This week on Abbott Street…

I have a whole bunch of post ideas, but when I sat down this morning I didn’t feel like writing any of them. Figures, right? We’ll blame it on the long week.

Kyle and I have been really working on that whole “self care” thing. Meditation is tough – but the benefits are so crazy. He read 10% Happier this week and I’m hoping to start it today. I also went to an awesome self-care seminar with the lovely ladies of East End Eden. We had some awesome discussions about how little things – dancing, deep breathing, affirmations, gratitude – make all the difference in day to day happiness and contentment. I think it was a reminder I needed. It’s so easy to let these things fall by the wayside as life picks up speed.

I’ve started experimenting a little with essential oils – I think I’m going to bite the bullet and buy some. I rubbed some lavender on my wrists at the seminar and STILL smelled like it the next day. But as I was having a pretty stressful day at work, I think it definitely helped. I have a little bottle of peppermint I’ve been using too. I maybe had one too many pumpkin beers last night and woke up with some pain in my temples. I rubbed a little peppermint oil on them and it was gone in 15 minutes! So that’s cool.

Speaking of pumpkin beer, we had an all out pumpkin party last night. It included two cases of pumpkin beer, two types of pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin marshmallows, and I made this apple cider pumpkin cake. Should’ve taken a damn picture. We also carved pumpkins, of course!

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My friend and former blogging partner (for those of you who followed AnythingButRanch) Nick came down from New Castle! His pumpkin is the first one. My friend Jess gave me the idea of making my own pattern. I have no idea why this thought never occurred to me before. A full post on this to come, because it was so fun I’m all ready to do it again. I made a Bugs Bunny pumpkin, because my Looney Tones obsession has been in full swing since going to see Bugs Bunny at the Symphony  (fellow fans – this is a must see! it was amazing!).

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And of course carving pumpkins = roasted pumpkin seeds! So. Many. Pumpkin Seeds. But I think with some googling and trial and error, I have finally found the perfect way to roast them! The key is patience (isn’t it with everything). Post on that to come as well.

In addition to carving Bugs, I’ve been trying to learn to draw Looney Tunes characters. I’m really just trying to get back into drawing period. Again, it requires a lot of patience. But it’s definitely something I enjoy and it’s a good party trick 😉

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Speaking of things I enjoy, today is World Hoop Day! And since my back is finally not sprained I’ve been hooping it up 🙂 I’m off to go do a little more of that. Happy Saturday!

Project: Baby Shower Bookcase

Baby showers have a reputation for being dry, estrogen filled events, where gender roles from decades ago are meticulously upheld. Now I’ve been to one baby shower – and I actually had a lot of fun (possibly because I need female only events every once in a while to balance out living with three guys). But my friend Eva and I decided that one traditional baby shower wasn’t good enough for our friend Annie, so we planned another.

Originally, we were going to have an actual party. The logistics weren’t quite feasible though, so we switched course and focused more on the gift. I sent a Facebook message to all our closest friends with a request to buy their favorite book as a kid to give to Opal, so she could start off with her own little library.

I found an inexpensive bookcase on Amazon. Unsurprisingly – it was easier to put together than any piece of furniture I have ever bought from Ikea. Unfortunately it was laminate. For those of you who don’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t), paint doesn’t stick to laminate. So I laid out a tarp on the front porch and sanded the whole damn thing. Then repainted it with white wall paint.

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[My dad builds furniture in his spare time and I really felt like his daughter in this moment]

Next, I was actually able to get to the fun part of painting. I picked up glow in the dark acrylic paint (and pointedly did not buy girly colors – because 1, babies are unnecessarily gendered from the moment they’re born, and 2, I secretly want Opal to have the same favorite colors as me).

My friend Jess, who can draw some amazing things, came over to help me paint. And after a few hours it looked like this:

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Jess and I went with completely opposite styles – hers is much more realistic and mine is all about nonsense shapes and patterns. The contrast really adds to the finished product. We even painted the shelves.

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Once we filled it with books, it was absolutely perfect. We even got to deliver it to Annie on her birthday! And somehow I managed to not spill the beans about it ahead of time.

I really think Opal’s going to love it.

Oh, and glow in the dark acrylic paint? Actually glows in the dark. Really well.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!!!

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