Saturday, May 24, 2014

Congrats Nate!

Nate graduated from high school today, and we celebrated at Buca di Beppo following the ceremony.

I haven't gotten him a graduation gift yet, but my other brother and my sister are still waiting for their gifts from their respective graduations last year. I guess I better get on that!

Congratulations Nate, have an awesome time at Dominican!

Late Night Rambles

As I'm sitting in front of my computer waiting for my nails to dry before I can go to sleep, I thought I'd write a blog post and share some randomness to kick start the weekend!

Lauren and I will be moving soon, so in preparation we said goodbye to our container garden for the time being. We'll be moving in with her mom for the next few months, so Leti is baby-sitting our plants until we make the official move. We still have full access to our little garden, but currently I'm only able to see the tiny plants about once a week. I guess that's better than never being able to see them again though, and I know they'll be in good hands.

Tomorrow my youngest brother, Nate, is graduating from high school...hence the waiting for my nails to dry.

I just finished reading "Lucky"; it's probably one of the best books I've read recently. Two other books that I recently read and loved are "The Interestings" and "The Fault in Our Stars". I will definitely be seeing the latter once it comes out in theaters.

I bought a Fit Bit about a week ago and have been using it to track my daily steps since. I'm amazed at how little I walk during a regular day. It's been pretty hard to find the time to get in 10,000 steps...I MUST make this a priority for now on!

I love the idea of the Less Stress Project. One of my biggest downfalls and attributes that I want to work on is my stress level. Sometimes the smallest things in life get me so worked up and make me so anxious. I want to turn my stress and anxiety into productivity so that I can get more things done during the day and appreciate all of the little things in my life.

Since January 1, I've been keeping up with my version of Project 365. I plan to share more about the entirety of my personal take on the concept later, but I've been diligently taking a picture everyday, so much so that's it's basically become second nature to me.

I want to get back into sewing mode and sew more clothes for myself. I have piles of fabric and old clothes that are dying to be made into something pretty. Thank you for all the inspiration, Me-Made-May!

Well now that my nails are just about dry, I guess it's time to go to bed so that I can wake up early and watch my brother graduate!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Container Garden Update

I recently shared a picture of the first little baby tomato! It's still very green, but very exciting nonetheless.

So, I thought I'd share and show how the rest of our container garden is doing. I watched a handful of Youtube videos about planting and harvesting the other day, and now I'm even more obsessed with our tiny garden. I also apologize in advance for all of the pictures; I'm sorry I'm not sorry!

As I mentioned before, the tomato plant is growing super tall and wide. After I spotted the first little tomato, I spent the next several weeks looking for more tomato buds compulsively. There's currently over a dozen little green tomatoes now! We also finally added a cage...better late than never. Look how big the first little green tomato is now!

The zucchini plant is getting huge. Flowers are beginning to grow, but they haven't bloomed yet.

Both cucumber plants have grown since being planted, and the Japanese cucumber plant just started showing signs of real cucumbers! We also just added cages, don't worry.

The strawberry plant has about a dozen flowers with teeny tiny strawberry buds. They started off green, but now they look brown...I hope that's supposed to happen. There are two larger red strawberries that I'm pretty certain have stopped growing. I'm thinking they're ready to be picked?

We've already used some basil in several different meals, and it tastes excellent! I must admit though, I didn't know the correct way to harvest the basil at first. I just picked off the biggest leaves, no matter where they were on the plant. After watching some videos, I learned that you have to look at a basil plant in layers. When you go to harvest the herb, simply break the entire top layer of leaves off.

The flower seeds that Lauren planted are looking good too. Now it looks like more than just a pot filled with soil. Hopefully the green shoots turn into pretty flowers soon instead of looking like a bowl of weeds.

I'm seriously in love with admiring our plants. Every morning before we leave for work, Lauren and I look at their growth, and I drool over their changes. I'll definitely be sharing further updates on our container garden as more growth ensues.