So many names… how does one decide? We had it narrowed down to a couple options, but then I found out that Nick hates the name I love. Arg. So now we are back at the drawing board with a plethora of options and more added all the time. I’m pretty sure that I don’t want to name this little man before I meet him, hopefully his birth and first impression will guide us to the right one. To me it seems like a name holds a lot of weight, I can’t imagine not being a Natalie. Do you think you would be a different person if your parents picked a different name?
Oh hey everyone! Soooo, moving sucks, huh? Who knew we had so much junk. Really makes you analyze the things you don’t need. I feel a garage sale coming soon. Just wanted to let you know the move went well thanks to some amazing friends and family who are true life savers, so I’m going to be posting a little slow while we get settled in. And apparently the header decided to disappear and everything wanted to center on here, so it looks like the blog is going to need some fixin as well. Hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend and is excited about spring! I can feel it coming, my allergies told me so! xo
photograph: The Colorful Living Project
Today was supposed to be closing on our new house and this weekend was supposed to demo. Funny how something can change so quickly. So while we wait for the new date, I am going to take this weekend to relax while I can, and maybe do some more organizing and purging… or just watch a movie and lay on the couch. What’s your go-to lazy day movie? I might go with Spaceballs.
Sight: Remember doing this as a kid? I think PeeWee Herman had something to do with it.
Smell: A good perfume for me is equal parts smell and packaging… Le Labo has nailed the packaging, must try the smell.
Sound: New Look. So 80s… I think I like it.
Taste: Must make these lemon ricotta pancakes this weekend. I’ve been really into citrus lately, what, you can be into that, right?
Touch: Love this in smokey quartz!
Remember me?! Well, as if you couldn’t tell, the rest of February was a mess and March isn’t off to a great start either. I’m so done with Winter it’s not even funny. I really need to be outside in the sun, with birds chirping and no jacket, all that Spring stuff. The house buying has been a little stressful with lots of septic issues (I swear I live 3 miles from downtown Ann Arbor, not the boonies), and then I got a lovely case of food poisoning or a stomach bug (the worst, right). The juggling of jobs, freebies, moving, sickness and more has really gotten to me. But I don’t want this to be all sad town woe is me usa. No! The Senses Five is funland damn it, where we talk about shit we can’t afford but want anyway, houses that are dreamy and all that good stuff. So I am busting the hell out of this rut soon and coming back with bells on. I have some good news to share, I swear. In the mean time, I hope everyone is buckling down for this last throw of Winter, because Spring is just around the corner to save us. And to all you California good weather living people… house buying be damned, do you have any jobs for an accountant lad and marketing lady?
Finally, the weekend! This week has been too long. Tonight Nick and I are celebrating a late Valentine’s Day out to dinner. And then hopefully I can get some organizing and packing done this weekend. We still haven’t closed on the house yet. But I get antsy, I’m calling it done and can’t wait any longer to prepare.
Sight: Speaking of the new house, this is what we are thinking for the ceiling. What do you think?!
Smell: Due to super sensitive skin, I shy away from any products with fragrance, but this fabric softener is just too good. Especially for sheets and towels.
Sound: We recently watched Searching For Sugar Man about Detroit musician Sixto Rodríguez. I highly recommend it, and also I would watch the movie before reading anything or googling too much. The story is amazing and the music is beautiful.
Taste: Have you heard of this salt company out of Portland? I think I might have to order some, and that chocolate bar for Nick.
Touch: Kinda fullin some bright white chucks. My feet are ready for Spring.
image: The Sartorialist
My friend Lindsey’s butt broke her phone today. I have a feeling she’s not alone in the ‘butt causing phone destruction’ situation. I too have a cracked screen. But we got to talking… we miss home phones. I think about them a lot. Yes, that’s right, I think about owning a big ole telephone and having a home phone line. Weird, maybe. But hear me out… sometimes cellphones are really annoying. People call or text you all the time and expect an immediate response. Like because I have this communication device with me at most times, I’m supposed to answer at all times. I miss the days of memorizing phone numbers, prank calling, screaming “i’ll get it.” Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone and all it’s stupid games, and instagram and alright, a billion other things. But I wouldn’t mind shoving it in a drawer sometimes and having a good long chat on a big chunky cordless (click on that to see a semi related image… of a big hunky man.) Would you?
Illustration by Jeffrey Flores
Hmmm… where to begin. Claire Standish became my online identity a long time ago. For a super crappy reason that I won’t get into… I know, such a tease. I kept it going when I started the blog as a way to keep my identity private from employers or future employers. I wanted to be real with my blog, but I think being “Claire” has prevented me from being too real with you. And I don’t want to just show you guys pictures of shit I want, although I will definitely keep doing that.
I’ve noticed that my favorite blogs to read are more personal, they are open and honest and make you feel like you know them. For a little while I’ve been thinking that The Senses Five might be a little more Claire than Natalie. And Natalie is pretty cool, she also doesn’t normally speak in third person, so I’m not sure what’s happening right now. But it’s time for Claire to go. She’s had a really nice run, made things super confusing for people, and acted as a great curtain to hide behind. I hope this split personality pen name killing doesn’t totally creep you guys out. The transition will be slow, but I think the change is for the better!
Rest in peace Claire Standish.
Well December sure was a quiet month round here huh? Slow blog = busy everything else. Sorry about the unannounced break. I promise 2013 is going to be BA-MAZING. Post bonanza. Get ready. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is picking out their fanciest outfit for a fabulous New Years Eve. See you next year loves. xoxo
Here’s some links… just for fun.
Sight: Thought my iPhone case hunt was over, and then I realized its for an iPhone 5. Still awesome.
Smell: If you are interesting in taking the best bubble bath of your life, you need this.
Sound: We got my parents tickets to Fleetwood Mac for Christmas. Is it too late to take them back for ourselves?
Taste: Stuck home on a snowy day, make goat cheese. Then proceed to eat all of it.
Touch: My NYE outfit. Perfect for busting a move.
For the last day of November… and just for it’s general awesomeness, I thought we should all listen to this today. You’re welcome.
sidenotes: My friend Olivia’s ballet class got to do their recital to this song and I was insanely jealous; I was convinced that would be my wedding dress someday… and JUST as I was writing this, I realized how much it resembles this dress I was coveting. Oh god. My taste in clothing is the same now as it was when I was 10.