July 7, 2014

hutch progress

We've been continuing work on the kitchen hutch. Bobby has finished the painting and distressing. I picked out some antique cast iron door handles. Soon we'll paint the wall behind it a soft dove grey and will hang artwork and shelving beside it.

It's almost done!

Here is what it looked like before, when it was a bookcase.

Then Bobby added doors.

And now it's a fully functioning hutch, holding our spices, cookbooks and assorted chachkes.

I'll post photos of the finished product once the wall is painted/artwork is hung, hopefully within the next week or two.

June 12, 2014

trying something new

I've been meaning to write something for weeks, but I've been wrapped up in work and a new venture - a food blog! I purchased my first domain name - ahungrypilgrim.com - and have been busy trying to build a little site.

In my first month (May) I had a total of 366 views on my new blog. The current tally for June is over 900 (and we're only halfway through the month)! So my little site is picking up steam and I'm excited to see what doors it may open for me.

Any support is appreciated. Thanks for reading!

May 23, 2014

new projects

Since returning to real life after my vacation in New York, things have pretty much gone back to the status quo - the usual stresses of life, worrying about money, and trying to figure out what's next.

To break up the mundaneness of the daily grind, Bobby and I have taken up pet projects. He's currently working on rebuilding/refinishing a hutch in our kitchen. It was formerly used as a bookcase in our Orlando apartment, and is being given new life as a spice cabinet. We're adding doors and a few other improvements to make it more useful.

We're going for a rustic feel so we'll be whitewashing the entire thing and adding some colonial green accents. I adore these paint names - Folk Tale and Swiss Coffee. I'd love to be the person whose job it is to come up with these names. What a dreamy job.

Here's the current progress:

While Bobby's been busy with the hutch, I've been focusing on my own ventures. About a month ago I created a group on Meetup.com for local women who like to play board games, and last night I hosted a small get-together. I invited 6 women over, none of whom I'd met before, and we ate donuts, drank wine and played Trivial Pursuit until 10 p.m. 

Maple enjoyed the attention and I met some really interesting, kind and witty women. We're all looking forward to the next get-together, which everyone agreed should take place at my place again since they all said it was lovely and beautifully decorated. What a nice compliment!

Another project I'm working on is my new website. I recently purchased a domain name and began a food blog that features my photography and recipes. I've been told by enough people that my food and travel photography is good enough to be published, so I'm starting to believe it...? Maybe?

I'm naturally self-deprecating when it comes to talent, but I've been encouraged by a few enthusiastic friends to at least try to branch out and see if there are any opportunities for me as a photographer/blogger.

So grabbing AHungryPilgrim.com for only $2/year at Go Daddy seemed like a good start.

I don't know about anyone else but I think this looks yummy and Pinterest-worthy. I guess I'll find out!

May 15, 2014

there's no place like home

I spent last week in New York City with my mom. It was a much-needed vacation for both of us, and basically served to remind me just how much I miss New York.

I turned 29 this month. Twenty-nine. And although friends and co-workers insist that I don't look a day over 21, I go to bed worrying about my age.

I'm almost 30 and my life isn't what I want it to be. I have so many goals that I want to achieve and it feels like the list just keeps getting longer as time passes.

I know where I want to be; I'm just not sure how to get there.

But, after spending the week in New York, I feel like I'm getting warmer.

May 2, 2014

bringing baby home

Maple came home this morning after spending the night in the hospital. She underwent spay surgery, something that is typically done at a very young age. But because her previous owner was neglectful, it was never taken care of.

We spent all of yesterday worrying about possible complications with the surgery, but the doctor told us she was the perfect patient. The old girl is now back home and sandwiched between two pillows on the couch, snoozing away.

She'll be on pain medication for the next 10 days and will have to wear the Cone of Shame while we're out of the house, but all things considered, we're happy with how everything panned out.

Spaying is important beyond controlling the pet population - female dogs that aren't spayed are more likely to develop uterine or ovarian cancer. Plus, dogs with uteruses go into heat twice a year, which is uncomfortable for them.

It's sad to see her in pain, our dog who was healthy and happy just yesterday morning but who woke up in a cage with stitches in her stomach.

But I guess what's most important isn't that Maple suffered due to someone else's selfishness, or that we had to clean up someone else's mess, but that our dog is healthier having had this surgery.

In the end, Maple's wellness is all that really matters and we're so relieved that our baby is back home!

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