We’re Farming, y’all!

Well kinda. I don’t know if I have mentioned it… but I’ve been trying to start a new hobby – GARDENING. I spoke to my boss about it, and we’re going to create a company garden! Here’s a before and after shot! It’s going to be completely organic and its humongous! Or rather, it’s a mini-farm.Hanschen Klein- Farming


Y’all know me, I had to create a plan. We’re designing the first of a few (I hope) LEED platinum houses in a small development area and we’ll be able to plant a garden next to the pool house. Look at what all we’re planting!! I can’t wait to see the big sunflowers and all those TOMATOES….


Do y’all have any tips for “gardening” or farming?? We have our farmer’s almanac and we’re going to do a soils report… but what is the best way to organically put nutrients back into the soil without using fertilizer? All I know about gardening is that MiracleGrow is a god send… go figure. And we’ll compost… but that just doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough.

IMG_3392Happy feet.  Happy planting, y’all.


Today I am thankful: that my father is not in the Emergency Room. Poor daddy.


Oh Life…


Well, yep… that’s me with my boss. This year has certainly been a big year. Full of big business accomplishments, which I hope is a good enough excuse for all of those I have not called or updated lately. I’m still alive, I’m still around… and I’m still working! I’m trying to find balance. Balance is a good thing in work, life, relationships, health, fitness… I could use some balance. And I may need some help when I get a little lost… so bare with me.


IMG_3315In other news, we have recently been doing work in Little Rock, AR and we were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the Peabody Hotel. I can now say that I have seen the Marching Ducks and they were so cute!! And I got to send my grandfather a really great post card with ducks all over it. AND, just a side note, Bieber stayed at the hotel the night we left. I didn’t know if y’all would think that was interesting or not… I guess he wanted to see the ducks, too 🙂

IMG_3152I’m not quite sure why, but this is my favorite picture from the trip.


IMG_3154I really love this guy. It’s one of those things, where I just can’t remember life without him. He’s a great best friend. He talks and howls and I love him… and he’s really FLUFFY!


IMG_3153AND, look at how crafty my best friend is!!! This is my stellar Christmas present that she made me. I. Love. It. No not that best friend up there, this best friend… down here!


Yep, that’s special.




It seems as though November has come and passed as a blur. Is it really Christmas time? I’ve been away from blogging due to the craziness of work. What a horrible excuse. Being busy is everyone’s excuse. Let’s think of better adjectives: active (nope, not really), buried (yep), engrossed (well… kinda), a full plate (most def.), swamped (yes, yes), occupied (sure…), slaving (absolutely!!!). Okay, now I feel better.

Most recently, I have been traveling a decent amount. I went to the great state of Arkansas to work on a project with the VA. One of my coworkers called it the “Holy Land”, yeah, I mightn’t (great word, I know)  go that far. But let me tell you that drawing an entire building’s RCP (Reflected Ceiling Plan) As Built is NOT how I prefer to spend my time. The first day I came in wearing flats – next day, it was tennies all the way. I had to be escorted the entire time, due to “sensitive documents” and the lady I was with literally said, “I would rather be clawing my eyes out, than doing what you are doing right now.” How does one respond? “Yes, well I don’t think I would like to do your job, either.”


Little Rock is an up-and-coming area. It looks as though they have made tremendous efforts to revitalize downtown. And sadly, we weren’t able to go in (never enough time), but you can see a shot of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. I had to do a small report on the building in school and getting to see the exterior was nice. I have to say, it was much better to see in person than in photo’s. Some resident’s kindly refer to it as a Floating Double Wide. How nice.


Okay, Okay… back to the drawing board. How does anyone stay asleep when there is so much work to be done!

ImageToday I am thankful for: getting to see my family these past few days. It was so nice.


Plano, Illinois: The Farnsworth House

The beautiful, the magnificent, the work of art — The Farnsworth House. Have you ever been to a place and been in awe of what stands before you? I’ve been fortunate enough to have it happen to me a few times. It happened again, when I went here, to Plano, Illinois. It all started when we went to celebrate my fathers 60th Birthday with my brother and sister -in-law, who live just outside of Bloomington, IL. I was thinking of what we might be able to do in the surrounding area and I thought to myself, “What in the world are we going to do in the middle-of-nowhere Illinois?” And then I got to thinking, there is a Masterpiece in the middle-of-nowhere IL! Thank goodness I remembered. It’s such of work of art. I would hate to put my experience into words because I felt like it was so much more than that – like trying to explain a perfect meal, a piece of art… or something along those lines.

We took a Docent Tour that we had to book in advance and as we were the last group for the day, we were able to stay a bit longer and enjoy the grounds and ask questions. Definitely the way to go if you plan on visiting. They don’t allow pictures on the interior, which is a bit of a shame because I can’t show you in pictures the massive amounts of design that went into the space. Even the jamb’s in the door were well thought out. This piece of architecture was a marvel at the time it was constructed in 1951 and is still ahead of its time today. Here are a few of the pictures that I loved. Let me know if you have any questions. BTW, it was absolutely fantastic. My entire family (both those in design and completely outside of design) enjoyed the trip. I think for any one person it helps explain what truly extraordinary design can accomplish. The perfect balance between function and form – a true masterpiece.

Photo taken by NoelR

Photo taken by NoelR

Photo taken by NoelR

Look at those happy design nerds!


I’m so thankful I got to see some pretty wonderful people this weekend: my bestie, my dad and talked to my mom and my other bestie. AND this weekend I’ve spent the first 24 hours in my new house… have I mentioned that I have now “lived” here for 4.5 weeks!!! Yes, I have been just a little busy.

Photo taken by NoelR

Okay, so we’re not just design nerds… we just nerds.


Baby Jockey

Surprise, we took the plunge! We rescued a sweet baby Australian Shepherd… and when I say baby — I mean to say, he is my baby and already spoiled rotten! He’s 2 years old and he was a farm dog who has a lot of energy. His current owner was put in a bad situation and could no longer take care of him. The owners family suggested to take Jockey to THE POUND and he just couldn’t do it. One of my dearest friends put on facebook that there was a full breed Australian Shepherd that needed a good home. And he found one!! We renamed him Jockey and he already knows his new name.

His breed is typically used for herding, and believe me, he know’s how to do it. Actually, it’s really obnoxious when you run with him because he will try to herd you! Oh, I love him so much! I was really worried about him at first. He couldn’t really find his voice and he was whining a lot. I was so worried that he was having separation anxiety. So I did what any concerned doggy mom does — I googled what to do! You can already tell what kind of mother I’m going to be! I found this great blog with tons of helpful tips about what you can do to help your pup. He’s responded really well to our methods. The best and hardest one is to ignore him and to not coddle him when he begins to whine. But all-in-all, we’ve decided that this whole “puppy” thing is for the birds. We don’t have to worry about him chewing up the house and we’re not having to potty train! What a blessing!

He is constantly making me laugh at all the silly things he does and he has such a great personality. I could not have asked for anything better. Of course, we are still working on things but he is such a quick learner. I know, I’m such a proud momma.

Yeah, I think he’s settling in quite well. Look at my sweet little boy.

Today I am thankful for having an opportunity to come to Beaufort. It’s nice having a good repore with my coworkers that I speak with on a daily basis over the phone. I’m also thankful I got to speak to my grandmother — I love her. AND that I’ll be in one of my favorite cities tomorrow… CHARLESTON!

last 2 photo’s taken by NoelR and edited by AAC

Weekend Getaway


We got away this weekend to Illinois in order to celebrate my fathers 60th birthday. It was lovely and we are now completely exhausted and still trying to make it home at 10:00 pm. Only one more hour of driving to go. 5:00 am tomorrow morning is going to feel a little earlier than normal. Oh yeah, I have a surprise to tell y’all … Later 🙂

12 lbs. down!!

As promised (a while ago…) here is a picture of me on the stand up paddle board. Oh I’m going to have to get one of these. Yes, I’m wearing a life jacket. No, it’s not because I was scared… I was actually kayaking right before and didn’t bother taking it off. But anyways… YES, I am 12 lbs down. But a little update. Last week or so, I was still juicing and only juicing. But I began getting really strong pains in my side — what I thought was appendicitis or gall stones — but really it was my body telling me that I might need to have a little more food. So, I had some egg drop soup and all was well again. So now, under strict orders from both coworkers and family, I am eating one meal a day and juicing the rest of the time. I’m still trying to stay away from my favorites (anything white or yellow i.e. bread, cheese,… CAKE) but I think the detox is going well. One night I made some soup and “overstuffed” myself and I have never felt so uncomfortable!! So it’s really teaching me to eat smaller portions and to only take in what I really need. Before the pounds were melting off… and now it’s more like a slow dribble. But hey, I’m down 12 lbs. I think if I keep doing what I’m doing — I could be down 5 more in about 2 weeks. I’ll soon be getting into the debate of whether I’m gaining fat or muscle because I’ve been exercising so much more than I used to. Hey, I don’t care as long as I look good — oh, how vain!

My favorite juice is still: Watermelon juice. It hydrates and it’s sweet and tasty. I made a really good one recently with beets (I love the color), 2 bags of carrots, peaches, mango, apples and pineapple. It was really tasty and filling. My coworker called it Redneck Hawaiian Punch! Watch out — it’s pear season around here. And I have a bag full of them from one of my coworkers who went picking in our businesses tree! (shhhhhhh… don’t tell)

Today I am thankful for staying so so busy. And for Noel starting a new semester at school, for Dad starting his physical therapy, and Mom getting a fresh start to her work week. Now, if things could just settle down and we could extend the weekend to be 3 days instead of 2… whatdoyasay…. OH. And for Claire (one of my sweet college roommates) marrying her love! You can find her here!!!


Day 8: Detox

green juice: 4 stalks celery, 1 bag spinach, 2 banana’s, 3 kiwi’s (they’re such an awkward fruit), 3 green apples, 1/2″ ginger

I’m still going. I haven’t given up. I’ve lost 8 lbs. I think it would be more but I’ve been using a little helper that I don’t think is helping me at all. Let me explain.

I’ve been using Naked Juice. But I only started doing this this weekend because I ran out of time to juice. When I juice, I always try to juice make 2 different juices at a time. At a minimum this takes me 2 hours including clean up. Which does not make for very exciting evenings at home. This weekend we went to see the Blue Angels and we had a big birthday the night before, so I didn’t want to spend my time juicing instead of being with loved-ones. So I improvised. Now it’s a crutch. It obviously isn’t a bad thing to use but it’s not helping me lose weight–it is helping me maintain weight. So I’m going to finish my remaining bottles and keep going with my juicing.

On average, I’ve been losing around 1.5 lbs. a day! I don’t feel very weak anymore. I’ve been trying to start running again. I’ve noticed that I can’t run as far without feeling very tired but I’m running again. I think water is really the key. We can put our bodies through a lot. It can be without food, but it cannot be without water. And I’ve noticed that I am incredibly thirsty for water. When I’m hungry and it’s not my time to start having a juice, I drink water. And I’ve finished a case of water just this week. I used to only drink one bottle of water in one week. Talk about a change in lifestyle!

Pensacola is home of the Blue Angels. I don’t care who you are… jets are cool. Jets are even cooler when they do a flyover and the boat next to you is playing the soundtrack to TopGun. Those are some sexy planes. It makes you feel like a little kid when you look at them fly by with your mouth wide open, hitting your neighbor – making sure that they see exactly what you’re seeing. They are tons, TONS of people and it was all really exciting. I can’t wait for next year.

Today I am thankful to see my boy go from 27, 28 to the big 29.

By the way, I went long boarding today. I’ll share pics with you tomorrow.