Today, so far.

An Ode to Warmth

::sigh:: I think our Golden Days are coming to a close. How sweet was our Indian Summer? With the reports on Hurricane Sandy and the "early winter" forecasts (hyperbolic in nature, but yikes...), I've been taking in the last touches of warmth while I can. Grateful for those sun spots...

A Slice of Life

So, we've been absent. And now we feel guilty about it. Below is a little slice of our lives over the last few weeks.
Fall. Getting the chef on. Triplets. Nana. Fall. Marathon. Clothing swap.

Life's been pretty fun.


A (brief) hiatus. (That's almost over).

Don't think our absence means you've been forgotten. We've been baking, sewing, hosting, and loving galore.  We'll update and get back on track soon. PROMISE.


                My co-worker recently had a baby girl, Nyla. She's made me think a lot about futures.

Наша породица

Baba Mrdjanov
I like looking at old photos.

I especially like looking at old photos of my husband's incredibly beautiful family. If there was any question of whether his gene pool was going to produce good-looking children, one would have to look no further than these pictures to find the answer.

My family has it's fair share of babes too (and babies!), it's just that my very thoughtful sister-in-love scanned all these  recently and shared them with the rest of the family, so I have these in my possession.

Andjelka Mrdjanov, David's aunt

In time, I will sit down with my husband and his family to find out who each of these are.

For now, I like making up my own stories.

Storytelling: When I Take Out the Trash

I get to chat with this man. 
Times, they are a'changin
As someone who rushes through life, I savor these moments when the world says, "Whoa there. Slow down. Taste and see that the Lord is GOOD."


Look what David found while he was working today. A newborn bunny!

Happy Accidents

I was late coming home from work yesterday.  Murphy's law prevailed, and the one day I didn't ride my bicycle in, I came home in a delirious state. I totally spaced out and missed my stop.
I was so mad at myself for missing the stop until I climbed the stairs to get over to the right platform and I saw THIS. The wind was blowing so softly. The air was perfect. The light was making the buildings burn.

These are happy accidents. I was supposed to be here right now, to see this.

(and yes, I know it's super wide. I think it looks better than the next size down, which is tiny).

Happy Thoughts,

Our own little minion.

Guys. This is my nephew and his new glasses. Our own minion! I just want to kiss him all over!


Minkaen, Tokyo: 2006. Nikon D70

 "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. ... I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."
– Henry David Thoreau

A little of what I'm craving right now.







They got it wrong: Part #1

Let’s be straight for a second. There are so many ‘Type’ memes/photos out there bearing platitude’s for life that are, quite frankly, stupid. Since information and ideas move so fast these day via social media, I feel like I’ve seen more than I can stomach.

The theme behind most of these meme’s are the same. Some of them are nice. Some of them are just plain bad advice. Some teeter on abysmal. The crux of all of them boil down to: your circumstance is not your fault, but, at the same time, you can make anything happen if you just wish/dream/try hard enough. Other people suck most of the time. You probably have no problems, so here’s a reminder that you are worth it. You deserve better. You are a special snowflake.

Guys, really? Really?  I don't know about you, but these are not the things I need most reminded of, or reminded of at all.

So, I took some of Rach's instagram pictures and made some new meme's to hang about.

Instead of: “Be true to who you are”:

The First Tomato

Fresh off the vine. 

Light Love

July 1st: Chicago Storm


See video after the jump...


Guys, I know. I'm as guilty as the next person. When it comes to lunch, I can barely peel myself away from my desk long enough to trip down the hall to collect my lunch. Forget that hour of solitude.

Happily, studies are giving solid reasons to get out and take a break. As if it weren't enough to read that sitting is killing us softly; we now know that women are less likely than men to take breaks, and are more likely to burn out in the long-run.

I made it a goal to take my lunch each day last week with my camera, and was reminded just how cool Chicago is (well, besides this incident).

True, I only got out four of the five days, but it's progress! Livin' la vida loca, amigos. One hour at a time.

Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen Mrdjanov, Kristen


Yes! Thanks for the love!

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