Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Review

The holidays are a mixed bag of emotions filled with some high highs and low lows. On one hand you have time to catch up with friends who are back in town, on the other, you have your family. I like to try to focus on the positive, but during the holiday season, I have to try a little harder. Luckily, having great people and places around you helps with that. Plus, I'm getting super excited decorating my house with garland and a live tree. 

In Rapture ((Week of Nov 30))

  • Here's hoping your holiday weekend was fun and without incident. The silver lining to the dreaded family hang time is of course the family you chose is waiting at a bar for you. The holidays tend to be a very social and anxiety inducing time, which is pretty well summed up by these daily awards
Anxiety Awards
  • Welp, I just bought a bunch of these patterns in my annual attempt to make homemade presents for all of my loved ones. 
  • Earthenjoy, the moniker of local artist Joy has been really making a name for itself here in Omaha lately. The world seems to be in love with ceramics as of late, and I'm not mad about it. 
Map Illustrations by Ed Fairburn

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Morning Meditation

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Week in Review

There was a vigil to support safe and welcoming homes for refugees in my neighborhood this week. Over 300 people showed up to advocate allowing Syrian refugees in our state, to the dismay of our lovely governor. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my neighborhood? I feel like I picked the exact right spot for me because this isn't just a neighborhood with a long history, its a neighborhood whose residents fight to keep its diversity and authenticity intact. 

I love my neighbor's tree. I was really surprised how long it held onto those red, red leaves.

Jones Bros cupcakes for a co-worker's birthday.

Didn't we have lovely weather the first part of the week? Again, doting my neighborhood, I absolutely love this view of the Woodman and First National Bank building downtown. 

And a good sunset. You should all know by now what a sucker I am for a good sunset.

I've always been a fan of the neon on Leavenworth.

Bebop is fearfully excited about our long weekend.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Omaha Sunday Bee

The house I bought was built in 1905. When I recently had some insulation installed, the crew found a newspaper in my attic from 1906. We were all really impressed with the condition of the paper considering it had just been hanging out in my attic, you know, for over 100 years. 

Carefully flipping through the issue, it's really something to read what life was like then. Worker conditions, the travels of William Jennings Bryan, children's Victorian dresses on sale for $.25, a celebration at Krug Park, all of it points to Omaha's rich history. 

In reading about The Omaha Bee founder Edward Rosewater, he certainly had a lot of ideas about how life in Omaha should be. Even the title of the publication was a joke - the Bee would provide honey, but with a sting.  Rosewater's influence in Omaha can still be seen through the beautiful school (that has been closed since the 80's and converted into apartments) which bears his name. Rosewater was elected a legislator in Omaha and sponsored the bill to form our Omaha School Board. 

If you're interested in reading more about the Omaha Bee, you can actually browse the issues here!

Also, if you're interested in the odd past that is Mother's Friend - look no further. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Labor Day Photos on Thanksgiving

I know, I know, it's Thanksgiving, so what am I doing sharing some photos from my Labor Day trip to MN? I don't' really have a good answer for that. What I do know is 1) I miss summer already and 2) I'd definitely like to go back and eat at Hickory Park as soon as possible.