Archive for September, 2011

ice cream and pizza

Friday September 9, 2011

Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy pizza?

I mean, I think I could eat it for every meal.

And ice cream! You just CAN’T go wrong with ice cream!

I’ve been known to have it for breakfast.

Well, this summer has been different. I’ve been rocking the Slow Carb diet and have actually done pretty well. I fluctuate between 12-14 pounds lost and feel soooo much better. But it’s more important to me that I’ve changed how I think — which changes how I feel. And I feel BETTER.

Oh, and those jeans I kept blogging about not fitting. Well, they fit now and look fabulous!

I would say that I am currently in the stage of semi-rocking the Slow Carb. Which means I’m down to two meals of slow carb and one meal of “normal” carb or whatever…you know what I mean. Somedays I only do one Slow Carb meal — I know, I know, totally crazy!

I’ve been making mini-pizzas and my favorite roasted cherry tomato pasta dish. YUM.

And the ice cream — well, I’ve splurged a bit and been treating myself to some well deserved ice cream cones. YUM YUM.

Starting weight: 139.9
Current weight: 127.6
Lost weight: 12.3 (where did it go?!)

yeah yeah yeah

Wednesday September 7, 2011

**Disclaimer: This is my personal blog and I’ve had it for awhile, I mostly talk about me, myself, and me a little more. Sometimes I talk about work – but now that I’m my own boss, I can’t get in trouble. But if you are my neighbor and reading this — which I am not sure if any of my neighbors do read this – well, I’m about to complain about our neighborhood. Just a little bit, not too much, but just a little. For the most part our neighborhood is awesome and I really love it — so, I’m sorry if I offend with this next rant. But this is my blog and I like to get things off my chest. Don’t worry, I’ll go back to blogging about my weight, or my dog, or my photography next time.**

Summer is over blah blah blah.
But there is something so much more important to talk about here.
This is chit chat and well, let’s face it, I need to share what is going on…

With me.
In my head.
In my life.
I want to complain.

Everything is going to shit.
Sure, our summer was great and our family is amazing but….
Our house is a disaster.
Everyday is not an Apartment Therapy House Tour.
Dishes need to be washed.
Clothes need to be put away.
And it is never quiet here anymore.

Living in a neighborhood is hard.
Especially when your neighbors are 10 feet away.
You can HEAR everything.

Unfortunately, our neighbors are DJ’s.
Yeah, that’s right – hip hop techno fucking DJ’s.

I feel like I’m still an RA.

We’ve been dealing with this for the past four years.
Knocking on their door at 11 pm or 1 am asking them to please, TURN IT DOWN.

They actually have gotten A LOT better about this and it has been way more tolerable. Victory!

Then their are the new neighbors across the street.
Who on nice days and nice nights enjoy BLASTING heavy metal in their backyard — you know, while they do yard work or have a fire, while everyone else is also enjoying the nice weather.
Who gave them the right to choose the music WE ALL HAVE TO LISTEN TO?

I’m sure it sounds nice FOR THEM.
But when I can actually hear lyrics across the street, in my backyard, it’s not so nice for me.

Then we’ve got Curly and Mo – yippy dippy dogs that BARK ALL DAY at anything that moves.
Cats, squirrels, leaves, grass, cars, people, birds, bees, THE WIND.

You might remember them from this little pre-homeownership vid:

oh god from Anne Ingman on Vimeo.

I know I know. We work from home. We have to deal.

But we don’t play loud music, and if Judy barks we pull her inside right away.
We try to be incredibly conscientious neighbors.
I mean, I was an RA in college.

Well, I am about to hit my breaking point.

Because now we have CHICKENS on our block, and holy shit they SQUAWK.
Did you know that chickens squawk??
I didn’t, so when they came around and asked me to sign off on them getting baby chicks I was like, “Sure!”
I mean, all I heard was baby chicks, and who doesn’t like baby chicks??

Well, baby chicks grow up to be full grown chickens!
And it is the most awful sound.
I am so over urban chickens.

**Disclaimer: These are all things that test my patience and help me to become a better person — Jake made me type that.**

Everything is falling apart around me.
I feel like I can’t keep up with the house, or work, and now it will never be quiet in our house again.

I just want to move and have some SPACE between — well, everything.
Don’t get me wrong, I love people and animals and music, but I hate annoying sounds that I can’t control.

Like bass music that comes through the houses, and heavy metal from backyards, and yippy dogs in the alley, and fucking chickens that squawk.

**Whew, that feels better. Thanks for reading. You can judge me now if you want, no worries, I can take it. I judge myself all the time.**

summer is over and it was a blur

Tuesday September 6, 2011

And it’s September.

Where the heck did the summer go?

What happened to all those weekend camping trips? Bikes around the lake? Concerts in the park?

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

But WOW, what a summer. I guess we were too busy eating slow carb, doing squats, shooting client weddings and portraits, having our house on Apartment Therapy, being featured on Style Me Pretty, hosting and going to backyard BBQ’s, biking to the State Fair, and celebrating Ben and Becky’s wedding!

After the wedding weekend we drove home and went straight to the Fair! It was such a TREAT to just splurge and eat through our exhaustion!

YUM. Deep fried Snickers.

Mmmmm, sweet corn.

And wedding season is not even over for me — I have four more weddings. And a few scattered portrait shoots. Whew.

But then I will get to coast right into winter retirement…or something like that.

Someone asked me what I was planning on doing this winter and I was like, “Ummmm, NOTHING.”

ben and becky’s wedding part 1

Monday September 5, 2011

Quite possibly the best part of this summer was Ben and Becky’s wedding a few weeks ago! It was amazing! We were home helping with all the preparations and celebrating for five days! It was so fun to be on the other side of a wedding. Both Ben and Becky looked beautiful, and the entire weekend was so emotional. Jake killed it with his best man toast and I was so proud!

I seriously only snapped a few photos at the wedding because I had other duties (like, being a bridesmaid!) but I was able to get this pretty bridal portrait of Becky. GORGEOUS.

And p.s. I LOVE MY FAMILY. I can’t believe how lucky I am. Seriously. They are the best. THE BEST. The Ingmans and the Lindbergs are my favorite people in the whole world.

And now Kate has a fantastically handsome, funny, and super nice boyfriend named Andy, and I already love him as well. Hi Andy!!! Welcome to chit chat!

Here we all are late into the night — I had about 15 seconds to get this photo:

judy the jumper

Sunday September 4, 2011

Judy almost died last Friday. Well, not exactly but she scared the shit out of me!

You might have heard (or seen) from my tweet last Friday that she jumped out the back right back passenger window.


It was beyond insane. She got spooked when the new license plates, I had put in the rear window, flew forward and hit her. She was like, I need to get out of here — so she just JUMPED OUT OF THE CAR.


I mean, WTF, Judy?!!!!  There are so many scary scenarios that have run through my head that I can’t even believe how LUCKY she is. For some reason there were NO cars right behind me or next to me — so she wasn’t hit by a car. She jumped out while I was driving around 25-30 mph, and when she hit the road I think she rolled because of the scrapes on her ear, mouth, and legs. I actually saw her, out of the corner of my eye, leap out the window — things happened very fast but there was a split second as I was putting the car in park where I looked back and saw her in the middle of the road looking dazed.

I just wanted EVERYTHING TO STOP and no one to move!!

It was honestly CRAZY. I stopped the car diagonal in two lanes of traffic and was already 50 feet away from her. Things happened very fast and all I could see were the cars that had stopped and the cars that were about to come towards her. Again, I just kept feeling like I WANTED EVERYTHING EVERYONE TO STOP. I ran to her, and by that time she had made it to the grass, was hunched over, and her right paw was limp and she wasn’t putting any weight on it.

She has a few of these scrapes but nothing too awful – sooo lucky!

I scooped her up and carried her back to my car. I was totally and completely shaking. I was scared that she had broken her leg. She laid in the back seat, I saw blood on her leg, and started to panic even more.  A woman pulled up next to me and asked if I was okay and if I needed any help. I told her that I thought I was going to be okay but was in shock.

After a few frantic calls to my Mom and brother — no one was picking up, I left a message for Jake (who was in Canada since Tuesday and I didn’t think it would go through because of the spotty cell coverage). By the time I made it to the vet I had spoken with my Mom and Jake had called me back. So lucky that Jake had some cell coverage!

Once we were at the vet Judy jumped out of the car like nothing had happened. She was of course, totally pumped to be at the vet and meeting new people. All the while I am freaking out and on the brink of a nervous breakdown. The vet thoroughly checked her out and found some scrapes and cuts but nothing horrible. So relieved!! She said she probably had adrenaline pumping through her and she would be sore the next day. I mean, she did leap out of moving car going 30 mph! Just a little backyard hurdle practice, no big deal. OMG. It was crazy.

So yeah, Judy is so damn lucky. I can’t even imagine what I would have done if something worse had happened. It drives me crazy to think about what COULD have happened.

Replacing that thought with a positive though – Judy jumping for a Frisbee in the backyard.

After our traumatic afternoon I made her take it easy the next day and of course, I did as well. Didn’t get out of my PJ’s all day. I needed to recover as well.

I have already ordered her a harness seat belt thingy that she will now be wearing in every car ride for the rest of her LIFE.

Jake returned from his climbing and camping adventure on Sunday night and we decided it would be fun to go canoeing on Lake Calhoun for Labor Day. It was a beautiful day and so much fun!

Judy came along and we put her in a kids life vest and she of course, loved it. I am sure she thought the lake was just a big bathtub totally and completely designed for her enjoyment. She kept biting my paddle and licking the lake. She peeded like 15 times when we got home – she drank SO MUCH lake water! We avoided capsizing for the entire ride until the very end when Judy tired to jump out. He life vest got stuck on the edge of the canoe and she completely flipped over with only her right side submerged and hanging herself by the life vest.


Yeah, it was pretty awful.  AGAIN.

All was okay, I got the life vest off and she didn’t mind getting a little wet — but the whole hanging by her neck from the side of the canoe was not so great.

Geez. I am exhausted.

Summer is over and it was a blur. Thankfully there are a few photos, tweets, and videos to remember how great it really was.