Aspen, CO

Things have been a bit nuts this spring!

Earlier this month, Jim and I met some friends out in Aspen for a week-long ski trip.  Weather was great and the views were beautiful – Felt good to be in the mountains again …

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Vintage Station Bag

I have two (count them, two) family weddings coming up this year – One is my stepbrother’s and the other is my sister’s (!).

Having had nothing fancy to wear, Jim and I have purchased ourselves a dapper suit and little black dress, respectively – However, I realized that my awesome Infusion bag, though perfect for day-to-day affairs, would not necessarily be appropriate paired with formal attire.

I started looking around on eBay for an inexpensive black leather clutch and stumbled across a sweet selection of vintage Coach bags.  I added a few to my watch list and nabbed the one below for only $25!

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Upon receiving it earlier this week, I realized what a steal this was.  It’s already in beautiful condition – The leather is thick, soft and pliable, the brass clasps and closures are all in working order and there are few scuff marks to be seen!

I’m posting a bunch of what I’ll call “before” photos here today because in the near future I plan on giving this satchel a thorough bath and re-conditioning.  After riding horses and caring for their tack for nearly 13 years, I’m no stranger to washing leather goods.  Even though this bag is already in excellent shape, I think a little additional love and attention will breathe new life into it.

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“After” photos coming soon!

I have a “real” phone now.

I’ve been long overdue for an upgrade, but kept pushing off the inevitable switch to a smartphone for as long as possible – The extra $30/month was really not that appealing to me.   Unfortunately, my trusty little feature phone went on the fritz after dropping the poor thing in the toilet once twice …

I now have a Galaxy and am actually kind of enjoying it – Took a few days, but I think I’m getting used to the fact that I have a mini-computer at my fingertips at all times.

This upgrade also means that I am finally able to participate on Instagram!

I know I’ve been less and less present here, but my focus these days is more on lab work and planning for our next career moves than posting favorite internet finds and coming up with new things for the shop.  So feel free to follow along on daily mini-adventures at sjwagner20:






I’m also on the lookout for new people to follow myself so let me know what your username is too!

Delta IV Rocket Launch

This had to be, hands-down, one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my entire life.

Jim and I drove down to Cocoa Beach after our day at the Space Center to watch the launch.  We followed along with mission control via our crank radio through the countdown.

Earlier in the day, I was able to get a semi-clear shot of the rocket:


It was pretty neat to be able to see it sitting there, on the launch pad, ready to go during the day … and lit up on its way to orbit at 9pm that night.


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