Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year. New Me?

Well friends, I'm here. Sorta. It's been an interesting few weeks, that's for sure. And, I'm apologizing for the billionth time for being so absent. I just wanted to come on here and let you all (if there's an "all" left) know, that I will be back. I'm working on the blog, my plan, and mostly on myself. 
I'm at a pretty weird crossroads, and I keep using that as an excuse for why I'm not on here... Unfortunately, it's a pretty lame one! So here I am, promising that I'll get my you-know-what together and be back soon, with new, exciting content for you. Trust me guys, I promise I'm on it...
And now, I'll leave you with a photo... while most of the country is freezing their buns off, here's the hubs, enjoying our gorgeous Southern Cali weather...

Happy 2014 to everyone!

xo,
R

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Morning Musings

That big thing that I mentioned last week, it pretty much kicks in today. After the long holiday weekend, today is officially the first day of my unemployment. For the first time since high school. Like I said before, I was (still am) upset about it, I've lost sleep over it, and after a few days in shock and a crazy long weekend of dealing with crazy, loving, amazing family, I'm moving on. 
I woke up this morning in a different mood. I was raring to go. I worked out, picked up some healthy lunch stuff, ran a few errands, and now I'm home. I even got dressed. I'm working some holiday gifts, cleaning the house for Andrew's parents who arrive on Tuesday, and working on a routine that I can settle into. We'll have house guests for a week, then 2 weeks after that, we leave for 8 days in Florida with Andrew's siblings, which I'm SO looking forward to. 
I'm working on my resume, and deciding what the heck I really want to do, and figuring out how to build this blog... Since writing for free doesn't really bring home the bacon.
But all in all, I'm happy. We've got an amazing support system here, and everywhere really, with lots of opportunities to branch out. 
One of my favorite bloggers, Joanna Goddard, from Cup of Jo pinned this a few months ago. I know it's technically "winter" but it's fitting for now:

My favorite blogger quoting one of my favorite authors. Seems like a pretty good combination. 
Happy Monday, readers! Have an amazing week!

xo,
R


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Paris (Part 2)

So now that Blogger's back up and running, here's the rest of the photos from Paris!
Like I mentioned before, we kinda went without a plan. We just wanted to explore the city and see it from the locals point of view.
Side Note: I'm not sure if getting lost every single time we stepped off of the metro is conducive to trying to blend in like the locals, but we sure did that...
We didn't end up inside the Louvre... The line was insanely long, and we didn't get the tip to purchase tickets elsewhere until after the trip.

We did visit the Musee D'Orsay, which we were told was more accessible, and it did not disappoint. 
(You're not allowed to take photos in the museum, but Andrew snuck this one of the gorgeous ceilings.)

We also ate in the cafe in the museum... I had the best quiche Lorraine ever... Ever ever.

Now, in no particular order... More photos!

Arc de Triomphe 

Andrew on the Metro platform (Probably irritated that I was nagging that we were lost... Again.)

 Goyard!

Trees, Cars, and the Arc in the background.

A little blown out, but the Eiffel Tower from one of the bridges. 

Possibly my favorite part of the whole trip was when we went to the Eiffel Tower. We made it to the park next to it, and wouldn't you know... It started to rain. It was pretty gorgeous, nonetheless. 

I took this video on my phone, it's shaky and terrible, but, like they say in Midnight in Paris... Paris is definitely better in the rain. 
video

So, despite the lack of amazing photos, the trip really was the best ever. We ate good food, drank good wine, and just enjoyed the fact that we were in a new place together. It was the perfect last minute honeymoon, and a great start to our travels abroad. Check out #clarksinparis13 on Instagram for more photos!

xo,
R






Interlude.

Something happened on Monday. A big thing that affected a lot of aspects of our life. I'm upset about it, I've even lost sleep, but I'm not ready to talk about it yet. We're both healthy, our marriage and families are great, it's just a big thing. 
My first thought was to jump back feet first into the blog. And believe me, I'm SO happy to be back on here! I have so many great ideas and things to share with you, and I've definitely missed having this creative outlet. I just have to rethink my plan of attack. 
My brain is in a million places right now, and I have to hone in. I have a bunch of ideas and thoughts that I need to get out on here, I just want to go about it in the best, most organized way.
So, forgive me if I seem all over the place over the next little bit of time.
You'll see Paris, Part 2, but I'm sorry if it seems a little rushed.
I will post the holiday table scape, (because it's set up in my dining room as I type) just maybe not in time for Thanksgiving. 
So, please hang in there as I get my bearings and I promise it'll be worth it.
Thanks for being here!

Happy Hanukkah! 
(Ohmygosh it's already Hanukkah!)

xo,
R

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Paris (Part 1)

Guys, we went to Paris... I know, I can't believe it either! Since we had to move right after the wedding, we didn't have the chance to go on a honeymoon. So, in August, when Andrew said "Hey, let's go to Paris", I was totally on board.
We had planned on going to Florida in October to run a 5K and visit family, so we booked our tickets from there.
The travel was cray. We flew from Florida to Boston, then Boston overnight to London, then jumped on the Eurostar to Paris.
It was basically 24 hours of travel, so no wonder when we finally got to our apartment, I looked like this:

Gorgeous, I know. Thanks, Husband for this lovely memento.
The apartment, which we found on airbnb was perfect. Tiny, but perfect.
We stayed in St. Germain, in the 5th. It's a super high-end area, with amazing shops and restaurants. 
Oh, did I mention, our flat was on the 4th floor of this gorgeous building?


And up these stairs... All 75 of them. 
Needless to say, I got my thigh workout while we were there.

Like I said before, I don't have a ton of photos from the trip, because, of course, I'm a terrible blogger, We mostly stayed in the 5th. We went with the mentality that we wanted to just relax and enjoy the city so we didn't do a lot of the touristy things. 
Our neighborhood was right near the river so we walked along it quite often. The buildings in Paris are amazing. You can see the history of the city everywhere you look. 

The Louvre is massive. You don't even realize you're on the campus, it's so big.
The gardens around it are so gorgeous. 

We walked through them many times, and even saw groups of dogs running around with their owners!


Of course, being October, the weather was unpredictable and although I read the weather report before we left, I didn't plan on it being as cold as it was and I didn't pack a jacket. I know. Stupid, right? I was so happy that I fit everything in a carry on, that I totally forgot it!
So, I layered sweaters and scarves and bundled up as much as possible. It worked for about 2/3 of the trip... the last day, I was an icicle.

Blogger just started acting up, so that's it for the photos in this post! I'll be back soon with Paris, Part 2, and a Thanksgiving table set up!

xo,
R







Monday, November 25, 2013

And I Come Right Back...

Yep. It's true. After SIX whole months of silence from me here, I'm back. It's funny how you can be so busy that you can't even get your thoughts out on paper (keyboard?) and then all of a sudden, bam! you have a million things to say, and suddenly, it seems like, all the time in the world. I apologize to you all for not being present since June... God.. June... It sounds so long ago! I would honestly hate me if I were a reader...
But nevertheless, I'm here now. 
I feel like loads of things have happened since then... but when I try to remember them all, all that comes out is blah blah blah... I made some pillows... blah blah blah... We went to Paris... blah blah blah...
Wow, my life is really not exciting... Except for Paris. Paris was amazingly exciting. And of course, we have a whopping 12 photos to show from the whole.entire.trip. 
Anyway, my obscure reference to Pitch Perfect (which, in all of it's aca-awkard glory has become a new favorite of mine... Remember, horrible taste in movies and television.) in the title of this post is correct. I'm back. and hopefully better than ever. 
Please keep reading, all 5 of you that are left! I promise, I've got some good stuff coming... Maybe even a full house tour!
So, thanks for being here!

xo,
R

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Favorite Things: Mint Green Edition

Lately, I've had an obsession, with mint green. I know, I'm not much of a trend setter, it's everywhere... For reals. But, here's a little minty loveliness to get you through your Wednesday...

Because it sits behind my desk at work and makes me happy every day. SO much better than the boring old ones.

Mint and patterned?! What could be better?

Which I am currently rocking right now, minus the patterns, because who has time for that?!

Do I really need to give an explanation? Gorgeous...

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
xo,
R