Mi Casita: Changing gears… because it’s FALL!

Happy October, everybody!  I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season 3 days ago.  And just as abruptly as Starbucks introduces its pumpkinie goodness every year, so too did the weather change from warm and sunny to crisp and cool.  I’ve ditched the flats and cardigans for boots and my orange peacoat.  Likewise, with a few simple tweaks, I changed gears inside our home to bring the fall spirit inside.

Before, our dining room was bright, colorful, and cheery.

Before: bright, colorful, cheery

BEFORE: bright, colorful, cheery dining room

tassled table runner (from Anthro, obvi)

tassled table runner (from Anthro, obvi)

hurricane vases with blue candles and potpourri

hurricane vases with blue candles and potpourri

and a little blue horse on the fireplace mantle. why not?!

and a little blue horse on the fireplace mantle. why not?!

Beautiful, but not very fall-y.

So on my weekend off, and with the exciting excuse that I’d be having special visitors (cousins from Mexico, yeaaaah!!!) up soon, I made a trip to all my favorite decor stores (Michael’s, Home Goods, and in this weird case, the grocery store… where they sell real live gourds that will probably spoil soon).

I bought a few key supplies, including a neutral table runner with a bit of sheen which can easily transition into the spirit of Christmas (the EVEN BETTER time of the year), beans, rope, and in general, lots of other orange stuff.

I filled the hurricane vases with layered red kidney beans, lentils, and black beans, and replaced the blue candles with orange pumpkin spice ones.

Then I wrapped rope around the vases and tied it into a decorative nautical knot.  And went crazy with the gourds.

starting to take shape...

starting to take shape…

I filled in the empty space with acorns and a decorative crystal detail (I can’t remember what the crystal thing is called… but it’s basically wire with tiny crystals on it, and they sell it at Michael’s).



Finally, the tiny blue horse was replaced by a pair of awesome owls over the mantle…


…and everything was tied together with a delicious Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin plug-in from Bath & Body Works.



After the upgrades, our dining room is… well, still bright, colorful, and cheery.  Because duh.  Would I ever tolerate anything else?  But there is no doubt now that fall is here, both outside AND inside.  Yay!

AFTER: still bright, colorful, and cheery

AFTER: still bright, colorful, and cheery… but with a fall twist

And for the cherry on top…

Texas A&M and TCU fans inside

warning: Texas A&M and TCU fans inside

…nothing screams fall like college football.  Even when you don’t give a flip about college football.  GO AGGIES!  WHOOP!!!

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The best thing about turning 30…

I turned 30 over two months ago.  I never dreaded saying bye to my 20’s.  Don’t get me wrong.  They were GREAT.  But mainly because they got me to where I am today, which is every bit awesome and I wouldn’t change any aspect of my immediate life at the moment.  So when my 29th year came to a close, I welcomed my third decade with all the excitement that watching your career take shape brings. Continue reading

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High Five!

Happy weekend to you all!  Today I decided it’s time I bring the High Five series back.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s a great excuse to pull out my camera toys, and it’s the best way to make myself think of the little things that make me happy.  Here are my top five favorite things at the moment. Continue reading

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DIY: Rope vases

It rained all weekend, which can only mean one thing: IT’S NOT COLD ENOUGH TO SNOW!!!  IT’S SPRINGTIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!  (Silver lining, everybody… Silver lining.  Even if it did sleet today.)

Because I have been ready to welcome spring for a while now, I DIY’ed a project to help me bring springtime into our home.   Continue reading

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Happy Match Day!!!

It’s been three years since I last wrote about Match Day.  THREE YEARS!!!!!  Today is The Day.  Today, all across the country, 4th year medical students come together AT THE SAME EXACT TIME to open up the envelopes containing their fates for the next several years of their lives.  Today they learn where they will begin their terrifying (but mostly epic) journey as residents and, therefore, as real doctors. Today is the culmination of 24+ years of interminable study, blood, sweat, and tears. Continue reading

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My giant lesson from 2013

We originally meant to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays with my parents and brothers in Boston, but an unexpected family situation led to a drastic last-minute change in plans: My parents cancelled 4 two-way tickets to Boston, and Jeffrey and I flew to my hometown in Mexico.  The flight home was less than ideal.  Continue reading

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Insta-album: Cozy winter grays


Today marks the start of my 5th week in the pedi intensive care unit (and the start of a week of nights, to top it off).  I’m exhausted and ready to see my family for the holidays.  I woke up dreading tonight’s shift.  One of our patients is having open heart surgery today, and let’s be real here: no resident wants to be on at night when that happens. Continue reading

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Bookshelf: The Kite Runner


“I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.  I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the valley near the frozen creek.  That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it.  Because the past claws its way out.  Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”

-Khaled Hosseini, “The Kite Runner”

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that clinches me with the first line, and I can’t put down until the last.  Continue reading

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DotS gets a facelift

Over the past few days, DoctorOnTheSide (DotS) has been getting a much needed facelift (the blog, not the blogger!).  If you logged on and found things to be looking a bit unusual yesterday, that’s because I am in no way code or computer savvy, and more times than I intended, I majorly screwed things up.  At one point, DotS had a giant picture of a camel in the header up top.  I am not joking. Continue reading

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Down the Cape

Perhaps the greatest thing about living in Boston (besides the inherent awesomeness of the city itself) is its proximity to so many amazing places.  So when Jeffrey and I learned the dates for our next vacation break, we were quick to plan a trip “down the Cape”… because apparently that’s how New Englanders say they are going to Cape Cod.  So we loaded our bikes and luggage in the car and a short hour and a half later, we found ourselves in one of the most picturesque places the country has to offer.  And it didn’t hurt that the fall foliage was in full swing! Continue reading

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