• learn how to use my sewing machine. sew a pleated ruffle. make a table cloth. make pillows. maybe a bedskirt? 
  • lose the lbs. and wear the polka-dot bikini.
  • paint the headboard in our bedroom or replace it. paint the kitchen cart. if the alamo sells, rejoice. if it doesn’t sell, finish painting it. (seriously).
  • visit at least one of the states on my list. 
  • simplify, simplify, simplify.
  • cook a new recipe each week. bake. meal plan. (so far, so good).
  • send birthday cards to arrive early.
  • write letters to my grandparents.
  • don’t buy things that i don’t really love and really need. edit, edit, edit what I do have. get rid of what i have and don’t love.
  • read books.
  • find a church.
  • have friends over to our apartment.
  • be patient with aaron. praise him out loud. laugh at the silly things he does out loud.
  • appreciate beauty, and make a point to talk about it.
  • learn how to use a camera and buy a dSLR. 
  • travel and explore.
  • celebrate being young and untethered. 
  • get a coffee table (or similar) that I love.
  • go on a proper vacation, even if it’s only for one day. 

Where to go, what to do- Atlanta edition

Illustration by Julia Rothman as seen on Design*Sponge Atlanta Guide

Hey friends,
I’m making my first-ever trip to Atlanta in the coming weeks, and I want to know some of your must-sees while there, specifically, your favorite areas to shop and places to grab a bit to eat.  My trip won’t be long, but I want to know the best places to see in the time I’m there. Anything I can’t miss? Let me know!

Update: Should I stay or should I go?

Remember last month when I told you we were considering downsizing from our two bedroom, two bath apartment into a studio carriage house?

Well, we decided to stay put.

Here is our half-chosen, half-destined explanation as to why we didn’t move in to the carriage house:

For months I’d been craigslisting carriage houses, and the same few kept reappearing. I made a note of the properties and the contact information of the realtors representing them, and Aaron called the realtor who represented three of the four properties. The realtor seemed very hesitant when Aaron told him there would be two tenants. Along with that, the realtor said there would be no guarantees of parking, internet and cable (unlike what the posts said), along with an astronomical pet deposit and monthly fee. Ultimately, the realtor flat-out told Aaron he was uncomfortable with two people living in such a small area, and he/the landlords did not want to rent to someone in February, when our lease would run out and we would be able to move.

After this conversation, it was incredibly clear that we weren’t supposed to move. All of the potential benefits of moving to a carriage house were squelched. We weren’t really fazed by it, to be honest. We knew that we had a very limited time period – one week – to make a decision about moving anywhere because of our plans travel the last two weeks in December.  We decided it would make more sense to stay put for now, and we are happy with our decision. The only thing we don’t like? A $40 increase in our monthly rent.

I would have really liked to move. I wanted to purge all of our belongings, save money, and move somewhere new. But as I’ve become a regular patron of our property’s fitness center, I’ve realized how much I enjoy not paying to do this. I also like not forwarding our mail, change-of-address forms and not hiring movers (because Aaron is in production I would have done all of the moving by myself hired strong men to move the furniture).
Though we’re not moving, my purging, organizing and selling furniture and other stuff is an ongoing to-do. I was re-watching my favey Flipping Out last night and Jeff’s top advice was to take 1/3 of all of your “stuff” and put it in storage; I plan to do just that starting this weekend, although I instead of putting it in storage, I plan to sell/donate it.

In the end, all’s well that ends well.

Linen Finney Military Hospital

I spent today on set at the former Linen Finney Military Hospital, now Southwestern State Hospital, in Thomasville, Ga. 

On my way to the hospital, I saw a historical marker sign and made a note to check it on my way back home. Aaron told me I needed to drive back to the barracks, which is where they were shooting. Naturally, I was confused, because I don’t know of many hospitals with barracks. What I didn’t know then was how old the hospital was and what it was originally built for. 

According to the Georgia Historical Society:

“Finney General Hospital , named in honor of Brigadier General John M.T. Finney, was authorized September 30, 1942, and dedicated June 16, 1943, on this site. Finney was one of sixty Army hospitals across the country built to care for sick and wounded World War II soldiers. Under Colonel Samuel M. Browne, Finney grew to two hundred buildings including hospital wards, a theater, gymnasium, chapel, bowling alley and barracks for German prisoners of war. Numerous celebrities visited to entertain patients and staff. Citizens of Thomas County provided support through the Grey Ladies Corps, plantation picnics, use of the YMCA, and lodging for soldiers’ families in private homes. Finney General closed December 15, 1945, having treated 23,055 WWII veterans.”

It was really cool to be in the very barracks Nazi POWs were held as a movie about that era was filmed. Serendipitously, the show needed barracks, and the cast got a location that actually was used for that purpose. 

I’m not sure if the buildings we were in were the actual barracks used for the Nazi POWs, but I think it is so cool. You can’t do much better as a production designer or producer to find a location that is actually built for the movie you’re shooting. The location is a working hospital, and it was a lovely campus, though the building the crew shot in is now used for storage. 

Aaron adjusting his ear piece and his walkie at lunch. 
Long hallway in the barrack.
Mottled sunlight on the set.
1AD taking a nap on set at lunch time.