December 30, 2014

Oh 2014

Dear 2014,

You certainly kicked our butts. Mostly in good ways.

love, clare, husby, and Cheeks

It’s almost like we tried to shove every possible big life change into a single calendar year. I think my grandma put it best when she told us, “Well, you certainly don’t like to let the grass grow under your feet.” True story Grandma.

So for posterity’s sake, here’s a rundown of what our 2014 looked like.

survive a polar vortex. have a baby. quit a job. graduate from med school. move to WI. try to adjust to residency life. make new friends. start another blog. celebrate many weddings. garden. can. ferment. grow 9 fruit trees. learn how to sit, scoot, and then crawl. continue to try to adjust to residency life. go on so many walks. knit. grow 3 teeth. house hunt. house buy. get far too little sleep. try to adjust to residency life.

Some of these things I’ve shared, many I haven’t. Because it turns out that trying to adjust to residency life, getting too little sleep, and having a baby is like the perfect storm of keeping me from getting much more done than the laundry and a walk each day. But I’m hoping to get back to it.

In the mean time, we’re hoping for some snow, hoping the next tooth gives us a little bit of a break, hoping for a full night’s sleep, and hoping our next vacation gets here soon.


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October 13, 2014

around here in mid-October

around here we are trying to re-teach a certain seven month old how to take naps.

around here I have a pantry stocked with pickles, tomatoes, salsa, jam, and a freezer filled with green beans and chard. The spoils of summer will remain with us for a while.

around here there are 20 pounds of apples waiting to meet their fate. (sauce, sauce, sauce, crisp, sauce)

around here the trees have turned every shade of incredible, and the air has a bite to it more frequently than not.

around here we are gearing up for what I’m sure is going to be a great fin to this years wedding season.

around here we have houses on the brain.

around here we are getting ready to celebrate 3 years of marriage and 6 years as a pair.

aside from this whole nap strike business, October remains my very favorite month.

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August 7, 2014

7 things: summer 2014 faves

What’s this? A new 7 things post? Who’d of thunk? But here I find myself, freshly on the other side of 30. New city. New baby. New blog. With all these new things in my life I thought I’d offer up a list of my tried-and-true summer faves for a little bit of balance.

1. Making cold press coffee with this French Press. And drinking it over ice with a healthy splash of heavy cream.

Summer fave cold press iced coffee

2. Summer dinners composed of fish tacos, caprese salads, and grilled zucchini. Just the best.

3. Little Free Libraries. We loved them in Detroit, and we still love them in Madison. Yesterday I picked up a book on Tai Chi. You know, for all the free time I have when I’m not baby wrangling.

summer fave little free library

4. Wrapping up Cheeks’ diaper in these diaper covers. Recommended by my besti, a mama with plenty of cloth diapering street cred. Bright covers and (almost) never a blow out.

5. Plenty of long summer walks. Because I gotta get my steps in, yo.

6. Podcasts. Okay, I know I’m totally late to the party on this one, but I’m totally digging downloading a couple episodes of a good podcast to my phone and then binge listening while strolling through down with the babe. My current faves are Elise Gets Crafty (creative entrepreneurship)  and Girls Gone Wod (CrossFit). Do you have any favorites to share?

7. Any time we three get to spend together. Especially if it involves outdoor music and the occasional Spotted Cow. The times are fewer now that Husby is knee deep into residency, so we’re cherishing it even more.

three at concert

Look, Cheeks is already a selfie pro!

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July 25, 2014

Introducing Building Earth the website

Yo dudes. I wanted to let you all know that I’m moving my building earth posts over to I plan to continue posting over there twice a week about all things green building and green lifestyle. You should definitely check it out it those topics interest you. I’m still getting some of the previous building earth posts moved over and prettied-up, but I’ll be posting new content there starting Tuesday.

And you should totally like the building earth page on facebook to keep up to date on everything going on over there!

I’ll still be posting here at macnamania, but it’ll probably be back to the kind of erratic once a week or so until I get more of a rhythm worked out. Macnamania will continue/go back to being a blog about everything I’m doing – gardens, knitting, crossfit, triathlons, books, travels. Etcetera. Etcetera. Etcetera.

Hope you enjoy the shift! </shameless self promotion>

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July 22, 2014

Some food for thought

Just a quick video to spark those creative juices this afternoon.


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