Today I saw a meme that went a little something like this:
“What is your dream job?”
*Visualizes dressing pugs as famous historical characters*
Me: HR Manager.
And I had to laugh to myself because that’s so me.
About two months ago, Daisy (my boyfriend’s mischievous beagle) became the first pup I chased around with a treat and my Canon. I’ve since moved on to my sister’s dog Tipton, who’s looking like a real dapper gentleman playing his records here. This particular photoshoot was less about modeling Warby Parker glasses for the Warby “Barker” Instagram account, and more about creating a nice Mother’s Day gift + showing off this cute Winthrop Clothing Co. floral bow tie. Hopefully everyone I know with a pet realizes their dogs are next in line for my camera!
Meet Daisy. She approves Warby Parker‘s new spring 2016 line.
Cesar and I found out about Warby Barker, Warby Parker’s pups Instagram account on the same day his try-on kit came in the mail. We also just got a new photo studio set up at home, so who else to model the Preston in Maraschino glasses but Miss Daisy? Such a studious-looking pup :)
Somehow a photo shoot with a pineapple seemed like a good idea at the time, so I’ll say this picture is representative of one of my New Year’s resolutions: to relax, live a little, not take myself so seriously. It was taken on New Year’s Eve with my pal Joseph, a person that constantly reminds the people around him to bring out their inner child. After all, he’s the guy with a Psyduck Pokemon tattoo on his butt cheek. If that ain’t keeping your inner child alive, I don’t know what is.
In 2016, I want to say “yes!” more often when people ask me to go out. I spend a lot of time wondering why I’m constantly called a grandma or why I always miss out on fun, but a lot of it has to do with me being too lazy to brush on some makeup and iron an outfit. I want to get my anxiety under control by finding a form of exercise that works for me (thus far, yoga and kickboxing are really helping!) and get my finances under control. Some of my other resolutions/goals:
2016 GOODREADS CHALLENGE: Who knew a book about Edgar Allen Poe would be such a bore? At the end of 2015, I was approximately a half book away from my goal of reading 30 books for the year, but I just couldn’t get through that last one. So odd because I’ve never come across a book I didn’t like. I’m being a bit easier on myself this time around with only a 20 book commitment. I’m taking recommendations if anyone out there has one!
#Project365: Doing a 365 Project means I’ll need to get creative and take one photo a day in 2016. In this case, it’ll be 366 photos since it’s a leap year. With this project, I’m hoping to get better at capturing things from my perspective by tagging along with photog friends, taking a class or two at a local community college and hopefully joining in on some more Instameets! You can follow along on my Instagram.
REBRAND: I feel like I could be doing so much more with my little corner of the Interweb here. Before this year is through, I hope to create a logo, come up with a website that actually showcases my personality, bring back my weekly Current Obsessions posts to feature more brands and maybe, possibly finally share this blog with people I know?
When I write in my journal, I tend to put together lists of things that make me unhappy, thoughts that make me anxious, but never listing what makes my soul happy. It’s partly because I read somewhere that you should write down areas that cause you stress, and directly underneath write why your mind is making it a bigger problem than it should be. It actually does work, but I also want to try the opposite: listing the things that make my life feel a little more complete. If these could stay in my life, I would remain a truly thankful and blessed gal:
TRAVELS: The year 2015 saw the most traveling I’ve ever done in my life. I ate the most barbecue I’ve had in my existence during a week in Texas, watched my sisters’ faces light up with happiness as we walked the streets of NYC (for their first time!), explored Asheville with my BFF and jumped right on into a Mexican cenote despite not knowing how to swim. I’m thankful to be able to afford the luxury of adventuring in my 20s because during my childhood, my parents never had the money for family vacations.
PUPS: So not only did I welcome Tipton into my family this year, but I also met Daisy, an adorable, 4-month old beagle, who is now a member of Cesar’s fam. Long walks with Daisy = seven pounds lost in one month! Not mad at that!
Also on the ‘I’m thankful for’ list: the existence of quirky museums and American oddities, Barnes & Noble coupons, girl power brands like shop ban.do, puppy kisses, Wegman’s, #colorventures, Korean food, inspirational typography, grandmothers who make ceviche and feminist media.
A few weeks ago, my sisters and I celebrated our pup Tipton’s first birthday, which called for a picnic at Black Rock Park and some new treats/an antler for the little guy to chew on. I once laughed at people who celebrate pet birthdays, but now that I have my own, something about doing so just felt right.
I’m still shocked we can now call ourselves dog people, but there are so many cute mannerisms about Tippy that you can’t help but love him. The way he’s a tad bit anxious. How his little ear cocks up when he’s trying to be nosy about something happening on the other side of the house. The way he’s always so eager to make friends. And he might be small, but that doesn’t hold him back from hopping into games with the big boys at the dog park. Here’s to celebrating as many years as we can with this little guy!
Guys: don’t ever believe your lady when she says she doesn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day. In girl speak, nothing means everything… and then some. ALWAYS. She might say just spending time with you at home is enough, but once she sees that big bouquet of flowers delivered to that annoying coworker two cubicles down, you’re in trouble.
When Cesar asked me what I wanted to do this year, I tried to put up a nonchalant front by saying I didn’t care. At first I thought I meant it. And really, truly, I did! But then I went to Paper Source and caught myself laughing at funny cards. And then I hopped online and it felt like every blogger in every corner of the Internet had created some type of ‘Valentine’s Gift Guides for Her” post. As much as I didn’t want to give in to this Hallmark holiday, I couldn’t help it, and I got to wondering if Cesar really was going to take me up on what I said.
Now, it isn’t that I’m not in a fulfilling relationship and it isn’t that I’m so materialistic that I demand a diamond bracelet for every occasion. It’s more so that I’m the girl who spends every last hard-earned penny on plastic cauldrons and eyeball ice cubes I don’t need every Halloween. In my world, I file Valentine’s Day under the list of ‘Items Where Colorful Marketing Gets Me Every Time.’
Lucky for me, he didn’t take me up on my word. Even though he didn’t have to, he took me out to brunch at Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar and surprised me with a home cooked dinner at his home (that he decorated with balloons containing reasons why I’m loved). Plus I ended up with some pretty cool new camera gear. I’m a really fortunate girl :)