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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Lazy Moved-In Sunday

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Hi all!

Since I skipped out on the last two Lazy Sunday posts, I’m going to have to make this one really worth your while.  We have a lot to catch up on!

Do you have a Jux yet?  I haven’t created one yet, but people like Danielle Hampton make it look super cool!  Apparently, it’s like Tumblr, but more focused and with fewer 13-year-olds.  Not a bad idea, in my opinion.

& I recently discovered A Prince and Prozac, and I was sitting there laughing to myself, alone, glass of wine in hand.  If you want to lead as glamorous a life as that, click on over and pour yourself some vino.  Snark, honesty, and just enough narcissism.  Plus, her one-photo posts are beautiful!

& I absolutely love this post on Queerie Bradshaw about “looking straight in a gay world.”  Straight girls with very short, pixie hair often have the opposite problem (holla!), but I can only imagine how much more frustrating this would be.

& Have I already tried to make all of you watch the Tangents & The Times series?  No?  Yes?  Well, either way… You can find it right here on the good ole YouTubes.  Marissa A. Ross is hysterical, and her dog Zissou is the world’s best friend.  Plus, I think she likes wine even more than I do, which is really saying something.  You can also find her on her blog.

& Jessica Florence, a photographer and rattie enthusiast, takes incredible pictures of her pet rats.  Have you seen the popular photo of a light colored rat holding a little teddy bear?  That’s her work!  You can find more on her Flickr, but for a shortcut to rattie cuteness, check out her photo set for her rat Bug. **

& It’s no secret that I <3 Babeland, but have you seen their Sex Info section?  One of the things that makes Babeland so great is that they have a huge array of helpful articles to make sure your sex life stays safe and steamy.  They really care about the education of their customers.

While I was on vacation, our hosts got us hooked on some new TV.  If you’re on Netflix and you like quirky comedy (not quirky like Zooey Deschanel, but quirky like Juno), you will probably really like United States of Tara!


** We’re adding 3 new fuzz faces to our menagerie next weekend!  I’ll be so excited to introduce you once they come home, are settled in, and named.  But right now, I want to take the opportunity to introduce the Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club to you!  I’ve had the pleasure of working with them for years, and adopted my pair Finley (RIP) and Ewan from them in 2010.  I know I’ve written a post about rats as pets before, but I’m always eager to talk about the little furry things that make my life so much more fun.

If you’re at all interested in adopting a pair or a trio, please shoot me an email (marvelousdarling . blog @ gmail . com) and I will put you in touch with the head of adoptions.  They currently have over 40 babies looking for homes.

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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Hi pretties.

I was tagged by my lovely friend Kasia at Koju bofu to complete the “versatile blogger award” post.  Thank you, Kasia!!

Share 7 things (that possibly no one knows) about you:

1. Despite working in a coffee shop, I generally prefer tea to coffee.  Earl grey with milk is my favorite breakfast drink.

2. My favorite album is Death Cab’s Plans, and yes, I do like it better than Transatlanticism (and if you do too, we should definitely be friends).

3. I prefer shooting with my Canon A-1 (which is a film camera from the 1970s) over my digital SLR, but I can’t really afford to develop and print rolls of film regularly.

4. I want to adopt a couple of shelter cats as soon as I can, and I’ve already picked out a couple of names for them.

5. I have a little bit of a penchant for slightly tacky, gaudy things.  Right now, I have my eye on a metallic gold crocodile-print iPhone case.

6. For the first season and a half of Mad Men, I really liked Betty Draper.  Joan is my favorite, though.  I know you’re really supposed to like Peggy, but I think she’s a little overrated.

7. It took me two days to write this post because I’m a hot mess right now because of school hahaha.

Share with 15 other bloggers  I actually want my followers to participate!  If you want to, please leave your response in the comments section!  I’d love to see your 7 facts. 🙂

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Instagrams of My Daily Life

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Hi pretties!

My hell weekend is finally over (on Tuesday night! sheesh!) and I am so excited for a relaxing night of Instagrams with you.  I really wanted to share my blog planner, but then I lost it for a week, and only found it again tonight after the sun had set and the lighting got too bad for pictures.  Le sigh.  So, that post will be coming in the very near future.  If you’re a terrible organizer like me and need a notebook a little different from most people’s to get things done, I hope my DIY fix will help you out!

In the mean time, to the photos!  I’m trying out a new layout this time, so stick with me, por favor!

1. Most delicious turtle sundae at Klavon’s! // 2. Look, a planet!  I don’t know which one, but it’s a planet!

3. New friend Mike has giant hands.  //  4. Any fellow Chivers?? That’s a mislabeled states shirt!  (It’s actually of Kentucky.  I wouldn’t have noticed.)

5. Hello, bright and sunshiny day!  //  6. I go to Pitt, and that’s the Cathedral of Learning. It’s like Hogwarts inside!  The first floor is, anyway.  Pretty spiffy.

7.  Reading Salt outside this Saturday!  //  8.  Told you I had a rough St. Patrick’s Day!  Tumbled over my futon.  Thanks, Jameson.

9.  Your weekly dose of Dmitri!  // 10.  I heard this pathetic crying outside my window yesterday, and ended up “having” a cat for an hour and a half.  He was so precious.

My, my.  I sure do use Nashville a lot.  Is that the most overused Instagram filter, or is it just me?  I just love it.  Can’t get enough.  Bonus?  It totally evens out my skin tone – for a girl that likes to wear tinted moisturizer instead of real foundation, that’s always welcome!

If you want to find me on Instagram, just search for “nicetobelieve”!  I would love it if you added me, as I’d love to follow my blog readers!  You’re all quite lovely, I imagine!

Safe & sexy,