December 2016 - The Dainty Squid
animals and nature

on the cutting room floor

Saturday, December 31, 2016

One of my favorite photos of Klaus. He looks so happy, and like he has a cigar!

I've been spending some time going to through my draft posts these last few nights. With all my things in boxes, the anxiety of this big move, and just the chaos of it all I have not been motivated to write or take any photos. I have so many things I want to blog about but I can barely concentrate at all. I'm very excited to get back on track. To set up my new office, and create a space that inspires me! Just one more night here in my apartment with blue walls. One more night of living alone (eeek!)

Anyway, while cleaning out my drafts I found this post full of black and white photos from back in July. Jeff, Jason, and I had spent the night out at my parents in our hammocks, just to relax and escape the city for a little bit. More photos from that day here. I took so many photos that weekend! I know I've talked a bit in the past about how black and white photos are kind of a challenge for me, like I feel I need to be more colorful. More about that in this post from last summer. But I just loved these photos in b+w so much! They've seen sitting in this post, waiting for words to be added, since the second I edited them.

I wanted to finally hit publish on this post so that it'd be in my archives for me to stumble upon months or even years later and smile about. These photos feel like summer to me. They feel like happiness. I'd been trying to convince my friends to come out to my parents with me for so long. My parents are super cool, their property is to die for, and I wanted to show my friends where I came from. I love the city, and I can't imagine living anywhere else right now but there will always be a part of me that just loves to play in the pond and get dirty. A part of me that wants to catch crayfish, and flip over rocks to look for salamanders. It's who I am, and I really enjoyed showing Jason that part of my life. As silly as it sounds, these photos make me feel sentimental. I can't wait to do it again next summer.

My dad's motorcycle that he built all by himself... because he's a badass.

Hope y'all have a safe + fun New Years Eve. Jeff is shooting a wedding so I'm sending evening with my Kindle and the critters trying not to stress over last minute moving stuff. Cross your fingers everything goes smoothly tomorrow!

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #396

Friday, December 30, 2016

This coat is mighty expensive but it has cat shaped pockets! Duuude!
(via: Modcloth)
I absolutely love Ben Constantine's style. I would be soooo stoked to have a portrait of me and my critters done by him. I've been thinking for a while now how much I'd love to start a collection of portraits by a bunch of different artists of me and the animals but that could end up being a very, very expensive collection... but it'd be rad!
 (via: Plump Oyster)
For a limited time, Brit+Co is offering some of their amazing online classes for FREE! You can find the ones offered for free here, but seriously, don't stop there. Their whole catalog of courses is super tempting!
(via: Brit+Co)
THIS BRA, y'all!
 (via: Elphin Lingerie)
Build your own stag beetle!
 (via: AssembliShop)
This lapel pin, while quite obviously not everyone's taste, is pretty darn rad!
 (via: Little Wounds)
What an adorable phone case
 (via: Giant Sparrows)
See that lamp? I am OBSESSED with that lamp. I oogle it every time I walk into Target. It's just so pretty!
(via: Target)
Look at these nail decals!!
 (via: Tattify)
Until the 3rd Modcloth is having a big sale on their sale items aaaand my all time favorite shorts are seriously seriously seriously marked down. Originally $39.99 but with the coupon code they're only $8.39! You should probably buy at least two pairs.
(via: Modcloth)

Link love...
Always a fan of a pair of good lookin' strappy black flats!
Since discovering them many years ago, there hasn't been a period of time where I didn't have cute decals on my keyboard. It's about time for an upgrade. I kinda dig these ones, not crazy about the space bar though. And this pink set is super cute. Mixed Decal actually has a huge selection of awesome sets!
How cute is this little skull ring?!
On the subject of kind of weird but cute jewelry - this fly necklace!
Send help! I'm oversized cardigan obsessed.

Happy Friday!!
Ps. For more fun finds check out my Everyday Favorites!  

daily life

This year I...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

kept the same hair color for nearly the whole year + didn't chop it all off when it started to get long!

built a couple forts, played with trash, collected beach glass, and stacked rocks along the shores of Lake Erie.

then, the next month, I had a big feature in another magazine! check it out here!

finally saw a real headstone with a skull and crossbones on it!
yeah, my bucket list is a little strange...

got glasses!
 (...and then another pair, and another and somehow ended up with a small collection!)

 started geocaching + found lots of neat places along the way.

put cicadas on my cicacda because yo dawg, i like cicadas.
aka watched 17-year cicadas emerge with great excitement.

 celebrated two years with my favorite human + got an apartment together...
that we still haven't moved into.

turned twenty-six and honestly had the best birthday party ever.

 hunted down waterfalls all over Ohio.

took more road trips than ever before and discovered tons of hidden gems along the way.

grew a ton of plants then gave nearly all of them away except for my absolute favorites.

created a hashtag for my cat and his stupid faces. 
these ridiculous photos never fair to cheer me up.

crushed on the ocean...

... and the desert. 

discovered that I love coffee.
like REALLY REALLY love coffee.

and found lots of little things to smile about.

And oh so much more!

For the past few years I've been doing a "This year I..." post. See 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 + 2015. If you do a "This year I..." post, leave a link in the comments. I'd love to check it out. 


10 favorite abandoned spots of 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Although I didn't go inside, this was one of my favorite exteriors. Don't try to deny the fact it looks like a puppy!

The past two years I've made lists of my favorite abandoned places I visited over the course of the year. Despite the fact this year's numbers are low, I think I actually only blogged about just over ten spots, I still wanted to make this list. Because I really love making lists, and because a lot of the places I explored this year hold some sort of special value to me. From the Knox County Poorhouse where I showed up on demolition day by accident but ended up getting a personal tour from the owner to the Rubber Bowl where my mom had seen the Rolling Stones many years before or Two Guns which I consider "our spot" since Jeff and I have such fun memories there. My numbers weren't huge but the adventures were great.

abandoned trailer, theres always a chair


abandoned, camp building

abandoned, akron, rubber bowl

abandoned building, Cleveland, sunset

Bonus spot - not abandoned at all but it still kind of fits in the same category. This was one of my favorite nights, and I'm still excited about those photos.

Hopefully 2017 will include more abandoned buildings. I certainly miss it. Here's to another year of great adventures!

Check out previous year's favorite abandoned places here - 2014 + 2015.
You can find the rest of my posts on abandoned places under the "abandoned" tag. 

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