Saturday Interruption!

Miss Thank You's Mailbox

I had to post this today since it makes perfect sense considering yesterday’s post.

Holly’s at it again! Brought a big ol’ smile to my face as I returned from work today to my mailbox.

Hilarious, right?

Plus today I feel like I am solely keeping the postal system in business. Email, text messages, facebook posts, facebook messages, echats, etc… Those are cheap impersonators of a tried and true letter, stamp and all!

10 letters today. Some fun, some business, some appreciation, some just because!

Happy Saturday Ya’ll!

Pen Pals

Miss Thank You's Mailbox

Its Inspiration Friday direct from Miss Thank You’s Mailbox!

Holly and I met in college through various volunteering avenues. First the USF Charity Fashion Show, then Alternative Spring Break in Memphis and from then on we blazed the paths!

Since graduating, we’ve decided to stay in touch the ol’ fashion way. Pen sometimes pencil and paper. I enjoy seeing when a new letter has arrived from Holly. We keep streams of conversations going in our letters. Which is basically how we talk in person. Its funny because if you didn’t know what was written in the previous you may not be able to follow the thought, but we do just fine!

Holly is always sending unique cards that really brighten up my room. I like to display whatever notes or cards that are sent for a little while. Its miniature rotating art in my room. Someone put time and thought into designing those cards that it has to be shown for just a little while!

Here is one note card that Holly sent me. It happens to be perfect for this blog.

To my wonderful Pen Pal! Thank you for inspiring me with every note!

Coffee & Shoes

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What better can a day be than good conversation with a friend, delicious coffee and shoes!

For my birthday this year Miss Maggie gave me a wonderfully sweet present. A friend date. Maggie and I have recently met in the past month and half or so. This was the best gift for a new friend. Quality time and shopping!

We meandered over to Bustle in Queen Anne for our cup of joe. And what a cup of joe! Salted caramel goodness with a spidery design in the foam. They have very original drinks that fit the Seattle coffee vibe.

Ironically as I write this I am in the stereotypical Starbucks sipping a cup of almost black almost unsweetened drip coffee- very un-Seattle of me. Where’s the Grande Skinny No Foam Extra Shot Upside Down Caramel Macchiato Extra Hot? 🙂

Our next stop after chatting was a little shopping excursion to Meadow. A little boutique that has been raved about from so many friends. And I have yet to visit and ogle all the lovely threads and glittery items. Crime of all crimes it was closed on a Monday! Maggie thinking on her feet (hardy har har) decided we needed a trip to DSW instead. Off we went to decorate our toesy with anything that met our fancy.

I chose these little jewels. Tan flats with black bows and trim. Reminds me of French little girls and swinging skirts.

Thank you Maggie for making my Monday extra beautiful and celebrating my birthday in style!

I decided in an effort to thank everyone in a timely manner that skydiving would be my theme for the cards. It was my “Dive into 25” after all.

Freedom to Fly

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I am officially 25 now.

A quarter of century.

Mid Twenties.

5 years from 30…

And not freaking out!!! Instead I handled my coming of age with a little skydiving expedition.

Hey there Mount Rainier from 10,000 feet!

Now this is how amazing awesome my family is. (I am sure you will read AWESOME twenty million more times. It was the only word I could use to explain the incredible feeling of the wind lacing through my finger tips and the weightlessness of being a bird. Incredibly AWESOME!!!!) My mom chose to wait until after I had safely landed on ground to tell me she was very worried for my safety. Now that is one cool cat! Since telling my tales of defying gravity, I have convinced both of the parents to join me next. Now that is what I call family bonding time!

For my birthday this year I received quite a box of goodies.

1. A new addition to my collection of hats. I think this one might become my new inspiration for the Cap & Cape Girl. Its stunning and very “Ginny”!

See? Don’t you think it goes great with my cape!

A gold cuff. Because I love gold and jewelry. And really what girl couldn’t use more!

Crowning glory for the 85 year old hidden inside my 25 year old body: hand embroidered scene of some children at play. I had found this picture on Pinterest and put it in my folder of things to make. Well my Momma swooped right in and made it for me instead! So glad that I inherited my creative genes from her and also that she will do the hard projects so I don’t have to.

The sweet birthday card I received from them. Fits me to a T.

Quote on card: “Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.” By Tallulah Bankhead.

The back of the card is just as cute! I am sure there are plenty of pictures with my mom and grandma baking where I covered the kitchen in flour, sugar, or whatever else was on the agenda that day.

Most of all, Thank You to my parents for believing that I can do anything… and live through it! To my biggest cheerleaders, greatest supporters, best hug-givers and to-the-moon-and-back loves!

This is my favorite skydiving doodle so far. A snapshot of my parachute opening after the free fall. What an AWESOME experience!!!

This will be one of many many posts in regards to birthday thank yous, skydiving and AWESOME times! I am extremely fortunate, blessed, grateful, appreciative and overwhelmed by the amount of love poured out from friends and family.

Fragrantly Bright

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I wasn’t a candle kind of person until I met Alana. Or more appropriately when Alana and I became roommates then friends.

She always had candles gently burning in her room. It brightened the gloom of January and February making the Seattle rain glow. Alana was sweet enough to give my other roommate, Rachel, and I candles!

The box is equally as beautiful as the scent!

Now for the “glow” factor.

The candle is Cameo by Seda France in Cote D’Azur.

Wonderfully musky with sweet twinges. (The website does a much better job of describing the scent.) You know its a good quality candle when the wax is creamy and doesn’t cake to the sides.

Thanks Alana!

The day I moved into my new apartment also happened to be the day Snowmageddon started! We celebrated the snow and being roomies with champagne! Me, Amanda (Honorary Roommate) Alana and Rachel

Later that week after one of my sledding expeditions it was snow cone time with the ladies! Alana, Me and Rachel

Alana is great at minimalism in design. She always has the right balance without feeling over crowded or too sparse. I feel like this card is minimally right for her.

One of my favorite bloggers does a candle a month post. I don’t know if I will ever get to that point but its something to think about. The winter months will probably have me scoring the racks for lightly scented glowing goodness.

Circle T Ranch

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Through the mountains and over the river to Circle T Ranch I go!
My friends, Tim and Kristy, have a great house in Wenatchee, WA. Part cottage, part cabin, completely wonderful. The house is located in the city limits but has the distinct feel of vacation when you are there. Sequestered amongst the tall pines and desert mountains, the feeling of peace is ever present. A large yard for badminton, bocce ball, impromptu concerts, campfires, golf toss and lounging is the epitome of relaxation. With Kristy’s parents next door, gourmet breakfasts by Ken and midafternoon savory appetizers from Heidi are unexpectedly provided.
The most enjoyable part of the trip is being close to friends who feel more like family. My first trip to the Circle T Ranch was in the beginning of August. Tim and Kristy invited our community group from church for a relaxing weekend out there. It was so amazing to wake up early (Yes, I, an admittedly a late sleeper woke up at 7:15am on vacation willingly!!!) to enjoy a cup of coffee and girl chat while the yard slowly woke up with sounds of rustling tree branches, the occasional dog yap and glistening sun. The next morning it was all the girls piled into the sleeper sofa with me to watch a girly movie. Don’t worry the boys weren’t subject to all this mushy gushy stuff, instead they went shootin’.  A little something for the girls and some bang bang for the boys.

Justin, the Boy Scout, making an impeccable bonfire for us.

The whole gang from the first trip.

This past weekend for one last summer hooyah it was back through the mountains to Wenatchee with a couple of friends. We braved the cold waters of the Wenatchee River to go floating.

1 broken pump, 1 broken cigarette lighter (sorry Brittany!), 4 generous people who let us use their pump, 1 cooler of forgotten lunch back at the ranch, 6 floats blown up, 2 hours of floating and 1 deer pooping in the river. After all that we dragged the floats out and had a good laugh.

I think it is safe to say we had our very own Planet Earth moment when the deer meandered down to the river while we were floating by to add in his own “floats.” Nothin’ like paddling for your life to get out of the way.

They guys tried to blow up the tubes by mouth until reinforcements came after the car pump broke. Way to stick with the plan!

Signing the Ranch’s guest book. Kristy’s dad, Ken, made this table for the house. Now everyone who visits traces their hand on the underside and signs it. Love this idea! Obviously we all were a little memorized by the notes, hand outlines and magic of the table.

Kristy, Tim and Baby J

Cally, my roommate’s pup, came along to Wenatchee with us. She was keeping Baby J company.

There is more to this past weekend that will be saved for a different post! Can’t wait to share it!

Thank you Tim, Kristy, Coco and Baby J for being generous not only with your home but with your time and friendships as well.

I have decided that the Wenatchee house can’t just be called “The Wenatchee House”. Its so much more than that! I discussed with Kristy that maybe a cabin or cottage tacked onto something might be the right way to go. But in the summer its more cottage feeling and in the winter it will be more like a cabin. Hmm….. so instead I think it should be the Circle T Ranch. Tim and Kristy’s last name begins with a T plus there are always plenty of people milling around for it to be dubbed a ranch. Or maybe it should be shortened to Circle T. Anyways, inspiration hit when my friend/roommate Brittany introduced me to the movie  Bad Girls where there is a Circle T Ranch.  I wouldn’t say this is the best movie ever. The best part was to hear Brittany’s childhood memories/commentary of the movie with her grandma and sister.  Therefore, I dub the house The Circle T Ranch!

Oh by the way, this same couple is the one who loaned me their car for a weekend earlier this year. See the card here. Generous to a fault!