Wow, that week went by in a hurry! Or maybe I should say, a “flurry”, as we received two more rounds of snow in Kansas City since the last Friday Five. As tends to happen in the Midwest, though, we should be springing right back up from -15 degree windchills to 65 degree sunny days this weekend, and I can’t wait.
I have to say, though, this week was a pretty good one despite the bitter temps. Lent kicked off on Wednesday, and instead of giving up something this year, I decided to spend some extended time with the book of John, and also taking some intentional time each day to just give thanks. Actually, what I’m specifically trying to do is start and end each day by giving thanks because, quite simply, I can’t really think of a better way to bookend a day. So I’m taking the 40-ish days of Lent to see if I can get into that rhythm and let those specific times of thankfulness become a habit in my life and spill over into the rest of my days even more.
Although I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could have used another workday or two in this week. It was one of those weeks where I worked my tail off, but somehow only seemed to check off half the things on my to-do list. Especially when it came to the joy of all joys of self-employment – taxes. Wouldn’t you know, there were just so many other things on my list that sounded more fun than receipts and 1099s and check-writing galore? :)
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! (Or as Leslie Knope would say, Happy Galentine’s Day to you ladies out there!)
I hope all of your days are all off to a lovely start, and that you get to spend some quality time this weekend surrounded by people you love. I’m home wrapping up the week of work today, but am looking forward to kicking off a weekend of random events and coffees and concerts and super-secret-spyish-adventures (true) with friends this evening. I may be flying solo for Valentine’s Day this year in the relationship department, but my friends seem determined that solo will not mean “alone”. One of the many reasons I love ‘em.
We’ve made it to the end! Today’s post marks the last in the story of my new white kitchen remodel, and I love that the grand finale literally hits “close to home” featuring one of my favorite Midwestern companies — Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Anyone living in the Midwest is undoubtedly familiar with this megastore that is pretty much everyone’s one-stop-shop for furniture, electronics, appliances, flooring, and about a zillion other things. Their store in Kansas City is absolutely enormous, so much so that it is simply known here as “Nebraska” since it’s — well — about the size of Nebraska. But it is really well designed and welcoming, and the second you walk in the door there are always plenty of salespeople on hand to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
For years, I have been known to tune into the last few minutes of home makeover shows just to catch “the reveal”. You know, that moment when these amazing people (usually with amazing stories) get to pull off the blindfold and see their new house unveiled for the first time? And you get to see that wonderful mixture of disbelief, wonder, thankfulness, and pure joy written all over their faces?
Well, each morning I wake up and walk into my new kitchen, I feel like it’s a new reveal day all over again. I still cannot believe that this is actually my new kitchen, and that I actually get to be the lucky one to live here, and cook meals here, and entertain here, and call this place my home. It all feels like the most incredible gift — which it absolutely is — and daily I find myself totally tearing up with gratitude. (Ok, and jumping up and down and having miniature dance parties to celebrate.) ;)
I have to say — I have learned more about Kohler this fall than ever before!
Ok, granted, I have known for years that Kohler is pretty much the standard for gorgeous design and high quality when it comes to beautiful kitchen and bathroom products. (Which is why I’m stoked that we are getting ready to install a new Kohler sink and touchless faucet in my new kitchen!)
“This is the kitchen remodel that never ends…yes it goes on and on my friends….”
Ok, it has been far too long since I have posted an update on my new kitchen remodel after my introductory post. But partly that’s because things have been moving far slower than expected. I know, I know, that’s probably more of the “norm” in home remodeling projects. But I am getting so impatient excited for the kitchen to be finished, so I’m crossing my fingers for no more delays!
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to travel to southern Oregon to visit the home of gift baskets, pears, and deliciousness galore — Harry & David.
15 amazing bloggers and I all flew out to Medford, the home of Harry & David, and the most charming town on fire with autumn colors. There, we spent a few days soaking up the H&D experience together, savoring epic meal after meal (sampling just a “few” juicy pears and Moose Munch throughout, of course), and enjoying it all in the company of good friends.