Thursday, April 20, 2017

Drunk Crafts Are the Best Crafts

I've done it once, I've done it a million times. That favorite, timeless hobby of mine took up a recent Saturday afternoon of mine, and I now have a masterpiece to remind of me of it every day. That hobby... is drunk crafting.

Main stream, classy people might call it Painting With a Twist. If you do it right it's still drunk crafting.

Anyway, my friend Kayley asked me to hang out and a painting class in the city was only $35 for a two hour session with a pretty awesome teacher. She told me we would be painting City Hall at dusk. I quickly showered, grabbed a bottle of wine, and got my butt in an Uber.

Pro tip: always have a bottle of wine in your fridge for spur of the moments occasions such as this.
If you're feeling extra, bring a double bottle (or two, like the people next to me. respect.)

When we arrived they appointed us a 'blank' canvas that we would be painting.

I say blank but they give you a pretty basic outline to follow. Thank god, there's NO way I would have been able to do it without...again, mostly because I was tipsy.

Oh, another tidbit: I dressed cute, assuming we would take pictures with our masterpieces and then go for drinks after. BUT. You are painting. Drunk.With paint. That stains. Poor decision making on my part. Wear something you won't mind getting paint on - your smock only helps when you're sober.

As we were painting our instructor was blasting a banging playlist that we jammed to - this definitely makes it more fun. She told us if you're not having fun while you make your painting then you'll look at it won't like it. And boy is that true.

I had a freaking blast, even though my architecture is a little squiggly (I have shaky hands). Oh and yes, your building will look very penis-like for the majority of the class. Feel free to laugh at it from time to time.

If you ever feel like you need a confidence boost, take one of these classes!! Seriously. At the end everyone looks at each others' paintings and you're flooded with compliments (even if you think it looks like crap).

I think it was the best idea to do it early in the afternoon too since we got to bounce around to different restaurants afterward for cocktail hour. I'll flood you with the food porn now:

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I can't wait to take another class and get my drunk craft on, and I encourage you to grab some wine and craft too. Even if it doesn't turn out to be pinterest worthy it's still a hoot and a half.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I Rescued a Pup!!!

I finally have a baby pup of my own! We welcomed home little Maggie girl on Saturday and it's ridiculous how much I love her already.

Can you even stand the cuteness? She's a 2 month old lab/terrier mix so we're not sure how big she'll get, but she has pretty tiny paws. And a little terrier mustache haha

She loves playing with the fuzzy bunny I got her. She'll grab it and come plop down in my lap to play with it and I melt. Yesterday she fell asleep spooning it.

And we snuggled all weekend long. After lots of playing and biting my toes she'll come over and fall asleep on my chest. Early Sunday morning Patrick and I snuggled with her on the couch and it was absolute heaven! She gives the best pup kisses in the world!

Also my Instagram is about to be flooded with puppy pictures, go check them out


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Challenging Myself

My mind is always racing, I'm always planning, creating scenarios in my head - I'm a planner. Every single day I ask myself why I don't blog more - probably because my life isn't as exciting as other bloggers - I don't travel often, I work a desk job. But I'm challenging myself to write at least 3 times a week. I love it, why not? Maybe I don't always have picture perfect moments in life

 But having a little virtual diary I can always look back on makes me happy.

Here are other things that are making me happy lately:

Patrick time. Any time I can get it - it makes my heart so happy and my face light up, especially after a long day.  Making fondue, picking a show and snuggling on the couch. Talking, not talking. staying up late or going to bed at 9:30 - they're both my favorite.

Texting my gram as much as I can (hell yes she's awesome with a smartphone)

Receiving Cards

This is Us - yes I got sucked in and I don't regret it for a second

Blanket Burritos

Pay Day - on a slow day I literally looked up gifs of baby otters. So yeah, I'd say I earned it

Wearing leggings as pants. You do it too, we all do.

If you made it to the end of this rant, thanks! I hope you stick around

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Random Kiera Facts

Welcome! If you're new here,

I've been thinking that a lot of you out there on the interwebs don't really know me that well (my bad, I don't post enough. I only slightly blame you). I feel like an 'About Me' section shouldn't get too long or specific, so that brings us here. I want to share some random quirks about me that you wouldn't necessarily know unless I spell them out. Plus I really love reading get-to-know-me-type posts. Off we go!

To state the obvious, my name is Kiera - that's the Irish spelling of the name, according to legend (my mom). I'm Irish, Polish, and Ukrainian. Yes, I love pierogi and know how to make them *humble brag*

I was a vegetarian for four years, mostly during college. Actually I ate fish, so pescetarian. My family of meat and potato eaters were not happy. But fear not, I'm happily back on the meat bandwagon! (sorry that sounded dirty) Although I've never been a big red meat fan so I tend to stay away.

I'm the sleepiest person I know - I think I sleep as much as a newborn baby, given the time to do so. I can pretty much fall asleep anywhere, including a bus going to Sorrento:

When I worked part-time, I would nap almost every day. I love snuggling into my comforter and it puts me to sleep around 9 every night. I'm embarrassing I KNOW, let's move on.

It's very rare that you'll see me with perfectly manicured nails. I pick off the polish 1-2 days after painting them myself, but I'll give it a solid week if I pay someone to paint them. Once the first chip appears, they don't stand a chance.

I own far too many workout clothes for someone who gets winded walking up the stairs. I love working out, but lately by the time I get home from work I'm too tired to get to the gym. I'm really good about it on the weekends though! This morning I even made it to a spin class BEFORE work - this is an extremely rare occurrence. 

I'm lactose intolerant but at least once a week Patrick and I have a wine and cheese night - the thought of them gets me through the workday.

I studied abroad in Rome in summer 2013, ate a ton of pizza and gelato, and went to an Italian hospital for stomach pains. Lactose is no joke. Aside from that part it was one of my favorite memories.

My final quirk is pretty well-known, but in case you don't: I'm terrified of E.T. My mom once got an E.T. doll from Universal Studios and put it in my suitcase without my knowing. I cried when I discovered it. I was in 8th grade...

Hopefully I can share some more nuances about my life with you, I mean if you're into that sorta thing. Let me know!