Art Imitating Life

I thought that if I opened this post with an adorable picture of my homegirl Emily, that you’d forgive me for my lack of blogging lately. Did it work?

It’s officially fall, which means it’s that point in the year where everything starts to move even faster than it was already moving until you find yourself ringing in the New Year wondering where the past 365 days went. You know what I mean, right? It’s as if the second the cool weather comes and the leaves start to change it’s Halloween->Thanksgiving->Christmas, bing bang boom — hello 2013.

Work life is so busy right now, which doesn’t help the speed of things, and I find that instead of having time to cultivate my little hobbies (blog, gym, photography) I’m finding the truth in the cliche of “not enough hours in the day.” When my art imitates life, and life is speeding by so fast I can barely grasp it, well then the art is somewhat lacking.

All this is not to say that life isn’t good. It is. In fact, it’s great. In the midst of the craziness I do take time to appreciate all the blessings, even stopping to count them every now and then. Even if it has to happen while I brush my teeth in the shower.

So some things I’m loving on at the moment…

Fall Centerpieces. I filled up my lovely Kate Spade New York crystal bowl (shout out to NYCathy!) with dried beans, stuck a candle in the middle, added some pine cones and viola! Table runner is from Homegoods last year and the mercury glass votives are from Michaels.

Starbucks Seasonal Drinks. I’m a huge fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Salted Caramel Mocha, but I’m also aware of what a calorie trap those drinks can be. So, did you know you can order a “short” at Starbucks??? It’s smaller than a Tall (which for those who don’t speak Starbucks is a small), but you won’t find it on the menu board. I love the short size because I still get a satisfying dose of my favorite coffee concoction without a side of guilt. Plus it makes me rap 50 cent in my head the rest of the morning, “Go shorty, itz ya birthday, we gonna party like itz ya birthday…”

Puppy Dogs. Clearly I’m always loving on my four legged children, but I especially appreciate them when the hubster’s working bizarre shifts or out of town jobs. My furry dudes keep me company, force me to play outside and always listen to how my day was ūüėČ

Hope you’re having a great week! I’m working on not being so MIA.

Scenes from a Weekend: Friendship

This weekend was another Pittsburgh adventure, but this time it was extra special because Hilary is back from Africa! Girlfriend has been gone for 2 years, so we decided a girls reunion was in order and it was high time baby Connor met his world-traveling Auntie!

I swear this little man gets cuter every time I see him! We had a blast loving on him the entire weekend, and catching up with each other on life’s happenings. It had been four years, FOUR YEARS, since the four of us were all together and it was amazing how it seemed like no time had really passed at all.

I feel incredibly lucky to have such amazing women in my life, the kind of friends that cheer you on, pick you up, encourage you, listen with their whole heart and truly wish for nothing but happiness in your life.

It doesn’t hurt either that they know me so well they bring me¬†Eataly¬†goodies¬†from a recent¬†NYC trip, and make funny signs for the guest room door because they know cats make me sneeze.

We got to celebrate an early first birthday with Connor and life in general with each other. It was just what the doctor ordered.

“Yay Connor” because Happy Birthday was too long ūüėČ Alex, you’re a¬†genius!

The new answer to, “What time is it?”

The photo-bomber in the background makes me love this picture even more!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Simple Things

Some of the simple things I’m loving on from this weekend…

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I know, I know…I did say I was going to soak up these last weeks of summer, but these awesome fall worthy moccasins literally jumped off the shelf and onto my feet. I think they whispered something in my ear about pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. I couldn’t not make them mine.

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These girls. My best childhood buds. And now Laura (center) is about to get married! So when her sister emailed Emmy and I to come up to Philly and surprise her on the night of her bachelorette party, we didn’t even bat an eyelash before enthusiastically saying YES. Although our visits can be far and few between, I know these girls will be in my life forever. If for no other reason than we all have highly incriminating VHS tapes of one another from every awkward phase we ever went through ūüėČ

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There’s a new produce stand around the corner from our house. I think they charge me $5 regardless of what I get.

Small watermelon, zucchini, cantelope, pepper — $5.¬†

Medium watermelon, two large zucchinis, two red peppers — $5.¬†

The produce is huge, fresh from the farm and at an unbeatable price. I’m obsessed with this stand, and it’s open until November. Best. Discovery. Ever.

So what are the simple things lighting up your life lately?

Let’s Catch Up

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I wish I had a good excuse for my blog-related-MIA-ness, but excuses are overrated. My biggest problem is that these weeks are just flying by. I can hardly believe it’s August, and while I’m trying my best to live in the moment and suck up every last bit of summer, I find myself dreaming of leather boots, cozy fall sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes.

But back to the here and now, let me bring you up to speed on my life:

  • Whole30 in the house! I’ll do weekly posts during our 30 day challenge, but so far so good! I’m not sure my pasta-deprived husband is going to make it through, but I have high hopes! More later this week.
  • We found a tiny little produce stand around the corner from our house and that makes my heart super happy.
  • Anyone else suffering through tired days at work due to staying up way too late the night before watching the Olympics? Story of my life this past week. Love me some Olympics.
  • Still obsessed with Instagram. @dianatroese. You follow me, and I’ll follow you.
  • Kacie’s official due date is tomorrow. Baby girl is still warm in the oven. We’re all anxiously awaiting the good news of her arrival.
  • Redskins first pre-season game is this Thursday which means last night we were discussing RGIII jerseys and homemade chili. Definitely not helping me stay in that summer frame of mind.
  • No Simple Things Sunday yesterday because I haven’t broken out the camera in over a week! Bad Diana, bad!

Happy Monday, make it a great week!

Scenes from a Saturday: Beat the Heat

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There are only two places you should be when temperatures are rising to 105 degrees — anywhere inside with AC, or out on a boat. We got lucky with an invite to the latter and enjoyed a true Maryland Saturday complete with a visit to Thomas Point Lighthouse, passing under the Bay Bridge and anchoring off for a day of sun, water, food, friends and family.

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Picked up Joey’s sweet summer hat for $10 at Marshalls the other day. I might have to steal it though ūüėČ I may or may not have had that plan in mind when I bought it.

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Linking up with Simple Things Sunday on Simple as That today, so feel free to pop over and check out more great pictures. Photos this week from Instagram because I get nervous bringing my big girl camera out on the water. Follow me on Instagram at @dianatroese. Happy Sunday!

Well Hello, Summer

I think Official Summer is trying to tell Unofficial Summer who’s boss by bringing the heat — literally. I’m thankful I work in an air conditioned building, but also couldn’t wait to throw on my bathing suit and go for a little walk over to our neighborhood pool after work. Hope you’re finding ways to stay cool!

Oh, and PS, I’m so late to the Instagram party and just last week realized that people actually follow other people on there. Yeah, it was a real lightbulb moment. I’m such a square. Anyhow, follow me at dianatroese, and I’ll follow you back. Pinky swear.

Scenes From a Birthday: Take 28

Thanks for all the Birthday Love! The party continues tomorrow with a day off from work and a hot date night with the hubster ūüôā 27 was definitely a year to be reckoned with, and I’m expecting big things from 28!

PS: Just published this post to see that it’s my 484th post…I was born in April of 1984…4/84. It’s a sign!¬†