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It’s been a long while since I’ve shared photos from my Instagram feed, and I kind of miss seeings some visuals on this blog!  I try not to post too many toy pics in case any of you read at work or in public, but I swear, my life involves many other things besides sex products!

Beautiful days in Pittsburgh make me a little sad that, come next summer, we’ll be moving to wherever Steve gets hired!

Nathaniel is adamant that I don’t properly clean my nails and frequently takes matters into his own hands.

I took my sparkly legs out on the town with some of my best friends from high school.

Steve models our new bed: 1 full plus 1 twin.  There’s no such thing as too much bed.

Really though, my life is about 96% rats and bearded man.

…and sometimes we use the blowtorch to light toys on fire, you know, to see if they’re pure silicone. (The Doc Johnson Mood: Naughty? Not silicone.)

Be still, my heart!  Nathan Fillion, marry me.

The most perfect shirt in the history of the world.


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Happy Friday!  I’d like to introduce you all to the newest members of my family: Henry, Lionel, and Malcolm, from back to front.

Last Friday, we headed out to one of the faraway southern suburbs to pick out a trio of babies from the Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club.  Recently, they’d had an influx of beebs, which of course led to my weird little heartstrings being tugged.  Steve and I packed up the car and headed out to pick & choose.

Henry caught my eye first, because as we like to say in Pittsburghese, he’s “nebby.”  He wants to know what we’re doing, all the time, whatever it is.  He wants to get into everything, but he’s scared of any unfamiliar noise, so he always ends up hauling his chubby butt back in the cage before a real discovery can be made.  But look at that little masked face!  Don’t you just want to kiss his forehead spot?  (Promise, you won’t get the plague.)

Malcolm is Steve’s favorite by far.  He’s the littlest one, even though he’s 4 months old and from the same litter as his brothers.  He was the last to warm up to us, but the first to come right out and walk onto our hands.  He’s also got a strange fondness for attempting to pry open my mouth.  By far, he’s the most adept climber, and possibly the smartest.  We set up a rattie pinata on Wednesday by filling a toilet paper tube with food and tying it to the cage lid then folding the ends, and he was the first to crack it open!

Lionel has by far the chillest personality for such a little bro, and it really blows me away how much he looks like Ewan!  He was the first one to be dragged out of the cage to sit solo on my lap, and I was really impressed by how good he was.  No scared pees or poops, and no trying to jump from the chair to the floor.  Chill, bro.

We tried to do some slow rattie intros so my old man could live with the youngins, but Henry attempted to beat him up, which resulted in Ewan literally crying for mama.  My poor old man.  Since then, Ewan seems happiest being able to live alone, but being held up to the little boys’ cage sometimes for some extra company.  He’s fascinated by them, but it’s clear Henry doesn’t want him around.  Oh well, looks like we’re a two cage household for a while longer.

Long-Overdue Instagram LIfe

I haven’t posted pictures from Instagram in at least a month, maybe two!  I hope you’ve missed them as much as I have.  I’ve been posting regularly on Twitter and Instagram itself, but they haven’t made it to my blog in a while.  (If you want to keep up with me, you can find me on IG @nicetobelieve!)

My dad’s an architect and sometimes likes to design and build model buildings.  This one is my favorite!

Page Dairy Mart!  If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, I seriously recommend grabbing some ice cream.  They have crazy soft serve flavors and the most amazing sundaes ever.

Blogger cliche #1,956,783: Froyo and toppings, shot from above.  So good.  Every bite.  Taro yogurt, raspberries, mochi, and graham cracker crumbs.

Every time I go into Madewell, I just leave wanting all of the things.

No Instagram post is complete without a shot of the fluffy pup, Dmitri!

Shrimp fajitas from Mad Mex?  Yes, please.  I was kind of shocked by how excellent they were as leftovers the next day.  College kid working 8 hour retail shifts win.

The flowers outside of my parents’ house attract the most adorable bumbly bees.  I can’t get enough!

Steve and I have taken to laying on his roof and watching the sunset, sometimes with dinner in hand.

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Why did it never occur to me before to address my posts with “Darlings?”  What the balls is wrong with me?



I took a week and a half long hiatus from blogging, not because I wanted to or because I got bored, but because life has kicked my ass this semester.  I am so, so glad that I started Marvelous Darling when I did, and that I threw myself into it with typical Scorpio gusto, but at this point in my life my schooling has to come first.  Luckily, I am one week away from being done!

First thing’s first: I know you’re all dying to see pictures of the dog I had for a couple of days.  So, below the cut, you’ll see approximately 8 million pictures, and the story of Cheese Queen in its entirety.

Also below the cut:  Instagrams of my Daily Life, and some very special Links of the Week!  So please, follow the cut!


Lazy Canine Sunday?

Hi pretties.

Happy Easter for those of you celebrating today!  And for those of you  celebrating Passover, please share your matzo ball soup, because I’m jonesing.

This week’s Lazy Sunday is going to be a little bit short, and I’ll fully explain why at the end of the post.  That’s right, you gotta work for this ish.  (I really like that lately.  Ish.)  I’m hoping it’ll make up for me missing Lazy Sunday last week!

& I’ve been loving positive, upbeat fitness blogs lately, and this post on Healthy Tipping Point is incredible.  7 ways to beat cardio boredom? What’s the catch?  There is none.  Seriously.  Go.  Read.  CARDIO.

& I’m always looking for new information and input on how to live creatively, and possibly even how to make a living.  This post from Kyla Roma is fantastic if you’re in the market for the same thing!

& For someone who writes about sex toys, I was completely stumped by the We-Vibe.  I had never actually read a review that explained how to use it, so I just steered clear!  Now, I’m dying to try it.  Basically, it’s a vibrator that can be used during sex, hands free.  It’s like the best of everything.  If I could somehow also eat a burger and drink a beer at the same time, I think I would explode from All Things That Are Good.

& If you’re in college or freshly out of school and you’re not sure the traditional career path is for you, please watch this fantastic video interview with Elise, who runs her own business from her home after graduating with a degree in business.

& Have I mentioned here before how much I love Pugly Pixel?  No?  Well, I suck.  But this tutorial on how to get the multiple exposure effect in PhotoShop sure doesn’t!

& Last, but certainly not least, I’m super excited to be sponsoring two of my favorites, Chantilly Songs and CheekyCheeky!  Both Chantilly and Carmen are rad ladies, so please, check them out!  Chantilly is a blogger/musician and Carmen is hysterical and I want to steal her glasses from right off her face.  The gals I sponsor are pretty top notch.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

My friend Mike found a wuppy.  By that I mean, he found some kind of schnauzer/yorkie mix.  Yowzer?  Schnorkie?  She smelled bad so he just called her Cheese Queen, because he’s a damn filthy hipster like that, but I’m taking her to the e-vet this morning to check for a microchip and find out her real name (if she has one)!  I’ll keep you guys posted.  I may be trying to convince my mum to keep her…



Sarah and Cheese Queen


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