M.I.A.

Six weeks. I’ve been MIA for six weeks. That is the longest I have gone without blogging since I started Artistry By Adele and I’m shocked I let it go that long. This blog has been my creative outlet and a major source of my enjoyment for such a long time that I’m surprised I let it get away from me. I always said, the day my blog feels like a chore is the day I’ll stop posting.

One day, I sat down in front of my computer and was just out of ideas. I felt like I ran out of things to write about and nothing that came to mind warranted an entire blog post. Do people REALLY want to hear about this recipe I made last night? It wasn’t even that good… Are these photos REALLY interesting enough to post on the internet? Is my writing ACTUALLY good enough to keep readers entertained? That was when blogging started to feel like a chore. I’ve been feeling that way for a while now (over six weeks to be specific) until this morning. This morning I thought, F#$% it. If people don’t want to read it, they won’t. And that’s fine with me. Each post doesn’t have to be the best blog post I’ve ever written. I started this blog to have fun and explore my creativity and interests, and that’s what I plan to do. I may not post as often as I used to (every day), but that’s okay too. It’s my blog after all. I can do what I want with it, right?

Most of my time over the last couple months has been spent helping some of my friends celebrate their marriages. Three of my closest friends, including my absolute best friend on the planet, got married this summer/fall and I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid in two of the weddings and a Matron of Honor in one. My husband was also a groomsman in two of the three weddings so we were both pretty busy with bachelor/bachelorette parties, bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings.

All three weddings were photographed by the lovely Bre Thurston and you can see more of these photos on her website.

So once all the craziness subsided, I got bored. I was happy to have a break and get back to normal life, but when I got there, I went into a bit of a funk. So I figured, what better way to get out of my funk than to plan a spontaneous trip to New York to visit two of my good friends, especially since I’ve never been before. I was so excited for the trip, but then Sandy hit and I wasn’t able to go. Thankfully both friends are just fine, but I decided to put that trip off until the Spring and instead my hubby and I just booked a trip to visit family in Hawaii for Christmas AND I’m planning a girls’ trip to Vegas in January. Vegas fixes everything.

I also turned 27 on Tuesday. For some reason, I wasn’t very excited about this birthday. 27 is just such a strange number. To celebrate, a couple of my girlfriends and I did the fleet feet neon fun run where we got to wear these awesome hot pink, light up vests. My best friend won a pair of new running shoes in the raffle, and we ended our run at a nearby bar and had a couple of beers to celebrate. Not a bad way to start a new year of my life. The vests definitely helped.

In other news, I re-joined the world on Twitter. I am still figuring out how to use it properly, hashtags and all, but I think I love it. My tweets are private, but if you’d like to follow me I’d be glad to accept!

Plan on seeing a lot more of me from now on. I miss all my blogging buddies! Happy Friday!

Chicago via Instagram

I just got home from my trip to Chicago visiting my family with my dad and haven’t had time to upload the photos from my camera. So, I thought I’d share my trip via Instagram photos. You’ll notice I did a lot of eating (so I tried to do a lot of working out too). Overall it was a fantastic trip. It was great to spend time with my dad and all of my Chicago family and it was a nice little break from real life. More photos to come!

MikiThe White Sox game was amazing! Fitzgerald’s is a great little blues club we went toButterfly sushiGnocchi and meatballs the size of my head. I loved this indoor track in Chicago. You don’t see those too often in California!

#febphotoaday – A Month in Instagram Photos

This month I decided to participate in the #febphotoaday challenge on Instagram. I started a little late on Day 5, but I have since gone back and completed the first four days to finish up the month of February. I have never done a monthly, weekly, or daily challenge like this and I actually really enjoyed it. Some of my photos were (much) better than others, but either way, I still had fun. It forced me to capture a part of my daily life for a whole month and to find something creative or artistic in my usual activities.  I may do one in March as well :)

This is the chart I used for each day.

Here is my month in Instagram photos –

Day 1: your view today

on the way to SF

Day 2: words

training schedule

Day 3: hands

little kids...their hands are always in their mouths

Day 4: stranger

a very nice stranger made this for me

Day 5: 10am

10am - just finishing up my training run

Day 6: dinner

lemon cilantro shrimp, quinoa & brussel sprouts

Day 7: button

I need to stitch all these back on their sweaters!

Day 8: sun

I had to use an old photo this day...I worked an 11 hour day and didn't see the sun at all

Day 9: front door

One of my favorite parts of our house!

Day 10: self portrait

Miso and me

Day 11: makes you happy

hotels with leopard robes in the closet

Day 12: inside your closet

shoes shoes shoes

Day 13: blue

my favorite blue necklace

Day 14: heart

Happy V-Day!

Day 15: phone

I see this thing allllll day long

Day 16: something new

new suit for work

Day 17: time

my favorite clock in the house

Day 18: drink

Did you know I love green smoothies? :)

Day 19: something you hate to do

definitely hate filing

Day 20: handwriting

Shamrock'n

Day 21: a fave photo of you

favorite of all time circa 2003

Day 22: where you work

my j.o.b.

Day 23: your shoes

the coolest shoes I've ever made

Day 24: inside your bathroom cabinet

lots and lots of product

Day 25: green

I told you I love green smoothies...

Day 26: night

late night dinner with the hubs

Day 27: something you ate

yummy salad at work

Day 28: money

no money here, just receipts!

Day 29: something you’re listening to

whatever they were playing at red rabbit

The End! Til next month!

Here is the chart for March if you want to join in the fun.

Happy Instagraming!

A Little Instagram Love

So I happen to be in love with the app Instagram. If you don’t use it, you should. It is a social networking site specifically for sharing your life in photos. You follow people, they follow you (just like twitter or Facebook) but all you post are photos. The app also has cool ways of making your photos look more interesting- borders, color effects, etc.  Because I love it so much, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Instagram photos from the past year in case you haven’t seen them!

My latest visit to SF

Favorite food on the planet

Best Coffee in Sacramento

Champagne flowing for New Years

My new toy- The Gorilla Pod!

Food Truck Heaven- Mini Burger Truck

First night of Hanukkah

My candy cane is better than your candy cane.

Beautiful view on Christmas Day

Pretending I love football for my husband (only when the Saints play)

Wedding dress shopping for my bff

Last but not least, The birthday breakfast I made for my hubby on Monday :)

Happy Instagram-ing!