Small Girl: Big World


Constantly fascinated by the world around. I've got the dreamer's disease... and I believe that a truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

I spend most of my time reading, writing, cooking & planning my life on Post-It notes. Music, wine, food, art & travel are my favorite fuel; spending time well wasted. Although I'm quite optimistic, I'm more judgmental than I'd like to admit. Here's to overturning assumptions.



René of the Day 5.17.11
I’ve contemplated doing this for months… a quick daily post to share a thought, link, photo, recipe or any part of my day or life that feels fun, unique or worthy of sharing. Last night I had dinner with three friends I’ve known since grade school and I mentioned the idea for my “René of the Day” posts and they encouraged me to go for it - thanks gals! I’ll do my best to post a tidbit every day. And so it begins…
My first “RoD” is a photo of Burgess Falls in middle Tennessee. I hiked there this weekend with my boyfriend Matt (to be referred to from here out as MR, his initials) . It was a fairly challenging hike on a cool, misty Sunday morning. 
I’m sharing this because, besides showcasing it’s natural beauty, Matt and I were intrigued by the the anti-climactic end to the falls. You hike for 3 miles past a strong, rushing river and three large falls (the largest, last pictured here), swollen from the recent rain and floods, but the pool at the bottom just billows and swirls and ends… it didn’t continue into the river beyond. 
This made me mindful of something I despise but seems to happen often: hurrying up to wait. I always have to be early, I rush to make something happen or look forward to something and then when it’s time, expectations aren’t met or appreciation is lost in impatience. It’s a one-off thought, but it reminded me to appreciate the moment - the fall - and not worry about where the water is running to next. 

René of the Day 5.17.11

I’ve contemplated doing this for months… a quick daily post to share a thought, link, photo, recipe or any part of my day or life that feels fun, unique or worthy of sharing. Last night I had dinner with three friends I’ve known since grade school and I mentioned the idea for my “René of the Day” posts and they encouraged me to go for it - thanks gals! I’ll do my best to post a tidbit every day. And so it begins…

My first “RoD” is a photo of Burgess Falls in middle Tennessee. I hiked there this weekend with my boyfriend Matt (to be referred to from here out as MR, his initials) . It was a fairly challenging hike on a cool, misty Sunday morning. 

I’m sharing this because, besides showcasing it’s natural beauty, Matt and I were intrigued by the the anti-climactic end to the falls. You hike for 3 miles past a strong, rushing river and three large falls (the largest, last pictured here), swollen from the recent rain and floods, but the pool at the bottom just billows and swirls and ends… it didn’t continue into the river beyond. 

This made me mindful of something I despise but seems to happen often: hurrying up to wait. I always have to be early, I rush to make something happen or look forward to something and then when it’s time, expectations aren’t met or appreciation is lost in impatience. It’s a one-off thought, but it reminded me to appreciate the moment - the fall - and not worry about where the water is running to next. 

Spring has sprung! I had so much fun dressing up my new Willow House glass thimble domes - they are so adorable! One has a little bird perched on moss, one has a tiny nest with bitty bird eggs and one has a butterfly resting on a moss ball. I can’t wait to try new, fun ideas for summer! :) 

Who knew a fun status post could lead to crossing a huge dream off a bucket list? Thanks to my friend, Editor in Chic of Cincy Chic Amy Scalia, for the great blog post on Cincinnati.com, about our hot balloon ride adventure! And to my friend Eric Faber of Ballon Adventures for making the dream come true - amazing experience! 

Tree House Dwelling: I’m really rolling with this bucket list business… And one thing that I’ve always wanted to do is build or live in or stay in an incredible tree house! I love the homes you see that are built with trees inside (those closest to me know I have this odd obsession with trees… nothing weird, just love them, always looking at them & awing at them.) 

Here are photos of some tree homes I would love to own… or maybe stay in for a vacation! If you want to build me one, you’re welcome to come up & play! 

How cool & fastidious is this photo montage from Sara Bareilles’ new video “King of Anything?” I love how the entire video is shown in film strips.
Watch the video here.

How cool & fastidious is this photo montage from Sara Bareilles’ new video “King of Anything?” I love how the entire video is shown in film strips.

Watch the video here.


Cincinnati’s Best Business Districts

Most aesthetically pleasing: Hyde Park
Check out this great article on Urban Out highlighting the gems of our city here.
Proud to say I’ve been a happy resident of Hyde Park for 4 years as of August! Also love that Clifton earned numerous spots on the list, including “Best Overall” as I have many fond memories there from my college days. Damn, I love my city. 

Cincinnati’s Best Business Districts

Most aesthetically pleasing: Hyde Park

Check out this great article on Urban Out highlighting the gems of our city here.

Proud to say I’ve been a happy resident of Hyde Park for 4 years as of August! Also love that Clifton earned numerous spots on the list, including “Best Overall” as I have many fond memories there from my college days. Damn, I love my city.