylor Hall, listening to Sea Wolf, and being confused about my abstract architecture project prompts. And the day Alex and I went to visit the new CAED building happened to be the anniversary of me peacin’ out from the program. It’s fun to come full circle!
Trying to make Beckwith a yearly thing for us. It’s tough when you can’t pick the apples. At least the cider is good.
In October we saw Real Estate with our friends Bekah & Mike! It was awesome to be in the front row, but not awesome that we didn’t know any of the (not-yet-released) music they were playing 😑 Their new album just came out tho. I still need to listen to it…
More fall walks!! I forget where this is. I just know there were a lot of Trump signs on the way there and I was uncomfortable. 🙃
Another Ryan Hammond Day at Each + Every (our Halloween tradition where we dress up like our coworker). He remembered this year and didn’t follow dress code. Or did we not follow dress code? 🤔
Our friend Stephanie debuted her children’s clothing line France France at the November Crafty Mart! It was so fun to see all of the small outfits together on display out in the real world!! Also, I got to make her logo, so that was also fun to see in the real world. 😊
My parents gave us this pre-lit, full-size fake tree since we have a larger space this year. It was so great to have a big tree in the window! 😍 I was going to make ornaments for it, but as soon as we put it up and plugged it in, I was like, “nah, this is perfect!” Part of this decision was that I didn’t know if Eleanor would knock it down or not (she didn’t—she only climbed in it once!). But it was mostly because it was simple and still very cheery and warm. You can see in this photo, we also put greens up around the whole house(!!!) It was such a cozy vibe to come home to every night.
Alex and his grad cohort worked with NASA this past year, which culminated in an exhibit that explored different aspects of us humans living on Mars some day. I wish you could have been there. It was excellent.
Those cute Kent views I was talking about.
Jeni’s 👀 Gooey butter cake and black cat espresso. BEST.
There’s some good sun in the mornings here.
My 25th birthday was pretty darn great! It started with Alex telling me he had to give our boss a ride home from the mechanic (a fairly common occurrence) which ended up being a lie; he surprised me with flowers and homemade bagel breakfast sandwiches! What?!
I thought my coworkers forgot about it being my birthday, which I was trying to be cool about. But it turned out Ryan was just picking up donuts! And they were all plain glazed, my favorite. It was so, so thoughtful of them, because I know plain glazed isn’t everyone’s top choice, but they just went ahead and got them anyway!
Finally, we went to Cleveland with some friends for dinner. It felt weird making a big dinner event for myself, but we all knew each other so it was mostly just a big hang-out. Then we went across the street to Mitchell’s Ice Cream ^ (sorry Mitchell’s fans—Jeni’s is still way better).
✨ New Years Eve ✨
We always seem to go hiking around the turn of the new year. I like it.
Alex & I at the Giambroni wedding!!! Such a fun night.
Breakfast at Blue Door
A perfect portrait of our winter—cold outside but warm & cozy inside. 😊
More winter wonderland.
💘 A surprisingly warm Valentine’s day 💘
I’ve been getting lunch with my friends Katie & Halle this year and it’s been so. good. On this day Katie made us a fancy snack lunch with sparkling grape juice! SO NICE.
Kent Beatlefest on another surprise warm-day. Tree City had their window open and it seemed like the whole town was hanging out downtown! We saw this duo at TC, a violinist at the Franklin Bar & Hotel, and an acoustic guitarist at Last Exit. It was an awesome spontaneous date night. Also I love Kent.
Alex at the Franklin Bar & Hotel
A few weeks later at Le Petit Triangle in Cleveland.
E+E’s resident grad students deep in designy thought.
We had a few days of spring weather and then it was back to this beautiful snow!! It was so charming!
Mornings + coffee + the Word + E by my side ☕️😊
This past weekend we went with a bunch of friends to see Local Natives in Pittsburgh. It was incredible. They gave such consideration to the lighting, which I’d personally never seen before. They had this white curtain behind them and a fog machine going the whole time, which made all of the lights really soft. And the design of the lighting changed with every song, switching drastically to fit the mood and sometimes syncing up with the music (which could potentially be cheesy, but it wasn’t). If you’re a fan, I highly recommend going to see them on this tour. They played lots of their oldies, too, if you’re more into those.
So that’s been my fall & winter, y’all. I have to admit, I haven’t been super inspired lately, which is why there’s been a 6 month hiatus. We’ll see if the warmer weather and longer days push me to write more. Until next time. 👋🏻