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Posts from — October 2012

small space infatuation

Cute, cozy, and economical, I adore small spaces. Mostly I just adore space being used well–really sucking every last ounce of usefulness out of the space you’re given.

And when those small spaces involve a loft and some form of library area, I’m beyond smitten!

There’s something refreshing and invigorating in small spaces being designed and used well. My only question is, where do these places exist? To find their pictures means they are actually in existence somewhere, but where-oh-where and how do I get in on this?

In my fanciful dreams, creating such spaces is another creative outlet possibility (I have been CRAVING a creative outlet lately…but more on that later). No architectural or design experience whatsoever, but dreams, sweet dreams.

Anybody want to go in with me?

lofts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

October 31, 2012   No Comments

the month of Logan men

I am one of the lucky ones.
I had the good fortune of marrying into a wonderfully easy family.
I know that’s not the case for many.

Being grafted into another family is a really weird part of marriage, I think. For some reason, its oddness was surprising to me. Aside from split holidays, I didn’t really give it a ton of thought pre-marriage.
But it is strange.
You are used to the quirks of your own family–how you communicate, how you deal with conflict, your particular traditions, etc. And then you start to see behind the veil of another family’s most intimate dealings.
I find it weird in principle.
In practice for me thus far it’s been easy and actually not weird. I think that’s partly because, since being married, Jerry and I have not lived within three states of either of our families. And partly because the Logans function shockingly normally. So normal, in fact, that they are actually abnormal.
Show me the dysfunction, I say!

But in most cases, I think it’s weird.

So anyway, my point being, I am one of the lucky ones. Great, very easy, non-intrusive, laid back, understanding in-laws with oddly normal family dynamics.

This month we saw the bro-in-law and pa-in-law.

Jordan came up for a wedding and extended his stay, leaving his 6 foot 2 lanky self scrunched up on our tiny couch for over a week. Poor fella. Having gone to college up here and being the most social introvert I have ever seen (only rivaled by this girl), he had lots of friends to visit, but squeezed in some time for me and Jerome as well. We took him up to Ocean Lawn, a beautiful, under-utilized stretch of land overlooking the ocean on a perfect fall day. He loved it so much that he insisted we take his dad to soak up its glory the following week.

We gladly obliged.
Ocean Lawn is truly one of the dozens of places that make New England, Massachusetts, and specifically the north shore magical to me. I just love it here.

I am a soul well fed by these surroundings.

October 29, 2012   3 Comments

Fall updates 2012

This fall has been characterized by:

1. Baby Haven (and me as a crazy pseudo-aunt).

This little delight was born on September 22. I adore her. Her presence has made me realize that I am becoming a little crazy with the baby stuff though. Quite literally. I have a “baby section” in my closet. I’m not pregnant; I don’t have a baby; and yet I have a baby section. In fairness to myself, a number of those items are designated as gifts for certain people who have recently had babies, but still. The section is growing too large. And the pinnacle of craziness came when I bought that raincoat for a 2 year old. A TWO YEAR OLD. My reasoning was that it could go to Haven, but still, the girl wasn’t even born yet when I purchased it. I mean, it’s not like I’ve started a fake baby registry or anything, so it could be worse, but really, I’ve got to watch myself.

2. Sports, studying, and walks

Jerry is teaching two courses this semester at our alma mater and I am taking a class this fall so a number of our Saturday mornings have involved us, our books, and the library. I’m lovin’ the routine.

Sports in the fall is always a mainstay in the Logan household, but as much as I LOVE watching football (and I truly do), I also LOVE being outside in the fall. So Jerry and I have come to an agreement–he can choose one football game on Saturday and one on Sunday to prioritize and plan around. Otherwise, we are outside enjoying the lovely (when not raining) weather. None of this in all day both days watching football business. It’s worked out well thus far. Ocean walks, woods walks, I love them all. And this cemetery, with its lovely turning leaves, is my personal favorite.

3. Crock-pot cooking and de-cluttering.

I have been experimenting with new crock pot recipes this fall. Some were winners and as always, one was terrible. Dry and flavorless. And then I was stuck with that one as lunch for three days. It’s just the risk you run with the crock pot.

I am one bag away from this goal and it’s felt amazing. A new person is emerging within me. An organized, de-cluttered being. My husband rejoices.

4. Apple picking and homecoming.

No fall in New England is complete without apple picking. We went with our friends Keith and Sarah on an overcast September day and it was glorious. One of my favorite fall traditions.

Early October homecoming. A weekend with my friend Steph, a beautiful fall day to hang out on the quad and watch the soccer games, and just quality time with friends. Loved every second.

5. Cape Cod weekend with the Krasses.

Believe it or not, I have lived north of Boston for 7 years now and have never made the trek two hours south to Cape Cod. People literally come from all over the world to visit the Cape and yet I’d never stepped foot on its lovely shores. Well that was remedied this year with a wonderfully low key and restful journey with Keith and Sarah. Highlights for me included a delightful breakfast joint serving both pumpkin coffee AND pumpkin pancakes, an impromptu stop at a local park simply to play and explore, the JFK museum in Hyannis, and the flexibility of no schedule to simply do as we pleased on a whim. Oh and also, I was reminded this weekend that Jerry’s (big ball) bowling style is HILARIOUS. It had been YEARS since we had gone bowling together and wow, made me laugh. I should have taken a video. It was effective, but yeah, it looked ridiculous.

October 20, 2012   1 Comment

baby love.

We had a fun little photo shoot yesterday with the hottest ticket in town, Miss Haven Camille.

She is the daughter of some of our best friends and a real heart stopper. A total trooper, she was awake for the majority of the two+ hours we were there. Although it was VERY hard to narrow down, here are some of my personal favorites…

After seeing this little munchkin, along with this one (his best friend from high school’s daughter), Jerry has been pestering me for not only a baby, but a little girl. He is smitten. With both of his best friends having little girls in the month of September, it’s overpowering. I’m not there yet, but I sure am loving cuddling with baby Haven!

October 8, 2012   5 Comments