Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy Birthday Ray!


photo (38)Happy birthday to my favorite person on Earth! I know this is sorta mushy, and if you need to skip this part and head straight for the pictures. My life is so much richer now that I share it with Ray. He’s sweet, hilarious and totally gets me even when I don’t make sense. He’s strong and brave and speaks the truth. Even when we were “just friends” I couldn’t imagine my life without him.creepy ray
engagement Ray will get mad if I call him “hot” on the internet, so instead I’ll just say he’s easy on the eyes. ūüėČblueberries - 2Happy birthday to my fave!

A Dining Room (without ghosts)

Regularly we have people, usually complete strangers, ask us if Big Brown is haunted or if we ever get “spooked” by our house. The conversations usually go something like this:
Person walking or driving by: “Hey, is that house haunted?”
Us: “Um, nope.”
Person: “Are you sure? My friend said he saw a ghost there.”
Us: “Oh, well there aren’t any ghosts here…”dining room 5dining room 10

I can definitely say that Big Brown is NOT haunted. It¬†might have a few quirks (slanted-ceiling closets, chipping paint, sealed up chimmineys, awkward long room) but no ghosts. 3 years ago around this time we were hoping to purchase our house. We had taken a tour of Big Brown before we were even engaged (or really dating) and we both fell in love with it’s old bones and charm.dining room 1dinning room 2

Today our house is full of color, collections, handmade garlands¬†and¬†a few¬†cat toys. I feel like it’s a work in progress and will continue to be that for as long as we live here. As much as we love Big Brown, making a house and home is a process. And I think that process should come naturally and slowly.dining room 3

Our dining room is one of the spaces that has taken a while but is starting to come together. To my objecting, we painted¬†the already-dark room a¬†dark cherry red. I’m still not in love with the color, but it’s starting to grow on me. This room was kind of inspired by the movie Royal Tennenbaums, a favorite in our house. On the walls we have a few of my vintage paint by number paintings, a framed printed canvas on whaling we spotted during our honeymoon, a portrait of Ray’s great grandparents, a clock made by my grandfather¬†and other fun pieces we’ve come across. We also found a mid-century table and almost-matching china cabinet that’s perfect for the space!dining room 8dining room 4

A (very) recent addition to our dining room is my Nonnie’s sewing machine, which we believe originally belonged to my great grandmother. It’s such a neat and ornate table and I’m so glad it found a home with us.dining room 9

I never thought I would love our dining room. With only one small window and bad lighting, it was really dark. The wall color didn’t help. But, you know what? After a little curating it’s become on of my favorite rooms in our house! I love finding new things to put on the walls and I love having people over to eat at our table.

These photos were taken the day after Thanksgiving, so please excuse the odd mixture of Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. =)

Root Beer Review : Stewart’s

stewarts 1Allison’s Review:
Creaminess: 4 РOn the verge of creaminess perfection.
Carbonation: 3
Flavor: 3 – Stewart’s actually has a great classic root beer flavor, but there is nothing unique about it. Nothing that stands out.
Packaging: 2.5 – They used a glass bottle, which is always nice. However, the graphics are dated and not in a cool way.
Overall Experience: 3.5 – Stewart’s is a pretty good, classic tasting root beer. No complaints!stewarts 3

Ray’s Review:
Creaminess: 2.5 – Not overly creamy. But a good blend of creaminess to accompany the flavor and carbonation.
Carbonation: 4 – It has a good amount of carbonation, and works well with the flavor
Flavor: 3.5 – Solid root beer flavor. Nothing amazing or weird or even very different. But still a good flavor.
Packaging: 3.5 – Brown glass bottle, twist off top, simple logo and classic root beer graphic
Overall Experience: 4 One of the better, plain ole root beers I’ve had. No surprises, but sometimes that’s nice.stewarts