Too busy to grocery shop

but, we love fall none the less. 

It's finally cooling down here in Arizona, and I certainly plan on finding some time to enjoy it. I have been out of town the last few weekends and really looking forward to having nothing but the REI garage sale planned for the upcoming one. Even though the last few weeks (okay maybe months) seemed to be completely overbooked... it was nice to spend time with both my family and David's. Here's an over exposed wedding photo from Omaha to prove it:

And some evidence that we are almost capable of baby sitting: 

I can only hope to fit some Octoberfests in before fall slips away. Cheers! 

So...

this happened. 

And, I'm in love. She is the sweetest puppy I have ever met. I am convinced that it is too good to be true. My guess is that I will have some terrible horror stories before the end of the week; stay tuned.

Do I really have to go to work tomorrow, or maybe I can just cuddle with this love bug all day?! 

Is this what everyone does on their Saturday nights?

My guess is probably not. 

So, the pallet couch is almost done. As in, I think it's done, and Dave thinks it's "close." Tomato, tomoto. Luckily, it will be done in time for the cooler weather (no matter who's perspective you take).

On another note, school has officially started. Only this year it started for what seems to be everyone else and not for me. As some recent grads might be celebrating this point, I can't help but miss the late August buzz. I have the sudden urge to go buy a brand-spankin-new box of Crayola (broad lined and assorted color) makers. And no, I haven't actually "needed" to purchase those since fifth grade, but it's a desire that never seems to die for me. 

I guess that you have to cross one bridge to get to the next. That's what school is for me at this point. It was simply a means to get me to where I am today. I don't know if I'll use my education for exactly what I had planned, or find myself back for something new. Either way, I'm grateful that my days of crayon and marker purchasing led me to a place that has made me open to so many new possibilities. 

Who doesn't love a good holiday weekend?

Okay, so I may have been a bit excited. 

Getting away to a place that allows you to wear a sweatshirt and jeans at night definitely made me realize that I am very ready for our Phoenix summer to come to an end. It was certainly nice to get away and have the cell phone off for a few days (the kindle stayed on the whole time, you can't expect too much from me). However, when a group of five designers and one dental student camp together, there are sure to be some pretty janky inventions along the way. I am happy to be back in my cute little house with a working toilet. 

To me, September 1st means that it is officially fall. So I obviously have been feeling the need to buy a whole new wardrobe and a few new fall headbands. I also need to buy a few plane tickets for the upcoming months. So, if you happen upon some extra cash go ahead and shoot it my way. ;) Happy Labor Day! 

Sunday shenanigans.

Despite my misfortune a few weeks ago, I gave hiking another try. 

Dave and I had both spent most of the weekend working on some side projects. I had unsuccessfully finished making a swimsuit bottom that may or may not fit a toddler, and Dave had been working away on the structure for the couch that is slowly coming right along. So once Sunday rolled around, it was time to get step away from the sewing machine and breathe in some fresh air. 

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Next weekend is Labor Day, and I am so excited for my first paid vacation day! I am unfortunately missing my cousin's wedding in Minnesota, so I will have to find something eventful here to keep my mind off of the partying that my family will be doing half way across the country. Cheers!! 

That's a wrap.

It officially feels like summer is over now that my trip to Austin has come and gone. 

I was really excited for the conference for two reasons: the idea of exploring so much more in the world of design and the chance to explore a city that is so highly talked about. Meeting people who are excited about what they're doing for their companies, or for their own ventures, was super cool. It makes me realize so how large, but yet, at the same time, how small, the design community really is. In regards to Austin, I wish I would have had time to see more areas. I stayed mostly in the downtown area where the hotel and conference was being held. Dave and I ventured south on the last night for some top notch BBQ and to see way too many bats fly out of a bridge, but that was the extent of my exploration. 

Overall, it was an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful that I was able to spend time in Austin for the conference. 

Next up for me, designing and sewing my own swimsuit. I had a fight with the sewing machine as I started tonight, so hopefully we will be on speaking terms again tomorrow. :) 

but, where did the summer go?

Tomorrow I leave for Austin, Texas.

I will be attending the 2014 IDSA International Conference. It's kind of one of those things that I kept saying, "it's not until mid-August." It wasn't until about last week that I realized it was really here. 

I was hoping to have more of my projects updated by this time. Unfortunately, between working full time and attempting to have the grasp of what I call "graduate freedom," that isn't really the case. I have a wall covered in various prints and frames that are finished, but an untouched canvas smack dab in the middle of them. I have three out of six couch cushions successfully sewn, but the structure of the couch in pieces of wood scattered about the back patio. I have sketches for my own personal perfect yoga accessory, but no fabric or cut patterns or even finished design. Right now, this is the summer of many unfinished design projects. 

With that said, if I meet you at the conference and you're here looking for my work, feel free to look through what is up of my school projects. However, after graduation I haven't done the re-designing that us students are known for. Instead, I have tried to focus on what it is about design that made me love it in the first place. I am pushing myself to get out of the academic structure that I grew to love and explore what "spontaneous" design for everyday solutions is all about. 

Stay tuned (and, of course, it was so nice to meet you.) 

Hiking has never really been my thing.

But, I never thought I'd actually sit on a cactus. 

In my defense, I didn't really sit on the cactus. I more so just grazed it with my back end. None the less, it got me good. From now on I think I will wear very thick jeans when I hike, even though it is over 100 degrees outside. I have officially learned my lesson when it comes to cacti in the Arizona desert. 

Other than the unfortunate cactus incident, it was nice to get out of the city and pretend like we still had time for exciting adventures during the summertime. Camping is next on the summer bucket list. 

I suppose I will  make the best of the hot summer sun until we find time for the next adventure.

This post is sponsored by Topgolf.

I'm totally kidding, no one pays me to write in this thing. 

Sorry about the iphone quality photo. I guess I should start taking the Nikon out of it's case every now and then. 

But anyways, Topgolf is pretty neat. Aside from the fact that I didn't actually golf, it was a cool place. We aren't the only ones who think so, either. The line out the front door at 9pm on Wednesday night told us that the whole city was pretty excited about this place. I'd definitely suggest going, but maybe you should wait a few months (or a year) so that the line isn't so long.