Friday, March 27, 2015

Cherry Blossoms at UW

Cherry blossoms blooming are a definite sign that spring is on the way.  I for one, have always wanted to travel to DC or Japan to see them blooming, but I sometimes forget what we have in our own backyard: the famous cherry blossoms in the Quad at UW!

While we have cherry blossoms all over the city, UW has a good concentration of trees in one spot, along with all the fancy buildings that come with universities.  Anyone miss seeing all the amazing buildings everyday in college?
Anyway, Tim and I went to see the cherry blossoms in person, and they did not disappoint! This is going to become a yearly tradition now!

If you want to visit the cherry blossoms at UW yourself, there are a couple weeks left of glory!  Click here for more information!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ten Years!

There are two big days in any love story: the day you meet the guy of your dreams and the day you marry him.

Today is the 10 year anniversary since that first day for Tim & I.

Tim is totally boss.  He is the cheese to my macaroni.  I'm high maintenance, but he loves maintaining me.  He's a romantic. He has a lyrical soul. He can love under the best and worst conditions.  You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.  In all my life I never thought I would be so lucky as to fall in love with my best friend.  You make me happier than I ever thought I could be.  And if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way. And now…here we are…with our future before us…and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend. I think you and I should spare ourselves a lot of uncoolness and walk through life together.  Tim, there are a million reasons why I love you. You make me laugh, you take care of me when I’m sick, you’re sweet, caring and you even created an egg dish and named it after me. But the main reason is you’re my best friend, Tim. You’re the best friend I’ve ever had.  You and I belong together. I don't want to put you in a cage, I want to love you!  The two of us have something most people search their whole lives for and never find. Ever since I was young I never understood anything about the world, and I never understood anything that happened in my life. The only thing that ever made sense to me was you, and how I felt about you.  So that's what think love is.  I'm better because he's here.  Shouldn't we hold out for the person who doesn't just tolerate our little quirks, but actually kind of likes them?  You see, kids, right from the moment Tim I knew, I have to love this man as much as I can and as long as I can and I can never stop loving him, not even for a second. I carried that lesson through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, every speed bump, every pang of jealousy or boredom or uncertainty that came our way. I carried that lesson with me.  We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.  When you're a kid, you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are gonna be right about that.  I'm voting for what's his name, married to Shauna Kroeger. 'Cause I'm in love with you, and that's the way it goes. It's a four...I think so too

These are all quotes from our favorite movies, shows, and books!  Tim, can you place them all?

(we are missing years 8 & 9 because of our sad loss right at our 8 year anniversary)

After all this time?  Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Did I tell you how divine and utterly happy I am?  There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love. Always.

Seriously, wait for it

Happy Anniversary Tim!!  Can't wait to celebrate with you in Spain!

Monday, March 23, 2015

How I Pack

As a follow up to my post on Friday about my review of the Lo & Sons OMG bag, I wanted to show you how I pack!

These pictures are from our trip to Boston last winter!
The first thing I do is plan my outfits according to my schedule & predicted weather.  This works a lot better on shorter trips when I can say that I'm most definitely going to wear each outfit planned. On longer trips, I generally try to plan outfits but just pack a handful of different tops, bottoms, and dresses that go together. 

My suitcase opens right down the middle, so I fill one half entirely with clothes, and then the other half contains my shoes, accessories (like extra scarves I'm not wearing on the plane, a small bag with my jewelry, and my hair straightener), underwear, bathing suit/s, and then the rest of my clothes that don't fit in the first half.  

Then I lay out everything I want to bring in my carry-on: Nap Sac, purse, liquids bag, camera gear, snacks, medicine, and itinerary papers.  I have been using a large Le Pliage Longchamp bag as a carry on.
Organize it into cases/piles...
Then organize it into my carry on bag so that the important items are on top and the lesser needed items like the camera gear are on the bottom.  
I don't have a packing list persay, but these are the things I always used to forget, or find so useful that I never forget.  Either way, here's the list:

Ibuprofen (I get horrible tension headaches on the regular)
Medicine (kind of important!!)
Chargers!!!!!!!  I've forgotten these way too many times...
Itinteray/Important papers!!!

How do you pack?  Meticulous planned, or fly by the seat of your pants?  I can't wait to try out a new carry on bag this week!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lo & Sons OMG Bag

The first thing on my travel wish list was the OMG bag from Lo & Sons.  Raved about by many bloggers, and named the best carry-on bag by Wirecutter, I've been wanting one of my own for years!
Well, I finally ordered one during of of the frequent 20% off sales (one's going on right now!).
There are two different sizes, the OG and the OMG bag.  The OG, or Overnight & Gym Bag, is an inch bigger in width and depth, and 1.5" taller than the OMG aka Overnight & Medium Gym bag. Honestly, I can't imagine carrying a bigger bag than the OMG.  This bag is right about the biggest size I would ever carry as my personal item, but it's still small enough that I would feel comfortable carrying it as a work bag.  I haven't tried it out with gym clothes, but it seems like it would be perfect for that as well.  
I'm totally in love with all the gold hardware!  The bag is nylon, but has a really structured shape and it looks totally classy.  I absolutely love it!
The back of the bag has a sleeve that zips shut on the top and the bottom.  You can either leave the bottom zipped and use it as an extra pocket, or, you can unzip both and use it to secure your bag to your rolling luggage!!
How genius is that?

It also comes with a dust cover like all nice bags should.
The interior has lovely lavender fabric and lots of pockets!

In the main compartment there is a padded laptop sleeve, and another pocket adjecent.  On the opposite side are two large pockets big enough to hold a tablet and a zipper compartment behind those.
On the side of the bag, there is a shoe compartment, which takes up part of the interior compartment when being used.  You can see a little ball of fabric in the side of the middle area down below, that is the fabric for the shoe compartment that can roll up out of place and secured when not being used.
In the front outside zipper compartment, there are lots of little pockets for pens, phones, cards, etc, and another zippered pocket, along with a strap to attach keys.
The bag really can hold a lot.  Below are the items I plan to pack on my next trip (10 days in Spain).
Everything fits comfortably, mostly in the main compartment.  
The laptop sleeve is the perfect place for all my itinerary papers I bring along where ever we go. They always get wrinkled in my other carryons, so  I'm excited to see them stay fresh :).
In the front compartment, I put my liquids bag for easy removal in the security line, my passport for easy access at the airport, and a travel water bottle.  
Just for fun, here's how Tim's iPad mini fits:
In the shoe compartment, I threw in the umbrella:

Perfect fit!  

I also tried out the OMG as a weekender bag when we went to Lake Chelan.  It was a tad bit tight, but I brought a lot more clothes than I normally would, and included a really space-stealing blazer, and a big bulky sweater.  I packed two extra outfits and bigger pajamas than normal too.  Everything juuuust fit, but I threw that red sweater below in Tim's bag so I wouldn't stretch out the bag during it's first use.    I'd really like to try it on another weekend!
Having a shoe compartment on the bottom is the best!

All in all, I am very impressed with the OMG bag and I'm really glad I decided to buy it!

Get a Lo & Sons bag here!  Today's the last day for 20% off!