Monday, January 26, 2015

Cave Point Winter {or: Distractions and Getting Lost}

I'm just going to get the words out of the way up here, and then let the pictures speak for themselves. (:

On Wednesday, I had a free afternoon and I had been thinking about going up north to just drive and listen to music. {I listened to the Traveling Suitcase's Nobody Wins and Taylor Swift's 1989, if you wanted to know.} I am so glad that that was when I went because the sky was just so so perfect, and it wasn't too cold at 27 degrees.

I took 57 north with the intention of going to Cave Point, because I don't remember ever going there. I'm sure I have, but it's been years, if ever. I took the road that heads to Whitefish Bay Dunes State Park, since I know that it is just south of Cave Point, but I got a little distracted along the way when I found a pretty abandoned house that begged for pictures, so of course I turned around. It's private property, so of course I did stay on the road. I am just loving my 10-24 mm lens!

I headed back on that road, thinking that it would loop around to get me turned around towards Whitefish Bay again, but it actually brought me back to highway 57. I turned right again as soon as I could, and after a couple wrong turns, I got onto Clark Lake Road, knowing that would bring me in the right direction and it did. I saw the signs for the state park, and just after passing the entrance to the park, I made a left, seeing a street sign that had Cave Point, but that turned out to be just a residential street with a lot of property for sale. I turned around after seeing a cute little cottage that I took some pictures of, and then I turned left where I should have gone straight from the park and finally made it to Cave Point!

The sign about dangerous conditions is no lie! The ground was mostly covered in snow, but the parts that didn't have frozen snow just had ice. That wasn't too good since I was wearing Converse. I didn't fall or drop my camera, so it was all good. The trees that were closest to the edge were bent over and frozen, and there were a few other people who were there when I was. I need to go back in the fall at least!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

3/52 2015

I am getting the hang of LightRoom (I think) and I love it! I have been editing all of my photos from my camera before they go into iPhoto, which is going to be overwhelming a couple times this year, but I feel less stressed knowing that they will just be ready for a watermark (if necessary) and then ready to go wherever, instead of not knowing if I saved the edited version somewhere.

Here's a peek at this past week. The last one is by far my favorite! I'll post some more pictures from that day soon! I had a blast driving and jamming out to the Traveling Suitcase's Nobody Wins album. The sky was just so so perfect for pictures and it wasn't too cold (27 degrees).

Thursday 15 January // day fifteen :: cute cute socks for the little guy!

Friday 16 January // day sixteen :: reading Pointe!

Saturday 17 January // day seventeen :: I found Tazo chai latte mix at Target, and I had to have some with the last of the chai snickerdoodles!

Sunday 18 January // day eighteen :: I love burning candles and working on writing before going to bed.

Monday 19 January // day nineteen :: I couldn't not buy these. Look at how cute they are!

Tuesday 20 January // day twenty :: books for Wednesday morning... we only ended up reading Juggling Pug because we read Frozen, which was pretty long.
{Hotel Animal // Juggling Pug // Perfect Snow}

Wednesday 21 January // day twenty-one :: found this little gem before getting lost and while getting distracted (: I am loving my wide-angle lens.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NatureBox :: January 2015

Another month, another NatureBox! I love finding one of these by my door when I get home, especially when I didn't really buy any snacks at the grocery store. Here's a look at what's inside and what I thought!

Old Fashioned Blister Peanuts :: I didn't really think that there was anything special about these peanuts, they just tasted like regular peanuts. They were good, though, and reminded me of eating at Texas Roadhouse. (Except they were already shelled.)

"We scoured the country to find extra large Virginia peanuts and roasted them using a unique 2-step process. This process causes the peanuts to "blister" resulting in extra crunchy perfection. We finished them off with a touch of Himalayan pink salt for earthy balance. Munch on them when you're on the go!"

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pretzels :: I tried the blueberry ones last month, and next month I will be getting the classic ones. These weren't as good as the blueberry ones, but I must also admit that I prefer blueberry yogurt to strawberry.

"What’s your favorite way to enjoy Greek yogurt? We love the creamy treat on its own but we’re loving it even more in these crunchy pretzels! Inspired by the delicious sweetness from fresh strawberries, you’ll want to stock up on our other flavors in classic Greek yogurt as well as Blueberry!"

Ancient Grain Granola :: As we all know, I love granola. However, this one just kind of fell flat for me. It didn't really have the vanilla flavor mentioned in the description, and it had a little bit of an almost savory taste to me.

"Ready for a pick-me-up? Whether it’s for your morning meal or a second breakfast, grab this power-packed Ancient Grains Granola for the ultimate vanilla-coconut crunch. Quinoa flakes, kamut and spelt make for a yogurt topping so deliciously satisfying you’ll be sure to want more for that afternoon treat… or for a third breakfast."

Roasted Peruvian Corn Kernels :: Yum! These are super crunchy and really good! I've had a couple different kinds of corn kernels from NatureBox, and I think that these are my favorite because they are airier and lighter than the other ones, so they aren't as hard on my teeth.

"Peruvian corn is a large kernel corn from the Andes and it’s especially popular in Central America and South America. To enhance these corn kernels’ nutty flavor and sizable texture, we’ve roasted them to golden brown perfection and added just a touch of sea salt. Serve them with an ice-cold glass of lemonade and share with your favorite people!"

Lemon Almond Biscotti Bites :: I guess I saved my favorite two for last! (: These are so lemony, and have the perfect texture and crunch. They don't have a lot of almonds, but I think they would be too crunchy if there were more.

"As you prep for a long day of travel, you load up your devices with new dance tunes and your favorite podcasts. You've got your itinerary and that handy carry-on luggage. Now, just stop by your neighborhood coffee shop for a cup of green tea to go with these lemon-flavored, almond-kissed Biscotti Bites."


Thursday, January 15, 2015

2/52 2015

Do you ever feel like life is a never-ending to do list? That's how it seems right now, like I'm just checking things off before moving on to the next thing. I'm wishing that the weather will be nice on Monday so that I can take advantage of a free day and take some pictures up north. Here's a glimpse at the past week.

Thursday 8 January // day eight :: Sherman Sherman!

Friday 9 January // day nine :: new luggage!!

Saturday 10 January // day ten :: there's a bounty on my heart

Sunday 11 January // day eleven :: bedroom glimpse.

Monday 12 January // day twelve :: to do stack.

Tuesday 13 January // day thirteen :: snowing, again.

Wednesday 14 January // day fourteen :: my calendar arrived yesterday right as I was going to work, but it's up on the wall now! only took two weeks into the year (; {calendar here}


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Not Once

It has been so so long since I linked up with Kiki {and Amanda this month} for the Circle! This month's prompt is a little game of never have I ever.

Turns out I did this once before, almost two years ago. A couple things have changed since then, but here it is if you'd like to take a look.

Let's just dive in because I'm watching Parks & Rec and can't think of anything else to add to this giant rambling!

Never have I ever...

...eaten sushi, and I have no plans on changing that any time soon.

...flown by myself, but that's going to change soon.

...driven a Mini Cooper (but I really want to!).

...not laughed while watching Parks and Recreation.

...stayed "in the lines" while painting my nails.

...changed a diaper, which is a bit awkward when I have to work in child care.

...been to a professional sports game (NFL, NHL, etc.).

...worked out in a gym.

...mowed the lawn.

...been able to wear lip color because it never seems to stay on. someone teach me! (:


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