One Little Word 2019: HOME

My word for 2019 is – HOME.

throw back to closing day!

While we’ve owned our house for two years now, we’ve finally hit the wall with how we set things up when we first moved in. We need to focus on rearranging rooms and upgrading little things like light fixtures in the bedrooms and fresh paint. We didn’t take a family vacation in 2018 – we had a lot going on emotionally and financially; but, it really bummed me out. It isn’t on the horizon for 2019 either but I’m hoping a focus on home with help me feel about that.

2018: Year in Review

Books Read: 38 books, 11236 pages

Best in Fiction: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (I loved this trilogy so much)

Best in Non-Fiction: Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’ by Zora Neale Hurston

Best Movie: (omg in 2014 I watched 129 movies…how?) Black Panther wins top spot but The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a close second

Best at the Fair: I won another blue ribbon – for my gingerbread this time. I’m so thrilled!

Favorite Podcast: The History of English & Secret Feminist Agenda

Number of Flights: 15

Favorite Trip: Probably our quick family get away to Cleveland. We had to cut it short due to a sick kiddo but it was so nice to get away just the three of us this year. Although M & I sneaking away to Louisville the two of us was also a huge highlight for me.

2016: Year in Review

e5dd9de3-b7ac-4eab-ba92-a7453dea0636Books Read: 41 books, 13,143 pages

Best Nonfiction Book of 2016: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Best Fiction Book(s) of 2016: The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle; Dawn by Octavia Bulter; Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Favorite trip of 2016: easily our trip to Great Smokey Mountains National Park in May. This year also saw lots of trips to Chicago, hosting great company and one awesome trip up to MinnesotaIMG_6555

Our fifth wedding anniversary!img_7584

Movies Watched: pathetically few. Something had to give this year and being up on good movies was it. I’m not sure I’ll track movies watched next year but will still continue to listen to my film podcasts 😉

Best Movies of 2016: Rogue One was my favorite new movie this year by far.

img_8421Favorite Podcasts of 2016: History of EnglishWitch, Please

My One Little Word for 2016 was JOY and I felt like I was able to really embody that for myself and for my little family this year. We welcomed a joyful little dude, that is for sure.

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Check out 2014 and 2015.

2015: Year in Review

Books I Read: 23

Best Non Fiction Book of 2015: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbot

Best Fiction Book of 2015: Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Movies I Watched: 80

Best Movies of 2015 (I think I’m just going to have 7 annually, mkay)
1- Mad Max: Fury Road
2- Home
3- Crimson Peak
4- Inside Out
5- Star War: The Force Awakens
6- It Follows
7- Trainwreck

Although, I haven’t yet seen, The Hateful Eight, so….

2015 was the year of Push! I leaned hard into work and I think it was good year professionally. We kicked off a huge refresh project and I earned a new certification in my field.

2014 felt so stagnant and I’m fairly certain I was on more planes in 2015 than I’ve been on in years! There was certainly a push on the travel front and for that, I’m forever grateful. The year started with a week in Minnesota and our annual trip to our friend J’s house for New Year’s Eve. I also had four trips to Chicago for work, one to Madison to see a gaggle of my best ladies and one to DC to see one of my college bests.reunion weekend1IMG_5500

Matt and I took a week long vacation to Hawaii and were lucky enough to stay with his uncle in Kailua. We had such a freaking blast and it was so beautiful. I hope we can go back soon!6 days on o'ahu~thecomynspace.com

6 days on o'ahu~thecomynspace.comMore exciting on the travel front though was my two week adventure in Beijing! I went for work but did have four whole weekend days to myself to explore. I got see so many huge landmarks but I’ve found myself missing the food the most. Anyone know where I can get handmade noodles in Columbus? Great Wall08

Forbidden City07Other highlights include hosting two friends from Chicago over the 4th of July for my family’s annual big blow out. I won 3rd place at the Ohio State Fair for my honey oatmeal bread. I’ve already got a few designs on what I’m making for next year.

IMG_5664And now to brag on M for a bit 🙂 He continued to completely kick butt at his job and had an amazing season as an outdoor instructor. I can’t wait to see where he goes in 2016. He also trained for and ran a trail half marathon!

mohican state park ~ thecomynspace.comWe moved apartments! Just down the hill, only about half a mile from where we were but it is lightyears away. It’s bigger, has actual grown up appliances and my parents gave us a washer and dryer so no more trips to the laundry mat! We are also renting a garage so all of M’s woodworking and bike tools now have a home other than our second bedroom. Is this what it feels like to be an adult?

Here’s to an amazing 2016! I am planning on doing ‘One Little Word‘ again, so that will be getting it’s own post!IMG_5208

Welcome 2014

We spent New Year’s Eve just the two of us, something we’ve never done before, watching The Way and opening the good stuff, a bottle of beer we’ve been saving for a while (I can’t remember…it was a saison of some sort). On New Year’s Day we had dinner with my family and then took a nice long drive to get out of the city for a bit. It was a pretty relaxing day.

I know that I said that I usually don’t make resolutions at New Years but rather spend the time around my birthday thinking about the type of person I want to be when the next one rolls around. However, there are a few things I really want to work on and I know that if I don’t say them out loud, they’re not going to happen. Also, my mom and step dad have really good ones this year, I gotta step it up!

Now that my Life In Color blog circle is over, I’d really like to complete a 52 week photo challenge. I’m still looking for a good one, otherwise I’ll probably try to stick with a different theme each month (like composition, color, texture, etc).

I have more than a few cookbooks but I haven’t really gotten to know any of them, except for our Joy of Cooking, which is splattered, torn and well loved. I’d really like to cook my way thru about half of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I picked this one over some awesome vegaon ones because there aren’t a lot of ingredients I can’t get Aldi or Kroger. Also, I’m going to let myself write in it so I don’t have to keep track anywhere else (a la my amazing friend J who writes in all her cookbooks).

This is pretty much how my kitten spent New Year’s Eve and I suspect it’s her only plan for 2014. It isn’t like M and I both separately filled a stocking for her with toys. I guess we like her 🙂

vivi in a bag~the comyn space

2013 in Review and some superlatives

I thought it might be a fun exercise for me to recap some of the awesome stuff 2013 has brought the Comyn clan, mostly thru food, of course.

birthday maple cake~the comyn space

sweetest~m’s maple birthday cake

ratatoullie~the comyn space

most lusted after~ratatouille subs

the midas feast~the comyn space

most ancient recipe~the midas feast

rosemary olive oil bread~crock pot recipe~the comyn space

most pinned recipe~crock pot rosemary olive oil bread

date night at o'shaughnessy's~the comyn space

best brew~black and tans at o’shaughnessy’s

butter lettuce~life in color~the comyn space

most educational~life in color

homemade black bean burger~the comyn space
most useful~homemade black bean burgers

I’m pretty excited for what 2014 will bring, we’re working on taking some sweet trips and I’m looking forward to sharing a little more personal life on my blog again. I really rededicated myself to finding, cooking and sharing some really great recipes and that has been a really great learning experience (and I proved to myself I could post 5x a week) but I think it’s time to switch it up again!

xoxo,
Sarah

In 2013…

I feel like you can really see the blog seasons show their true colors at the holidays. Its all desserts, happy holidays & well wishes and then ‘light’ and ‘hearty’ potato soups and news years resolutions. What’s up with THAT? Potato soup is meant to be full of cheesy goodness, if you ask me.

And so I’m torn. Between wanting to really enjoy life and be present and the need to document each and every thing. Between wanting to grow and find a voice of my own and wondering if there is a need for my humble cry in a sea full of voice shouting.

I am so grateful for this public/personal diary-each time I read back I remember something I would have forgotten. But there is a touch of falseness too. We don’t typically eat in perfect light and each day isn’t end capped in rainbows and unicorns.

As so, here I am, writing about a list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2013. We have big grown up financial goals (like paying down student loan debt and finally filling up that emergency fund), little goals like moving to a new apartment (which will be aided by all that decluttering), and personal goals, like running a 1/2 marathon again and sew a quilt for our bed.

But what’s more important-I want to see our families more. Watch our niece and nephew grow up more than we have. Have friends over despite the fact I haven’t dusted in 2 weeks. I don’t want to look back at my life and have it be a list of things I checked off of my Pinterest boards.

And that’s an intention I’d like to live into.

Hello 2012!

happy new year!

We went a had dinner with a group of good friends at a new-to-us sushi place, Jai Yen. Of course, I didn’t take pictures of it because I was too focused on eating it! We then headed to another friends house for his annual New Year’s Eve party. It was so great to catch up with some of our friends that we only see a couple times a year. Today, I am making pulled pork sandwiches for dinner. It’s a tradition to eat pork on New Year’s Day because pigs are always moving forward with their nose to the ground. I think I could use of of that this year!

party time