Friday, February 28, 2014

OU, Oh Yeah!


I'm sending postcards to students that have been accepted to Ohio University to welcome them to life as a Bobcat! I love my alma mater - OU - oh yeah!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tea Collection


I love tea!

So the small things came into their own: small acts of helping others, if one could; small ways of making one's own life better: acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter. Clever people might laugh at such simplicity, but, she asked herself, what was their own solution?

― Mma Ramotswe, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gluten-Free 'We Got The Beet' Cupcakes


I love beets! I've always liked them, even as a kid. One of my favorite ways to eat beets is roasted with other vegetables, I also adore pickled eggs and beets. We almost always have picked eggs and beets at family get togethers, when I was a kid my cousins and sister used to tease me that I must be some sort of alien for liking purple eggs and beets so much (I didn't care - I had an egg and beets to focus on eating and keeping the juice from turning my other food purple).


Monday, February 24, 2014

Dream Livy


Somebody was very sleepy when I snapped this photo. I am envious of how quickly cats can get comfortable and start to drift off to dreamland!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Mantle at Night


Pistacia Vera - German Village


Pistacia Vera has some delicious treats! I stopped by last week to pick up some Valentine's desserts for Kenneth. Pistacia Vera has macarons, chocolate truffles, tarts, dacquoise (a type of cake), tortes, cookies, breads, p√Ętes de fruits, caramels, nougat and house-made preserves. Many of their desserts are gluten-free or nut-free, a few of them are both! They also serve tea and Cafe Brioso coffee and have a brunch menu from 7am to 2pm daily.


Friday, February 21, 2014

New Kicks from The Scarpetta


Recently I won a free pair of shoes! Free shoes! They came from The Scarpetta, an online shoe boutique with really reasonable prices on designer shoes. I do not claim to be fashion savvy by any means - my main criteria for anything I wear is comfort! But even I can recognize really nice shoes when I see them (despite my lack of fashion awareness, I have expensive taste so the reasonable prices also caught my attention).

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Amelia & the Cat Carrier


Amelia is an anxious cat. She's always been a little on edge, even around Kenneth and I. She's warmed up to us and the other two cats in the three years that we've had her, but she still loses it if we bring out a cat carrier. She is a master at hide-and-go-seek, except when she's scared she hides and we end up late to the veterinary office because we can't figure out where she went!

We're working on getting her to be ok with the cat carrier just being in our regular living space. I've been moving it around the apartment every few days, most of the time putting Olivia or Emma in it to show Amelia that it's ok, see, they didn't die in the cat carrier. Emma has been using it as her personal napping box and apparently that was appealing to Amelia because I found her in the cat carrier today. My husband may be a veterinarian in 73 days, but I am the freaking cat whisper (if you want to give me my own show, Animal Planet, that'd be cool).

Cruzamentos! at the Wexner Center


I was fortunate enough to attend the opening of Cruzamentos! Contemporary Art in Brazil last month at the Wexner Center for the Arts. I went with other members of the Columbus Emerging Museum Professionals group. The Columbus Emerging Museum Professionals is a group of people with less than ten years of experience in the museum world (hence the emerging). We get together a few times a month for social events, to attend art and other museum events and for professional development. I actually had the idea for this blog after attending my first EMP event at Roto, an exhibit design and production firm in Dublin.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How-To: Make A Cat Grass Head


Olivia and Amelia got a treat today - cat grass! These two love green treats, I'm still not sure if the favorite is fresh catnip or fresh cat grass. I put this little 'cat grass head' together less than a week ago and already the grass is tall enough for them to sample! 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Teeny Teacup Garden


My little teacup garden - complete with bonsai grasses, pink pebbles and a lucky little frog! I followed the steps I learned to make a terrarium earlier this month at Whole Foods to make this little garden. I hope to make more with moss once the ground thaws here in Columbus!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cbus Bloggers Brunch at Explorer's Club - German Village



Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting about twenty-five other Columbus bloggers for brunch at Explorer's Club in German Village. This first Columbus Bloggers Brunch was organized by Amanda of Girl About Columbus and Courtney of NeighborFood. It was wonderful to meet so many other bloggers - and to not be the only person photographing everything!


I'm Late!


I bought this double clock charm necklace from Kate of Red Giraffe Designs on Etsy a few weeks ago - it's perfect for my Alice costume!

Kate has some more of this necklace, and some cool Ohio charm necklaces in her shop - check it out!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Little Butterflies


Some teeny tiny butterflies have moved into the terrarium I made at Whole Foods' Galentine's Night last week - aren't they cute?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Livy Love


Happy Valentine's Day!

Balletmet Columbus Presents Alice In Wonderland


The story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll in 1865, has taken on a life of its own. New adaptations of the story can be found in books, television series, movies, party themes, works of art, plays, musicals, even ballet! Some adaptations stay true to the original story, others diverge down a new path. 

Galentine's Night at Whole Foods


Galentine's Day is a celebration invented by the quirky and lovable, Leslie Knope of NBC's comedy, Parks and Recreation.

What is Galentine's Day? I'll let Leslie explain:

Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus Frittatas. - Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation Season 2 Episode 16

Some Birds Are Jerks

American Robin

I really like birds. I was obsessed with birdwatching in junior high and high school and went on a lot of birding trips with my mom and our local Audubon Nature Center (the fabulous Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, where I have interned, worked and where Kenneth and I got married!). 

Birds are fascinating - they're also gorgeous and much more challenging to spot and identify in the field than trees or wildflowers, which I also really like (in case you haven't realized this already, blog reader, I am a big nerd, I love trees, birds and the fungus among us, also, corny nature puns).


Monday, February 10, 2014

Prairie Oaks


Kenneth and I have been attending the Columbus Metro Parks Winter Hike Series for the past three years. Last year we attended seven hikes, which is the minimum required to get the coveted Barred Owl decorative patch. Unfortunately both of our schedules with work and school in January and February this year have been busy on the weekends and we have not been able to make it to more than one winter hike. 

Healthy Purple Smoothie + Recipe


I threw some spinach into a fruit smoothie for lunch today - it was surprisingly good! I'm not usually a fan of green smoothies, but I couldn't taste the spinach in this smoothie (though you can see specks of green in the photos!). The recipe below is approximate, I didn't measure anything.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Emma and the Aquabot



Yesterday we bought the cats a new toy - the HEXBUG Aquabot Fish. It's a robotic fish that swims in water. They were all fascinated after we put the little gold fish in a bowl of water, Emma especially. We let them play with the fish this afternoon and Emma tried really hard to catch it! It looked like she was bobbing for him, she got water all over her chin and up her nose!


Columbus Flea


Last weekend Kenneth and I checked out the Columbus Flea for the first time. The Columbus Flea is held once a season and is a combination of a flea market and arts and craft fair. Local vendors sell a wide variety of products, from soy candles to vintage clothes. This time the Columbus Flea was held at Strongwater Food and Spirits, a restaurant and event venue in East Franklinton. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Skreened


Skreened is an awesome t-shirt printing company located right here in Columbus! Using Skreened's website, you can create your own unique custom t-shirt, tank, hooded sweatshirt or tote bag. Remember the owl drawing I was working on last year? I finally finished it and with help from Skreened, turned it into a Black Owl t-shirt!


Ajiri Tea

Trying out my Ajiri hand knit hat - it's warm and comfy!

I discovered Ajiri Tea last summer when stopping at Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees in German Village for some coffee. I picked up a box of rooibos (ROY-bus), which is a delicious red, caffiene-free tisane (a tisane is an infusion of herbs, it's not tea because it doesn't come from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis). Rooibos is my favorite non-caffeinated beverage and I thought the boxes were beautiful. They are handcrafted in Kenya by women from dried bark and banana leaves. Ajiri, which means 'to employ' in Swahili, is a company in Kenya that provides employment for women and an education for orphaned children through the sale of their tea and coffee. 


Dinner from the North Market Cookbook


I received the North Market Cookbook as a birthday present from my parents last week. For dinner last night Kenneth and I made the Crispy Oven-Roasted Kale (from Chef Peter Chapman of The Pearl) to go with our poached eggs and toast (I love breakfast food for dinner!).


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Little Emma


I was going to post a non-cat related photo of the day today, but then I took this photo of Emma and I had to share it. Emma insisted.

Maybe I'll have a non-cat related photo tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Playing Laser Tag with Cats


Author's Note: The video monitoring camera company, Dropcam, asked me to share a story about our cats as part of their current blog challenge. They're looking for bloggers to share funny, cute or sweet stories about their pets. You can learn more about Dropcam on their website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. I am not getting paid to write this post, nor do I own a Dropcam camera, though it would be interesting to know what our cats get up to when we're not home!

There are many toys our cats love to play with. Catnip mice and other animals (they have eight mice, two socktopuses, two snakes and three fish), string, straws, foil balls, baby tennis balls, a kong for cats and a SlimCat ball. We've even played with bubbles

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Jackfruit!


I tried fresh jackfruit for the first time today! Jackfruit is the world's largest fruit that grows on a tree - and it kind of looks like a gigantic hedgehog. Our local Market District Kingsdale had fresh jackfruit in the store over the weekend so I grabbed a small cut piece to try at home. 


Monday, February 3, 2014

A Quarter of a Century + 1


Today is my 26th birthday. I celebrated by taking the day off work and relaxing at home with our cats! I also enjoyed a few of the gluten-free cupcakes my mom made for me - they're delicious!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Peek-A-Boo with Emma


Emma is really hard to photograph. If the lighting isn't just right, her facial features don't stand out - but the main reason she's hard to capture on camera is that she doesn't stay still. I took about fifty photos of Emma this morning and quite a few turned out!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Create: An Etsy Craft Night w/Red Giraffe Designs at Whole Foods


Whole Foods in Upper Arlington is helping their shoppers get crafty! Earlier this week I took my first Etsy Craft Night. Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, Whole Foods invites a local Etsy artist to lead an arts and craft class in the cafe of the store. This week's Etsy artist was Kate Stevens, owner of Red Giraffe Designs. Kate showed us how to dress up a clay pot with masking tape, stamps and acrylic paint. 

Moe's Southwest Grill - Upper Arlington


Moe's Southwest Grill in Upper Arlington has delicious tacos, burritos, chips and salsa, plus options for vegetarian and gluten-free diners! Kenneth and I visited the Upper Arlington location a few weeks ago. Before we got to the restaurant, I was able to check out their Allergen Chart and Vegetarian, Gluten-Free and Low-Cal Options online. The gluten-free options at Moe's are rice bowls, which are basically burritos without the flour tortilla!


Happy February!


An e-Valentine for all of my readers! 

Macarons


These beauties (a caramel and a lemon macaron) were bought at Whole Foods. French macarons are naturally gluten-free and amazing! I can't believe I've gotten through 25 years of life on this planet before trying my first macaron. What other delicious desserts are out there that I haven't tasted yet?