Weekend work

You guys- I got a TON accomplished this weekend.  So I have lots to share with you!!  First off- I finally got the office whipped into shape.  This has been on my to-do list for awhile now, and I’ve been dragging my feet about it because I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted it to look.  I was also trying to use what I already had as much as possible, so I really needed to spend some time thinking about it before trying to put it together.  Plus I have a nursery to decorate which is way more fun!  But I finally tackled the office on Saturday and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.  There’s a couple more things I need to add in there, so it’s not 100% finished, but I couldn’t wait to share.  First, a couple photos of how it used to look:

This was the view as you walked into the room from the kitchen

And this is the view as seen from the bathroom attached to this room

Blah blah and more blah- and I hated the paint color from the minute I put it on the wall.  It has always read purple instead of blue (although it photographs blue) and it just never seemed right.  Took me almost two years to paint over it, but it’s finally a different color!!

Here’s the new view as you walk into the room from the kitchen

 Ahhhhh- so much better already.  As you can see, the desk and couch got new spots (and the cat LOVES the new placement of the couch).  I got a new desk chair (it’s this one from Ikea) and put up different curtains (these ones in 95″ length from Target).  I took down the metal blinds that came with the house and am planning to put up roman shades in their place.

This is the view from the couch- the door leads to the adjoining bathroom.  The bookshelf holds my knitting stash.  The ribbons on the wall (held up by these hooks from Ikea) are all of Ellie’s ribbons that she’s won from agility trials in the last year.  Together they make up her first AKC agility title (in novice standard)- I have the certificate for it, I just need to frame it and then it’ll go above the ribbons.
The ribbons that are still on the bookshelf are for her other novice agility title- she’s got to get one more qualifying score in order to earn her novice jumper’s title and then those ribbons can go up too.

I think my favorite part of the whole room is the gallery wall- I thought long and hard about this wall and am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I already had everything on hand, which is why the frames are all mis-matched, but I think it works.  Almost everything on the wall relates to my time spent in the Bering Sea- two of the photos are of the ship I was on (USCGC Healy, the canvas on the top left is me in front of the ship on the ice), the other canvas is of a snowy owl that spent some time on our ship, the two white frames have photos of sunsets on the Bering Sea, and the two large black frames have my diplomas in them. 

A couple close ups of two of my favorite ones- this is a patch I got while on the Healy that I stuck in a frame I already had.

This guy is a sea star that we found while working in the Bering Sea- it lives in the mud and feeds on animals that also live in the mud- we pulled it off the bottom with some of our samples and then dried it out (sacrificed in the name of science, right?) It came home to live with me, and was in a plastic jar on my desk but I thought it’d be more fun to have it on the wall, so I stuck some fabric in a frame and then hot glued him to the fabric.

That concludes my little office tour- I hope you like it as much as I do!!  Amber approves (which is all that really matters, right??)

Meet the Davenports!

Happy Monday everyone!  I for one am glad this day is almost over- work things made it a rough start to the week, but I made it through.

So I have yet to properly introduce myself and the rest of my family, even though you’ve seen some of us appear a few times on the blog.  Without further adieu, meet the Davenports:

Photo by Maggie Fan Photography

From left to right we have:  Kirby, Tim, Jackson, Ellie and myself (Emily).  We also have two kitties, Amber and Tweaker (yeah, weird name I know.  Trust me, it fits her!).  Here they are in my car on our drive across the country (Amber’s on the left, Tweaker on the right):

Let’s see- I’ll give you a quick crash course.  Tim and I met in Washington (state, not district!) in 2003 while I was an undergrad.  We got married in 2006 and moved to Georgia in 2009 from Washington.  We bought our house in 2010.

Jackson is the oldest “child” at 12 years- he’ll be 13 in 2012.  Tim has had Jackson since he was a baby.  He’s kind of a high maintenance dog, but we love him anyway.  He’s extremely thunder phobic, which we didn’t discover until we moved somewhere that actually had thunder.  He’s chewed through chain link and plywood and is now 7 teeth lighter than when we moved here- life is very exciting having him around.  He still loves life though and we joke that he’s going to live forever. 

Amber and Tweaker are sisters and are 8 years old this year.  Tim got them when we were dating- I like to say I married into having pets, since all I had were fish when we first met.  Not that I mind!  These ladies are super sweet and more like dogs than cats.

Ellie is 2 and the spoiled brat of the family- she’s very sweet but stubborn.  She’s a pound dog- we got her when she was 5 weeks old from our local pound.  She’s also what they call a “Georgia black dog”- a black, mixed breed dog.  That’s typically the most common dog to find at the pound and also the least likely to be adopted.  She and I do agility together, although lately her stubbornness has gotten in the way so we’re taking a break from that right now- she’d much rather prefer to play ball in our back yard anyway!  Here’s a fun action shot of her though, when she wants to behave for me! 

Photo by Maggie Fan Photography

Kirby is the youngest and newest member of our family- we adopted him in June of this year.  He’s 1 years old and was an owner surrender at our pound- when animal control went to pick him up, they found his brother dead in a crate.  So sad!!  We think Kirby has spent the majority of his life in a crate, but this doesn’t seem to get him down in any way.  He is the happiest, friendliest dog I have ever met.  And he has energy to spare.  We just got him started in agility so hopefully he can focus some of that energy!  My favorite part about him is his tail- it looks like a pom-pom and we joke that he carries his own personal cheerleading squad with him wherever he goes:

Kirby on the deck, prior to staining it!

Along the way we lost a family member- actually on the drive from Washington to Georgia.  Ty was 8 and Tim also got him as a puppy, when Jackson was 2.  We’re not 100% certain what he had, but he got sick suddenly right before our move, and by the time we hit Texas we knew we had to put him down.  I like to think a little part of him lives in Ellie and Kirby- I can definitely see his spirit in both of them.  We still miss him like crazy- 8 is too young!!

That completes my family- I hope you enjoyed “meeting” everyone.  One day hopefully we’ll add a non-furry child to that list!

What about you- do you have any fur-kids?  non-fur kids?