Obsessions: 08.24.18

It’s been a whirlwind week around here as Robin made her big move and Michelle prepped for a new roommate! Other than figuring out where and how to live, here’s everything we were loving this week in our And Then We Tried obsessions.


Refinishing Dressers

I’m back at it! My new roommate, hi Lia, is moving in soon and she mentioned that she could use a dresser. HOW FORTUITOUS that I just snagged two dressers off Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. I think this one would be perfect for her room, so I started the refinishing process last night. Check out my progress on Instagram Stories.

Astrology Stuff

I fell into a deep astrology hole, thanks Kate for sharing @notallgeminis on your Instagram story, and realized that I sort of fall into the Virgo-Libra cusp, aka The Cusp of Beauty. GO ME. I haven’t always felt like the Libra traits or horoscopes fit me, but since I was born right at the edge of Virgo and Libra, I can have both! Also Cusp of Beauty, yes, please.


How a Face Transplant Transformed a Young Woman’s Life

Warning: this article is ROUGH. Medical stuff doesn’t usually make me queasy, but I had to take a few breaks while reading this National Geographic article about a girl in her early 20s who received a full face transplant at the Cleveland Clinic last year. The article covers her initial injury, what her quality of life was like before the surgery, the process of the surgery itself, and her recovery. It also touches on the face donor’s life and family. It’s amazing to think about the medical advancements behind this procedure as well as the psychological ramifications of having SOMEONE ELSE’S FACE ON YOUR FACE. I don’t know guys. Read it, then go look at yourself in the mirror and think about some stuff.

Oh, another warning: the images are crazy graphic in this piece, including a picture of the donated face on a tray. You can’t unsee it; scroll with caution.

Becoming low-key vegetarian

I’ve been eating minimal meat these days. It’s not that I’ve made a conscious decision to become a vegetarian, it’s just that in the last month or so meat has been kind of freaking me out. I just don’t want to bite into an animal. I haven’t been super strict about it but I have been avoiding meat when I can. Notable exceptions include my two separate Hattie B’s visits while in Nashville last weekend. I couldn’t pass up hot chicken!

This has been another week of And Then We Tried Obsessions, where we share whatever we’re obsessed with each week. Let us know what you’re obsessed with this week in the comments and if you see anything in the wild that you think we’d be obsessed with, be sure to tag us @andthenwetried or use #ATWTobsessions

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Attaching a wood fence to a chainlink fence

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Gift Guide: Indoorsy

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Obsessions: 10.19.18

You wanna know what we have been decidedly NOT obsessed with in the past month? The blog. Womp womp. We’re hopping back in this week, but we’ll be posting a bit more sporadically for a while. Here’s hoping you all loved getting caught up on Michelle’s driveway gate plans yesterday. See what else we’ve been obsessed with in this week’s And Then We Tried Obsessions.

Fence Updates and Two-Panel Wood Driveway Gate Plans

Hellooooo, I’m thinking about fences again! You all had the pleasure of following along as I moved and rebuilt the fence in my backyard and then converted a chainlink fence into a wood fence along my driveway, and now it’s finally time to build that driveway gate. Of course, I can’t just build a driveway gate and leave it at that, I’ve also decided to cap the entire fence to cover up the dogear pickets and give everything a cleaner and more finished look. HOORAY!