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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two-for-Tuesdays!

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

I'm here to bring you blog post numero two on this fabulous Tuesday! I'll be honest though, this was no accident, it was strategic. Being my first venture into the land of writing on the interwebs, I figured that at least if you aren't amused by my rambling introduction, you already had a healthy dose of bloggertainment from my charming sister.

I've been leisurely hanging around on the sidebar now for a while under contributors, but I figured now was a good time to jump off and type some real words!  I am the other, and actually the only (non JR acquired) sister to the fair Kaitlin. I know that you're all aware that I enjoy riding around the kitchen in a laundry basket with her, but here's a few fun facts about me and what I'll be bringing you in future posts.

I'm 25 and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
I try to take full advantage of the fact that I live in the Music City...
and most of the tunes aren't country!
I work as a Marketing Coordinator by day and Seamstress Extraordinaire by night.
I love to upcycle things and the thrift store is my freind.
DIY projects to make your casa and your wardrobe oh-so-cool.
Plaid is probably the best thing ever invented.
History and architecture fascinate me,
as does aimlessly bopping around the great United States.
I hate to cook, but I love to eat,
so tasty restaurant recs will be headed your way too!

Time to go ahead and get the first awkward blogger self portrait out of the way. Plenty more of these to come and I promise to be doing way cooler things in the future than flashing a thumbs up! Hope you're all having fabulous Tuesday night!


Epic Adventures - Maine to Florida

Do you have that one friend that always likes to go out and do big crazy adventurous things?

You know the type I'm talking about, the one who likes to:
Skydive? 
Scuba Dive? 
Climb mountains?
Has absolutely no fear of the wilderness, or bugs? (bugs are for real scary guys)
Up for any epic adventure that comes there way?

Well, I married that person, and he is awesome.
But I am still deathly afraid of bugs......and skydiving, but that's another story.


Anyways, JR has dones it again!
He just booked his flight to Bangor, Maine for the end of April.
He is planning on riding his bike (yes bicycle) from Bangor, Maine, back to our front door in Tallahassee, FL.



If you aren't familiar with this type of adventuring it's known as bike touring. You carry everything you need with you on your bike, and you camp and find places to stay along the way. This trip will take JR just about a month to complete.

I have only done a mini bike tour that was only a weekend trip, but it is an amazing way to travel. Obviously you can't take your bike on the interstate, so you have to (or prefer to, shall I say) travel on small country highways through forgotten towns. You really get to see the small town charm, and all of the beauty of the back roads traveling this way.

Alas, I wish I could go, but I'm afraid, I can't get the time off of work. 
JR is actually planning on blogging through out the whole trip too!
I helped him set up his blog and make his first post this weekend. Check him out HERE!

JR is no stranger to bike touring, back in 2010 he and a friend traveled from the coast of Alabama all the way to Key West. I am really going to miss him when he's gone, but I know he'll have an amazing adventure! I will, and so will JR, keep you updated on the progress of his trip!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

So even though the title of this post takes me 5 minutes to read in my head, I just had to use it!

Laissez les bons temps rouler is French for 'Let the good times roll'!
I wanted to wish you all a happy Mardi Gras!

I know a lot of people think of New Orleans when they think of Mardi Gras, but it's really a French tradition of celebrating the last day before Lent.

If you aren't familiar with Lent, it's a period of 40 days of fasting and repentance in preparation for Easter. Lent always starts on Ash Wednesday, and thus Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is a last hoorah of sorts.

We used to have Mardi Gras parades at school and in my hometown, and boy if you've never been to one you are missing out my friend!

As far as city parades go, Mardi Gras parades (strictly the family ones, I can't vouch for New Orleans, I've heard stories let's just say that my PG ears can't handle) are the best type of parades. People throw candy and toys and dress up and there are crazy floats that are covered in lights and are so colorful!

AND did I mention you get to eat king cake? Oh yes, how I could eat my weight in king cake.


So in honor of this wonderful occasion I made a celebratory doodle for your delight!

Forgive me for not having any colored pencils, or markers at my disposal or I would have surely lit this doodle up with dazzling colors!!

Are you celebrating Mardi Gras?


Monday, February 20, 2012

The Sunny Side of Mondays

If you're like me and 97.8% of other human beings, there is a large section of your brain that despises Monday.

So, Monday, since you have such a bad rap, I'm going to try to help you out with some
SUPER
positivity vibes. 

I'm not talking glass, half full, I'm talking glass totally full.
...because, even though Monday's are kind of the pits, your life is still amazingly delightful and awesome, filled with more blessings than you could ever count

so here are some sunny thoughts that have brought sunshine to my Monday

1. Sometimes I like to pretend that my life is like Toy Story, and all of the stuff and toys on my desk move around and talk to each other when I'm not there

2. Following a bunch of people that have cutie pie puppies/babes/baby bunnies on instagram to get a mini pick me up at any point in the day, squueee! (ps want to follow me on instagram? find me under krawley)

3. Reading blogs that bring a smile to my face :) fun! fun! fun!

4. Planning on getting some family pictures framed and being in awe of some the the totally rad 90s fashion trends that our parents dressed us in. 

5. Speaking of the 90s, Boy Meets World is apparently on Netflix instant now? I had the biggest crush ever on Sean and his jean jacket, swoon!

6. Listening to Colleen Nixon, the Bandoliers, Phantogram, and Tennis - and trying my hardest not to sing along at my desk and do a little shoulder shake to the beat

7. Daydreaming, and coming up with ideas for more awesome doodles and blog posts!

What's something sunny that's on your mind this Monday?


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baaaaaa!

I made a sheep doodle just for you! Have a wonderful thursday all you little lambs out there!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Making changes all over the place

Oh, um, hey, do I know this blog?
 Oh fo sho girl, it's one of your faves, we go way back! 
We just gots a shnazzy new name that's all! 

 So in case you didn't notice and you have no earthly idea what I am talking about this blog has officially changed from beeloved to anna&agnes
Ta da!

You wouldn't believe how many places you've typed your blog name, until you have to change them  all that is. So please excuse our construction round these parts as I continue to get everything all swapped around!

AND I have one more awesome blossom change to announce: my new hurrr cut!
If I didn't have amazingly dorky elf ears I think I would be daring enough to rock an Emma Watson pixie cut for a bit. Who knows maybe one day I can pull it off but for now I prefer to keep my hair long enough to cover my ears.

 Please excuse my awkward before picture! I meant to take a composed picture but realized right as I was about to get shampooed and transform into a wet dog that I forgot to take this said fancy before picture! eeek! So what do I do? I whip out my phone and take the picture at the last possible second like the true procrastinator I am. I guess looking like a total dweeb is the cost of procrastination. oh wells!
After
Before

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Awkward and awesome Thursday

I usually don't do this, but I always find them entertaining to read, and because I had a particularly awkward week I decided what the hee haw, why not!



 Awkward:
  • Walking into an amazingly adorable store you've always wanted to go into and gushing over all of the cute stuff only to look at the price tag and realize it's over half of your paycheck and  instantly having that gut reaction to revert to little kid mode where you aren't allowed to touch anything in the store, then getting really sad because the store was such a let down.
  • Listening coyly to the comedy station on Pandora while at work in my shared pod (oh yeah it's that awesome) only to hear a hill-a-rious joke and choke on the water I was drinking and have 8 people seriously concerned that I was choking to death and about to keel over in front of them.
No guys its cool,
I was just um...
I uh just got something...
um I mean something went down the wrong pipe, yeah....uh yeah, that's it. 
  • That amazingly awkward moment when you go out to lunch with a large group of people/co-workers who you may or may not know and you have to scramble to find a good seat (but not look like you are scrambling or being weird and speedwalking), hopefully by someone you know, only to end up smushed on the corner next to absolutely no one you intended to sit by. 
  • Trying to yell across the table to the people you do want to talk to
Hey guys! How is your day going?
What? I can't hear you?
I said, how is your day going?
What? I didn't think the wind was blowing at all today?
er, nevermind.
  • Having to try and talk to the people you ended up sitting next to for 2 hours 
So I see you ordered the soup.
Yeah, I like soup.
Yeah, me too, soup's ...so cool.
um, yeah.
(insert me hanging my head in awkward shame)

Awesome: 
  • Getting to go back to my hometown this weekend to see all of my family
  • Actually going to bed on time and not feeling like a zombie for the first 3 hours of the day (I highly recommend this idea people, I give it 4.5 stars out of 5)
  • Playing with my friend's Boston Terrier, Bella. Woof!
  • Getting to see one of my sisters-in-law this past weekend and frolicking on the beach with her and JR in the sand, attempting to dig up clams 
  • God continued to bless me with a happy/healthy/safe family!



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

rusty gold


I live in a fairly small city.
Only a handful of very tiny high rises and a quaint little down town.

Once you get outside of the city, it is a very different story.

Lots of unexpected things just seem to popup
Old painted signs.
Horses. (this isn't unexpected, but still neat).
The Florida Trail (a hiking trail that spans the state).
Crazy bugs that I never see in the city (and subsequently run away from, screaming like a little girl).
Creaky old barns and houses with rusty tin roofs.
and the closest thing to hidden treasure I have ever found - an amazing field of old rusty cars.






I am so curious to know how all of these rusty cars got there.
Who keeps it mowed? Did one person own all of these cars and drive them? Is that person going to come out of the woods and kidnap us? Or more realistically, just yell at us?

In case you didn't know, I hate being yelled at and will avoid it at all costs.
But this place was too cool to pass up, we had to run around and explore everything.

Did we feel like Marian and Indiana Jones? Maybe a little bit...just maybe
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