Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bon Année 2017

Another year gone by! James and I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant last night and completed our New Year's "Year in Review". We loved looking back at our answers from last year, so we are thinking we've started a new tradition. Here is our 2016 year in review:

1. What was your favorite book you read this year?
J: The Story But barely, I didn't read very much this year...
B: The Neapolitan Series, Circle of Friends, and The Rules of Civility. I read a lot this year...

2. What was your favorite  movie/TV Show this year?
B: "Sing Street" and "La La Land", and "The People vs OJ Simpson"
J: "Sing Street" and "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Stranger Things"

B: Ooooh "Stranger things! Forgot about that one! Also, "The Crown" and "Poldark" were also great this year. And Drag-race Allstars! And "Happy Valley"! Ok, I'm done.

3. What was your favorite song/album this year?
B: "WALLS" Kings of Leon and Lemonade.  
J:  "The Greatest" and Sia's whole album.
B: BUT ALSO "Hands to Myself" 'cause we danced the crap out of that one.

J: It's your most listened to Spotify song this year!
B: I know! I laughed so hard when I saw that!

4. What was your favorite moment of this past year?
B: Beyonce concert (when she sang "Countdown"), holding Nolan for the first time, eating fresh oysters with you by the ocean in Seattle as the sun went down.
J: Seattle is a good one! My trip to LA in the summer was awesome, but also anytime we spend the whole day together, just the two of us.
B: ...I put Beyonce first. Is that bad?
J: No, just honest.

5. What was an unexpected challenge?
J: Let's say it at the same time on the count of three
B: haha, Okay!

J: 1...2...3

6. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
J: You and I spent more time with my brothers, which I really liked.
B: You and I focused a lot more on having meaningful, individual relationships with friends and family and it was just perfect! So im'ma keep doing that in 2017.

7. What was your single biggest time waster this past year?
J: Sleeping in too late. This is my second year saying this, so clearly I need to make a resolution.
B: Twitter. Twitter swallowed my brain this year, especially around the election. Never falling down that black hole again.

8. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
J: Learning. I taught myself a lot about creative stuff this year, oh and being creative! 
B: This is so weird but... going on long walks with Caesar. There is nothing better for me mentally or physically. And I kept it up through all the seasons! Turns out we live in an incredibly beautiful place. So maybe, taking time for myself was important this year? Now I feel selfish.

J: You're not selfish, you just really love long walks!

9. What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?
J: I learned how to love you better. I don't want to brag, but I think I am approaching peak husband.
B: Haha! I learned how to let things go and let what will be, be. (Mostly, does anyone ever completely learn this?) But I definitely worried less this year and just did what I needed to do for myself to be happy. 

J: That's so true, we both did a great job of keeping outside stuff from infiltrating our home/happiness.
B: Ooooh, infiltrating-- We protected the castle! The Perry fortress still stands!

10.  Create a motto for 2016:
J: Be yourself.
B: You're never going to go if you don't go now (in other words: stop procrastinating)
Family motto: Perry's: We get the job done.

I know a lot of us are happy the see the back of this year. It reminds me of the Zora Neale Hurston quote: "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." I think this may have been a question year. 

No matter how you feel about 2016, I hope this new year and fresh start bring you happiness-- happiness always. We have a great capacity for love, regardless of the darkness and fear, always find ways to let the light in. 

Because it's the time of year to say it: I am grateful to go through the hard stuff with James. He is my person. I am so beyond grateful to be loved and cared for the way he loves and cares for me. I am the luckiest.

Hope your new year is bright and happy and full of all the things you love best.


2017; I am coming for you. Happy New Year! 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Vacation Christmas Party 2016!

I made the photo prop with some flattened cardboard boxes 
(stuffed squirrel in the tree)
Cake by Catey Cakes!
Some laminated food markers I made!

Aubrey and Russell Stockings
Favorite Christmas Vacation quotes garland

I had so much fun with the Christmas party this year. Our single guy friends offered their house so we could have more space (our little home is not the greatest for big parties). I loved having a really specific theme to make some fun party gear, and let's just face it, a Griswold Christmas is so much fun.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

September/October/November Reads

 4/5 Stars
This is my second book by this author and she. is. good. at. mysteries. 
Especially with women.

Super fast read (short stories).
Life is so precious. 

This was a Goodreads recommendation, and I was a bit underwhelmed. I love this historical fiction medieval genre but this one just wasn't my cup of tea. However the name Joanna is so lovely (main character). 
This was recommended by my sis and she said "have you read this? This is your kinda book sisto"
And she was right. One of my favorites of this year. 
Historical, fascinating, entertaining? So good.

Monday, October 17, 2016


This is me.
Talking for 15 minutes about Halloween.
I am the worst.

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Late Summer & Early Fall

My favorite season has arrived. 
Last night there was a thunderstorm and it poured rain while we watched a spooky show and drank sweet & spicy tea with honey. The rain fell and a candle burned, and for me, that is heaven on earth. So today I took out all my pumpkins and put them around the house. 
Fall is here.

Sometimes I make posts like this just for me, 
I just love organizing and planning and celebrating.
So here are my picks for early fall!

1. "Basic Fall Witch" Mug: I want this. I am as basic as it comes. For example; boots, boot socks, pumpkin spice anything, the Target Halloween section, you name it. This mug speaks to me.

2. Books, The Witches and The Girls: two of my picks for the month! Will start as soon as I finish my last summer read.

3. Pumpkin Candle: #basic (I am usually not a big fan of Bath and Body works candles, they are too heavily perfumed for my liking. BUT this fall scent is so, so good. SO GOOD.)

4. Essie Nail Color in Angora Cardi: this is hands down my favorite nail color for September/November. It is truly the best. Looks like a cozy fall day and is currently on my nails. 

5. Dark Berry Lips: These are in right now. I saw TSwift wearing them so... And the consistency of Melted by Too Faced is the best.

6. Denim Jacket Season: I got a jacket like this at Target in spring because I knew, I just knew, it would be perfect for fall. And low and behold, here I am, wearing it daily.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The 7 Year Itch

7 Years married!

Did a little Q&A with James to celebrate!
I will forever be embarrassed by the amount that I laugh.
And my weird bra-line in this dress.

But maybe it's worth it so we can watch it in a few years 
and realize we had no idea what we were talking about?

And here are a bunch of weird pics I made for James.
You are welcome.

P.S. I am 100% the better driver

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hey blog, 
This is me rolling up to announce by birthday wish list.
It's officially a tradition now
 (done and done and done and done and done)

Dear Universe,

What follows is my 29th 
birthday wish list (in no particular order):


2. This sweatshirt

3. This and also this cook book

4. A lovely sea glass ring
5. OPI Nail Polish in "Lincoln Park After Dark" 
(cause October is coming)
My old one is on the brink of death

9. Tickets to Hamilton? Miracles can happen, right? 

10. to hang out with this guy

11. And, as always, world peace:

Happy birthday to meeeee!!
xoxox, b.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My Sister's Son

Dear Nolan,

The night before you were born I slept on the floor of your nursery. While the air-mattress slowly let out air, I thought about you. How you would sleep in this little room with the California Bear flag on the wall and books on the shelves. Books your mom and I read when we were little like you and books that she will read with you for the first time.

I'm so glad you waited 41 weeks to arrive. I think you get your flair for drama from me, no one likes making an entrance more than your aunt. Because you took your time, I got to see my big sis very pregnant, which was just the best thing (she was so mad at you for taking your sweet time). And I got to  be there while we waited in anticipation for you to make your debut. Someday I'll tell you how I ate Burmese food with your mom & dad while we waited for you. How your grandma and I went to see a movie, but couldn't pay attention because we kept checking our phones for updates on you.

By the way, it's never a good idea to see an arty art-house film (The Lobster) while you are anxiously awaiting something. Not even Colin Ferrell's good looks can distract you from those long scenes of ironic music and non-dialogue that is supposed to be thought-provoking. On a related note, don't watch art-house movies or westerns or A River Runs Through It, after a break-up. Just something I've learned along the way that I'm passing on to you. Only comedies or blockbuster's for at least 2 months. Trust me on this. I'm your aunt and I love you and I know these things.

The day you were born a song called "Selah" by Lauryn Hill was stuck in my head all day. The chorus repeats the line "and then he came". After you came a lot of people were waiting to hear the news so my phone and your grandma's phone were ringing like crazy. It reminded me of the bells of the village ringing all day and all night to celebrate the birth of a noble. It's our modern day equivalent of that medieval practice. The most beautiful thing about history, Nolan, is that you learn some things never really change.

I wanted to write you a letter so that you would know a little about the day you were born and how you changed all our lives. The first time I held you I couldn't believe how beautiful you were, you looked so much like your mom's baby picture that used to hang in our hallway. But my favorite moment of the day was seeing you make my sister a mom. She held you and kissed your forehead. She already loved you so much.

You were indescribably loved from the moment you came into the world and I hope you always know that.

Love you always, Aunt Brenna

P.S. As your aunt I promise to do the following things:
-always know the hippest presents to get you for your birthdays
-get you unlimited cotton candy and funnel cakes at street fairs
-support you if you decide you do not like shrimp (your parent's will not like this, but I got your back)
 -make sure you read The Once and Future King
-let you eat only the cheese off your pizza if you so choose
-when you are a teenager you can sleep-in as late as you want at my house
-I promise to teach you butterfly so you can impress the ladies
-if you decide to do athletics, I'll be at every game/meet
-if you decide sports aren't your thing, I'll be there too
-someday when you are the biggest cousin, and I ask you to babysit my babies, I will pay you so much money and get all your favorite snacks
-I promise to get you concert tickets to your favorite band for your 16th birthday
-when you go to your first school dance I will be there to see you off and keep your mom from making you take too many pictures
-when you are rebelling and your parent's are driving you crazy, I will roll my eyes and agree they're crazy, but then remind you of your mom's labor and how uncomfortable you made her for months and how much your parents love you
-I'll be this weird mix of someone just like your mom (same mannerisms, say things like "nip that in the bud", etc.) and someone different from her, it'll be weird for you, but great and familiar all at once
-and I promise to embarrass and love you endlessly until forever