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Most Awesome Six Months Ever // 4.24.12

Today I’m celebrating the most awesome week six months ever.  (I’mmm bbaaaccckkkkkk!)


sold our car // killer turkey fry for Thanksgiving // fell in love with web work at my new job // got jiggy with some networkin // spent Xmas in Pensacola // visited my homie Wes // worked with the awesome team at Are You a Human // my little bro moved back to Pensacola // Hand to Claw released their first album // spring break in the ATL // QUIT SMOKING // celebrated my niece’s 1st birthday // won some awards with Thrive.ly // a Michigan winter that DIDN’T suck // got a new job as an Experience Architect!!  // finished the semester // started disc golfing again // evening walks with my boo // going organic // staring down the light at the end of my MSI tunnel // much, much more that I can’t remember… which is why this should be a regular thing!

What awesomeness are you celebrating this week?

xo Em

Most Awesome 2 Months Ever // 11.13.11

Today I’m celebrating the most awesome week two months ever.  (Yeah, so I’ve been slackin on my gratitude posts, but it’s not because I ain’t feelin it!)

won a prize from Sillygrrl’s bday giveaway! // kickin ass and takin names at school // got a new FULL-TIME job // began residence at U-M’s startup incubator TechArb // spent some quality time with the fam // successfully re-branded a global campaign // spent several hours on the phone with my locked-up homie Wes // finally cleaned out both cars // rocked my niece to sleep // sold some shit on ebay // pulled off my first Bentley tea-time // Black Sabbath is back in the studio! // Hand to Claw’s inaugural album is nearing completion // bought some much-needed clothing // played in the leaves // got my snuggle on with the pup // much, much more that I can’t really remember

What awesomeness are you celebrating this week?

xo Em

Awesome Finds // 10.19.11

So the past few weeks have been CRAY-ZAY y’all. I’ve been missin out on all kinds of blog posts, and I haven’t had a most awesome week ever in over a month! But I did manage to find a few awesome things over the past couple of weeks that can tide you over until my next rant. Enjoy!

So, what do you think about these Bundlr link round-ups?

xo Em

Awesome Summer Adventures // Part 3

I’ve already told y’all about my trip to Chicago. And my trip to Cleveland. So all that’s left of my summer adventures are my trips to Baltimore and Pensacola. And since Pensacola is my home town, I don’t have a lot to share aside from the things I alluded to in my (sometimes) weekly gratitude post. If you don’t mind, I’m just gonna combine these two trips into one post or I’ll never get this series finished. So let’s do the damn thing.


Ahh, Baltimore. The land of crabcakes and more bars per capita than anywhere else in the union (not a scientific fact really, just my observation). This wasn’t officially my first trip there, but since I was like, 8 the last time I went, we’re gonna call this my first visit to B-More. Can ya dig it? The purpose of the trip was to visit Jeffrey’s old friends Luke and Jojo, who he hasn’t seen in nearly 15 years or something insane like that. They own an adorable little record shop in Hampden called Jojosouth and I highly recommend you visit if you’re ever in the area. I think they primarily deal in collectible and old-school stuff, but you can find some new releases, too. Ain’t it cute:




We spent most of our time kickin it in the shop and on the porch above the shop, but we did get to do a little touristin’ around in Hampden and Fell’s Point. Which reminds me… Fell’s Point, the oldest neighborhood in Baltimore–like, 1600’s old–has got to be the best pub crawl destination I have ever encountered. It is this neighborhood alone that has me thinkin that Baltimore has the most bars I’ve ever seen in one town. I think I stopped counting at 27 within a two-block radius. They really love their beer in Batimore, y’all.

Anyhoo, the hubs and I weren’t really in a pub crawl kind of mood, so we spent most of our touristin time wandering in and out of thrift shops. Check out some of the awesomeness we came across:

The original 3D!  Circa 1865.


Wax cylinder records.


The most bizarre painting I have ever seen.  I should host a caption contest for this one.


Overall, we had a FABULOUS time in Baltimore. Although, I think that was mostly due to the company we were keeping. Since y’all probably aren’t lucky enough to be friends with our friends, you can make up for it by visiting a few of the places we enjoyed while we were there, like the Annabel Lee Tavern, the Golden West Cafe, Holy Frijoles, and Atomic Books.



Like I said, Pensacola is my home town and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it there. Mostly for my people that are still there and the nostalgia that one’s hometown inevitably brings.  The beach helps, too.  I mean, could this be any more beautiful?

Pensacola Beach
CC BY-NC Flickr user theo0023


My trip mainly revolved around hanging out with my mommas and celebrating this girl’s 30th birthday:


and making a fool of myself in bars:



Long series short, I had a kick-ass summer what with all the traveling and all.  Not that I don’t love Ann Arbor, but sometimes a girl’s just gotta get away.

xo Em

Awesome Summer Adventures // Part 2

Hey y’all!  Remember that little post I did about my trip to Chicago this summer?  And remember how I kind of implied that there was more to come by naming it “Awesome Summer Adventures // Part 1“?  Well, since autumn is right around the corner, it might be about time to introduce the next episode.  So I’ma gone ahead and do that…


Yes, you read that right.  Cleveland.  Perhaps not the summer adventure you may have thought of when you read the title of this post.  In fact, Cleveland was not my idea of a summer adventure either.  But some old school friends of the hubs from Florida were gonna be there for a week or so and Jeffrey and I had a long weekend to spare, so off we went.  To Cleveland.  Horray.

As it turns out, Cleveland wasn’t nearly as desolately boring as the 5 hours of Ohio we usually drive through in order to get the hell out of Michigan.  It was green and lush, had a glorious breeze, and was home to some surprising swankiness.  In case you don’t remember your geography, Cleveland is lakefront property.  Actually, more like oceanfront property if you’ve never seen a great lake before.  As a Michigan resident, OF COURSE I’ve seen a great lake before.  But not one as vast, serene, and beautiful as this one.

Another really awesome thing about Cleveland is all of the charming little neighborhoods and old brick buildings.  I’m a sucker for old ass buildings.  Especially old ass brick buildings.  And boy, does Cleveland got em.  We dined in Little Italy (and overdosed on cannolis) and drove around the old downtown areas that have clearly been there since god was a boy.  Since the whole point of the trip was to spend some QT with Jeffrey’s friends, we even had some time to get some silly kodak moments with our buds.  FYI, this is generally what life is like in Ohio:


The absolute best part of our trip to Cleveland was our day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I must admit, when I first learned that it was in Cleveland I was like, “WTF! You mean to tell me that the world’s largest rock and roll museum is in some BFE town like Cleveland?  Cleveland, OHIO?!”  But y’all, for real.  Even if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the only reason you visit Cleveland, it will be worth every minute, every dime, every boring mile you spend driving through the state of Ohio.  (Sorry for all the anti-Ohio stuff… I am a Wolverine after all)

The one shitty thing about that place was this: NO CAMERAS ALLOWED.  Seriously.  Even cell phones.  But, being the outlaws that we are, we snuck a few.  Like this one:

Johnny Cash’s git-fiddle!

And this one:

Jimi Hendrix’s quilted outfit of awesomeness!

I think my favorite part of the museum was the special exhibit they had goin on entitled “Women Who Rock”.  Of course, all of bitchin ladies you’d expect were highlighted… Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, Kim Deal, Tina Turner, Madonna, Siouxie Sioux, Patty Smith, Janis Joplin, etc, etc.  I did have to do a major double take when I saw some imposters in there though.  Nelly Furtado?  Rhianna?  Are you KIDDING me?  I’m not saying they aren’t good at what they do.  I’m just sayin they ain’t worthy of the adoration true female rock and roll icons are.  At least they had the good sense to include my teen idol Kathleen Hanna in there:

Anyhow, it was fascinating to be within a mere 6 inches of rock and roll–nay, AMERICAN–history and I highly recommend a trip to anyone who can make the drive.  Chances are, Cleveland will surprise you just as much as it did me.

xo Em

PS – Oh yeah, and since I’ve never done more than get out of the car to pee in Ohio, I considered this a visit to a brand new state.  Which means, I crossed off #84 on my 101 in 1001 list.  Hells yeah.

Most Awesome Week Ever // 9.18.11

Today I’m celebrating the most awesome week ever.

It's fall y'all.

my niece is crawling! // Jeffrey is recording the new Hand to Claw album as we speak // quiet weekend with my pup // takin care of business // gettin out of my comfort zone // sharing my idea in the face of fear // mad pageviews // puppy tracks // taking the entrepreneurial leap // long talks with mom // the first fall days // looking forward to a visit to the cider mill // spending way too much $$ at whole foods // happy hot dogs // gettin blog love // switchin up my class schedule // receiving hand-written notes from customer service reps // sharing old school photos with the internet

What awesomeness are you celebrating this week?

xo Em

Awesome Eats // Crack Cake

Alright folks. I realize this may be a little dangerous, but I am going to give y’all the recipe to the birthday cake that Jeffrey and I enjoyed a couple of weeks ago.  I figured I would just nickname it Crack Cake, because well… yeah.  It’s formal name is “Butter Pecan Cake with Pecan Pie Filling, Coconut Pecan Icing, and a Chocolate Glaze”.  YEP.  THAT’S RIGHT.  Use that imagination for a second and pretend you are tasting those flavors right now.  Mmmmmmm.  It’s ridiculous.

Don’t like pecans?  Don’t like coconut?  Well, this here cake’s gonna change that.  Believe me when I say that there is NO WAY you cannot like this bitchin ass baked good.  I myself have never cared for pecans, pecan pie, butter pecan… none of it.  Some people would say that is pure insanity in itself.  But this pecan-laden sugar monster beat me into submission.  So I, dear friends, am here to pass that glorious experience on to you.

A disclaimer of sorts: we didn’t make this from scratch.  When we were concocting the recipe, we weren’t really sure if it was going to be as good as it seemed.  We didn’t want to waste a bunch of time baking with nothing to show for it, so we used pre-packaged cake and icing mix.  It was my birthday after all, and we had a damn romantic comedy to watch!  If you want to take this to the next level and bake it from scratch, GO FOR IT.  Just promise me you will report back.  So, without further adieu…

Crack Cake


1 package of butter pecan cake mix (we used Duncan Hines)
eggs, canola oil, & water as called for in the cake mix
1 prepared pie shell
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tub of coconut pecan icing (we used Duncan Hines)
1 bottle of chocolate glaze (again, Duncan Hines… they should be sponsoring this post damnit!)


  1. Prepare the cake mix as instructed on the box.  Make sure you make two layers… we did 9″ rounds.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Combine beaten eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, molasses, butter, flour, salt, and vanilla in a bowl.  One variation would be to add chopped pecans to this as well, but we didn’t since I don’t like pecans (or so I thought!).
  4. Pour mixture into the pie shell and bake for 30 minutes. The filling won’t be completely set at this point, but this is what you want.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Flop one of those cake layers out onto a plate and start scooping out the pie filling and piling it up on top.
  6. Once you have as much pie goo as you can get on this layer, flip your other cake layer over and put it on top.  The filling is going to ooze out of the sides… don’t worry, it will still be delicious.
  7. Pop open that tub of icing and get to town slappin that stuff on.  Whatever you d, make sure you use it all.
  8. Follow the directions to heat up the chocolate glaze and pour that stuff over the cake as you see fit.
  9. Try as you might to allow the cake to sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes before you dig in.  But if you can’t help yourself, that’s okay.
  10. Enjoy!


You’re welcome. :)

xo Em

Most Awesome Week Ever // 9.11.11

Today, I’m celebrating the most awesome week 2 weeks ever.

gckb tattoo

turning 31 // my new macbook pro!! // late nights on the porch, home-cooked meals, and lots o laughs with my BFF Jen // a new tattoo! // eatin a meat banana // the spectacle of full-contact jousting and watching our dude win // magic hat no. 9 // people watching at the ren fair // fresh corn chowder… mmmm // organizing my backpack for the first day of school // discovering the “campy b movies” section on netflix // larabars //napping with my puppy // singing songs with the hubs // kickin it with cousin Carolyn // coding // springing for omnifocus to keep me super organized // all my teams–LSU, FSU, Michigan–winning 2 weeks in a row

What awesomeness are you celebrating this week?

xo Emily