Category Archives: Celebrations

A collection of all the little parties and causes for celebration.

Sunday Afternoon Coffee [sixty-three]

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If we were having coffee, or tea, this afternoon we would talk about how excited I am to go down to Austin in a couple weeks for one of my very favorite person’s (who also happens to be my cousin), birthdays. She put up a Facebook invite and I declined, but then couldn’t resist looking at flights. Shockingly, I was able to find really cheap tickets, for getting out of BZN anyway. So I’m going on a weekend trip while TSME does whatever he does when I’m gone.
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If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you how proud I am of another bad-ass cousin of mine, Laura, who just published a major paper on her research on Neanderthals. And she did this one month after having a baby. Did I mention how bad ass my female cousins are? I swear, Weyrich women are gonna rule the world.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you how proud I am of the OAC for turning one year old this month. While I am not as involved with the organization as I was with AFH in the past, I truly love what they are doing and am helping them build as much as I can right now. They are going to do amazing things. Just watch.

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Complements of a friends Instagram

If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would probably discuss women in architecture. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Whether it was naivety or not, I don’t think I realized how male dominate the field was and this article is great at quickly explaining some of the imbalances in architecture so much better than I can. Have I had the same experiences as most described here? Yes, from harassment to feeling that I would think about scheduling a “good” time to have a kid that would have the smallest impact on my career. It’s disheartening to realize that there is a good chance someone who is my equal but male is making 23% more than me. That’s well over $10,000 a year. That’s crazy. And while I realize life does not have to be fair. Most of these are simple things that really should be and are not that crazy to balance and make fair.

And one more heavyish read for you if you think your up for it. I like the last line and I feel the same way, I know I’m not perfect but I’m trying. “I’m really confident that I do less damage to people of color than I used to do,” she says. “That is what I can say to you. I do less damage than I used to.”

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If we were having coffee this afternoon and it was getting later, I would say let’s go get one of my new favorite drinks: A Chocolate Manhattan. Just add orange liquor.

 

 

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Domestic Dispute Retreat [Bozeman Office Bonding Experience]

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Last spring, our office was getting pretty tense. We decided we needed to “air our grievances” and “do some bonding.” Or something like that. So we went to  cabin at an undisclosed location near Pony, Montana, former home of the Duck Races, for our Domestic Dispute Retreat. At least that’s the story we told the bosses.

The cabin is one of my coworkers little hideaways and it was effing adorable and perfect. The location is up a dirt road along a little creek. There is no internet and terrible, if any, cell service. No one is anywhere near you. There is a main cabin with a kitchen, living room and bathroom and then three sleeper cabins down a little boardwalk.

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Look at that stove! And the farm sink!
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Required fireplace
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And that bath!
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Sleeping Cabins

We had ribs that were being smoked with a secret recipe, lots of booze and bobcat cornhole. And that was basically what we did all afternoon until dinner was ready. I did whip up a quick Raspberry – Rhubarb Tart for dessert.
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Note a hydroflask is an excellent rolling pin in a pinch
After dinner we headed down to the famous Pony Bar for a few drinks and pool. We stopped by the horse on the hill for a required team building exercise: getting J on the horse and in the correct photo position.
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Once we made our way back to the cabin, the guys stayed up playing poker and the girls crashed. The next morning our host made an amazing egg bake thing in a dutch oven over a camp fire before we all headed home with our hang overs. All grievances cleared and ready to head back to the office on Monday, until the snow clears this spring…
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Sunday Afternoon Coffee [fifty-nine]

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If we were having coffee, it would be along time coming. I have been so busy. Doing what? I’m not entirely sure. I seem to go to bed earlier and earlier and there have been a lot of weekend adventures. A lot of cross country skiing to tell you about. A lot of work to not bore you with. And a lot of other random stuff. My mom was checking facebook to make sure I was still alive because I had not called home in so long. So let’s catch up a bit and enjoy a huge cup of coffee.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you about the Cat- Griz basketball game. I was skiing earlier in the day, otherwise I would have wanted to go see the women’s game in the afternoon. We made it back for the men’s game in the evening. I don’t think I have been to a game since I was a freshman in college, and I’m not sure I even went to one then. It was a pretty good game up until the last quarter when they let the Griz win. At least I have cool friends to watch the game with.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you to read this quick, funny story about bouncing back forth between New York and Los Angeles. I too imploded somewhere in the middle.

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And speaking of New York, The Sexy Master Electrician got me a great book for Valentine’s Day. I have been following the instagram feed for a while now. I found pink Himalayan Sea Salt shot glasses for his tequila.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you that I finally saw Michael Keaton. Apparently he is around town rather frequently, though I now know I wouldn’t have been to pick him out if I had bumped right into him. I went to a Bozeman Film Society film, (one of my favorite things), to see Spotlight. He introduced the film. I didn’t even know he was in it. It is an amazing film. It made me want to go back and read the articles. I was a silly high school senior at the time, I only vaguely remember it happening. I highly recommend it. Your head will be spinning.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I have some friends who are on a cornhole league. On Tuesdays, all the teams meet in a “ballroom” above the Eagles Bar and play a few games of corn hole each on the 10 courts. One of them was gone a couple weeks ago, so a couple of us subbed for her. It was pretty entertaining to watch people take so seriously. And I proved that I suck at tossing beanbags.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am also not hot at bowling. But I had some great tights on while I was doing it. Dusty set up a bowling night on Galactic Bowling night. He had seen my crazy tights I was given for Christmas and the night was themed the 80’s. My tights did not carry my game, but my first bowl was a strike. It went down hill from there. At least I did better than TSME.

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If were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you I need to get used new glasses. For the last five years, I’ve had the same pair with little rectangular lenses. I really only wear them in the morning or at night, but these are much, much, larger, in true hipster fashion. I probably could have gotten them when I got my first pair of glasses back when I was 6 or 7. I do like how they look, just need to get used to them being so large.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about School of Architecture’s Advisory Council meetings last week. I am on the Graduate Council part of it. We meet to discuss ways we can help the school, go to studio crits, do speed interviews and a host of other things to engage the students. We also get to tour new buildings under construction. This time was the new Yellowstone Building, which is a dorm. I was in North Hedges as a freshman, built in the 60’s or something like that. And then I was in the “New Buildings.” They didn’t have names yet and were the cool dorm to get into at the time that only sophomores and older could apply to be in. This puts the to shame so badly.Untitled
At least the views are the same amazing mountains. They can’t make that better!
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And speaking of architecture, Earth Elements had an open house to celebrate a new plumbing fixture line they started carrying. I fell in love with this piece of granite:
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would show you my haul from the Bozeman Public Library Book Sale. I woke up, sent my friend Erin a message that said, “The book sale starts in 6 minutes!” To which she said,  the one where all the books are $2?!  Yup, getting dressed. Pick you up?  Yes please.  I walked out with 15 books. Three of which are for the TSME for his trip to Cabo that he left for this morning. I will be reading in bed and he on the beach. I do love books!
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Cookies, Candies and Cocktails 2015! [Seventh Annual Party]

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I realize that I am bit behind on getting some of these post up, but whatever, I’m going to assume it doesn’t really matter. I mean in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t, right? Anyway, on with the post!

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I cannot believe I have hosted this party for seven years now. This was the first time outside of Brooklyn, I missed a couple years while I was in transition. But now it is back and just as awesome as it was all those years before with an entirely different crew. Not to say that the old group was not missed or on my mind that day, (I do love all my New York friends! Thank you for starting this party with me!), but we had a great time. I named it “The Three C’s Party,” for Cookies, Candies, and Cocktails. It was later brought to my attentions that it should have been “The three C’s and No Seamen Party.” Next year.

I didn’t do anything crazy for appetizers this year, just chips and salsa and cheese and crackers, but I did have some awesome cookies prepared. The weekend before over Thanksgiving, we made candy cane cookies at home that I shared and I made angeletti cookies too. Now that I have the secret recipe, (EC, I PROMISE TO NEVER SHARE IT!!), I can share my favorite little cookies with my friends in Montana.

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I did spend some time making a couple awesome drinks for us. The first was a Spiked Chai Latte  and second was Caramel Hot Chocolate. I’ll share the Chai Latte below. The hot chocolate drink is just that with caramel vodka. Peppermint schnapps is also great to mix in your hot chocolate. I didn’t mix the alcohol in the drinks to start so people could mix them as they wished. MK brought over a strawberry champagne drink for us too. We were set on drinks.

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There were a lot of different things made this year. I went with my traditional chocolate cover peanut butter balls, peanut butter sandwiches  and oreos balls. One friend made some adorable snowmen on a stick with oreos, there were sugar cookies, chocolate cookies and fruit cookies/shortbreads. Everyone did awesome. My favorite was these frosted peppermint brownie cookies that I will be making in the future. They were not too sweet and perfectly pepperminty.
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After the party, most of us headed downtown to the annual Christmas Stroll. We packaged up the extra treats and shared them with the boys that have yet to be invited to the party. I can’t wait to see what people come up with next year!
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Spiked Chai Lattes (via)
Makes 8 servings

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups bourbon (I used Bulleit)
  • 3 cups chai tea
  • 3 cups milk (I had almond and whole milk on hand)
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • ice
  1. Make honey syrup: Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature. (Cover and keep extra refrigerated for up to 2 weeks)
  2. In a glass with ice mix 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz honey syrup, with 3 oz each chai tea and milk. Stir with a cinnamon stick.

Enjoy!

Pick Your Decade Prom

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Just before Thanksgiving, a friend invited me to be her “date” to her friend’s house warming party that was prom themed. You got to pick your decade and group of us decided to go all out. By all out I mean we borrowed dresses from our mothers or found our old 1990’s early 2000’s prom dresses, bought corsages, took a photo on the stairs and booked a limo. It was a blast and I am really sharing this because I think it was a brilliant idea that I will one day steal.

I borrowed an old 70’s dress from my mom. I think it was actually a bridesmaid dress, but it works just the same. MK ordered us corsages from a local flower store, requesting them to be as guady as possible. We would have liked them to be a bit more ridiculous, but at least they were full of carnations as requested.
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Another friend found us a limo for the ride to the party.
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We all met at his house and filled the car with fireball and prosecco and proceeded downtown to take a couple shots at different bars and bewilder the clientele.
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Our host had spiked punch and a lovely food platter set out, just like you might find a prom. And he added a real bar as you might find at an adult party. There was a disco ball and sparkly things every where. In the back a photo wall was set up.
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It really was a wonderful party idea. Everyone had a great time and was happy we had DD’s to take us home when it was over. Now how long do I have to wait before I can host my own version…?

 

 

Sunday Afternoon Coffee [Happy New Year!]

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, it would be a wonderful catch up. The holidays are always mess up my schedule, time with friends, etc. It seems like we are all traveling somewhere and all of a sudden, you realize you haven’t seen or talked to your friends for weeks and you miss them. No offence family, but it’s just not the same as hanging out at your friends house making fun of the bachelor or the voice or something while drinking wine. So, I am happy the whirlwind of the holidays is over and normal live can commence again. Starting with Sunday Coffee.
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Catching up after the holidays.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would discuss how our holidays went. I was in South Dakota for Christmas and was given some pretty sweet gifts this year. Especially the dress form and spa gift card. My new watch is pretty sweet too.
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I think everyone had a pretty great time this year and received some awesome gifts. My parents are now smoking everything since my sisters and I gave them a smoker. Oh and it was fun to see the family. I made my little sister workout with me every day except Christmas, part of my gift to her;)
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We may have ended up with matching long johns thanks to Black Friday…
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One way to survive a long trip home

I was also able to see Alta, my childhood babysitter who is basically like an extra grandmother to me. She came over for lunch one day with her dog Apollo. He’s adorable and so spoiled. But he looks pretty cute all groomed.
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I saw the movie “Room” last week. It was a great book and the movie did a great job as well. It’s been at least two years since I read the book, but definitely one of the best book to movie adaptations I’ve seen and the acting was really good as well. I highly recommend it, thought you should be warned that it is not necessarily a happy movie…

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would show you my new hair cut. I finally gave up on the long hair, sort of, and have an asymmetrical long bob. I love it so far, it works really well with my wavy/curly hair. I just need to get rid of the bangs…
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And it looks good straight too!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I went back up to White Sulphur Hot Springs last weekend. It was my first hot springs this year in truly cold weather and it was a wonderful Sunday afternoon. I wish it was a bit closer, but then I suppose it would be much more crowded.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you about my new air plants. Here’s hoping I can keep the little guys alive. They look awesome.
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that one afternoon at my grandparents I found their old high school yearbooks and some random “guidebooks.” The yearbooks were fascinating to go through and read the notes that people left for them. Apparently our grandma killed it in bookkeeping and was called Dorty.

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The guidebooks are pretty funny. Reading about how they thought you should tell your son about sex is entertaining with its 1950’s thoughts. Some thoughts on prostitutes and gays are down right ludicrous. Thank god (most) people don’t think like that today.
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am excited for the snow this year. I am going to do a better job of skiing, downhill and cross country, as well as snowshoeing and maybe even some sledding. Yeah winter!
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The Crazy Mountains

 

Career Update: A New Position

Today is my first day in a new job at A&E Architects. it happened rather quickly and unexpectedly over the last few weeks.  A colleague asked me, ” After getting so close to that fellowship, how are you going to go back to working at your current firm?” I understood what she was saying, I had been thinking hard about what I really wanted to be doing with my career. I really enjoyed working at Envi Design, I had a great boss and working environment, but it wasn’t what I really wanted to be doing.

I told a friend at A&E that I didn’t get the fellowship and was trying to figure out my next move. He said, we are hiring in Bozeman, send me your stuff and I’ll get it to the right people, I kinda thought he was joking. Bozeman is in demand, finding any kind of professional job here is not easy. Most firms that have offices in multiple locations, want you to go to a different office first, there is a queue for the Bozeman location. Less than a week later, I was meeting with one of the principles and had a job offer a week later.

A&E does a variety of projects and hopefully I will be working on more of the public/government type projects that provide great design for the masses, not just the 1%, (though they do have those kind of projects too). They also do a lot of preservation work that can be really interesting. The Bozeman office just started a year or so ago and it is currently being run by a couple of my classmates. I will be the sixth addition to the office. Even though it will be an adjustment to go back into straight architecture, different office dynamics and being at work at 8 AM (that hasn’t been the case for 8 years!), I think it’s going to be a fit and I am looking forward to seeing how it goes.

I am grateful for my time at Envi and sad to leave such and awesome office and people. I hope they find a replacement that is even better than me and they continue providing awesome designs. Maybe down the road we can work on a project together.