Archive for March, 2011

I feel like I might as well name this post… me and my cats. With Ryan having been gone a week and counting, I’m being to feel a bit like a plant lady, which I’m pretty sure, is only one notch above “cat lady” on the desperation scale.

Yes, I’ve taken to talking to my plants, mostly to encourage them to grow, not to catch up on how their days were or anything… I’m not that bad. Remember my beautiful orchid that I got at the Charlottesville City Market that used to look like this?

Well, for the past several months, it’s been looking like this.

Even though, it has looked dismal, I’ve hoped that it was just dormant; not dead. So, I’ve been watering it all winter and cheering it on (in recent days).  Can you see the grayish bump sprouting out of the green stem? I’m hoping that’s the beginning of a new stalk that will bring me beautiful buds this spring.

I know that it would be much easier to go by a new orchid— they are only $10 at Kroger and they are beautiful! But, if I can get this baby to come back to life, my satisfaction with myself will be off the charts. Every time I look at it, it will look better knowing that I nurtured it all winter… I am convinced!

Until then, I have this fun little purple guy that Peggy brought me the other week. Doesn’t he look great in his new blue pot?

I hope everyone has a good week! My cousin, Kelley, and I are going to see Cirque du Soleil on Wednesday which should be a ton of fun! I’ll be sure to report back!


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I’m so glad to finally be able to say that May Music Madness is on!!! May Music Madness (or MMM as we like to call it) is an event that my co-workers and I brainstormed a few weeks ago and have been working hard to get off the ground. Yesterday, Heinz Musitronics signed on as our presenting sponsor, which means we are officially a go!

The event is going to be a showcase of the best high school talent in Charlottesville with a battle of the bands portion and our annual cd release party combined in one incredible evening. My great friend, Mike Fitts (remember him from this post?), designed a logo for us, and his fantastic design has set the feeling and momentum for the entire event.

As we have more details, we’ll post them on facebook and the MRC web site… and you know I’ll post them here!


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After a very unsuccessful shopping trip on Saturday… the kind where I desperately hope that, at any moment, Stacy and Clinton will jump out from behind a rack of clothing and rescue me with their $5,000 credit card and styling expertise… I decided to clean out my closet. I guess I was hoping that, if I cleaned out all the clothes I am really sick of, maybe I would like my remaining clothes more?

So I started tearing apart my closet and my room looked like this:

And this.

Do you like how Ryan is pretending to be asleep so that I a) won’t ask him to help me and b) won’t ask him to pose for a picture. Major fail.

Something must have gotten into me yesterday because I decided to let go of a lot of items that I’ve been hanging onto for a while. Such as:

  • shoes that I wore to my high school graduation (probably my college graduation, too!)
  • a black tank top that I purchased the summer before college and wore to just about every frat party I ever went to
  • my first only pair of Seven jeans… they are torn to shreds and about 10x lighter than when I bought them… I loved those jeans!
  • many, many clothes and shoes that I purchased and wore during my years at the Alumni Association… I can’t believe it’s coming up on two years since I left… I guess I was hanging onto them in case I ever needed to go back, but it’s looking like I’m in the clear!

It was really tough to get rid of some of those clothes. It’s a very tangible and stark way of analyzing your life and acknowledging which parts are over. As tough as some of the decisions were, and as long and tedious of a process it was, it feels great to have a closet that now looks like this.

That’s right. I put some of my shoes on shelves like Oprah.

And, yes, I labeled my shelves. Eventually, I get lazy and resort to cramming things in wherever they will fit. I’m hoping my little signs will keep me tidy for longer than I would be normally.

Now I just need fun, new clothes to put in my organized closet. Oh, Charlottesville, I love you but I hate your shopping.

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When Alli was up visiting from Raleigh a few weekends ago, we had to go on an obligatory Circa trip. We didn’t find any major items, but I did find an adorable old Coca-Cola crate that I couldn’t leave behind. I wasn’t sure, at first, what I was going to do with it, given that the piece is a little country/ shabby-chic for my taste. But, I’m a sucker for yellow, so it came home with me. Luckily, Alli was there to guide me and we found the perfect spot for it… on my kitchen counter to hold… well, everything you would want to put on a counter.

Right now, it’s holding olive oils, bananas, limes, potatoes, onions, and apples. And, it goes perfectly with my everyday china that looks like this.

I’m loving the bright pop of color it brings to our kitchen, especially the faint red lettering.

Love, love, loving my new kitchen, catch-all crate!

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Sunday Brunch

It’s almost the weekend which, I believe, warrants a fun picture.

On Sunday, my cousin, Amy, came to visit Cville which gave me and Matt (also a cousin) a chance to grab brunch with her. It was so fun catching up and hearing about both of their adventures at Mary Wash and U.Va. We are also secretly planning a next-generation Gerrard compound in Cville, though, perhaps, not-so-secret if I’m posting it here. Muahahaha. Yay to Amy and Matty visiting! Can’t wait for more cousin reunions.

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