As of Late

I've been slacking on my blogging lately.  Our world feels a little more hectic now that I'm working, and I've been just trying to catch up.  This four day Thanksgiving weekend has been WONDERFUL though.  I've tried to savor every minute, but it has still gone by too fast.  We celebrated our anniversary last week by going downtown Denver and seeing the Lion King on broadway.  We have since been fairly hermit-like.  We were able to get a bunch of stuff done, but of course not everything.  I find that I need equal parts unproductivity to productivity :)
So anyways, here's a little glimpse at what's been going on at our house over the past month...

Halloween weekend the movers came with our stuff from Kuwait!  It was completely overwhelming.  Our little house is much smaller than our place in Kuwait and we had a lot of purging to do that didn't get done before we moved overseas.  Its nice to have all our stuff in one place and we've organized/donated/put away a LOT but still have some odds and ends that need to find a home.  Its always the miscellaneous stuff that's the hardest to find a place for.  Its also tricky to find a balance of what to keep and what to toss because we have no idea what our next place will look like.  Things that work in one spot wont work in the next. 

I feel as though it doesn't look quite as messy when the photo is in black & white :)

Then it snowed for the second time this season in mid-November.  We haven't gotten snow since, but the temperatures have stayed winter-ish ever since.

My husband and his giant tv... hanging this thing was a task in itself.  I didn't help much, I'll admit. We're still working on a solution to the hanging wires, but they'll be gone soon.  As you can see, we put up our Christmas decorations this weekend.

Our "buckeye" themed trees in the front yard

And last, my project over the Thanksgiving holiday, waxing our dining room table.  Its a raw table, so we have to apply wax to seal it.  I've never done this before and had kind of put it off in fear of ruining it.  It turned out to be pretty easy though!  We'll have to do it a couple more times, but round one is complete as of last night!

The bench leg on the right has had wax applied (and is still a little wet), the leg on the left is untreated.  It added a little bit of richness to the wood.

Ta-Da!  All done.

Snow Day

{Above Image is from My Colorado Life}

We went snowboarding today for the first time in a while and it kicked my butt!  In fact... I have a bruised butt and knee to prove it!  It was fun though and we got to check out Copper Mountain for the first time.  It was weird to just go snowbaording with little to no prep.  Usually when we go to the mountains its on a planned vacation.  The only downside to just going on a whim, though, is that in order to miss the traffic you have to leave our house really early - like 6am on a Saturday early!  I had to reward myself with a egg nog latte as incentive.

I need to seriously work on my snowboarding skills though, if this is going to be a regular thing.  I was ready to curl into the fetal position (on the mountain or off the mountain - I didn't care at the time) after about 3 hours!

A friend posted this video on facebook and I thought it was kind of cool, hope you do too :)

Week 1


So I survived my first week at my new job!  It was a very tiring week, but overall it was good.  I like the company so far, everyone seems nice.  Its a very big company, so that will continue to be an adjustment for me, but I was able to hit the ground running and jump right in on some projects - which I'm thankful for.  I hate that lull time when you first start a job and you don't really have much to do yet. 

Denver seems to be a pretty cool city too.  We went out to dinner last week in a cool little area called Highlands.  It was all strung with christmas lights and there were shops, restaurants and bars all within walking distance down this cute little street.  I'm looking forward to finding other cool little pockets like this.

The only major drawback to my situation so far, in my opinion, is the downtown parking.  City-wide the parking is expensive and limited, it seems.  I am not happy to have to pay for parking.  I have an option of taking the bus into town, which I may try next month, but that only works if you're schedule is completely regular and you have no appointments, meetings, etc.  I bought a month parking pass in a garage that I've been told by several people is the cheapest, and it cost $140! (grr)  I don't know if this is going to be the answer or not, but needed to get it for now while I figured things out. 

I'm loving all the holiday decorations downtown though.  I don't mind my walk into work, but its only November and I'm already freezing my Texan butt off.  I've already been seriously considering wearing nylons under my pants.  What am I going to do when its January??

Wish me luck with week #2!

I made this soup tonight to bring for lunch for the week.  It was a 1-pot meal, which I love, and it made a bunch.  Its another Pioneer Woman find!

Life-size Barbie Dreamhouse!

Yes, the chandeliers are made of blond ponytails :)

The Medallion above the fireplace is made out of lots of vintage barbie dolls attached to the wall

So not only does Jonathan Adler have some of the coolest products, they apparently have an interior design team as well.  I discovered the ID tab while drooling over their new collection.  Here are some images from a "Barbie Dreamhouse" themed home they designed in Malibu. 

New Job!

An architecture firm here in Denver finally took pity on me and took me on as their newest Interior Designer!

I start tomorrow.  Wish me luck.  I'm going to have a seriously hard time getting up so early!  I was just hired on Friday, so there was little to no time for me to start weening myself off my normal 10 am wakeup call.  Its like the first day of school.  I have my coffee ready, my outfit picked out, and my lunch packed. 

Watch out Denver, a shiny new version of Whitney will be out to make a mark on you - starting tomorrow :)

Designing with Letters

Check out this cool table from Fuzzy Hippo Design!  Kristin, the designer, and I swam together in high school.  Check out her etsy shop for more typography featured design.

Also, I found these custom name prints on Etsy that I thought were adorable.  I bought one for my new little "nephew" Isaac.

Custom name prints from InkTreePress

It Smells Like Snow

If it looks like Christmas outside....than is it more acceptable to listen to Christmas music in the beginning of November?

I promise to resist decorating until Thanksgiving!

Above is the album cover from my favorite Christmas album.  Check out Ella's Swinging Christmas