Comand C & V

Transferring 9f Tumblr is not a fun job, but somebody's got to do it. Here goes...

Joseph sent me this image of monkey-like tape machines via Flickr.

Pretty accordions from a very desirable accordion maker! I'll keep wishing that someday I'll be able to have one and play it well at a pub or a feis... one day...

I've been looking at a few amazing Irish button accordion players on Youtube and the like and I have to say I am just mesmerized by their songs and how fast their fingers push the buttons! We Irish dancers know most, if not all of the songs so it is nice to watch them play songs for once instead of just dancing to them :)

Baby Needs a New Pair of Capezios

I came across this image while reading one of my favorite blogs. They are pretty lace up dance shoes from Capezio. I think it is funny how they aren't advertised as Irish Dance ghillies, or soft shoes, but we Irish dancers know the truth! Unlike our traditional black ghillies, I like the different color caramel - I think these would be fun to wear at practice. Another truth to be told, I know they would not be as comfortable as my size 3 ghillies with padding and extra ankle support!

Old Riverfront

My childhood memories of going to baseball games downtown.

Mixed Up Files

I love my collection of high school mixtapes! We just found a few while helping the parents move into their new house! It does remind me of being an apathetic high school student with nothing better to do than think about how hard life is (and dream about Jordan Catalano and Ben from Felicity).

Current Mix in the tape player: "Charcoal Pencil", a mix of slow and mostly depressing songs from Smashing Pumpkins and James Iha, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, and some quiet Monster Ballads hits like More Than Words. I can't help but think about Bree... finding things to do after class, ways of feeling rebellious, but in actuality being darn good kids...

A tape I play when Joseph is not in the car: Ani Mix, Living in Clip (of sorts). I remember sitting in Sarah's room for HOURS making a series of Ani tapes from her extensive collection. My all-time fav, Fire Door! It is a tough one to choose from, but I'm sure Sarah has her adored songs.

The thing that is killing me - I know I have some tapes in my parents' basement. In a plastic bin somewhere there are tapes from Bree and Sarah, Jeff and Jimmy. I'll find them and hopefully they will continue to run in my car :)

These days I have some favorite mixes on CD from our good pal Patrick (the music know-all) and Bree, the uber cool art history master's student, and Braden - who always sends good mixes in the mail to surprise me!

The Canadians are Coming!

Well not really. We are going up there. I just wanted to say that. The US Olympic Trials are coming to Denver and we are GOING! Check it out here and get envious you can't going! HA!

My first exposure to curling was in Canada (when Joseph and I went on a secret Canadian mission ~ sorry mom and dad) on Canadian TV in Toronto. I was pretty sweet...

Moving on, 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver (awesome) and Joseph and I will be envious of the people who get to see the Olympic curling team.

Pretty Things

Hospices Civils de Beaune

images via jg6jav Flickr

Visit the official website here and read about the amazing history of this hospital that is still in use today!

The Royals

Royal Mail Stamps

British Design Classics "from Mini to miniskirt, quintessentially British"

Rainer Spehl

Thanks Joseph for sending me this link... now if only we knew someone who could make this for us...

For the Love of Leica
Pics of the Leica M8 Safari spotted, ogled 8 Comments by Matt Burns on January 17, 2009P


via walnut wallpaper

Jamie Saves the Bacon

Jamie Oliver, like most British chefs, are trying to save traditional means of farming as well as the welfare of farm animals. As many of you know I've been inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's campaign, Chicken Out! and I'm glad to hear other people are inspired as well to ensure the welfare of farm animals. After all, they are giving the ultimate sacrifice so we can eat, shouldn't they have the best life possible?

You can read more about Jamie's efforts at Jamie Saves Our Bacon.

Another brilliant bit that excites me is Jamie Oliver's new magazine!

Jamie Magazine

A Little Sheep

via Little Paper Planes

Mareike Auer


The word that best describes me right now.

Little Paper Planes

I've been uninspired and just waiting for things to happen. I'm waiting for the days to drop from February, waiting for my plane ride home, and waiting for June. I'm in a downward spiral of motivation and as of late all I feel like doing is relaxing with Joseph and the family, playing with N&V, M&R, reading magazines, and playing Wii. Oh and looking at J.Crew catalogs, as usual.

Winterfeis was tremendously fun and we ended up winning a first in our ladies 8-hand cross reel. Yippee! I placed first in my reel and hornpipe, second in slip jig, and 3rd in treble jig. I was a little nervous, but then I realized that I just don't care. I care more about getting my new dress and prancing around in it. READY BY MARCH, I was told, then I couldn't stop smiling the entire night.

I've also been losing myself in Bree's photographs of her recent adventures in Europe - Russia or bust. She looks Euro chic, museum ready, all-knowing and uber cool. Okay, I was just a little envious I didn't get to go with her ;)

Case of the Bla Blas

I haven't really done much this winter. Usually I take photographs, go on day trips, go skiing, have adventures with friends... but this winter things have just been bla.

I finally saw people other than family over the long weekend. It seems that since winter break all our friends have been out of town or sick. I got to enjoy some wine, a classic cheese ball, and a leisurely game of Password circa 1962. I think we lost track of who was winning by glass 3 of wine, but I'm pretty sure we won ;)

I'm still waiting to get a video cord to hook up to our camera, but as soon as that happens I'm going to add some clips of rabbits and Irish dancing to the site (and Youtube). We've got a big competition this Friday (YIKES) in Castle Rock, called Winterfeis. I am very much out of shape and not sure which steps I should dance... hmm.. sounds like I've got a lot of things to think about before Friday. To add stress to that the competition starts at 6 and I get off work at 4. Sounds like it will be crunch time and let's hope it doesn't snow!

I'll Dream of Snow Days

Okay, so we didn't get a snow day. I even had my fingers crossed! I think I am doomed for a life of no snow days as long as I live in Denver. Although the snow would have been really pretty if I didn't have to drive (without snow tires) in the horrific weather. My question to the schools - why risk it? SNOW DAY PEOPLE!

My week is going swimmingly and so far very fast. Tomorrow is already Wednesday! While I'm slowly on the mend, Joseph seems to be falling under the weather again. My antibiotics are kicking in and I'll hopefully be back to normal by the weekend. I haven't seen friends in almost a month! Time for a party...

Joseph and I moved the rabbits out of their old hutches and into smaller floor-level cages. I think it will be easier for Vienn and Nietzsche who are now in their "adult" years. It is tough getting old - the knees go! The rabbits seem to be as happy as ever with spring just around the corner - their busiest time of year. :D

Not much is really new in our lives. We are doing the usual things to get by and it seems like we are always looking forward to the next thing. I've been daydreaming about not only snow days, but traveling back home to see family and friends. We took a glimpse at flight tickets yesterday and will talk about travel plans in the near future. I'll keep you posted if I make any plans!

What are you daydreaming about today?

Pimp That Snack

Giles Coren's Jaffa Quake

Jaffa CakeIt is interesting what people choose to do with their time...

I appreciate the effort put into pimping favorite sugary fatty snacks!

My fav of course is Giles Coren's Jaffa Quake (seen on The F Word)

Here is the real thing, much smaller, called a Jaffa Cake.

Go Bucks!


Joseph and I are watching the OSU game tonight. However, rather unfortunately, I did not manage to make a fresh batch of Buckeyes. Sad day.

Have you met Brutus?

Brutus Buckeye

Shake It!

VW Snowglobe

Images of snow globes! above Flickr and below Flickr

Today was like living in a snow globe! I love days like these because they remind me of two things - 1. skiing and 2. Cincy! You know, grey, clouds, cold, snow...

I went to Irish dance for 3 1/2 hours and you would've thought I'd been dancing for days - I was sooo tired! We have started practicing for the big show in February the Winter Feis in Castlerock at the end of this month. My dress is still not ready, sad :(

Tomorrow Joseph and I are celebrating the end of our winter vacation by having a large Meyer-style breakfast (except the goetta that is to say we're all out yikes)! I've got a rehearsal tomorrow for our ladies 8-hand and then Sunday dinner at the Pings'! Should be a nice Sunday, but the thought of working on Monday does make me a little somber... I've just got to think of it this way. The faster we go back to work, the sooner we'll have our summer vacation! only 90-some working days.

Think happy thoughts!

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This is Where We Live

This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.

Cozy Afternoon



Seaside cabin


I'm wishing I could be wrapped up in a cozy cabin with the fire going, cinnamon & sugar, and falling snow... cozy thoughts for the new year...

Two Fat Ladies

Two Fat Ladies - Trailer - Watch more amazing videos here

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