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Archive for March 2016

Cross Country Roadtrip: Cadillac Ranch

Thursday, March 31, 2016

 This post is part of a series about our Cross Country Roadtrip. To see all the previous posts, click here.

The very last stop on our road trip was Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo, TX.

Cadillac Ranch is an art installation created in 1974 along Route 66.




After this quick stop, we drove to Arkansas, spent the night in a hotel, and then drove home. 

Here's a quick recap of our road trip: we went in May 2015, we traveled from Alabama to California, the trip took 3 weeks, and we brought our dog.

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Master Bedroom

Monday, March 28, 2016

In January, we updated our master bedroom and it has made such a difference! Our original plan was to do this room and the downstairs before we moved in, but obviously that didn't happen.


Here's what we did:
  • First Sam removed the chair rail. I thought it looked weird in a bedroom. 
  • We scraped the popcorn ceilings. It's so much easier doing only one room instead of the entire downstairs! It only took us an hour to scrape.
  •  Then I painted all the trim bright white instead of the dirty tan color than it was. 
  • We also got a beautiful new ceiling fan.
  • Painted the room Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

The paint color is so pretty!


Finn helped, of course. He ended up with paint on his tail and belly.

Sam replaced all the almond colored outlets and switches.

A quick recap of the before:

Here's the after!


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Link Roundup #3

Friday, March 25, 2016

Design
House Tour: An abandoned summer camp becomes an eclectic family home. I love the wallpaper and artwork in this house!

10 Common Interior Design Mistakes. "Nothing screams middle class mediocrity more than a matched set of furniture!" Definitely agree with this!


Travel
An elopement in New Zealand.
 photo credit: White Rabbit Studios

Finances
How do you compare to this "state of spending" report? "60% of Americans report that they won’t be ready if an economic downturn strikes."

How paying off all my debt changed my life. "We joined a minority of Americans—about 20%—who don’t owe anyone anything. It's an exclusive club, but there's hope that it's growing. About half of Americans indicate that being debt-free is within reach, and 25% say it’s the new American Dream, according to a Credit.com survey."

Productivity
The most succesful creative people constantly say no. "Creators do not ask how much time something takes but how much creation it costs. This interview, this letter, this trip to the movies, this dinner with friends, this party, this last day of summer. How much less will I create unless I say “no?”

Here's exactly how long your work breaks should be. "DeskTime, a company that makes an app that tracks people’s computer usage, recently discovered something curious: when they looked at the top 10% of productive workers, they found that the workers took, on average, a 17 minute break after working for 52 minutes."



Misc.
Rare Walt Whitman letter, written for a dying soldier, found in National Archives. "The rare Whitman “soldier letter,” one of only three known to exist, was discovered last month by a National Archives volunteer who is part of a team preparing Civil War widows’ pension files to be digitized and placed online."

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Cross Country Roadtrip: Meteor Crater

Thursday, March 24, 2016


 This post is part of a series about our Cross Country Roadtrip. To see all the previous posts, click here.
 
I can't remember if this stop was before or after visiting the Petrified Forest, but Meteor Crater is very close to the park. This site is privately owned and I though it was a bit pricey. Adult tickets are $18.

Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. The collision occurred about 50,000 years ago.

The red circled area is a piece of debris that is the size of a house!


I forgot to post these photos last week with the Petrified Forest.
Route 66 used to run straight through Petrified Forest.

1932 Studebaker at the Route 66 section of the park.

 That evening we had dinner in Winslow, AZ and went in some shops in the downtown area. We ate dinner outside with Finn, and for some strange reason Finn was terrified of the ice cream truck that was right next to the patio. You can see it in his face. Poor boy.

Our next and last stop is Cadillac Ranch.

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Link Roundup #2

Friday, March 18, 2016

Feminism
I refuse to call my daughter a tomboy. "I told her that I would never call her a "tomboy" because I didn’t like comparing her to boys. I told her that I didn’t like thinking of things as "boy things" and "girl things" and that I certainly didn’t like any suggestion that "boy things" were somehow better. I told her that there was a long history in the world of "girl things" being treated as less important than "boy things" and that that was a problem for everyone, and not just girls."

" 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.' Woman in a Meeting: “I have to say — I’m sorry — I have to say this. I don’t think we should be as scared of non-fear things as maybe we are? If that makes sense? Sorry, I feel like I’m rambling.” "

Parenting/Education
Here's why parents should fight for recess. "Recess also brings academic benefits, both in actual learning and improved behavior. When kids return to the classroom their accuracy and factual recall shoots up. They can pay attention and absorb new material better. They goof off less and test scores typically rise since recess is an ally for memory and focus. In fact, research on third-graders conducted by the University of Minnesota found that kids grow increasingly inattentive the longer they have to wait for recess."
America's High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries' High School Dropouts. "Carr says this pattern is even more obvious if you look at the math skills of young adults. This study found that Americans with a high school diploma performed about the same as high school dropouts in other countries....She offers a sample math problem from the test: You go to the store and there's a sale. Buy one, get the second half off. So if you buy two, how much do you pay? "High school-credentialed adults, they can't do this task — on average," says Carr."
 

Design
On redecorating after your husband dies. "She just kept saying, “This is so good, this is so good.” She said what we had all been feeling all week, that this is what Paul would have wanted. It was one of the most rewarding moments I’ve ever had."

Tate Taylor, The Help Director, Renovates an 1830s Mississippi Mansion. "After a months-long search that led him through much of the Deep South, he circled back and found the perfect place in Church Hill, a tiny community just north of Natchez: Wyolah Plantation, a 100-acre spread with a three-story Greek Revival dwelling, constructed in 1836, and eight outbuildings. “It checked every box,” he says, noting that the property’s original summer kitchen—a freestanding brick structure that kept heat and potential fires at a distance—“sealed the deal.” Still, he adds, “I never thought I’d come back home.”

Adorable Easter/Spring decor.
photo via World Market

Ghost Town
 The living American ghost town of Panama. In the 1950s, as many as 100,000 Americans lived in the Zone, about one-tenth of the country’s population. Even life-long Zonians could get away with not learning Spanish.


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Cross Country Roadtrip: Petrified Forest

Thursday, March 17, 2016

 This post is part of a series about our Cross Country Roadtrip. To see all the previous posts, click here.
 
Just like Joshua Tree, stopping at Petrified Forest was a spur of the moment stop. I am so glad we stopped here! This was my favorite national park, probably because I had zero expectations. It was just stunningly beautiful here!


The first section that we drove through was the Painted Desert. We went up a small hill and then the road curved around and we saw the Flattops. Each layer of the Flattop is a different color. Each color was caused by the erosion of softer mineral deposits from beneath a harder and more erosion-resistant layer of sandstone. Each layer is from a different period of time.



This is the Blue Mesa section.



Next we headed in the petrified forest area. Our first stop was Agate Bridge. Some 225 million years ago, numerous tall trees washed into the floodplain, where a mix of silt, mud and volcanic ashes buried the logs. The sediment cut off oxygen and slowed the logs decay. Silica-laden groundwater seeped through the logs and replaced the original wood tissues with silica deposits.
Eventually the silica crystallized into quartz, and the logs were preserved as petrified wood. Later, centuries of scouring floodwaters washed out the arroyo beneath this 110-foot long petrified log and formed a natural bridge. The petrified log, harder than the sandstone around it, resisted erosion and remained suspended as the softer rock beneath it washed away.
  
The concrete support was added in 1910. There was a sign that said the support will eventually give way.

All those tiny dots are petrified logs.


This formation is called Newspaper Rock. The darker portions of the rock have over 650 petroglyphs.

This is the closest petrified log that I got to see. It was surprisingly more colorful than I expected.

We all loved this park, and I'm so glad we made this detour!
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