August sun

barn-wedding
It seems like we’re all thinking the same thing these days: how can it possibly be August already. Summer has been flying by and I really don’t want to think about how it will be over so soon after we waited so patiently for it to arrive. So here’s how I’ve been soaking it up.
^In Arena, Wis. at Sugarland for a friend’s wedding.

thundershirt
^Chick trying really hard to survive 4th of July

pitchfork-table
^Helping One Tail at a Time raise money at Pitchfork

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^Listening to Neutral Milk Hotel at Pitchfork

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^En route to Wisconsin with Millie (& Chick of course!)

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^Unimpressed with me.

elevator-selfie
^Elevator selfie, naturally.

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Black and white Fridays

Black and white train (image)
There is nothing I love more than dogs and cop shows. Or in this instance, Police Reporter!, which was a weekly series that ran in the Chicago Herald-American starting in 1942. It featured detective-like reporters who were instrumental in solving high-profile crime cases. The feature ran Sundays for two years and included photo re-enactments of the famous crimes. Thanks, Chicago Tribune, for always sharing these these old photos from your archives. And thanks to my uncle for sending them my way!

(Photo from the Chicago Tribune)

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Black and white Fridays

Chihuahua Cha-Cha (image)
Because it’s the “Chihuahua Cha-Cha” and what is better than that? Also this: the appearance standards set forth for the Chihuahua by the American Kennel Club are listed as “Graceful, alert, with saucy expression.” I’d say that about sums up my pups. To a T.

(Photo from LIFE.)

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Phoenix, again.

Royal Palms Resort (image)
Two weeks ago Josh and I headed off to Phoenix for a wedding. The weather was HOT, the views were pretty dang cool and the wedding was lovely.

We spent our time hiking, lounging by the pool and celebrating friends. We stayed at the Royal Palms Resort, which we can’t recommend enough. I don’t think we would have stayed someplace so nice if it weren’t for such a special occasion (and hence the wedding discount), but the grounds were gorgeous.

We had a view of Camelback Mountain everywhere we went, there was desert wildlife right outside our door and a grove of orange trees.
Me and Josh on Camelback (image)
Hiking view (image)
Rehearsal dinner at Oreganos (image)
Phoenix wedding (image)

PS: our trip to Phoenix two years ago.

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Saying goodbye

Gram (image)
Last week we said goodbye to my sweet gram. She passed away on Sunday evening and we spent the week celebrating her life. She had spent the past four years in a nursing home battling Alzheimer’s and we are so grateful she doesn’t have to suffer any more. But we sure will miss her.
Gram and me (image)
Gram and Gramp (image)
Gram at wedding (image)

PS: all the times that sweet Chick came with to the nursing home.

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Black and white Fridays

Audrey Hepburn (image)
The most awesome black and white photos I’ve come across, these rare photos show a different side of some pretty famous people, and as the site says: they “capture the essence of eras that have come and gone.” Which, if you think about it, is the best part about black and white photos.
FDR funeral (image)
The Godfather (image)

PS: Happy Fourth of July!

(Photos from Distractify, originally seen on Cupcakes and Cashmere)

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Four years later

Olade Oguntayo before (image)
Olade Oguntayo after (image)
It’s kind of hard to believe that come this fall, I will have graduated college four years ago. Part of me feels like it only just happened yesterday: I was spending my morning in class, and my afternoons and weekends walking dogs.

Last week I read this article in The New York Times that highlighted college kids during their first week in school, and then followed up with them two semesters later.

It’s cheesy to say of course, but college can be such a transformative time in your life. You’re learning how to be on your own and you’re making your own decisions for the first time. It was fun reading that others feel the same way.

(Photos by Chad Batka for The New York Times. Originally seen on Cup of Jo)

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