In The Past 3 Months…

A lot has happened.

Here are the 10 most noteworthy:

1) After 6 years of dating, it finally happened.

MIKE AND I GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!

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(and almost our entire immediate family was there)

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2) Some of our best friends threw us a little party in celebration

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3) I whisked Mike and his family away for a surprise 27th birthday celebration near the Laurel Highlands, PA

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4) Colette dug & dug & dug at the park until she smelled so foul that Mike & I had the car windows rolled down on the freeway and were still gagging from the stench

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5) We went to see one of our favorite bands– Gaelic Storm– at the House of Blues on E. 4th Street

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6) There was a great, big snow in April….

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7) A 4 hour stand-off occurred directly across the street from us from 12am-4am. The SWAT team was there with their huge tank, and there were policemen 15 feet from our living room windows, on our tree lawn with RIFLES pointing at the house across the street.

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Yeah, that one kept us up all night… eating rice cakes as we stared out our window watching our own personal version of Jerry Springer, live….

8) Mike & I killed it at Scrabble, opening the game with a 78 point word, and a 98 point word, respectively.

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Gotta love those extra points for using all 7 letters!

9) We found a stray kitty on our street & took her in!

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If we I keep taking in stray animals at this rate, we’ll have to open our own shelter!

We were just walking down our street after a nice lunch at the Tremont Taphouse when this little kitty meowed at us & sprinted directly into my arms. I’m definitely more of a dog person, but I felt instant love. We’re going to give her a try & see if she can get along with our pups. We’ve decided to call her “June” after one of our favorite singers, June Carter Cash. June is the most un-cat-like cat I’ve ever known. She’ll let you twist her into any position you want and she just purrs and purrs. She’s estimated to be between 7 months- 12 months old, and was carrying kittens. The poor little thing had miscarriage a couple of days ago :o(. Spay and neuter your pets, people!

10) Mike & I took an incredible trip to Asheville, NC!

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We’d never been before, but we had a feeling we’d love it after having lived in Denver for a couple of years.

And we were right! It’s a beautiful place– the mountains are stunning, the city is bursting with art, microbreweries, & local flavor. It felt like home. In fact, we even visited and booked our WEDDING VENUE while we there!

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As far as I can recall, these are some of the most influential things that have happened in my life in the last few months.

In the coming weeks, I plan to share some more pictures and details from our engagement, our trip to Asheville, and some long over-due home improvement photos!

Stay tuned.

~Steph

Happy Groundhog Day!

It was 1 year ago today that I wrote my first post– what can I say? Groundhog Day inspires me.

Click here to watch a round-up of the best scenes in the movie! (Photo via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day_(film))

Click here to watch a round-up of the best scenes in the movie!
(Photo via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day_(film))

One of my life goals is to make the trek to the little town of Punxsutawney and partake in the festivities, honoring the furry little Phil. If it’s anything like the jolly happenings portrayed in the movie, Groundhog Day, then I want in on it. People dancing around a bonfire, children on their parents’ shoulders, and Frank Yankovic’s Pennsylvania Polka blasting through the town square…. true, small-town fun.

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Well this Groundhog Day, on Sunday, 2014, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter! And I sure believe it– it’s been a blustery, snowy, frigid winter with no end in sight! I can’t complain either– I have to admit, I really love the snow. It makes everything look pure and new and fresh. It’s magical. And I secretly like the cold temps because it gives me an excuse to stay cozy at home and hibernate with my little family.

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And today is no exception. Mike, Denver, Colette, and I are currently curled up on the couch drinking hot coffee and watching Bill Murray lose his mind while the snow falls outside.

So, Happy Groundhog Day everyone! And if you’re going anywhere for the Superbowl tonight, don’t forget your booties, ’cause it’s cold out there!

Until next time.

~Steph

It’s A Great, Big World

Hello all. It’s been a while. I’ve been missing my little space here. The truth is, I haven’t even really been too busy to post. I just wasn’t feeling inspired. I got into this niche of posting photos, and not stories or thoughts, and I suppose I sort of forgot how to create a post that doesn’t revolve around photographs of my life. Don’t get me wrong– I have masses of photos from the last couple of months– happy hours, trips to the dog park, moments with family. But I feel like all I ever post about are my dogs, and if that’s redundant to me, it must be redundant to any readers! Also, sometimes I simply don’t feel like recounting an evening I’ve just had… I just want to enjoy the memory of it and continue living in the present moments of my life…you know, rather than dissecting past events and such.

So, here I am today, and rather than recounting some great memories from the last couple of weeks, I wanted dream about future experiences. Lately, I’ve been lusting to travel and to wander. I’ve never been out of the United States (well, okay, I’ve been to Toronto, but it’s not so exotic, nor is it overseas) and I have always had vivid thoughts and dreams of what life is like in other parts of the world. I don’t necessarily want to go to new places and do touristy things… I want to go places and see the remote areas of them… the true beauty, known by locals and legacies. Most recently, I’ve been imaging myself strolling the greenery of the Ireland coast. Perhaps it’s because Mike and I have been watching far too much Downton Abbey (though it’s set in Yorkshire, it’s still part of the UK) and since I’ve never been across the pond, I imagine much of the UK to be green, gray, foggy, and romantic.

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It just seems like such a cozy, romantic, ethereal place. I definitely want to see it some day.

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In the mean time, Mike and I are planning a trip to the mountains of Asheville, only an 8 hour drive from Cleveland! We’ll go for 4 days over my spring break.

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There are so many different places we both want to see, and rather than dream about places far and away all the time (though that’s certainly fun as well), we’re trying to make an effort to see as much as we can in the here and now.

It’s such a great, big world out there.

What do you want to see?