summer in the city


image via Columbus Underground

Boy oh boy what a weekend it’s been. A terrible storm came through Columbus and left hundreds of thousands of Ohioans without power in triple-digit heat. Us included. And it’s estimated that power won’t come back until this coming Friday. In fact, our Governor declared a state of emergency for Ohio (as well West Virginia and Virginia’s Governors) and asked for electricians from other states come in to help fix the damage. We passed a fleet of electricians coming in from Michigan to help.

Saturday was spent finding places with power and a/c to stay comfortable in the unbearably warm temperatures. You don’t realize how much we take power for granted until you don’t have it at your disposal anymore.  We were fortunate to have wonderful friends offer us their air-conditioned guest house until power is restored in our neighborhood. We now have a comfortable place to stay complete with internet access, so the blog will continue during our little powerless adventure! (in case you were worried, because I’m sure you were). But really, there are a lot of people who don’t have an air conditioned place to hide away to, so be sure to keep them in your thoughts and be thankful for the basic utilities you have access to. I know it has put a little perspective on things for me.

How was your weekend? Did the storm pass by your area?

I’ve sort of ignored the music portion of my monday posts the past few weeks. Sorry about that. Here’s an oldie that I thought was fitting for the situation.

happy monday!

happy monday

Happy happy Monday to you! I felt like I was a little light on blogging last week, but don’t you worry, I have a week full of great stuff that deserves to be in the limelight. (that’s a hint, by the way)

How was your first June weekend? Ours was absolutely lovely. Brandon’s parents were in town and we spent Saturday afternoon perusing the fabulous art stands at the Columbus Arts Festival and then got all gussied up for a beautiful wedding at a historic hotel downtown.

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geek out monday

Happy Monday!

I spent most of the weekend outside beautifying the yard, both front and back. It was great! I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun doing yard work. You’ll see pics of my hard work later this week. Until then, some techy music

Brandon showed this to me over the weekend, and we both think its pretty amazing. People assign sounds to the different buttons and then play “dubstep” style music.  What’s dubstep? you’ll just have to watch and listen.

monday musings

Happy Monday! I don’t have any related pictures for this post, so I’m defaulting to pictures of Lucy.

first, a bike fail:

The weather was so nice last week that I was able to ride my bike to work almost every day.  On my way home one day I was approaching a red traffic light where I need to turn right. Most times there aren’t any cars coming so I don’t have to completely get off my bike at that light.

But ugh, this time, there’s a car coming, I try to just go slow to time it right, but I got to the intersection and I had to get off the bike to stop.

Just as I get off the bike I realize the car was stopping. I look up and see I have a green light so I try to get back on the bike fast, but I didn’t really give myself a ‘push’ to get moving, and I can’t get my foot in the pedal! (The pedals that came on the bike are the kind that you put your foot into)

So I’m trying to get my foot in the pedal as the bike slowly stops moving and next thing I know, I just tip over. I’ve never been cow tipping, but I feel like it was sort of like that–how the standing cow just falls over, that was me on my bike.

I completely fall off the bike! And I wasn’t even moving! To make it better, there are a ton of cars just stopped at the stop light with nothing better to do but watch this silly girl attempt to ride a bike. One woman rolled down her window to make sure I was OK and assured me that she has had the same issue of not being able to get her foot in the pedal…

I awkwardly chuckled at her comment while proceeding to get back on the bike as fast as possible.

I was really OK, just ended up with a bruised knee and ego…

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Lucy made this spot of dirt and an identical one on the other side of the tree in our backyard. Brandon and I had noticed she dug the one spot but we didn’t realize she did it for the purpose of laying in it. Maybe the dirt is cooler than the grass. Whatever the reason, that’s her spot she made in the yard.

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In other news: I started a Stuff Steph Does facebook page. Exciting, right?! I have a link over in the side bar on my site or you can click here to go there and check it out. I need 25 likes to get the url I want for it.  So if you want to “like” it and keep up to date with all things stuff steph does via facebook, that would be awesome!

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In the spirit of my bike riding abilities (or inabilities, rather) this week’s song is the theme song from Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Adventure. Remember that movie?? Maybe the song will jog your memory.

monday music among other things

happy monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent quite a bit of time updating the blog this weekend, so if you’re reading this on a reader or in your email, go check out the site and see the changes! I also gave the diy page a total revamp and added a recipes page! So now it will be easier to find tasty things to eat and fun things to make!

Also, I’ve officially hopped on board the instagram train and am starting to get slightly obsessed with it. Since the weather has been so nice I started taking walks over lunch at work and I’m trying to take a photo or two during my lunchtime stroll of something I hadn’t noticed before in the city or just seeing an every day thing in a new way.

I just joined instagram on Thursday, so I only have two pictures for you.

I don’t plan on posting all of my instagram pics on here, so if you want to see more of my lunchtime stroll or other pictures I take, follow me @ stuffstephdoes

As for the music this week, I’m in a harp-y mood, so more Florence and the Machines. I like the harp part in this song. enjoy your day!

 

zee avi

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I honestly hadn’t thought about a song for this week until right before I was going to bed and somehow I stumbled on Zee Avi. Seems pretty cool. This is the only song I’ve listened to so far, but I’m going to go out on a limb and trust that the rest of it is as satisfactory.

Enjoy your week!

ok go – new video

Happy Monday! and Happy April! I’m definitely looking forward to this month and have a lot of things planned (you’ll hear more about that this week).

I’m starting off the new month with a new video by Ok Go. I’m not usually very interested in music videos except for the ones by this band. Enjoy the video!