Last week I posted a survey just to get a better idea of who is reading and what types of posts you guys were interested in seeing. I plan on posting the results of the survey soon but one thing I kept seeing over and over was "more daily life!!!" It's kind of funny because essentially everything I post is daily life. My days are spent working on the blog, exploring my city, biking, and doing other activities I share here. The day after that was posted Jeff, Brandon and I spent the day together. I thought it would be kind of fun to share a more "daily life" approach to our adventures.

We started the day at an estate sale about an hour away from home. It was advertised as being packed full of mid century modern treasures. Needless to say, it was crowded. We grabbed a number, then headed over to Dunkin Donuts where I proceeded to fall flat on my butt. The floor was wet from all the snow. We arrived back at the estate sale right as our numbers were called but the home was so full it was hard to shop. That might just be my biggest estate sale pet peeve ever. It wasn't a big house, having thirty or so people squished in is rough. It wasn't all a bust though because I did find a plant stand. This plant stand, I have been hunting for it for years! It's going to look awesome when it actually has plants on it.
Since we weren't really on our turf we decided to make the best of the day and check out a few abandoned buildings in the area. Hilariously the local newspaper had shared a list of abandoned buildings slated to be demolished so we had a pretty nice little list at our disposal.

First stop was an abandoned church. Apparently after the church was used as such, it was used as a doctors office. I'm not really sure why there would still be a pulpit and a pew if it were a doctors office after a church but there was a doctor's table upstairs and I really like the story so lets go with it!
Next stop was a Mexican restaurant. We didn't go inside, just shot a bunch of exterior shots. I LOVE the giant cactus. Both the cactus and the sign had neon lights on them that have since begun to sag. It's incredible to see what happens to things we build after we leave them.
Some apartments above a bar.
Then there was the Polish-American club. I didn't take very many photos here but the ones I did take were some of my favorites of the day. This place was pretty awesome. The back room was amazing. It was full of papers, records and other miscellaneous items that gave so much history. It's like one day they just decided not to come back. I can't believe how many files and such were still there. There was even a registry of all the members. Beside some names that had been crossed out it said "deceased" and the date they died. I took a photo of it for myself but figured it was maybe a little too personal to share here.
Last stop of the day were some cottages. We were trying to locate another building when I spotted these and exclaimed "those look abandoned!!" Sure enough they were. There were maybe a dozen of them. They looked really neat from the outside but were actually pretty boring. Nothing left inside, just empty buildings. The most exciting find there was what was probably the grossest bathroom I have EVER seen. Just bird poop and bugs EVERYWHERE. So of course, I thought it was a good idea to take a selfie with Jeff.
Beside the cottages was a really old cemetery. There were only a few headstones standing but we quickly realized there were a whole bunch buried under the snow. Most of them were so worn you couldn't decipher a date.

I'm not 100% who would ever think it was an awesome idea to build cottages beside the cemetery like that but it definitely made for a fun find for me. Below is my favorite headstone I found. Out of all the cemeteries I've been to and the different things I've seen on headstones, I have never seen a girl like this. I love how spooky she looks. 
After that we headed home and of course, went our separate ways once back in Cleveland because none of us can ever wait to edit our photos.

And there's a pretty accurate look at a normal day with my friends.

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I didn't make a reading goal this year, I didn't want to put pressure on myself like that again. I didn't want it to turn into a number thing, ya know? But I recently plowed through three books... in three days. Hah! I forgot how awesome it feels to get lost in a book!
What I've been reading...
Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber

Well, let's get this over with. If you know anything about my reading habits, you know I LOVE Chuck Palahniuk. I've been a huge fan since the first book I read of his. I always buy and devour his new books each year. So you're probably expecting a glowing review... I don't have one for you. If it didn't have his name on it I wouldn't be able to tell at all this was one of his. It. is. awful. That's the only way to put it. With the release of his last few books fans have been jumping ship saying he just trying to shock readers. I didn't agree with that until this book. I so desperately want to give you some examples but honestly they're too raunchy. I would be embarrassed to share them and it takes a lot to make me feel awkward. I don't mind explicit sexual details in books, in fact I love them, but this book just crosses a line. I 100% would not recommend Beautiful You. It's nothing short of train wreck. Looking for a good read by Mr. Palahniuk? Try Rant instead.

I'm a little late jumping on the fan train for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children but I now see what all the fuss is about! I guess "teen fiction" is what kept me away... and that was dumb. This book is AMAZING. Easily in my top ten books. It's a quick read that is incredibly easy to get lost in. The story is enthralling and if that wasn't enough it includes real vintage photos that actually inspired the story. If you haven't read this already, you should probably get on that... right away!!

I think it was Alexandra that originally recommended The Good Nurse to me, and apparently she understands my taste in books! The Good Nurse is the true story of Charlie Cullen who was dubbed by the media as "The Angel of Death". He was a nurse who killed his patients, except they weren't mercy kills at all. He just enjoyed killing.  Charlie worked at nine different hospitals, eight of which he was only let go of for making "errors". That was the hospitals way of saving their own butts, they just turned a blind eye. It's a super interesting read and a slightly frightening one as well! I highly recommend The Good Nurse.
What have you been reading? I'm always looking for recommendations!

You can take a peek at all the other books I've blogged about under the "books" tag, and a list of my favorite books can be found here!

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16 : 365 An abandoned church found on a day spent exploring.
 17 : 365 Squid and my new plant stand that is doubling as a body part stand for now. The second photo is of some jealous puppy who can't stand not being the center of attention.
 18 : 365 Chuck Palahniuk's newest book. You can expect a book post this coming week.
 19 : 365 Jeff's birthday! We celebrated by eating at his favorite restaurant and then catching a view from up high. I barely took any photos because cold air, a super full belly, and running up one million stairs as fast as you can isn't a good mix. I spent most of my time up there trying not to puke, and being frustrated I didn't feel well. All I wanted was to shoot photos! My night photography has improved ten fold since the last time I was up there. Luckily, Jason took a bunch of photos and wrote a blog post which can be found here.
20 : 365 Every few 365 posts deserves some plant photos, aye?
 21 : 365 "Wanna take a photo of me juggling snowballs?" OF COURSE I do, Jeff!
22 : 365 Finally starting to hang things on my bulletin board.

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This vintage post office box mail cabinet is probably one of the coolest things ever. No idea what I would ever store in it but it sure is amazing looking. Merle's Vintage actually has an amazing selection of old container / storage things.
This desk is really slick looking but do you see the face?!
 (via: Habitables)
 Ah! Look at this pot holder!
(via: Modcloth)
A camera bag I certainly wouldn't mind adding to my collection.
 (via: Magus Leather)
 (via: Amelie Mancini)
This shirt and these jeans make one adorable outfit!
(via: Modcloth)
This marshmallow on a stick pencil and eraser is such an adorable idea.
(via: Animi Causa)
How adorable is this bowl!?
(via: Urban Outfitters)

Hope you have an awesome Friday!

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