Everyday Moments

Not Ready to Give Up Summer

September 17, 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year. I really love (almost) everything about it. But I’m just not ready for it this year.

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St. Louis had the most mild, crazy nice summer we’ve had in years. We had like…maybe 10 hot days the entire summer. 10! It’s pretty unbelievable, actually. The past three months have just flown by. I feel like there’s just so much I didn’t do.

I was so excited to be making homemade popsicles all summer, but then never got around to buying a mold.

I think we visited Ted Drewes maybe once this summer.

I never got a base tan. Let’s be honest for a minute, though…that normally doesn’t happen to me. I’m getting more conscience about how I treat my skin as I’m getting older. SPF 50 like every 30 minutes. Not even kidding. Plus, I burn so easily that it’s not really a choice.

Didn’t attend a food truck event.

Didn’t get to do as much trail running this summer as I have in the past. I had triathlons and now half marathon training to thank for that. However, let’s be honest…fall is the best time for trail running.

Didn’t attend any outdoor concerts.

I hate pumpkin. Oh, don’t even get me started on how much I dislike pumpkin. And pie. I really don’t like fruit pies, which is a fall staple I feel like. It’s actually an all-year thing.

I’m not ready to pull on my boots.

I didn’t get to go row boating in Forest Park.

No rooftop drinks were had and only a couple patios were visited.

Still haven’t been on a float trip.

That landscaping project we wanted to do this summer? Nope. Waiting another year.

We went sailing once. ONCE!

I wouldn’t call this past summer a fail, but I certainly didn’t get to do as much as I would have liked. One of the things I’m really looking forward to this fall is pouring myself a glass of wine and sitting by our fire pit on our back patio. In sweatpants, of course. Our fall schedule is so jam-packed (such as weddings three weekends in a row) that we don’t have room to add more activities. However, there’s always next summer

—m.

Everyday Moments

Exposure

September 16, 2014

My coworker Dave recently introduced me to Exposure, a website that allows people to tell stories through pictures. A “photo narrative” as the team at Exposure describes it. Dave and Cam’s (his wife) story of Japan made it to Exposure’s home page because of how gorgeous they made Japan look.  I put up a post from when I visited the Idaho State Penitentiary and it was even selected and displayed as a staff pick for a day!

Idaho State Penitentiary by Megan Anderson on Exposure

Everyday Moments

30 Before 30: #24 Donate My Hair = Done!

September 12, 2014

Warning: there are low-res selfies in this post.

Up until two days ago, my hair was the longest it’s been in probably six years. I’ve been growing it out for the last year and a half with the intentions of donating it. I’ve never donated hair before, but I’ve always thought it’s such a great thing to do. After doing some research on the different programs out there, I decided to go with Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program. And without hesitation at my hair appointment earlier this week, I said “Adios!” to 9 inches of hair.

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During my research I discovered how 80% of hair that’s donated doesn’t get used to make wigs, which surprised me. Actually, it kind of really bummed me out. Normally it’s due to the quality of hair that’s sent in because of some restrictions, but 80% is a huge percentage. I also learned that because there’s such a large amount of people from the US donating their hair, that it’s actually hurting the hair industry in other parts of the world. Who knew? I didn’t want those findings to stop me from donating my hair, though. The pros of possibly having my hair used in a wig for someone else definitely outweigh any cons.

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I don’t have any decent photos of my hair before I cut it, but it’s still to my collar bones after being cut. It’s a good estimate that my hair was about halfway down my back. It’s so awesome only having to use half the amount of hair products now. I have an appointment at the end of October to add some color in my hair, which I haven’t done in probably eight years. I thought it was time for a little change in the hair department.

—m.

Home, Inspiring, Our House

Bedroom Inspiration

September 5, 2014

Progress in our bedroom has been slow-going after I repainted it earlier this summer. I did rearrange the furniture back to how it was prior to painting, though. Oh, and I did buy a new mirror! I’m going with a green, navy and white color scheme with dark wood. It’s actually a lot harder than I thought trying to find the right pieces that I like for a reasonable price.

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When I was looking to buy a new dresser, I was trying to convince Tim to let me get a white one but he was really against it. So instead I’m looking to get white nightstands. I really like the look of white nightstands with a dark headboard. However, I’m having a hard time finding white nightstands that I like. They’re either not the right dimensions, the wrong price or horrible reviews. So I think we’re actually going to build some this winter!

Here are the rest of some bedrooms that I’m pulling inspiration from—they’re all a bit different!

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Bedroom To Do
• Paint
Curtains
• Lamps (still need to get a matching one for Tim)
• Dresser
• Mirror
• Nightstands
• Bed linens (pillow covers, throw blanket)
• Rug
• Paint something
• Hang other decor items (framed pictures from wedding, hanging plant, etc.)

—m.

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Everyday Moments

August Recap

September 1, 2014

Other than October, August is my favorite month of the year. It started my annual themed birthday party. This year’s theme was luau! We had friends come over and thankfully the weather was awesome so we were able to hang out on the back patio. There were coconut bras, grass skirts, and of course a few drinking games. Because we clearly haven’t grown out of that from our college days.

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Then Tim and I were off to Chicago for a long weekend!

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And speaking of going somewhere, I want to go stay in every single one of these cabins.

I’ve started training for my third half marathon. I had to run 8 miles this past weekend. I forget how much I don’t like doing these, so I’m not sure why I do them. However, I did find this Food Pyramid for Runners funny. Apparently people think we eat “something called goo.” (Some do.)

We planted a little garden earlier in the summer and we’re finally getting produce! I’ve picked some basil, one tiny little red pepper and a couple grape tomatoes. I’m super excited for the rest to come in.

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I had one weekend where I had no plans…it was amazing! That seriously never happens. Well, I did have one plan. It was to go get (free) birthday cupcakes from The Cup with my BFF Chelsea. If you sign up for their emails you get a free cupcake on your birthday. It’s the same place that we used for our wedding, too. Chels got the gold rush (yellow cake and chocolate buttercream) and I tried the Island Dream (orange cake and frosting).

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And lastly, we spent Labor Day weekend tailgating at Mizzou for their home opener and then headed down to the Ozarks. I always think I’m going to come back a tan goddess, but then quickly realize that I’ll be applying SPF 50 the whole weekend.

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—m.

Travel

Chicago 360 Views

August 20, 2014

Our last full day in Chicago was a pretty relaxed one. We actually got to sleep in! Well, to be honest I don’t know what sleeping in is. My internal alarm clock always wakes me earlier than I would prefer. So after breakfast we walked over to the John Hancock building to check out the views of the city from the 94th floor. Even with the 360 views (hence the name 360 Chicago) I think the attraction is extremely overpriced at $18/person plus an additional $7 for the optional Tilt feature, which we didn’t do.

“Insider” tip: Go to the Signature Lounge on the 95th floor instead. You can order a drink (or two) for the price of one admission ticket and you don’t have to deal with the lines. And ladies, check out the bathroom. Apparently the views are amazing. Since we visited on a Sunday morning, the Lounge wasn’t open but that’s what I would have preferred to do.

The views ARE pretty fantastic, but the attraction didn’t have enough to offer for me personally in order for me to recommend paying the $18 to someone else. One perk of going on Sunday morning was that there was no line to get to the top. I will say, though, that I wish St. Louis’ skyline was more like Chicago’s. It makes the downtown area seem really big, even though in reality it’s not.

Looking South to Downtown
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Looking East to Lake Michigan
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Looking South—Beaches!
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Looking West
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Between the glass being a bit dirty and using my iPhone to take the pictures, they could have turned out a bit better. Oh, and you definitely get a bit of vertigo while looking down. There were a couple of instances where I had to stop looking straight down!

For not doing a lot of tourist activities, I had a ton of fun in Chicago and would definitely come back to check out other attractions and museums that we didn’t see. The art museum and attending Lollapalooza are at the top of my list.

—m.